Cranes Today Magazine


Vernazza buys two more Groves
16 February, 2017 Genova’s Vernazza Autogru has taken delivery of two new Grove all-terrain cranes, a GMK5250L and a GMK6400.
  • A luffer for world cities
    Linden Comansa boosted its product range with the launch of LCL700 luffing-jib tower crane, the largest in its range, aimed squarely at the needs of tall skyscraper construction in world class cities.
  • Eskom Rotek Industries buys 128 Scheuerle-Kamag K25 H
    Johannesburg-based Eskom Rotek Industries has purchased 128 Scheuerle-Kamag K25 H axle lines, making this buy the biggest order of K25 H modular trailers the TII Group has ever obtained from the African continent.


Conquer the sea
17 February, 2017 Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy-lift barge was used to remove the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the 30m-deep seabed off the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.
  • A desert caravan
    Faymonville is providing Universal Transport with 32 modular axle lines to transport goods to power plants in Egypt.
  • Lifting while floating
    Sarens has transported and installed a 2,000t segment of Schierstein Bridge using its new CS1000 jacking system. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
  • Under China’s belt
    In the second of a two-part series, Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr Associates, looks in more detail at the countries where Chinese crane exporters have had the most notable export successes, and breaks down some of the factors driving this demand.
  • Climber for a day
    Science-based technology company 3M organised a fall-protection course on 14–15 December at its UK training headquarters in Greenfield. The event took place in the classroom and out on the structures, including a wind turbine and a monopole tower.


China crisis
16 February, 2017 I write this comment as the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Like in many cultures, people in China have a series of traditions that say that, as your new year goes, so goes the rest of the year.
  • A throw of the dice
    This month, as the year gets underway, we have articles looking back over the past 20 years, and forward to the year ahead. With ConExpo in Las Vegas, we also take a first look at some of the cranes we expect to see at the show.
  • An ominous future
    At the start of this year, many of us would have been hoping for the upturn in world construction that we've been waiting for since 2009. It doesn't look much more likely now than it did 12 months ago. At the same time, the crane industry faces ongoing challenges from regulators and politicians.
  • Old and new
    In recent years, we've been working to refine Fleet File. This year, we've not made any further changes to the survey itself. We now have sections for wheeled mobile cranes, rough terrains, crawlers, tower cranes and compact cranes, all split up into capacity classes that broadly indicate the jobs they can take on. I'm pleased to say that we've this year got enough responses to provide a decent snapshot of the industry, without including any previous years' entries.
  • October surprises
    This month has been surprisingly busy for the crane industry. Often, autumn is the down season for crane launches, falling between the big trade shows in the spring. This October though, we've had four very significant pieces of news.


Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
17 August, 2016 Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.
  • Sponsored: A clear view of safe working
    Cranes Today email newsletter sponsor RaycoWylie Systems’ new i4507 system for Tower Cranes with a flat or luffing jib combines a rated capacity indicator with a display able to show views from up-to-four cameras, along with a host of other sensor inputs.