An “XXL” crawler crane, with more than 2,000 tonnes lifting capacity, is under development at Liebherr, IC exclusively reveals.

The as-yet unnamed lattice boom crawler will be a conventional single boom and two-crawler design, “A quite normal design – just bigger,” a Liebherr spokesperson told IC.

It will be a jump up the capacity scale from the current range-topping 1,350 tonne capacity LR 11350 lattice boom crawler. “We are definitely going to make a bigger one. It will be a new design and not a combination type,” the spokesperson explained.

The intention is for the “XXL” crawler to debut in the iron at the next Bauma construction equipment exhibition in Munich, Germany, in the first quarter of 2010. More details and a drawing should be available in 2009.

It is being designed and built at the Liebherr-Werk Ehingen mobile crane and large crawler crane plant in southern Germany.

News of this Liebherr crawler came just days after Manitowoc's announcement of its largest ever crane, the 2,000 tonne capacity Model 31000 (see IC March page 16).

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