How many times have we heard the terms “traditional” and “conservative” used to described the lifting and rigging industry in the context of digitalisation? Far too many times. But what does it take for the sector to jump on the digital revolution band wagon and is it worth it? Jacqueline Ong finds out.
And just like that, Cranes and Lifting is marking a decade, okay, 11 years, of production. We wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the support of the sector and it is our goal to continue to contribute to the success of our readers, advertisers, and suppliers well into the next decade.
In looking back on the last 10 years, a number of early supporters, who continue to back our efforts, come to mind. Our 10th anniversary spread wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t take the time acknowledge them. Patrick Lau speaks to some of them to get their thoughts on the decade that has gone by and what they hope to see in Cranes and Lifting (CAL) moving forward. Read more
Turkish tower crane rental company and Potain dealer TeknoVinç sponsored a model crane building competition in Istanbul aimed at inspiring the country’s next generation of engineers.
The Port Pirie smelter on the eastern shore of the Upper Spencer Gulf in SA has been in operation for more than 127 years and in 2015, Nyrstar embarked on a half-a-billion-dollar Redevelopment project, which involved the conversion of operations into an advanced metal recovery and refining facility. Key aspects of the Redevelopment project included the replacement of the existing sinter plant with an oxygen enriched bath smelting furnace as well as replacement of the existing sulfuric acid plant with one that has greater capacity and upgraded technology. In January, the $660 million metals processing plant was officially commemorated. Read more
With a total maximum load capacity of mobile cranes of more than 3000t, Max Cranes is not only in the Cranes and Lifting Top 50 crane owning companies in Australia and New Zealand, it is in the top five in South Australia. And it is hard to imagine that the SA crane giant began with three cranes on a small dusty block on the Augusta Highway in Port Augusta, with an ATCO hut for an office, writes Jacqueline Ong.
Specialist crane and subsea equipment manufacturer Huisman has manufactured an offshore crane hook using a 3D printer. The Dutch company said it is the first of its kind.
Not only that, it passed its 80t load test “and all associated quality control checks according to the strictest criteria,” Huisman said. Read more
For most of us in the construction industry, 2017 was an inflection point with an improving market. For sure we still have a long way to go to reach those historical highs of 2011/12, but it is great to finally be heading in the right direction.
In January, Manitowoc launched its first hydraulic luffing jib crane, the Potain MCH125 and for Active Crane Hire, the new machine was a perfect fit to its fleet, writes Jacqueline Ong.
Benny Sarens died unexpectedly on December 30, 2017 at the age of 65.
The CCC Ituango Consortium, which comprises Brazilian conglomerate Carmago Correa and Colombian construction firms Constructora Conconcreto and Coninsa Ramon H, are using three tower cranes from Spanish manufacturer Linden Comansa to help build the Ituango hydroelectric power plant in Colombia. Once completed the power plant will be the largest in the Colombia and it is currently the largest infrastructure project under way in the country. Read more