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Alps Wire Rope completes P.A. move

The Columbus warehouse had been part of Alps Wire Rope Corporation for over 21 years. The company said that this was the final move for Alps Wire Rope Corporation's in the firm's strategic realignment process. Alps warehouses are strategically positioned around the United States for delivery of its lines of wire rope.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 3:52 am

Cranes UK becomes Tadano UK

Founded in 2001 by Joe Lyon and his wife Fransie, Cranes UK developed its Tadano mobile crane business in the UK and Ireland. The Japanese manufacturer said that with the retirement of the founders of Cranes UK, it became important to the UK firm and Tadano to safeguard the continuation of the company's operations. A recent due diligence process between Tadano and Cranes UK resulted in the takeover of the shares.

The manufacturer stressed that UK and Ireland are very important markets for the company and that the integration of the UK operations into the Tadano network was part of a process to develop its products and continue to improve support.

The company will continue its operations in full with a combined management team set up by Thomas Schramm serving as president, Stephanie Mueller, Andrew Plant and Brian Crisp, all of whom belong to the board of Tadano UK.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 4:51 am

CRC's 700,000lb transformer haul

The transformer had a loaded height of 17 ft. The dual-lane Trail King trailer used for the job was made in 2013 to Crane Rental Corporation's specifications. The trailer featured telescoping axles that extend from 12ft to 20ft to accommodate over-dimensional loads and more evenly distribute loads over bridges and culverts. It offers suspension beam, perimeter deck, dollies, or bolster options.

The job took five days, this included a fifty-mile haul during in which Crane Rental Corporation's dual-lane trailer was accompanied by six police and two civilian escorts. A T800 Kenworth four-axle tractor with an automatic transmission, 500HP engine, and 70,000lbs planetary rear axles pulled the entire load, which came in at approximately 700,000lbs altogether.

At the initial storage site the transformer was loaded onto a 24-axle dual-lane trailer using Crane Rental Corporation's 700t gantries. When the load arrived at its final destination, the transformer was trans-loaded by the same gantries from the dual-lane trailer onto Crane Rental Corporation's 12-line Goldhofer self-propelled modular hydraulic platform trailer in order to maneuver through the site.

Once in the substation, the hydraulic trailer positioned the transformer. Then the 700t gantries were assembled for a third time to offload the unit to its final position.

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 6:17 am

First Terex Explorer in Czech Republic

The Explorer 5800 crane uses a one-engine concept. Commenting on this, Malina said: "It's the future, and at Malina we invest for the future. With how far engine technology has come, the advantages of having one engine are evident, and it's a matter of time until it gets widely implemented throughout the industry. I am happy to be one of the early adopters, as this perfectly embodies Malina Crane's forward thinking mentality."

The Explorer has a five-axle, all wheel steer carrier that is 13.2m long and 3m wide with a 70m five-section boom. The crane was sold via ISOS Trade, Terex Cranes' distributor in the Czech Republic.

Posted on 11 April 2014 | 6:14 am

ALE acquires ECR

The acquisition will become the fifth ALE branch in the region. This, the firm believes, will give it a more competitive edge by providing a wider and more integrated service, from smaller scale cranes right through to the largest crane, as well as with specialist transportation equipment. ALE said that the purchase of ECR would allow it to further invest in the region both in current and new equipment to ensure a complete service is available to its customers.

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 5:36 am

SpitzLift upgrades lightweight portable crane

The device features a load limiter switch, which the manufacturer says increases user safety and ensures that the maximum load capacity is not reached. SpitzLift has also had an ergonomic design upgrade, which the manufacturer said helps to prevent over shoulder lifting for field workers.

The crane has a titanium base and weighs 30lbs. SpitzLift also has a shut off mechanism that can be set to the exact weight being lifted.

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 8:14 am

DOLL and Lawsons Haulage to collaborate

In August 2013 a 4-axle VARIO platform semi-trailer was delivered to Lawsons this machine had been specifically developed to transport panels up to a payload of approximately 55 t. A high central frame avoided any deflection of the trailer and panels. A 2,500mm long overhang extension served as counterweight and could easily be mounted and demounted with a forklift.

Lawsons has used the platform semi-trailer successfully in practice. The company placed an order for a second with DOLL in February this year.

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 7:14 am

Ex-Potain boss Cohet brings "vast network" to Arcomet

At Manitowoc, Cohet was responsible for the company's crane business in the EMEA region, with a particular focus on the Grove and Potain brands. Manitowoc's EMEA head quarters are based at the Potain head office in Lyons, France.

Arcomet describes itself as the largest independent tower crane rental house in the world, The company was founded in 1956 by Karel Theyskens, initially serving the Belgian mining industry. The company grew through the late 20th century, building an international business stretching from the USA (in a joint venture, P&J Arcomet) to Asia.

The rental company has for a long time been a major customer for Manitowoc's Potain tower cranes and self erectors, part of the business Cohet led for almost a decade, from 2004.

Dirk Theyskens, Arcomet's CEO, said, " After years of crisis in the construction industry, all major economic indicators point to a structural improvement of the world markets. The UK and USA have already rebounded to almost pre-crisis levels.

"Tower crane demand, whether in sales, rental or service will most likely increase and Arcomet will benefit from the experience of Philippe Cohet in those fields.

"Philippe has been a privileged player from the manufacturing field. He has built a vast network within the industry, comes from an engineering background and has held senior management positions in tower crane manufacturing and sales.

"Philippe will assist Arcomet's existing executive committee in capturing and developing new business opportunities in leveraging Arcomet's position as a world leader in tower crane rental, service and sales as well as co-managing the group with a special focus on France."

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 7:12 am

ThermaPrime takes eight Tadano cranes

The cranes, a mix of all-terrain and rough-terrain units, were delivered through local heavy equipment dealer Monark Equipment. ThermaPrime bought three 50t Tadano GR-500EX rough terrain cranes, four 70t ATF 70G-4 all terrain cranes and an 180t ATF 180G-5 all terrain.

ThermaPrime Well Services is a geothermal drilling company that operates land-based rotary drilling rigs in five geothermal fields across the Philippines and in Papua New Guinea. The firm said that the eight new cranes would improve the efficiency of its operations.

Posted on 4 April 2014 | 1:17 am

Auctelia holds auction for Italian rental firm

The auction opened with a three-day viewing in Rome, starting on 2 April, of the stock of more than 20 tower cranes and self erectors from Potain, as well as accessories, and construction hoists from Alimak Hek.

All the equipment can be seen at the viewing days, or online at Auctelia's website. Auctelia will work with its service partner Fontexx on the auction. The auction closes on 23 April.


Posted on 3 April 2014 | 1:03 am

Put simply, cranes are our business. Together, we benefit from many years of experience in the sector from actually operating cranes to the management of operators. We are the largest specialist recruitment business providing crane operators and lifting personnel in the UK. In fact, we like to think that we really are the industry experts when it comes to the recruitment of quality crane personnel.

Established in 1989, we have one of the most comprehensive databases of operators in the UK with some 8000 people registered for work and have successfully managed around 300 operators out on site at any one time during busy periods.

No other supplier has access to such a vast and detailed database solely dedicated to crane personnel.

Working with clients locally and across the globe, we can provide any type of crane operator for any duration of hire. From heavy lift crawler cranes with luffing jib attachments to pedestrian operated tower cranes, we have and can source the right person for the job. Importantly, all are fully assessed, reference checked and managed to ensure that they have the right skills and experience to meet your needs.

Whether you are a client looking for a suitable candidate or a lifting professional looking for work, please browse our website and get in touch with us, we will be happy to help you with any enquiry you may have.

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