Cranes Today Magazine


Hiab sees orders surge in Q1
06 May, 2021 Hiab, the knuckleboom and load handling subsidiary of Cargotec, has reported sales revenue of €287m for the first quarter of the year, down 5% compared to the same period in 2020.
  • Three-axle Tadano returns home
    A Tadano ATF 50G-3 from Nuremberg crane service provider Gebrüder Markewitsch’s fleet, was used for the construction of crane washing bays at Tadano’s plant in Lauf an der Pegnitz, Germany.
  • Potain expands MDT flat top range
    Potain has launched the MDT 489 flat top tower crane, available in 20t (22USt) and 25t versions. The crane has an 80m jib and offers a tip load of 3.5t.


On home ground
21 April, 2021 Self-erecting tower cranes have established themselves as the lifting machinery of choice for housebuilding in Europe. Julian Champkin looks at their advantages.
  • Who's on the right track?
    Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr Associates, looks into the increased popularity of crawler-mounting and more specifically of telecrawlers. He also makes a comparison between telecrawlers and rough terrains in regards to market demand and day-to-day lifting work.
  • Ownership Vs Usership
    Sotiris Kanaris speaks to crane finance providers about the market and finds that certain products are gaining popularity.
  • Crossing borders
    Earlier this year, changes to Germany’s VEMAGS online permit system came into effect. Could these changes hinder international competition? Sotiris Kanaris talks to ESTA Director Ton Klijn.


A real threat
21 April, 2021 ‘Connectivity’, ‘Big Data’, ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Internet of Things’ are popular buzzwords, predominantly associated with positive effects on business. Technological evolution has benefited businesses in various ways, most importantly by boosting efficiency of production.
  • By the thousands
    At the end of 2020, Mammoet launched the 6,000t-capacity SK6,000, which the company says will allow for the construction of bigger FSPO and FLNG modules onshore. This was the second launch of a machine with a capacity exceeding 1,000t within a period of few weeks.
  • A year in review
    This year we have been constantly bombarded with negative news about coronavirus; but looking back over our news coverage of 2020, I realised that it was a year with numerous exciting product launches and updates.
  • Decision time
    At times of economic downturn, companies often have to make big and hard decisions to maintain profitability or for their sustainability.
  • Turn of events
    The pandemic has definitely altered the way that people interact on a professional level. The shaking of hands and the exchange of business cards may be deemed risky under these strange circumstances.


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17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • 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.