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LATEST NEWS

Bolk buys 35 axle lines from Nooteboom
25 April, 2014 Dutch firm Bolk Transport has purchased 35 axle lines of Pendle-X trailers from Nooteboom. The company will use them for a range of jobs, including moving big 3MW wind turbine components.
  • Huisman hatches a hybrid
    Huisman has launched an innovative new active heave compensated offshore crane at OTC in London, combining the benefits of rope luffers and knuckleboom cranes. The new series of cranes will be able to lift loads of up to 1,200t, and work at depths up to 5,000m. The first of the new rope luffing knuckleboom cranes, a 900t unit, will be installed on Subsea 7’s new vessel Seven Arctic, due to be delivered in 2016.
  • Enerpac launches 5,000kN tracked gantry
    Enerpac Integrated Solutions has developed a new 5,000kN gantry, propelled by roller tracks and designed for use in confined spaces. The company says the 12m lifting height gantry’s new propulsion system reduces its footprint by more than 50%.
  • Merritts bring baler from Germany to UK
    Nottinghamshire, UK, industrial installations specialist Merritts have transported, lifted and installed a baler and conveyor system from manufacturer Dicom Paal in Germany, for a recycling facility in Grantham, UK. Merritts transported 93 trailers of equipment over 500 miles, prepared detailed installation plans, lifted the components with a Terex AC100 from Hewden and installed it using a Fassi F660XP knuckleboom crane mounted on the delivery lorry.

LATEST FEATURES

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.


BLOGS

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.