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September 2015


Lightweight crane pads for heavy support
08 September 2015 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
08 September 2015 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
08 September 2015 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
08 September 2015 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.

Advanced lifting
08 September 2015 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
08 September 2015 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
08 September 2015 This month we review projects from Marín, Cádiz, Cabo de Peñas and Bilbao.

Brighter shores
07 September 2015 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
07 September 2015 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
07 September 2015 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.

Manhattan transfer
07 September 2015 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.

August 2015


Cutting edge gear cutting
13 August 2015 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
13 August 2015 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.

Emission objective
13 August 2015 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

Mini drivers
13 August 2015 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.

July 2015


Africa projects round up
27 July 2015 This month we review projects from Ghana, Angola, South Africa.

Elevated status
27 July 2015 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.

Operator please
27 July 2015 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.

Towers on track
27 July 2015 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.

June 2015


The People Who Sell Cranes
29 June 2015 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
29 June 2015 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.