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April 2015

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The people who sell cranes
21 April 2015 Selling Manitowoc’s Grove line of cranes in West Africa, Paterson Simons & Co (Africa) Ltd. managing director John Traynor understands that a complete package of training and aftersales service, supported by manufacturer partnerships, is vital in persuading customers to make the financial step up from buying used cranes to buying new.

Sarens’ quick bridge lift
21 April 2015 A Terex Superlift 3800 lattice boom crawler crane has been used by Sarens to lift a steel bridge over a motorway in Germany, negotiating weight restrictions to bring the crane to the job site.

Weldex goes green with Kobelco
21 April 2015 Kobelco has sold four new G series cranes to UK hirer Weldex, as part of a fleet modernisation programme.

More power, more options
21 April 2015 This spring, Manitowoc announced new developments across its crawler range. In its high-capacity range, a new option on its variable positioning counterweight system adds to the load chart on its MLC 650 crane. At lower capacities, the company now offers Sennebogen telecrawlers badged as Groves.

Prospective growth
21 April 2015 After the recession stalled some projects even before construction had begun, there is now cautious optimism and growth again in the Middle East. Daniel Searle visited some of the key players in the UAE.

Ain’t no mountain high enough
21 April 2015 LCS Cable Cranes built a 3km material ropeway in the Alps to assist with a project to build a pumped storage plant high in the Montafon valley, Austria.

March 2015

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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
13 March 2015 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
13 March 2015 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
13 March 2015 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.

February 2015

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Sai Infraaequipments
16 February 2015 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.

Going the distance
16 February 2015 Parts, service and support is crucial for the all-terrain crane user and hire companies alike reports Adrian Greeman

Living with the new normal
16 February 2015 China’s president Xi Jinping stressed in speeches in 2014 that the country—and its trading partners—would have to accept a ‘new normal’ of restrained growth, not the double digit percentage rates of previous decades. At Bauma China, Will North found manufacturers facing up to this new reality.

French connection
16 February 2015 The lifting and handling industry will converge in Paris in April for the Intermat show. We look at some of the highlights in the first of three preview articles.

Liebherr’s PowerBoom used on LR 11000
16 February 2015 Liebherr's 1,000t LR 11000 crawler crane has been used with its PowerBoom system for the first time. The system, a parallel boom that increases load capacities, was used with the LR 11000 crane at a wind turbine project in northern Germany.

January 2015

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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
22 January 2015 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
22 January 2015 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...
22 January 2015 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

Building a chimney in Bulgaria
22 January 2015 Linden Comansa 21LC290 is being used to construct two chimneys at a sulphuric acid plant in Bulgaria

December 2014

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Tangible benefits
24 December 2014 Synthetic materials have long been used in the manufacture of slings and, more recently, pendants—where the weight reduction compared to steel wire reduces logistical demands and installation time. It wasn’t until this year, however, that the first synthetic hoist rope was introduced to the industry. Daniel Searle looks at what this, and other applications of synthetic materials, have to offer.