Cranes Today Magazine


Terex Cranes reports slight sales drop
14 February, 2018 Terex Corporation’s Cranes division has reported net sales revenue of $1.19bn for 2017, a fall from the $1.27bn generated in 2016.
  • Böcker showcase new cranes
    Böcker has announced the launch of a new aluminium-steel boom crane, the AK 52 truck-mounted crane. The new mobile crane in the 26t truck class has a 52m boom (with an option for 55m), and a maximum payload of 12t on the truck.
  • Revenue rise for Manitex
    Truck and knuckle boom manufacturer Manitex International has announced third quarter net revenue growth of 44.5% year-on-year to $56.5m in the third quarter of 2017.
  • Cape picks HDPS mats
    Industrial support specialists Cape has invested in two types of crane mat from leading spreader plate supplier Outriggerpads.


Riga-Mainz triple lift in Essen
12 February, 2018 Riga-Mainz used three Liebherrs, including a brand new LTM 1450-8.1, alongside an LR 1600/2 and LTM 1500-8.1, to place a bridge in Essen, completing the job with just two short overnight railway shutdowns.
  • An all-round bridge builder
    Kriger Construction has been using one of Manitowoc Cranes’ latest rough terrain models, the Grove GRT8100, for more than six months in its bridge-building operations.
  • A 3,000t bridge move
    In what could be a first for Australian civil construction, Sarens recently used SPMTs to carefully manoeuvre a 3,000t bridge section into place. The operation was performed as part of upgrade work to the Darlington Bridge in Adelaide, on behalf of the Gateway South project consortium.
  • Sliding into place in La Paz
    ALE removed and replaced spans of a bridge in La Paz, Madrid, using SPMTs and jacks to complete the job with just four nights of road closures.


Knowledge matters, for all in lifting
12 February, 2018 Two recent stories demonstrate the efforts the industry is making to build knowledge of lifting, for both apprentices and customers. Next month, in Hamburg, ESTA's wind energy summit will take place for the third time, after making impressive progress in building links with with energy firms; recently, in England, the industry successfully launched a new programme for apprentice lifting technicians.
  • Lifting with limited room to move
    As much by chance as by intention, this month's issue includes a series of articles looking at how crane designers and project engineers squeeze lifting power into restricted environments.
  • A year of slow improvement
    It's the time of year when I look back over previous copies of Cranes Today to see what the industry has achieved. I think it's fair to say that 2017 has not been a great year—few sales records have been set, the big trade show had few big surprises—but it has not been a bad year.
  • Conflicting interests, split opinions
    I've had a series of interesting conversations over recent weeks. It's a time of year when we get many invitations to product launches and factory open days. I've also had a chance to catch up with a few senior executives as they take on new roles, or as their companies go through a transition.
  • A ladder into the crane industry
    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.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
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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