Demag Cranes was presented with a coveted prize awarded annually by the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) in the category ‘The People Development Award (Cargo Handling)’. The IBJ Award was presented as a result of the intensive training concept for crane drivers that replaces the cost and time-intensive training on a crane owner’s own machines on-site. The IBJ Awards have been presented since 2009 and are felt worldwide to be one of the most sought-after prizes in the bulk materials handling industry. The award-winning concept was developed by the Services division of Demag Cranes together with the OCHA Training Centre based in the Port of Antwerp and provides crane drivers with the same knowledge and practical skills within three weeks as they could acquire over several months using conventional training methods. This generates a number of advantages for customers since crane drivers work faster and more productively after such a training course, they achieve improved handling rates and boost income. At the same time, significant cost savings can be realised, since the handling company’s own cranes do not have to be made available for the training course and the time spent by the crane drivers off the job is considerably reduced.