Cranes Today Magazine


NFT deploys Potains in Hong Kong
27 October, 2020 Tower crane specialist NFT is using five Potain tower cranes cranes, two MCT 565 and three MCT 385, to construct public housing in Hong Kong. All the cranes belong to the range of Potain topless cranes built in Zhangjiagang, China.
  • Link-Belt crawler builds parking garage
    Davis Erecting of South Carolina, USA, is using its 300USt (272t) Link-Belt 348 Series 2 lattice crawler crane for the construction of a four-storey, 250,000sqft (23,225sqm) parking garage in Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Cometto self-loader for Rave group
    French transport and logistics specialist the Rave Group has acquired a Cometto ETL 5/4E self-propelled five-axle transporter from SNM Heavy Handling, Cometto's distributor in France.


It's all about self
07 October, 2020 The self-erecting crane has long been familiar in Europe, often used for low-rise building projects. But in the US, boomtrucks and other cranes occupy that niche. Julian Champkin asks why the self-erector has not penetrated that market.
  • Crane, camera, action
    Crane mounted camera systems are no longer considered to be purely an operator aid; they have just about become the default minimum standard for many contractors and crane rental companies. Contractors are embracing the technology to boost productivity, using analytics to monitor and document crane operations. Simon Hastelow reports.
  • Cranes got game
    Cranes of different capacities and types have been deployed for stadium projects around the world over the past year. Sotiris Kanaris reports.
  • Moving swiftly
    In the March issue of the magazine, we covered part of the construction of the Hisingsbron vertical-lift bridge in Gothenburg, Sweden, by the Skanska MT Højgaard joint venture. The article at the time focused on the lifting of bridge sections.
  • Winners and losers
    Lattice boom crawler manufacturers have recently updated and enhanced their portfolio, but for classes that competition from telecrawlers is lower. Sotiris Kanaris focuses on the market for capacities of 300t and lower.


Turn of events
07 October, 2020 The pandemic has definitely altered the way that people interact on a professional level. The shaking of hands and the exchange of business cards may be deemed risky under these strange circumstances.
  • Changing habits
    Different types of tower cranes are popular in different markets, which is why the major manufacturers in this segment have more than one type in their portfolio.
  • Mix and Match
    Factory closures, reductions in motor traffic, significant falls in the number of flights were among the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which contributed to a drop in the global demand for oil.
  • Hard times
    When Charles Dickens published his novel Hard Times as a serial in his weekly publication Household Words in 1854, the world was definitely different.
  • The essence of essential
    I started writing this comment on the second day of Coronavirus lockdown in Britain. Our government last week advised us to stay home, but that didn't take: this being Britain, last Friday many pubs were full, and on Sunday, when we celebrate Mothers' Day, many thought it a good idea to take their aging mums out to catch a potentially fatal disease at flower markets and parks.


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  • Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
    Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.