Modern modular mine built from bigger blocks

Western Australia is one of the world’s key producers of iron ore – a critical raw material in steelmaking. But such resources are in remote locations, even by Australia’s vast standards. BHP’s US $3.6 billion South Flank project, located in the Pilbara region, uses digital connectivity and autonomous-ready fleets, and is one of the most advanced of its kind in Australia.

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Digging Deep For Mental Well Being

Underwriting Agencies of Australia (UAA) has thrown its full support behind the Dig Deep Event, a construction industry fundraiser organised by CRE Group to raise $1 million for mental health awareness within the industry.

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Grove rough terrains bigger, better stronger

In 2016, Manitowoc launched the new range of Grove Rough Terrains (GRTs) which have proven to be popular on jobsites around the world. Federico Lovera is the Product Manager for GRTs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. He discusses the features and benefits of the range and explains why the various models will suit the Australian market.

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Taking flight with Frannas

Paul Olsen, owner and director of Brolga Cranes had a vision of starting his own crane business, but getting support from the banks proved difficult. With support from the local business community, he managed to finance his first Franna and he recently took delivery of two more.

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Potain wins big at 2021 Tower Crane Awards in Paris

It was a good night for Potain at the recent third edition of the Tower Crane Awards, organized by the Federation of Construction and Handling Equipment (DLR) and the Professional Union of Crane technicians (SPMDG).

The awards ceremony took place at the Museum of Fairground Arts in Paris on September 23 and Potain distributors were recognized in three categories – Top-slewing Assembly of the Year, Self-erecting Assembly of the Year and Construction Site of the Year.

The prize for Top-slewing Assembly of the Year went to GLI (Grues Levages Investissements) for the erection of a specially designed Potain MCT 58 on the Sainte-Rose dam in a remote area of La Réunion. Due to the difficult terrain, the crane elements needed to be transported to the site and lifted into place using a commercial helicopter. Potain designed the crane so that each element would not exceed the 1 t maximum capacity of the helicopter. The new MCT 58 crane was initially used to dismantle the old Potain 427 which had been on the site for more than 30 years and will later be used to maintain the dam.

Valente Grue Assistance, meanwhile, came top in the Self-erecting Assembly of the Year category for erecting a GTMR 386B in the Alps at an altitude of 2,700 m. The distributor’s main challenge was to climb a ski slope, towing a 28 t load to the top of the resort.

Finally, Uperio took home the award for Construction Site of the Year for the assembly of 16 MR 608 luffing jib cranes with 10 m chassis and travelling mechanisms at the Fecamp offshore wind farm in Normandy. The assembly involved complex international logistics with 250 containers, as well as pre-assembly of certain components before starting the erection of the cranes. A huge and challenging construction site.

“It is a pleasure to see our hardworking Potain distribution partners recognized for their collaboration, experience and skill on these complicated erections. Many congratulations to the winners who once again wear Potain’s colours high!” said Stéphane Giraudo, Sales Director France and Benelux at Manitowoc.

For more information on Potain tower cranes, please visit the Manitowoc website.


Franna partners UQ Racing

Franna® is delighted to announce its partnership with the UQ Racing Formula SAE team. UQ Racing is a team of students from the University of Queensland who design, develop, and build race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition. Their team is composed of a diverse selection of students from a range of backgrounds including engineering, business, marketing, and IT.

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Maintaining the strength and position of a leading brand

Loading platforms are a standard fixture on most multi-storey or high-rise projects requiring crane access and Preston Hire has been manufacturing retractable loading platforms for over 20 years under the well-known product name, SuperDeck. Anthony Walsh, Preston Hire’s head of SuperDecks explains more. Read more

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