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October 2018


Gulf cranes multiply
08 October 2018 Construction activity is strong across the Middle East, Sotiris Kanaris looks at the crane market and interesting projects in the region.

The new sweet spot
08 October 2018 Rough terrain cranes are getting bigger. With 100USt models now the ‘sweet spot’ in the USA, 100t and 90t models are finding new markets around the world. Julian Champkin reports.

New premises, new cranes
08 October 2018 GGR Group has been serving the glazing sector for more than two decades, being an exclusive distributor—among other products—for glass vaccum lifters, glazing robots and spider cranes manufacturers.

Reaching for the sky
08 October 2018 Modern cities are almost defined by high-rise skyscrapers clad in glass or in pre-cast panels. Julian Champkin looks at the lifting challenges presented by their construction.

September 2018


Testing the limits
19 September 2018 As demand for heavy lifts increases, Sotiris Kanaris looks at equipment with capacities of 1,000t or more and how it has been used in the past year.

Working together
19 September 2018 Heavy haulage contractor Salgert used six Liebherr mobile cranes for the roof construction of anindustrial building near Mechernich, Germany.

A moving pedestal
19 September 2018 Sarens has demonstrated the advantages of its new ‘mobile’ pedestal crane, the Terex PC 3800-1, on a wind farm project in Germany. The crane was used to erect three 159m wind turbine towers.

High speed rail
19 September 2018 When a 70-year-old bridge needed to be removed, Austrian state rail company ÖBB called on Austria’s strongest all terrain, a Terex-Demag AC 1000, from Prangl.

Steil speeds with demag split tray
19 September 2018 Terex’s Split Tray ballast system helped Steil set up quickly in limited space for a bridge job in Eppelborn

US certification on the way?
18 September 2018 At long last a nationwide mandatory certification requirement for crane operators in the US may be about to happen. Federal OSHA seems poised to make an announcement soon. Amid uncertainty and delay the NCCCO’s industry-led scheme has for years been filling the gap. Julian Champkin spoke to Graham Brent, CEO of the NCCCO and former editor of this magazine.

ECOL pilot takes off
18 September 2018 In Europe, progress towards a single agreed certification or licence for crane operators has taken time—but it is approaching its goal at last. Julian Champkin talked to Ton Klijn, director of ESTA, who explained the scheme and its background.

Race to the top
18 September 2018 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam extended the main boom of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack up vessel Brave Tern, allowing it to take on the latest generation of offshore wind turbines.

August 2018


Crane flock in Stockholm
22 August 2018 Ten Liebherr tower cranes from BinSell’s fleet have been erected in Stockholm for two adjoining inner city projects. COO Daniele Solito talks to Sotiris Kanaris about these jobs.

Sensing the crane market
22 August 2018 Sotiris Kanaris interviews Gigasense’s CEO Marie Samuelsson at the company’s headquarters in Åkersberga, Sweden.

Smaller, brighter future
22 August 2018 Sotiris Kanaris visited Krøll Cranes in Lynge, Denmark, and interviewed managing director Henrik Nielsen about the company’s plans for the future.

Ready for another record
20 August 2018 Sotiris Kanaris visits Danish loader crane manufacturer HMF in Aarhus and interviews CEO Brian Stage and regional export manager Keld Frank Jensen

Pushing boundaries
20 August 2018 In recent years Hiab brought a number of new products to the market, most of which have been developed at the Test and Innovation Centre in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Sotiris Kanaris visits the facility.

Britain on the brink
20 August 2018 Housebuilding in the UK is slow. There is a shortage of big infrastructure projects. Is there anything to lift in the country at all? Julian Champkin looks at the state of the crane market in the UK.

Testing times
20 August 2018 Mobile cranes drive on public roads, but in the UK they have not been required to have roadworthiness tests. This is changing. Julian Champkin looks at the differing issues for truck mounted cranes, based on a standard lorry chassis, and for other mobile cranes including all-terrain cranes based on a bespoke chassis.

Mega Jack and strand jacks
20 August 2018 ALE has used its modular Mega Jack lifting tower in a new way, as a support for strand jacks pulling up sections of a new bridge in Perth, Australia.