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Rental award winners announced in Madrid

16 May 2019

What a fantastic result at the  European Rental Awards last night! Many congratulations to ALL of the  award winners. Nixon Hire and AJC EasyCabin are delighted that the Solar Pod received the coveted 'Highly  Commended' award from the judging panel - amazing acknowledgement for  such an innovative product. 

Contact us if you'd like to know more about our award winning product!  

Read about the event and the category winners in the article published by KHL, Written By Murray Pollok, 15 May 2019. 

Picture credit: KHL

Bredenoord, Haulotte, Volvo CE and Germans Homs were among the  winners at the 2019 European Rental Awards, held in Madrid on 15 May.

Haulotte had special reason to celebrate, winning product of the year  for the first of its Pulseo electric machines, the HA20 LE, and seeing  its founder and CEO, Pierre Saubot, honoured with the lifetime  achievement award.


Above picture: The 2019 rental award winners celebrate in Madrid.

More than 280 industry delegates attended the awards at the Meliá  Castilla hotel in Madrid during the European Rental Association’s  (ERA’s) annual convention. The awards are jointly organised by ERA and International Rental News (IRN) magazine.

The winners and shortlisted companies were:

Large Rental Company of the Year (>€15 million)

  • Bredenoord - WINNER
  • A-Plant
  • Mollo Noleggio

The judges said: “Bredenoord is to be congratulated not only for  its continuing growth, but for leading the way in developing innovative  battery-powered rental solutions.”

Small Rental Company of the Year (<€15m)

  • Germans Homs - WINNER
  • Arlift
  • Dromad Hire

The judges said; “Germans Homs has been performing strongly and  is an innovative company. In 2018 it continued to develop its online  rental offering.”

Rental Product of the Year

  • Haulotte (HA20 LE) - WINNER
  • AJC Trailers – H2O Solar Pod (HIGHLY COMMENDED)
  • Caterpillar – 301.8 mini excavator
  • Hilti – TE 2000-AVR demolition hammer
  • JCB - 19C 1E mini-excavator
  • Manitou - 100VJR aerial platform

The judges said: “The HA20 LE is a very strong product, and as  the first of Haulotte’s all-electric Pulseo range, it makes a strong  statement on electrification and sustainability.”

Lifetime Achievement Award


Haulotte’s Pierre  Saubot (right), winner of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, with Ray  Caulfield of Trime, who won the same award in 2017.

Pierre Saubot, Haulotte

Rental Person of the Year

Dan Vorsholt, CEO, GSV Materieludlejning

The Sustainability Award (judged by the ERA Sustainability Committee)

  • Loxam - WINNER
  • Atut Rental (HIGHLY COMMENDED)
  • A-Plant
  • Orenprokat

The ERA Sustainability Committee said: “The new policy launched  by Loxam in 2018 - ‘Safety, Anytime and Anywhere’ - demonstrates the  commitment of the company to safety among its other commitments to  society.”

The ERA Technical Committee Award

Volvo Construction Equipment

The ERA’s Technical Committee said: “Volvo has demonstrated a  continuous commitment to the satisfaction of the needs and requirements  of the European rental industry. We are very pleased to recognise their  involvement giving them the ERA Technical Committee Award.”


The judges, from left: Pierre Boels (ERA President & CEO, Boels Renta), Alexander Greschner (Chief Sales Officer, Wacker Neuson), Murray Pollok (Managing Editor, IRN), Olivier Colleau (CEO, Kiloutou), Tapio Kolunsarka (CEO, Ramirent), and Michel Petitjean (non-voting chair of judges, Secretary General, ERA).

The judges were:

  • Pierre Boels, ERA President & CEO, Boels Rental
  • Alexander Greschner, Chief Sales Officer, Wacker Neuson
  • Olivier Colleau, CEO, Kiloutou
  • Tapio Kolunsarka, CEO, Ramirent
  • Murray Pollok, Managing Editor, IRN
  • Non-voting chair: Michel Petitjean, Secretary General, ERA