Mammoet target UK growth with two new Grove cranes12 April 2011
As part of the Dutch hire firm’s UK expansion plans, Mammoet has added two Grove cranes to its 120-strong fleet, a GMK 6300L all-terrain and a GCK 3045 city crane.
Mammoet’s new 45t city crane, with its 34m boom, was initially trialled by Mammoet at its global headquarters in the Netherlands, where the firm decided the Grove would be an ideal addition to its UK fleet.
Grove’s GCK 3045 city crane has a ‘boom down’ design where the boom is stored on the crane at an angle so that the boom-tip points downwards towards the road.
This gives a lower total height allowing for better manoeuvrability in confined city centre or industrial environments, along with variable outrigger positioning to give the crane greater flexibility when setting up in restricted areas.
Manitowoc believes the single-cab crane’s ability to vary its outrigger set-up positioning is a first for a European city crane.
Similarly the GMK 6300L has five outrigger positioning options, which Manitowoc says is the most for any comparable crane in its class.
The 300t crane was designed to have the longest boom in the six-axle all-terrain category, at 80m long, without the need for a fly-jib.
According to Manitowoc this makes it ideal for tower crane erection, placing elevator equipment, positioning air conditioning units, chimney work and any other tasks where extraordinary reach is required.
Mammoet UK managing director, Darren Adams, explained that the dependability of the existing Grove cranes in Mammoet’s fleet was an important factor in this purchase.
He said: “We are delighted to bring the first of these cranes to the UK. We have used Grove cranes for years, and their reliability is second to none.
“As we expand, we must ensure we have the best tools for the job,” he continued. “These two cranes extend the versatility of our range and enable us to meet almost any lifting requirement, big or small.”
Mammoet UK took delivery of the GCK 3045 late last year, and is expecting to have both cranes available to customers up and down the country in the next few weeks.