The long wait is finally over. This year’s SMM in Hamburg, Germany, which took place from the 6th to 9th of September, marked the long-awaited return of face-to-face interaction with customers, partners, and competitors. The event was a resounding success for the maritime and offshore industries in general, and PALFINGER in particular. Let’s take a look back at the stimulating few days during which we shared our new vision for the future.

While last year’s online version of the SMM was an interesting, exciting, and – most importantly – successful event given the circumstances, this year’s face-to-face event finally marked the return of vital interpersonal exchange with customers, partners, and competitors. The event, titled “Driving the Maritime Transition”, proved once more why it is among the leading international maritime trade shows. The 30th edition of the SMM, which coincided with 90 years of PALFINGER and 30 years at sea to create a year of anniversaries, offered the perfect stage to present our PALFINGER Vision & Strategy 2030.

For our colleagues at stand A1.202, this year’s highly anticipated SMM offered the opportunity for vital interpersonal exchange with customers, partners, and competitors.

”Go for Solutions” and “Go Digital” at Stand A1.202

Given the importance of the occasion and our ambitious plans for the future, it comes as no surprise that Andreas Klauser, CEO at PALFINGER, made the trip to Hamburg. The SMM’s focus on digital transformation, climate change, and the maritime energy revolution is a perfect match for our commitment to offering complete packages based on the pillars “Go for Solutions” and “Go Digital”. The aim of PALFINGER MARINE to combine physical and digital elements in highly networked machinery that features assisted, remote, and autonomous control functions was reflected in our stand A1.202 at the SMM, which was quite a sight to behold.

Our stand showcased five detailed, true-to-scale models: a fast rescue boat featuring an A-frame davit, a pneumatic fender with an enclosed davit, and a lifeboat featuring a hydraulically controlled gravity davit, as well as crew transfer and daughter crafts with hydraulic A-frame davits. The star of the show was, however, a full-scale PK 19.001 M foldable knuckle boom crane. This new product, developed in line with the latest EN 12999 standard and compliant with the latest requirements of relevant classification agencies, offers up to 0.6 meters more reach at the same load capacity as its predecessor. The crane is available with PALTRONIC 40, an electric control system that ensures safe operation.

We value partnerships

As you can imagine, the PALFINGER MARINE stand attracted plenty of attention. We enjoyed every lively exchange with industry leaders, partners, and customers. But one partner had a particularly exciting reason to visit us and was also among the main reasons why Andreas Klauser, CEO at PALFINGER, was so keen to attend the maritime trade show. The special highlight we are talking about is the announcement of a letter of intent signed by ELTRAK, a longstanding PALFINGER partner of more than 12 years in the world’s largest ship-owning nation, Greece. In fact, the country controls more than 21 percent of the world’s merchant fleet.

Natasha Covas-Kneiss, CEO & Vice Chair ELTRAK GROUP and Andreas Klauser, CEO at PALFINGER AG at the evening event to celebrate the signing ceremony at SMM in Hamburg.

This extended partnership in such an important market with so much potential is a major development of which we are immensely proud, and yet another big step towards supplying complete solutions on a global scale. The proposed deal with ELTRAK means our partner can now draw upon the entire PALFINGER MARINE portfolio, as well as serve as a one-stop service hub across the board. Natasha Covas-Kneiss, CEO & Vice Chairman of ELTRAK, found the right words to mark the occasion …

It is with renewed enthusiasm that we look forward to working with our PALFINGER colleagues to pursue every opportunity.

Natasha Covas-Kneiss, CEO & Vice Chairman of ELTRAK

On to the next event

In short: the SMM 2022 was the resounding success we all hoped for. As part of our strategy to increase our standing as a complete solution supplier to the maritime and offshore industries, we will continue to further develop our portfolio of proven products, as well as share our innovations with partners and customers at major trade shows. This is why we are already looking forward to reconnecting at the upcoming WindEnergy in Hamburg from the 27th to 30th of September 2022, where we plan to officially reveal a redesign of one of our most trusted solutions. In this spirit: on to the next one!

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