Germany: An “XXL” crawler crane, with more than 2,000 metric-tons (2,240 tons) lifting capacity, is under development at Liebherr.

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 said.

It will be a jump up the capacity scale from the current range-topping 1,350 metric-ton (1,512 ton) 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.

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