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June 27, 2022 foasummit0

A new suite of training courses will be launched, over the next six months by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), as part of the Association’s Academy 2.0 Project.

According to the association, EUG (End User Guidance) will be the first course to arrive, on 7 July 2022, which is also Global Lifting Awareness Day. The course will be available worldwide via LEEA’s website,, as an open link. On the same day, the ILE (Introduction to Lifting Equipment) course will be available to LEEA members in the ‘Members area’ of Further lifting courses will also be made available to subscribed members in August and September.

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Wright, Deputy CEO at LEEA, said: “Five years ago, I delivered a presentation to the Associations’ Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held during the LiftEx 2017 exhibition in Telford (UK). I spoke of constraints in the current LEEA Academy, and a range of opportunities that LEEA’s Learning and Development team would be working to deliver for our membership in the future. This included a state-of-the-art learning management system, incorporating a new suite of Certificate and Diploma level training courses; training courses available in languages other than English; online examination and a digital TEAM card. These new courses listed here are fulfilling the goal laid out at the AGM. In addition, our digital TEAM card is now being produced and holders will begin to receive their new cards shortly.”

Incorporating new ‘smart’ technology, the new TEAM Card will enhance security, provide instantly verifiable data when required, and will be updated by the LEEA team when changes occur such as new validation dates, change of employment details, a new photograph and when new qualifications are added.

In recent years online tools have become extremely important within the industry: in October 2021, Ritchie Bros. introduced an online tool for asset valuation; in February 2022, Dubai Municipality said it launched a VR simulation and training system implemented, and in, April 2022, the TRSDC announced the successful rollout of a solution to boost productivity and enhance health and safety.

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June 27, 2022 foasummit0

JLL has announced the appointment of David Duke as Head of International Residential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the firm said Duke joins the JLL MENA team to strengthen the company’s residential presence in the Middle East and build upon its market share in the country and region, with a view to grow and build a team of people between Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Region in due course.

Will McKintosh, Senior Director and Head of Residential & Investment – JLL MENA commented: “JLL MENA is delighted to continue to strengthen its residential team in the Middle East with another senior and strategic hire – David Duke – in order to grow our business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We believe in the growth opportunity in the Kingdom and the region as we look to further expand our residential business globally.

In March 2022, JLL pointed out that KSA gigaprojects and Vision 2030 are driving growth in the property market. In April, it reported that 6,000 residential units were added to key Saudi cities in Q1, 2022, and in June, it announced it was appointed to manage Magnom Properties’ regional real estate projects.

“David will be focused on building on, not only our residential business in Saudi, but also our Private Office offering. David comes with an impressive CV, having worked on extremely high-profile projects like One Hyde Park. Having been raised in Saudi Arabia, he has a good understanding of the country and region’s rich culture”.

With more than 20 years of experience working across residential property for some of the UK’s most established property agencies, Duke specialises in investment and development. During this time, he has broken records for investor transactions and traveled extensively to market UK property across the world. Most recently, David has spent the last three years setting up Duke Associates, which is a platform to sell UK property, while also acquiring property on behalf of international investors.

“I am absolutely delighted to join JLL MENA in this truly exciting period and to be able to offer best-in-class service to all of our clients,” Duke concluded.

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June 27, 2022 foasummit0

Mobile crushing, screening equipment and stacker specialist Keestrack has appointed Giovanni Bartoli as its new Area Sales Manager for the Middle-East and Africa. With over 15 years of experience within the construction equipment industry, Bartoli’s main goal will be to establish reliable and sustainable relations with new dealers in the region.

Speaking on the announcement Bartoli said, “Keestrack has already established some good dealerships in this region but there is still a lot of ground to cover. At first Keestrack wants to target the markets of the North-West Africa region, South Africa and in Middle East countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & Qatar. We’re basically looking to expand our dealer network with A-rated, reliable and organised international and local dealers, to be involved as our importers and distributors.”

The company has seen an interest in mobile crushing and screening products in the West African countries mainly due to “the request for mobile quarry applications with easy maintenance, and which are user friendly, when production demand is not very high.”

In the Middle East, Keestrack said it will be looking at big players, managing quarries for the production of asphalt and concrete while it is ready to help with the transition from a crude oil economy with its full electric e-range.

It recently introduced tracked engine/generator units that can supply connected Keestrack e-drive crushers, screeners and stackers directly with electricity in case there is no plug-in connection from the grid available.

“Besides growing the market in these regions Keestrack will keep growing their product range in width and depth in the coming years. To support the dealers with the right service & training is a challenge for me in these markets,” Bartoli concluded.

In February 2021, Kleemann announced screens that offered large capacities for high material volumes, and in June, the firm launched a mobile cone crusher for hard and medium-hard stone.

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June 27, 2022 foasummit0

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has announced the signing of a deal with Al Rajhi Bank, a leading financial group in Saudi Arabia, to provide financing options to customers for the purchase of residential property units within its giga-cultural and lifestyle destination coming up near Riyadh.

In a statement, DGDA said the agreement facilitates financing for individuals looking to purchase homes in DGDA’s residential projects and bolsters cooperation on real estate investments, banking services, and other areas related to the coordination, development, and implementation of projects and initiatives.

The MoU was signed by Jerry Inzerillo, Group CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, and Waleed Al-Mogbel, Chief Executive Officer of Al Rajhi Bank.  The agreement is expected to pave the way for cooperation discussions across fields such as corporate and retail banking, sharia-compliant solutions, and e-commerce products intended to help DGDA improve efficiency and manage administrative challenges such as import and export credit lines, bank letters of guarantee, shipping guarantee letters, and online supply chain finance.

Inzerillo stated that one of the MoU’s main goals is the training of DGDA staff on financial management, adding that the two parties would collaborate on categorising real estate developers according to their credit ratings, in addition to exchanging expertise and research.

“With this MoU, we aim to help ensure financial sustainability and maximise the returns on our assets, as well as upskill and train our people to help achieve our ambitious goals,” he commented.

The agreement includes cooperation with the bank’s corporate banking group for solutions to manage cashflow, collection, and payments, as well as managing digital payments through DGDA’s online portal.

Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will also explore the possibility of the bank offering off-plan sales management using tools including an advanced user interface and reporting system, which would enable DGDA to achieve granular visibility over its projects. The two sides also agreed to develop new ways to offer financial backing to individuals looking to buy homes around Diriyah, together with the possibility of extending comprehensive banking services to DGDA’s staff at competitive rates.

The MoU also covers working with Al Rajhi Bank’s insurance arm, Takaful, to offer Sharia-compliant insurance for DGDA’s properties and staff, including medical, vehicle, and savings insurance policies.

Al-Mogbel indicated that the MoU will create potential opportunities for the creation of new real estate funds designed to finance specific types of developments, lease them, and then divest them if and when needed.

He also stated that real estate funds can be founded to operate on the sell-sublet model, with cashflow and investment management tools tailored to each individual project, as well as joint financing with other banking institutions.

In conclusion, he expressed his hope that the agreement would bolster collaboration between the two sides to accomplish their mutual goals.

In April 2022, the DGDA awarded Egis a contract for project management services, while in May, it announced plans to transform Wadi Hanifah into nature-focused getaway. In line with Kingdom’s sustainable ambitions, in June, Diriyah Gate and Saudi’s OSP inked a MoU to use sustainable polymer construction material.

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June 24, 2022 foasummit0

The contract of CEO Andreas Klauser has been extended ahead of schedule for a further five years, the crane solutions provider has announced.

PALFINGER’s Supervisory Board unanimously reappointed Andreas Klauser to the position ahead of schedule, at a meeting earlier this month, the company said in a statement,

“I am pleased that in the coming years PALFINGER will continue to follow the future driven course of renewal successfully set by Andreas Klauser,” said Hubert Palfinger, chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Klauser was first appointed as CEO of PALFINGER AG in 2018. He was formerly Chief Operation Officer of the EMEA region, for CNH Industrial for three years.

Having introduced a new global organisational structure, the company’s focus has shifted to implementing Vision & Strategy 2030, In line with the vision of “Lifting value, creating momentum,” the Strategy 2030 is based on the two pillars “Go for Solutions” and “Go Digital.”

“We at PALFINGER have set ourselves clear corporate and financial targets: In 2030, we are aiming for a revenue of three billion euros. As CEO, I am proud to make a key contribution to further sustainable growth and to ensure the successful implementation of our strategy,” said Klauser.

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June 24, 2022 foasummit0

Global MEWP and telehandler manufacturer JLG Industries has given its JLG Augmented Reality (AR) app, a facelift with new, next-generation upgrades, the company has announced.

The enhanced interface comes with an expanded machine inspections functionality and a new “Fleet” feature that allows users to add and store multiple assets for easy tracking by serial number or asset ID. Data can be saved on machines and accessed instantly, regardless of connectivity, further optimising fleet management.

“This new, expanded version of the JLG AR app not only has a more modern look and feel, but it also operates more effectively and efficiently,” said Ara Eckel, director of product management for connected solutions at JLG. “Taking a machine-first approach, we have evolved this tool with very targeted enhancements and additional features that will improve users’ productivity. Its’ customer-centric design makes the app easier to navigate and more quickly connects our customers to the information they are looking for.”

Starting at the machine level, users can select a product and go directly into its content module from the menu guide or through the app’s improved search functionality. New machines and content have also been added to the equipment modules offering users more than 60 models to view and manipulate in 3-D. Content is now cloud-based, rather than native, to reduce the application’s size from 1.3 GB to 227 MB and enhance accessibility to new and updated content. The inspection assistance functionality has expanded to cover annual machine inspections, daily machine inspections and pre-delivery inspections.

The JLG AR app can be used by project managers, rental companies, operators and technicians. It will continue to provide five important functions that increase safety, productivity and efficiency on job sites: Machine Visualisation, Accessory Visualization, Operation Guidance, Decal Viewer and Inspection Assistant.

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