SPAIN: Hiab launched its latest range-topping knuckle boom loader crane at the end of October. The 92 tonne-metre model XS 1055, announced exclusively in ACT sister magazine, International Cranes and Specialized Transport's October issue News, page 8, was demonstrated to members of the press alongside the also-new mid-range XS 211 model.

The XS1055 was developed at Hiab's heavy crane facility in Zaragoza. It can have up to 10 hydraulic extensions giving a 24 meter (79 foot) outreach where capacity is 2.5 metric tons (2.8 tons). Adding the 145X-5 jib increases hydraulic outreach to 29 meters (95 feet) where capacity is 1.24 metric tons (1.4 tons).

Hiab, headquartered in Sweden, is owned by Cargotec in Finland, which also owns crane manufacturers Kalmar, Loglift Jonsered and MacGregor, among many other material handling company brands. At the 30,000m2 (323,000 square feet) Zaragoza site 250 workers produced 1,256 cranes in 2006 and the forecast is higher for 2007.

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