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December 2016


‘Made in Italy’ flies abroad
22 December 2016 Paola De Pascali visited Italian crane manufacturers to analyse how the construction market is evolving after the 2008 recession. All now are orientated to exports.

USA projects round up
22 December 2016 This month we review projects from Oklahoma, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia.

Turkish delight
22 December 2016 Liebherr has supplied 58 tower cranes for the construction of the IGA Airport in Istanbul. Sotiris Kanaris reports on the bidding process as well as the actions taken to deliver these cranes within a short time frame.

Up and away
22 December 2016 Delivering the $1bn expansion of Tampa International Airport has required a multitude of lifting solutions and a huge amount of pre-planning to keep the massive work programme on schedule. Bernadette Ballantyne reports

Liebherr’s mobile strategy
21 December 2016 Last month, Liebherr announced its return to the rough terrain market, expanding its mobile crane portfolio. Sotiris Kanaris looks into the company’s strategy and performance in this segment.

Well construction
21 December 2016 Speyser, a family-run company from Bas-Rhin, France, is using two Sennebogen cranes for well construction at a new industrial complex in Lingolsheim France.

Sponsored: Beyond transport
21 December 2016 Turkish company Sarilar has its roots in transporting heavy loads but now it is a leader not only in transport, but in heavy lifting and assembling too. “We started with offering transportation services and then purchased our first crane on credit. Other cranes followed that one because the market needed cranes. Initially we rented our cranes on a daily basis but for many years now we’ve rented our cranes for periods of months,” the company says.

Sponsored: Time is money
21 December 2016 Mammoet may be a specialist in heavy lifting and transport, but it says the biggest thing it moves is time. “We believe our business is about time: uptime, turnaround time and time to market. To our customers, time is the currency that matters most. That’s why we strive to bring their deadlines forward. It’s an integrated, daily effort shared by everyone at Mammoet, in every aspect of our services: creative engineering, careful planning and safe delivery,” the company says.

Sponsored: Latin American giant
21 December 2016 Locabens is the leading tower crane operator in Latin America and boasts the largest and newest fleet in the region. The company, now based in São Paulo, was founded in the 1960s by Afonso Carvalho who started out as a representative of a construction hoists manufacturer in 1955.

Sponsored: German (re-)engineering - Quality to rely on
21 December 2016 Liebherr has sold used cranes since 1974, with the business established as its own department in 1980. It has sold almost 10,000 cranes in 42 years, and offers customers around the world a way to find the used crane they want, backed up by the support of one of the world’s most respected manufacturers. Used cranes have a long history within the mobile crane business of Liebherr.

Sponsored: A family of giants
21 December 2016 Lampson International is a third generation family owned and operated heavy lift and heavy haul construction corporation. Started in 1946 by Neil and Billie Jane Lampson, this once small crane and drayage company grew to be one of the largest and most well respected heavy lift companies in the world. Kate Lampson explains the history of the company, and its current offering.

Sponsored: Performance-driven
21 December 2016 Integrated Logistics, founded in Kuwait in 2005, prides itself on offering a total logistics solution.

Sponsored: Options in an uncertain world
21 December 2016 Hovago was established in 1946, and today offers bare rental of mobile cranes around the world. In the current uncertain climate, its rental purchase option allows customers to source the crane they need, without the immediate financial commitment of a purchase.

Sponsored: Integrated service
21 December 2016 Fagioli Group’s wide range of activities can be summarised by its acronym, FIS – Fagioli Integrated Service. The company says that applying this total supply chain concept is unique in the transport, lifting and project forwarding market.

Money talks
21 December 2016 Cranes’ high price leads potential buyers to seek finance, but is everyone going for the same product? Sotiris Kanaris investigates.

Trading places
21 December 2016 Crane owners looking to update their fleets can take advantage of buy-back schemes, trading-in old in part-exchange for new. Sally Spencer reports

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.