FM Gru on a firm footing in Genoa

13 August 2019

Pontenure, Italy-based tower crane manufacturer FMGru is providing four flat top tower cranes for the construction of a replacement for the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, which collapsed in August 2018.

The cranes models selected for this project are the 2670 TLX and 2675 TLX flat. FMGru approaced UK-based crane pad specialist Outriggerpads to manufacture bespoke pads for this job.

FMGru recently took delivery of the 16 pads, which each measure 2,400mm x 2,400mm x 100mm and weigh 560kg. They are manufactured from high-performance UHMW polyethylene, which Outriggerpads said makes them more robust than metal or wood equivalents. Each pad has four integrated handles for ease of lifting and handling.

Giacomo Fuochi, managing director for FMGru, said: “We are proud to be involved in the construction of the new bridge at Genoa. This project requires very specific crane pads that are relatively lightweight, yet also robust and durable. We were impressed with the customer service from Outriggerpads, as they were able to manufacture and deliver our crane pads in a very short period of time.”

Charles Grizzle, business development manager for Outriggerpads, said: “Not many companies can provide the quick turnaround we achieved on these bespoke crane pads. It is a great feeling to know that our pads will play even a small role in the building of a new iconic bridge for Genoa.”