Speakers announced for ITC 2015

01 September 2014

The first three speakers have been announced for the next International Tower Cranes (ITC) conference, to be held in London, UK, on 27 and 28 May 2015.

The International Tower Cranes (ITC) conference is aimed at tower crane owners, users, manufacturers and others responsible for the safe planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of tower cranes.

Keynote speaker at ITC 2015 will be Philippe Cohet, chairman at Arcomet, one of the world’s largest tower crane rental companies. Cohet will present a unique perspective on the tower crane value chain and the market worldwide. Prior to joining Belgium-headquartered Arcomet in March 2014, Cohet, from France, spent ten years on the manufacturing side of the industry, at Manitowoc and its tower crane manufacturer Potain.

Also speaking at ITC 2015 will be Dave Holder, director and general manager at tower crane specialist HTC Plant in the UK. Holder has been in the crane industry for all 33 years of his working life. He has worked his way up to his current position where he is responsible for the day to running of a business with the largest tower crane rental fleet in the UK. His presentation will tackle the topic of how to attract new talent to the industry, including apprenticeships and other training.

Heinz-Gert Kessel is the third speaker to be announced. Kessel, from Germany, is widely acknowledged as a leading global authority on tower cranes. He will compare the different design approaches of European and Japanese luffing jib tower crane designers. His presentation will discuss the possibility of certain features from the Japanese cranes being incorporated into new models for Europe and the rest of the world while others will remain as requirements just for the home market.

In addition to having a full time job working in the crane industry, Kessel has written comprehensive technical articles about tower cranes since 1986 and has been a regular contributor to International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine since the beginning. He has also co-authored a popular historical technical reference book on tower cranes.

Organised by International Cranes and Specialized Transport and its publisher KHL Group, International Tower Cranes 2015 will be held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in west London, UK, on 27 and 28 May. It will start with a networking reception on the evening of 27 May, followed by a full-day conference programme on the 28th. ITC 2015.

The event will include presentations on tower crane innovations, rental trends, project reports and safety issues. Likely topics also include higher capacity cranes, dealing with ever more confined space and congested work sites. The possibility of arranging a tower crane site visit on the 27th, open to all delegates, is under investigation.

An invitation to submit proposals for presentations has will remain open until the end of 2014. Suggestions for potential topics should be sent to Alex Dahm, International Cranes and Specialized Transport editor (alex.dahm@khl.com +44 1892 786206).

ITC was most recently held in Berlin, Germany, in November 2013, where it attracted almost 150 delegates from 23 countries worldwide.

More information on the conference will be published as it becomes available at: www.khl.com/itc

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