Lifting Q&A

25 April 2008

Giovanni Fassi Managing director, Fassi Gru, Italy

Giovanni Fassi Managing director, Fassi Gru, Italy

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been involved with the company since 1992

What has been the most significant development in your time?

I have grown up with the new technologies so I transfer my attitude and knowledge to cranes. Our latest development is the Evolution Concept that integrates systems like valve banks, safety check valves and remote controls. Like cars, it is impossible to get the same power, traction or stability without an electronic control

Is the crane industry safe?

The way Fassi is approaching the market is different from any other company. We have reached a size that allows us to pay a lot of attention to all aspects. For each new model we build three prototypes. We can then be sure about quality and performance.

What disappoints you most in the industry?

Like in all industries, I do not think there is a homogeneous way of complying with the norms and safety rules, even in the EU with its machinery directive. Probably more controls and more knowledge would be better for the entire industry.

Where do you see the industry in 20 years' time?

I believe Europe will maintain leadership with a strong demand coming from the eastern European markets and North America.

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