By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
Collaboration is a word that is becoming increasingly associated with the marine industry. We know collaboration can take many forms and examples of new and exciting commercial partnerships have featured in this blog recently. But collaboration is also about sharing best practice and working together to create the best possible future for our industry. Certainly this is why here at Trelleborg we value the longstanding and important relationship we have with industry body, PIANC.
We place great importance on the role PIANC plays in the industry as a facilitator of shared best practice, knowledge and expertise between stakeholders and we are happy to show our continued commitment to, and support for, PIANC by being a headline sponsor of its World Congress in Panama City in May 2018. This congress is an opportunity for the many different parts of our sector to come together and debate and learn about the innovations and developments that have emerged, and in some cases already been adopted, since the last event four years ago.
This year Trelleborg is again taking an active role in the congress. My colleagues will be delivering technical presentations on the subjects of future ports and piloting in Panama and the importance of authenticating marine fender performance, including explanation of a new, more accurate verification test.
I’d encourage those of you attending PIANC 2018 to come and visit Trelleborg on Stand 27, where you can try our new online fender selection tool which makes it simpler to specify the most appropriate fender for a particular application.
Finally, I hope to see some of you in person when I address the conference and talk about the themes of collaboration and automation in more detail.
For more details about PIANC’s 2018 Congress, visit the website.