CATT Turkey 2014 conference success
Written by Alex Dahm - 02 Jun 2014
The second International Cranes and Transport Turkey conference, organised jointly by KHL Group (publisher of IC and CPT) and APA Publishing, was attended by more than 200 guests. The conference in Istanbul on 8 May brought together many important names from the industry and from public authorities. It was also the stage for a number of presentations of national and international projects.
Attendees included national and international managers, academics and public sector officials. Topics included the national economy and the future of the sector, experience with issues and challenges, new legislation, best practices from successful projects, new equipment and technology. Following an opening session, there were four sessions entitled Transportation and Operations, Safety and Best Practices, Projects and Exemplary Applications, with presentations and speeches made by 11 experts.
Feedback from participants at the event was overwhelmingly positive. Ramazan Midilli, Vinçder president, who participated with several members of the association, evaluated the event as follows, “This is a conference that should take place every year. The sector needs such events. The issues that have been discussed have the potential to light the way for heavy transportation and crane companies. The crane operation sector in Turkey is like a newly shining star. The sector has existed since the 1980s but, until six or seven years ago, it was very limited. For the last six years the sector has come into the light and has started to make waves.”
Kerim Başakıncı, DAS Otomotiv director, said that he was very happy with the conference, the first of which took place in 2012. “The number of participants was significantly higher than the first event. The participant profile and presentations were impressive. Almost all of the representatives of the sector, both national and international, were in attendance. These types of conferences contribute to the development of the awareness of safety and security in the sector.”
Florian Peters, Manitowoc product specialist, said that the event was great for meeting potential clients in the Turkish market, adding, “The market is growing every year. There are some important developments and innovations in the field of crawler cranes. We can say that transportation and logistics have sped up.”
Zhu Dan, Sany vice president, said that the conference was very positive for them, “Taking part in this meeting was very important for us. Turkey has a significant place in the heavy transportation and crane market due to its geographical location. As a bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey has important relations and connections with both sides. Turkey also has world class companies and products.”
Samet Gürsü, Hareket operations manager and speaker at the event, commented, “I think that the conference was quite beneficial, especially the information given by KGM authorities and academics regarding transportation that requires special permission. This issue was important to me and the private sector and public authorities were exposed to this information. I think that in the next period we will be able to make progress. The conference brings together the sector, increasing trade and allowing us to meet with companies operating in different areas.”
Ünal Nakipler, Enka İnşaat Machinery and Supply Group deputy general manager, was among the attendees at the conference. Nakipler said that the event was beneficial not only for crane and project transportation companies but for all sectors, adding, “The sector has some deficiencies. I think we need more of these events to remedy this situation. We need to achieve harmony between the state actors and the private sector through these events in order to work more safely and produce high quality work. When we achieve these two criteria, I think we should continue to raise the bar.”
One of the most anticipated presentations at CATT 2014 was that of Recep Çimen, STFA İnşaat Group Machinery Supply Chain vice president. After his presentation Çimen commented, “The event was highly successful in terms of the number of participants and the quality. The conference was especially successful as it unified all of the related parties. These events are beneficial in increasing the level of knowledge in the sector, attracting international attention to Turkey and bringing together vendors and clients. The conference was also significant as it united actors in the sector with officials from public authorities.”
Taşkın Taş, Yapı Merkezi operations chief, said, “The crane and project transportation conference is beneficial as an event where we are exposed to national and international projects simultaneously. In this way large companies are able to become informed regarding works ongoing at the national and international levels. I believe that the conference will help to internationalise the sector and increase communication. As far as I can see, the conference is being supported by a number of associations and groups. I believe that this conference will also strengthen the ties between such organisations.”
Levent Kuşgöz, İzmir Vinç member of the board, said, “I think that the event was very successful and beneficial. All of the representatives of the sector and the related parties for the issues experienced by the sector participated. I believe that future events will be attended by an even larger number of people. This is because sector companies need to discuss events that are unfolding and issues all together.”
Mahmut Ulutaş, Ultrans Company manager, commented, “I was very satisfied with the first edition of the event organised two years ago. For the second edition of the conference my expectations were even higher and they were met. This event is also significant for me personally. It was the first event I took part in under the title cranes and heavy transportation. I would like to thank all sponsors supporting the event, Apa Publishing and the KHL Group.”
Owner, The Works International
Marco van Daal has been in the heavy lift and transport industry since 1993. He started at Netherlands-headquartered Mammoet and later was at Fagioli PSC from Italy. Both are leading companies in the industry. His 20-plus years experience extends to five continents and more than 55 countries. Van Daal has made his knowledge available in a book, The Art of Heavy Transport, available at www.the-works-int.com, and as a contributing member on the B30 committee with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a great believer in sharing knowledge and experience. As founder and owner of The Works international he offers heavy transport and lifting seminars all over the world, both in a classroom environment as well as
WireCo WorldGroup, vice president of global R&D, innovation and technology
Oliver Fries has a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern and more than 20 years of experience in crane development. He began his career with all terrain crane design in 1991 at Demag in Germany. He gained increasing responsibility in the mobile crane engineering group. In 2002 Demag was acquired by Terex. In his last position with the organisation, he was responsible for the research and development of all terrain and crawler cranes at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken, Germany. In April 2012 he assumed the role of engineering director at WireCo WorldGroup’s European facilities. Since July 2013 he has been responsible for electromechanical cable, steel and synthetic wire rope research and development worldwide. Oliver Fries has led some of the key mobile crane innovations during his career and is using his expertise to develop the next generation of ropes that meet demanding crane applications.
Managing partner, NFT Cranes
In 1994 Nabil Al Zahlawi started NFT with 20 cranes for rental and 10 employees. It is now one of the largest tower crane rental companies in the world with almost 1,000 cranes, 200 hoists and 600 employees. NFT holds more than 60% market share in the GCC countries and the Middle East. Based in Abu Dhabi, NFT also operates in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Taiwan. Al Zahlawi started out at Potain agent Syrian Equipments Co., more than three decades ago, working his way up on the service side of the business and then, along the way, establishing a used tower crane business in 1987 and becoming an exclusive Potain agent in 1988 before moving to the UAE and starting NFT. Some of many prestigious projects NFT cranes have been used on are the current project to construct the new Bosphorus bridge, the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, the Pearl in Qatar, the World Trade Center in Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa tower and Marina 101 in Dubai.
VP Sales Middle East and Africa, Manitowoc
A graduate of Bordeaux Business school in France and holder of a MBA from Aston University in the UK, David Semple joined the crane industry in 1998 after a first work experience in Syria. Until 2005 he was managing the sales of Potain tower cranes over the Middle-East region, successively based in France, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. After the integration of Potain and Grove in the Manitowoc Group in the early 2000s, Semple was tasked in 2005 with establishing and managing the group’s regional offices in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone, supporting all Manitowoc dealers over 20 countries in the Middle-East. In 2011 he was promoted to the role of vice-president sales, for a wider region, including 45 countries in the Middle-East and English-speaking countries of Africa.
CEO, Köhler Kran-Service
Köhler Kran-Service is a family-owned and run company based in Germany that specialises in repairing mobile cranes. Since it started in 1970 Köhler Kran-Service has grown to now have 50 employees. Andreas Köhler gained experience at crane manufacturers and graduated from university as a mechanical engineer before joining the company in 1995. Part of his job is to inspect cranes after accidents. Andreas is nominated as a crane expert by the German health and safety authority.
Anatolia Logistics, Owner
Jan Thies Peters established his own company, Anatolia Logistics, in 2003. He has been responsible for some remarkable project transport in terms of both size and weight in northern Africa, the Middle East, CIS, Central Asia and Europe.
Hareket, Operations Manager
Starting at Hareket in 2000, Samet Gürsu has worked as vice maintenance manager, project engineer and, since 2005, as operations manager. He studied mechanical engineering at Istanbul Technical University and also business administration there immediately afterwards. He gained industry experience at the Ereğli Steel Factory, at Ford and at Mammoet. Training includes ISO 9001:2000 and at manufacturers Goldhofer, Hydrospex and Scheuerle.
Turkey’s General Directorate of Highways, Department of Traffic Safety, Transportation Safety Section Chief
Born in Sivas, Hüseyin Hüsnü İlgün graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of the Republic. He has worked in vehicle traffic engineering and was appointed to the civil service. He will speak about the highway regulations regarding project transportation in Turkey, specifically the topics of special permits and special load applications.
Kadir Has University, Logistics Department Head
Görçün completed his bachelor degree in the department of Public Administration and graduated with a masters from the department of International Affairs and Relations. Subsequently he completed a doctorate and gained a Ph.D. in maritime administration and science at the Istanbul University. Görçün then began his career in the logistics sector as a senior executive. In 2004 he began in academia, working at Istanbul University and Bahçeşehir University. At the same time, he took on projects in the public and private sectors, including Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and Association of Rail Systems (RAYDER).
Vice president – machinery/supply chain, STFA Construction Group
Recep Çimen is vice president – Machinery/Supply Chain with STFA, the US$1 billion contracting, construction equipment and natural gas distribution company based in Turkey. With a 26 year career in construction machinery, Mr Çimen joined the IGL STFA joint venture business in 1986 and then became mechanical director of STFA in 1997. Between 2004 and 2012 he was vice president of SIF, the STFA subsidiary that is JCB dealer in Turkey, before returning to the parent company in 2012 to take up his current position. A graduate of Istanbul Technical University, Mr Çimen has a BSc degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc in energy mechanics.
Steel construction chief, Tekfen Construction, Baku branch
Since 2012 Bulent Doğan from Turkey has been working in Azerbaijan on the Baku Olympic Stadium project as structural steel construction manager at Tekfen Construction & Installation.
Doğan graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1998. His first work, for three years, was as a piping engineer on the Taksim-4.Levent metro construction project in Istanbul for Alstom Transport. In 2003 Doğan took on the role of equipment superintendent on the Sakhalin-1 Dekastri oil export terminal project for Exxon Mobil Neftegas in Russia. Following that in 2005 was the first of three projects in Azerbaijan, as construction manager on the Binagadi Oil Field Operation and Rehabilitation Area project for the Binagadi Oil Company. A move to Qatar in 2008 was his first job for Tekfen, as equipment and logistics manager on a Qatar motorway construction project. From 2010 to 2012 Dog˘an had the same position on the second stint in Azerbaijan, constructing the new management office of the SOCAR Tower Project.
President, IMDER (Türkiye Construction Equipment & Manufacturers Association)
For the last ten years Halil Tamer Oztoygar has been general manager at HMF Makina ve Servis. Before that he was assistant general manager at SIF Otomotiv and, prior to that, he was in sales at Işiklar Marketing Co. Oztoygar is a board member at IMDER, the Turkish association of construction equipment, and ISDER, the Turkish association for warehouse equipment. Between 1975 and 1982 Oztoygar attended Kadikoy Anadolu College in Turkey, followed by Richmond College in London, UK, where he studied business administration. He continued with that topic, plus marketing, at the University of Marmara from 1984 to 1986.
Marco van Daal
Dr Oliver Fries
Nabil Al Zahlawi
Hüseyin Hüsnü İlgün
Ömer Faruk Görçün
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Written by Euan Youdale - 05 Jun 2012
The International Cranes and Transport Turkey Conference, held at the Wow hotel in Istanbul on 5 June, 2012, was the first event of its kind in the country.
Organised by KHL Group and APA Publishing, the one day event was held in a country at the centre of a region where the crane and transport sector is looking forward to strong growth in the infrastructure, industrial and energy sectors.
Asaf Savas Akat, professor of economics at Istanbul Bilgi University, set the pace wıth with a valuable insight into the challenges faced in the country and the surrounding region. Despite requirements for a higher skilled workforce and improved education system, however, the cornerstones are in place politically and privately to overcome these issues, among others, he said.
In his presentation Cüneyt Divriş, president of Turkey construction machinery association IMDER, added that Turkey was the fourth biggest construction market in Europe and the 11th biggest in the world.
Richard Peckover, regional director of heavylift and transport specialist ALE, gave an overview of the sector and the challenges faced, for example, underdeveloped roads and other infrastructure.
Hanifi Gürbüz, president of Turkey-based lifting services giant Sarilar, said the industry should get together to solve problems, including a confusing permit system, training, and the need to use newer equipment. He added that working in some surrounding countries, for example, Turkmenistan, can be difficult, particularly when it comes to chasing payment following the completion of a job.
The conference was followed by an evening networking event.
"Load Systems UK would like to thank all the delegates who attended our stand at the International Crane & Transport conference in Turkey. It provided us with a unique opportunity to meet with key decision makers from the industry and the chance to learn more about the Turkish market where we are looking forward to expanding our existing business. We would also like to offer our special thanks to KHL and their team for organising the conference, their support and assistance during the event."
Kirk Anderson, Managing Director, Load Systems UK Ltd