Bob Histon

Regional Vice President, Sales & Service The Americas, Terex Port Solutions
Tampa, Florida

Bob Histon

After completing his studies in England in Production Engineering, Mr. Histon worked from 1961 to 1966 at the Admiralty Research Laboratories in Teddington Middlesex. Mr. Histon immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1972 and began a career in the crane industry that spans over 43 years.

The initial start of his career began when he joined John T Hepburn in their process crane department. In this position he was involved in many material-handling applications within the steel industry and power generation plant industry. John T Hepburn built custom overhead cranes for Ontario Hydro and Quebec Hydro.

In 1976, Mr. Histon joined Heede International and was involved in marketing large Wide Span Portal Cranes to the pulp and paper industry.

In 1980, Mr. Histon established his own business Portrep Equipment Ltd. in Vancouver B.C.

Portrep Equipment was responsible for the introduction of a major Finnish material Handling Company into the North American market and establishing them as a market leader in the port and shipbuilding Industry. Mr. Histon was successful in securing the business for this company to design supply and deliver the first dual hoist container cranes in North America at VIT in Norfolk, Va. He was also successful in providing six level luffing shipyard cranes to New News Shipyard in Virginia. These cranes were shipped fully assembled from Hank Finland.

In mid-1988, Mr. Histon joined Mannesmann Dematic which is now Demag Cranes AG based in Dusseldorf, Germany and has been acquired by Terex Corporation. The Gottwald Port technology segment has been incorporated into Terex Port Solutions together with other existing legacy brands of Noell, Fantuzzi and PPM already owned by Terex. Mr. Histon is currently Vice President Sales and Service for the Americas.

This company has over 100 years of experience in building port equipment from ship-to-shore cranes, reach stackers straddle carriers and mobile harbor cranes.

Today Terex Port Solutions provides not only system solutions for terminal operations thru its software design companies TBA and DBIS but also has been a pioneer in developing the AGV system in ECT Rotterdam, CTA Altenwerde, and Euromax and now have contracts to supply battery operated AGV’s to RWG and APMT terminals in Rotterdam. Currently Terex is supplying 72 Zero emission (battery powered) AGVs to the middle harbor project in Long Beach, Calif. With over 500 AGVs in operation Terex Solutions are the leader in automated horizontal transportation for container terminals. Terex Port Solutions has also supplied ASC cranes to the DP World Antwerp Gateway project and currently have a contract to supply ASCs to the RWG project in Rotterdam.