Crane Manufacturers: Tower, Mobile, Crawler, Boom & More

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Liebherr Group

Liebherr Group logoLiebherr Group began as a small family business in 1949. Unlike some other crane manufacturers that got their start manufacturing something else, Liebherr has always been a crane company. Their first products were mobile cranes designed to be affordable and easy to assemble. That philosophy has since been extended to everything in their vast product line.

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Manitowoc Crane Group

Manitowoc Crane Group logoThe Manitowoc Crane Group is a subsidiary of the Manitowoc Company, Inc. The company is based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and was founded in 1925 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company heads Charles West and Elias Gunnell. The men started the Crane building business in order to diversify the operations of the shipbuilding business.

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Terex Cranes

Terex Cranes logoTerex Cranes is a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Terex Corporation. The company got its start in 1925 as a division of General Motors; an arrangement that produced heavy equipment under the Euclid name for some 40 years. In 1968 a ruling by the U.S. Justice Department prevented the company from continuing to sell certain types of machinery. They were ordered to stop using the Euclid name as well.

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Tadano Ltd

Tadano Ltd logoThough Tadano Ltd. is now the largest Japanese manufacturer of lifting equipment and aerial platforms, the company didn't start out that way. Tadano was originally founded in 1919 as a steel fabrication outfit based in Takamatsu, Japan. It wasn't until 1948 that they got involved in manufacturing cargo handling equipment; a venture that would later lead to building heavy-duty cranes.

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Kato Works Company Ltd

Kato Works Company Ltd logoKato Works Company Ltd. began in 1895 as Kato Iron Work. During the 1920s the company was acquired by Japan's Ministry of Railway to manufacture locomotives. It returned to private hands in the 1930s at which time Kato began manufacturing cranes and other mobile construction vehicles.

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Kobelco Cranes

Kobelco Cranes logoIn the 2003 Kobe Steel entered the crane manufacturing market by opening operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Previous to that entry Kobe Steel was most well known for heavy-duty excavation equipment. In fact, their heavy-duty excavators still hold a reputation as some of the finest made.

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Palfinger AG

Palfinger AG logoFirst established in 1932, Palfinger AG was originally a metalworking and repair shop in northern Austria. The company's original founder, Richard Palfinger, turned the business over to his son Hubert in the 1960s. Hubert specialized in designing hydraulic lift cranes; a skill that would transform the small company into an international giant.

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Link-Belt Construction Equipment

Link-Belt Construction Equipment logoLink-Belt is one of the oldest heavy equipment manufacturers in the world with a history dating back to 1880. The original company was founded by William Ewart under the name Link-Belt Machinery Company. Their first product was a harvester fitted with Ewart's improved chain-drive system; a system for which he obtained a patent in 1874.

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Fassi Gru S.p.A

Fassi Gru S.p.A logoFassi Gru was founded in 1955 by an Italian mechanic named Franco Fassi. His passion for all things automotive lead him to build trucks and other equipment that could meet the country's post-war materials handling needs. His first truck-mounted crane was built in his Albino factory in 1964.

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Furukawa UNIC Corporation

Furukawa UNIC Corporation logoIn 1875 the predecessor to Furukawa UNIC Corporation began as a copper mining enterprise in Japan. But around the turn of the century the Japanese government began regulating copper mining due to the environmental damage it caused. Furukawa was forced to figure out new mining methods in order to comply.

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Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co. Ltd

Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries logoHitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd. (Hitachi-Sumitomo) Is a Japanese manufacturer of heavy construction equipment. The company was established in 2002 when Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. merged with Sumitomo Heavy Construction Crane Co.

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Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd. logoIn 1992 Zoomlion got its start as a state-owned company in China. It was established for the purpose of designing and building heavy construction equipment including concrete mixers, fire fighting equipment, and earth movers. As the company grew and acquired more assets in China they eventually worked their way into mobile cranes.

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Sennebogen logoSennebogen is a family owned business started in 1952 in Bavaria, Germany. Its primary focus back then was agricultural machinery, given the fact that Germany's economy still relied so heavily on that sector. But as post-war building efforts opened the door for heavy equipment, Sennebogen began venturing into new products.

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Lampson International

Lampson International logoLampson International started out as a drayage company in 1946, when it was established by entrepreneur Neil F. Lampson. The primary objective of the original company was to create a fleet of heavy lifting equipment capable of transporting high tonnage cargo across long distances. What put them on the international map was the introduction of the Lampson crawler in the 1970s.

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IHI Construction Machinery Ltd

IHI Construction Machinery Ltd logoIHI Construction Machinery got its start in 1952 with a capital partnership between Japan's Ishikawajima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and America's Koehring. Though the American company pulled out of the partnership in 1975, their 23 years of partnership established IHI as a leading crawler crane designer and manufacturer.

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Altec logoAltec is an American company located in the state of Alabama. For the last 80 years they have been an industry leader providing equipment and services for utility companies around the world. If you've ever seen utility work being done in your neighbourhood, you've probably seeing an Altec machine.

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Sennebogen logoSennebogen is a family owned business started in 1952 in Bavaria, Germany. Its primary focus back then was agricultural machinery, given the fact that Germany's economy still relied so heavily on that sector. But as post-war building efforts opened the door for heavy equipment, Sennebogen began venturing into new products.

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cargotec logoAs a single entity, Cargotec was formed in 2005 following the split of Kone Corporation. Kone's container handling, marine handling, and load handling divisions were combined to form the new company; Cargotec would later acquire a handful of other similar companies. Collectively the company's experience in load handling goes back decades.

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Xuzhou Construction Machinery Co. Ltd

Xuzhou Construction Machinery Co. Ltd logoIn China, few companies are as well-known and influential as Xuzhou Construction Machinery Company (Xuzhou). The company is part of the Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group, the world's 10th largest manufacturer of heavy machinery for construction. In China the company is the third-largest among all enterprises.

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Soilmec S.p.A

Soilmec S.p.A logoIn 1969 entrepreneur Davide Trevisani as Pali Trevisani founded Soilmec S.p.A. to manufacture heavy construction equipment primarily for the road and bridge sector. His first machines were pile drivers and drilling rigs used on infrastructure projects throughout Italy.

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Zhejiang De-Ying

Zhejiang De-Ying logoIn China there are only a handful of companies engaged in the manufacture of heavy construction equipment. Few of them have enjoyed the same international success as Xuzhou Heavy Machinery, and in fact, most of them are regional companies attempting to expand outside the Chinese mainland. Zhejiang De-Ying Architectural Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. (De-Ying) Is one such company.

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