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GMVykon supplies hydraulic cranes in eastern Mexico from its Monterrey base, and is looking to expand its fleet, as well as its rigging business.
The new word in safety
The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Crane Safety Manual has been published since 1978. At this year’s CANZ conference in Tauranga, the association launched a third, major, revision to the manual. Rod Auton, chief executive of CANZ, told Will North what’s new.
Burden of proof
When CICA surveyed its members last year, they said that one of the main challenges they faced was Australia’s major inspection programme, which often requires full strip down structural checks on 10-year-old cranes. CICA CEO Brandon Hitch told Will North how an upgraded electronic version of the association’s CraneSafe independent third party scheme will assist members to prove that the crane has been regularly inspected, monitoring the need for expensive structural checks.
Still the lucky country?
Arriving at the recent CICA Crane conference in Perth, Western Australia, Stuart Anderson expected a lot of long faces and sob stories. Instead, he found crane users and dealers fairly upbeat.
Great British take-off
The UK crane rental market is enjoying a strong period, driven by the burgeoning construction sector and resulting in new projects and fleet investments. Daniel Searle reports.
Thai and mighty
Two Linden Comansa tower cranes are constructing a skyscraper in Bangkok, set to be 314m high when completed and already the tallest building in Thailand.
Lightweight crane pads for heavy support
Solum has developed a range of aluminium outrigger pads, reducing the weight of the units and providing a fully recyclable product.
Pole position for outrigger pads
Specialised outrigger pads, similar to those manufactured for mobile cranes, are being used in the Antarctic to prevent a research facility from sinking into the snow.
On the road again
In a second example of infrastructure demand in the US South, Northwest Express Roadbuilders chose cranes from Kobelco Cranes North America to build new toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Georgia.
Heavy metal road crew
Over this page and the next, we look at how new highway projects are driving demand in the US South. The lead contractors on a major upgrade of the I-4 motorway in Florida, USA, have ordered a series of Liebherr crawler cranes for long term work on the six and a half year, $2.3bn project.
Al Jaber Heavy Lift and Transport recently used its 3,200t capacity Terex CC 8800-1 Twin to help complete a series of super-heavy lifts on a petrochemical development in Qatar.
High capacity in a tight space
Chunjo put its 2,300t capacity Manitowoc 31000 to work in the tight confines of an S-Oil petrochemical facility in Ulsan, South Korea. While the crane is one of the largest in the world, Chunjo chose it for this job because its VPC or variable position counterweight allows set up in highly restricted environments.
Spain projects round up
This month we review projects from Marín, Cádiz, Cabo de Peñas and Bilbao.
After the Spanish housing construction market was severely damaged during the recession, the country’s crane manufacturers had to look abroad and expand their portfolios. Daniel Searle reports from Zaragoza.
ConExpo heads south
ConExpo, the biggest US construction equipment trade show, is launching a new event in Santiago, Chile, targeting equipment buyers in Latin America. ConExpo Latin America takes place from 21–24 October.
Big in Beijing
The 13th Beijing International Construction Machinery Exhibition & Seminar (BICES), the largest annual trade fair in the field of construction machinery in Asia will take place from 22–25 September at the New Beijing International Exhibition Center (NBIEC), currently the most advanced exhibition center in Beijing.
The new 432 Park Avenue in New York City currently stands as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Earlier this spring Able Rigging Contractors (based in NY’s Long Island) was tasked with dismantling and lowering a Potain MR415 electric tower crane from the roof of this ‘supertall’ structure.
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.