19.10.2011 – The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) Autumn 2011 Meeting, hosted by cable manufacturer Tratos Cavi in Bagno di Romagna, Italy on the 13-14th October, provided the 70 or so delegates attending with a forum to discuss the valuable work and future role of PEMA. Tratos Cavi is very thankful for your participation.
Following a tour of Tratos’ manufacturing facilities and a buffet reception the previous evening, Day 1 of the conference focussed on defining members’ expectations of the association, from the provision of statistics on market size and value through to the provision of standards and the dissemination of technological information internally and externally.
PEMA’s three Committees – Environment, Safety and Technology – also convened on the first Day to discuss their respective goals, topics and projects, which included TOS-CHE interface standardisation, the issue of container weighing and the development of a Lexicon covering key terminology.
After the work of the day, delegates and their partners visited Sansepolcro Civil Museum and the Cathedral, followed by a magnificent flag waving performance and a dinner of exceptional Italian food and wine courtesy of hosts Tratos.
Day 2 of the PEMA Autumn meeting was highlighted by guest speaker Flemming Dalgaard, Senior Vice President & Managing Director Europe and Russia for DP World. Flemming outlined his company’s operational priorities, which include safety and reducing energy consumption, along with the role of the equipment and technology sectors in supporting these.
New members were then introduced, followed by an open discussion on the state of the industry in which members largely agreed that a flat growth is the likely prediction for next year. The event was concluded with a discussion on PEMA’s future activities.
This, the second PEMA Autumn meeting to be held since the start of the association, was considered a great success by delegates, largely thanks to the participation and work of all those who attended and who have taken on Committee responsibilities to ensure PEMA moves forward and provides genuine value for members.
The next PEMA meeting – the AGM – will be held in February, the host and location to be announced by the PEMA Secretary shortly.