LONDON, U.K.–The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has recently welcomed Merford Cabins as its 100th member company. The historic milestone was reached in March, less than 12 years after the Association was first conceived by five founding members as a neutral voice and forum for suppliers of port crane and handling equipment. A change to the Constitution in 2008 also opened the door to membership from technology providers and consulting companies, since which time the Association has grown year-on-year in scale and scope. PEMA now represents a broad cross-section of companies active worldwide in the design, supply and implementation of equipment, systems and technology to support the growing demands of modern port and terminal operations, said a release.
Following a record-breaking year in 2015, when 20 companies joined the Association, 2016 has so far seen the addition of six further new members – Alimak Hek, CLC Technology Enterprise Co Ltd, EMG Automation GmbH, Merford Cabins, Rice Lake Weighing Systems and Royal Haskoning DHV.
“We are delighted to reach this important membership milestone and to further expand the industry expertise represented within PEMA with the addition of our latest new members,” said PEMA President Ottonel Popesco. “More than ever before, PEMA is well placed to fulfil its mandate of providing a neutral public voice and forum for our industry, contributing to industry knowledge and helping to shape and share good practice on a global level.”
PEMA’s mission is to provide a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.