06/17/2015 Entering a new load capacity class – Spallek invests in Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane

  • Spallek has entered into a new load capacity class by purchasing the LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane
  • The good overall concept of the Liebherr 300-tonne machine persuaded the company
  • Spallek is delighted with Liebherr's reliability

Powerful, user-friendly and quickly ready for use: these are the key words used by Autokrane Werner Spallek GmbH & Co. KG to describe its new Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane. The investment means that Spallek has now entered a higher load capacity class. Company owner Werner Spallek visited the Liebherr plant in Ehingen at the start of June with his son Philipp to take delivery of the new 300-tonne machine.

From left to right: Florian Lauwerth (Autokrane Werner Spallek GmbH & Co. KG), Christoph Neumann (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Werner Spallek, Philipp Spallek, Vadim Kortschevski (all Autokrane Werner Spallek GmbH & Co. KG)

From left to right: Florian Lauwerth (Autokrane Werner Spallek GmbH & Co. KG), Christoph Neumann (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Werner Spallek, Philipp Spallek, Vadim Kortschevski (all Autokrane Werner Spallek GmbH & Co. KG)

The main reason for investing in a larger crane was the fact that Spallek had hit the buffers with its Liebherr 200-tonne crane for some jobs and there were clear indications from the market that the company needed a crane with higher load capacities. The company's full order books and the positive finance conditions available at the moment made the decision to take the step into a new load class easy.

Liebherr first unveiled the LTM 1300-6.2 at the Bauma 2013. It is the first mobile crane to feature the new Liebherr single-engine concept and includes a 78-metre telescopic boom. Philipp Spallek is delighted with the six-axle crane: "The crane is really powerful. We compared its load capacities with our 200-tonne machine and in some cases the 300-tonne model can handle up to 78% higher loads". The overall concept of the LTM 1300-6.2 persuaded the company to buy it. "It has high load capacities but is still very compact and very easy to use. Its short set-up times mean that we can have it ready for use on site quickly", reports Werner Spallek. "The other important thing for us was that we don't have to change anything in our transport department. We can transport the crane equipment using our existing vehicles."

The flexible 300-tonne crane will be used by Spallek for hoisting work in a whole host of different areas, including the food industry, the steel and coal industry, construction and civil engineering, wind energy, the cement industry, prefabricated concrete components, infrastructure projects and bridge construction and dismantling. The company is based in Ibbenbüren, in North Rhine-Westphalia with a 20-strong workforce and has been operating for 25 years.

"We decided on Liebherr once again this time since we can rely 100% on them", says Werner Spallek. Liebherr cranes are very reliable and the service is outstanding. The company owner says that another reason for the purchase is the fact that Liebherr cranes retain their value. "The high value retention when it comes to selling a used crane enables us to plan the future more easily." It will come as no surprise therefore to learn that all 12 of the mobile cranes in the company's fleet are Liebherr models.