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A passion for engineering
"Who wouldn’t want to travel to Italy for an exhibition?" asks Fabio Potestà, director of Mediapoint & Exhibitions, the company responsible for organising the forthcoming GIS 2023 lifting trade show (see News page 18). "We have some of the best scenery, food, and hospitality in the whole world.”
Diversity. Technological development. Resilience. And investment. These are just four of the many positive attributes of the lifting industry that can are present in this month's issue.
Sustaining the green revolution
Incredible lifting and transport work is happening all around the world (see page 34 for a snapshot of just some of the awardwinning work being carried out in Europe alone). This issue, however, underscores a recurrent theme that, month on month, is growing in momentum across our industry: sustainability.
Make do and mend
A pamphlet issued by the British Ministry of Information in the midst of WWII contained the phrase 'make do and mend'. It was designed to provide housewives with useful tips on how to be both frugal and stylish in times of harsh rationing.
Celebrating industry innovation
Loads are getting bigger and heavier. How can the industry continue lifting and moving ever-increasing load weights and sizes? Innovation is the way...
America's most wanted
It was great to see so many readers at the recent ConExpo show in Las Vegas and, boy, what a place! Although this was my third time attending the show the spectacle of the city never ceases to amaze me.
Lines of thought
Whilst compiling this issue it occurred to me that there are parallels between producing the magazine and some of themes of the features in it...
Flights booked. Hotel room reserved. ESTA sorted. Yes, Cranes Today will soon be heading to Las Vegas for the ConExpo 2023 trade show.
Looking (fast) forward...
Perhaps it's me but it feels like time is accelerating.
Reality Check: The Future Is Bright
It was great to see so many of you, old friends and new faces alike, at this year's Bauma show. To arrive in Munich just as our 50th anniversary issue was being released added to the thrill.
Past, present and future…
Welcome to this very special issue of Cranes Today magazine. Why so special? Well 50 years ago, this month, our first issue was published. To mark the occasion, our golden anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops and published our largest ever issue. In addition, we’ve gone to print slightly early than usual to benefit from maximum exposure at the long-awaited Bauma trade show in Munich, Germany. Check our updated Bauma guide on to learn...
All together now...
The world continues to be a worrying place. Climate change, the cost of living crisis, supply chain disruption, war in Ukraine, and rising gas prices all underpin an uncertain future. As if all that wasn't enough now Queen Elizabeth II has died.
Actions speak louder than words
In my editor's comment last month I issued a 'call for action' urging crane owners to make their voice heard in demanding more 'green' equipment options. Well, this month, I'm pleased to say there have been some developments...
Urgent action required
Yesterday was the hottest day on record ever here in the UK. Wildfires currently rage in Greece, Spain and Italy as the heatwave moves across Europe.
With summer having well and truly arrived here in the UK, it is with a feeling of optimism that I write this month's Comment. It's not just the sunshine that has returned; international travel is back on the agenda, too. With forthcoming Terex and Liebherr trips, plus Bauma 2022 tickets now booked, I'm looking forward to getting away from a desk and meeting people face-to-face again.
It was nice to catch up with some familiar faces at this year's Vertikal Days show in the UK in mid-May, not to mention all the new people we met whilst there.
Preparation is key to success
Fail to prepare; prepare to fail. An old adage, perhaps, yet one that rings true... particularly when it comes to complex lifting and transportation procedures.
The path of progression
Progression; development; evolution; and refinement: these are the key themes that underpin much of the content in this month's issue. They are, of course, positive attributes true of mankind in general but they are highlighted, showcased even, when viewed through the focused lens of the construction industry.
I'd like to start this month's comment with an apology.
For those of you into your tower crane history, we have a real treat for you this month. Contributor Stuart Anderson's article on page 31 provides great insight into how the tower crane market has developed since its start and, crucially, how it has changed over the last 20 years.