L to r: Volker Ostenried (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen), Jurij Lavotschnik (Liebherr in Russia), Vladimir M

L to r: Volker Ostenried (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen), Jurij Lavotschnik (Liebherr in Russia), Vladimir Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen), Vitalij Laptev, Karen Mkhitaryan, Grigory Grigorjan (all Topkran) Mari

Russia-based crane hire company Topkran has taken delivery of its second LR 1350/1 crawler crane, the last in an order of four Liebherr crawler cranes.

The company, situated in Moscow, already has 15 Liebherr mobile cranes and 10 Liebherr crawlers.

The new 350 tonne crane is the final machine from the large order. The package included a 750 tonne capacity LR 1750, two LR 1350/1 cranes and a 100 tonne LR 1100 telescopic crawler crane.

Despite difficult economic conditions such as the weak rouble, which makes products and finance more expensive, low raw material prices and also sanctions that make business more difficult, Topkran reports that its order books are doing well. This led to its decision to purchase additional cranes, said Liebherr.

One example of where the new cranes will be used is the construction of football stadiums for the World Cup, which is to be held in Russia in 2018. The first job for the new LR 1350/1 is in the stadium in Volgograd, which is where the LR 1750 is already in use.

Karen Mkhitaryan, co-founder of the company, said, “Despite the difficulties, we are looking at the future with confidence and are delighted to be working with Liebherr as our partner. Liebherr understands business better than others.”

Liebherr has had a repair and service centre for mobile cranes and construction machinery with its own spare parts warehouse in Odinzovo near Moscow for several years.

Topkran was founded in 2005 and now has a 300-strong workforce.

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