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October 2021

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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...

September 2021

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Adaptability nurtures innovation
30 September 2021 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...

August 2021

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Cranes and names
05 August 2021 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...

July 2021

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New Beginnings
27 July 2021 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.

June 2021

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Upward pressure on prices
17 June 2021 Will buyers of new and used cranes have to pay a higher price for machines in the coming years?

May 2021

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The new oil
20 May 2021 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.

April 2021

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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.

March 2021

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Shifting trends?
08 March 2021 Urbanisation was a topic mentioned in a number of presentations delivered by industry experts at our Tower Crane Virtual Conference. It is a trend that had a major impact in the crane market, both in terms of demand as well as product development.

February 2021

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Rising to the challenge
12 February 2021 Over the past year, there has been a lot of discussion about the challenges the industry is facing because of the pandemic. Operations had to be stopped or altered, while sales revenues have been affected.

January 2021

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By the thousands
11 January 2021 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.

December 2020

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A year in review
04 December 2020 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.

November 2020

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Decision time
06 November 2020 At times of economic downturn, companies often have to make big and hard decisions to maintain profitability or for their sustainability.

October 2020

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Turn of events
07 October 2020 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.

September 2020

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The Bigger Picture
09 September 2020 As some of you may have noticed, since the beginning of the pandemic we have been very careful as to how we cover its effects on our industry. Our aim was to let some time pass before covering this subject in-depth, so that we could provide a more accurate analysis on the impact.

August 2020

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Build, build, build
13 August 2020 The US-headquartered Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) conducted a survey of member company executives on the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equipment manufacturers.

July 2020

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Changing habits
10 July 2020 Different types of tower cranes are popular in different markets, which is why the major manufacturers in this segment have more than one type in their portfolio.

June 2020

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Mix and Match
10 June 2020 Factory closures, reductions in motor traffic, significant falls in the number of flights were among the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which contributed to a drop in the global demand for oil.

May 2020

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Hard times
14 May 2020 When Charles Dickens published his novel Hard Times as a serial in his weekly publication Household Words in 1854, the world was definitely different.

April 2020

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The essence of essential
06 April 2020 I started writing this comment on the second day of Coronavirus lockdown in Britain. Our government last week advised us to stay home, but that didn't take: this being Britain, last Friday many pubs were full, and on Sunday, when we celebrate Mothers' Day, many thought it a good idea to take their aging mums out to catch a potentially fatal disease at flower markets and parks.

March 2020

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Competing on technique, not size
16 March 2020 For more than a decade, the world’s heavy lift specialists have been competing as to who is going to manufacture the biggest crane with the largest lifting capacity.