Held at the Chinese National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, a short taxi-ride from Beijing Airport, BICES 2007 featured stands from more than 600 exhibitors. Truck mounted cranes, the country’s main crane sector, dominated the show, but crawlers (see p43) and all terrains were also on display.

CEMIA, the China Engineering Machinery Industry Association, estimates that the country will produce more than 20,000 truck mounted cranes in 2007 (Cranes Today October 2007 p51). The sector is lead by XCMG, with a market share of more than 50%. At BICES, XCMG showed two truck mounted cranes, the straight boom SQ165K5Q and the knuckleboom SQ16ZK4Q, both new in 2007. The straight boom model lifts 16t, on a five section boom. Liu Quan, vice director of marketing, told Cranes Today that the new cranes have proven popular in Iran, with 50 units of the straight boom and 60 units of the knuckleboom sold in the country.

Zoomlion announced a new AT, the 180t capacity QAY 180. This model replaces the 180t capacity QAY 180, and will be out at the end of 2007. This model joins Zoomlion’s other AT, the QAY 200, and a range of 14 different truck cranes, with capacities from 12t to 130t.

Shenyang North Traffic showed three straight boom truck cranes. On display were the QY20 with a maximum capacity of 20t and maximum boom length of 39.7m, the QY20G (12t capacity, and 35.6m maximum reach) and the 25t, 40m, QY25. Liu Chang, import export department manager, said the company was focusing its international sales on the Middle East and India. Recently, the company has sold 15 cranes to the UAE, and has sent a range of construction equipment around the world, including a number of concrete pump trucks to Cuba.

Sino-Japanese joint venture BQ-Tadano had two updated all terrain cranes on display, the 250t GT-250E and the 350t GT-350E. Both cranes feature new engine and chassis designs. The 350-tonner has a four section, 34m, boom, with a two part jib capable of extending its reach by a further 15.2m. The smaller model comes with a four section 32m boom and a single 8m jib. The new engines, from Cummins in the UK, will comply with Euro III emissions regulations, allowing the cranes to compete in valuable foreign markets.

Yutong, whose business has until now focussed on excavators and other non-crane plant, showed its first two cranes. The first, a truck mounted crane, was designated SQ 16 and featured a three section straight boom with a 16t maximum lifting capacity. The company is also manufacturing 6t and 8t straight boom truck mounted cranes, and a 6.3 knuckleboom with three hydraulic extensions. The second model was a specialised road recovery crane, with a maximum lifting capacity of 8.5t, or 5.5t with the 5m arm fully extended. The company is also building a series of aerial work platforms, with maximum platform heights of up to 18.3m.

Anli had a single truck mounted crane on display, the QY8G, alongside a crawler crane. The three section straight boom truck crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 8.5t, and a maximum lifting height of 24.2m, at which it can lift 200kg. Based in Bengbu City, Anhui Province, (the company’s full name is Bengbu City Zhenchong Anli Engineering Machinery) its research and development department works closely with Dalian and Tongji universities. Recently, the firm has worked to build up a national sale network, with 38 licensed distributors, 16 sales and service agents and 40 service stations across China.

Shijiazhuang Coal Mining Machinery (Shimei), from Hebei Province, had a single model on display, the QYS-12IV. The four extension straight boom crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 12t at 3m radius, 4.7t at 6.8 m, or 1.6t at its maximum outreach of 14.2m. Outriggers can be used at a span of 2.25m or 5.51m. The maximum hook height is 16.2m. The crane is equipped with a high operators chair behind the crane.

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