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10 & 11 MAY  2017    LONDON, UK

International Tower Cranes 2011


The first International Tower Cranes conference was held in London UK in 2011. Industry professionals from around the world attended the one-day conference and networking event organised by International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine, a KHL publication.








The inaugural conference and dinner for the global tower crane industry, launched by International Cranes and Specialized Transport, and its publisher KHL Group was held to great acclaim in London, UK on May 12 2011.


Some 150 delegates from across the world attended the networking, business information and social event for leaders and senior managers of all tower crane users, and their suppliers and manufacturers.


Held at the five star Grange St Paul’s hotel International Tower Cranes 2011 focused on best practice worldwide, safety and the development of common international standards, regulations and work practices.


Presentations came from 17 leading industry professionals who shared their knowledge on a range of key topics affecting the industry. The conference also received strong support from, among others, the UK Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and its respected Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG). The CPA and the TCIG used International Tower Cranes 2011 to launch a report and new guidelines on climbing.

Other related topics included counterfeit parts, causes of accidents and the development of equipment. The economy also featured heavily, with discussions on market trends and the importance of emerging nations.


Delegates were given the opportunity to:

Meet senior executives of major crane industry and rental companies

Meet top manufacturers

Be involved in international developments on standards

Develop contacts with user and supplier organisations

Increase and develop their market profile


International Cranes and Specialized Transport would like to thank all those who attended and spoke at International Tower Cranes 2011 for making it such a successful event.


Alex Dahm


International Cranes and Specialized Transport


ITC 2011 speakers

Syd Appleyard

CPA Tower Crane Interest Group, Select Plant


Syd Appleyard is a time-served auto mechanic and he was a heavy plant fitter for ten years. He joined Hewden Stuart in the tower crane division as a service engineer and worked there for 23 years, rising through the ranks to operations director. Ten years ago he joined Select Plant as senior operations manager for the tower crane division. Since then he has changed roles to performance manager.


Appleyard is actively involved with Construction Plant-hire Association in the UK and is chair of the Tower Crane Interest Group. He has been a major contributor to many crane industry standard works; including the Best Practice Guide on the Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination of Tower Cranes and the Best Practice Guide on the Safe Use of Top Slew Tower Cranes. He is also the initiator of the Safe Climbing of Tower Cranes film.


He is also a member of the CPA Strategic Forum for Construction for Plant Safety.

Mark Champion

Engineering manager, Arcomet (UK)


Mark Champion is Technical Director of Arcomet Tower Cranes based in the UK. Responsibilities’ included the operational management of Arcomets tower crane fleet based in the UK. A Mechanical Engineer with 28 years experience of working in the construction plant industry working for both major construction and tower crane rental companies.

Nadine Dereza (Chair Person)

Nadine Dereza is a specialist business presenter. With a background as a reporter for the BBC and CNN, she was named Financial Journalist of the Year whilst working as London Business Correspondent for Summit TV.


Off-camera, Nadine Dereza is a Non Executive Director for WorldSkills London 2011, bringing together young people from across the globe to compete in vocational skills.


Nadine regularly presents items on all the major business stories. She is also conversant with consumer finance, online business and many sectors including oil & gas, retail, telecoms and technology. Nadine is an accomplished chair, facilitator, interviewer and presenter.

Oliver Fenker

Senior manager, electrical engineering, Liebherr


Dr Oliver Fenker is senior manager for electrical engineering at Liebherr-Werk Biberach in Germany. Before that he was responsible for the electrical hardware and software design of drive systems for tower cranes, container cranes and mining trucks at the same factory. Before Fenker joined Liebherr in 1998 he received his PhD from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in electrical engineering.

Huang Qun

General Manager, Zoomlion Tower Crane


Huang Qun is the general manager of Zoomlion Hoisting Machinery Branch Company (ZHMB), a subsidiary of Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Company. She has been recognised as one of the top experts in the construction hoisting machinery field.


The company has seen significant growth based on strong R&D, management development and the prosperity of the regional economy.


Ms Qun directs the evoluition of ZHMB, which achieved 3 billion Yuan of gross production in 2010, up from 300 million Yuan in 2006. Today, it is one of the top companies of its type in the world.

David Janssen

Managing director of engineering, Arcomet (Belgium)


David Janssen, Ing, M. Eng, Mechanical, is the managing director of the engineering department at Acromet Group, the world biggest tower crane rental company, based in Belgium. He is responsible for:


>  safety and application engineering as a service for tower cranes and self-erecting cranes

>  design of self erecting cranes on stationary and mobile base

>  implementation of quality and safety programmes in the Arcomet Group.


Janssen has been at Arcomet since 1999 and has been a Lecturer at the CVO High School in Belgium since 1995.

François Jourdan

Vice President – Global Marketing, Terex Cranes


With over 20 years experience in international sales and marketing, in positions of increasing responsibility with Ford, New Holland and CNH, in the Middle East, Latin America, London and Chicago, François joined Terex Cranes in 2007.


Over the past four years as Global Marketing Vice President, reporting to the President, he has lead the global marketing team in building the Terex Cranes brand. His responsibility focuses on all elements of the marketing mix from research and analysis, product communication and the development of marketing plans, to the initiation of commercial organization processes (Sales Board President), including the migration of the company’s multiple legacy brands.

Peter Juhren

Corporate service manager at Morrow Equipment


Peter Juhren is corporate service manager at Morrow Equipment Company in the USA. He has been in the tower crane industry for 30 years. Juhren is a member of the ASME B30 main committee and chairs the ASME B30.3 sub-committee for tower cranes. He is also a commissioner with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and served on the Federal OSHA C-DAC committee in 2004 to re-write CFR 1926.550 subpart N for cranes.

Heinz-Gert Kessel

Project engineering manager at Frans Bracht, special correspondent International Cranes and Specialized Transport


Heinz-Gert Kessel entered the crane industry in 1991 and was head of the heavy lift division of the, at that time, largest German crane rental company Breuer. Kessel moved to German mobile crane rental specialist Franz Bracht in 1998. He is responsible for project engineering and is assistant crane consultant to a number of leading tower crane rental companies. He has been interested in tower cranes since childhood. In 1987 he started reporting for national and international crane magazines on tower crane applications in his spare time. As freelance writer he has been a regular contributor on International Cranes and Specialized Transport since 1997. His articles concentrate on special application top slewing tower cranes and luffing jib climbing cranes. Kessel is one of three authors of a book charting the worldwide history of tower cranes in the last 100 years, published in 2010 in German, titled Turmdrehkrane: Über 100 Jahre auf Baustellen in aller Welt.

Marcus O’Connor

HM Inspector of Health and Safety (Construction Sector), Health and Safety Executive (UK)


Marcus O’Connor first became a construction inspector for the UK’s Health and Safety Executive in 2001. He started his present role in the HSE’s construction sector safety team in 2006. He is currently the national lead inspector for operational policy issues for the Construction Division of the HSE, specialising in workplace transport, lifting operations, tunnelling and excavations and machinery safety.

Peter Schiefer

Owner and CEO, Wolffkran


Dr. Peter Schiefer was born in Germany in 1967. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich he commenced his career at Rolm Communications developing strategies and partnerships for the USA-based enterprise communication business of Siemens. A move then to Siemens took him on a steep career path around the world; his last position with them was as President and CEO Instrumentation and Control Division. He proceeded to work with Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division, London and then GI Ventures Inc., Germany. He bought Wolffkran with his partner in 2005.


Christoph Schneider

Head of project department, Liebherr-Werk Biberach (Germany)


Christoph Schneider studied civil and structural engineering at the Technical University in Munich, following that in 1985 by receiving a certificate as a welding engineer.


He joined Liebherr-Werk Biberach in 1986 as an engineer engaged in static calculations of tower cranes. He became a project manager in 1989 and head of the project department in 2003 a position he holds today.


Schneider is an expert engineer examiner of tower cranes, as approved by the German Society for Safety and Accident Prevention and serves on a number of CEN and ISO technical committees on hoists, cranes and tower cranes. He has also lectured in structural engineering for architects and construction machinery at the Biberach University of Applied Science.

Ian Simpson

HM principal specialist inspector (mechanical engineering), Health & Safety Executive (UK)


Ian Simpson is a principal inspector at the UK Health and Safety Executive specialising in the safety of lifting equipment including cranes. Simpson has been a member of the drafting teams for a number of publications including:


>  BS EN 13000 Mobile Cranes

>  BS EN 12999 Loader Cranes

>  BS EN 280 Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

>  BS 7121-1 Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes -Part 1 General

>  BS 7121-5 Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes -Part 5 Tower Cranes

>  CIRIA RP707 Tower Crane Stability – promoting safe design and use

>  CPA Best practice guidance on the safe use of self erecting tower cranes

>  HSE/CPA/SAFED/CITB/MCG Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination of Mobile and Tower Cranes.


Simpson has investigated high profile accidents involving cranes and other construction plant. He has presented his findings at inquests and appeared as an expert witness in court. He has also shared his findings at safety seminars and events. Simpson is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds a mechanical engineering degree. He has more than 30 years experience in manufacturing and construction.

Dominic Swords

Business economist and consultant


Dominic Swords has a background in the City working in Economic Intelligence at the Bank of England during the 80s and has worked in Business Schools for some 20 years including London Business School and Henley Business School. His primary research and consulting covers:

>   Business Economics

>   Strategic Management

>   Innovation


He is a regular contributor to a number of TV and Radio programmes including the the BBC’s Financial World Tonight, World Business Report, News 24 and the Money Programme and CNBC’s ‘Strictly Money’. Recent subjects have included commentary on topical issues such as economic prospects for the EU and UK, the re-structuring of the European airline industry, financial planning and inheritance, OPEC oil price decisions and the impact of oil prices on industry growth and profitability.


He has over 15 years of international experience having run client projects in the EU, the US, the Far East - in Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and Japan - and Australia.

Ian Watson

Health and safety director, Bovis Lend Lease


Ian has worked in the construction industry for more than 35 years, including 20 years as a contracts and project manager on a wide range of building projects throughout the UK. For 15 years he has been a senior member of the Bovis Lend Lease Safety Team, developing and implementing health and safety procedures and standards on major building projects.


In recent years Ian has sat on a number of industry health and safety-related work groups developing industry best practice, including chairing the SFfC Tower Crane Erection, Climbing and Dismantling Planning group. He was also the key person responsible for the production, in conjunction with Select Plant, of the HSE endorsed tower crane safe climbing DVD, which has been made available to the industry and distributed in more than 20 countries.

Tim Watson

Technical consultant Construction Plant-hire association (UK)


Tim Watson is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than forty years experience in the construction plant industry. As an independent engineering consultant specialising in lifting and powered access equipment, Tim is involved with crane standards work and acts as a technical consultant to the Construction Plant-hire Association in the UK. He has been a major contributor to many crane industry standard works; including the BS 7121 Safe Use of Cranes series, the CPA/CITB Tower Crane Installation Training Program, the CIRIA Guide on Tower Crane Stability, and the Best Practice Guide on the Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination of Tower Cranes.

Francesco Valente

Application engineering manager, Terex Cranes


Francesco Valente joined Terex Cranes in 2006 as Application Engineering Manager of the Tower Crane Division. Based in Fontanafredda, Italy, Francesco leads the Tower Crane Application Engineering team, dedicated to providing technical solutions for our customer’s projects and special applications worldwide.

Jean-Pierre Zaffiro

Global Product Director, Tower Cranes, Manitowoc Cranes


Jean-Pierre Zaffiro is global product director for tower cranes at Manitowoc. He is responsible for the development of Potain cranes and his functions include engineering, manufacturing, pricing and market analysis. Prior to taking this role he worked for 10 years at Manitowoc Crane Care and his final position there was as EMEA sales and marketing manager. In this position he also served as plant manager for the company’s facility in Decines, France. He studied International Business at the ESC Chambery and ESC Le Havre business schools.