Today on Cranes Today Magazine


Matebat acquires Arcomet France
27 January, 2015 French tower crane hirer Matebat has acquired Arcomet France, the French subsidiary of the Belgian-based international tower crane hire firm.
  • Sennebogen and Manitowoc team up in Americas
    Sennebogen and Manitowoc have agreed a partnership through which the German crane company will produce a series of telecrawlers to be sold by Manitowoc under its Grove brand in North and South America.


Canadian Professional Crane
22 January, 2015 Canadian Professional Crane is a crane rental company based in Waterdown, Ontario. Owner Aram Malek describes the company’s business.
  • Smooth runnings
    Amidst the economic instability of the last few years, the rough terrain crane sector has remained steady and largely unaffected by the slowdown, say manufacturers.
  • Gateway to the east
    Current growth in Turkey is being driven not just by domestic projects, but by the country’s proximity to another burgeoning region, Central Asia. Daniel Searle reports.
  • Previously in Cranes Today...
    As the industry’s oldest magazine—Cranes Today was first published in 1973—here’s our regular look at our archives to see what was making news this month across the magazine’s four decades


Closing the global skills gap
22 January, 2015 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.
  • Looking back, seeing how far we've come
    This issue, our backpage features an interview with George Cossington, who entered the crane industry in the 1950s. Cossington told Spitalfileds Life, a London history blog, how he came to the industr y as part of a family of steeplejacks. He describes his father insisting that here, in construction, rather than in the Merchant Navy he had wanted to join, he'd find a secure job with a pension.
  • Paying attention to process
    This summer, I toured Japan, visiting four of the country's biggest crane exporters. On the way, I think I learnt a little about the importance of process. While some of these ideas were first implemented in factories, I think they can also offer insights into how we can work better on a job site or in an office.