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Cutting edge gear cutting
Siebenhaar was launched 50 years ago, getting most of its work as a specialist supplier to Krupp. After a short time as a division of Krupp, the company was brought back into private hands, and now supplies slewing drives, winches and similar components across the crane industry and beyond. Will North spoke to Jascha André Graefingholt, the company’s head of sales.
Equality among the classes
Over recent years, the ISO committee responsible for cranes, TC96, has been trying to bring classification of crane structures and ropes in line. After a series of false starts, Gerhard Wagner, chairman of the crane design principles and requirements subcommitee, has proposed a new approach to the problem, which he will present to a plenary meeting of TC96 in Sydney this September.
The next step in regulating crane engine emissions is due to come into effect before 2020, and will affect crane manufacturers and end users alike. Daniel Searle reports
The mini crane sector is expanding, thanks to manufacturers and dealers making constant efforts to impress on end users the huge range of potential applications. Daniel Searle reports.
There was a noticeable presence at this year’s Intermat of manufacturers promoting operator lifts for tower cranes, due to recent legislation in France demanding the systems at certain heights. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the companies preparing for an increase in orders.
Africa projects round up
This month we review projects from Ghana, Angola, South Africa.
Towers on track
In the years running up to the global financial crisis, Arcomet’s family owners, the Theyskens, had built up an impressive fleet around the world. However, when the market dropped off, they found themselves struggling with debt. New investors took control of the company, restructured its debt, and brought in Philippe Cohet from Manitowoc, to get the business back on track. Will North spoke to Cohet during Intermat.
The recovery of the crane sector is being hampered in some regions, particularly developed markets, by a shortage of operators. But what are the causes, and what can be done to address the issue? Daniel Searle reports.
The People Who Sell Cranes
The Lebanese crane market is developing and growing, driven by construction and infrastructure work and an increasing understanding of the latest technology, says Hisham Farhat, founder of Farhat Service Center.
Building a better beam
A new spreader beam developed by Singapore-based CEA Surelift aims to improve on existing designs. Will North spoke to CEAsia Project Logistics managing director Ian Banks.
Dana now offers complete drivetrains for rough terrain cranes. At Intermat, Will North spoke to Rick Honeyager about the company’s new approach
A new name for strong steel
Sweden’s SSAB, one of the world’s most familiar brands, recently acquired Finnish competitor Ruuki. At Intermat, it announced a new brand name for its combined high strength steel line, Strenx
Trailers, large and small
In Paris this April, manufacturers TII, Nooteboom, Faymonville and Goldhofer presented a range of innovations, including big special transport solutions, and new smaller mass market trailers.
The crane sector in Western Europe is maintaining levels of business while demanding improved standards in efficiency, safety and performance. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the region’s manufacturers about what to expect next.
North America projects round up
This month we review projects from New York, South Carolina, Florida
Florida-based Sims Crane & Equipment hires and sells mobile cranes and rigging to customers across the state, completing more than 3,000 jobs a month, says vice president of marketing Dean Sims II.
When the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine broke down 120ft underground, Mammoet was called in to retrieve it.
Bridging the Hudson
The New NY Bridge, replacing the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge, has been planned since 1999. Over more than a decade, the project was delayed while more than 150 different concepts were discussed. The project moved forward in 2011, and the first span is due for completion in 2016.
Stability systems required to comply with revised EU standards, have been further developed to offer improved efficiency. Daniel Searle reports.
The view from the hook
On a new project in London, cameras mounted on the crane hook will help operators and rigging crews work safely.
The people who sell cranes
Selling Manitowoc’s Grove line of cranes in West Africa, Paterson Simons & Co (Africa) Ltd. managing director John Traynor understands that a complete package of training and aftersales service, supported by manufacturer partnerships, is vital in persuading customers to make the financial step up from buying used cranes to buying new.