The Friderici and Liebherr teams in front of the LTM 1650-8.1 prototype at Bauma 2019 in Gemany

The Friderici and Liebherr teams in front of the LTM 1650-8.1 prototype at Bauma 2019 in Germany

Swiss crane and heavy haulage contractor Friderici Spécial SA Transports ordered an LTM 1650‑8.1 wheeled mobile crane after seeing Liebherr’s prototype at Bauma 2019 in Germany.

It was the first time Liebherr had unveiled the prototype for its new 700 tonne capacity 8-axle machine. The 1650, which replaces the LTM 1500-8.1, has boom options of 54 or 80 metres.

Jean-Paul Friderici, general manager at Friderici Spécial, said, “Its enormous capacity on eight axles totally convinced us. We have also had a good deal of positive experience with the LTM 1500-8.1.”

The family-run company also ordered a telescopic boom guying and a luffing jib for the unit, which will operate on a wide range of construction and infrastructure projects.

Jean-Paul Friderici added, “The lifting capacity and radius requirements of our market are increasing. That is why we are investing in a more powerful mobile crane.”

Pictured left to right: Richard Betemps, Florent Preneau, Vincent Mollard, Paulo Macedo (all from Friderici Spécial SA Transports). Back row from left to right: Philippe Henry and Blaise Friderici (from Friderici Spécial SA Transports), Marc Bollinger (Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG), Stéphane Friderici, Robin Boucard (Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG), Timothée Varidel, Cédric Jacquod (from Friderici Spécial SA Transports).

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