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October 2016


25 October 2016 It’s been a big year for national equipment and crane hire firm, Hewden. New faces, news products and a new approach has strengthened the company’s on-site solutions offering and helped secure a number of high profile contract wins in the process.

Hands free
04 October 2016 A decade ago, Oscar Fillol Vidal put together a prototype automated hook using Lego Technics pieces. Today, his company Elebia’s hooks are used by customers including Boeing, SpaceX and Enercon, and are being developed to be used as part of a smart lifting system. Will North spoke to him at the company’s Barcelona offices

Synchronised lifting
04 October 2016 Paola De Pascali visited Enerpac Integrated Solutions in Hengelo, the Netherlands. The manufacturer of hydraulic tools and positioning systems offers solutions ranging from small gantries up to the giant floating gantry being used to build a new highway around Reunion Island.

South East Asia projects round up
04 October 2016 This month we review projects from Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam.

Going for gold
03 October 2016 Changes in gold mining processes have resulted in tower cranes being introduced in various projects around the world, with manufacturers seeing business potential.

Meeting the challenge
03 October 2016 This year’s Bauma China takes place in a tough local market. However, the organisers say, China remains one of the world’s largest markets, and new government spending on infrastructure, combined with new emissions regulations, promise to boost the market.

Fleet of foot
03 October 2016 Sarens’s specially designed Floating Foundation Installer (FFI) is being utilised to install 38 footings for the New Champlain Bridge, Canada.

September 2016


Reaching from Japan to Europe
26 September 2016 At this year’s Bauma, Tadano announced a flurry of interest in its unique hydraulic telescoping luffing jib, which had until now largely sold only to local Japanese users.

Getting off the ground
26 September 2016 Terex and Manitowoc have recently upgraded their five axle all terrain lines, while Liebherr and Tadano each have their own very different approach to eight axle cranes. In the US, Link-Belt is seeing a good response to its line of locally-built cranes. Paola De Pascali reports

Travelling light
26 September 2016 Böcker saw its sales rise in the UK over the past three years. Sotiris Kanaris talks to their UK dealer and customers about the appeal of this equipment.

Put your goggles on
26 September 2016 As the use of virtual reality technology is growing beyond entertainment, the crane industry is looking into ways to embrace it. Sotiris Kanaris reports.

Rigging in Washington
26 September 2016 The SC&RA’s annual crane and rigging workshop will take place at National Harbour, a short drive from Washington DC, this September 21-23

Saar star
26 September 2016 Steil has used four cranes, including two locally-built Terex all terrains, to erect the SaarPolygon, intended as a monument to the industrial region’s miners, and as a landmark for visitors.

August 2016


Challenge accepted
22 August 2016 Bernadette Ballantyne talks to Liebherr’s Christoph Eiwan about some of the challenges posed to tower crane standards bodies and manufacturers by a move to cycle-based classification.

Closing the loop
22 August 2016 Harmonization of design standards is not an easy task but it is an important one. A huge number of committees consisting of the world’s leading crane and machinery experts are currently working on updating standards to ensure that cranes are operating as effectively and safely as possible.

As time goes by
22 August 2016 As design standards increasingly adopt cycle-based classification, Bernadette Ballantyne talks to Professor Markus Golder who explains how to move between this and the previous time-based approach. Over the following pages, Eberhard Becker of Terex traces the adoption of cycle-based classification across the lifting industry, and Liebherr’s Christoph Eiwan talks about some of the challenges posed to tower crane standards bodies and manufacturers by a move to cycle-based classification.

Dutch cranage
22 August 2016 Paola De Pascali attended the M. Verschoor 50th anniversary event and spoke with the founder Marteen Verschoor about the crane hire company’s history and growth.

Western Europe projects round up
22 August 2016 This month we review projects from Germany, Austria, France and Spain.

A market in stand-by
22 August 2016 Paola De Pascali visited Vertikal Days, shortly before the Brexit vote, and found many crane manufacturers and dealers expressing their concerns over the uncertainty the referendum had caused. Even after the vote, many investors are taking a “wait-and-see approach” and putting big projects on hold.

Cranes on the beach
22 August 2016 This year’s CICA conference takes place in Cairns on 15-17 September

Raising the mast
22 August 2016 Over the past year, Rapid Response Solutions (RRS) oversaw the lifting and rigging of Magma Structures composite masts for a yacht in Portsmouth, UK.