Italian Style

27 November 2023


Buoyed by government incentives positivity abounds in the Italian lifting market, as manifest at the recent record-breaking GIS show. Christian Shelton reports

Showcasing the Italian lifting, heavy transport and port handling sectors, the GIS show took place in Piacenza in early October. According to the organiser the show was a great success attracting a record number of visitors and exhibitors.

Indeed, many of the exhibitors we spoke to commented on the quality and quantity of visitors and they were particularly happy with the increased number of international attendees.

According to the post-show official stats there were 432 exhibitors and over 18,000 visitors creating what the organiser describes as “an electric atmosphere of innovation and collaboration in which the appetite for face-to-face interaction was palpable”.

Fabio Potestà, director of Mediapoint & Exhibitions, the company behind the event’s organisation, expressed his satisfaction with GIS 2023’s recordbreaking success: “The numbers speak for themselves. We had a record number of exhibitors, an unprecedented exhibition space, and a remarkable turnout of visitors – especially qualified ones, which is very important for a B2B exhibition. Our shows are audited so these are real numbers that our exhibitors can trust. We also had more qualified visitors from the rest of the world, mainly Europe, which is important for our Italian exhibitors who are keen to export and can use GIS to network and grow internationally.”

For Cranes Today the event proved us with the perfect opportunity to see the latest Italian lifting products and to quiz exhibitors on the state of the Italian market…

TEREX

Italy is a key country for equipment manufacturer Terex, which produces its rough terrain cranes in Crespellano and its tower cranes (self-erecting, flat-top, luffing jib and hammerhead) in Fontanafredda. GIS gave us the opportunity to speak to Lee Maynard, global sales director tower cranes, and Nicola Castenetto, Business Line Leader SE, regarding the state of business.

How have the last 12 months of business been?

Maynard: Exceptional from a top-slewing perspective. We have made significant penetration into the South of Italy, growing our distribution channels, adding new customers to Terex and dramatically increasing our market share.

What do you expect for the next 12 months?

Maynard: We see continued opportunities in the north of Italy also during next year with some large projects planned to start. It will, however, also depend a little on the continued support of the Italian authorities in terms of fiscal subsidies and to what level.

The south remains good at this stage. That said with climbing interest rates and possible slowing of residential builds, that’s a watch-out.

Are you launching any new crane products? If so, what and for which markets?

Castenetto: It is too early to disclosure all details, but we have upcoming news in all our product lines.

New models will be launch starting from Q4 including a new flat top in the city range, a big self-erecting crane and also a plan of large luffing jib cranes.

How optimistic are companies in Italy for the future of the lifting industry both nationally and internationally?

Maynard: I think ‘cautiously optimistic’ would be the term I would use. Again it depends a little on continued governmental support, as well as projects going ahead as planned.

What areas of growth are you seeing?

Maynard: Significant activity in large luffers and flat-tops globally, driven by large infrastructure projects.

Are there any areas of your business, markets or application sectors in decline? If so, why?

Castenetto: There are some challenges in the residential sector; housing need is huge but costs and interest rates are slowing down this sector.

Are there any other issues/challenges you think need to be addressed or highlighted with regards to the Italian lifting industry?

Castenetto: Cranes, despite being essential for the success of many construction sites, are not yet fully perceived as the strategic core of the job site activities.

JEKKO

Mini crane manufacturer Jekko used GIS to showcase lithium-ion battery versions of its SPX telescopic mini cranes. These comprised: two models of the SPX328, the company’s latest model, equipped with an electric jib and runner jib respectively; an SPX532, equipped with hydraulic jib; and an SPX650, also equipped with hydraulic jib.

In addition, the company showed its JF line of tracked articulated mini cranes. On its stand were: a JF235, one of Jekko’s newest models, equipped with a jib; a JF545, equipped with jib and a twoseater basket; and a JF990, the largest of all Jekko’s mini cranes.

Jekko also displayed its 5-10-20 tonne lifting beams, for industrial handling and lifting of manufactured goods, which can extend of telescopically.

The event gave us the opportunity to speak to Alberto Franceschini, sales and marketing director regarding the state of business.

How have the last 12 months of business been?

The last 12 months have seen a positive outlook, with a trend of growth common to everyone in the three years of postpandemic. Not only has the Italian market been very dynamic thanks to subsidies for the purchase of machinery but also the export market has shown a dramatic increase in sales due to positive global economic factors.

The increase in demand for mini cranes has ensured that this product has finally become more commonly used in various work environments. Specifically, Jekko had a 20% increase in turnover and consequently in production compared to last year.

What do you expect for the next 12 months?

For the next 12 months we expect a consolidation of the numbers achieved in the previous year. We see a positive trend for our sector, but are not expecting a growth rate for ourselves, as the strategy is not to increase production but to preserve a high standard of quality.

In the coming year we want to consolidate, so we expect an increase in quality and not in numbers, imagining a growth of +5/10%.

Are you launching any new crane products? If so, what and for which markets?

Considering the great renewal in the product range carried out over the last three years, the inclusion of new crane models, and with the intention of consolidating the strong innovative drive produced, Jekko has chosen to focus on constant product improvement in the coming year.

A further point on which we will focus will be new attachments to be installed on the cranes, which are the very reason for Jekko's success, aiming not at the basic machine but also at accessories that allow us to enter different markets and offer complete machines.

Over the last three years we have been developing products such as the SPX328, JF235, and MPK20R (presented at Bauma 2022); now for us it is a matter of refining and offering much more: the majority of our work has, in fact, shifted from mechanics to software management integrated with hydraulics. By now, these two aspects represent the areas with the greatest potential for development and which we believe to be crucial in order to offer products that can be more easily used by a wider range of customers. Consider how in the last five years hydraulics and software have been the fastest growing departments within our R&D.

How optimistic are you for the future of the lifting industry both nationally and internationally?

We feel optimistic about the future of the lifting industry. It is generally agreed that the Italian lifting industry is one of the most important in terms of the number of people involved, and this importance is also reflected on a commercial scale as we are aware of the strengths we have gained over 60/70 years in the industry. As a result, the only concern could arise from causes beyond the control of manufacturers, i.e. global material crises, war-related or other factors outside the industry itself.

What areas of growth are you seeing?

Areas for future growth are more related to the territory concept than to the product context. As our core business is special lifting with mini cranes, what we are looking for is to extend the market to countries where this special lifting concept has still to mature. Accordingly, the fast-growing world of South East Asia as well as South America represent an important target for us.

Are there any areas of your business or markets in decline? If so, why?

An area that has been very important to us for both country and dealer relations, and which unfortunately for reasons unrelated to us is currently at a standstill, is the Russian market. Historically very important for Jekko, it is currently foreclosed to us for well-known reasons.

Are there any other issues/challenges you think need to be addressed or highlighted with regards to the Italian lifting industry?

The biggest challenge for Italian manufacturers is related to the size of companies and the difficulty in having a size that allows them to be effectively present in international markets. Italian companies are often known for the quality and innovation they bring, but they remain fragmented into many small companies that fall in the face of large foreign groups. This leads to a great dispersion of energy and could be a major limitation in future years when some companies, perhaps less structured, will struggle to find their place and share in the market.

ZOOMLION EUROPE

Zoomlion Europe used GIS to showcase its mobile cranes, tower cranes and aerial platforms. This year marked Zoomlion Europe’s third GIS exhibition and the company notes that over the last few years the range of each series has been expanded and the mobile crane models have gone from prototypes to being operational on construction sites. This, it says, is thanks to the hard work of its research and development team that has designed and built machines in Italy using European components.

A highlight of its stand was the RTC 500 rough terrain crane which debuted at Bauma and is now working on several construction sites in Italy. Zoomlion Europe says the lightweight crane, which is built in Italy, was designed specifically for the Italian market. It has a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes and a 37.1-metre four-section telescopic boom with two extension modes and continuous 360° rotation. It has a stage V diesel engine and load-sensing hydraulics designed to combine performance and efficiency.

The crane is compact, meaning it’s suitable for working in confined spaces and for pick and carry operations. Transport from one construction site to another is quick, easy, and requires no special permits, says Zoomlion. It has a traction and suspension system designed to ensure good performance in off-road applications. It also has an ergonomic driving cab, which can be tilted 20° for improved visibility, while large windows provide an optimal view whilst driving and lifting. The RTC 500 has a large touchscreen display and electronic joysticks for movement control.

Davide Cipolla, CEO of Zoomlion Europe, commented: “Zoomlion Europe is the most important European hub of the Zoomlion Group and on which many investments have been made, so expectations are high. We were and are aware that introducing a new brand - albeit a leader in the East - into the European mainstream is not an easy task, which is why we immediately focused on developing the product, teaming up with major players in the rental sector and using European industrial partners. A few years after starting this adventure, we can say that our strategy is producing the expected results, in terms of both cranes and aerial platforms, including the most challenging ones, namely mobile cranes: completely designed and built by our team in Italy.”

How has business been?

We have seen a lot of curiosity from customers and opinion leaders. The mobile crane business is really challenging in Europe as it is the most demanding market and our competitors hold strong positions. Nonetheless we see customer segments in the market where we can penetrate meeting customer’s demands and needs with our units and services. We have already opened a multimillion investment in a dedicated facility on our industrial platform in Northern Italy. It is a factory of 10000m2 providing assembling lines for tower cranes and mobile cranes, and where you can also see our AWP stock.

The years 2022 and 2023 were marked by a sui generis growth in construction investments. A growth that many analysts claim will come to a halt, but in actual fact it will be an adjustment, since precisely the growth of the last two years has been extraordinary.

Generally, in our business plan we targeted some European countries to work on the wave one of our project, starting from Italy – that for now has been our first playground. Together with our mother company we have developed an ambitious plan to reach a European market position to reflect our brand reputation.

What crane and lifting products do you offer and for which markets?

Lifting products that, four years after being introduced on the European market with the opening of the Italian hub in Senago (Milan), are now available in complete, optimised ranges to meet practical operator requirements. The range of machines distributed by Zoomlion Europe includes tower cranes, mobile cranes and AWPs.

These include: the ATC 1000 all terrain crane, designed and built in Italy for Europe; the 60 tonne capacity ATC 960 crane; the 40 tonne capacity ATC 400C City Crane; the RTC 500 rough terrain crane, a lightweight crane also designed and built in Italy, which has a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. It features a 37.1-metre four-section telescopic boom with two telescoping modes and continuous 360° rotation; the R90 and R220 tower cranes, which can move loads up to five and ten tonnes along 50 and 65 metres respectively. The R line also features a new ‘Round’ tower section, designed to optimise the space occupied during transport and make assembly and disassembly faster without compromising efficiency or function.

In addition, Zoomlion Europe has its range of aerial work platforms, where the company aims to further extend the use of electric power.

With regards to markets, Zoomlion Europe is the Hub of Zoomlion Group in Europe and our headquarters is in Northern Italy (Milan area) to be close to European customers. Presence in the territory is important and, thanks to its strategic position, Zoomlion Europe guarantees assistance and the supply of spare parts via a network of authorised repair shops throughout Europe. In addition, rental companies can always rely on direct contact with the manufacturer and the financial services provided directly by the Zoomlion Group, through Zoomlion Capital.

And what do you expect for the next 12 months?

Forecasts for the next months are positive, the business barometers are still on a positive path, so we plan a growth for 2023 in line with the last years. The construction industry is facing a slow down on residential buildings, especially in Italy where the stimulus of bonus will finish in 2023; this limit to growth will be fully recovered by the infrastructure.

Sales are driven by rental companies that are planning fleet expansions for 2023 and 2024 with new machines.

Zoomlion Europe has a wide range with innovative and customised solutions to meet the specific needs of different sectors, while ensuring the utmost safety and reliability of our products, with a dedicated aftersales service. We have become part of this dynamic and competitive market and are ready to continue investing and innovating. Zoomlion Europe is becoming a onestop- shop for lifting solutions: mobile, tower crane and AWP, with many new models to be launched during 2024.

Thanks to the Zoomlion supply chain we limited the issue with costs increase and shipments, being able to deliver model to the market even when competitors were facing issues.

Also, the market for aerial work platforms in Italy is constantly growing, thanks to increased demand from companies operating in various sectors, such as logistics, construction and maintenance. Zoomlion is highly investing on full electric solutions to drive the future of this sector, improving performances of the batteries (autonomy) and recharge time.

JMG CRANES

The mood is buoyant at electric pick and carry crane manufacturer JMG Cranes. The company has been presenting its products extensively via its international JMG Tour which, according to company CEO Maurizio Manzini, has been “extremely well received everywhere we’ve been”.

GIS, however, presented a perfect opportunity for the company where the tables turned and, instead of JMG doing the travelling, the great and the good of the lifting world came to see it instead. This was because the company’s headquarters in Cremona are just a 20 minute drive from Piacenza. Capitalising on this JMG hosted an event there, called ELI_LIFT 23, on the Saturday night where it presented a number of innovations – including the unveiling of its new compact JMG- MC100.08 ‘multi boom’ crane.

Typical of a pick and carry factory crane the JMG- MC100.08 has compact dimensions (3490mm long, 1600mm wide and 2034mm high). It has an extendable wheelbase and a modular boom that can be equipped with a range of attachments including a fork, jib, winch or extensions. The crane’s maximum capacity is 15 tonnes and the boom slews between 5 and 70 degrees.

When used with a two-element boom and JMG’s self-levelling lifting forks the crane can lift 14 tonnes. Vertical lifting can be achieved by simply adjusting the boom extension.

The event also provided the opportunity for JMG to recognise the support of crane rental firm Zavattini Autogru which was an early adopter of its battery-powered electric cranes and of the use of lithium batteries on its latest JMG cranes.

Back at the GIS showground Katia Tarasconi, the major of Piacenza, visited JMG’s stand, while the company’s new JMG-MC50000TE crawler crane was on display on Cormach’s stand where it attracted a lot of attention. The batterypowered electric crane has a maximum capacity of 50,000kg and a continuous and unlimited 360 rotating hydraulic boom. Its articulated arm offers up to seven sequential extensions.

There has been little time for JMG to recover post-GIS, however, as the next leg of its tour continued in Châteauneufdu- Rhône, France, on 19 October; then there is the official inauguration of a new JMG plant in Sarmato on 10-11 May, 2024.

FM GRU

Italian tower crane manufacturer FM Gru says the show was a great success and it welcomed many visitors, both Italian and international, to its stand.

The company used the event to present its new FM 727 RBI-FA self-erecting crane model. The crane is mounted on a semitrailer with two road wheeled axles that can travel at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The semi-trailer also has pneumatic suspension for self-levelling on the road, a braking system with ABS and EBS, and a warning light system. The rear axle is steered and radio-controlled to facilitate parking and steering. The crane is hooked to the fifth wheel of the towing vehicle via a special ‘king pin’ frame.

The FM 727 RBI-FA has a 27-metrelong horizontal jib with a height under hook of 18.1 metres. The tip load and maximum load capacity is 700kg and 2400kg, respectively.

It comes with a new ‘Luxury’ cabin designed to improve operator visibility. The cab has an ergonomic seat for the operator, a heating and air conditioning system, plus a radio and multifunctional touchscreen displays.

Also at GIS, FM Gru showed its FM 627 RBI-FA self-erecting crane with 25 km/h axles.

How have the last 12 months of business been?

The last 12 months have been very positive for us; we have experienced a constant increase in the demand for cranes both in Italy and abroad.

What do you expect for the next 12 months?

We expect this growing trend to continue for the next months, even if the global economic situation is not so good due to the ongoing wars.

Do you have any new cranes? If so, what and which markets are they aimed at?

Our latest products are: the 727 RBI-FA self erector; the FM 2065 TLX topless tower crane – which was first presented at Bauma 2022; and our biggest selferecting telescopic crane model, the FM 1247 RBI-TD – which was also presented at Bauma 2022.

The new FM2065 TLX offers an improvement of crane loading capacities with a maximum capacity of 10 tonnes with a single fall of ropes and a V37.90 winch. With the V45.60 it has a maximum capacity of five tonnes with single fall of ropes and 10 tonnes with a double fall.

The crane uses an automatic integrated Ultralift system which allows for a +10% increase in tip loading capacity. It also includes a radio remote control with multifunctional display, an integrated zoning and anti-collision system, and a load position memory system. Platforms for safe maintenance can be found under the hoisting and trolley motors.

We hope our latest (and biggest) telescopic self-erecting crane, the 1247 RBI-TD, will become a keystone in our range of self-erecting cranes. It has a horizontal jib length of 47 metres and a 26.5 metre under hook height for the horizontal jib. This can be extended to a height of 36.5 metres and 57.5 metres if a 30-degree luffed jib is used. The tip load and maximum load capacity is 1200kg and 6000kg respectively.

How optimistic are companies in Italy for the future of the lifting industry both nationally and internationally?

About the national situation, with the resources allocated for PNRR it is presumed that great and important public works are undertaken for the infrastructures of our country, where the demand for cranes, we hope, will be high.

We are aware, however, that there will be a slight inflection due to the reduction of state incentives in the last three years for the purchase of goods equipped with technology according to the Transition 4.0. regulation.

As far as the international market is concerned, we hope that the world economic situation can improve in order to maintain and strengthen our business and increase sales. We are, however, still expanding our dealer network to new markets.

What areas of growth are you seeing?

Currently no particular geographical area is growing. We regularly receive requests from various foreign countries. Italy remains a very active market for us today.

Are there any areas of your business or markets in decline? If so, why?

Germany began a slow decline due to the European economic situation.

Are there any other issues/challenges you think need to be addressed or highlighted with regards to the Italian lifting industry?

As crane manufacturers and sellers, surely the state incentives for the purchase of cranes equipped for Transition 4.0 and the use of ecofriendly/ green material was a very important challenge that allowed us to increase sales. As well as the earthquake bonuses and the tax credit for southern companies, they have allowed us to expand our brand and our products.

LOCATELLI

Locatelli, a Mapello, Bergamon-based manufacturer of telescopic rough terrain cranes, city cranes and truck mounted cranes, used GIS to showcase its new TCL 55.50 truck-mounted crane with a 50 tonne capacity and a 37.2 metre boom. The model on display, mounted on a four-axle Scania XT series truck, has been bought by Sant'Alessandrobased construction equipment rental firm Maifredi.

How have the last 12 months of business been?

The last 12 months have been very intense, with the national market pulled by strong financial facilitations by our government. This condition positively affected the sales and raised the customers’ demand.

What do you expect for the next 12 months?

The next 12 months could suffer a soft decrease of the national demand due to the reduced facilitations and due to the higher financing rates. In any case some international markets show great potential, again. No doubt that a new war or political crise could badly influence the new year.

Do you have any new cranes? If so, what and for which markets?

We’ve presented the TCL 55.50 the truck crane as an Italian premiere at GIS. With a 50t rated capacity and a 37.2m boom it is rapidly becoming a ‘must have’ for rental companies looking for taxi cranes.

2024 will be our 70th anniversary and we’ll introduce incredible news in our range, with the presentation of the heavy-duty RT 110t capacity GRIL 110.100 model.

What areas of growth are you seeing?

We are seeing demand in Europe for our TCL truck mounted range, while in the Middle East and Far East there is growth for our rough terrain crane range.

Are there any areas of your business or markets in decline? If so, why?

Ukraine, because even receiving massive European support, several local public and private companies are choosing Chinese brands for their equipment.

Are there any other issues/challenges you think need to be addressed or highlighted with regards to the Italian lifting industry?

It is mandatory for the Italian industry to reduce the taxation level… but this is another story!

MARCHETTI

At GIS Marchetti Autogrù, which manufacturers all terrain cranes, crawler cranes and truck-mounted cranes, was on home ground. The Piacenzaheadquartered company used the show to launch its latest crane: a fully electric version of its 25 tonne capacity CW25.35 crawler.

Its lithium-ion cell batteries provide 90 kWh of power which, Marchetti says, is enough to provide eight hours of autonomous work. The electric motor has a peak power of 110 kW and it has a 22 kW onboard charger.

Company owner Matteo Marchetti was pleased with the interest the company received at the show saying, "We received a huge amount of visitors, more than any previous edition of GIS. The show is attracting more and more international visitors, a perfect audience for our brand-new, full-electric crawler crane".

How have the last 12 months of business been?

Very positive especially for the Italian market which is taking benefit of the government’s ‘Industry 4.0’ incentive.

What do you expect for the next 12 months?

We expect the domestic (Italian) market to be stable or slightly soften due to the effect of incentives; still in place but at a reduced percentage. We also expect export volumes to increase also thanks to our newly-launched products.

Have you launched any new crane products? If so, what and for which markets?

We just presented a fully-electric crawler; it’s compact and powerful and has a 25 tonne capacity. It's the perfect choice for customers who need to work in city centres, tunnels and confined spaces where the zero emissions are a winning point.

It's for every market but surely will be immediately appreciated in countries where there're strong incentives for electric / zero-emission machines.

What areas of growth are you seeing?

The future is going electric and we're ready to move in that direction. New products will come in the next years, and we’re always looking at electrification and zero-emissions.

FASSI

Albino, Bergamo-headquartered crane manufacturer Fassi had stand with an area of 950m2 on which it displayed nine of its production models – including its new F1250R-HXP TECHNO.

The crane has a lifting capacity of up to 99.10 tm and a horizontal hydraulic outreach of 35 m (with jib). It can have up to nine telescopic extensions which, Fassi says, is unprecedented.

The crane has a new digital FX990 control system with a new display interface and stability control. Its extension block also has a new design, while the crane’s hydraulic circuit utilises a double feed for faster handling. The crane’s stabilisers can be controlled via radio remote control and the crane’s winch utilises a series of folding pulleys providing an excellent power-to-weight ratio. In addition, Fassi’s L82 jib can be added. The outerboom and extensions have a decagonal shape (which Fassi previously employed a few years ago for cranes destined for the USA). Fassi says this provides improved mechanical performance for the motion guides and for the inertial stability of vertical loads.

Fassi’s flagship F2150RAL.2.28 L816L was on display at the show.

GIS also provided the opportunity for Fassi’s new head of sales for Italy, Daniele Vismara, to meet the industry – dealers and customers alike.

“2023 will see the conclusion of a truly extraordinary three-year period, characterised by constant three-zero figures,” he said. “These three years have seen exponential growth connected to post-pandemic recovery and the many incentives offered, above all ‘Industria 4.0’, which has led to the significant renovation of many fleets. Forecasts for next year are for a slight slowing and general consolidation, partly due to a re-dimensioning of incentives, but also to a return to normality for the market, which will be a little less frenetic and a little more structured.”


celebrating Italian achievements

GIS also hosted the Italian Lifting & Transportation Awards (ILTA). The event is designed to recognise and celebrate the work of Italian companies and people operating in the lifting and abnormal transport sectors. The 2023 winners were as follows:

Lift of the year using a truck crane

WINNER: Di Stefano for the demolition of the Belvedere bridge in L'Aquila

Lift of the year using a telescopic crane

WINNER: Baldini Group for the assembly of a tower crane in the Grand Canal in Venice.

Lifting of the year using a wheeled lattice arm crane

WINNER: Autovictor / Midolini (joint winners) – both for the installation of railway and road bridge decks.

Lift of the year using a lattice boom crawler crane

WINNER: Vernazza Autogru for the lift of technical equipment on Saipem’s Castorone ship in Marseille, France.

Exceptional transport of the year with trailer/semi-trailer total weight up to 120 tonnes

WINNER: Societa Autotrasporti Eccezionali for the transport of 12 wind generators in Camporeale, Sicily.

Exceptional transport of the year with trailer/semi-trailer total weight over 120 tonnes

WINNER: Marraffa Heavy Transport and Lifting for the transport of over 80 elements for the assembly of Webuild SpA’s tunnel boring machine for the Brennero Base Tunnel.

Exceptional transport of the year using SPMT

WINNERS: Mammoet / Fagioli / S.I.M.I Group (joint winners) Mammoet won for the transport of 36 industrial liquefaction modules in Marina di Carrara. Fagioli won for the transport of two 1,650 tonne ship-to-shore cranes from Malta to Marseille. And the S.I.M.I Group won for the handling, transport, loading and assembly of large, heavy petrochemical modules.

Transport and/or lifting with the use of combined techniques

WINNERS: Midolini / Vernazza Autogru (joint winners) Midolini won for the assembly of two ship-to-shore cranes in Marghera, Venice, Italy. Vernazza Autogru won for the decommissioning of gantry cranes in Marina di Carrara.

Innovation both in the operational field and for the safety of the operators

WINNERS: Fagioli / Vernazza Autogru (joint winners)

Fagioli won for the maintenance of the A7 viaduct on the Po river). Vernazza Autogru won for the accompaniment on shore of the Saipem FDS 2 ship in Genoa.

Product innovation: Sector – lifting equipment

WINNER: Clacson Italia with its synthetic fi bre lifting systems for lifting in offshore and wind facilities.

Product innovation: Sector – components

WINNER: Cobo with its tilting system.

Product innovation: Sector - cranes and truck cranes

WINNER: Ormig with its 30iEk electric pick and carry crane.

Green award

WINNER: Acciai Di Qualita for being one of the first steel companies to have drawn up a sustainability report and whose company policies have produced great results in reducing environmental impact, energy and water consumption and in the recycling of materials.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Women in the industry award

WINNER: Maria Niederstaetter - the current President of the Board of Directors of Niederstätter Spa, member of the Südtiroler Sparkasse foundation and President of Südtirolgas AG/SPA.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Manufacturers of industrial cranes and overhead cranes

WINNER: Marco Ghisleni – founder of the Tecnomovint Group

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Trade associations and institutions

WINNER: Roberto Cianotti, director of ISPESL and President of the UNI Commission.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Crane and truck crane manufacturers

WINNER: Massimo Marchetti – founder of Marchetti Autogru.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Crane and truck crane distributors

WINNER: Orlando Ferrari – founder of Next Hydraulics Maxilift and of Ferrari International.

The Carlo Lenzi Lifetime Achievement Award:

WINNER: Guglielmo Ghidini, owner of Autotrasporti CRAM

Best photo-video documentation award:

WINNERS: S.I.M.I Group / Midiolini (joint winners)

When he’s not working Nicola Castenetto tends to his vineyard
Marchetti’s stand at GIS with the new fully-electric CW25.35 crawler on the left (blue and white livery)
Zoomlion’s stand at GIS
The Fassi team at GIS
FM Gru hopes its 1247 RBI-TD self erector will become a key product in its range
Daniele Vismara – Fassi Gru's new head of sales for Italy
The launch of JMG’s MC100.08 at the company's HQ in Cremona
Jekko’s JF235 at GIS
Zoomlion Europe CEO Davide Cipolla says the company’s strategy is producing results
FM Gru’s stand at GIS
Alberto Franceschini reports that Jekko has enjoyed a 20% increase in turnover in 2023 compared to 2022
Lee Maynard is seeing demand for large luffers and flat tops for infrastructure work
Locatelli’s new TCL 55.50 truck-mounted crane – bought by Maifredi