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Welcome to the first issue of Cranes and Lifting for 2024. I hope you managed to take some time out over the Christmas period and, from the Board and staff at CICA, I wish you a happy and safe New Year.

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The global crane market, with a significant contribution from Australia, is expected to continue its growth trajectory in 2024. We anticipate a high level of construction activity, particularly in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. The market is evolving, with a clear shift towards more efficient, eco-friendly and technologically advanced cranes.

In 2024, technology will be at the forefront of our industry. We expect to see:

   Increased adoption of telematics for real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance and enhanced operational efficiency.

   Greater integration of AI and machine learning for improved safety and precision in crane operations.

   Greater development of electric and hybrid crane models. 

Last December, CICA President, Ben Pieyre, Damien Hense and I accompanied a contingent of road managers to Germany to visit several crane manufacturers who had invited us to see state-of-the-art crane technology in action. The demonstrations of advanced machinery and the intricate engineering behind modern cranes offered us a unique perspective on the potential applications within our road management projects. 

The collaborative atmosphere of our visit was deeply appreciated, the open dialogue, exchange of ideas and the willingness of both hosts and participants to engage with questions and discussions meant that everyone went away better informed. This collaboration laid the groundwork for potential future partnerships and progress in the road management space.

The challenges for the crane industry in 2024 are likely to be influenced by:

   The fiscal policy environment, increasing interest rates and changing infrastructure investments.

   Potential supply chain disruptions due to global geopolitical tensions, requiring strategic planning and adaptive logistics.

   Skilled labor shortages, emphasising the need for training programs and technology to fill the gap.

While facing challenges such as economic uncertainties and competitive pressures, we also see opportunities in emerging markets and sectors, including wind energy and smart city projects.

On 14 February, CICA is planning its inaugural Cranes in Wind forum, where industry experts, professionals, and innovators will come together to exchange knowledge, share experiences and explore the future of wind energy construction with a keen focus on lifting operations.

Safety also remains our top priority, and in 2024, we will be running several Lift Supervisor Courses. To fill the skill, experience and knowledge gaps of the crane crew members between their High-Risk Work License (HRWL) training and the practical operations for the lifting jobs on site, CICA – together with a group of industry experts from crane companies and construction contractors – has developed a training curriculum called the CICA Lift Supervisor Program. Please refer to the CICA website for more information.

CICA is continually looking for opportunities to bridge the skills gaps between trainees and experienced crane workers and to make training accessible and applicable.  Please speak to Kate Galloway if you have any questions regarding training and traineeships.

I have seen the CICA member events calendar for 2024 and it is filled with great events. I’d like to extend a special invitation to you for our upcoming member events. These gatherings are more than just events; they’re a unique opportunity to connect, learn and grow with fellow members who share the same challenges and interests as you.

Your presence adds significant value to our community and if you don’t attend already, I’d encourage you to make it a priority to come along in 2024. 

In conclusion, 2024 promises to be a year of growth and innovation for the crane industry. We are committed to leading the way in keeping you abreast of technological advances, sustainability and safety, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the industry. Our goal is to deliver value to our members and stakeholders while positively impacting the crane industry and construction sector more broadly.

Thank you for your continued support.  

Brandon Hitch


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