Netherlands-based Mammoet marked a record order for new cranes with Manitowoc at ConExpo. The international heavy lifting, crane rental and specialized transport company will spend $90 million on a mix of Manitowoc crawler and Grove mobile cranes. “It is the biggest single order we have given in the history of the company,” said Roderik van Seumeren, Mammoet CEO. It is also the largest order Manitowoc has received.

The cranes will be Manitowoc 16000 and 21000 models and 60 Grove GMK telescopic mobile cranes from across the capacity range. All the crawlers will be fully equipped with luffing fly jib and MaxEr attachment. Most will be for use in Europe but there is also demand from India, China, Brazil and Australia. Deliveries for all the machines are scheduled for 2009 and 2010.“We feel that the market is so good. We see another two or three years of good work. Demand for energy is so huge,” van Seumeren said.

Mammoet's crane fleet includes 1,300 telescopic mobiles and 350 crawlers. The new cranes will be a mix of fleet expansion and replacement. Average age of the company's telescopic cranes is seven years. The fleet of specialized transport equipment includes 1,000 lines of self propelled modular transporter (SPMT) and there is another 500 lines on order.

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