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25 April 2008

As is always the case with a major exhibition, some product launches are held back until the last moment to maximise their impact. Intermat 2006 is no exception and more details of several new products have been obtained since our main show guide was published in the March issue.

Following its merger with SIME Group (see News, p 7), Italian tower crane manufacturer Raimondi will show its new MRT 243 tower crane. The flat top crane is a 240 tonne-metre unit with a maximum 75 m jib and 2.2 tonne capacity at jib-end. Maximum lifting capacity is 16 tonnes. Raimondi said that this crane is “the only one of its type mass produced by a completely Italian corporation.”

The new crane, which might be designated TC 55, will have a superstructure “very similar to that on the AC 55 all terrain”, an anonymous source explained. Also like the AC 55, the new truck crane will be built at the Terex-PPM plant in Monceau-les- Mines, France.

Designed for road travel at highway speeds, the new crane will have a two-seat carrier cab and axle loadings will be within the 12 tonne EU limit - most likely at less than 10 tonnes.

Staying on the Terex stand, the company's long term partner CraniMax will show the latest versions of its lift planning software, as well as a surprise new software package which will be unveiled during the show.

Italian manufacturer Soilmec will unveil the new seven-model SM range of crawler cranes. Largest is the SM-120, which has a maximum lifting capacity of 120 tonnes and a maximum boom length of 60 m. Designed primarily for piling and foundation work, the SM-120 is powered by a six cylinder Caterpillar C18 engine.

Other machines in the Soilmec range, which are also designed primarily for piling, include the SM-20 (26 tonne capacity), the SM-40 (43 tonne capacity), the SM-35 (also 43 tonne capacity but with a shorter boom) the SM-60 (60 tonne capacity), the SM-80 (80 tonne capacity) and the SM-100 (100 tonne capacity).

There will be several national pavilions at this year's Intermat, and two of the largest will be from Korea and Spain. Visitors to the Korean KOCEMA (Korea Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association) stand will be able to see equipment and product information from the country's leading equipment producers.

Similarly, visitors to Spain's ANMOPyC (Spanish Manufacturers Association of Construction and Mining Equipment) stand will be able to see equipment and pick up product-related literature from more than 20 Spanish manufacturers.

The new Rental area at Intermat is between Halls 5A and 6. The recently formed European Rental Association (ERA) is expected to have a presence here along with other rental associations and companies including Bergerat Monneyour Location, DLR (French rental association), Lev, Loueurs de France, Loxam and Serre et Ansot Location. •

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