At this year´s GIS EXPO, the only Italian trade event for the lifting and heavy transport industries, Manitowoc introduced the new Grove GMK5250L to the nation´s public for the first time. The GMK5250L is the first-ever mobile crane to feature a VIAB turbo retarder clutch. GIS EXPO took place from October 1-3 at the Piacenza Expo center in Piacenza, Italy.
Enrico Angiolini, Sales Director for Manitowoc in South Europe, said that the company has a strong history in Italy and wanted to demonstrate its commitment to the Italian market and its customers.
´Exhibiting at this year´s GIS trade event enabled us to demonstrate our strong commitment to the Italian market and to continue building solid relationships with our customers,´ he said.´The event gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase a selection of Manitowoc cranes, including the class-leading GMK5250L.´
The market-leading 250 t capacity GMK5250L has the strongest reach and load chart of any five-axle crane. It also offers the best maneuverability and class-leading driver comfort, which it delivers thanks to its inclusion of the VIAB turbo clutch and integrated retarder. During the event, customers were given a presentation of the new VIAB system.
Manitowoc also gave visitors full details on two more new Grove five-axle all-terrain cranes that launched this year. The new GMK5180-1 and GMK5200-1 cranes share several outstanding features and advantages found on the GMK5250L, as well as an optimised counterweight package for maximum flexibility. The 180 t capacity GMK5180-1 has a maximum counterweight of 50 t, and the 200 t capacity GMK5200-1 has a maximum counterweight of 70 t.
Joining the GMK5250L at the company´s booth at GIS EXPO was the RT550E rough-terrain crane. The RT550E, manufactured at the Manitowoc factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy has 45 t capacity and a class-leading 39 m boom and also the new CCS (Crane Control System) operating technology.
´It´s no secret that recent years have been difficult for the Italian market, but there is still huge potential here and we are seeing some stability returning to the market,´ Angiolini said.´We have a strong and loyal customer base in Italy, and we want to help our customers grow their business in preparation for activity levels rising.´