Australian heavy lift and logistic company Joyce Krane recently ordered an LHM 280 mobile harbour crane from Liebherr to help them their ambitions to move into the maritime sector.
Greg Buchanan, founder of Buchanan Mobile Cranes, has a boilermaking background and the cranes were initially something that evolved out of the need to install or erect the steelwork that he fabricated. While the crane work is now a significant business in its own right, steel fabrication and engineering complement the crane business and there are many niche projects that require both areas of expertise.
Greg’s son James developed an early interest in cranes, from around the age of eight as he recalls. With the business and family home co-located on acreage at Moorooduc, it was easy for James to help out after school and on weekends. It was a great learning environment: nothing was forced but neither was anything sugar-coated. As James says: “Every day was a school day.” Read more
Gillespie Crane Services (Gillespies) won the 2017 Lift of the Year in the <20t category for its lift of a 13.4t cantilever roof as part of Delta Demolition’s demolition of the iconic Imax Theatre at Darling Harbour (Sydney), writes Greg Keane.
Australian Barge Hire (ABH) was formed in 2006; and is Australia’s largest provider of road-transportable modular jack-up barge. Greg Keane reports.
The distinctive blue livery of Lampson cranes has been an integral part of the landscape on many major projects around Australia for many years, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon, writes Greg Keane.
At the end of May, five crane hire companies came together to lift a 6000m2 shed in Victoria and what a sight it was to behold. Jacqueline Ong reports.
For many crane owners, the investment in a large crane doesn’t end with the crane itself: the investment in support trailers and the prime movers to tow them can also be quite substantial. Large cranes can require five to 10 support trailers, or even more for the largest cranes, writes Greg Keane.
The construction industry operates in one of the most dynamic and hazardous work environments, and while there are numerous factors behind construction site claims, cranes are involved in a number those events. Jan Arreza reports.
There is plenty of development activity in the pick and carry crane market: the cover of our last issue showed the prototype of a new 55t DRA crane, this story includes news of the anticipated 40t Terex Franna, and TIDD expects to soon announce an important new safety feature. All these updates are addressing safety in different ways, which is great for the industry. In some ways, 2018 is the calm before the storm, with most European manufacturers saving major announcements for bauma. Greg Keane reports. Read more
Universal Cranes is a business that finds itself comfortably In the Top 50, but few crane businesses would have reinvented themselves as often or as well as Universal, writes Greg Keane.