Cranes Today Magazine


Fleet news: Orders and deliveries
17 October, 2017 In the past few weeks manufacturers were busy with orders from or delivering cranes to clients around the world.
  • Collett opens subsidiary in Ireland
    Multi-modal logistics operator Collett & Sons has launched a subsidiary company in Ireland, responding to an increase in demand for its services in the market.


A new bridge for Novi Sad
29 September, 2017 ALE has completed the launch of the first section of a new bridge in Novi Sad, Serbia, being built by Spanish contractors Azvi.
  • Rolling in Romania
    Rontransmar, the largest special transport company in Romania, has 35 axle lines of Scheurle InterCombi transporters in its fleet. Recently, it used 28 axle lines to move a 230t transformer by road and barge.
  • Under 300t, under pressure
    Global demand for lattice boom crawler cranes has been under pressure for several years now. Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr Associates, assesses the ‘mainstream’ market ranging from 50-300t.
  • Danger! High Voltage!
    A range of cranes and boom trucks are used for work near overhead powerlines, and safety is more critical in this sector than any other.


Fibre rope returns to the mainstream
28 September, 2017 The potential benefits of fibre rope, versus the steel wire rope routinely used in the industry, have for a long time been a focus for crane manufacturers and rope experts. When I started on this magazine, a little over ten years ago, crane engineers were considering ways to overcome problems with how rope would (or rather, would not easily) spool on the drum. Today, those issues appear to have largely been fixed, not by major changes to crane design as we then thought, but by new ropes that can largely be used in the same way as steel wire rope.
  • Stronger fleets, in a stronger Fleet File
    As the crane rental industry around the world leans towards recovery—we saw confidence at ConExpo in the USA, and, as described in this issue, at Vertikal Days in the UK—many this year will be hoping to see fleets upgrading and growing.
  • Disaster and hope in London
    As this issue of Cranes Today was being written, London was hit by one of its worst disasters in decades. A fire took hold in the Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in one of the city's richest areas, Kensington, killing around 80 people. The details emerging from the police investigation—which treats the disaster as a potential manslaughter case—are horrifying.
  • Trials of faith, signs of redemption
    The crane industry's long march out of the slump caused by the global financial crisis continues like the final stages of the Compestela pilgrimage – a painful and exhausting crawl on bloody hands and knees.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • Sponsored: Green Pin Power Sling® Shackle Lift the same load with a lighter wire
    Green Pin® introduces the Green Pin Power Sling® Shackle. The Power Sling® has a revolutionary design that enables you to lift the same load with a lighter wire. This means the Power Sling® lets you save up to 20% on synthetic- and steel wire rope costs, giving you more competitive power. That’s our kind of power. Power to the Wire.
  • 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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    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.