Universal Cranes news and events from around Australia.


21 November 2022

The Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) hosted the 2022 CICA National Conference, Exhibition & Crane Display in Adelaide in early November. The theme for the event was ‘Leading the Way’. As the leading industry group for the crane sector, CICA and its members helped navigate the industry throughout the uncertainty and ambiguity of the last two years and are now focused on leading the way in recovery efforts and major growth opportunities.

The Universal Cranes team attended the conference and thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with clients, suppliers and friends. In addition to the conference, the team walked away as  the 2020 Winner of the Lift of the Year > 20-tonne award. These awards are sponsored by Cranes and Lifting magazine, and acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of exceptional crane and site teams who perform challenging lifts, and those who innovate to solve complex problems.

List of the Year, >20 Tonne Load

2020 Winner of the Lift of the Year > 20-tonne: Universal Cranes – Kettle Tub Replacement Project

Universal Cranes North Queensland was engaged to replace a galvanizing kettle tub in Townsville, QLD. To complete the project successfully, Universal Cranes conducted off site simulated lifting scenarios beforehand to calculate the required radius and weights to ensure the lift system and plan would work, as the shutdown window between Christmas and New Year was the only suitable time to carry out the project.

In addition to the tight timeline, the project also faced challenges including celling height constraint and door width constraint. This required thorough, detailed planning of the lifts and minimizing the impact to budget and extremely restrictive timeframes for installation. A well deserved win for the Universal Cranes North Queensland team – thanks to the CICA team for this recognition and for hosting another fantastic industry event.

View the process of installing the kettle tub below.