CICA President’s message

In March, I travelled to Las Vegas for ConExpo – the largest construction equipment exhibition to be held in 2008.

In March, I travelled to Las Vegas for ConExpo — the largest construction equipment exhibition to be held in 2008.

As usual, there was a host of new equipment, although the majority of the new cranes are more suitable for the North American market and are too heavy for the Australian roads.

I would like to share some observations that I came away with:

· All of the major crane manufacturers are quoting long lead times for the deliveries of new cranes. I expect this to remain the same for at least the next three years.

· The manufacturers have significantly increased prices in 2008 and with massive increases in raw materials including iron ore, there will be further increases in 2009 and beyond.

· Demand for large capacity cranes is increasing. 500t crawlers cranes are now a standard item in many manufacturer’s range and within the next two years, there will be al least three manufacturers offering cranes of over 2,000t capacity.

· Chinese crane manufacturers had large and impressive displays and are exporting cranes to many overseas markets in ever increasing numbers.

· There was a large contingent of Australian crane rental companies represented at the exhibition and all are buying new cranes, although some are disappointed with the delivery times being quoted.

The Guide to the 10 Year Major Inspection has been revised and is available from the CICA website.

To further help crane owners meet the standards for this and other major inspections, CICA has decided to set up register of engineers, who are suitably qualified to certify major inspections, major repairs and design verification.

CICA invites engineers, who have suitable knowledge and experience in working with cranes, to submit their resumes. All approved engineers will be listed on the CICA website.

The CraneSafe program has started 2008 with a bang, numbers are already up by 10% compared to the corresponding period last year. Tower crane assessments have started slowly, but this will increase with several major rental companies indicating enthusiastic support for the program.

With the increasing demand, CraneSafe is now seeking extra assessors, particularly for South Australia and Northern Territory.

For further information on the minimum requirements, please refer to the website www.cranesafe.com.au

Planning is well underway for this year’s conference to be held at the Hotel Sofitel, Melbourne, from September 4-5.

The theme is ‘A Place in the Global Market’. In a departure to our regular timetable, the conference will be on Thursday and Friday, allowing fathers to return home in time for Father’s Day.

And it’s time to start considering nominations for the Construction Contractor Lift of the Year Awards.

There are two categories to enter, the first is for cranes up to 60t lifting capacity and the second is for cranes over 60t lifting capacity.

Nominations will close on 31 July.

Forms are available on the CICA website or contact Construction Contractor editor Kevin Gomez on kevin.gomez@reedbusiness.com.au

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