Cranes Today Magazine


Nooteboom granted patent for LIFTAD
13 February, 2019 Nooteboom has been granted the European patent (Number EP1558464) for the LIFTAD, the special lift adaptors for the Mega Windmill Transporter.
  • Four for I-4
    Three Terex HC crawler cranes and a Demag AC 700 all terrain are being used for the construction of the I-4 Ultimate infrastructure project, in Orlando, USA.
  • Tadano sees crane sales boost
    Tadano has seen an increase in sales revenue from both its mobile crane and truck loader crane divisions in the first three quarters of its fiscal year, from April 1 to December 31 2018.
  • Revenue growth for Manitowoc
    The Manitowoc Company has reported total revenue of $1.85bn for the year 2018, 17% ($265.5m) higher than the previous year.
  • Sales rise for Kobelco cranes
    Kobe Steel, Kobelco’s parent company, reported an increase in unit sales of crawler cranes in the first nine months of its fiscal year, April 1 to December 31 2018.


The fast-beating heart of Europe
14 February, 2019 With Poland experiencing a construction boom, and the Czech Republic seeing unemployment at a record low, finding work is getting easier, but finding workers can be hard. Jaroslaw Adamowski reports.
  • Are cranes electric?
    Diesel engines are polluting, and face ever-stricter controls on their use. But mobile cranes need power, and lots of it. Is electric power for mobile cranes a realistic possibility? Julian Champkin plugs in to the possible technologies.
  • Flat tops power up
    Large-capacity tower cranes used to be hammerheads or luffers. Now flat-top tower cranes are increasing their lifting power and finding new applications. Julian Champkin reports.
  • A first peek
    Shortly before this issue was published, Sotiris Kanaris attended the pre-Bauma Media Dialog and chatted with lifting and special transport manufacturers about what they plan to unveil at the trade fair.
  • Delivering 59 Turbines
    After being awarded its largest renewables project to date, Collett & Sons’s team began delivering Dorenell Wind Farm, near Dufftown, currently the largest Contract for Difference (CfD) project in the UK for onshore wind.


Choosing a look, choosing names
14 February, 2019 Sometimes, how a thing is presented, how it looks or how we name it, shapes how we think of it, even if the thing itself is unchanged. Think, for example, of how 'premium' and 'basic' products are packaged at the supermarket: glossy packaging, metallic embossing, and an emphasis on ingredients for 'premium' goods; primary colours, simple design, and a focus on price and value for 'basic' goods. Often, the gap between the two is not as great as the name or the package might suggest.
  • Digital disruption
    Security expert Bruce Schneier has, for decades, warned of the overlooked risks associated with the computer age. Sometimes, politicians, regulators, and industry leaders have paid heed.
  • An inventive season
    We have a surprising flurry of new crane launches this month. This includes a series of new tower cranes, new loader cranes, and a new rough terrain.
  • Keeping cranes safe on the roads
    Ten years ago this year Ann Copeland and her two young daughters, Niamh and Ciara, were killed when her car skidded out of control after running over a patch of oil leaked from a poorly-maintained all terrain crane. Barry Copeland, who lost his entire family in the accident, pushed for owners of all terrain cranes to face the same requirement for roadworthiness testing as cars and heavy goods vehicles.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
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.