Cranes Today Magazine


Latest electric crawler carrier boosts carrying capacity
29 May, 2023 Four tonne load capacity for new electric crawler carrier; first unit goes to Cobra Lifting Services.


Roped together
27 March, 2023 Steel ropes are the default for lifting applications. Are we about to see a step-change? Julian Champkin reports.
  • Green light for high-tech
    Technology develops all the time. Julian Champkin finds that the latest crane technologies not only help crane owners but are green and sustainable as well.
  • Rough and Ready
    The rough terrain segment serves a diverse range of end users with cranes ranging from a few tonnes capacity to over a hundred. The use of rough terrains on longer term projects makes them a good candidate for early electrification although diesel units still have much to offer. Will North reports
  • Show and shine
    ​​​​​​​ConExpo, North America’s largest construction equipment trade show, is almost here. For those attending here’s what’s in store…
  • Flying flat top
    A new €50 million educational centre and cable car is being built by Vinci Construction high in the French Alps. To help construct it a Liebherr 150 EC-B flat-top tower crane has been erected on a mountain using a helicopter.


Lines of thought
27 March, 2023 Whilst compiling this issue it occurred to me that there are parallels between producing the magazine and some of themes of the features in it...
  • Reality Check: The Future Is Bright
    It was great to see so many of you, old friends and new faces alike, at this year's Bauma show. To arrive in Munich just as our 50th anniversary issue was being released added to the thrill.
  • Past, present and future…
    Welcome to this very special issue of Cranes Today magazine. Why so special? Well 50 years ago, this month, our first issue was published. To mark the occasion, our golden anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops and 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. Check our updated Bauma guide on to learn about the latest industry offerings that will be on show there.
  • All together now...
    The world continues to be a worrying place. Climate change, the cost of living crisis, supply chain disruption, war in Ukraine, and rising gas prices all underpin an uncertain future. As if all that wasn't enough now Queen Elizabeth II has died.
  • Actions speak louder than words
    In my editor's comment last month I issued a 'call for action' urging crane owners to make their voice heard in demanding more 'green' equipment options. Well, this month, I'm pleased to say there have been some developments...


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
    Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.