ERA Convention Programme

By Murray Pollok22 April 2008

The ERA convention will be a ‘one-stop-shop' for rental, combining a three day exhibition of equipment and services targeted at rental companies (see page XX for details) with an ERA-organised programme of speakers, workshops and events for rental professionals.

ERA members will have free access to the seminars - including a keynote speech by US rental consultant Dan Kaplan - but non-members are also encouraged to attend, with prices ranging from €180 t €290, depending on how many days you attend and when you book (see booking details on this page).

You can register to attend the convention online at Please note that to attend the ERA convention you also have to register for the International Rental Exhibition. This is free and can be done at

ERA Convention Programme

Tuesday 3 June 2008

10.00 Opening of the IRE (International Rental Exhibition)

14.00-16.30 Rental Associations' meetings

16.30-18.00 Thematic Roundtables
Is European cooperation possible in fighting equipment theft?

The silent profit killer

Tower Cranes
Moving issues together, i.e. norms and safety

Wednesday 4 June 2008

9.30-11.00 Thematic Roundtables:
National Rental Associations
Sharing experience

Manufacturers and Rental Companies
Comparative advantages of rental networks affiliated to manufacturers versus independents?

Preparing for tomorrow?

11.00-13.00 European Rental Association Committees' Workshops :
Statistics, Promotion, General Rental Conditions, EU Affairs

15.00-17.30 European Rental Association Convention - Plenary session:
Welcome by the President
European Economic Outlook 2008/09
Construction equipment update
ECED - Mr. Gameiro, ECED President
Keynote Address - Dan Kaplan, Daniel Kaplan Associates

18.30-23.0 European Rental Awards
Welcome Cocktail
Gala dinner
Awards Ceremony
(For more information on this event, visit

Thursday 5 June 2008

9.00-10.30 European Rental Association - General Assembly
(Members only)
President's address
Financial update
Reports from Committees

11.00-12.0 RA Committee Workshops
Statistics, Promotion, General Rental Conditions, EU Affairs

12.00-14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00-15.00 Thematic Roundtables :
Information efficiency
How to increase productivity using new technologies.

Financial models in rental

Tool Hire and B to C equipment rental
What future for tool hire?

15.00-16.0 Guest speaker
Bertrand Picard, Scientist/Adventurer

16.00-16.15 Closure of Convention, ERA President

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