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.
ALE designs Transition Piece Carrier
ALE has designed a new modular transport frame specialised in carrying transition pieces (TPs) within marshalling ports, to reduce offshore wind project costs.
World’s largest reachstacker
The world’s largest reachstacker, developed in close cooperation between N.C. Nielsen and Blue Water Shipping, is being used to help with the heavy lifting of windmill towers, nacelles and other heavy haulage at the harbour area in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr, looks at the increasing role for telehandlers, rather than traditional small mobile cranes, on many construction projects.
Experienced and powerful
With more than six decades in operation, four focusing on crane rental, Tat Hong has become one of the strongest players in the global crane market. Sotiris Kanaris visits the company’s headquarters in Singapore and talks with Mike Ng, chief executive offi cer, ASEAN.
Big modules demand big mobiles
Sotiris Kanaris visited Asiagroup’s offices in Singapore and talked with business development manager Jeffrey Poh about the company and the local market, where a government focus on volumetric modular construction, and on infrastructure projects, is pushing demand for high capacity all terrains.
A lion among tigers
Manitowoc’s Southeast Asia headquarters are in the ‘Lion City’ of Singapore, where the manufacturer is devising a strategy for boosting business in a fi ercely-competitive region. Sotiris Kanaris visited the company, and spoke to sales director Marco Zucchet.
Made in China
After some poor years for the crane market in China, government initiatives and a booming construction sector are focussing minds on global expansion. Julian Champkin reports.