Prioritising people and processes

Prioritising people and processes

Established in 1986, family-owned business Bentley Crane Hire has been able to stay on top in a crowded Western Australian market by providing its customers with service it claims is second to none. People are at the forefront of the company’s operations and over the years, Bentley has developed both a friendly and loyal working relationship with its clients, as well as a strong team environment for its employees, writes Jan Arreza.  Read more

From the president

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

COUNTING CRANES

COUNTING CRANES

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

Financing as the tide turns

Financing as the tide turns

There is general consensus here and globally that retirement criteria for a crane and the major inspection during its lifetime should not solely be based on the years since it was manufactured. A great many number of factors impact a machine’s lifespan and perhaps more importantly, its inspection and maintenance cycles, writes Jacqueline Ong.

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2018 in cranes

2018 in cranes

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

Thomas Smith

The training wheels are off as infrastructure booms

The outlook for the remainder of 2018 in the crane industry is certainly promising across most states. Crane hirers are experiencing demand for services at levels not consistently seen for almost a decade with engineering construction, particularly government-funded infrastructure on the east coast, generating  immediate activity along with confidence to upgrade and expand crane fleets.

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