Arcomet going global

24 April 2008

Belgium-Based Arcomet Is The World's Largest Tower Crane Owner (By Number of units), with a fleet of 1230 cranes. According to last June's IC-50 survey, carried out by International Cranes and Specialised Transport, this is almost double the fleet size of its nearest rival, Jaso of Spain, which owns 650 tower cranes.

But not content with this pre-eminent position, Arcomet has been on the expansion trail over the last year. In July it acquired Germany-based MVS Zeppelin's entire fleet of 300 tower cranes for an undisclosed sum.

That was followed in January by the announcement of plans for significant further expansion in Europe and the US. It has placed a € 30 million order with Potain for 230 new tower cranes to bolster its rental fleet in mainland Europe. In addition, it has signed a dealership agreement with Potain in the UK which will see it both sell and rent cranes throughout the country. Its UK fleet is expected to number 300 or more units by 2008, comprising up to 100 top slewing cranes and 200 to 300 self-erectors.

In the US it operates through a joint-venture company that ordered 25 Terex-Peiner SK 425s, valued at € 10 million at the start of the year.

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