12/17/2015 Satisfied with Liebherr cranes for 40 years – Anton Schick buys new LTM 1160-5.2 mobile crane

  • Building contractor Anton Schick has been placing its trust in cranes from Liebherr for 40 years
  • The Liebherr LTM 1160-5.2 mobile crane is the most modern crane in its class
  • 160-tonne machine will be used by Schick for assembling prefabricated concrete parts and erecting tower cranes

Building contractor Anton Schick bought its first Liebherr mobile crane over 40 years ago and remains a loyal Liebherr customer today. The building contractor's fleet currently consists of around 30 tower cranes and mobile cranes from Liebherr. In November 2015 Schick took delivery of a new LTM 1160-5.2 mobile crane at the Liebherr plant in Ehingen. Schick's new crane features high lifting capacities and modern technology with the innovative VarioBase® system.

From left to right: Edgar Schlereth (Assistant Crane Driver, Schick), Oliver Schlereth (Crane Driver, Schick), Anton Schick (Owner and Managing Director, Schick), Ralf Kohlhepp (Technical Director Pre-Fabricated Concrete Components, Schick), Florian Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen)

From left to right: Edgar Schlereth (Assistant Crane Driver, Schick), Oliver Schlereth (Crane Driver, Schick), Anton Schick (Owner and Managing Director, Schick), Ralf Kohlhepp (Technical Director Pre-Fabricated Concrete Components, Schick), Florian Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen)

“Liebherr is the industry technology leader. The LTM 1160-5.2 with VarioBase® means we have invested in the most modern crane in this class”, says company owner Anton Schick. The new 5-axle crane was first unveiled by Liebherr in 2014. It features high load capacities, the Liebherr single-engine concept and a vehicle width of just 2.75 metres. This makes it particularly economical and flexible to use. The unique VarioBase® supporting system means that each individual crane support can be extended to an arbitrary length whilst the crane work is secured by the load moment limiter integrated in its LICCON controller. VarioBase® also delivers higher load capacities and a larger working area.

Anton Schick GmbH und Co.KG first opened for business in 1904 in Bad Kissingen and employs a total of 300 people at three sites. The company's main business sectors are construction, prefabricated concrete component assembly, industrial construction and agricultural construction. The company bought its first Liebherr mobile crane in the mid-seventies. Anton Schick continues: “Since we bought our first Liebherr mobile crane around 40 years ago we have always been very satisfied with the machines. That is why we always go back to Liebherr when we buy a new crane.” In addition to cranes, the company also has a Liebherr concrete mixing system.

One of the most important areas of use for the new LTM 1160-5.2 mobile crane will be assembling prefabricated concrete components throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Increased load requirements made it necessary for the company to invest in the 160-tonne machine. It will replace a Liebherr LTM 1100-5.2 mobile crane with a load capacity of 100 tonnes. Anton Schick will also use the new crane for erecting his tower cranes: “Its high load moment and 62-metre telescopic boom makes the LTM 1160-5.2 perfect for erecting our tower cranes. The crane has the ideal dimensions for this work.”

The team from Schick also has an LTM 1220-5.2 for heavyweight assembly and erection work. Schick decided to buy Liebherr's most powerful five-axle machine a few years ago as a result of its “uncompromising load capacities” says Anton Schick. The company's fleet includes more than 25 tower cranes, among them 17 top-slewing cranes with load moments of 71 to 250 tonne-metres.

In addition to a modern fleet, the company attaches great value to preparing all its construction projects properly and logically. Planning, calculation and communication are important components for completing its special construction projects. Liebherr provides support in this in the form of the LICCON job planning software and CAD planning models for mobile cranes.