TRUCK-MOUNTED KNUCKLEBOOM CRANES HAVE BECOME ACCEPTED AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE HEAVY MOVING AND LIFTING ARMOURY, WITH MOST OPERATORS HAVING AT LEAST A HANDFUL OF THESE VERSATILE DEVICES IN THEIR FLEETS. MARGO COLE LOOKS AT HOW THE UK MARKET HAS EVOLVED FOR ITALIAN CRANE MANUFACTURER PM GROUP.
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What has become evident over the past few years is that operators are keen to get the maximum capacity they can when they opt to fit a crane on one of their haulage trucks, according to Giovanni Tacconi, sales director of Italian crane manufacturer PM Group. “We sold about 2,200 cranes last year, compared with 2007, when we sold almost 4,000 units,” he explains. “The [financial] crisis has changed the dimensions of what we are selling: there is less quantity, but the average cost has gone from €18,000 to €30,000.” Prior to the crash in 2008, he says, the company’s most popular truck-mounted crane models were in the medium range, with lifting capacities up to around 35 tonne/m. Now the models in the heavy range are the biggest sellers. “Ten years ago, the [71 tonne/m-capacity] PM85SP was the biggest crane we made; now it’s the PM210SP,” says Tacconi. The PM210SP, which weighs in at around 12 tonnes, can be configured for a capacity of up to 150 tonne/m.