The second World Crane and Transport Summit was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands last week to great acclaim.
More than 300 industry professionals gathered at Amsterdam's Hotel Krasnapolsky for the two day conference and networking dinner.
The event, held bi-annually, offered presentations and debates on the key issues facing the worldwide crane and transport industry. Speakers included Joel Dandrea, executive vice president, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) and Christian-Jacques Vernazza, president and chief executive of Mediaco and the president of the European Association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes (ESTA), among many others.
Talks centred on the world economy and the importance of global partnerships to achieve common requirements in lifting and transport, particularly from a safety point of view.
Among a range of agreements and plans was ESTA's annoucement of a global SPMT best practice guide - the first standard to be written for this equipment. ESTA and FEM also confirmed that their joint work at height working group could result in a FEM standard by the end of next year.
The EN 13000 European standard governing rated capacity limiters was another major topic for discussion and it became apparent that the USA's demand for override keys to be included in the crane cab is gaining support worldwide.
In addition, major Chinese manufacturers provided insights into their ambitions domestically and globally.
There will be a full round up in the December issue of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine.
The World Crane and Transport Summit is an exciting networking, business information and social event for the leaders of the world crane and specialized transport industries, their suppliers and manufacturers.
Held on 10 and 11 November 2011 at the five-star Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it brought together senior industry executives from around the world.
WCTS is supported by the world's leading crane and transport associations, equipment manufacturers and rental companies.