A Grove RT550E rough terrain crane has been helping to build Lyon stadium in France

A Grove RT550E rough terrain crane has been helping to build Lyon stadium in France

A Grove RT550E rough terrain crane is the latest Manitowoc equipment to be installed at the construction site of an iconic football stadium in Lyon, France.

The crane has joined a fleet of Potain cranes to help build the 60,000-seat Stade des Lumières (Stadium of Light) – the new home stadium to Olympique Lyonnais, one of France’s most successful soccer teams. It will host games during the UEFA Euro Championship in 2016, when the world’s second largest soccer tournament heads to France.

The RT550E, owned by Italian rental company Vernazza Autogru, joined eight MD 485 B M20s and two MD 365 B L16s. The 45 tonne capacity RT crane is said to offer the highest capacity and longest boom in its class at 39 metres.

Davide Camperi, area sales manager for mobile cranes at Manitowoc Crane Group Italy, said the RT550E was chosen because of its operating speed, strength and precision on site. “At industrial sites it is necessary to use cranes that can handle a wide range of operations.

“The strength and size of the RT550E makes it a very versatile machine that’s perfectly suited to handling a variety of jobs quickly and efficiently.”

At 12 m long and 2.55 m wide, the crane is claimed to be ideal for jobs that require a small footprint and a high lift capacity. The machine includes the new standardised Crane Control System (CCS) and features a user friendly interface, two full graphic displays mounted vertically for optimised viewing and a jog dial which enables highly intuitive crane control and data input.

The system also incorporates the integrated Boom Configurator Mode which makes it quick and easy for the operator to select the optimum boom configuration for a specific lift. This allows operators to perform more lifts in less time – without compromising quality.

The Stade des Lumières covers 56,000 square metres and is part of a bigger €450 million (US$ 504 million) development covering 50 hectares.

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