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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

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


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


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


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.

Western Europe Project round up
24 December 2014 This month we review projects from France, Germany.

Straightpoint’s loadcell weighs offshore wind station
24 December 2014 In this month’s equipment case study, we find out how a 12t-capacity loadcell developed by Straightpoint was used by Larkin Engineering Services to load test the lifting points of a weather station. Over the following pages, we have news and new products from across the lifting equipment sector.

Christmas tree tradition continues in Portland
24 December 2014 Crane company Ness & Campbell transported and erected a 75ft fir Christmas tree for the city of Portland, Oregon.

Liebherr crawler completes steep challenge in Alps
18 December 2014 A Liebherr LTR 1060 crawler crane has tackled the 40° gradients of the Swiss Alps to extend a railway tunnel.

As good as it looks?
18 December 2014 The outlook in the UK construction sector appears to be a positive one, with investment in housing, transport and energy projects all increasing—but crane manufacturers and rental companies have different views on the certainty of a full recovery. Daniel Searle reports.

November 2014


Campaign to save centurion crane
13 November 2014 The oldest remaining hammerhead crane in the UK has been identified as one of the ten mostendangered buildings in the country.