Grove GRT8100 built outside USA11 July 2018 by Sotiris Kanaris
The first Grove GRT8100 manufactured outside the USA has left the production line in Niella Tanaro, Italy. Until now, the production of this crane model was exclusive to Manitowoc’s factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, USA.
Since 2005, Manitowoc’s Niella Tanaro factory has manufactured other rough-terrain crane models, including the RT530E-2, RT540E and RT550E. An additional model, the 80t Grove GRT880, will also be manufactured in both Italy and Shady Grove by the end of the year.
The strategic decision to broaden Italy’s production capabilities is a direct result of ‘voice of the customer’ input, as Jens Ennen, senior vice president for mobile cranes in Europe and Africa, explained: “We are confident that our customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific will benefit greatly from this decision. Benefits will include shorter lead times, lower shipping costs and preferential import duties in certain countries that recognize the EUR.1 certificate of origin, with the specifications and quality level being as high as the rough-terrain cranes manufactured in Shady Grove.”
This project was made possible thanks to the successful and effective collaboration between the teams in Shady Grove and Niella Tanaro, Ennen added.
The GRT8100 is a 100t capacity crane with a 47m five-section boom and features class-leading capabilities and Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS). With a full complement of boom extension and insert options, the crane has a reach of up to 77m. This model made its debut at Bauma 2016.
The first Italian-made GRT8100 was shipped to the Middle East at the end of June.