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HTC crane ops vote for industrial action 29 October, 2014
UCATT crane operators at UK tower crane hire firm HTC have voted 'overwhelmingly' in favour of industrial action, in a ballot held on 27 October. The union says activists will discuss this week the form the action will take, and said that "there is no doubt that within days key construction sites will grind to a halt".
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Zoomlion T3000 topples topless tower crane record
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Chinese crane manufacturer Zoomlion has commemorated the delivery of its 160t T3000 crane, officially named as the world’s largest topless tower crane.
Ethiopian expansion for China’s XCMG
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Chinese crane manufacturer XCMG has displayed two QY25K-II cranes at an exhibition in Ethiopia, where the company’s cranes are also currently completing the construction of a shopping centre.
Liebherr crawler completes steep challenge in Alps
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 A Liebherr LTR 1060 crawler crane has tackled the 40% gradients of the Swiss Alps to extend a railway tunnel.
Grove cranes powering natural gas plant construction
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Australian crane company Universal Cranes is using two 120t Grove RT9130E-2 rough terrain cranes to build an on-shore LGN (liquefied natural gas) facility in Darwin, northern Australia.
Heavy lift truck offers convoy link-up option
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 UK-based ALE has introduced a new tractor unit for special transport convoys. The new truck follows other in-house innovations from the heavy lift and special transport specialist, such as the giant SK lifting device and Mega Jack modular gantry system.
Liebherr upgrades flat-top crane
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Liebherr has introduced its 172 EC-B 8 Litronic flat-top crane, based on the established 160 EC-B model.
New sales director for crane manufacturer IMT
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Truck-mounted crane manufacturer Iowa Mold Tooling (IMT) has appointed Tim Gerbus as director of sales.
Clearlake finalises AmQuip takeover
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Clearlake Capital Group has completed its acquisition of US crane rental company AmQuip.
Liebherr turns assist crane into ballast
Monday, October 20, 2014 Liebherr has introduced a new boom erection concept for crawler cranes, which allows an auxiliary crane to replace the majority of the assembly ballast. The new approach should work particularly well on wind farms, where large amounts of counterweights is needed just to raise the boom, and ballast trailers transport is difficult and expensive.
UCATT ballots HTC crane ops over pay
Friday, October 17, 2014 UK construction union UCATT is balloting 180 crane operators over strike action at tower hirer HTC, in an argument over pay, threatening to bring construction on major projects to a standstill. The union says the hirer's offer doesn't restore pay to pre-recession levels. HTC managing director Dave Holder says the offer is fair. The union warns that it will target other crane owners in the UK in future.

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