A first for Liebherr in Africa



Liebherr has delivered its first LTM 1230-5.1 to the African continent, sending its mobile crane to Allied Crane Hire in Cape Town, South Africa.

24-year-old Allied Crane Hire operates more than 80 mobile and crawler cranes, which are mainly used in petrochemicals, mining, wind and solar farms and the construction industry. The company bought its first Liebherr crane 20 years ago.

André Engelbrecht, managing director at Allied Crane Hire, explains: “Crane experts will agree that Liebherr has the best technology in mobile and crawler cranes and is a pioneer in the industry.

“An important criterion for us in choosing the LTM 1230 5.1 was its 75-metre telescopic boom. This allows us to do many crane jobs without having to set up a lattice jib.”

The Liebherr LTM 1230-5.1 is said to be an ideal crane for work in steep positions and at great heights, for example in wind turbine maintenance or petrochemical operations. With lattice extensions, the LTM 1230-5.1 reaches a maximum lifting height of 111 metres.

Another important purchase criterion for Allied Crane Hire was the Liebherr VarioBallast®. The ballast radius of the LTM 1230-5.1 can be adjusted between 4.8 and 5.7 metres.

“Operations in the petrochemical and mining industries are extremely challenging: little space, time pressure and constantly changing conditions. This calls for high flexibility from the cranes,” said Engelbrecht.