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July 2014


South Europe Project round up
31 July 2014 This month we review projects from France, Spain, Italy and Turkey.

Rising above the ruins
31 July 2014 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
31 July 2014 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
31 July 2014 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
30 July 2014 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.

June 2014


Tianjie’s big bridge roll
26 June 2014 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.

Honolulu highway
26 June 2014 Kiewit Bridge & Marine used various Enerpac hydraulic systems on the West Oahu Farrington Highway project in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Crossing the Euphrates
26 June 2014 Turkish contractor Gulsan used two 10t two MC 235 Potain tower cranes to build a 610m long cable-stayed bridge connection across the Ataturk Dam Reservoir on the Euphrates River in southeast Turkey. The cranes w ere worked for 10 hour s a day at the 30 month project.

The Yangzte bridged by SCM
26 June 2014 Two Sichuan Construction Machinery (SCM) cranes worked on the construction of the 4th Nanjing Yangtze Bridge. The 16t SCM-C7022 and the 18t SCM-P300 tower cranes worked predominantly on the structure's south tower.

Tasmanian rebuild
26 June 2014 Pfeiffer Cranes used two all terrain cranes from Grove to dismantle and rebuild a 92m bridge in Tasmania in three days. The GMK5220 and GMK5100 worked in windy coastal conditions to remove old sections of a railway bridge and put 30t concrete spans in place.

Bridging the continents
26 June 2014 Endem Construction used six Liebherr cranes to construct the access roads for the Third Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey. Four 8t capacity high-top 132 EC-H 8 litronic units, and two fast-erecting 8t 120 K.1 cranes that can lift 1.45 t at a maximum radius of 50m are being used on the site.

Potain cranes in Basholi Bridge build
26 June 2014 Two Potain MCi 85 A tower cranes are working on the $32m Basholi Bridge construction project in Jammu, India. The 5t capacity cranes are working 12 hours a day performing general lifting duties and pouring concrete.

XCMG’s two bridge lifts
26 June 2014 XCMG cranes have worked on two different bridge projects in China. The manufacturers cranes worked on the Yunmengshan Bridge on the Chaobai River and the Qingshan Railway Bridge Project at Hongshan, Wuhan.

Universal building bridges
26 June 2014 Australian crane rental firm Universal Cranes used several Manitowoc cranes on two bridge projects in Queensland and Brisbane, Australia.

An autobahn intersection
26 June 2014 MSG-Krandienst GmbH from Kehl in Baden used two Liebherr all terrain cranes the LTM 1750- 9.1 and a LTM 1500-8.1 on the erection of a new bridge structure on the A5 autobahn at the Darmstadt intersection. Part of the project involved the installation of massive steel girders for the new bridges on the A672, which crosses the autobahn.

Tongling Bridge
26 June 2014 Yongmao cranes worked on the construction of the Tongling Bridge In the Wuhu municipality on the Yangtze River. The bridge is 640m long and has a side span of 240m. Yongmao 1000T-M and 420T-M luffing jib tower cranes were used for the hoisting of the p ylon rebars, templates, and other materials.

Abidjan’s airport link
26 June 2014 Sarens used a modular barge to assemble a 1.5km bridge in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The bridge links the city with the air port consists of 30 spans, all made out of 2 pre-constrained 1,000t concrete beams. The beams were made on site and then installed by Sarens.

Odin’s voyage from China
26 June 2014 MT Højgaard was contracted by the city of Odense to build and install a new swing bridge across the central canal in the city. The double swing bridge was 2m x 100m long and 28m wide, with each of the two parts weighing 1,950t. The bridge was loaded at ZPMC quay in Shanghai using two floating cranes with a lifting capacity each of 1,600t.

Bridging the clouds
26 June 2014 The China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (CRMBEC) used six Potain tower cranes to build two 280m tall bridge pylons for Chishi Grand Bridge in southern China. The cranes on site included two MC 200s and two cranes that mix the mast of an MC 480 with the jib of an MC 320 K16.

Competing on the global stage
26 June 2014 At this year’s ConExpo, Will North spoke to senior staff of crane manufacturers around the world, about the market for their products, and their strategy for the coming year. From Terex, Manitowoc and Link-Belt in the US, via Liebherr in Europe, to Zoomlion in China and Tadano in Japan, all our looking to increase the global spread of their sales, and often production, as individual regional markets remain unreliable.

Under the Sennebogen pyramid
26 June 2014 The German crane manufacturer Sennebogen has over 60 years worth of experience in the industry. Recently, it opened a new training facility in Staubing, Germany. Zak Garner-Purkis went to the launch of the new company’s new centre to hear about Sennebogen’s plans for the future.