Cranes Today Magazine


First lift for 2000 tonne Modulift spreader beam
25 November, 2021 2000 tonne capacity MOD 1100/2000 used for first ever lift.
  • New Grove all terrain for Johnson Arabia
    Dubai, UAE-headquartered crane rental company Johnson Arabia has expanded its fleet with the purchase of a 150 tonne capacity Grove GMK 5150L all terrain crane. Johnson Arabia said it made the purchase following improving market conditions and opportunities arising from the Expo 2020 – a World Expo currently being hosted by Dubai (from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022).


Eco work for HSC Crawler
28 October, 2021 Norwegian crane company uses new 275-tonne HSC lattice boom crawler crane for environmental work.
  • Dragon Dynasty?
    With the stated aim of increased international expansion what stands in the way of Chinese manufacturers gaining market share in traditional, established tower crane markets? Christian Shelton reports
  • Oh Happy Days!
    An eagerly-awaited Vertikal Days finally took place in the UK in September. Christian Shelton reports
  • Hooked on you
    You have a crane, you have a hook. What more could you need to lift your load? The answer may be ‘plenty.’ You need to attach the hook to the load but the environment may be too hot or too hazardous for a person to do the attaching. Some loads may have no lugs for the hook to fit into, so you need slings. But slings may rub against the load and damage it. And once the load is off the ground it may spin out of the orientation that you need. Julian Champkin looks at below-the hook attachments that can help.
  • Buoyancy abounds
    A snapshot of the current lifting and transportation industry in Germany. Christian Shelton reports


Making connections
28 October, 2021 Attending Vertikal Days, the first lifting equipment trade show I've been to in a year-and-a-half (since March 2020), was an enjoyable experience. I was apprehensive at first as I'd barely even left my village during the pandemic - working on my own from a home office. Yet with abundant supplies of hand sanitiser, social distancing protocols in place, and everyone behaving sensibly, any worries around Covid rapidly subsided. Being predominantly outdoors, the sunshine and warm breeze helped, too.
  • 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.
  • The new oil
    When interviewed for a feature on the Middle East market a few months ago, executive director at Al Faris Kieve Pinto said low oil prices caused uncertainty in the market and that there was a drop in investment in large scale oil and gas projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • A real threat
    ‘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.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
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.