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Coil runnings
26 February, 2020 Germany-based Vollert supplied a fully-automated stacker crane to complement Bilstein Group’s new steel handling operations at its headquarters in Hagen-Hohenlimburg.
  • Verlinde provides light crane system
    Prefatec France, a manufacturer of prefabricated electrical installations for new or renovated buildings, contracted Verlinde to install equipment at the new extension to its production facility.
  • Jaso cranes lifting in renewables sector
    Spain-based Jaso has manufactured five cranes for a new wind turbine plant in Argentina, through its Gruapa SRL production centre in the South American country.


Vote of confidence
17 February, 2020 Despite economic challenges in Central Europe exacerbated by Brexit and US-led protectionist policies, hoist suppliers remain bullish about future sales in the region. Tom Woerndl reports.
  • Brake time
    Variable frequency drive technology and specialised systems are helping to optimise the performance and versatility of today’s crane and hoist brakes. Daniel Searle reports.
  • Process driven
    Heavy-duty, high capacity process cranes are being engineered to offer greater levels of safety and operational flexibility, reports Tom Woerndl.
  • Platinum service
    Condra has responded to increasing demand in the mining sector for automated lifting and handling with its first fully-automated crane, delivered to a platinum mine.
  • Scaling the heights
    Monitoring loads is key for operator safety and the long-term health of lifting equipment. Daniel Searle and Julian Champkin report.


Not Dry January, or Veganuary, but ‘Planuary’
17 February, 2020 I’m writing this in mid-to-late January, and so, inevitably, my social media feeds are gradually filling with jokes and memes about how interminably long the month seems to last.
  • After the uncertainty: more uncertainty
    Britain, as you may have heard, has had its fair share of political upheaval and public votes in the last few years. Three general elections, one advisory referendum on whether to leave the EU or not, and a lot of debate, both amongst the public and the politicians.
  • Virtually the same as training on a real crane
    If you were at this year’s LiftEx show last month, held in Milton Keynes in the UK, you may have seen me waving my arms in front of me, apparently unable to see and possibly lost in the delusions of a fantasy world.