Con Popov Memorial Award Winner - Danny Black
Popov Memorial Award - 2012

Danny Black joined Franna Cranes Pty Ltd fresh out of the University of Queensland as a young design engineer in 1989. Danny holds a Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering and his interest in crane equipment was evident as he became involved in research and development of Pick and Carry 4WD Franna Cranes under the watchful eyes of Brian Hain.

In 1991 Danny was promoted to the position of engineering manager where he was in charge of the early design team with successful new models evolving from 10 tonnes capacity to 12, 14, 18, 20 and 25 tonnes capacity.  As Franna was also a distributor of large imported cranes, Danny gained a lot of experience and by the early age of 30, Danny was an accomplished chief design engineer.

USA based Terex Corporation purchased Franna Cranes in 1999 and introduced more imported Rough Terrain, large Hydraulic and Crawler Cranes, Danny continued his employment as engineering manager under the new ownership until being appointed the General Manager for the Terex Cranes Australian operations in 2009, the position he still holds today.

Danny has represented CICA on the Australian Standards committee since 2000. In 2003 Danny was appointed Vice President Marketer on the Executive Committee for the Crane Industry Association of Queensland (CIAQ). In addition, Danny joined the CICA Board in 2005, and has served as CICA Vice President  and also CICA President.

Without doubt, one of the most accomplished Cranes Engineers in Australia today, Danny’s engineering knowledge in the Crane Industry is far and wide and he is often consulted by his peers. This award recognises Danny's career and personal contribution to the design and improving standards of the Australian crane industry.