15 April 2008
The B.Q. Tadano joint venture manufactures 4,000 truck cranes a year in China and three models were shown at Bauma China. These were the 25 tonne GT-250E on a new three axle carrier, a 35 tonne GT-350E on a four axle FAW (First Automobile Works) carrier and a 55 tonne GT-550E on a Nissan carrier built by Tadano in Japan.
As is typical among Chinese manufacturers, the smallest model in the range is an 8 tonner, then there is a 12 tonner, followed by the larger ones shown. Models of 25 tonnes capacity and above account for 50% of production, the manufacturer said.
On show from Tadano Faun in Germany was a 220 tonne capacity ATF220G-5 all terrain. Launched in April 2006 and on sale since September, this was the first unit shipped outside Europe. It was sold to Hong Kong rental company Kanson, owned by Nelson Kan who has been buying Tadano Fauns since 1995 and will take delivery of an 80 tonne capacity ATF all terrain in March 2007. Also on display was a rough terrain crane, the 70 tonne capacity model GR-700EXL.