Cranes Today Magazine


Terex reaches final of Swedish Steel Prize
24 November, 2015 Terex Cranes was one of four finalists in the Swedish Steel Prize, organized by steel manufacturer SSAB, for its Boom Booster kit for its CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane.
  • First new 20t Kato for UK market
    UK crane company John Sutch Cranes has added a new 20t Kato CR-200Ri city crane to its portfolio, supplied by official Kato distributor Rivertek Services UK.


30 October, 2015 GMVykon supplies hydraulic cranes in eastern Mexico from its Monterrey base, and is looking to expand its fleet, as well as its rigging business.
  • The new word in safety
    The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Crane Safety Manual has been published since 1978. At this year’s CANZ conference in Tauranga, the association launched a third, major, revision to the manual. Rod Auton, chief executive of CANZ, told Will North what’s new.
  • Burden of proof
    When CICA surveyed its members last year, they said that one of the main challenges they faced was Australia’s major inspection programme, which often requires full strip down structural checks on 10-year-old cranes. CICA CEO Brandon Hitch told Will North how an upgraded electronic version of the association’s CraneSafe independent third party scheme will assist members to prove that the crane has been regularly inspected, monitoring the need for expensive structural checks.
  • Still the lucky country?
    Arriving at the recent CICA Crane conference in Perth, Western Australia, Stuart Anderson expected a lot of long faces and sob stories. Instead, he found crane users and dealers fairly upbeat.
  • Great British take-off
    The UK crane rental market is enjoying a strong period, driven by the burgeoning construction sector and resulting in new projects and fleet investments. Daniel Searle reports.


Papers, please
30 October, 2015 This month, I've had a series of conversations about documentation. Written records are often a good way to show that correct safety checks have been carried out. A well-designed form can ensure that each check in and inspection is carried out. It can then be used to confirm the results of the inspection, to regulators or to anyone else with an interest.
  • Putting you in the spotlight
    At Cranes Today, we believe the most important thing we do is giving a voice to everyone in the lifting industry. We aim to make sure that our coverage includes not just the biggest crane manufacturers and their customers, but local hire firms and dealers, as well as smaller manufacturers, equipment and component suppliers. New features we've introduced recently will help us include more of these companies.
  • Getting engaged
    This month, we have two features looking at standards and regulation. Both illustrate the importance of crane owners and users working together to engage with the rules that shape the lifting industry. Too often, I think, influencing these rules is left solely to manufacturers. Often their interests coincide with those of their customers, not least because they flourish when their customers flourish. But these issues are often too important to be left to manufacturers alone.
  • Treading water in Europe
    This month, we focus on Western Europe, reporting in more detail from Intermat. The show itself demonstrates some of the problems facing the region. No longer one of the big three international crane shows, it has now been relegated to the second division, with very many international manufacturers declining to take part.


Aluminium crane pads from Solum
06 August, 2015 Solum has developed a range of aluminium outrigger pads, reducing the weight of the units and providing a fully recyclable product.
  • Inspection reporting goes electronic
    Australian company Pervidi has introduced its Paperless Crane Inspection Software, an electronic system for recording inspections and preventative maintenance.
  • Pole position for outrigger pads
    Specialised outrigger pads, similar to those manufactured for mobile cranes, are being used in the Antarctic to prevent a research facility from sinking into the snow.