Cranes Today Magazine


Manitowoc launches 100t crawler, ends Kobelco deal
07 June, 2018 Shortly after announcing the end of a deal with Kobelco, which had for 15 years Anchorseen the Japanese company supply crawler cranes under 150t for rebadging in the USA, Manitowoc has launched a new 100t crawler crane, the MLC 100-1. The launch comes alongside a series of other new products at a company event in Shady Grove, including Grove’s biggest rough terrain.
  • Lifting a tower
    Polish crane rental company Corleonis used a Terex CTT 332-16 flat top tower crane to erect a 150m-tall cooling for the large scale Bogatynia power plant in southwestern Poland. The job was done on behalf of construction company Budimex.
  • HMF launches new large cranes
    HMF has enhanced its large crane range with two new models, the HMF 7020 and the HMF 9520. The company said they were both designed for particularly demanding lifting tasks and assembly work.
  • Sales boost for crane manufacturers
    The majority of crane manufacturers have seen sales grow in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. Tadano’s fiscal year results showed a decrease in sales, but the company anticipates a strong year ahead.


Young player
21 May, 2018 The youngest manufacturer from the ones included in this series is Remdevice, which entered the market in 2003. Like its fellow radio remote control makers, the company started with a focus on the construction industry, with its first products being the patented Brick and Pail.
  • Brotherhood
    The passion of brothers Evio and Angelo Cadorin for telecommunications equipment lead to the creation of IMET in 1988. The first products were initially designed for construction operations and concrete processing. In the years that followed, the company enhanced its staff and created products that met the needs of customers across a range of sectors.
  • Italian with Japanese attitude
    ELCA was founded in 1991, at a time when the applications and use of radio remote controls were limited. The initial route to market was through Italian dealers and end users, principally serving the construction machinery sector.
  • Pushing innovation
    Autec, founded in 1986, says it is the first Italian producer of remote controls for lifting applications. Three decades later, the company employees 200 employees worldwide and has established subsidiaries in Spain, Germany, South Korea, China, Brazil and USA.
  • Italians in control
    Sotiris Kanaris visits Italian radio remote control manufacturers and discusses recent innovations and the state of the market.


Valuable shows, sustainable growth?
17 May, 2018 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.
  • Knowledge matters, for all in lifting
    Two recent stories demonstrate the efforts the industry is making to build knowledge of lifting, for both apprentices and customers. Next month, in Hamburg, ESTA's wind energy summit will take place for the third time, after making impressive progress in building links with with energy firms; recently, in England, the industry successfully launched a new programme for apprentice lifting technicians.
  • Lifting with limited room to move
    As much by chance as by intention, this month's issue includes a series of articles looking at how crane designers and project engineers squeeze lifting power into restricted environments.
  • A year of slow improvement
    It's the time of year when I look back over previous copies of Cranes Today to see what the industry has achieved. I think it's fair to say that 2017 has not been a great year—few sales records have been set, the big trade show had few big surprises—but it has not been a bad year.
  • Conflicting interests, split opinions
    I've had a series of interesting conversations over recent weeks. It's a time of year when we get many invitations to product launches and factory open days. I've also had a chance to catch up with a few senior executives as they take on new roles, or as their companies go through a transition.


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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.