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CICA CEO Report: Discussing the 2023 CICA Conference

In his latest report, CICA CEO, Brand Hitch, discusses the success of the recent 2023 CICA Conference, paying homage to the many people who made the event happen.

Perth, Western Australia, is not just known for its stunning beaches; it was also the backdrop for an incredible gathering of crane industry professionals, innovators, and speakers from all over Australia and internationally. The 2023 CICA Conference saw attendees discuss, learn, and celebrate the latest developments in crane technology and practices that fit the theme ‘The Next Generation’.

With a wide range of topics covered, from safety and sustainability, and recruiting practices to the latest technological advancements, the conference provided attendees with a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for networking. One of the standout features of the 2023 CICA Conference was the impressive lineup of keynote speakers and expert presentations. Each year, renowned industry leaders share their insights and experiences, providing attendees with valuable perspectives on the latest trends and future developments impacting the crane industry. These sessions are inspiring and from snippets I heard during the breaks, sparked meaningful discussions among participants.

This year also saw a record number of ‘Lift of the Year’ entries, and I would like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate everyone who entered, your entries were complex and showcased the tremendous and intricate lifts being done.  The ‘Lift of the Year’ Awards are Australia’s premier crane lifting excellence awards, recognising, and rewarding outstanding planning, teamwork, and execution.  I encourage you to keep the 2024 awards in mind when planning lifts over the next nine months, and I would also like to thank Cranes and Lifting for their sponsorship of these awards.

The Perth Convention Centre featured an extensive exhibition hall where leading manufacturers and suppliers showcased their latest products and services. This was an ideal opportunity for attendees to explore the latest innovations in all things cranes, from state-of-the-art lifting equipment to cutting-edge safety solutions. The exhibition hall also gave attendees the opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry experts and gain practical insights into how these innovations can benefit their operations.

XCMG was this year’s platinum sponsor, and it’s fair to say that an event of this calibre wouldn’t happen without the valuable support of XCMG, and the support of all of the sponsors. Thank you to all of the speakers, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the 2023 CICA Conference and our industry.  We look forward to reconnecting with you in Adelaide in 2024.

Once again thank you to Sue and her team from WISE Connections worked hard to organise, plan and deliver a wonderful conference experience.

Planning will soon commence for the 2024 CICA Conference in Adelaide, so reach out to Paul Arztenhofer regarding sponsorship opportunities and mark your calendar for this fantastic event in Adelaide, which will be here before we know it. 

Brandon Hitch

Chief Executive Officer


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