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On home ground
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.
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
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
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.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Infrastructure
Mohamed Abouelezz, general manager sales MENA - South East Asia at Wolffkran, delivered a presentation of the evolution of tower cranes for infrastructure projects.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Self-erectors
David Janssen, product director at Uperio, answered the question as to whether large self-erectors can compete with small tower cranes.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Telematics
Director product management at Terex Tower Cranes Massimo Cappello and Steve Bradby, engineering leader at Select Plant Hire delivered a presentation on telematics as a tool for remote monitoring and fleet management.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Fibre Cranes
Philipp Weckerle, head of product management at Liebherr Tower Cranes delivered a presentation on the company’s Fibre Cranes.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Global trends
Thibaut Le Besnerais , VP, brand and product management at Manitowoc Company delivered a presentation on megatrends that are affecting the market and his company’s response to them.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: Onshore wind
Carlos Moreno, global segment lead, Onshore Wind at Mammoet, talked about challenges associated with onshore wind installations and how tower cranes can provide solutions.
Despite the impact of Covid-19 and fluctuating oil prices, big projects are keeping demand for mobile and tower crane in the Middle East strong. Julian Champkin reports.
Above and below the ground
In recent months numerous infrastructure projects have been completed or progressed around the world; Sotiris Kanaris focuses on bridge and tunnel projects, finding a wide range of lifting and transportation equipment used.
Big Carl Lifts 575t Steel Band
Sarens’s SGC-250, also known as Big Carl, has recently performed one of the major lifts at the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in the UK.
Tower Crane Virtual Conference: PPVC
Eleazar Raya, group sales director at Comansa, delivered a presentation on the increasing adoption of Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC).
Getting bigger all the time
Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr Associates, analyses the evolution of the global offering for large rough terrain cranes from the first 80t machine in 1978 to today, with 24 models offering capacities of 90t or higher in the market.
Training and certification for crane operators have until recently been national or state concerns. Now they are going continent-wide and crossing borders. Julian Champkin reports.
Rainer Auerbacher, member of the board, resort Transport Technology at Goldhofer, talks to Sotiris Kanaris about trends in the special transport market, solutions for crane transportation and products in the pipeline.
Keeping things moving
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Faymonville Group has introduced a number of products to the market over the past year. Sotiris Kanaris talks to product manager Rainer Noe and sales director Arnold Luxen.