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Made with Liebherr

Renowned old towns and spectacular buildings, important communication infrastructure or just places for sport and leisure – Liebherr cranes are very much in demand for construction, modification and refurbishment work. So we can certainly also say: Made with Liebherr.

Noiseless in Dresden old town

Radeberg-based contractor Krandienst Kunze e.K. sent its Liebherr MK 88 Plus mobile construction crane to Dresden old town to replace glass elements in a shopping arcade. The conditions in the area around the Frauenkirche include narrow streets, requiring sensitive hoists from the atrium over a line of buildings thirty meters high and a high density of local residents. So it was an absolutely ideal job for an MK 88 Plus operating in electric mode. Hardly had the hydraulic outriggers been extended and the vehicle levelled, something happened which was extremely unusual for a crane job – complete silence. The diesel engine had been shut down and from then everything was carried out using site electricity, even the remainder of the set-up process for the MK. The heavy current cable carried on the crane was connected to the power distributor box on the site and the elegant extension mechanism for the tower and boom were started using the remote control. 15 minutes later, the compact MK was fully erected with its boom at an angle of 30 degrees. Only for the first few hoists was the MK 88 Plus controlled from the infinitely height-adjustable elevating cab to keep a close eye on the building topography. After that, everything was done by remote control so that the operator was with the installation team on the roof, close to the removal and installation location for every one of the 800 kilogram glass elements. That made communication and a view of the load much easier. And it also meant that the job in the old town could be completed successfully with maximum safety and with pretty much no noise.

Wooden cupola becomes new salt storage facility

In Switzerland, there is a statutory supply order for salt. Schweizer Salinen AG, owned by all the Canton’s and the Principality of Liechtenstein, produces almost all the country’s requirement of salt of all types at its three sites. One of them is Saline Riburg near Rheinfelden, around ten kilometers west of Basel. Its storage capacity was expanded around ten years ago with a large new facility after an extremely snowy winter and problems with the supply of winter salt. A Liebherr LTM 1055-3.1 mobile crane took care of the panelling of the massive cupola structure. Around 1,300 cubic meters of timber were required to build the dome which has a diameter of 120 meters and a height of 32 meters. The wooden structure, which at the time was the largest wooden cupola in Europe, can hold over 100,000 tonnes of salt.

The ultimate salt barrel

Schweizer Salinen produce up to 600,000 tonnes of salt every year. In addition to table salt and salt types for industry, agriculture and pharmacy, the Alpine state also requires a great deal of winter salt. Enormous warehouses such as the Saldome2 at Saline Riburg in the Canton of Aargau are used to store enormous stocks of this important material. A Liebherr mobile crane was involved in the construction of the wooden cupola.

8-axle crane at the new station

Utrecht station is the largest railway station in the Netherlands. It handles around 195,000 passengers and 1,500 trains every day. First opened in 1843, it has been extended and refurbished several times. The station itself was recently reopened in 2016 after extensive building work and the area around the station has been completely restructured, with the work finishing in 2020. One striking feature is the new roof on the station square – which is where an LTM 1450-8.1 from crane contractor Heijkoop was in action in May 2018. The constricted site conditions on what is now the station square posed a minor challenge. A 1000 EC-H tower crane was dismantled whilst site operations continued. Fitted with a luffing jib and 134 tonnes of ballast, the components of the tower crane were hoisted out of the new roof of the station square. The slewing ring with the crane jib, weighing in at around 27 tonnes, was the heaviest load for the 450 tonne crane.

Modern Dutch architecture

An LTM 1450-8.1 played a major role in the construction of the new railway station in Utrecht in May 2018. The station will handle around 1,500 trains every day.

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