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Wolffkran provides answer on cramped construction site
12 August, 2014 A requirement for tight manoeuvring on a cramped construction site in Munich’s old town led German contractor Riedel Bau GmbH & Co to hire a Wolff 166B B luffing jib tower crane from Wolffkran.
  • DEMAG AC-700 joins Wagenborg fleet
    Dutch lifting services and heavy transport company Wagenborg Nedlift has strengthened its crane fleet with a nine-axle Demag AC-700 mobile crane featuring a 60m main boom.
  • Austin buys Tadano
    Austin Crane Service has taken delivery of its first ATF 90G-4, at Tadano America’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. Since its arrival in Leander, Texas, the ATF 90G-4 has been used to build and set tanks and was most recently utilised in downtown Austin working inside street barricades with narrow lane closures.
  • Zoomlion deliver's 'world's biggest' topless tower
    Zoomlion had held a delivery ceremony for a new 160t topless tower crane, the T3000. The company claims (backed up by a Guinness World Records authenticator) that, with a load moment of 31,200kNm, this is the world's largest topless crane. It will target power generation, as well as arenas, bridges, high rises and other major projects.


South Europe Project round up
31 July, 2014 This month we review projects from France, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
  • Rising above the ruins
    Italy has a long and proud history of crane-building and was for many years one of the world’s leading markets for both rough terrains and tower cranes. Today though, it’s domestic market is decimated and crane builders are having to look for new opportunities. Will North visited some of these and Samoter in Verona.
  • King of the road
    Particularly popular in North America, truck mounted cranes are versatile low tonnage machines capable of working in a wide range of industries. Recently, the market for these cranes has been expanding with more demand coming from the energy sector. Zak Garner-Purkis looks at what’s making news in this market segment.
  • Wind works from Canada to Curacao
    US Manufacturer Manitowoc’s GMK6400 all terrain crane worked on several wind energy projects in the past year. These involved one unit being transported across the Atlantic Ocean to Curacao and another working in Quebec.
  • Spain explores the world
    With domestic demand in Spain as low as it has ever been, crane manufacturers and rental companies are focusing on opportunities overseas. Liliam Molina reports.


A new Fleet File approaches
30 July, 2014 Some of our more observant readers (many of you, I am sure) will have noticed that this June we missed our regular Fleet File feature. For the past seven years, we've run this listing of crane fleets around the world in every issue.
  • Time again for innovation?
    Over the last few years, difficult post-crisis market conditions and the engineering challenges of complying with strict engine regulations have slowed development across much of the crane industry.
  • Get noticed in Cranes Today
    I'm often asked what it takes to get featured in Cranes Today. I know there are many magazines out there that tie their editorial coverage directly to who buys ads (I've worked for a few; it's not a good way to put a magazine together). But we don't work like that. Our focus has always been on putting a good magazine together that will interest our readers, and sometimes even give them some helpful ideas about how to make more of their business. I do think advertising in a magazine like ours is a good way to get your brand out there. But it's not the only way to get featured in the magazine.
  • EU machinery safety plan hits a wall of cheese
    For more than five years, the European trade associations FEM and CECE, who both count crane manufacturers among their members, as well as three other machinery trade bodies, have been working to promote an improvement of the EU's market surveillance framework. This is a key way of ensuring that cranes sold in the EU are safe and environmentally friendly, and that regulation is imposed on all manufacturers equally, preserving fair competition.
  • Many roads to recovery in the Americas
    Ever since the global financial crisis hit in 2007–2008, the question for the construction, and crane, industry has been whether the good times of the middle of the last decade are on the way back.