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LATEST NEWS

HSC’s fourth dealer conference
10 December, 2019 Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes (HSC) hosted the fourth edition of its bi-annual dealer conference in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in November.Representatives of 17 dealers, including five new dealers, participated in the conference.
  • Self-steering dolly trailer
    Paderborn, Germany-based heavy cargo specialist Universal Transports has put the first FlexMAX self-steering dolly trailer with pendle axles into operation.
  • Powerful crawlers for powerful turbine
    Two Liebherr LR 11350 crawler cranes were used to erect the prototype of the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.

LATEST FEATURES

Convergent evolution
13 December, 2019 At ConExpo in 2017, Faymonville announced it would acquire Cometto. With the three-year anniversary of the deal coming up in 2020, Will North spoke to Cometto head of sales Giovanni Monti about the integration of the Italian company.
  • Big and booming
    Big in America, little-known elsewhere, the boom truck is a telescopic crane mounted on a standard commercial truck chassis. It is the crane of preference for construction and utilities in the US. But new owners, new entrants, even new countries of origin are coming into the market. Julian Champkin reports.
  • Easier, safer, faster
    John Bensalhia finds out about the latest developments in operator assistance technology.
  • Tradition and modernity
    On the year of its 100th anniversary, Tadano opened its Kozai Plant, designed to take it to the next generation of smart manufacturing. Sotiris Kanaris visits the brand-new facility in Takamatsu.
  • Back on the global stage
    In 2019, Kato has launched a number of cranes across different product lines. Sotiris Kanaris visits the company’s Tokyo office and discusses about the updated portfolio and international presence.


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The world looking in
09 December, 2019 At the time of my visit to Japan, rugby fans where filling up the Rugby World Cup stadiums around the country, while Emperor Naruhito officially proclaimed his enthronement before dignitaries from about 190 countries. The spotlight is still on Japan, as the country is preparing to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
  • Checking research on checklists
    Checklists have become a routine part of modern life. In simple form, as to-do lists and shopping lists, they help us all keep track of the overlapping and numerous tasks of our day.
  • 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).
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LATEST EQUIPMENT NEWS

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.
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