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LATEST NEWS

Tadano Mantis to expand Virginia facility
14 April, 2015 Tadano Mantis Corporation will expand its manufacturing facility at Richlands, Virginia with a $2.5m investment.
  • Potain tower cranes working on inner-city project
    Contractor EAB is using four Potain tower cranes to assist with a project involving the renovation, demolition and construction of a number of buildings at the site of a former prison in France.

LATEST FEATURES

The people who sell cranes
21 April, 2015 Selling Manitowoc’s Grove line of cranes in West Africa, Paterson Simons & Co (Africa) Ltd. managing director John Traynor understands that a complete package of training and aftersales service, supported by manufacturer partnerships, is vital in persuading customers to make the financial step up from buying used cranes to buying new.
  • Sarens’ quick bridge lift
    A Terex Superlift 3800 lattice boom crawler crane has been used by Sarens to lift a steel bridge over a motorway in Germany, negotiating weight restrictions to bring the crane to the job site.
  • More power, more options
    This spring, Manitowoc announced new developments across its crawler range. In its high-capacity range, a new option on its variable positioning counterweight system adds to the load chart on its MLC 650 crane. At lower capacities, the company now offers Sennebogen telecrawlers badged as Groves.
  • Prospective growth
    After the recession stalled some projects even before construction had begun, there is now cautious optimism and growth again in the Middle East. Daniel Searle visited some of the key players in the UAE.


LATEST COMMENTS

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.
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LATEST EQUIPMENT NEWS

Talbert increases TA trailer capacities
25 March, 2015 Heavy haul equipment specialist Talbert Manufacturing has increased the hauling capacity of five of its Traveling Axle (TA) trailers by 5t.
  • Rear-view camera system eliminates wires
    US-based Brigade Electronics has launched a wireless rear-view camera system, eliminating the need for cables and reducing installation time by up to two hours, says the company.
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