Cranes Today Magazine


Spierings expands UK service activities
18 September, 2018 Dutch mobile tower crane manufacturer Spierings Mobile Cranes has expanded its service activities in the UK, with the appointment of Crowland Cranes as workshop service partner and in cooperation with several DAF dealers.
  • LGH upgrades load cell fleet with SP
    US lifting equipment rental specialist Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) has initiated a major overhaul of its load cell fleet and placed a significant order for Straightpoint’s (SP) Radiolink plus units up to 220,000lbs in capacity.
  • Transformer changeouts
    Edwards Moving & Rigging is using a variety of equipment, including a 150USt capacity low profile hydraulic skidding system from Hydra-Slide, to remove small transformers and replace them with new units over a two-year period at a high security power plant in the south east of the US.
  • New premises, new cranes
    GGR Group held an open day at its new facility in Haddenham, in the south east of England, showcasing its wide range of lifting equipment.


Testing the limits
19 September, 2018 As demand for heavy lifts increases, Sotiris Kanaris looks at equipment with capacities of 1,000t or more and how it has been used in the past year.
  • Working together
    Heavy haulage contractor Salgert used six Liebherr mobile cranes for the roof construction of anindustrial building near Mechernich, Germany.
  • A moving pedestal
    Sarens has demonstrated the advantages of its new ‘mobile’ pedestal crane, the Terex PC 3800-1, on a wind farm project in Germany. The crane was used to erect three 159m wind turbine towers.
  • High speed rail
    When a 70-year-old bridge needed to be removed, Austrian state rail company ÖBB called on Austria’s strongest all terrain, a Terex-Demag AC 1000, from Prangl.


Precise planning for perfect practice
19 September, 2018 My first job on Cranes Today was reporting on one of our London conferences.
  • Necessary training, sufficient evaluation
    In late May, US regulator OSHA published a much-anticipated new notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. This further clarifies how the US federal government plans to set rules for operator certification.
  • Valuable shows, sustainable growth?
    I write this month's comment shortly after returning from Intermat in Paris. As I wrote in my pre-show comment six years—two Intermats—ago, the purpose of the French show is at times unclear. It is at once too big to be a tightly-focussed national lifting show, and too small (and overshadowed in the triennial trade show cycle) to be a global launch show.
  • Viva l'Italia
    Visiting the North of Italy in January may not be on most people’s list. Putting aside the cold and Milan’s inexplicable fog, it was an enjoyable week; full of beautiful scenery, delicious food and interesting discussions with local manufacturers. These discussions will turn into articles, full of exclusive information, which you will find in this and the following issues of the magazine.


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17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • 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.