19 March 2008
Christian Schorr at Terex Demag says that when it comes to the mobile crane industry in Italy rough terrain and all terrain cranes have to be considered separately.
Italy is a relatively large market for rough terrain cranes, unlike the rest of Europe. “The rough terrain buyer is a construction company which is using the fleet on jobsites where a long stay of machinery is expected. The most important customers of rough-terrain cranes are involved directly in big infrastructure projects such as high-speed railways and new highways.”
Rough terrain customers also come from the industrial sector such as the prefabrication business, and from material handling to boat lifting.
More recently, says Schorr, rental companies are including rough terrain cranes in their fleet to offer a full range of solutions to their customers.
“The all terrain crane buyer is generally a rental company thanks to the benefits of this kind of investment, particularly because of easier and faster road transfer. “Related to the all terrain market, new wind-park projects in Italy are driving an increased use of cranes for that purpose. “The growing trend of application in the wind parks is also affecting the demand of big mobile cranes of 500, 700 and 1,000 tonnes capacity.”