Comansa will exhibit the new 50-tonne flat-top tower crane at Bauma

The Spanish tower crane manufacturer Comansa will be exhibiting at Bauma its latest model, the 21LC1050 flat-top tower crane. This model can load up to 50t and has a maximum radius of 80m.
Available for purchase since September 2018, the 21LC1050 has been designed to work in large industrial or infrastructure projects as well as in construction with heavy precast or steel structures.

The 21LC1050 is delivered equipped with the new CUBE cab in its XL size. It has a fully glazed front and offers excellent working comfort. It will be exhibited at ground level for all visitors to see its ergonomic qualities and usable space.

CUBE cab of COMANSA’s cranes

Completed test phase of the first high-tensile fibre ropes for Liebherr Tower Cranes

The Liebherr Group has collaborated with the Austrian rope manufacturer Teufelberger to design a new type of high-tensile fibre rope for hoisting applications. Approximately 100 different fibre rope prototypes, measuring around 70,000m in length were developed and tested on test benches or in the field for nearly 50,000h. According to Liebherr, this new cable has a lifespan four times longer than a conventional steel rope while being lighter by one fifth. Moreover, because of its plastic fibre structure, this cable does not require any lubrication. Other improvements such as better identification of wear and end of life of the cable have also been added.

This new product will be presented at Bauma next year before being marketed in April 2019.


The first of the six Raimondi topless tower cranes erected in Turkey

On the jobsite of Downtown Bursa, a town located in the South of Istanbul which will gather residences and facilities, the Turkish agent of Raimondi cranes Akem Group has just erected the first  MRT159 topless tower crane of a total of six planned for this project. With its 48m height under hook and a 65m boom length, it can lift until 8t of maximum load. With two collars, its final HUH reaches 98m. Currently at work, the flat-top crane will do so during a period of 20-28 months. Among the five other topless cranes, four MRT159 with a 8t capacity and a HUH of 60m are also expected. The last one, a MRT152, also with a 8t capacity, beginning with 54m high will reach a final height under hook of 80m with one collar.

Liebherr’s tower crane division acquires Morrow Australia and New Zealand

The Australian sales and service company of the Liebherr Group has announced the acquisition of  the business activities, including all the employees and locations of Morrow Equipment in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington on the 1st of January 2019. Liebherr will continue to support all existing contracts and customer relations as well as all Morrow employees can become part of the Liebherr team. Thomas Schröder and Craig Jones, the new managers of the tower cranes division at Liebherr-Australia, have declared their impatience to consolidate and develop the brand’s activity in the region. They will benefit from the know-how of the staff and the rental fleet of about 100 tower cranes and 40 hoists.

A Belgian “crane ballet” with 6 Terex CTT

In Turnhout, Belgium, multiple apartments buildings and a museum are under construction and will form the Turnova District. To erect them, the Dutch crane rental company Stravers Torenkranen B.V has been chosen on behalf of the construction company Interbuild N.V. They are currently using six Terex flat-top tower cranes to do so, including two CTT 332-16 and four CTT 231-10. The first one has a 16t maximum lifting capacity and 3t at maximum length, with 75m of jib length. The second flat-top tower crane can lift until 10t and 2t at 70m high. To bring the cranes to the job site, Stravers used 72 trucks from its location in Veghel, in the South of Netherlands. A team of four people erected the six cranes during six full days. They will stay on site during a year and a half to lift prefab components, building materials and concrete buckets. The Owner and General Manager from the Dutch company, Berry Stravers, explained why he chose the CTT. “There were two reasons why we decided to only use Terex cranes for this work site: Firstly, they had the required lifting capacities. Secondly, it was remarkably easy to position them in an overlapping arrangement on the available space.” In total, almost the entire Stravers fleet is made up of Terex tower cranes (120 on 130).

The world’s first Raimondi LR330 in London

The British lifting company Bennetts put into action a Raimondi LR330 heavy capacity luffing jib tower crane, the first ever manufactured worldwide. The machine has been deployed on a construction site in the Royal Borough of Kensington, London. It « will be joined later this year and in 2019 by another LR330 ant two Raimondi LRH174 », as stated the manufacturer. The machine, with 18t maximum lifting capacity, is fitted with a new jib profile, which reduces storage transport dimensions and offers a shorter out-of-service radius. At the maximum radius, it can lift 3300 kg in ultra-lift mode. Seven different jib length configurations, from 30m to 60m, satisfy all needs in terms of specific jobsite configurations. Edward Seager, Managing Director of Bennetts Cranes, said : « We believe the LR330 is going to become a very useful crane within our fleet with such a large lifting capacity ».

On Thursday, September 20, Steve Filipov President of Terex Cranes confided to Philippe Cohet, President of Arcomet, the distribution of Terex tower cranes for Germany

An official announcement was made during the presentation day of the brand new Terex tower crane model, the CTT 202, which will be exhibited at Bauma, as well as the CTL 272-18, luffing jib tower crane.

200 customers came to be the first to discover the machine and visit the Fontanafredda plant in Italy.

At this professional program, Terex had invited its customers to Venice, for an absolutely sublime evening that no one will ever forget.

It was also the time to announce Terex Cranes’ major directives and strategy.

Steve Filipov spoke of the numerous improvements made in recent weeks in terms of after-sales services and spare parts for all the cranes of the group!

All these improvements naturally brought a sign of confidence of the customers ! That is how the agreement was made between Terex Cranes and Arcomet, the world’s largest independent owner of tower cranes headed by Philippe Cohet !

“This will allow us, in particular, to be able to take market share to match our ambitions,” said Steve Filipov. Thanks to the investments made by the group in this division, German customers and Arcomet, which already has a fleet of more than 200 Terex cranes in this country, will benefit from a better system for the distribution of spare parts, assembly and troubleshooting of Terex cranes.

“It’s a real need,” explains Philippe Cohet.

This agreement will be of benefit to both groups, which will be able to better cover and meet the needs of the German market. This one is potentially turned towards renting. “The market for tower cranes for sale in Germany is half the size of the French market,” explained Philippe Cohet. It is geared towards fast-erecting cranes and small capacity cranes. “Our goal is primarily to service, benefit and help the manufacturer gain market share in Germany with its tower cranes.”

Terex cranes has set up new sites,  after sales service technicians and spare parts inventory. Marco Gentilini, Vice President and General Manager of Terex Cranes, said, “We are extremely proud that Arcomet is our distributor in Germany, who in just a few decades has become the largest and most reputable tower crane rental company. “

Steve Filipov explained that the situation has improved a lot but there was still work to do to satisfy all the customers in terms of parts or delivery times of the machines ! In any case, human resources and big investments have been made to achieve this in each of the crane divisions of Terex Cranes!

Six Comansa cranes in action at the “Azuri Peninsula” complex in Nigeria

Contractor ITB Nigeria is equipped with 6 Comansa cranes for the construction of the “Azuri Peninsula” apartments. The complex is a part of the Eko Atlantic project, a business and residential city under construction on an artificial peninsula in Lagos, the Financial Capital of Nigeria. This project, leaded by the State of Lagos and the Chagoury Group, will allow Africa’s most populated country to win around 10 square kilometres of a land that was lost to the Atlantic Ocean.

Currently six Comansa flat-top cranes are working on the “Azuri Peninsula” complex, which is being built at the Marina District, one of the new ten districts of this city. All the machines belong to the fleet of the turnkey contractor ITB Nigeria FZE and have a maximum load capacity of 18 and 20 tonnes. The cranes are working on the construction of the three towers that form the complex of more than 140 metres in height and up to 32 floors.

Among the six cranes, two are model 21LC550, one is 21LC335 model and the remaining three are 21LC290 model. All of them were erected initially with low heights but as the buildings were growing taller, the ITB Nigeria team used hydraulic jacking cages to jack-up the machines. The cranes are now working at their maximum height, reaching the tallest up to 163.5 metres.

All the six cranes are equipped with the Effi-Plus system, which increases the hoisting speeds with light loads and Comansa’s PowerLift System, which improves the load diagram of the crane by 10%. “The podium of the building is formed mainly by precast elements from 6 to 8 tonnes and concrete beams of different sizes with maximum weights up to 13 tonnes. For its construction, the PowerLift System had to assist us many times in certain operations in which we required a 10% extra capacity,” explained Paul Kattar, Tower Crane Manager at ITB Nigeria.

The cranes are working 24 hours a day, lifting steel structures during the daytime and helping with the concrete works during the night.

Comansa expands its flat-Top range with the new 21LC1050 tower crane

The Spanish tower crane manufacturer Comansa just launched a new flat-top model, available in three versions of maximum load (25, 37,5 and 50t), with a reach between 30 and 80m and up to 85m with a special boom configuration. Its maximum load of 50t makes the 21LC1050 the biggest Comansa 2100 Flat-top of the range. As the main novelties, its counter jib design has been modified among other things, to allow many configurations in order to adapt itself to the needs of each jobsite. Indeed, a shorter counter-jib avoids risks of interference with other cranes or buildings. This machine is also fitted with a new cab CUBE in XL version with the front fully glazed, which offers a better use comfort for the operator. As the previous Comansa flat-top cranes, the 21LC1050 is supplied in standard version with the Powerlift system, which improves the input/out diagram of 10% and not exceeding its working load limit. This way, if the final charge of the 25t model is up to 10,8t, when the crane operator activates the Powerlift system from the cab, the maximum load on jib end reaches 11,88t.

AMCS, contributor of the world’s highest statue

The manufacturer of tower cranes anti-collision systems AMCS Technologies actually takes part in the construction of the Statue of Unity in India, on the Sadhu Bet island, with its Driving Control System 60 installed on three MR 295 H20 luffing jib cranes and one MC 205 B tower crane from Potain. This monument, 182m high and which will represent the Indian nationalist leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel better known as the « Iron Man of India », will be the highest statue worldwide. The work should end this year.