First speakers announced for WCTS

24 February 2017

The first speakers and participants for the World Crane and Transport Summit (WCTS) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 7 and 8 November have been confirmed, and include senior executives and safety experts from Europe and the USA.

The one and a half day conference will include presentations and round-tables on safety and accident prevention, multi-crane lifts, alternative lifting techniques and wind-turbine projects. A round-table with senior figures from the world's largest crane manufacturers will also be held.

Topics and speakers confirmed to date include:

Behavioural approach to creating a safety cultureMike Appling, CEO, TNT Crane & Rigging

Anatomy of an accidentMarco van Daal, owner & founder, The Works International

The Juliana Bridge crane accident: the lessons learnedGertjan van de Werken, assistant director, Peinemann Kranen

Alternative lifting case studyJeroen Naalden, global director, Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology

OEM round-table

  • Christoph Kleiner, managing director, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen (round-table participant)
  • Aaron Ravenscroft, executive vice president mobile cranes, Manitowoc (round-table participant)
  • Bill Stramer, vice president marketing, sales & customer support (round-table participant)
  • More participants to be announced.

Multi-crane lifts round-table

  • Richard Krabbendam, heavy lift specialist (round-table participant)
  • Klaus Meissner, director of product strategy, Terex Cranes (round-table participant)
  • More participants to be announced.

For more details on the event visit:

The schedule for the conference is as follows:

Monday 6 November

  • Informal evening reception

Tuesday 7 November

  • Full day conference 09.30 to 17.20
  • Networking buffet dinner in evening

Wednesday 8 November

  • Half-day conference 09.00 to 13.00
  • Networking lunch 13.00 to 14.30.

The World Crane and Transport Summit (WCTS) is organised by KHL Group and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine. Silver sponsors are Kobelco, Liebherr and Tii Sales (Scheuerle, Nicolas, Kamag, Tratec), and supporting sponsor is Modulift.

Note that this information was correct at the time of writing in Late February and subject to change as more speakers and sponsors are signed up. For further information and the latest updates see:

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