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June 2015


The People Who Sell Cranes
29 June 2015 The Lebanese crane market is developing and growing, driven by construction and infrastructure work and an increasing understanding of the latest technology, says Hisham Farhat, founder of Farhat Service Center.

Building a better beam
29 June 2015 A new spreader beam developed by Singapore-based CEA Surelift aims to improve on existing designs. Will North spoke to CEAsia Project Logistics managing director Ian Banks.

Complete power
29 June 2015 Dana now offers complete drivetrains for rough terrain cranes. At Intermat, Will North spoke to Rick Honeyager about the company’s new approach

A new name for strong steel
29 June 2015 Sweden’s SSAB, one of the world’s most familiar brands, recently acquired Finnish competitor Ruuki. At Intermat, it announced a new brand name for its combined high strength steel line, Strenx

Trailers, large and small
29 June 2015 In Paris this April, manufacturers TII, Nooteboom, Faymonville and Goldhofer presented a range of innovations, including big special transport solutions, and new smaller mass market trailers.

Incremental improvements
29 June 2015 The crane sector in Western Europe is maintaining levels of business while demanding improved standards in efficiency, safety and performance. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the region’s manufacturers about what to expect next.

May 2015


North America projects round up
29 May 2015 This month we review projects from New York, South Carolina, Florida

Sims Crane
29 May 2015 Florida-based Sims Crane & Equipment hires and sells mobile cranes and rigging to customers across the state, completing more than 3,000 jobs a month, says vice president of marketing Dean Sims II.

Deep rescue
27 May 2015 When the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine broke down 120ft underground, Mammoet was called in to retrieve it.

Bridging the Hudson
27 May 2015 The New NY Bridge, replacing the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge, has been planned since 1999. Over more than a decade, the project was delayed while more than 150 different concepts were discussed. The project moved forward in 2011, and the first span is due for completion in 2016.

Stable hands
27 May 2015 Stability systems required to comply with revised EU standards, have been further developed to offer improved efficiency. Daniel Searle reports.

The view from the hook
27 May 2015 On a new project in London, cameras mounted on the crane hook will help operators and rigging crews work safely.

April 2015


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


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