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November 2016


Building blocks
07 November 2016 As volumetric and modular buildings get taller, as shown here on the 49m Treet Building, tower cranes are playing a greater role in their construction and, although it remains a niche market, ambition in the sector is large. Bernadette Ballantyne reports.

Turnkey automation
07 November 2016 Since signing a new 40-year lease at the Port of Brisbane, stevedore DP World Brisbane has invested AUD250m in automation. Key to this project have been a series of orders for Kalmar automated stacking cranes.

The comeback trail
07 November 2016 New South Wales is booming, while Victoria has also returned to higher levels of utilization. Although the boom times for the mining industry are still no more than a rosy memory, coal prices are soaring.

Making history
07 November 2016 Sarens recently announced the largest deal in its history, delivering major lifting and transportation activities related to the move of very large modules via the Baltic and Black Sea to Kazakhstan for the TCO project. Sarens CEO Wim Sarens and director of global operations Carl Sarens talked to Sotiris Kanaris about the scope of the job and its importance to the company.

A shining future
07 November 2016 Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction is using a trio of Grove GHC55 telecrawlers to perform a new method of solar panel assembly and installation at the Alamo solar farms in Uvalde, Texas.

October 2016


25 October 2016 It’s been a big year for national equipment and crane hire firm, Hewden. New faces, new 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.