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July 2021

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Up we go
27 July 2021 Sotiris Kanaris talks to jack-up systems suppliers about their product portfolio and the advantages that this technology offers.

Down to zero
27 July 2021 Battery-powered cranes have existed for decades, but the first emission free crawler cranes were only launched less than a year ago. Sotiris Kanaris reports.

Trains and cranes
27 July 2021 HS2, Britain's new high-speed rail link, is a huge infrastructure project that demands cranes of every kind and size. Julian Champkin reports.

Focus on the boom
27 July 2021 In early June, Link-Belt Cranes announced the launch of a new truck crane and telecrawler. Sotiris Kanaris speaks to Andrew Soper, Link-Belt’s product manager for telescopic trucks and all terrain cranes, about the new models and the US crane market.

Teamwork
27 July 2021 Contractor Estermann has rented three Wolff flat top tower cranes, two 6031.8 Clear and a 6015.8 Clear, for the construction of the BareTower in Berne, Switzerland.

June 2021

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Different places, different cranes
17 June 2021 The knuckleboom crane is a standard product, the same around the world. Or is it? Julian Champkin finds local habits die hard, and the knuckleboom has many regional forms and favourites.

Strong rebound
17 June 2021 The demand for used mobile cranes is very strong at the moment, can supply keep up? Sotiris Kanaris reports.

Power boost
17 June 2021 The significant increase in the size of offshore wind turbines is creating demand for ring cranes. Sotiris Kanaris reports.

Investing in Europe
17 June 2021 Zoomlion Europe has opened a new plant in Italy, where its cranes will be manufactured. Sotiris Kanaris speaks to the newly-appointed general manager Petre Babiceanu about the new factory as well as the company’s current and future crane offering.

Jaso duo in Puebla
17 June 2021 Jaso tower cranes are being used for the construction of the Helea Tower, a skyscraper with a unique design being built in Puebla, Mexico.

Investing in Europe
08 June 2021 Zoomlion Europe has opened a new plant in Italy, where its cranes will be manufactured. Sotiris Kanaris speaks to the newly-appointed general manager Petre Babiceanu about the new factory as well as the company’s current and future offering.

May 2021

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A Challenging Market
20 May 2021 Julian Champkin speaks to heavy lifting and special transport companies about the demand from the onshore oil and gas industry over the past year, the future market as well as the challenges associated with serving this sector.

Industrial Workhorses
20 May 2021 Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr Associates discusses business and technical developments in the pick-and-carry mobile crane industry and analyses trends in the fast-growing Italian market.

Data Abundance
20 May 2021 Mobile crane manufacturers are investing in telematics, with new products and updates introduced to the market in recent years. Sotiris Kanaris speaks to manufacturers about the benefits of telematics and how the market has responded to this technology.

April 2021

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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?
21 April 2021 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
15 April 2021 Sotiris Kanaris speaks to crane finance providers about the market and finds that certain products are gaining popularity.

Crossing borders
15 April 2021 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.

Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Simplification
07 April 2021 The focus of the presentation by commercial director at Raimondi Cranes Cristian Badin, was the simplification of the erection process through changes in crane design.

Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Building skyscrapers
07 April 2021 Bosko Mujika, R&D manager at Jaso Tower Cranes and Andrew Coffin, Cost & Engineering manager at Australian lifting equipment provider and Jaso’s distributor Titan Cranes talked about a solution the companies co-developed for high rise construction sites with limited usable space.