Cranes Today Magazine


Lifting glass panes
03 December, 2019 A Liebherr MK 88 Plus mobile construction crane, supplied by Krandienst Kunze e.K., was used to install glass panes for the renovation of the Semper Gallery in Dresden, Germany.
  • Sarens lifts dome of Expo 2020 stadium
    Sarens has provided 24 200t strand jacks and 12km of strands for the lifting of the crowning dome of the Al Wasl Plaza, the centrepiece of the Expo 2020 stadium in Dubai. .
  • A1A updates iCraneTrax
    A1A Software has announced two updates to its fleet and personnel management software iCraneTrax.
  • Liebherr cranes beat trucks on emissions
    Liebherr had proven that even large vehicles such as the five-axle LTM 1160-5.2 with a road weight of 60t can meet the high on-road Euro VI c standard in a series of tests conducted in conjunction with TÜV NORD and the engineering partner IAV. The crane performed comparably to a commercial truck on NOx and CO emissions, and better in terms of hydrocarbons.


Turning without taglines
15 November, 2019 To turn and control a hanging load, taglines are used. Taglines are risky, but no alternative has seemed available. You wait years for a solution, then two turn up at once. Both are from Australia. Julian Champkin looks at the devices from down under that may turn lifting upside down.
  • The way the wind blows
    Sotiris Kanaris talks to special transport manufacturers about how they are serving the ever-changing wind energy sector.
  • Cutting edge expertise
    David Collett is president of ESTA, the European mobile crane and special transport association, and MD of the eponymous UK special transport firm. Will North interviewed him about the challenges posed by longer, heavier, wind farm components, and collaboration between the transport and wind energy industries.
  • Built in Italy
    GIS in Piacenza has established itself as the key show for the Italian lifting industry. Will North attended, and spoke to a number of Italian—and Italy-based—crane manufacturers.
  • Terex launches first hydraulic luffer
    During a customer event at a testing yard in Polcenigo, Italy, Terex has shown for the first time three new tower crane models, one of which is the company’s first hydraulic luffer.


Wind of change
07 November, 2019 On the occasion of the UN Global Climate Action Summit and the Global Climate Strikes, renewable energy became a hot discussion topic among government leaders as well as citizens of countries around the world.
  • Experience and innovation
    One of the things that makes the crane industry so interesting to report on, is the level of innovation coming out of a relatively small and tightly-knit industry. Unlike other sectors I've covered, it has been relatively easy to meet a broad range of suppliers and users; and, where some industries progress only slowly, just in the decade or so I've been covering the sector, I've seen new crane types come into regular use.
  • Mind the gap
    For travellers on London's underground railway, the warning to 'Mind the gap' quickly becomes part of the background of daily life: the city's old, curved, station platforms don't fit neatly with tube carriages, meaning there's often a substantial hop from train to platform. That phrase, painted on every platform edge and spoken over the tannoy at every stop, seeks to prevent us hurling ourselves absentmindedly under the train. By and large it works.
  • Fitting capacity to requirements
    On any crane contract, the first and most vital commercial step is to make sure that the crane you bring to the job site matches the clients' lifting requirements: big enough to work safely, but not so big that you're wasting capacity (and, therefore, investment that you can't earn back with profitable rental rates).
  • Digging deep for opportunity
    In this issue, two of our lead features look at the impact of infrastructure projects on demand for lifting equipment.


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.