Gerhard Fischer

Head of Sales, Process Industries and Drives, Large Drives, Cranes,

Gerhard L. Fischer graduated in 1987 with a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Munich, Germany and visited Arizona state University, USA on a Fulbright exchange.  Since 2008 Gerhard is with Siemens AG in the Cranes business segment in Erlangen, Germany as Head of Sales. He is member of IEEE Industry Applications Society, the VDI working group B1 for cranes, the VDE DKE working group for hoisting systems and vice-chairman of the PEMA committee for equipment design and infrastructure.

In 1990 Gerhard joined Siemens AG in Erlangen, Germany to develop high frequency and large-power converters. In 1995 he changed to sales/marketing of variable speed drives followed in 1996 by a posting in Siemens´ Centre of Competence in Singapore and Taiwan developing cranes business. From 2005 till 2008 he worked with Siemens in The Hague, Netherlands in a business development function for harbour cranes.


Debating the Future of Automation
The adoption of automation in ports and terminals has accelerated, but operational difficulties and high costs has meant that the industry has been slow to adopt the technology. In this Panel, industry experts will anticipate the complex variables which will affect the adoption of automation in both brownfield and greenfield projects in the next decade.

– Discussing whether full automation is on the horizon for existing terminals.
– Which factors will improve the business case for automation projects in the coming years?
– Will a winning ‘playbook’ for successful automation emerge?
– How standardisation between terminals would streamline the implementation process and accelerate new automation projects.
– Predicting which innovative advanced technologies will yield the best value.