France

It was certainly a great moment for the fans of FC Metz when the enormous steel structures, weighing up to 266 tons, of the new south stand in the club's stadium were lifted and assembled. A job that the construction company responsible, Demathieu Bard, together with Costantini, entrusted to Martifer the manufacturer of the structure.

The Manitou Group, a worldwide leader in rough-terrain handling, is inaugurating its new "Training Center" at its Ancenis site in France. This new structure offers a training environment specifically designed for the machines' clearance that will more effectively address dealers' growing demand for training.

The Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain handling, has started construction of a new factory dedicated to aerial work platforms. Michel Denis, Group president and CEO, and Jacqueline Himsworth, chair of the board of directors, laid the first stone in the presence of a number of elected representatives.

Manitowoc's manufacturing facility in Charlieu, France, has shipped its 1,000th Igo T 85. The landmark self-erecting crane has been sold to a customer in Benelux. The Igo T 85 was launched in 2008 and immediately rose in popularity across Europe, particularly in Germany and France.

Metso has reached the significant milestone of 10,000 Nordberg HP cone crushers sold globally. The HP Series celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and the 10,000th HP cone crusher unit was handed over to the French aggregates and asphalt producer and urban infrastructure development company Eurovia in a ceremony held at Metso's Mâcon facility in France.

Crane service provider Vernazza Autogru only had 130 hours to dismantle an old railroad bridge, owned by French railway company SNCF, in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, west of Cannes. In order to tackle the job, in which time was of the essence, the company relied on its brand new Demag CC 3800-1 crawler crane, which was in turn assisted by a Demag AC 120 all-terrain crane.

Following the fire that caused large-scale damage to Notre-Dame de Paris, Potain — Manitowoc's manufacturer of tower cranes — has pledged to support reconstruction efforts of the historic French cathedral. Manitowoc will provide tower cranes and related services free of charge.

PARIS (AP) — A "computer glitch" may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral's rector said Apirl 19, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements.

Firefighters are tackling a blaze that broke out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15. While the fire's cause is still under investigation, the Paris fire brigade said it could be traced to renovations that were under way, the Associated Press reported.

In order to lift a blower weighing approximately 2.2 tons onto the roof of the Montparnasse Station in Paris for its customer Axima, crane service provider Ponticelli Frères had to face a whole series of challenges: Little space, the need to navigate a tricky traffic situation in the metropolis, and an incredibly small window of time to complete the lift.

Crane service provider STL, based in Ruitz, Northern France has just added a brand new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane to its fleet. “There were two primary reasons why we decided on the AC 100-4L: On one hand, it's the most compact crane in its class.