Tadano completes acquisition of Demag Mobile Cranes

Tadano Ltd. has announced the completition of its $215 million acquisition of the Demag Mobile Cranes business on August 1st. Demag’s mobile cranes give Tadano one of the most complete ranges of lifting equipment solutions available from a single manufacturer, expanding the product line with eight lattice boom crawler crane models with lift capacities from 400 to 3,200 t, including 15 all terrain crane models enhancing Tadano’s maximum lift capacity in-segment to 1,200 t. After this acquisition, the Tadano Group’s total lifting equipment line now includes more than 80 models, including rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes, lattice and telescopic boom crawler cranes, truck cranes, and more.

“The Tadano Group’s strategy is to become the global leader in the lifting equipment industry and the premier choice with our customers. The Demag Mobile Cranes acquisition is one vital step toward achieving that goal,” says Koichi Tadano, president and CEO of Tadano Ltd. “It expands our penetration into many markets throughout the world, adds lattice boom crawler cranes to our overall product line, and enhances the capacity range of our all terrain cranes. By working together, we can better respond to our customers’ needs and give them greater added value than ever before.”

“Demag’s dedicated stakeholders, including customers, distributors and suppliers, among others, infuse the company with great value. As our journey with Demag begins, our most immediate goal is ensuring ‘Business as Usual’ for current Demag customers,” added Mr. Tadano. “We are committed to a seamless transition that allows these stakeholders to continue with their important business smoothly and successfully, while we continue on with the Tadano Group Vision of ‘Pursuing Further Excellence for the World and Future.’”

As a subsidiary of the Tadano Group, the Demag mobile cranes business’s legal entity name will be changed to Tadano Demag GmbH in the following weeks. Furthermore, as of August 1st Demag is now led by Jens Ennen, the new CEO of Tadano Demag GmbH.

Jens Ennen, CEO, Tadano Demag GmbH

First sale of Hyundai HX900 L excavator in Europe

The British demolition company ABLE UK has made the first European acquisition of the Hyundai HX900 crawler excavator model. Distributed by the official dealer of the brand in Europe, Taylor & Braithwaite, this 90-tonne machine is currently working at ABLE Seaton Port. The HX900 L is equipped with a 10 tonne Fortress Shear for tough demolition work and a 4.85m³ bucket for excavation use.

“The company were looking for a machine to speed up the process of metal recycling as their workload had significantly increased. They needed an excavator which was capable of working in tough environments and could cope with heavy duty tasks,” said Chris Jordan, Taylor & Braithwaite Sales Manager who secured the deal with ABLE.

Van Schaften: Largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world

Crane rental company Van Schaften Leasing BV has placed an order for three Liebherr LR 11000 lattice boom crawler cranes at this year’s Bauma. The three 1000-tonne crawler cranes are equipped with the new F2 fixed jib, specially designed for the erection of wind turbines, which can be used with the main boom system even without a derrick. The F2 is a fixed lattice jib with a significantly increased lifting capacity of 250 tonnes rather than the 179 tonnes of the standard jib. The head rollers and hook block are designed so that the block cannot become twisted. The hook speed on the new jib is significantly faster since the block is operated by two parallel winches. It also features a runner.

Johan van Schaften, the company’s owner, explains: “The LR 11000 has outstanding lifting capacities and is perfect for wind turbines on 100 metre towers with its F2 system without a derrick. Its high performance and low cost transport make it absolutely unique on the market.”

After the delivery, the Dutch company will have a total of 8 of this model, making it the largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world.

From left to right: Martijn Tuijtel (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Han Rekers (Liebherr Nederland B.V.), Dick Post (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Sophie Albrecht (Liebherr-International AG), Florian Ritzler (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

Aertssen Machinery Services expands its fleet with two new Demag cranes

Aertssen Machinery Services (AMS) has recently added two new Demag lattice boom crawler cranes to its fleet. With the aim to expand its heavy lifting and transport operations in the Middle East, Aertssen has obtained a 400 tonne Demag CC 2400-1 with max load moment of 5150 tonne meters and a 650 tonne Demag CC 3800-1 with a maximum load moment of 9152 tonne meters.


“Equipping our team with the latest crane innovations is an important part of our customer commitment, and Demag is an industry leader in that area,” explained Tony Nuyts of Aertssen Machinery Service. “Demag crawler cranes are easy to transport, quick to rig and come with an IC-1 control system with an intuitive touchscreen.”

Photo from left to right: Steve Filipov (President, Terex Cranes), Greg Aertssen (CEO, Aertssen Group), Tony Nuyts (Branch Manager, Aertssen Machinery Services) and Joerg Mueller (Senior Sales Manager, Terex Cranes)

7 new Liebherr cranes for Gruas Aguilar

The Spanish rental company Grues Aguilar, based in Madrid, announced the acquisition of seven new mobile and crawler cranes. The purchase includes one LTC 1050-3.1 compact crane, one LTR 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane, two LTM 1130-5.1 mobile cranes, one LTM 1230-5.1, one LTM 11200-9.1 as well as one LR 1600/2-W narrow track crawler crane.

Among these machines, the LTM 11200-9.1, with nine axle lines, a 1200t maximum capacity and a 188m maximum height, is the biggest telescopic crane sold in Spain since 2009. These new machines will enhance their fleet which includes fifty mobile cranes with lifting capacities between 40 and 1200t.

Photo from left to right: Tobias Böhler (Liebherr Ibérica), Luis Aguilar (Gruas Aguilar), Alvaro Hueso (Liebherr Ibérica)

Palfinger introduces its first crawler crane

The Austria-based manufacturer Palfinger has launched the first crane mounted on a crawler chassis, that will mark its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in September in Hanover, Germany. With this crane, the constructor offers its customer a lifting solution for situations where  a truck would normally struggle. “On difficult terrain – for example, when constructing power lines or cable lifts – helicopter transport is normally  the only alternative to a truck-mounted crane, “ says Michael Hagenauer, Head of Product Division Crawler Cranes. “With the PCC, such a jobs can be completed safely, efficiently and inexpensively.”

The Palfinger Crawler Crane PCC is 40 cm narrower than a conventional truck and it can handle gradients of up to 60%. Thank to the knuckle boom that can be angled upwards, the high lifting power and compact dimensions, the PCC can be also used in urban areas as well as in the industrial and indoor sector. The crawler allows the crane to be quickly repositioned on construction sites and when necessary. Another advantage is that the crawler and crane can be controlled, transported and operated separately, which is particularly useful in situations where weight restrictions apply. The crane module can also propel itself on its own stabilisers without the crawler – a process also know as “shifting”, explains Hagenauer. The PCC can also be mounted onto the transport truck.

PCC offers compact dimensions with a minimum clearance width of 2 to 2.2 metres and, minus the crawler, a passenger height of 2.2 to 2.5 metres. Shifting (moving the crane using only stabiliser outriggers) allows the system to be moved through extremely low and confined spaces and loaded into a container without the crawler.

The Palfinger Crawler Crane PCC is initially available in three variants, between 50 to 115 tonne-metres. The first is the PCC 57.002 with a maximum reach of 29.5 metres, a maximum lifting height of 32 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 17,900 kilograms. The next is the PCC 71.002, that has a reach of 31.6 metres, a maximum lifting height of 34 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 19,100 kilograms. The last and most powerful model is the PCC 115.002 which has a reach of 33.3 metres, a maximum lifting height of 35.8 metres and a lifting capacity of up to 30,000 kilograms.

Additional equipment such as workman baskets, vacuum lifters, pipe manipulators and grippers are available for all models. PCC 71.002 and PCC 115.002 are available now and the model PCC 57.002 will become available in spring 2019.

A brand new Liebherr crawler crane for expansion of the Port of Vado Ligure

In the Port of Vado Ligure, in Northeastern Italy, the dredging company Co.Ed.Mar is using for some time its self-propelled barge « Wise », in which a brand new Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane HS 8130 HD is installed in order to remove the sediment. Fitted with a hydraulic clamshell bucket, the machine has a handling performance of 400 cubic meters per hour, which is equal to the barge loading capacity, and has cycle times of only 45 seconds. These operations take place within the port expansion, wishing to extend its capacity and welcome more and larger vessels.

Crane Norway Group expands its fleet with eleven new Demag cranes

The Norwegian transport and lifting services specialist Crane Norway Group has placed an order for ten Demag all terrain cranes – one Demag AC 100-4L, three AC 130-5, two AC 160-5, four    AC 250-5 and a 650-tonne Demag CC 3800-1 crawler crane.

“The Crane Norway Group has shown its continuous support and believes in the Demag line of products by ordering these cranes,” says Crane Norway Group CEO Trond Helge Skretting.

“The Demag CC 3800-1 is the reference in its class. Every single aspect meets our needs, from performance to safety features and from transportation to efficiency and speed of erection,” he adds.

Mammoet won a contract for Kuwait’s $4,3bn airport construction project

The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.