The end of one year and the beginning of another naturally brings about a period of reflection, and it’s no different with us here looking at cranes! Much of the world continues to develop at a rapid pace, and the invention of new technologies naturally helps to further the development in all industries, including with lifting gear.
While there haven’t been any ground breaking new discoveries in this industry in 2017, lifting equipment as a whole continues to innovate at a steady pace. We’ve had a look at what some of this equipment has achieved in 2017, and what new opportunities may present themselves for cranes in 2018.
What did cranes help do in 2017?
2017 saw the commencement, continuation or completion of a number of successful and large projects around the world. New railway lines were a key project, with the Melbourne Metro Tunnel in Australia, the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya and the Crossrail in the UK all having work done using cranes.
Where will technology take us in 2018?
Alongside this, the construction of new homes hit its highest level in the UK since the financial crisis of 2007. This represents a 21% increase from 2016, a huge rise. Cranes and other pieces of lifting equipment have been at the heart of this increase.
Looking ahead to cranes in 2018
It’s important to note that the UK is expecting a slower period of growth in the construction sector in 2018, and so opportunities are likely to be less prevalent than they were in 2017. But, perhaps those operating with lifting equipment can look to other areas to broaden their horizons; namely the technology industry.
Self-driven cars have become a huge phenomenon recently; could we perhaps soon see smart, self-operating cranes too? The Internet of Things (IoT) is another technology which continues to dominate, and it will be interesting to see if this dips its toe into the lifting industry as well.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the entertainment industry has found a way to utilise cranes to their advantage too. The World Crane Championship remains an event in 2018, should you fancy testing your skills there?
Let us help you today
Whether you plan to engage in larger scale projects and events like those listed above, or you are simply planning on sourcing a crane in 2018 for your own opportunities, then we would be more than happy to help. Please contact us here to discuss.