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Alps Wire Rope completes P.A. move
16 April, 2014 Alps Wire Rope has moved its facilities from Columbus, Ohio to a new location in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • CRC's 700,000lb transformer haul
    Crane Rental Corporation has hauled a 360,000lbs transformer in Florida, USA, using a custom-built dual lane trailer from Trail King.
  • First Terex Explorer in Czech Republic
    Malina Crane Hire from Ostrava, in the Czech Republic has taken delivery of the first Terex Explorer 5800 all terrain crane in the country. The firms owner and president, Radek Malina, visited the Terex Zweibrücken facility to pick up the crane and drive it 1,020 km himself to Ostrava.
  • ALE acquires ECR
    ALE has announced the acquisition of the majority shares of ECR Group based in Gladstone, Australia. The company said that following the success of the joint venture ALE ECR Heavylift, both parent companies decided to cement this successful pairing by bringing the ECR business into the ALE group.


Launching in April
17 April, 2014 From headphones to tower lift systems this month sees many exiting new products being released. Cranes Today looks at the new products that are making waves this month.
  • Samoter returns
    The 2014 edition of Samoter is this year hosted by VeronaFiere. The show attracts a broad specturm of the construction industry.
  • Energy keeps the Gulf going
    Energy and industrial customers have kept the regional lifting market buoyant particularly for mobile cranes, and rebounding construction is stimulating the tower crane segment. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.
  • A heavyweight bout in Vegas
    At this year’s ConExpo, Sany and Manitowoc, on one hand, and Terex, on the other, presented starkly different visions of how to handle lifts in the 500–650t capacity class. Liebherr, recently, has presented its own take on some jobs in this range, launching a new boom system for its own 600-tonner. Will North reports.


Get noticed in Cranes Today
17 April, 2014 I'm often asked what it takes to get featured in Cranes Today. I know there are many magazines out there that tie their editorial coverage directly to who buys ads (I've worked for a few; it's not a good way to put a magazine together). But we don't work like that. Our focus has always been on putting a good magazine together that will interest our readers, and sometimes even give them some helpful ideas about how to make more of their business. I do think advertising in a magazine like ours is a good way to get your brand out there. But it's not the only way to get featured in the magazine.
  • EU machinery safety plan hits a wall of cheese
    For more than five years, the European trade associations FEM and CECE, who both count crane manufacturers among their members, as well as three other machinery trade bodies, have been working to promote an improvement of the EU's market surveillance framework. This is a key way of ensuring that cranes sold in the EU are safe and environmentally friendly, and that regulation is imposed on all manufacturers equally, preserving fair competition.
  • Many roads to recovery in the Americas
    Ever since the global financial crisis hit in 2007–2008, the question for the construction, and crane, industry has been whether the good times of the middle of the last decade are on the way back.
  • Think about the future
    This promises to be an important year in many ways for the crane industry. We can expect revised regulations, some valuable new safety guidance, developments in training, and, at least one manufacturer has promised, major launches at the year's big trade show.
  • The simple pleasures of a quiet life
    We’re at the time of year where we look back over 12 months of news from the crane industry. In many recent years we’ve noted dramatic changes: the soaring backlogs of the boom, and the subsequent global financial crisis; the launch of game-changing new cranes like Manitowoc’s GTK 1100, Terex’s Twin system or Liebherr’s LTM 11200-9.1; terrible accidents and drastic changes in regulation; or globally decisive regulatory changes, like the most recent revision of EN 13000.