Cranes & Specialized Transport Sector News

Verona display
Almost 1,000 exhibitors and a forecast for more than 90,000 visitors make Samoter one of the heavyweights of the construction exhibition calendar. IC previews this year's event that runs in Verona, Italy from 5 to 9 March
Tempting showcase
COMMENT Joel M Dandrea
Lifting and hauling at
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2008. TERRY WHITE charts the history of the Association
Top jobs
The annual ESTA awards dinner is approaching fast and organisers are calling on European mobile crane and specialized transport companies to enter their most innovative applications for a chance to win
Renewable revolution
The crawler crane market has seen massive growth in the last five years and there is no sign of it slowing in the near future. Dominating that growth is the 300 tonnes and higher capacity sector, to meet the large-scale demands of power generation, petrochemical expansion and renewal projects. Euan Youdale reports
New Venice bridge
Venice, the Italian city world famous for its canals and gondolas, was the scene of a complicated bridge installation project. Fagioli moved and installed the new bridge over the Grand Canal in style: using a barge as a large gondola that carried SPMTs, a crane, lift towers and the three bridge sections. GINO KOSTER explains the details of the historical operation
Spooling and rope
Randy Longerich, president of Puget Sound Rope, spoke to Euan Youdale about developments in the synthetic fibre rope industry and how, working with the winch sector, they are forming the future of heavy lifting
Keeping it smooth
The smooth spooling of wire rope is critical to effective lifting and winching operations. Cris Seidenather, managing director of Lebus International GmbH in Germany, reveals some secrets
Highway lifters
Truck cranes are still making great strides in their traditional primary markets, for example, the US and China. In Europe, a market heavily dominated by the all terrain crane, efforts are being made to bring back the truck crane. Euan Youdale reports
Spanish construction market changes
Following ten strong years for cranes in Spain things are changing so crane manufacturers are refocusing. Residential construction is down while infrastructure work is forecast to remain strong, especially the construction of wind farms for power generation. Euan Youdale reports
Bridges in the night
Placing a bridge in only four hours on one of Madrid's most important highways was the challenge undertaken by Transportes y Gruas Aguado. It was precise work that involved special transport teams and big cranes on a complicated jobsite. Alberto Quijano reports
SAIE Review: Loaders in the main
Rain may have lent a moody atmosphere to the outdoor element of this year's SAIE exhibition in Bologna, Italy but, as ever, there was plenty going on. Tower cranes were absent this year so the emphasis was on knuckle boom loader cranes and all terrains.
ICm20 2007: The world's largest crane manufacturers
Double-digit growth, by more than 40% in at least one case, characterises this year's ICm20 listing of the world's largest crane manufacturers.
Are you watching your rental rates?
Rental income is high at the moment because fleet utilisation is at full capacity; however, cranes have become much more expensive to buy so rental rates need to be higher to compensate, warns Søren Jansen
Synthetic switch
Faster, safer, easier - those are three of the goals for crane operators performing heavy lifting, says Jorn Boesten, industrial market segment manager at sling manufacturer DSM Dyneema in the Netherlands. Boesten explains how round slings made with ultra-strong polyethylene fibre are boosting performance and lowering system costs
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