Featured Title photograph Craig Millis, Verton’s new General Manager for Europe
Fast growing lifting and orientation solutions specialist Verton Australia has appointed senior executive and business leader Craig Millis as its General Manager Europe to oversee the company’s expansion and partnerships with key logistics, transport, shipping, resources and construction groups in Britain and the continent.
Verton CEO Trevor Bourne said the Brisbane-based company, which recently secured a major deal with global marine contractor Van Oord, international heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet and wind turbine supplier Vestas to develop a new, safer lifting method for installing wind turbine blades, was establishing a European base in the Netherlands due to the overwhelming interest in the award-winning R-Series load management system it has developed in Queensland with state and federal government support.
“We are delighted to have someone with Craig’s knowledge and experience to head up our new European office,” Mr Bourne said.
“Craig is a highly credentialled business leader with more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience including more than a decade working in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.”
Mr Millis was previously a Brisbane-based director with GRA, Australia’s premier consulting firm specializing in supply chain and logistics strategy, planning and execution. He has also had senior management roles with Origin Energy, Rio Tinto and Accenture.
Verton has developed the R-Series for all crane operations with a remote-controlled load-management system that eliminates the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads, keeping people out of harm’s way. The R-Series this month won an Australian Good Design Award in the Engineering Design category.
Hefin Evans, European Engineering and Project Manager
With growing worldwide interest in the R-Series, particularly in Europe, Verton has appointed Hefin Evans as its European-based Engineering and Project Manager and has also partnered with Dutch design and innovation company VanBerlo for strategic advice.
Welsh-born Mr Evans has more than 10 years’ experience as an engineering manager in the medical, consumer and industrial sectors.
“Hefin has a proven track record of developing innovative products from concept through to small and medium scale manufacture,” Mr Bourne said.
The R-Series is manufactured in Brisbane and is already supplied to national crane hire company Universal Cranes and mining services company MACA Interquip, with many more national and international supply contracts under negotiation.
“The R-Series effectively addresses a key safety issue when manoeuvring large lifts into place and will be instrumental in the constant striving to make construction and industrial sites safer places to work,” Mr Bourne said.
“The device also improves efficiency and productivity and our aim is to have the R-Series used all around the world.”