December 2008/January 2009

Vol. 10, Issue 9

complete issue in one PDF file (PDF, 8.32 MB) or access individual sections


Contents / Comment (PDF, 298.86 KB)

News (PDF, 637.53 KB)
Allan leaves £650k in debts, Winterlift acquires Yorkshire Crane, First job for McNally LTM11200, New head of operations for Manitou, Aichi confirms UK distribution, 190 Niftys for Boels, Ownership changes at Riwal, UpRight unveils RT Scissor range, Cutbacks at Ramirent, Liebherr builds Russian plant, Aichi and JLG break ground on new plants in China, Layher builds new plant in Germany, New head of construction at HSE.

Crawler cranes (PDF, 390.68 KB)
When it comes to crawler cranes all eyes are to the East with Chinese manufacturers rapidly expanding production, product ranges and exports as they look like becoming the driving force in this sector.

Truck mounted platforms (PDF, 594.66 KB)
Truck mounted platforms are undergoing a renaissance and even in the current climate, there is still good business being done particularly in the medium and larger sized platforms. Here we review the market as well as visiting Ascendant Platforms in the North East - possibly the UK's only truck mounted platform manufacturer - and hear its expansion plans.

2008 UK/Ireland rental rate survey (PDF, 792.68 KB)
Once again we report on the trends in UK and Ireland for crane, access and telehandler rental rates. Is the current downturn in the economic climate starting to have an affect? We reveal all in our six page survey.

Look back at 2008 (PDF, 803.57 KB)
We take an extensive look at one of the most eventful years in living memory - the financial crisis, rising oil prices and varying fortunes for the crane, access and telehandler business, our largest look back to date.

Going, going, gone (PDF, 219.44 KB)
With order books almost vanishing overnight, stocks of new, unsold equipment filling yards and storage areas and access to money tight, are sellers and buyers looking more towards auctions to acquire bargains?Cranes & Access went behind-the-scenes at a Ritchie Bros' auction in Holland.

50 years on (PDF, 73 KB)
Cork-based William O'Brien Plant Hire, best known in recent years for its crane hire activity, was founded 50 years ago by William O'Brien senior, the company has traded through several tough periods and economic downturns. We look at the company's history, while managing director Finbar Warren gives some survival pointers.

Trick of the tail (PDF, 80.48 KB)
Specialist access requirements call for specialist equipment, particularly in the safety-conscious aviation industry. Specialist engineering design company Semmco has introduced many working at height solutions but by far the biggest is its new, made-to-measure tail docking system for UK airline bmi's fleet of Airbus A320 at Heathrow airport.

Pasma Focus (PDF, 140.08 KB)

ALLMI Focus (PDF, 128.42 KB)

Training (PDF, 188.25 KB)

IPAF Focus (PDF, 152.11 KB)

Books & Models (PDF, 57.65 KB)

Your letters (PDF, 94.66 KB)

Innovations (PDF, 180.95 KB)

Advert / On-Line directory / What's on? / Recruitment / Marketplace (PDF, 1.43 MB)