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LCM Systems gets 1,500t calibration test machine
27 February, 2014 Isle of Wight based load measurement and instrumentation systems manufacturer LCM Systems has recently installed a custom designed 1,500t calibration machine at its manufacturing facility in Newport, Isle of Wight.
  • Terex in 2013: “A tale of two halves”
    Terex balanced a weak start to 2013 with a stronger second half of the year, the firm’s fourth quarter and full year 2013 results show. For the full year, income from continuing operations was $209m with net sales of $7.1bn this compared to income from continuing operations of $77m in 2012 on net sales of $7bn. The cranes sector of the business took a significant hit, however, with a 6% drop in sale attributed to weaker Australian and Southeast Asian markets.
  • Heavy lift crane completes first job at the Niagara Falls
    The new Fixed Cargo Crane (FCC) from Liebherr completed its first job at the Niagara Falls, the company announced recently. On 31st October 2013, the crane lifted passenger tour boats of the local company Maid of the Mist out of the water for winter storage at the foot of the Niagara Falls.
  • NCSG acquires Calgary-based company
    Canadian crane group NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services has announced it has acquired Calgary-based, Mullen Rigging and Industrial Services.
  • Terex Material Handling wins Russian crane order
    Terex Material Handling has won an order for six Demag Heavy Duty 2.5t Monorail Hoists and two Demag Top Running Single Girder 5t cranes from Western Technologies, the company stated last week. The overhead hoists and cranes will be used in a galvanising plant located in the village of Selyatino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.


Cruise control
17 April, 2014 Pennsylvania-based controls solutions business Cervis went from strength to strength last year. Here, the company outlines how it intends to build on this success in 2014 and beyong.
  • Moving on up
    As an essential part of this industry, recent developments in the fi eld of rigging and hoists demonstrate that innovation is moving at an exciting pace.
  • Konecranes MTS joins forces with FANUC
    The global economy is seeing rapid changes as customer priorities and demands shift swiftly. Companies in this competitive market need to be able to make their production changes just as quickly. With so many pressures at hand, suppliers can occasionally find themselves with demand exceeding their output capability.
  • Turning the tables
    The US government has the fate of many material-handling companies in its hands. Firms are willing to invest but are cautious about doing so as they are waiting to see how regulations and legislations will impact their business. As a result, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of labored transition for many manufacturers, finds Tom Hall and Tim Sheahan.
  • The supply chain needs more skilled workers
    No doubt, hiring, training and retention of workers is the most important issue facing this industry. More than 11 million people work in the supply chain, which is 8.6 percent of the nation’s workforce. However, a shortage of skilled workers remains, says George Prest, CEO of MHI.


2014: The supply chain showcase
16 April, 2014 As the dust settles on another successful Conexpo and with Modex in full swing, it is clearthat the 2014 tradeshow calendar has started with a bang. If you’ve picked up a copy of OCH in recent months, there is a strong chance that you’ve seen of our regular show previews or reviews.
  • Putting safety first as we enter 2014
    From talking to a number of companies operating in the entertainment sector, it came as little surprise to discover what sits at the top of many customer’s buying agendas.
  • Opportunities in The Americas
    A motor for growth”, “grinding to a halt”, “a golden era due in 2014” and “a raw diamond”. Just some of the terms overhead crane and hoist manufacturers have used in this issue to describe the current business situation countries within South America.
  • Industry game changers
    When Ohio businessman Harvey Firestone was asked what quality an entrepreneur should value above all others, the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires, paused for a while. And then, after several seconds, he replied: