Cranes Today Magazine


Coast Crane remains Tadano dealer under Maxim
23 June, 2017 Tadano America and Maxim Crane Works, which recently completed the acquisition of Coast Crane, have reached an agreement to continue the relationship with Coast/Maxim as a distributor for Tadano crane products.
  • Crewe crane collapse kills two
    A tower crane has collapsed while being erected in the UK town of Crewe, landing on the rear of an all terrain and damaging nearby homes. Two people, believed to be crane operators or rigging crew, have been killed.
  • XCMG Indonesia launched
    XCMG Indonesia has been launched, with the aim to further expand the manufacturer’s overseas footprint. The inauguration ceremony was held in The Westin Jakarta hotel on May 30, 2017.
  • Sarens transports and installs oil rig in Iraq
    Sarens has used trailers and mobile cranes to move and install an oil rig at the North Rumaila oil field in southern Iraq. Sarens performed the operation on behalf of Rumaila Operating Organization and BP Iraq.


From loaders to lifters
18 May, 2017 Paola De Pascali talked with the main manufacturers of knuckleboom cranes about the recent trend of using ‘loaders’ as ‘lifters’ for diverse applications.
  • Tread carefully
    Choosing the right type of tyre for a mobile crane is crucial. Bernadette Ballantyne looks into how owners go about finding the right blend of performance, longevity and price.
  • Inner city giant
    ALE’s giant self-built crane, the AL.SK190, has started working on its first inner city job, performing lifts at the Earls Court development in the heart of London.
  • Making cranes great again
    2017’s big show, ConExpo, took place literally and metaphorically in the shadow of US President Donald Trump. Will North spoke to senior staff from a selection of mobile-crane companies about their hopes for the US market under the new administration and their strategy for the year ahead.


Trials of faith, signs of redemption
16 May, 2017 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.
  • Borders, deadlines threaten US industry
    As the worldwide construction-equipment event cycle evolves, it has become harder and harder for any event other than bauma in Munich to really claim to represent the global industry. ConExpo in Las Vegas certainly makes a good showing, but with launches in a hard market recently focused on the German show a year before, it is hard for it to claim to be anything other than the biggest show in the Americas, not a transatlantic contender for the global crown.
  • The winds of change
    The wind-turbine industry has provided the push for some of the most exciting innovations in the crane and special transport industries. From Grove's unique GTK telescoping-tower mobile cranes, featured on the cover of this issue, or Liebherr's giant LTR telecrawler, through to some of the most highly optimised crawlers available, the sector has pushed the boundaries of what can be lifted.
  • China crisis
    I write this comment as the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Like in many cultures, people in China have a series of traditions that say that, as your new year goes, so goes the rest of the year.
  • A throw of the dice
    This month, as the year gets underway, we have articles looking back over the past 20 years, and forward to the year ahead. With ConExpo in Las Vegas, we also take a first look at some of the cranes we expect to see at the show.


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.
  • 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.