Cranes Today golden anniversary issue out now!

24 October 2022

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With the publication of the November 2022 issue we celebrate 50 years in the game, making us the original, longest-running industry title.

Cranes Today started life in November 1972. It was formed by founder publisher Ian MacLaren in conjunction with its first editor Chris Wilson, under the name MW Publishers. The duo had previously worked together on Cranes magazine under the ownership of Morgan Grampian.

When Grampian wanted to close Cranes (or, worse, merge it with sister magazine Muck Shifter) outrage from the crane industry convinced MacLaren and Wilson there was a continued need for a magazine catering just for them. And so Cranes Today was born.

To celebrate reaching this milestone, we’ve published our largest ever issue! In addition, we’ve gone to print slightly early than usual to benefit from maximum exposure at the long-awaited Bauma trade show in Munich, Germany.

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In this issue:

Job of the Month

Sarens lifts, moves and loads-out 71 5000 tonne structures in France.

Golden Anniversary

To celebrate turning 50 we take a trip down memory lane with some of the people that helped make Cranes Today become an enduring brand.

Industry History

Stuart Anderson reports on key milestones in the evolution of modern mobile and tower cranes.

Industry Future

We ask a number of industry key players what their strategy for future development is.

Remote Controls

How will cranes be controlled over the next 25 years? Will North investigates.

Bauma update

Bauma is here. We take a latest look at what’s on offer…

Below the hook

All kinds of devices can hang between the hook of a crane and its load, and they perform all sorts of functions. Julian Champkin reports.

Far East

We present the work of the Japan Crane Association.


Aerospace is one of the most technically advanced sectors in the lifting industry. Julian Champkin reports.