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February 2019


Raise a glass: beer festival kit handled by Konecranes
15 February 2019 The large ‘party tents’ that span Munich’s Oktoberfest are one of the icons of the festival, with enough room altogether for well over 100,000 revellers. Pletschacher, the Dasing-based company tasked with erecting the tents, employed a double-girder bridge crane and electric chain hoists supplied by Konecranes to assist the process.

Enhanced safety from latest Theta winch
15 February 2019 Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products has launched its new Pfaff-silberblau Theta series safety electric wire rope winch.

Fast boat to China for kilotonne load shackle
15 February 2019 A 1,000t load monitoring shackle produced by Scotload is being used by China’s National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

SpanSet acquires share of CoreRFID
15 February 2019 SpanSet, a Swiss manufacturer of lifting and height safety products, has acquired a stake in UK-based CoreRFID, the developer of the CheckedOK system which helps companies to comply with rules on safety and maintenance inspections.

AMC acquired by Axel Johnson
15 February 2019 Axel Johnson International’s Lifting Solutions business group has acquired AMC, a developer of products and services for non-destructive testing of steel wire ropes, using its own sensor technologies.

Speedy makes Reid investment
15 February 2019 Reid Lifting has delivered 75 lightweight gantry cranes to Speedy Hire. The order for the gantries is predominantly for models with 2,000kg working load limits.

ProMat 2019 set for Chicago this April
15 February 2019 ProMat 2019 will take place on April 8–11 in Chicago, bringing together exhibitors and visitors from across the supply chain.

Crosby acquires Straightpoint
15 February 2019 Lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware company The Crosby Group — based in Dallas, Texas — has completed the acquisition of Straightpoint UK (SP), a leading manufacturer of load cells and force measurement equipment. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.

LEEA developing apprenticeship standard
15 February 2019 A Trailblazer Working Group (TWG) has been assembled by Baz Trewhella, project specialist at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), to develop the apprenticeship standard for the lifting industry, following an intensive consultation campaign.

January 2019


RSS modifies beam for steel manufacturer
17 January 2019 Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) has returned a 100t beam to Tata Steel UK’s plant at Port Talbot, Wales, following modification and testing.

Verlinde updates Tirlift winches
17 January 2019 Verlinde has introduced its Tirlift 2 family of powered winches, formed by combining new options with its Tirlift range.

Load cells assist personnel lifting
17 January 2019 A series of jib cranes being used for personnel lifting at a highway infrastructure project near Sydney, Australia were fitted with 3.25t-capacity cabled load shackles manufactured by Straightpoint.

Bright idea for slings from RSS
17 January 2019 Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) has secured exclusive distribution rights in the UK for Miller Weblift’s range of slings with reflective strips.

UK’s Globestock launches debut davit
17 January 2019 UK companyGlobestock, a specialist in manufacturing load arrest systems, has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of the G.Davit davit crane.

Drum attachment from Liftomatic
17 January 2019 Illinois-based Liftomatic Material Handling has launched the HCB hoist attachment to handle all 55-gallon drums.

Enerpac gantry powers substation lift
17 January 2019 An Enerpac gantry has been used to handle and position a refurbished 60t electrical substation skid in South Africa.

Up and atom: gantry at proton therapy centre
17 January 2019 Industrial installation company Lifthing NV has used an Enerpac SBL500 gantry to lower two therapy units into at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven), Belgium’s first proton therapy centre.

Elebia hooks used at furnace
17 January 2019 Elebia’s automatic lifting hooks have been used to handle electrodes at an electric arc furnace.

LEEA recognises industry winners
17 January 2019 The UK’s Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented its inaugural awards to industry members at the recent LiftEx trade show in Milton Keynes, UK.

G.W. Becker appoints East Coast sales manager
17 January 2019 Crane manufacturer G.W. Becker,a custom design manufacturer of overhead cranes based in Pennsylvania, has appointed Fred Pokrywka as regional sales manager for the East Coast Region.