The 2015 IPAF Summit will focus on how new technologies will change the face of the access industry in the next five to ten years and look at how existing technologies are still battling to open up new markets around the world. The IPAF Summit will be held on the same day as the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) on 26 March 2015 in Washington, DC, USA.
The illustrious panel of speakers includes Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab, second in command at OSHA, and the top management from leading access equipment companies JLG and Riwal.
In the afternoon plenary session, keynote speaker Frank Nerenhausen, president of JLG, will explore emerging technologies and their potential application in the access industry under the title “Gimmicks or the Next Reality”.
Taking up the battle against equipment bandits, Stefan Ponea, CEO of Industrial Access, Romania, will show how new technology is being used to combat old fashioned crime. Norty Turner, CEO of Riwal, will report on rental operations in emerging powered access markets, and Barab will give an update on the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA’s battle to prevent falls from height.
Additionally, Sibel Aygül, marketing & sales manager, Up Makine, Turkey, will show how it pays to take powered access to remote areas, sharing her journey to uncover new powered access markets. Also, Audrey Courant from Ducker Research will present IPAF’s latest research into the size of the MEWP rental sector and forecasts for the coming year; and Joanne Ulnick, CEO of Ducker Worldwide, looks at the impact of market dynamics on rental companies.
The morning session will be devoted to a range of current topics in the powered access industry, ranging from the Smart PAL Card and the impact of new legislation and standards, to eLearning and how to prevent fatal injuries when working near power lines. See the full programme and speaker information at www.iapa-summit.info
The IPAF Summit conference will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Spanish. Attendance is free and those interested should register in advance at www.iapa-summit.info
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include rental companies, manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners. More information is at www.ipaf.org