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March 2018


Magnetic attraction
15 March 2018 Czech Republic-based Axima manufactures a range of power systems for heavy lifting electromagnets.

Get a grip
15 March 2018 Automatic hook innovator Elebia has introduced the 5t-capacity C5 automatic lifting clamp, designed to work in pairs or multiple pairs to lift loads such as steel plates.

Regional Differences
15 March 2018 Lifting equipment market conditions in Latin America rely on the local political climate, which affects commodities and projects. Paola De Pascali reports

Decom boom
15 March 2018 Political and financial reasons put some new projects on hold but the nuclear business is still alive thanks to the prosperous decommissioning market. Paola De Pascali reports.

Good as new
15 March 2018 Engineer Marcel Koenen of Brunssum, the Netherlands, has salvaged and restored a hoist from a demolished canal lock, and installed the machinery in his garden.

February 2018


Tailor made
15 February 2018 In a diverse marketplace, manufacturers of winches for the oil and gas sector are increasingly offering tailored solutions for customers, reports Tom Woerndl.

New thinking
15 February 2018 Daniel Searle travelled to Weymouth, UK, to visit one of the lifting industry’s newest suppliers, Britlift.

Clearer outlook
15 February 2018 The exhibitors at UK trade show LiftEx suggested that the UK market is ready to grow, once the uncertainty hanging over it has cleared. Daniel Searle reports.

Black star power
15 February 2018 Pasico, the Ghana-based subsidiary of UK company Paterson Simons, has installed a 62t double girder crane at a power plant in the African country.

January 2018


Taking control
24 January 2018 The need for more data is one of the factors driving developments in crane and hoist controls. Keren Fallwell reports

Top liners
24 January 2018 Sally Spencer reports on four recent applications of cranes in the shipbuilding sector.

On the up
24 January 2018 Daniel Searle toured the mountains of northern Spain to speak to members of the crane industry, and found a local industry with a positive outlook. The first stop on the tour was crane manufacturer GH.

Tight fitting
22 January 2018 A Liebherr LTC 1050-3.1 mobile crane installed a gantry crane at the production hall of a company that manufactures models and moulds, in Biedenkopf in the state of Hesse, Germany.

December 2017


Smart rigging
27 December 2017 Paola De Pascali looks at the latest equipment used below the hook to assist with lifting, where the key demands are oriented towards smart features to enhance efficiency and safety.

Weigh up high
27 December 2017 The latest developments in load cell technology illustrate how manufacturers are responding to customers’ needs. Keren Fallwell reports

November 2017


Hanging tough
16 November 2017 Tom Woerndl looks at how manufacturers of crane ropes are responding to market challenges and customer demands

German Insight
15 November 2017 The German overhead crane industry is vast and varied, with manufacturers of complete hoists alongside producers of consumables and components. Daniel Searle travelled through the west of the country to learn more.

The Two Towers
15 November 2017 Two specially-adapted Potain tower cranes manufactured by Manitowoc are being used as permanent handling equipment in a steel yard in Italy.

October 2017


Sea change
10 October 2017 Service providers and manufacturers are exploring new technologies to avoid any interruptions during offshore operations, and ensure safety even in harsh sea conditions. Paola De Pascali reports.

Driving forces
10 October 2017 Keren Fallwell looks at the motors and gearbox manufacturers powering the crane industry

life begins at 60
10 October 2017 Illinois-based Handling Systems International is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. But with new ownership and major expansion planned, the company is just getting started. Daniel Searle reports.