Cranes Today


In the october publication of the Cranes Today magazine(London) was an article about the railway cranes market. Head of Marketing Smirnov Oleg  answered the questions of journalist Cristina Brooks.



In neighbouring Russia, another rapidly growing economy, Kirovsky Mashzavod 1 Maya (Kirovsky) supplies to major railways, such as the government owned rail carrier of the Russian Federation RZD.

Through its distributors, it supplies former Soviet Union nations such as Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Armenia, the Baltic states, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Mongolia. In the last year it received large order for construction of railroads in Turkmenistan.

Founded in 1899, the company today offers traditional railway cranes with capacities up to 150t. Its cranes build railway bridges, bridges above railroad tracks, and lay railway switches. They also do material handling industrial locations equipped with railway approach lines.

Oleg Smirnov, head of marketing Kirovsky, explains running cranes on rails requires many approvals; that means customers are usually railway owners.

Kirovsky produces cranes that have a double slewing ring to prevent tailswing, but this feature is mainly for export. Smirnov says, "Abroad, cranes are mostly used for rail-laying, that is why cranes for export have a reduced tail radius, double rotary mechanism, leveling system in curves."

In recent years the company has developed a stronger boom that has allowed increased lifting capacity at longer radius. The boom had been restricted to the width of the undercarriage. By setting it off-gauge, Kirovsky could increase lifting capacity while keeping the same vehicle weight.

Kirovsky is designing a 120t capacity prototype for Egyptian National Railways and Iran Railways. The company plans to develop this into a production unit able to lift up to 250t, with a load moment exceeding 2000tm.

The company sees its future market growth coming from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and African countries, such as Iran, Egypt, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.


Full article on the Cranes Today magazine website.