Momentum builds for CATME conference

By Murray Pollok13 July 2018

Additional speakers have been confirmed for the second Cranes & Transport Middle East (CATME) conference in Dubai on 10 October 2018.

Two senior managers at Middle East tower crane specialist NFT – strategy and marketing manager Nagham Al Zahlawi and business development manager Nawar Al Zahlawi – have been added to the programme, joining seven other speakers.

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As previously announced the conference is moving to a new venue, the Waldorf Astoria at Palm Jumeirah, which will offer upgraded conference and parking facilities.

CATME is organised by International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine and its publisher KHL Group. It will offer users and owners of cranes and specialized transport equipment in the Middle East a high quality, one-day education and networking opportunity.

The speaker line-up, in alphabetical order, is:

Nagham Al Zahlawi, strategy & marketing manager, NFT, and Nawar Al Zahlawi, business development manager, NFT: Topic to be confirmed.

Martin Ashfield, capital asset general manager, Al Naboodah Group: The use of telescopic crawler cranes on a major project.

Aaron Chehab, chief commercial officer, KBW Investments: Middle East construction markets: an overview.

Marco van Daal, owner and founder, The Works International: Communication is key to great performance.

Ronnie Drugan, global account manager, fire suppression products, Johnson Controls: Combating the threat of vehicle fire.

Thorsten Hesselbein, sales director, Liebherr-Export, Switzerland: What really matters in tower crane safety.

Dr Shan Senthil, marketing manager, Integrated Logistics Company, Kuwait: Shagaya Wind Farm Project, Kuwait: transportation and erection of wind turbines.

John Woodward, owner, C&D Consultancy: Crisis response: preparing your company in advance.

To find out more about the event and to book your place, see:


CATME will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeira, Dubai.

Gold sponsors are: Jaso and Wolffkran. Liebherr is hospitality sponsor. Silver sponsors are AMCS, NFT, Sennebogen and Tadano. Al Faris is the welcome sponsor. Supporting sponsors are Casar, HSC Cranes, Modulift, SMIE and Straightpoint.

The conference is supported by SC&RA, ESTA and Project Cargo Network (PCN).


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