The first Grove GRT8100 manufactured outside the USA has left Manitowoc’s production line in Niella Tanaro, Italy, the USA-headquartered company has announced. Until now, the manufacturer exclusively produced this crane model at its factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, USA.
Manitowoc’s factory in Niella Tanaro has made RT530E-2, RT540E and RT550E rough-terrain crane models since 2005. The manufacturer said it made a strategic decision to broaden its production capabilities, as Jens Ennen, senior vice president for mobile cranes in Europe and Africa, explained: “We are confident that our customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific will benefit greatly from this decision. Benefits will include shorter lead times, lower shipping costs and preferential import duties in certain countries that recognize the EUR1 certificate of origin, with the specifications and quality level being as high as the rough-terrain cranes manufactured in Shady Grove.”
The GRT8100 is a 100 tonne capacity crane with a 47 metre five-section boom and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS). Boom extension and insert options mean the crane has a reach of up to 77 m. 10 m and 17 m manual and hydraulic offsettable extensions are available, as well as a heavy-duty 3 m jib that is offsettable to 40°.
The first Italian-made GRT8100 was shipped to the Middle East at the end of June.
Manitowoc said that an additional model, the 80 tonne Grove GRT880, will also be manufactured in both Italy and Shady Grove by the end of 2018.