On November 26, SC&RA Vice President Beth O’Quinn along with SC&RA members Ingo Schiller, The Manitowoc Company, and Robert Weiss, Cranes, Inc., participated in a meeting of international associations representing the crane and rigging industry and crane manufacturers. The meeting, hosted by the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) and the China Construction Machinery Association (CCMA), was conducted in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with Bauma China.
“This meeting presented a wonderful opportunity to bring together international crane and rigging companies with manufacturers to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern,” noted O’Quinn. As world trade, cultural and national interaction increase the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly will be the forum to help forge international industry cooperation. We have established the foundation and contacts to serve the industry worldwide, for years to come.”
Among the issues discussed included EN13000, wind turbine installation and transportation safety issues, stability limits in capacity charts in mobile cranes and data loggers/event recorders. Other organizations represented at the meeting included the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), China National Machinery Quality Supervision Testing Center, the European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA) and the Federation Europeenne de la Manutention (FEM). The Assembly confirmed its commitment to meet yearly in conjunction with industry events with the next meeting in April 2013 at Bauma Munich and in 2014 at ConExpo.
Author; Maria Donald