Maximum workplace safety and flexibility for working at heights: with the new generation of Günzburger Steigtechnik nivello® ladder shoes these are not just words, they're a reality. This is demonstrated by the fact that a quarter of a million second-generation ladder shoes are already in use, as well as by excellent feedback from the trade world. This first-class innovation from the Bavarian quality manufacturer is garnering a lot of praise from its users, was nominated for the DEKRA Award 2019 and GIT Security Award 2020 and has also been awarded the Plus X Award 2019.
The second generation of the nivello® ladder shoe features additional functionalities: 2-axis inclination technology in the integrated joint, for example, ensures optimised, full-surface positioning on the ground, and interchangeable foot plates guarantee a secure grip on all kinds of ground surface. The grooved surface also serves as a wear indicator, while the ladder shoe's integrated angle control always shows the user the correct positioning angle for the ladder.
User praise from practice
Evidence for the fact that the nivello® delivers in practice what it promises comes from the feedback from "Stadtwerk Regensburg. Fahrzeuge und Technik GmbH", for example. The company uses several ladders from Günzburger Steigtechnik that are equipped with the new nivello®. The access aids are used in its disaster protection and special vehicles departments, i.e. where fire service and rescue vehicles, snow ploughs and rubbish trucks are maintained and repaired.
"In these areas, we have to deal with the typical safety challenges faced in heavy vehicle workshops: sometimes, there can be left-over oil, grease or radiator anti-freeze on the floor. Other times, there are slightly uneven areas in the floor", says Andreas Riebel, Deputy Plant Manager and Head of Organisation at "Stadtwerk Regensburg Fahrzeuge und Technik GmbH". "So it is all the more important that our engineers have a secure footing and position when working at heights - we cannot accept any compromise in this area. The nivello® ladder shoe optimises work safety and protection against slippage, so it's a real benefit to our workshops", continues Riebel.
The company has been relying on quality products from Günzburger Steigtechnik for several years: in addition to various ladders, a custom-made roof working platform for maintaining the bus fleet is also in permanent use. "Whether individual project management or new ladders and platforms: we're delighted by the support, and we've found a partner for life in Günzburger Steigtechnik. Of course, it's also fantastic that all the ladders are now equipped with the second generation of the nivello®, because we really don't want to do without them now", adds Riebel.
First-class feedback from all industries
Thomas Jacob from the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for the Retail and Goods Logistics Sectors (BGHW) also approves of the fact that Günzburger Steigtechnik contributes to occupational health and safety with its quality products across all sectors. "We, of course, welcome it when access technology manufacturers ensure even greater safety in work thanks to accessories and equipment details, since they benefit everyone involved. Every measure that increases the static stability of ladders or improves safety when standing on ladders is something that we see as very positive", says the section leader for ladders, step stools and fixed working platforms at the BGHW.
Günzburger Steigtechnik has set a new benchmark in terms of the static stability of ladders with the new nivello®. This is evident from the over 250,000 second-generation ladder shoes that have already made working at height safer since their market launch - and this is true across all sectors, as the sales statistics confirm: the nivello® sells just as well in the trade and industry sector as it does in the public and services sector. Specialist retailers are also delighted to have another product from Günzburg that offers real added value.
Winner of the Plus X Award
The nivello® ladder also shoe impressed the Plus X Award's independent panel of judges, made up of technical editors, designers and industry experts, right across the board: this new product won accolades in no fewer than four award categories - winning seals of quality for "Innovation", "Functionality", "Operating comfort" and "High quality", the most extensive category. The Plus X Award is awarded to products that impress with their innovative technology, unusual design and intelligent yet simple operating concepts.
Thanks to the added value it offers in terms of work safety and flexibility, the new nivello® was also nominated for two further awards: first was the "Safety at Work" category in the DEKRA Award 2019, which honours outstanding concepts, initiatives and processes in the fields of safety at work, at home and in traffic. The ladder shoe was also a finalist in the GIT Security Award 2020, which is organised every year by the trade magazine GIT Sicherheit (GIT Security). The innovation from Günzburger Steigtechnik was shortlisted for the award by a panel of safety experts, comprising examiners, integrators and users.
nivello® satisfies tough demands
Ferdinand Munk, Managing Director of Günzburger Steigtechnik, is especially pleased by the positive feedback from the trade sector: "We are naturally delighted that the nivello® ladder shoe is so popular with the trade sector. The positive feedback shows that we are once again meeting users' tough demands with our new product. The nivello® offers them a complete range of extra added value - and as a quality manufacturer with a passion for innovation and leadership, they should expect nothing less from us."
About Günzburger Steigtechnik
Günzburger Steigtechnik is one of the leading suppliers of access technology of all kinds. Its standard range comprises over 1,600 products and ranges from ladders for commercial, public and private use to mobile scaffolding, platforms and bridging steps, as well as rescue equipment and customised special designs. They include working and maintenance platforms, docking systems, walkways and assembly platforms, for example. Industry 4.0 is an everyday reality for the company since its customised products can be adapted automatically to any environment using state-of-the-art control technology. In terms of service, Günzburger Steigtechnik also offers repairs, maintenance and seminars.
The innovation and technology leader whose motto is "Climb smart!" is constantly turning heads with its new ideas that offer customers real added value in practical situations. The company has received multiple awards for its innovations, business development, responsible and sustainable activities and as a family-friendly employer.
Günzburger Steigtechnik is run by the fourth generation of the same family and manufactures its products exclusively in Günzburg. It was the first manufacturer ever to be audited by TÜV North in 2010 with the certified proof of origin "Made in Germany" and grants a quality guarantee of 15 years on all standard products. The company again ended its financial year with increased sales and has been on course for growth for over 120 years now. Günzburger Steigtechnik employs about 380 people at its company headquarters in Günzburg.