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November 2014

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Campaign to save centurion crane
13 November 2014 The oldest remaining hammerhead crane in the UK has been identified as one of the ten mostendangered buildings in the country.

Tower of power
13 November 2014 Soaring demand for electricity around the world, particularly in emerging markets, is prompting a boom in power plant construction. As prefabricated concrete sections and other components get bigger, to allow for faster construction, so does the need for high capacity tower cranes. Steve Powney reports

Quake recovery leads the way
13 November 2014 New Zealand’s construction sector is one of its largest and most economically important, employing over 7% of the workforce and growing. It generates around NZ$30bn (US$23.4bn) of gross revenues annually, Chris Webb reports.

Olympic cranes
13 November 2014

Batting below average?
13 November 2014 Australia’s construction sector has failed to hit forecasts as commodity prices have fallen. Chris Webb looks at analysts’ outlook for the sector, and visited CICA to report on the cranes on show.

Untapped market
13 November 2014 Next month, bC India—the Bauma ConExpo International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles—will take place at Delhi, with the show’s organisers targeting the untapped market in the north of India.

Sarens puts its Boom Boosters to work
13 November 2014 Sarens has deployed its two new Terex Boom Boosters to work on energy jobs in the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

October 2014

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Barge crawl
29 October 2014 At this year’s ConExpo, Manitowoc pitched its new MLC crawlers with variable positioning counterweight to contractors working from barges. The cranes are entering a competitive marketplace, with both Manitowoc’s existing crawlers and rivals well established for these sorts of jobs. Bernadette Ballantyne looks at the challenges posed by working from barges, and the options available to users.

Big plans, big projects
29 October 2014 Between November 25 to 28, 2014 it will be time for the seventh edition of bauma China, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Construction Vehicles and Equipment, taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Despite the current downturn in the Chinese economy, there are still many building projects in the People’s Republic which have an enormous investment value. Here are some examples of these gigantic projects.

From steeplejack to rigger
29 October 2014 George Cossington, who died this August at the age of 81, was born into a family of steeplejacks, and moved into crane rigging, as modular tower cranes became increasingly popular. He described his career, in a time of minimal safety regulations, to London history blog SpitalfieldsLife.com

September 2014

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A bright day dawns in the east
18 September 2014 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
18 September 2014 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
18 September 2014 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
18 September 2014 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
17 September 2014 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
17 September 2014 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.

Developing together
17 September 2014 Cranes Today’s Japan tour continued south, with a visit to Hitachi-Sumitomo’s factory in Nagoya.

Cutting costs, keeping quality
17 September 2014 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.

In defence of the operator
03 September 2014 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
03 September 2014 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.

Transforming transport
01 September 2014 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.