Today on Cranes Today Magazine


Crawler crane assisting Turkish bridge project
25 March, 2015 Logistics provider Aydin Vinc is using a 180t Sennebogen 5500 crawler crane to assist the construction of the Izmit Bay Bridge in Turkey.
  • Alpine power plant built with ropeway
    Crane company LCS Cable Cranes GmbH constructed a material ropeway in the Alps to assist with a project to build a pumped storage plant in the Montafon valley, Austria.


Gilley Crane
13 March, 2015 Tennessee-based Gilley Crane Rigging and Lifting recently acquired a Terex Explorer 5800, the fi rst of its type to be used in the US. Project manager Scott Peterson outlines the company’s plans for further expansion
  • International cranes
    With labour costs on construction sites around the world increasing, Western and Chinese crane manufacturers are looking to build tower cranes in emerging markets, aimed at local users. Will North reports
  • Burying bureaucracy
    At this year’s bC India, manufacturers complained that a combination of difficult land acquisition, arbitrarily split tenders, excessive regulation and the ongoing fallout from the ‘coal scam’ corruption scandal had halted construction across the country. Will North reports
  • A giant in the mountains
    XCMG’s 1,600t capacity XCA5000, which the Chinese manufacturer claims is the biggest all terrain ever built, has been used in Yunnan, China, to lift a 91t nacelle in a challenging mountaintop environment.
  • Sai Infraaequipments
    Sai Infraaequipments, based in Bangalore, was established in 1985 as an aggregate supplier. The company moved into excavation and transportation, working for Indian major contractors like Larsen and Toubro. In 2002, it added ready mix concrete, and in 2007, tower cranes and hoists. Managing director K.Ilango talked to Cranes Today about the company at bC India.


Speak up for safety
13 March, 2015 This spring has seen two opportunities for the industry to have a say in safety issues, in the USA and the UK. Both have their roots in events many years ago.
  • Standards in the digital age
    I recently met with a contact who has, for many years, been active in developing standards and best practice guidance. He pointed out that while he learnt to understand documents like this by reading carefully through binders full of A4 pages, this sort of reading is becoming less common. Many of us will still spend much of our day reading and otherwise dealing with written material, but on a screen of one form or another, and not as a single long document that we read uninterrupted from start to finish.
  • Closing the global skills gap
    Over the last year, we've seen complaints from crane owners around the world about a shortage of skilled operators. In some ways, this is one of those good problems: it's a sign that, globally, the crane industry recognises the importance of qualifed operators and rigging crew to safe and efficient lifting.
  • Slow progress
    This time last year, I talked about how 2013 had been one of limited change. In many ways, and particularly on the business side of the sector, this year has been too. Progress on rental rates and sales does not seem to have picked up at the rate the industry would've liked. In this issue, we open with a round-up of the last quarter's financial results, across a range of listed crane manufacturers and dealers. The news is not particularly good.