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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.
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Terex has opened talks with German workers' council representatives, over plans to cut up to 200 jobs, mainly at its Wallerschied small-to-medium capacity all terrain cranes production facility.
The programme for Cranes Asia, Cranes Today's annual Singapore-based conference, has just been finalised, with the late addition of regulators from Singapore and Malaysia.
James Lomma has been acquitted of all charges relating to the May 2008 collapse of a tower crane on East 91st Street, New York City, which killed two people.
An inquest jury investigating the deaths of two men killed by a collapsing tower crane in London, UK on 26 September 2006, has returned a narrative verdict, after being instructed by the coroner not to consider an unlawful killing verdict.
US rental firm Kitchen’s Crane and Equipment has appointed a former operations manager for electrical contractor M C Dean, Chad Tester, to bolster its US and international sales team.
Manitowoc Cranes has promoted its controller for the Asia-Pacific region, Jean-Noel Daguin, to the role of executive vice president for the company’s operations in China.
Service truck crane manufacturer Iowa Machine Tooling has promoted its current vice president of sales, Jim Hasty, to the position of general manager of the company.
Manitowoc has promoted its former director of engineering for mobile cranes, Jens Ennen, to the position of senior vice president of engineering and innovation for Manitowoc Cranes.
Promotions within manufacturer Link-Belt’s service and training departments, along with senior management moves, will see several Link-Belt employees begin the New Year with new responsibilities.
Following the signing of a new financing deal with Odyssey Investment Partners, TNT has promoted Deana Haygood to CFO and Alex ‘Bubba’ Murray to branch manager for its Houston office.
Terex Cranes Europe’s last week announced the retirement of Barry Barnes, a crane industry veteran of almost 50 years. Barnes had most recently worked as the company’s director of sales.
Spanish lifting equipment manufacturer Forjas Irizar has announced that current managing director Benito Lasa will quit the top job, allowing his daughter, Maria Lasa Irizar, to take on the role.
Western Pacific Crane and Equipment, hire firm in California, has appointed its new president, Robert Johnson.
Terex Corporation has appointed its former senior vice president for product development and marketing, Jacob Thomas, as the new president for Terex Latin America.
ALL Erection and Crane Rental’s lead dispatch and logistics manager for Atlanta, Georgia, Jeremy Hunter, has been appointed general manager of ALL’s Wilmington depot.
American crane rental company Essex has named Terry Howard as president of its wholly owned subsidiary Coast Crane.
Auction site IronPlanet has announced that Simon Rogers will be its Northern European sales director.
US equipment hire firm United Rentals is expanding its reach in Canada with the purchase of Ontario’s largest independent rental firm, Venetor Group. The deal will add a range of mobile cranes to United Rentals business, an area that the company has not previously covered.
UK rental firm Baldwins Crane Hire has added a 500t Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane to its fleet.