Platformder to collaborate with IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation - IPAF - and Turkish aerial lift association Platformder have signed a new agreement aimed at enhancing safety, training, and standards within the Turkish powered access industry.

Collaboration between the two associations began three years ago with a memorandum of understanding leading to a more formal agreement signed this month by Platformder president Saruhan Gunaydın and Romina Vanzi, the head of regional development for IPAF.

This is IPAF’s first agreement designating a national association as an IPAF dealer/agency in its respective country. The collaboration is part of IPAF's strategy to integrate with local associations, in order to foster a combined local and international presence.

The accord covers a range of initiatives, including the co-branding of training materials, translation of essential documents, and the adaptation of IPAF's training portal for the Turkish audience. Platformder’ s deputy secretary general Abdullah Tuncer has been appointed as the IPAF country manager for Turkey, reinforcing local representation. Among the materials that IPAF aims to gradually make available is the digital card, accessible via the ePAL app, due for release in Turkish in the new year.

Saruhan Gunaydın said: "We are honoured to be the first national association that IPAF has chosen to partner with in this unique capacity. This agreement represents an opportunity for Platformder to provide our Turkish members with access to world leading guidelines in the mobile work platform sector and deliver top quality training programmes."

Romina Vanzi added: "IPAF is enthusiastic about this landmark collaboration, as a non-profit organisation, our shared mission is to promote and enable the safe, effective use of powered access equipment. This partnership allows us to integrate with the local association, bridging the gap between global standards and local expertise."

IPAF chief executive Peter Douglas said: "Sharing is essential for growth. Local associations should leverage the wealth of knowledge and resources developed by IPAF through its committees. While we acknowledge our strengths, we also recognise the challenges of being present in over 80 countries. Agreements like these signify maturity, unifying efforts and messages, thereby steering associations toward a common direction."

Platformder has 60 local members, with little overlap between IPAF’s seven members in Turkey, excluding associations, at least two of which are training centres.