CATLA conference success in Sâo Paulo

By Euan Youdale29 May 2012

Nearly 200 industry professionals gathered at the International Cranes and Transport Latin America conference in Sâo Paulo, Brazil.

The overwhelming view from the 13 speakers, 16 sponsors and near 200 delegates who gathered at the Tivoli Hotel on 28 May was that the event had played a significant role in supporting the Brazilian crane and transport industry.

With so many challenges in terms of under developed road systems, bureaucracy and the lack of a qualified workforce, to name but three, speakers said they were facing a difficult challenge to achieve the required legislation and investment.

Despite these challenges Brazil promises huge growth and is one of the few stable environments for the construction industry, according to speaker Helen Joyce, Brazil bureau chief of The Economist.

Some 60,000 km of new roads are in planning. According to Joao Dominici, Sindipesa executive vice president, current infrastructure investment stands at less than 1% of GDP, while it should be nearer 3%.

Another speaker was David Rodrigues, Makro Engineering CCO, who talked about the wind turbine erection sector and requirements in crane and transport design and safety.

Representatives from manufacturers Terex, Liebherr and Goldhofer also took to the stage with discussions on technical, customer liaison and product development issues.

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