Manitowoc has officially launched the Potain MCT 565, currently its largest topless crane, at this year’s bauma China 2018. The company invited customers, dealers, end users and media to a specially-arranged event inside the Shanghai trade fair to present the crane. The following day a group of special guests were welcomed to the Manitowoc factory in nearby Zhangjiagang where the MCT 565 was shown fully assembled, complete with its full 80 m jib.
Francois Rotat, Product Manager for Potain tower cranes, said the new model gives customers lower total cost of ownership and allows them to take on new projects.
“The first topless cranes from our Zhangjiagang factory in China launched in 2012 and are now a huge success,” he said. “As acceptance grows it’s natural we extend the concept into new markets. The MCT 565 offers the benefits of topless cranes on significantly larger projects. Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and other CIS countries have ambitious construction programs and cranes like the Potain MCT 565 will help those regions meet their goals.”
The crane offers jib length configurations from 30 m to 80 m in 5 m increments. At its 80 m jib end, the MCT 565 can handle 4 t. Despite its increased size, the new model stays true to the design characteristics of Potain topless cranes, with easy transport and erection combining with excellent on-site performance, according to the company. Manitowoc is expecting strong interest in the new model, not only in Asia but also the Middle East and Latin America. Deliveries of the Potain MCT 565 will begin in early 2019.