The Longoni experience
Headquartered in Monza in northern Italy, Longoni Roberto e Figli srl offers its services and experience in machinery and materials to the surface lamination industry worldwide
Meeting tough demands
Products with the label ‘Swiss made’ enjoy a good reputation, standing for top quality and precision. Kronoswiss has used German technology to produce many of its timber products and its latest acquisition came from German press specialist Wemhöner
Across the Caspian
Last month, Stuart Anderson looked at the construction markets of western Central Asia. This month, he looks further east, starting with Turkmenistan on the eastern coast of the Caspian, across the enormous landmass that is Kazakhstan and on to Uzbekistan touching the western border of China. All are oil and gas exporting nations of increasing significance.
Land of the long white cloud
With a market dominated by secondhand and often smaller machines, New Zealand is often overlooked, but the country plays a leading role in training, and shows how geography can shape a lifting industry. Zak Garner-Purkis visited the local trade association's AGM in Napier, and job sites across the country.
Ligna lifts spirits
The Ligna exhibition, held in Hannover in May, attracted 1,637 exhibitors and over 90,000 visitors, with 40% of those visitors coming from outside Germany. We look at what some of the panel industry exhibitors had to offer.
World class standards
Vietnam now has the longest and biggest-capacity MDF line in Asia, at the VRG Dongwha MDF factory in Binh Phuoc province, not very far from Ho Chi Minh City. Mike Botting visited the site to bring us this report.
GE delivers Dalian crane management system
General Electric technoloy will have a key role in the production of next-generation LNG tankers and container ships after the firm was chosen by China’s Dalian shipyard to deliver a drive and automation system for a new Goliath Crane.
Running on plenty?
Economic instability has meant a reduction in the amount of work some sectors provide the lifting industry with. Petrochemical projects, however, have maintained a strong demand for cranes, with the regular maintenance of refineries a key driver. Zak Garner-Purkis looks at the importance of the relationship between the petrochemical sector and cranes.
Minicrane and derrick team up to replace Sandy crane
Master riggers JV Trucking & Rigging (JVT&R) used a Maeda MC305-2 minicrane and F&M Mafco Timberland derrick to secure and replace the upper section of a Favelle Favco tower crane left dangling over Manhattan by Hurricane Sandy.
Vanachai chooses 4ft line
Vanachai has an impressive array of panel making facilities on several sites in Thailand, making both particleboard and MDF, as well as doorskins. For its latest project, the company decided to go for a 4ft-wide continuous press line from the Dieffenbacher/SWPM factory in China, as Mike Botting reports.
Metro keeps on growing
Metro-Ply is well-known as one of the two biggest panel makers in South East Asia and in 2011 launched its latest new line for particleboard at its factory in Sai Noi. Mike Botting visited the site to bring this report.