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May 2019


Under Control
24 May 2019 Digital control systems have advanced hugely; the more that digital control can do the less the strain on the operator, the greater the efficiency and safety. Julian Champkin looks at control systems that aid the operator, and at how manufacturers have used them in their cranes.

Off road to Munich
24 May 2019 At this year’s Bauma rough terrain manufacturers chose to display mostly high capacity models, following an overall trend in the market. Sotiris Kanaris reports.

Rising in the West
22 May 2019 Over recent years, Kato has returned to Europe with a new range of City mobile cranes, sold through UK and Ireland dealer Rivertek. At Bauma, the company showed a 100t all terrain built for Asian markets, the 100t KA- 1000RX, and a prototype of the next CE-marked City crane, the 25t CR250-RV.

On the cutting edge
22 May 2019 At Bauma, Liebherr’s stand again dominated the outside area. But it was the range of innovations on display that truly impressed. Will North reports.

Vertically Integrated Towers
22 May 2019 A van might not be, at first glance, the most exciting bit of kit on display at a show like Bauma. However, the one on display on Wolffkran's stand in many ways epitomises the company's strategy: manufacturing, selling or hiring, and then thoroughly supporting tower cranes.

Jaso's giant debut in Singapore
22 May 2019 Singapore-headquartered tower crane rental and sales company Crane World Asia has ordered four units of the brand new J1400 from Jaso. The order was celebrated by senior members of both companies at Jaso’s stand at Bauma.

An electrifying launch
22 May 2019 “Hoeflon is ready for the future,” the manufacturer said when it presented the C30e fully lithium-powered pick and carry spider crane.

Spider crane line from Palazzani
22 May 2019 Palazzani’s surprise at Bauma was the prototype of the RPG2000 mini spider crane on a crawler chassis, marking the beginning of a new product line.

Unic launches cube crane
22 May 2019 At Bauma, Unic Cranes Europe launched the URW-7035 Cube Crane, which features a threesection derricking boom enabling it to be set at an 85°, 90° and 95° angle.

Crisis and revolution
22 May 2019 At Bauma, Manitowoc CEO Barry Pennypacker took a frank look at the crisis facing the company three years ago, and the revolutionary changes made since. Will North reports.

Deal of the decade
22 May 2019 The acquisition of Demag by Tadano looks set to be the deal of the decade, less so for the monetary value of the transaction than its impact on the mobile crane segment. At Bauma, Will North spoke to Terex’s John Garrison and Steve Filipov, and Sotiris Kanaris reported from the two companies’ joint press conference.

Attention to detail
22 May 2019 At this year’s Bauma, Chinese manufacturers’ stands lacked some of the noisy exuberance of earlier shows, but offered a more nuanced understanding on how to enter Europe. Will North spoke to executives of Zoomlion and XCMG, and Sotiris Kanaris reports from a China Construction Machinery Association press conference.

April 2019


Deep mines, tall towers
22 April 2019 Shem Oirere reports that a growing economy promises an infrastructure boom in Africa, with mining and general construction also boosting demand for lifting equipment.

Top 100
22 April 2019 The 100t lattice crawler is a traditional crane for most worksites, but newer types of crane have been encroaching on its space. Julian Champkin finds there is life in the crawler yet.

Turning tides
18 April 2019 The Thames Tideway project in London replaces a Victorian sewerage system that was a wonder in its day. Julian Champkin looks at the many lifting tasks and problems of such a huge infrastructure project.

Last mile delivery
18 April 2019 Felbermayr supplied lattice boom and all terrain cranes for the expansion of a wheat starch factory in the Lower Austrian town of Pischelsdorf.

March 2019


Energy boost
21 March 2019 Through a series of case studies, we look at how the energy sector is creating demand for heavy lifts and special transport in the USA.

Homing in
21 March 2019 Julian Champkin looks at how diferent approaches to house building—both innovative and traditional—have driven different approaches to lifting materials around the world.

Good for wood
21 March 2019 Sustainability, disenchantment with plastic, and the use of new wood products such as cross-laminated timber in construction are placing new emphasis on the timber industry. Julian Champkin looks at the cranes that serve the industry.

Team Players
21 March 2019 Sotiris Kanaris looks at what different manufacturers of accessories, components and materials are going to exhibit at the event.