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UCATT ballots HTC crane ops over pay
17 October, 2014 UK construction union UCATT is balloting 180 crane operators over strike action at tower hirer HTC, in an argument over pay, threatening to bring construction on major projects to a standstill. The union says the hirer's offer doesn't restore pay to pre-recession levels. HTC managing director Dave Holder says the offer is fair. The union warns that it will target other crane owners in the UK in future.
  • No bridge too far for record-breaking Mammoet
    Mammoet has used a 96-axle configuration of SPMTs to replace a 2,100t bridge in Ottawa, Canada — said to be the heaviest lift of a structure over a motorway ever made in North America.


A bright day dawns in the east
18 September, 2014 It’s been at least ten years since Cranes Today last visited Japan. This summer, Will North made up for that with visits to four of the country’s leading international crane builders, Tadano, Kobelco, Hitachi-Sumitomo (HSC) and Maeda. The four companies discuss the state of the market, at home and abroad. We visit each of them in turn, starting with Maeda in Nagano, then heading south to HSC in Nagoya, Kobelco in Akashi, and ending up with Tadano in Takamatsu.
  • Energising for the future
    What’s under the hood of a crane is always important, but as engine regulation has increased the critical details of the engine become even more crucial. Zak Garner-Purkis looks at one of the most affected markets, all terrain cranes.
  • Hydro projects get a lift
    Cranes and hoists are playing a large role at a number of dams and hydro projects worldwide. Carrieann Stocks looks at a series of projects around the world.
  • The ultimate marine lift
    Stephen Powney looks at the use of a special mobile marine crane in the refloating operation of stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia.
  • From the seaside, to the ocean
    The final stage of Cranes Today’s tour of Japan took Will North to the southerly island of Takamatsu. On first seeing its location in one of the country’s more rural regions, or folding stiff Western knees under a tatami table in one of the island’s traditional restaurants, it would be easy to think the company is, like its home, Japanese of the old school.


Paying attention to process
18 September, 2014 This summer, I toured Japan, visiting four of the country's biggest crane exporters. On the way, I think I learnt a little about the importance of process. While some of these ideas were first implemented in factories, I think they can also offer insights into how we can work better on a job site or in an office.
  • It takes an industry
    There's a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. I think it's fair to say that it takes an industry to train and support a crane operator.
  • A new Fleet File approaches
    Some of our more observant readers (many of you, I am sure) will have noticed that this June we missed our regular Fleet File feature. For the past seven years, we've run this listing of crane fleets around the world in every issue.
  • Time again for innovation?
    Over the last few years, difficult post-crisis market conditions and the engineering challenges of complying with strict engine regulations have slowed development across much of the crane industry.
  • Get noticed in Cranes Today
    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.