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Hiab crowns World Crane Champion 2018

October 1, 2018  By Hiab

Hiab, part of Cargotec, is delighted to announce that Andreas Öhman from Sweden has won the World Crane Championship (WCC) held on Sept. 22 and 23 in connection with the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany. 

Among 15 finalists, Öhman won the championship final with a time of 2:32:89. Jani Väisänen from Finland came in second place with a time of 2:38:95, and Tim Hansen from Denmark came in third place with a time of 2:33:18 after winning the bronze final.

In the finals of the third World Crane Championships, the crane drivers got to operate the cutting-edge HIAB X-HiPro 232 mid-range loader crane. The competition tested the contestants’ skills and ability to move water cans along a predefined path in the shortest possible time.

“I was very nervous during the competition, I had a high heart rate during the whole time, but now it feels so good,” Öhman commented after the race. “The WCC competition was very well arranged and a lot of fun. You meet people from all over the world!”

Öhman will return home with the title of World Crane Champion, a EUR 5,000 travel cheque and a EUR 20,000 voucher to purchase of a new HIAB loader crane. Lotta Sjöberg, the global marketing manager of HIAB Loader Cranes, congratulated Öhman on the championship title.

The first-ever World Crane Championship in 2015, sponsored and organized by Hiab, launched a new tradition in the industry, giving crane operators from around the world the chance to showcase their skills and measure their abilities against those of their peers. This year, the finalists came from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom and Slovenia.

“I want to warmly congratulate Andreas Öhman for the win and all the finalists for a great competition,” said Joakim Andersson, senior vice-president of Hiab Cranes. “Andreas put up a stunning show at the World Crane Championships. The national qualifiers leading up the finals were truly amazing, with hundreds of professional crane drivers taking part. We at Hiab are thrilled to have hosted this event for the third time, where the industry’s best drivers have proven that they really have what it takes. We look forward to the next championship final at the IAA 2020 exhibition in Hannover!”

About Hiab
Hiab is the world’s leading provider of on-road load handling equipment, intelligent services and digitally connected solutions. As the industry pioneer, Hiab’s more than 3,300 employees worldwide focus on our commitment to increasing efficiency in our customers’ businesses and to shaping the future of intelligent load handling.
Hiab’s offering encompasses class-leading load-handling equipment, including HIAB loader cranes, LOGLIFT and JONSERED forestry and recycling cranes, MOFFETT truck mounted forklifts, MULTILIFT demountables, and tail lifts under the ZEPRO, DEL, and WALTCO brands. Hiab’s ProCareTM service, award-winning HiVisionTM crane control system, and the HiConnectTM platform demonstrate our constant drive to provide intelligent services and connected solutions that add value for our customers.
Hiab is part of the Cargotec Corporation. Cargotec’s (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2017 totalled approximately EUR 3.2 billion, and it employs over 11,000 people.


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