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Sany Heavy Industry president Xiang Wenbo has rejected a Manitowoc claim of patent infringement, saying the company is proud of its industry leading crane designs. Already in another US court dispute with President Barack Obama, Xiang showed little sign of backing down in this case.
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US manufacturer Manitowoc has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, complaining that Sany's SCC 8500 crawler infringes on two patents, related to Manitowoc's Variable Position Counterweight (VPC), and claiming that Sany targeted Manitowoc's employee John Lanning, now Sany's global head of crawler crane development, based on his knowledge of the technology. In the course of the complaint, Manitowoc reveals that it has been working to develop two more cranes making use of the system.
Dutch civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall Group has taken delivery of a new Kobelco crawler crane for a container port project in Bristol, UK.
Ainscough has completed a deal to acquire international, UK-based, wind energy specialist Windcon. The deal will see the creation of a new subsidiary, AWES, or Ainscough Wind Energy Services.
Manitowoc has launched a new feature, called the Boom Raise System (BRS), for the 400t 16000 Wind Attachment, designed to raise longer Wind Attachment boom lengths.
Illinois-based Essex, an American crane rental firm, reported its Q2 2012 results, with equipment sales of $8.6m representing a continued increase, rising 61.4% over the same figure for the period last year.
In the last two months Sarens Australia secured more than four contracts for heavy cranage and heavy transport for works such as the Gorgon and Gladstone LNG Projects in Australia.
Miron Construction is using its Manitowoc 14000 and Manitowoc 11000 crawler cranes to increase seating at the Lambeau Field stadium in Wisconsin in the US.
Chinese state petrol firm Sinopec has agreed to buy XCMG's giant 3,600t XCG88000 crawler. XCMG says it is the first ever deal for the sale of a production crawler crane of this size.
Facing rising demand for energy and infrastructure work in the US, ALL Erection and Crane Rental bought 17 Manitowoc and Grove Cranes in two packages.
Hitachi Sumitomo has launched a new 55t crawler aimed at international markets, combining ease of use and maintenance with high performance.
Indian contracting giant Larsen & Toubro is working on constructing a new thermal power plant in Chandigarh, India with a Liebherr LR 1300 lending a hand on site.
Manitowoc has started working with GPS manufacturer Trimble to develop productivity-enhancing positioning technology and software for cranes.
Leibherr announced that it has been testing a new PowerBoom feature on a 3,000t LR 13000 crawler crane. The feature enhances capacities dramatically.
Two Sennebogen cranes have worked for contractors Max Bögl Bauservice and Wiesbauer on a new €30m logistics centre in Mönchhof near Frankfurt Airport for retail and tourism firm REWE.
Crane Rental Corporation, US-based rental firm, plans to open a taxi crane service from a new location in its home state of Florida, while adding another Manitowoc 31000 to its fleet of heavylifting crawlers.
A Kansas City contractor is using a Manitowoc 7000 to help construct the pylons of a new cable-stayed suspension bridge being built in St. Louis, Missouri over the Mississippi River.
Canadian crane rental business Sterling Crane, ultimately owned by ‘sage of Omaha’ Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to acquire Western Australia’s Freo Crane and its Queensland subsidiary Global Crane. The deal will help build a crane fleet of more than 800 units, covering three continents and some of the world’s most vigorous markets for lifting equipment, ultimately backed financially by one of the world’s most successful investors.
Manufacturer Link-Belt has received an order for 18 cranes from US firm All Erection and Crane Rental, who will distribute the cranes throughout its depots after delivery completes in September 2012.
Japanese crane manufacturer Kobelco has announced that its Indian manufacturing facility, under construction in Andhra Pradesh, will produce Kobelco’s first 100t crawler line made for the Indian market in early 2012.