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.
From humble beginnings back in the mid-1960s, New Zealand’s Smith Crane & Construction has come a long way. Boasting a large range of machines, Smith Crane says it is the only company in the country that offers tower, crawler, and mobile cranes, writes Jacqueline Ong.
Committed to supplying first class service and equipment to its clients, Williamstown Crane Hire has spent the last few decades establishing a profile as one of the most modern and diverse crane hire companies in Victoria, operating in a range of markets including manufacturing, petro-chemical, wharf services and construction. Jan Arreza reports.
In May, the Arora Group will start building a 14-storey hotel next to Terminal 2 of one of the world’s busiest airports – Heathrow airport in London. And right by its side will be Linden Comansa’s 21LC750 tower crane. Jan Arreza reports.
UK lightweight gantry and davit crane manufacturer Reid Lifting (Reid) provided a custom version of its 1000kg capacity Porta-Gantry system to a wastewater treatment facility in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The Porta-Gantry was used to lift 600kg blower motors free from acoustic housings for maintenance, repair and replacement.
Italian crane contractor Gradito Oleodinamica used its 500t capacity class Liebherr LR 1500 crawler crane to dismantle a large tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the Italian island of Sicily.
Heavy lift and transport specialist ALE has used its latest marine investment, the Sarah S barge, for its inaugural job. It is currently transporting transition pieces (TPs) as part an offshore wind project in the UK.