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Volvo Ocean Challenge




Belgium winner at Volvo CE European Operators Club Final

As the Volvo Ocean Race competitors prepared to leave Europe on the first leg of this year’s round the world race, two dozen construction equipment operators from across the continent headed into Alicante to compete in a trial of skill and precision – the European Operators Club Final 2011.

The Volvo Construction Equipment Operators Club started about 10 years ago in Germany and has grown considerably since then with Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands all now participating. Indeed, at this year’s final there was also a representation from Spain, and in the last few days Italy has committed to starting the Club in 2012. All machine operators are welcome in the club, no matter if they operate Volvo machines or those manufactured by competitors’.

There are today about 9000 members that get benefits like free entrance to trade fairs, factory visits, merchandise and of course the chance to compete for the European title, which not only carries great kudos, but also comes with a cheque for €1,000.

cwmags Volvo Operator challengers are very demanding as operators have to show their skills on different types of machine.     Project coordinator for the final in Alicante, Carl Gindahl said: “The operators are not necessarily our customers, but they often have a very strong impact on what machines their employers buy And by having the operators closer to us, we can listen to their needs for future machines.”

Operator challengers are very demanding as operators have to show their skills on different types of machine.

The Operators’ Club is based on a series of national competitions, often held in association with trade shows or demonstrations, where the skill and precision of eligible operators is tested. Winners of these national competitions then go through to the annual European final.

Project Manager and Corporate Communication Manager for Volvo CE Region Europe, Steve Skinner said: “We are working closely with Volvo CE dealers throughout Europe to ensure that operators from every country have access to the Club.”

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