Ainscough invests £11.4m for energy

7 May 2013

Ainscough Crane Hire is embarking on an £11.4m crane investment programme as part of a major fleet expansion. This includes the addition of the UK’s first resident 750t Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 to its Heavy Cranes Division.

Another four new cranes will be added to the fleet this year, with the company having already taken delivery of a 500t crane in January. Two more cranes are expected before the end of 2013, an additional Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 as well as a second 500t unit.

Ainscough said that the investment in its fleet was to keep up with demand from the energy sector, in which the construction and maintenance of oil refineries and wind farms formed a large part of the firm's workload.

Ainscough Crane Hire's commercial director Gareth Jones, said: "This investment acknowledges the need to adapt and expand our fleet to meet the changing needs of the marketplace."

In October 2012, Ainscough completed a deal to acquire international, UK-based, wind energy specialist Windcon. The deal saw the creation of a new subsidiary, AWES, or Ainscough Wind Energy Services.