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.
According to the latest Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction Index (see figure 1), our industry continues to expand at historical highs, albeit at a slightly softening rate. There is a confidence by most in our industry as utilisation of equipment continues to remain high. This is further confirmed by the number of new machines entering the CraneSafe program being approximately 40% up year on year across all-terrain and pick and carry cranes. Read more
UK animal welfare charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), used a portable gantry made by UK gantry and davit crane manufacturer Reid Lifting to help rescue a seal pup that was trapped by boulders on a beach in South Wales.
A replica of an 18th century Russian battleship has been launched by heavy lift and transportation company Mammoet in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The RT-Series range of telescopic cylinders from Enerpac are designed for applications requiring a long stroke in confined spaces. The multi-stage hydraulic telescopic cylinders have lifting capacities between 14t to 31t, with maximum stroke lengths between 270mm to 600mm. Read more
Singapore-based tower crane specialist Crane World Asia has ordered 31 luffing jib tower cranes from Terex. All of them are CTL 260-18 luffing jib models. CWA also ordered three Terex CDK 100-16 luffing jib derrick cranes. In addition, nine CTL 630B-32, and one CTL 650F-45 luffing jib towers will be delivered for work in South Korea later in 2018. Read more
RIDER Levett Bucknall’s Q2 2018 RLB Crane Index, released in April, reported a decline in the number of residential tower cranes in Australia. This is the first decline in residential cranes in three years, reporting a fall of 57 since its last publication. This drop is in line with the slowing of the residential sector over the last year; the value of residential building work has fallen by 2.4%.
Overall, a total of 684 cranes are currently on projects across Australia, only one crane down from the previous index, despite a 10% fall in the residential sector. RLB said the non-residential sector played a key part in off-setting the loss. Here, the index has risen from 117 in Q4 2017 to 166, a rise of 42% represented by an additional 56 cranes across the non-residential sectors. Read more
Ronco is the national distributor of Scheuerle specialist heavy transport vehicles, as well as other brands from the TII Group such as Nicolas and Kamag. It recently announced the availability of the Scheuerle SPMT Light in Australia. Greg Keane reports.
Those who have a long history of attendance at CICA national crane conferences will most like associate names Mark Gilbert and Aztec Analysis with high level lift planning, writes Greg Keane.