Cranes Today Magazine


Barge-mounted MLC650 replaces transmission towers in Virginia
15 November, 2017 Maine-based construction firm Cianbro is replacing two ageing transmission towers on the James River near Charles City, Virginia, using a barge-mounted MLC650 equipped with VPC-MAX.
  • Recom expands international presence
    Italian tower crane manufacturer Recom Moritsch has named Toronto-based crane dealership Concrane as its exclusive distributor in Ontario, Canada.


Allied trades
26 October, 2017 In recent years, progress has been made in training operators. At the same time, there has been increasing focus on how associated supporting and supervising staff are certified. Paola De Pascali reports
  • Strengthening tower cranes
    In January 2014 Raimondi announced its acquisition by Dubai based KBW Investments. Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO of KBW Investments talks to Bernadette Ballantyne about development since the deal
  • Gulf towers
    Demand for tower cranes is strong in the Gulf, particularly in Dubai and Doha, but challenges continue to exist as Saudi Arabia remains subdued and competition is fierce. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
  • Lock and load
    Major mobile and loader crane manufacturers have received significant orders from defence units around the world this year. Sotiris Kanaris looks into this market’s requirements and crane applications.
  • A new bridge for Novi Sad
    ALE has completed the launch of the first section of a new bridge in Novi Sad, Serbia, being built by Spanish contractors Azvi.


A ladder into the crane industry
25 October, 2017 This month, we look again at the important role training and certification plays in the industry. There's some good news from the two big certification outfits, the NCCCO in the US, and ECOL in Europe.
  • Fibre rope returns to the mainstream
    The potential benefits of fibre rope, versus the steel wire rope routinely used in the industry, have for a long time been a focus for crane manufacturers and rope experts. When I started on this magazine, a little over ten years ago, crane engineers were considering ways to overcome problems with how rope would (or rather, would not easily) spool on the drum. Today, those issues appear to have largely been fixed, not by major changes to crane design as we then thought, but by new ropes that can largely be used in the same way as steel wire rope.
  • Stronger fleets, in a stronger Fleet File
    As the crane rental industry around the world leans towards recovery—we saw confidence at ConExpo in the USA, and, as described in this issue, at Vertikal Days in the UK—many this year will be hoping to see fleets upgrading and growing.
  • Disaster and hope in London
    As this issue of Cranes Today was being written, London was hit by one of its worst disasters in decades. A fire took hold in the Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in one of the city's richest areas, Kensington, killing around 80 people. The details emerging from the police investigation—which treats the disaster as a potential manslaughter case—are horrifying.


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17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
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  • Sponsored - World’s largest ever crane auction
    A two day public ‘disposal auction’ that includes 130 cranes (from 220 ton down to 35 ton All Terrain and City cranes) plus more than 500 significant lots of general construction equipment from the administration of Hewden Stuart Ltd will be sold by Euro Auctions at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire at the request of the administrators at Ernst & Young on Thursday 02 /Friday 03 March.
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