MOBILE CRANES

Use of heavy duty mobile crane in Indian industries is a sign of increase in investments in construction, cement, steel, wind and power sectors. Equipment Times tracks the technological developments in the mobile crane market.

On the basis of type and material lifting, the Indian mobile crane market is segmented in to all terrain cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes and truck cranes. All terrain dominates the market owing to growth in the construction sector across the globe and in India due to his versatility and operation efficiency. Use of heavy duty mobile crane in Indian industries is a sign of increase in investments in construction, cement, steel, wind and power sectors.  The market for all terrain cranes is predicted to accelerate owing to the expansion of cement plants, construction industry, infrastructure projects and the increased business potential of ship building and repair industry. Also, the increasing competition in the market is expected to drive further the crane rental rates resulting in overall growth of all terrain crane revenue share.

“Cranes will be required for the metro project for general erection as well as for heavy lifts involving lifting and lowering of TBM sections through the shafts. Greenfield nuclear power projects are also expected to be a major driver for medium capacity mobile and crawler cranes in the medium term. It is keenly looking to set up atomic energy facility in Haryana. Punjab is also strongly on the radar of the government, says Krishna Kumar, (Divisional Head -Tower cranes) Liebherr India.   

According to Prem Naithani, Sales Director, Manitowoc Cranes, India & Sub continent, Mobile & Crawler Cranes, customers want more flexibility and speed from their cranes. They want to be able to handle more jobs and complete work faster. That impacts several areas of crane design, from travel configuration, through to job site set-up, and on through lifting speed and tear down. We have developed a number of technologies that are designed to deliver on this. Take, for example, the Boom Selector App which forms part of our unique CCS control system. With this we have developed a technology that automatically sets the boom for the required lift. The operator simply inputs a few details and CCS takes care of the rest. The following pages highlight the technological developments and product offerings from major OEMs.

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