08/26/2016 TOPKRAN takes delivery of its second LR 1350/1 – Russian company orders a total of four Liebherr crawler cranes

  • TOPKRAN purchases for new Liebherr crawler cranes
  • Full order book despite difficult economic conditions
  • Comprehensive service from Liebherr throughout Russia

Moscow-based crane hire company TOPKRAN already has 15 Liebherr mobile cranes and ten Liebherr crawler cranes. At the end of July it took delivery of its second LR 1350/1 crane at the manufacturing plant in Ehingen. The new 350-tonne crane is the final machine from a large order for a total of four crawler cranes, all of which have been delivered in the first six months of 2016.

From left to right: Volker Ostenried (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Jurij Lavotschnik (OOO Liebherr-Russland), Vladimir Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Vitalij Laptev, Karen Mkhitaryan, Grigory Grigorjan (all TOPKRAN) Mario Trunzer (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH) Oleg Orlov (TOPKRAN), Georg Huber (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH)

From left to right: Volker Ostenried (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Jurij Lavotschnik (OOO Liebherr-Russland), Vladimir Maier (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH), Vitalij Laptev, Karen Mkhitaryan, Grigory Grigorjan (all TOPKRAN) Mario Trunzer (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH) Oleg Orlov (TOPKRAN), Georg Huber (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH)

The package included an LR 1750, which together with an LR 1750, which Topkran has been using for several years, is the largest crane in the company's fleet, two LR 1350/1 cranes and an LR 1100 telescopic crawler crane. Despite difficult economic conditions such as the weak rouble, which makes products and finance more expensive, low raw material prices and also sanctions which make business more difficult, TOPKRAN reports that its order books are doing well. This led to its decision to purchase additional cranes. One example of where the new cranes will be used is the construction of football stadiums for the World Cup which is to be held in Russia in 2018. The first job for the new LR 1350/1 is in the stadium in Volgograd which is where the LR 1750 is already in use.

Karen Mkhitaryan, co-founder of the company, says: "Despite the difficulties we are looking at the future with confidence and are delighted to be working with Liebherr as our partner. Liebherr understands business better than others."

Liebherr has a long, successful history in Russia. Large orders for enormous quantities of mobile cranes in the first few years of the company's history were major milestones in the development of the mobile crane plant in Ehingen. Liebherr has a powerful service organisation with well trained fitters covering the entire country to maintain around 1800 Liebherr mobile cranes currently in use in Russia. Liebherr has had a repair and service centre for mobile cranes and construction machinery with its own spare parts warehouse in Odinzovo near Moscow for several years.

Liebherr's presence and its range of services are one of the main reasons why TOPKRAN continues to choose Liebherr cranes. The Moscow-based company was founded in 2005 and now has a 300-strong workforce.