Denmark wins World Crane Champion title

Held at the IAA show, the crane event saw Tim Hansen crowned the top operator

Denmark wins World Crane Champion title
The celebration after the Hiab WCC event.


Hiab’s annual World Crane Champion event has been won by Denmark in 2016, with Tim Hansen claiming the title at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Held over the weekend, the 2016 final saw the 16 competitors behind the controls of a new Hiab X-HiPro 232 mid-range loader crane that was launched just days before.

Designed to test their skill and ability to handle a range of obstacles at speed, the event requires the competitors to complete eight tasks, including knocking some objects over and carrying some into an allotted space without hitting or disturbing overhanging and stationary objects.

With a time of 2:51:42, Hansen was judged the top performer, followed by Guido Beaujean from the Netherlands with a time of 2:53:99, and Martin Utpatel from Germany with a time of 2:51:01.

The winner, who has a long family connection with the industry having both his grandfather and father currently working as crane operators, says he will use the Euro20,000 (A$29,500) prizemoney on the purchase of a new Hiab X-HiPro 232 crane for his company, Tim Hansem APS.

He will also leave Germany with a EUR 5,000 (A$7,400) travel cheque.

Congratulating him on the win, Hiab loader cranes senior vice president Joakim Andersson says all finalists created "a great competition."

"You put up a stunning show at the World Crane Championships," Andersson says.

"Also the road up to the race was amazing, with hundreds of professional crane drivers taking part in the qualifications.

"We at Hiab are thrilled to have hosted this event where the industry's best drivers have shown that they've really got what it takes.

"We look forward to the next championship final at the IAA 2018 exhibition in Hannover!"

Representing Australia and New Zealand at the event were Robert Zamprogno from Rega Construction and James Coles from Stark Bros, respectively.

The other finalists came from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom and Slovenia.



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