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A bright day dawns in the east
It’s been at least ten years since Cranes Today last visited Japan. This summer, Will North made up for that with visits to four of the country’s leading international crane builders, Tadano, Kobelco, Hitachi-Sumitomo (HSC) and Maeda. The four companies discuss the state of the market, at home and abroad. We visit each of them in turn, starting with Maeda in Nagano, then heading south to HSC in Nagoya, Kobelco in Akashi, and ending up with Tadano in Takamatsu.
Energising for the future
What’s under the hood of a crane is always important, but as engine regulation has increased the critical details of the engine become even more crucial. Zak Garner-Purkis looks at one of the most affected markets, all terrain cranes.
Hydro projects get a lift
Cranes and hoists are playing a large role at a number of dams and hydro projects worldwide. Carrieann Stocks looks at a series of projects around the world.
The ultimate marine lift
Stephen Powney looks at the use of a special mobile marine crane in the refloating operation of stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia.
From the seaside, to the ocean
The final stage of Cranes Today’s tour of Japan took Will North to the southerly island of Takamatsu. On first seeing its location in one of the country’s more rural regions, or folding stiff Western knees under a tatami table in one of the island’s traditional restaurants, it would be easy to think the company is, like its home, Japanese of the old school.
From graves to glazing
The first stop on Will North’s factory tour was Maeda, in Nagano, 100km northwest of Tokyo. The company’s MC electric minicranes, first used in graveyards in Japan, have found success in glazing installation around the world. At home, its bigger LC series compact cranes are used heavily in underground construction. This year, it will soon begin sales of its new MK series knuckleboom cranes, in response to demands from European users.
Cutting costs, keeping quality
The next stop on Cranes Today’s Japan Tour was at Kobelco’s plant in Akashi, close to Kobe, home of parent company Kobe Steel. Earlier in the week, at the company’s Tokyo head office, CEO Akihiko Tsukamoto has been working to cut procurement costs and improve production efficiency.
Cranes Today’s Japan tour continued south, with a visit to Hitachi-Sumitomo’s factory in Nagoya.
In defence of the operator
In 1988, James Headley, of the Crane Institute of America argued in Cranes Today that the industry placed far too much responsibility for safety on the shoulders of operators. While much progress has been made, US OSHA still has to implement a new Cranes and Derricks Rule. With that in mind, we here run an edited version of Headley’s article.
Manufacturing the mind
This summer saw the opening of a new training facility from manufacturer Sennebogen in Straubing, Germany. The firm isn’t the first manufacturer to invest heavily in training. As Zak Garner-Purkis found, many crane builders are investing in training for operators and introducing engineers to new machines.
Scheuerle’s new STB550 was picked up by Lincoln Collett, technical director of Collet Heavy Transport. Will North spoke to his brother, managing director David Collett, about why the company chose this system.
Rigid and flexible, light and heavy
This summer, TII’s Scheuerle division invited press and clients to the handover of its biggest ever bridge girder, the STB 550, to the UK’s Collett Transport. Will North spoke to TII Sales president Bernd Schwengsbier about the company’s record of innovation.David Collett explains why his company chose the STB550, and we look at it’s first job.
The impact factor
Goldhofer’s Innovation Days customer event this year gave the company a chance to show off new products, including a new 60t SPMT, a transporter with an expanding wheel base, a new axle system for its semi-trailers, and the firth of its Faktor 5 bridge girders. Will North reports from the event.
LR 11000 debuts with an oil change
Felbermayr has put Liebherr’s 1,000t LR 11000 crawler to use for the first on a job at a Romanian oil refinery.
South Europe Project round up
This month we review projects from France, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
Rising above the ruins
Italy has a long and proud history of crane-building and was for many years one of the world’s leading markets for both rough terrains and tower cranes. Today though, it’s domestic market is decimated and crane builders are having to look for new opportunities. Will North visited some of these and Samoter in Verona.
King of the road
Particularly popular in North America, truck mounted cranes are versatile low tonnage machines capable of working in a wide range of industries. Recently, the market for these cranes has been expanding with more demand coming from the energy sector. Zak Garner-Purkis looks at what’s making news in this market segment.
Wind works from Canada to Curacao
US Manufacturer Manitowoc’s GMK6400 all terrain crane worked on several wind energy projects in the past year. These involved one unit being transported across the Atlantic Ocean to Curacao and another working in Quebec.
Spain explores the world
With domestic demand in Spain as low as it has ever been, crane manufacturers and rental companies are focusing on opportunities overseas. Liliam Molina reports.
Tianjie’s big bridge roll
Guangdong Lift Engineering Machinery (GPEC) used Tianjie SPMT’s on the transportation 3200t giant bridge section roll-on barge for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project in Zhongshan, Guangdong province.
Kiewit Bridge & Marine used various Enerpac hydraulic systems on the West Oahu Farrington Highway project in Honolulu, Hawaii.