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USITC judge upholds Manitowoc complaint against Sany

The case relates to the two companies' competing floating counterweight systems. Manitowoc claims that Sany's system used on its SCC8500 infringes on a patent, US 7,546,928, relating to a mobile lift crane with variable position counterweight. The system was implemented by Manitowoc on its Model 31000, and later on its MLC300 and MLC650 cranes launched at ConExpo.

The full decision has not yet been made public, but a notice promises it will within 30 days. The current notice explains that the administrative law judge has issued a final initial determination on whether there was a violation, and a recommended determination on the remedy that may be appropriate in the event that the USITC finds that there was a violation.

The administrative law judge's determination is subject to appeal by the federal appeals court. USITC determinations do not result in money damages. Instead, complainants can make a parallel claim in a district court, which Manitowoc is doing in Wisconsin. That case will resume on 23 July.

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 8:02 am

New Irish crane hire firm adds Liebherrs

BCS (Bill Cussen and Sons) recently set up operations in Limerick, Southern Ireland, following a management split at Cussen & Co Crane Hire which has seen the Cussen family pull out and set up on their own.

BCS said the addition of the cranes to its existing 90t LTM 1090-4.1 would help it to offer customers a comprehensive crane hire service.

Brian Lang, Liebherr Ireland sales manager, said: "The formation of a new crane hire company in Ireland provides evidence to the recovery in the economy and the steady return of growth."

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:01 am

Manitowoc and Link-Belt help students park

Crane Rental Corporation provided two 300t Manitowoc 2250 crawlers and a 200t Link-Belt HC-248H5 for the project, which involved lifting more than 2,600 prefabricated concrete components. The heaviest component was a 74,000-pound shear wall.

The Manitowoc cranes had 100ft of main boom and 100ft of luffing jib, while the Link-Belt worked with 200ft of main boom.

The 2,400 space car park, built by Solar Erectors, is the sixth at the university's main campus and will help serve 54,000 students.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:00 am

Stephenson Equipment expands National Crane coverage

The expansion means all five of Stephenson's full service Pennsylvania locations now represent National Crane.

Dennis Heller, president and CEO of Stephenson Equipment, said: "Extending our footprint from Philadelphia to Ohio will help us to better serve the natural gas, construction and power industries."

Mr Heller said it would also allow Stephenson to increase its presence with factory-trained technicians, have a larger parts inventory across the state and a wider area for on-site service.

National Crane branded boom trucks have 8t-40t lift capacities.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 3:59 am

Hiab sees sales and profits growth in H1

The newly-published interim report from Cargotec shows Hiab's orders grew 13% to €479m for January-June, while sales rose 4% to €429m and operating profits increased to €18.7m from €7.9m a year ago.

Recent Hiab orders include a €40m contract in May to supply demountables and loader cranes to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH and a €6m order in June for hooklifts, loader cranes and demountables
from the Finnish Defences Forces.

Hiab's second quarter sales were at the same level as a year ago - €221m, while sales for services were down €2m to €49m. The second quarter operating profit of €5.3m was slightly down on a year ago but was affected by €10.4m in restructuring costs related to the closure of assembly operations in Hudiksvall, Sweden.

Group-wide, Cargotec recorded a 14% growth in orders to €1.85bn for the first half of 2014. Sales were up 3% to €1.55bn but operating profit was down 61% to €17.8m, due partially to project cost overruns in the Kalmar business.

Mika Vehviläinen, Cargotec president and CEO, said: "Market activity remained brisk, with our orders for the second quarter growing in all business areas. Both Kalmar and Hiab had strong order intake compared to the previous quarters."

Hiab's new product development included two new load cranes for emerging markets and a new crane specifically designed for waste handling.

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 3:54 am

Justin Potter returns to ACM

Mr Potter spent the past few years working as crane manager for one of South Australia's largest structural steel fabrication companies.

ACM said Mr Potter's hands-on approach in the crane management business would bring a new level of understanding to its clients with the current range of Kobelco cranes.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 4:16 am

Kobelco wins CKL1000i crane orders in Bangladesh

Civil engineering and building specialist AML deployed the cranes at the Jaydebpur-Mymenshing flyover project for the erection of 70t girders in a tandem lift.

Both units will continue on this project for four months lifting 125 girders before moving to the Padma Bridge project where 670 girders are to be erected.

Kobelco Cranes India, the Indian production and sales subsidiary of Japan-based Kobelco Cranes Co Ltd, said the good number of infrastructure development works ongoing in Bangladesh, together with some mega projects to follow in the coming years, meant the country was a good market for construction equipment.

Projects will include power stations, highway construction, railway bridges and a metro system.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 1:01 am

TNT in Rent-A-Crane acquisition

TNT said the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, offered significant growth potential for combined operations. Both companies have a focus on crane lifting services to the energy sector, with Rent-A-Crane operating in Oklahoma and northern Texas.

TNT cited many benefits to the deal, including customers seeing an expansion in service, manpower and resources.

Kregg Lunsford, TNT president, said: "We are extremely excited about the growth opportunities that Rent-A-Crane brings to TNT. Not only is the company strong in the oilfield industry but they have a robust customer base in the infrastructure, power and commercial markets that we serve across all of our branches in the South and Southeast United States."

Gary Rohlmeier, Rent-A-Crane CEO, said the deal would provide the company's customers with a large and diversified offering of lifting and rigging services.

TNT is one of North America's largest crane service providers, offering hydraulic truck, all-terrain and crawler cranes with lifting capacities up to 1300t, while Rent-A-Crane has a fleet of more than 20 mobile and all-terrain cranes.

Posted on 16 July 2014 | 3:57 am

Heavydrive buys high-capacity UNIC spider cranes

The company said that the purchase of the 10t lifting capacity cranes from UNIC Cranes Europe's German dealer Mini & Mobile Cranes Körner GmbH will aid Heavydrive's customised lifting equipment solutions for glass installations worldwide.

The URW-1006 has a 30.7m lifting height, 24.3m working radius and 2m wide chassis to help work in restricted spaces. A pick-and-carry function also enables the unit to travel with loads up to 1.5t.

The cranes bought by Heavydrive are the second and third Japanese-made URW-1006 models sourced by Mini and Mobile Cranes Körner from UNIC Cranes Europe.


Posted on 15 July 2014 | 5:20 am

Sparrows profits boosted by buoyant offshore sector

The Scotland-based company has reported annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £25.9m compared to £20.9m in 2012 and a turnover of £211.7m an increase on the 2012 total of £188.8m.

Stewart Mitchell, CEO of Sparrows, said: "Sparrows has capitalised on the buoyant markets in the North Sea and internationally, resulting in excellent results for 2013. International sales have risen, in line with our forecasts, and almost 50% of our revenues are now derived from overseas markets."


Posted on 15 July 2014 | 5:17 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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