Europlatform 2018

11 October 2018, Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The essential event for European access professionals in the rental industry

Join us in Belfast, the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, for what will be our twelfth Europlatform. Served by two airports, Belfast is a major port and has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years. It was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912, and along with other places around Northern Ireland, a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Europlatform will be in English with simultaneous translation into German​​​​
Europlatform wird auf Englisch mit Simultanübersetzung ins Deutsche sein

Europlatform Networking Event
This will be held on the evening of 10th October at The Observatory, 23rd Floor of the Hastings Grand Central Hotel. This is just a five-minute walk from the Europa Hotel and will be opportunity to meet and chat to other delegates in an informal environment on the evening before the conference.
N.B. There is an optional Game of Thrones dress theme!

Save the Date - Europlatform 2019!

The thirteenth Europlatform will be held in Nice, France on 3 October 2019.

Put this date in your diary now, futher details will be annouced soon and registration will be open in 2019.

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Europlatform Networking Event 2018

Europlatform Networking Event 2018

Europlatform Programme

This year's theme is: Being a Leader in Access

The Europlatform conference takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Europa Hotel, please see the app (above) for details on the location of other meetings.

Morning Chair: Tim Whiteman, CEO & Managing Director, IPAF
Afternoon Chair: Euan Youdale, Editor, Access International

This programme may be subject to change without notice.

  • 08:15 - 09:15 Registration, Coffee & Opportunity to Browse Sponsors’ Tables
  • 09:15 - 09:30 Introduction & Welcome

    Tim Whiteman, CEO & Managing Director, IPAF

  • 09:30 - 09:55 KEYNOTE ADDRESS What Makes a Successful Access Business?

    Don Kenny, CEO, Loxam Powered Access Division (PAD)

  • 09:55 - 10:20 MEWP Accident Report 2017

    Andrew Delahunt, Director of Technical & Safety, IPAF

  • 10:20 - 10:55 Coffee Break & Opportunity to Browse Sponsors’ Tables
  • 10:55 - 11:25 Harnessing Digital Technologies in Access & Beyond  

    Brad Boehler, President, Skyjack

  • 11:25 - 11:50 Great Things Happens Where Enthusiasm is the Driving Force

    Kjell Inge Olsen, Organization Manager, Naboen AS

    Nina Aasland, Managing Director (CEO), Naboen AS

  • 11:50 - 12:10 Latest News from the Access50/Access20 Listings

    Euan Youdale, Editor, Access International

  • 12:10 - 13:25 Lunch Break & Opportunity to Browse Sponsors’ Tables
  • 13:25 - 13:50 The Highs & Lows of Powered Access Rental in Northern Ireland

    Julie Houston Smyth, Director, Highway Plant Co & Chair of the IPAF Irish Council

  • 13:50 - 14:20  Changes in the Power Sector

    Ian Cameron, Editor, Diesel Progress International

  • 14:20 - 14:55 Coffee Break & Opportunity to Browse Sponsors’ Tables
  • 14:55 - 15:55 Round-table Panel: Electrifying Your Fleet

    Compere: Peter Douglas, UK Operations Director, Nationwide Platforms, part of the Loxam Powered Access Division (PAD)

    • Jos van Grootveld, Engineer, Smart Platform Solutions
    • Arnold Grootveld, Managing Director, Hoogwerkt
    • John Ball, Chairman, Access Link
    • Stéphane Hubert, Chief Sales Officer, Haulotte
    • Norty Turner, CEO, Riwal

  • 15:55 - 16:00 Concluding Remarks & Close

    Nick Selley, Group Business Development Director, AFI & President of IPAF

Visit Belfast Delegate Offer

Belfast is packed with fascinating tours and attractions, luxurious shopping experiences, amazing eateries and great nightlife.

As a Europlatform delegate you have access to a range of exclusive offers through Visit Belfast. Either show your Europlatform confirmation email (you can do this on your phone) or your delegate badge at any participating venue.

See the Visit Belfast Delegate Offers page for a list of participating venues.

Getting to Belfast

By Air, Train, Ferry, Car or Coach

Belfast is served by two airports: Belfast International Airport (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD). The main airlines that fly into Belfast International Airport are easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and Thomas Cook, and at the George Best Belfast City Airport, Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM and IcelandAir.

It is also possible to travel to Dublin Airport (DUB) in the Republic of Ireland and travel to Belfast by car (around 1h 45 mins), train (around 2h 15 minutes from Dublin Connolly station in the city centre to Belfast Central station) or coach direct from Dublin airport to the Europa Bus Centre which is next to the conference hotel (around 2 hours).  For further details on taking a coach from Dublin airport, costs and timetables please visit: or

Alternatively, a ferry operates from Liverpool to Belfast with both day and night sailings and crossing times of around 8 hours. For details please visit:

The Venue

Europlatform delegates get a discounted room rate of £95 including breakfast. To reserve a room with the offer, please book through the central reservation team on 028 9027 1066 and quote booking ID 134844.

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Benefits of sponsorship begin the moment you confirm your booking, so the sooner you book the more coverage you will receive as your logo is instantly added to the Europlatform website. 

For sponsorship opportunities please download the sponsorship brochure or contact or +44 (0) 15395 66700.

Europlatform 2017

14 September 2017, Warsaw Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

The eleventh annual conference for European access rental professionals was held on Thursday 14 September at the Warsaw Marriott hotel, Poland, and targeted at senior and middle managers of powered access rental companies. On the evening before, the Europlatform Networking Event was held in the spectacular Panorama Sky Bar, Warsaw’s highest bar which sits on the 40th floor of the Marriott Hotel, with outstanding views.

Download the 2017 Conference Programme


Thank you to the speakers, who have allowed their presentations to be shared online. All have been exported as pdf files, please use the links below to download:

The Organisers

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the organiser of Europlatform, is a not-for-profit members' organisaton that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide.

Moss End Business Village, Crooklands, 
Cumbria LA7 7NU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)15395 66700
Fax: +44 (0)15395 66084

Dufourstrasse 11, CH-4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)61 227 9000
Fax: +41 (0)61 227 9009

International Powered Access Federation Limited is a registered society under the UK's Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registration no. 30998R. Registered Office: Moss End Business Village, Crooklands, Cumbria LA7 7NU, UK.

Access International is the official media partner for Europlatform and the official magazine of IPAF. It is published by the KHL Group eight times a year and has a worldwide circulation.

Access International
Southview Road
East Sussex
Tel: +44 (0)1892 784088
Fax: +44 (0)1892 786257

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the Europlatform conference (hereafter referred to as ‘the event’), taking place on 11 October 2018 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. This event is organised by IPAF. Registration is processed by IPAF, Moss End Business Village, Crooklands, Cumbria LA7 7NU, UK.
Participants register for the event through Payment is made in EUROS € or GBP £ online by credit card or by invoice as part of the registration process. Fees paid by participants cover admission to the networking session on 10 October and to the event on 11 October. Fees include drinks, coffee breaks and lunch at the event.
Admission to events, exhibitions and conferences in the EU is subject to VAT in the country where the event takes place. The event is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and UK VAT of 20% will be included. Details on reclaiming VAT can be found at:
Confirmation of Registration
A confirmation of registration will be sent to each registrant upon receipt of payment together with an invoice. Delegates are asked to bring proof of confirmation to the event.
Change of Participants
Organisations/companies may change the names of individuals on their booking until 8 October 2018 at no charge.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellation by the Participant
Participants can cancel their registrations until 11 September 2018. Until that date, payments already received will be refunded (limited to the amount paid by the participants). However, a fee of 50 EUROS € will be charged to cover administration and banking costs. Refunds will be processed after the event.
In case of cancellation after 11 September 2018, a 25% refund will be made.
In case of cancellation after 4 October 2018 or in case of no-show, no refund will be made.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellation by the Organiser
If the organiser cancels the event for any reason other than force majeure, registration fees are refunded to registered participants. However, refunds are limited to the amount paid by the participants. The organiser is not liable for any other loss or expenses incurred by participants as a consequence of the cancellation.
If the organiser cancels, postpones or relocates the event on account of fire, flood, riot, earthquake, civil commotion, decisions taken by the national and/or local authorities, weather conditions, strike, lock-out, labour disturbances, explosions, sabotage, accident, terrorism, war, acts of God, or any other causes or casualties beyond the control of the organiser, no refund shall be made. Participants waive all claims for damage in this case.
Marketing & PR 
By attending the event and networking session, you are giving IPAF and its media partners permission to use photographs and/or footage of you captured during the event or networking session, for marketing and promotional purposes, including on social media. If booking on behalf of other people, you are confirming that you have gained their consent for this aspect of the terms & conditions.

Event App
By registering for the event, including the networking session, you are giving IPAF permission to list your name, company and job title on the Europlatform 2018 app. This information is displayed on the event app and can be accessed by all delegates. If booking on behalf of other people, you are confirming that you have gained their consent for this aspect of the terms & conditions.
Please ensure that you have read the general terms and conditions. By submitting the booking form, you are accepting the general terms and conditions stated above.