Cranes Today Magazine
In a press release, Koichi Tadano, CEO of the eponymous company, has confirmed the completion of the acquisition of Demag, and explained his aims for the business. The statement strongly suggests that the Demag brand will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.Read more
Unic Cranes Europe has appointed a new Unic mini spider cranes distributor for Poland.
Raimondis for commercial development
Two Raimondi MRT111 flattop tower cranes were erected on a Fujairah National Construction Company (FNC) jobsite in Dubai, UAE.
Bridge construction for Link-Belt crawler
A 200USt-capacity Link-Belt 248 HSL is being used to construct traffic and pedestrian bridges for the major highway project in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Texas wind project for LG 1750
Trand, based in Pratt, Kansas, took delivery of the first LG 1750 in the US in March. A few months later the 750t (850USt) lattice boom mobile crane was used to exchange the main shaft on a wind turbine with a nearly 400ft (~120m) hub height in the Lubbock, Texas area.
Lifting in the city centre
A Liebherr MK 88 Plus mobile construction crane was used to install an 800kg air conditioner in the old city centre of Mainz, Germany.
Mining has been a key feature of the Chilean economy since the earliest days. Julian Champkin finds that lifting methods have become uniquely adapted to the conditions of South America’s Southern Cone, with tower cranes operating for decades in the Atacama desert and beyond.
Blades slicing through mountains
To move more than 900 wind farm components over 200km through Chile, ALE had to carefully develop a route, including cutting into a mountain.
Brazil holds its breath
Brazil is poised to recover from economic and political crisis. Julian Champkin spoke to Paulo Carvalho of crane company Locabens
From rough to level ground
Transporting large rough terrain cranes can be challenging, but manufacturers designed their cranes in a way to aid their customers. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
Looking at your self
As the market for self-erectors has been buoyant in recent years, manufacturers have invested in enhancing and updating their ranges. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
One of the things that makes the crane industry so interesting to report on, is the level of innovation coming out of a relatively small and tightly-knit industry. Unlike other sectors I've covered, it has been relatively easy to meet a broad range of suppliers and users; and, where some industries progress only slowly, just in the decade or so I've been covering the sector, I've seen new crane types come into regular use.
Digging deep for opportunity
In this issue, two of our lead features look at the impact of infrastructure projects on demand for lifting equipment.
Demag answers and questions
In our lead news items this month, I've tried to find answers for at least a few of the questions readers may have about Tadano's planned acquisition of Demag from Terex. As you'd expect for a deal at this stage, I wasn't able to get a lot more detail.
Choosing a look, choosing names
Sometimes, how a thing is presented, how it looks or how we name it, shapes how we think of it, even if the thing itself is unchanged. Think, for example, of how 'premium' and 'basic' products are packaged at the supermarket: glossy packaging, metallic embossing, and an emphasis on ingredients for 'premium' goods; primary colours, simple design, and a focus on price and value for 'basic' goods. Often, the gap between the two is not as great as the name or the package might suggest.
A sliding window of opportunity
There is a concept in political science known as the Overton Window, after its creator, Joseph Overton. Overton argued that political policy is set within a window—ranging from 'more free' to 'less free'—of public perception of acceptable ideas. Over time, the limits of this window of acceptability change, and the policies politicians propose change with them.
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