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December 2017


Unravelling rope manufacturing
29 December 2017 Daniel Searle, editor of our sister magazine, Hoist, visited Casar as part of a tour of German factories, and learnt about the care taken in rope manufacture.

Climb every mountain
28 December 2017 Felbermayr took three nine-axle, 750t Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 all terrains 1,700m up into the Alps, for a wind farm installation.

Smooth gear change
28 December 2017 Pfeiffer Cranes put a Manitowoc Grove GMK6400 and GMK4100L-1 to work on a wind turbine maintenance job at Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania. Woolnorth Wind Farms, owner and operator of the Musselroe location, contracted turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Technology to manage the replacement work.

Quick and easy
28 December 2017 Demand for self-erectors is increasing all over the world thanks to their flexibility and mobility, even when they are full erected. Paola De Pascali reports.

Urban boom
18 December 2017 There is no doubt that the Australian crane market, led by urban development, is in recovery mode. The rejuvenation and expansion of Australia’s cities and infrastructure continues unabated, spurring demand for tower cranes, all terrains and mini crawler cranes.

Bridging West and East
18 December 2017 Kirkenes, in the Norwegian fjords, is a mere 10km away from Russia. In order to facilitate trade between the neighbouring countries, the E105 highway is getting upgraded. Part of this project involved the installment of the Bøkfjord bridge, a 120m arched steel bridge connecting the two countries. Wagenborg was tasked with the transportation and installation.

Europe Projects round up
18 December 2017 This month we review projects from Ireland, Spain, Germany and Austria

November 2017


Off the scALE
27 November 2017 ALE has boosted the capacity and capabilities of some of its product lines with new equipment launches, while enhancing its transportation efficiency with a route survey tool. Sotiris Kanaris reports

The birth of a giant
22 November 2017 As Sarens launched its largest crane yet, the SGC-140, Will North spoke to chairman Ludo Sarens about the company’s strategy and to engineering manager Peter Huygebaert about the crane’s design and development.

Getting around the city
21 November 2017 Small truck and all terrain cranes are becoming very popular in urban areas or wherever a quick lift is required. Paola De Pascali reports. Designed to travel directly to the jobsite and get to work with little or no set up, taxi and city cranes can perform multiple jobs in a day.

Demag quality in the spotlight
21 November 2017 Terex invited hundreds of crane buyers and dozens of journalists to its Zweibrücken facility to present its latest city crane, and to demonstrate the technical excellence of its Demag brand. Will North joined the tour.

Staying safe at height
21 November 2017 Paola De Pascali talks with fall protection companies and crane manufacturers about new product developments that help reduce the risk of working at height.

USA projects round up
20 November 2017 This month we review projects from California, Kentucky, Washington, New York

Bringing it all together
20 November 2017 In recent years, Maxim has merged with AmQuip, acquired heavy lift and transport specialist Crane Rental Corp, and most recently, bought the assets of Essex Crane and purchased Essex subsidary Coast Crane. Will North spoke to COO Frank Bardonaro about the development of the business

Sustainable lifting
20 November 2017 Will North spoke to Link-Belt CEO Melvin Porter, as he approached six months in the job, about building a sustainable crane business.

Opening up the Tadano club
20 November 2017 There can be few people with the breadth of knowledge of US crane sales as Ingo Schiller. With his father, Heinz, he helped bring the first Liebherr cranes to America; he next worked with Manitowoc for almost five years. He spoke to Will North as he approached his first year at Tadano America Corporation.

Comansa CM scores Aussie rules win
20 November 2017 Crane rental company WA Universal Rigging and Cranes has supplied eight 21CM290 tower cranes from brand Comansa CM, sister brand of Linden Comansa, for the construction of the Perth Stadium.

October 2017


Allied trades
26 October 2017 In recent years, progress has been made in training operators. At the same time, there has been increasing focus on how associated supporting and supervising staff are certified. Paola De Pascali reports

Strengthening tower cranes
26 October 2017 In January 2014 Raimondi announced its acquisition by Dubai based KBW Investments. Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO of KBW Investments talks to Bernadette Ballantyne about development since the deal

Gulf towers
26 October 2017 Demand for tower cranes is strong in the Gulf, particularly in Dubai and Doha, but challenges continue to exist as Saudi Arabia remains subdued and competition is fierce. Bernadette Ballantyne reports

Lock and load
26 October 2017 Major mobile and loader crane manufacturers have received significant orders from defence units around the world this year. Sotiris Kanaris looks into this market’s requirements and crane applications.