Cranes Today Magazine


Prangl buys Faymonville flatbeds
18 January, 2022 Wind industry drives Prangl to invest in three blade transporters


All under control
28 December, 2021 Crane control systems are changing – and changing much faster than the cranes they control. Julian Champkin reports.
  • On solid ground
    Claire Bélanger-Parker, executive director of the Crane Rental Association of Canada, provides an overview of the not-for-profit organisation, outlining its growth and some of the issues it is currently engaging with.
  • Rise and Shine
    A dramatic growth in demand shows that the world is, at last, waking-up to the tele crawler, says Cranes Today contributor Stuart Anderson.
  • Mountain Machines
    Snow, steep gradients, and restricted set-up areas are just some of the challenges facing Prangl as it erects electricity pylons 1800 metres above sea level.
  • Island living
    This Comansa 11LC160, owned by Purfleet, UK-based specialist mobile crane hire and tower crane hire company City Lifting, is building the final residential units on St Mary's Island, Chatham, UK. According to the site’s main contractor, Countryside, St Mary's Island is Britain’s only planned new island community and is a development of national and regional significance.


Evolution of the species
28 December, 2021 Adaptability is a key quality for survival and it is a attribute demonstrated throughout this issue.
  • Adaptability nurtures innovation
    Hi, I'm the new editor of Cranes Today; some of you may already know me from my previous job in the world of crane publishing. Starting a new job at the tail end of a global pandemic is certainly a new experience for me. It's particularly strange as, apart from being lucky enough to continuing writing about cranes and specialised transport, I'm still working from the same (home) office. To mark the occasion I am now sitting on the other side of my desk to provide a different perspective of my working environment...
  • Cranes and names
    Peter Eiler, Rudolf Becker, Helmut Blasé, Heinz Heyer, Dieter Jurgens... Have you ever heard of these people? The answer is ‘probably not’; and it is a pity. They are, or were, engineers of great skill, perhaps genius; and in his article on page 21 Stuart Anderson explains what it was exactly that they did and achieved. Spoiler alert: all these people and more contributed hugely to the development and improvement of the hundred-tonne all-terrain crane to make it the hugely-useful lifting and carrying tool that it is today.
  • New Beginnings
    The crane industry predominantly consists of long-established manufacturers, many of which were founded just after World War II. This is the reason why when a company decides to enter the market is big news.


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  • Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
    Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.