Important conference about Port Equipment in view of Brexit


From 8. until 10. of February is taking place PEMA’s 2017 AGM & Members Meeting in London.

The conference has some celebrated presence like Alberto Costa the MP– Conservative member of Parliament; John Hayes, Minister of State for the UK Department of Transport; Ottonel Popesco, CEO, Cavotec and President of PEMA since January 2008.

PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers Association) was born in 2004 by a group of leading equipment manufacturers serving the global port and terminal markets. The ambition was to create a neutral platform that could publicly represent the industry as a whole, as well as fostering knowledge and relations within the global port equipment community. In 2008, opened the door to membership from technology providers and consulting companies, since which time membership has grown rapidly.

This conference is very important to know the procedure in proximity of the Brexit. Theresa May said at the end of March the UK will begin the Brexit  negotiation process and with the timing on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the UK looks set to leave the EU by summer 2019.

16683404_10211972320054196_1422971922_nThe Founder members are Bromma Conquip, Fantuzzi-Reggiane (now part of Terex Port Solutions), Hyster Europe, Kalmar Industries (now part of Cargotec Corporation) and Konecranes were joined over the next three years by further OEMs active in the port market, plus providers of equipment systems and components including cable reels, drives, tyres and others.

One of the most important of Pema members is Tratos ( leader in Electrical, Electronic and Fibre Optic cable technology). It works closely with customers to find better, more environmentally friendly solutions to their challenges. At the meeting there is Maurizio Bragagni, Board Member Chief Executive of Tratos. Maurizio Bragagni has 15 years experience in the electric cable manufacturing industry. Tratos has been delivering global cable solutions and unrivalled engineering expertise since 1966. The company’s focus is on innovation, for the benefit of its clients, using original thinking to solve problems and achieve greater efficiency. Tratos continues to establish operating offices across the globe to maintain direct contact with customers.

PEMA is constituted under Belgian law as an international, non-profit association. Today is involved in providing global market surveys, information papers, best practice recommendations, educational workshops and debates, standards development and outreach to the academic community. It has over 100 member companies worldwide spanning equipment supply, advanced IT and technology, and consultancy.

As usual, our AGM provides a chance to take stock of the previous year’s activities and discuss upcoming plans for the year ahead with our members, partners and guests. A guest speaker panel will also update on the state of the market, with insights into the business drivers and operational priorities for the global ports and terminals industry and how these will shape future demand for equipment and technology solutions.

The governing body of the Association is the Board of Directors. Board members are elected by the general membership and are appointed for a three-year term.

Officers of the Association, including the President, Vice President and Treasurer, are elected by and from the Board members.

Daily management and administration is conducted by the Secretary General and the office of the secretariat, working under direction from the President and Board.