CATLA conference 2013 success

By Alex Dahm03 June 2013

Around 180 industry professionals gathered at the second International Cranes and Transport Latin America (CATLA) conference in Sâo Paulo, Brazil.

The event, on 4 June, opened with keynote speaker Helen Joyce, Brazil bureau chief at The Economist, an internationally respected business magazine. It is a two-speed economy in Brazil with investment down and inflation up, Joyce said. Also rising are wages in the country's strong job market, Joyce said, and that it has become more difficult to do business in Brazil.

A major barrier to business, said speaker Joao Batista Dominici, Sindipesa executive vice president, is the road infrastructure and restrictions on bridge loading, delays in getting permits and so on.

Other speakers included David Rodrigues, commercial director at leading Brazilian crane rental and specialized transport company Makro. Also maikng presentations were Javier Martinez, ALE executive director; Joel Oliva, manager at National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO); Sarah Spivey, Modulift managing director; and Vincent Stenger, product safety manager, Terex and FEM member.

PDF copies of the presentations are available for download on the CATLA page of

Look out for more information about this event soon.

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