Dr Oliver Fries to speak at CATT
By Alex Dahm04 February 2014
Another speaker has been announced for the International Cranes and Transport Turkey conference in May. Dr Oliver Fries, WireCo WorldGroup, vice president of global R&D, innovation and technology, will talk about the importance of correct rope selection and then, having chosen it, explain how it is vital to look after it properly by using, maintaining and inspecting it regularly and correctly.
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 took on the role of engineering director at rope specialist 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.
International Cranes and Transport Turkey brings together international experts and top level speakers with major players in the region to focus on key issues facing the crane and specialized transport industry. Sharing and comparing experience among leading industry peers in the unique environment created at this event can bring real reward in operating a safer and more efficient business.
CATT has a unique audience of senior executives and leading professionals from the crane and heavy lift sector and includes the buoyant energy sector. Be involved at the cutting edge of industry development by attending, sponsoring, speaking at or otherwise contributing to this event. The conference will be supported and sponsored by leading crane and specialized transport equipment manufacturers as well as the suppliers of equipment and services to the industry. It follows the very successful crane and transport events held previously in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Istanbul, Turkey; São Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China.
Turkey is the bridge between Europe and Asia. Its geographical location provides a unique gateway to Asia with close economic ties to the Middle East, North Africa and South Eastern Europe. The Turkish economy has shown remarkable and steady growth over the last eight years. This impressive performance has encouraged experts and international financial institutions to make confident forecasts about the economic future. Huge investment is coming in infrastructure and energy sector development in the country and the surrounding region. With the consequential boost in demand for cranes and specialized transport equipment, skills and services, there is an increasing need for experienced operators and higher standards of safety in the region. Equipment operators, contractors and others need to ensure that they are working to world class standards of best practice using the most suitable equipment.