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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


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Complete power
29 June 2015 Dana now offers complete drivetrains for rough terrain cranes. At Intermat, Will North spoke to Rick Honeyager about the company’s new approach

A new name for strong steel
29 June 2015 Sweden’s SSAB, one of the world’s most familiar brands, recently acquired Finnish competitor Ruuki. At Intermat, it announced a new brand name for its combined high strength steel line, Strenx

Trailers, large and small
29 June 2015 In Paris this April, manufacturers TII, Nooteboom, Faymonville and Goldhofer presented a range of innovations, including big special transport solutions, and new smaller mass market trailers.

Incremental improvements
29 June 2015 The crane sector in Western Europe is maintaining levels of business while demanding improved standards in efficiency, safety and performance. Daniel Searle spoke to some of the region’s manufacturers about what to expect next.

May 2015


North America projects round up
29 May 2015 This month we review projects from New York, South Carolina, Florida

Sims Crane
29 May 2015 Florida-based Sims Crane & Equipment hires and sells mobile cranes and rigging to customers across the state, completing more than 3,000 jobs a month, says vice president of marketing Dean Sims II.

Deep rescue
27 May 2015 When the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine broke down 120ft underground, Mammoet was called in to retrieve it.

Bridging the Hudson
27 May 2015 The New NY Bridge, replacing the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge, has been planned since 1999. Over more than a decade, the project was delayed while more than 150 different concepts were discussed. The project moved forward in 2011, and the first span is due for completion in 2016.

Stable hands
27 May 2015 Stability systems required to comply with revised EU standards, have been further developed to offer improved efficiency. Daniel Searle reports.

The view from the hook
27 May 2015 On a new project in London, cameras mounted on the crane hook will help operators and rigging crews work safely.

April 2015


The people who sell cranes
21 April 2015 Selling Manitowoc’s Grove line of cranes in West Africa, Paterson Simons & Co (Africa) Ltd. managing director John Traynor understands that a complete package of training and aftersales service, supported by manufacturer partnerships, is vital in persuading customers to make the financial step up from buying used cranes to buying new.