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Working on an innovative wind power project for Max Bögl Group, a Liebherr telecrawler will pick and carry concrete slabs to build a basin reservoir for a pumped-water energy storage system. When...Read more
Sarens was contracted to transport and install a 1700t A-frame pylon for the New Wear Crossing Bridge project.Read more
Ainscough Crane Hire has completed a series of complex lifts on behalf of Story Contracting, for the upgrade of Crossley’s Bridge, near the town centre of British seaside town Blackpool.Read more
Following on from its investment in 2015 and 2016 in Kato City Cranes, UK-based John Sutch Cranes has recently taken delivery of another Kato CR-200Ri from Kato’s European distributor Rivertek.
London’s largest crane ready for work
ALE’s giant self-built lifting device, the AL.SK190, is starting work on its first inner city job, performing lifts at the Earls Court development in the heart of London.
Mediaco orders 25 Demag ATs
French crane provider Mediaco has ordered 25 new Demag all terrain cranes: 20 AC 55-3, two AC 100-4, two AC 160-5 and one AC 130-5. The new cranes will join a fleet of more than 600 machines.
Fatal crane accident during underground construction in Greece
A 50 year-old crane operator lost his life during underground construction work in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Three Prangl cranes strengthen event venue roof
Three Prangl cranes were used to install metal girders on the roof of the Koralmhalle event venue in Deutschlandsberg, Austria.
Azvi is using a Potain MCT 88, controlled remotely, in a project to restore the Žeželj Bridge, which spans the Danube River and connects a key stretch of international railway.
Stay in control
Paola De Pascali reviews recent development in remote controls for use in construction crane applications.
LiftPlanner is a crane program that allows users to create detailed, accurate plans. Sotiris Kanaris finds out more about the software and how it was used to repair a hangar roof in Tustin, California.
Stick to the plan
Software has become a vital tool in detailed crane-job planning. Michael Kölsch, founder and CEO of craniMAX, tells Sotiris Kanaris about the advantages that software can bring to the industry.
Plan online without CAD
A1A Software developed 3D Lift Plan in collaboration with Link-Belt in 2007. Tawnia Weiss, president of A1A Software, tells Sotiris Kanaris that both companies wanted a program that was online and 3D. It is now available for use with a full range of cranes from different manufacturers, and has been adapted for use on iOS and Android devices.
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.
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.
An ominous future
At the start of this year, many of us would have been hoping for the upturn in world construction that we've been waiting for since 2009. It doesn't look much more likely now than it did 12 months ago. At the same time, the crane industry faces ongoing challenges from regulators and politicians.
Old and new
In recent years, we've been working to refine Fleet File. This year, we've not made any further changes to the survey itself. We now have sections for wheeled mobile cranes, rough terrains, crawlers, tower cranes and compact cranes, all split up into capacity classes that broadly indicate the jobs they can take on. I'm pleased to say that we've this year got enough responses to provide a decent snapshot of the industry, without including any previous years' entries.
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.
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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.