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08.00 – 09.00

Registration, networking and morning coffee


09.05 – 09.10


Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport


09.10 – 09.35

The changing environment for heavy lift companies in the Middle East

Maher Kabbani, manager, Heavy Lift Department, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)


09.35 – 10.05

The Middle East economy: oil & gas, construction and Iran

Matthias Herles, director consulting – Economic & Country Risk, IHS Markit


10.05 – 10.40

Morning coffee


10.40 – 11.05

Creating a culture of safety in a lifting business

Philippe Verdeure, sales manager projects Middle East & Asia, Sarens Group


11.05 – 11.50

Panel Discussion: safety in Middle East lifting & transport industry

Thomas August, Regional SHE-Q Manager, Mammoet Middle East

Geoff Holden, chief executive, Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)

Suresh Kumar, senior inspection engineer – heavy lift department, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)

(Round-table chair: Murray Pollok, events director, KHL Group)


11.50 – 12.15

Fleet management: maintenance, downtime and cost control

Marco van Daal, founder/owner, The Works International


12.15 – 13.30

Lunch & Networking


13.30 – 13:55

Alternative heavy lifting techniques: technology and applications

Jeroen Naalden, global director, Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology


13.55 – 14:20

Tower cranes: world class operations and fleet management

Dr Peter Schiefer, CEO & owner, Wolffkran


14.20 – 14.50

Panel Discussion: efficient on-site management of tower cranes

Nabil Al Zahlawi, CEO and managing partner, NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes LLC

Samir Al-Mughanni, managing director, United Equipment Group (Liebherr dealer, Qatar)

Dr Peter Schiefer, CEO & owner, Wolffkran

(Round-table chair: Murray Pollok, events director, KHL Group)


14.50 – 15.10

Buying and selling: used equipment trends in the Middle East

Eduard Faig, regional sales manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers


15.10 – 15.35

Afternoon tea


15.35 – 16.00

New trends in the heavy lifting market

Burhan Kuris, commercial manager, Mammoet


16.00 – 16.25

The duty cycle crane in multiple foundation applications for infrastructure projects

Andreas Geier, head of sales - crane line, Middle & Near East, North Africa and Benelux, Sennebogen Maschinenfabrik


16.25 – 16.50

Using the AL.SK crane on major projects

Somnath Bhattacharjee, engineering operations manager – cranes, Middle East, ALE


16.50 – 16.55

Closing remarks


16.55 – 18.30

Networking Drinks Reception




Note: Programme may change




To submit a proposal


To submit a speaker proposal, contact:


Alex Dahm

Tel: +44 (0)1892 786206



Murray Pollok

Tel: +44 (0)1505 850043

Mobile: +44 (0)7950 021023



Heavy transport and lifting expert Marco van Daal will hold a one-day seminar at the Conrad Dubai hotel on 7 December, 2016, the day before the CATME conference.




Standard rate: $535 (€499)





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Free for industry professionals

8 December 2016

Conrad Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Created & organised by

Free for industry professionals

8 December 2016

Conrad Dubai, Dubai, UAE

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