March 27 - April will see the launch of a new provider of modular spreader beams.

CEA Surelift is a new operation launched to market a new range of DNV Design Approved (type-approved) range of modular spreader beams, which are designed and produced by CEA Engineering Consult Co Ltd. The major shareholder of the company is Cranes & Equipment Asia (CEA).

Until recently, CEA Projects Ltd (CEA) was the official distributor for Modulift's equipment in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and Australia having been appointed in 2011 and from illustrations we have seen, the company's products look remarkably similar to those already offered by Tandemloc, Modulift and others. 

Ian Drysdale-Banks, managing director of CEAsia Project Logistics (S) Pte Ltd, claims: "These are quite similar to some of the beams on the market, but with several distinct differences."

"Mis-matching of components makes it possible to assemble some beams in a dangerous and unsafe configuration, so our beams have been designed with absolutely no possibility of incorrect assembly of the components. 

"The flanges of the units have a higher ground clearance during assembly so all fixing bolts can be inserted without turning the beam. The flanges are kept clear of sand and grit preventing materials from being trapped between the faces prior to torqueing the bolts. 

"Lastly each flange has a lifting hole so it can be handled with slings negating the use of forklift trucks or chains which are the main cause of damage to lifting and spreader beams."

HLPFI understands that the beams will be marketed worldwide, although the initial sales effort will be South East Asia and Australia.

Drysdale-Banks adds: "We are building up a network of distributors who will have our full support. If no distributors are yet in a country we will supply directly from Thailand.

"Testing and certification is complete and the first beams will be delivered in April 2015."