Cranes Today Magazine


New direction for TransWorld Manufacturing Company
22 February, 2024 Last call for new orders before TransWorld open sources its technology. The company will now focus on offering design, engineering, and consulting services.


Mini cranes break big
27 December, 2023 Mini cranes are becoming established at last – even in the USA, where size traditionally matters most. Julian Champkin reports.
  • Evolution in the east
    One of the oldest crane manufacturers in the Far East is Japanese company Tadano. Tadano was founded in 1919 (August 29th, to be precise) and has a long history in the design, manufacture, and sale of hydraulic cranes. The company has played a significant role in the development of lifting equipment in the Far East and is recognised as one of the leading crane manufacturers globally. We asked the company a few questions about the current state of business in its home market…
  • Faster, greener, homes
    Around the world housing supply fails to keep up with demand. The crane industry is playing its part with new cranes that focus on fast, low- and zero-emissions equipment, that meet the needs of tradespeople and delivery drivers across the sector. Will North reports.
  • French Film Premiere
    French lifting and transport company Gil & Fils Levage used the latest addition to its fleet, a Palfinger PK 165.002 TEC 7 mounted on a Scania 8x4 double drive, to deliver preassembled glass panels to a cinema in Rumilly, east of Lyon, France.
  • Keep on trucking
    When is a truck crane not a truck crane? Julian Champkin is slightly baffled.


Breaking Bread
27 December, 2023 A heavy-duty knuckle boom crane used for the most delicate of glazing jobs; a freestanding tower crane installing a wind turbine gantry atop a 157-metre-tall concrete tower; electric 'tow and go' cranes charging from residential homes whilst they work; and mini cranes in the USA – the land where big has traditionally meant better. These are just some of the striking innovations included within this issue; changes shaking up the lifting industry in this crazy post-modern world we live in. A world where everything is in flux and nothing can be taken for granted.
  • A passion for engineering
    "Who wouldn’t want to travel to Italy for an exhibition?" asks Fabio Potestà, director of Mediapoint & Exhibitions, the company responsible for organising the forthcoming GIS 2023 lifting trade show (see News page 18). "We have some of the best scenery, food, and hospitality in the whole world.”
  • Forward Thinking
    Diversity. Technological development. Resilience. And investment. These are just four of the many positive attributes of the lifting industry that can are present in this month's issue.
  • Sustaining the green revolution
    Incredible lifting and transport work is happening all around the world (see page 34 for a snapshot of just some of the awardwinning work being carried out in Europe alone). This issue, however, underscores a recurrent theme that, month on month, is growing in momentum across our industry: sustainability.
  • Make do and mend
    A pamphlet issued by the British Ministry of Information in the midst of WWII contained the phrase 'make do and mend'. It was designed to provide housewives with useful tips on how to be both frugal and stylish in times of harsh rationing.


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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.