01 April 2008
Thirteen years ago, 41 globetrotting participants from 17 SC&RA companies in the United States headed down under for memorable tours of New Zealand, Australia and Singapore during the International Business Forum, 16 June to 3 July 1995. The forum succeeded in its mission of generating a cooperative spirit among US members and their international counterparts.
In keeping with the goals and objectives outlined in the association's current strategic plan, SC&RA will work to further expand its global presence with a return visit to Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, 3 to 13 November 2008. This event will be filled with substantial meeting and networking opportunities.
The 2008 International Business Forum is a collaborative effort that also involves the Crane Industry Council of Australia, the Crane Industry Association of New South Wales, the New Zealand Heavy Haulage Association and the Crane Association of New Zealand.
Opening forums at both nations will have discussion on topics that include hot markets, the industry's current issues and trends, labour shortages, regulatory challenges, and opportunities for business partnerships.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to participate in a monthly meeting of the Crane Association of New South Wales. Topics on the agenda include crane operations; safety and maintenance; transport permit issues; the crane association's direction and priorities; and products and services.
The group will also tour the Terex Franna factory in Brisbane, Australia and SC&RA members' facilities in Auckland. Many opportunities will be available to build business networks and friendships during several receptions and dinners.
In addition, the International Business Forum will provide opportunities for members to explore on their own or set up individual business meetings with industry affiliates.
Registrations must be received by 15 March. Airfare into Sydney and out of Auckland is the responsibility of each participant, but registration fees include airfare from Sydney to Auckland and airfare to and from Brisbane.