Hiab crowns Andreas Öhman from Sweden as World Crane Champion 2018 at the IAA
Hiab, part of Cargotec, is delighted to announce that Andreas Öhman from Sweden has won the World Crane Championship (WCC) held on 22 and 23 September in connection with the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
Among 15 finalists, Andreas 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,” Andreas 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!” said Mr. ÖhmanAndreas 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 organised 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.
Joakim Andersson, the Senior Vice President of Hiab Cranes, commented: “I want to warmly congratulate Andreas Öhman for the win and all the finalists for a great competition. 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!”