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Construction and COVID-19: rolling news update

KHL journalists are reporting on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the construction industry worldwide

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​Sarens Transports the Iconic Foxtrot Submarine for Recycling

Sarens worked with Struijk Groep to transport the 90m long Foxtrot submarine in the Netherlands

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​Sarens Transports the Iconic Foxtrot Submarine for Recycling

Sarens worked with Struijk Groep to transport the 90m long Foxtrot submarine in the Netherlands



Wim Sarens on COVID-19

Sarens said the great majority of its projects worldwide were still open and that it hoped to see restrictions on other sites being lifted

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Double digit rise at Liebherr

Another record year for Liebherr as sales rise more than 11%


Ainscough Crane Hire virus update

Key Worker status assigned to Ainscough Crane Hire for Critical National Infrastructure assets

Challenges of COVID-19 on crane and rigging

D.Ann Shiffler talked to Maxim CraneWorks COO Frank Bardonaro about how his company is addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.



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A Niftylift MEWP was hoisted over a roof by a Liebherr truck crane for the construction of a primary school gymnasium 


US coronavirus relief package now covers self-employed contractors

The recently enacted CARES Act provides unemployment benefits to independent contractors

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Allelys delivers for Hornsea

Large Hornsea Wind Farm components delivered by Allelys Group

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Cometto boosts Nippon Express

Total Cometto payload capacity at Nippon Express reaches 3,400 tonnes

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Wind power giants close Spanish factories

Vestas and Siemens shutter facilities as government imposes stronger virus measures

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Broshuis suspends production

Manufacturing put on hold due to to Covid-19 at the Broshuis specialized trailer factory in the Netherlands

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Tech on the move: SC&RA news February 2020

The impact of new technology on the specialized transport industry will define the next decade. Mike Chalmers reports

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Aware of the cold: SC&RA comment February 2020

Workforce safety is a top-of-the-list priority for industry companies around the world, as it should be. While much focus is placed on technical acumen, there’s still a lot to be said for operating safely in various types of weather.

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All things slings: SC&RA news January 2020

A recent SC&RA webinar gave the audience an inside look at lifting slings and other rigging hardware. Mike Chalmers reports

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Virtual reality shaping the future: SC&RA comment January 2020

Merging real-world industry training and virtual reality has all but overlapped in recent years

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WCTS presentation videos

Video recordings of the presentations at the 2019 World Crane and Transport Summit now available


Show time looms: SC&RA news December 2019

ConExpo is on the horizon and SC&RA is sponsoring 16 educational sessions at the construction show in Las Vegas. Mike Chalmers reports

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Folding towers: self erection selection

Higher load capacities is the predominant trend among the latest slew of self erectors, writes Christian Shelton

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ConExpo 2020 guide from International Cranes and Specialized Transport

What you need to know about the crane and transport exhibitors at this year’s ConExpo, the big show for the industry in North America

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Heavy lifting: First choice

A series of offshore and onshore firsts comprise the core of this month’s feature. Christian Shelton reports

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SPMT: Propelled to fame

A look at the latest SPMT equipment updates and some of the ways in which Mammoet and ALE are utilising this important specialized transport tool. Christian Shelton reports

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Rough terrain cranes: Pick and mix

A depressed oil and gas sector translates into a slow market for rough terrain crane manufacturers. Christian Shelton reports

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Below the hook: Raising awareness

Safety is a key focus for below the hook equipment manufacturers. Responsibility, however, also needs to be taken by end users. Christian Shelton reports

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Manitex addresses Covid-19

Crane maker Manitex International updates investors in response to the evolving Covid-19 virus pandemic

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Wind energy guide published

New best practice guide produced by ESTA aims to cut onshore wind farm accidents

Artist's impression of new Huisman 1,600 tonne leg encircling crane on an offshore vessel

Huisman to build 1,600 tonne crane

Third offshore wind installation crane for Japan to be built by Dutch crane builder Huisman

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​Teufelberger-Redaelli to reopen

Rope production to restart at Austria and Italy-based manufacturer in wake of Coronavirus


Exclusive: how is China’s construction equipment sector recovering?

Beijing-based SHI Yang, Director of Research at Off-Highway Research China, on how China’s construction equipment market is recovering

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Tower cranes and the coronavirus

Advice from CPA on what to do with tower cranes left unattended for months as sites close due to coronavirus


New federal guidance suggests US construction could continue

Appeals from construction officials appear to be heeded as new guidelines more strongly support work on US sites

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Liebherr statement on Coronavirus

Production suspended and other measures to slow spread of virus


European construction: ‘Urgent measures required during COVID-19’

Joint statement by 15 sector bodies calls for help to protect workers and support business

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Manitowoc and Covid-19 update

Pandemic impact changes outlook at crane maker Manitowoc

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