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April 2024


23 April 2024 One of the biggest cranes in Mammoet’s fleet, the PTC210-DS ring crane, is conducting crane replacements to support the next-generation offshore wind turbine installations.

Adapt to succeed
23 April 2024 All terrain cranes are typically sold with only minor variations: a counterweight package that fits local regulations, for example. But at other times, customers need a more tailored solution. Will North reports

No limits for city slickers
23 April 2024 Inside and out, city cranes are a sector on the rise. Julian Champkin reports.

Bend it like Boer
22 April 2024 Boer uses 12 Liebherr mobile cranes to position an arched pipeline in Delft.

French style
22 April 2024 The Intermat show will take place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition centre, Paris, France, between the 24–27 April 2024. We take a look at some of the exhibitors that might be of interest to Cranes Today readers…

March 2024


Extreme environments
25 March 2024 Rough terrain cranes work in, well, rough terrains. Julian Champkin reports on these workhorses for tough environments.

Energising the transition
25 March 2024 Effort and ingenuity are enabling the transition to sustainable and renewable energy resources, and crane engineers are playing their part. Julian Champkin reports.

Cool as you like
25 March 2024 Eisele lifts chiller units onto iconic tower block in Frankfurt using a Liebherr eight-axle mobile crane.

From sea to sky
25 March 2024 The below the hook sector is thriving. Some of the drivers behind this include demand for custom products, subsea work, and the booming renewables sectors – both offshore and onshore. Christian Shelton takes a closer look.

February 2024


Innovation in the middle
26 February 2024 The mid-range of the lattice crawler sector offers a balance between lifting power and ease of set up and use. These are workhorse cranes with less complexity than their heavy weight counterparts. Innovation, however, still matters. Will North reports.

Above and beyond
26 February 2024 Investment in new facilities and continuing product innovation demonstrate a vibrant knuckleboom sector. Cranes Today reports.

Lift long and prosper
26 February 2024 Safety and training go together. A trained operator is a safe operator; an untrained one is positively dangerous. Julian Champkin reports on developments.

January 2024


Towering above
24 January 2024 High-rise buildings need high-rise cranes. Julian Champkin looks at flat-tops and new designs of luffers.

Great gusto
24 January 2024 Felbermayr replaces a wind turbine gearbox atop a mountain ridge despite increasing wind speeds.

The way ahead
24 January 2024 You would think a safe and secure place to park for the night would be a given when transporting abnormal loads across Europe. You’d be wrong. ESTA and ESPORG, however, are looking to change things. Christian Shelton reports.

Shaping the future
24 January 2024 German-Swiss multinational equipment manufacturer Liebherr might be approaching 80-years-old but it’s at the cutting edge of the digital era and actively shaping the future. Christian Shelton reports.

December 2023


Mini cranes break big
27 December 2023 Mini cranes are becoming established at last – even in the USA, where size traditionally matters most. Julian Champkin reports.

Evolution in the east
27 December 2023 One of the oldest crane manufacturers in the Far East is Japanese company Tadano. Tadano was founded in 1919 (August 29th, to be precise) and has a long history in the design, manufacture, and sale of hydraulic cranes. The company has played a significant role in the development of lifting equipment in the Far East and is recognised as one of the leading crane manufacturers globally. We asked the company a few questions about the current state of business in its home market…

Faster, greener, homes
27 December 2023 Around the world housing supply fails to keep up with demand. The crane industry is playing its part with new cranes that focus on fast, low- and zero-emissions equipment, that meet the needs of tradespeople and delivery drivers across the sector. Will North reports.

French Film Premiere
27 December 2023 French lifting and transport company Gil & Fils Levage used the latest addition to its fleet, a Palfinger PK 165.002 TEC 7 mounted on a Scania 8x4 double drive, to deliver preassembled glass panels to a cinema in Rumilly, east of Lyon, France.