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30 June, 2015 Manitowoc opened the doors of its Crane Care facility at Saint Pierre de Chandieu, near Lyon in France, to launch the new Crane Control System (CCS) on its Potain MDT City range of tower cranes, and two operator lift systems.
  • Dawn of a new epoch
    Tadano launched its range-topping 600t ATF 600G-8, and new Triple Boom, in Lauf this June. Described by president and CEO Koichi Tadano as an ‘epoch-making innovation’, the crane delivers impressive lifting across the load chart without needing a guying system, potentially saving users €1.8m in transport and set up costs over the first 15 years of the crane’s use.
  • First Potain MCT 205 for Vietnam
    The first Potain MCT 205 topless tower crane to be used in Vietnam has been installed at FUVI International’s headquarters at Ho Chi Minh City.
  • GGR co-founder honoured with OBE
    Gill Riley, co-founder and managing director of crane and lifting equipment company GGR Group, has been awarded an OBE for her services to construction in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


The People Who Sell Cranes
29 June, 2015 The Lebanese crane market is developing and growing, driven by construction and infrastructure work and an increasing understanding of the latest technology, says Hisham Farhat, founder of Farhat Service Center.
  • Building a better beam
    A new spreader beam developed by Singapore-based CEA Surelift aims to improve on existing designs. Will North spoke to CEAsia Project Logistics managing director Ian Banks.
  • Complete power
    Dana now offers complete drivetrains for rough terrain cranes. At Intermat, Will North spoke to Rick Honeyager about the company’s new approach
  • A new name for strong steel
    Sweden’s SSAB, one of the world’s most familiar brands, recently acquired Finnish competitor Ruuki. At Intermat, it announced a new brand name for its combined high strength steel line, Strenx
  • Trailers, large and small
    In Paris this April, manufacturers TII, Nooteboom, Faymonville and Goldhofer presented a range of innovations, including big special transport solutions, and new smaller mass market trailers.


Speak up for safety
13 March, 2015 This spring has seen two opportunities for the industry to have a say in safety issues, in the USA and the UK. Both have their roots in events many years ago.
  • Standards in the digital age
    I recently met with a contact who has, for many years, been active in developing standards and best practice guidance. He pointed out that while he learnt to understand documents like this by reading carefully through binders full of A4 pages, this sort of reading is becoming less common. Many of us will still spend much of our day reading and otherwise dealing with written material, but on a screen of one form or another, and not as a single long document that we read uninterrupted from start to finish.
  • Closing the global skills gap
    Over the last year, we've seen complaints from crane owners around the world about a shortage of skilled operators. In some ways, this is one of those good problems: it's a sign that, globally, the crane industry recognises the importance of qualifed operators and rigging crew to safe and efficient lifting.
  • Slow progress
    This time last year, I talked about how 2013 had been one of limited change. In many ways, and particularly on the business side of the sector, this year has been too. Progress on rental rates and sales does not seem to have picked up at the rate the industry would've liked. In this issue, we open with a round-up of the last quarter's financial results, across a range of listed crane manufacturers and dealers. The news is not particularly good.


Load cells used to lift crane barge boom
30 April, 2015 Caspian Marine Services used Straightpoint load cells to remove and reinstall a 300t crane boom on a 600t crane barge in Azerbaijan.