Crème de la crane

25 April 2008

Heading the line up of machines making their debut at this year's show will be a good mix of wheeled mobile and crawler cranes. Visitors will also be able to see several new tower cranes and a wide range of new safety systems and components. New engines feature strongly in the latter category, largely due to the impending Stage IIIA and Tier 3 emissions legislation.

At the time of writing some exhibitors might have been holding back a few surprises about what they will be exhibiting but Manitowoc's Model 16000 will be one the largest cranes at the show. This 400 tonne capacity crawler is making its European debut. Other new crawlers to look out for are the 275 tonne capacity Hitachi Sumitomo SCX2800-2, the 250 tonne capacity Kobelco CKE2500-2 and Liebherr's 100 tonne capacity telescopic boom crawler, the LTR 1100.

From the manufacturers' heavy duty crawler ranges, Liebherr plans to show its new 50 tonne capacity HS 835 HD and from Hitachi Sumitomo visitors will be able to see the new 80 tonne capacity SCX800HD-2.

Largest of the new wheeled mobiles on show will be Grove's 220 tonne capacity GMK5220 on five axles and Liebherr's 160 tonne capacity LTM 1160-5.1, also on five axles. Visitors can also expect to see larger models there from the existing Grove, Liebherr and Terex-Demag ranges.

In the tower crane sector also expect strong showings from the same big three manufacturers. Potain, exhibiting in what can still be seen as its home market, will show a pair of top slewing towers and three self erectors from the Igo series. Liebherr is launching a range of modular flat top towers, the 13-model EC-B series. From Terex-Comedil visitors will be able to see the 120 tonne-metre CTT 121-5 city class flat top tower and the 18.7 tonne-metre self erecting CBR 24-H.

IC will have its usual strong presence and visitors are encouraged to drop by the stand at Hall 6, D 002 where all the publisher KHL Group's construction industry-related magazines will be represented.

The following is a comprehensive listing of lifting and specialized transport industry-related exhibitors. Details are included, where available at the time of writing in late February, of exhibitor locations and what visitors can expect to see.

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