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May 2018


Young player
21 May 2018 The youngest manufacturer from the ones included in this series is Remdevice, which entered the market in 2003. Like its fellow radio remote control makers, the company started with a focus on the construction industry, with its first products being the patented Brick and Pail.

21 May 2018 The passion of brothers Evio and Angelo Cadorin for telecommunications equipment lead to the creation of IMET in 1988. The first products were initially designed for construction operations and concrete processing. In the years that followed, the company enhanced its staff and created products that met the needs of customers across a range of sectors.

Italian with Japanese attitude
21 May 2018 ELCA was founded in 1991, at a time when the applications and use of radio remote controls were limited. The initial route to market was through Italian dealers and end users, principally serving the construction machinery sector.

Pushing innovation
21 May 2018 Autec, founded in 1986, says it is the first Italian producer of remote controls for lifting applications. Three decades later, the company employees 200 employees worldwide and has established subsidiaries in Spain, Germany, South Korea, China, Brazil and USA.

Italians in control
18 May 2018 Sotiris Kanaris visits Italian radio remote control manufacturers and discusses recent innovations and the state of the market.

Pre-owned, pre-loved, still valuable
17 May 2018 The market in second-hand cranes is buoyant. We investigate the regions that want them and the types that sell well.

Single crane lifts New York Fair trusses
17 May 2018 Roof trusses for a building at the Great New York State Fair were raised by an unusual technique. Instead of using two cranes, a Sany SCC3000 was used, with a complex arrangement of rigging points and rolling blocks to spread the load.

Lawson’s green knuckleboom
17 May 2018 Delivering goods into inner cities by truck-mounted crane brings diesel emissions, unwanted and soon to be strictly controlled. Hiab have worked with a builders’ merchants Lawsons to produce a green solution. Julian Champkin attended the opening of the new Hiab London facility, and saw the crane.

Linden-Comansa luffer delivers for Amazon
17 May 2018 GLY Construction is using a Linden Comansa 64t LCL700 luffer to build the Rufus 2.0 Block 21 project, part of Amazon’s new headquarters in downtown Seattle. This is the first unit of this model to arrive in the Americas, both North and South.

April 2018


Nooteboom carries ballast
26 April 2018 The six-axle Manoovr Ballasttrailer is specifically designed to ease the transport of cranes and crane ballasts

Kahl carries 535t transformer
26 April 2018 A giant transformer moved through the streets of a German city, carried by a Goldhofer high girder bridge

Hijacked plane returns home
26 April 2018 A Scheurle Ultralight Combi has helped carry a plane that is part of German history.

Road for rail
26 April 2018 Faymonville has supplied a trailer to carry a large railway machine on French roads.

Lifting’s ultramarathon
26 April 2018 Wind turbine erection is one of the lifting and special transport industry’s most challenging tasks. In recent years, European trade association ESTA and manufacturers’ group the FEM have run a series of expert summits focussed on safety in the sector. At this year’s event in Hamburg, turbine manufacturers’ group VDMA Power Systems offered its support. Will North reports on the event, and on new technologies aimed at the sector.

Off road rivals
25 April 2018 The telescopic boom is booming. Rough terrain cranes and telecrawlers can look to a rebounding market as oil prices rise. How do they compare, and are they ousting the traditional lattice boom from its markets?

Beyond borders
25 April 2018 After a tour around FMGru’s factory in Pontenure, Italy, general manager Giacomo Fuochi talked to Sotiris Kanaris about the business and the new products under development.

25 April 2018 This year the Crespellano plant, where Terex’s rough terrains are designed and manufactured, celebrates 50 years in operation. Established by the Bendini family in 1968, it was the home of the Bendini brand, which Terex acquired from PPM Group in 1999.

Vertikal Days moves to Donington
25 April 2018 The UK’s premier exhibition for cranes and the lifting industry will be held at Castle Donington, Leicestershire on 16 and 17 May 2018. Here is a taste of what to expect.

March 2018


Moving Mary
19 March 2018 PowerBooster trailers from Scheuerle helped Collett & Sons to transport a giant tunnel boring machine to its worksite.

Gas-tight fit
19 March 2018 To put the old gas holder in Wuppertal, Germany, to new use, the owners of the building decided to erect a four-storey building inside it