The fifth International Tower Crane (ITC) conference opened in London with 255 delegates.
Attendees on 10 and 11 May included many of the world’s major tower crane manufacturers and rental companies from Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA. Among the users and buyers were NFT, Bigge Crane, HTC Wolffkran, Arcomet, Matebat and Select Lifting Solutions.
The conference opened with keynote speaker Simon Marr, a director with Marr Contracting in Australia, arguing that tower cranes have a central role to play in infrastructure and civil engineering projects and not just high rise jobs. “The tower crane industry needs to think differently about how we use the tower cranes – not just on high rise projects but any construction project,” argued Marr. “It’s all about why we use them [tower cranes] and how we use them,” Marr said. “We like to challenge the status quo… lifting more, less often.”
See www.khl.com and the next issue of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine for further news about the conference.
ITC Gold sponsors were: Falcon Jaso, Liebherr, Terex and Wolffkran. Silver sponsors were: FM Gru, Linden Comansa, Potain and Radius NFT. Supporting sponsors were Blokcam, Casar, Emerson Crane Hire, Geda, Hoist Cam, Jost London Tower Cranes, Morrow, Rayco Wylie, and Recom. Casar also sponsored the boat trip on the River Thames the day before the conference.
Supporting organisations were the Construction Plant-hire Association, Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association and ESTA (European association for abnormal road transport and mobile cranes).