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Unravelling rope manufacturing
Daniel Searle, editor of our sister magazine, Hoist, visited Casar as part of a tour of German factories, and learnt about the care taken in rope manufacture.
Climb every mountain
Felbermayr took three nine-axle, 750t Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 all terrains 1,700m up into the Alps, for a wind farm installation.
Smooth gear change
Pfeiffer Cranes put a Manitowoc Grove GMK6400 and GMK4100L-1 to work on a wind turbine maintenance job at Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania. Woolnorth Wind Farms, owner and operator of the Musselroe location, contracted turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Technology to manage the replacement work.
Quick and easy
Demand for self-erectors is increasing all over the world thanks to their flexibility and mobility, even when they are full erected. Paola De Pascali reports.
There is no doubt that the Australian crane market, led by urban development, is in recovery mode. The rejuvenation and expansion of Australia’s cities and infrastructure continues unabated, spurring demand for tower cranes, all terrains and mini crawler cranes.
Bridging West and East
Kirkenes, in the Norwegian fjords, is a mere 10km away from Russia. In order to facilitate trade between the neighbouring countries, the E105 highway is getting upgraded. Part of this project involved the installment of the Bøkfjord bridge, a 120m arched steel bridge connecting the two countries. Wagenborg was tasked with the transportation and installation.
Europe Projects round up
This month we review projects from Ireland, Spain, Germany and Austria
Off the scALE
ALE has boosted the capacity and capabilities of some of its product lines with new equipment launches, while enhancing its transportation efficiency with a route survey tool. Sotiris Kanaris reports
The birth of a giant
As Sarens launched its largest crane yet, the SGC-140, Will North spoke to chairman Ludo Sarens about the company’s strategy and to engineering manager Peter Huygebaert about the crane’s design and development.
Getting around the city
Small truck and all terrain cranes are becoming very popular in urban areas or wherever a quick lift is required. Paola De Pascali reports. Designed to travel directly to the jobsite and get to work with little or no set up, taxi and city cranes can perform multiple jobs in a day.
Demag quality in the spotlight
Terex invited hundreds of crane buyers and dozens of journalists to its Zweibrücken facility to present its latest city crane, and to demonstrate the technical excellence of its Demag brand. Will North joined the tour.
Staying safe at height
Paola De Pascali talks with fall protection companies and crane manufacturers about new product developments that help reduce the risk of working at height.
USA projects round up
This month we review projects from California, Kentucky, Washington, New York
Bringing it all together
In recent years, Maxim has merged with AmQuip, acquired heavy lift and transport specialist Crane Rental Corp, and most recently, bought the assets of Essex Crane and purchased Essex subsidary Coast Crane. Will North spoke to COO Frank Bardonaro about the development of the business
Will North spoke to Link-Belt CEO Melvin Porter, as he approached six months in the job, about building a sustainable crane business.
Opening up the Tadano club
There can be few people with the breadth of knowledge of US crane sales as Ingo Schiller. With his father, Heinz, he helped bring the first Liebherr cranes to America; he next worked with Manitowoc for almost five years. He spoke to Will North as he approached his first year at Tadano America Corporation.
Comansa CM scores Aussie rules win
Crane rental company WA Universal Rigging and Cranes has supplied eight 21CM290 tower cranes from brand Comansa CM, sister brand of Linden Comansa, for the construction of the Perth Stadium.
In recent years, progress has been made in training operators. At the same time, there has been increasing focus on how associated supporting and supervising staff are certified. Paola De Pascali reports
Strengthening tower cranes
In January 2014 Raimondi announced its acquisition by Dubai based KBW Investments. Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO of KBW Investments talks to Bernadette Ballantyne about development since the deal
Demand for tower cranes is strong in the Gulf, particularly in Dubai and Doha, but challenges continue to exist as Saudi Arabia remains subdued and competition is fierce. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
Lock and load
Major mobile and loader crane manufacturers have received significant orders from defence units around the world this year. Sotiris Kanaris looks into this market’s requirements and crane applications.