Grove first at Hiap Tong
By Euan Youdale25 January 2012
Hiap Tong has taken delivery of Singapore's first Manitowoc Grove GMK6300L all terrain crane.
One of the first projects for the 6-axle, 300 tonne capacity crane will be installing and replacing elevators in residential buildings run by the Singapore government's Housing Development Board.
According to Manitowoc, the project is perfect for the GMK6300L and its 80 m main boom - the longest in this capacity class. The boom allows the crane to reach applications at height without having to fit a jib, added the manufacturer.
In December 2011, more than 60 guests from crane and construction companies across Singapore traveled to Manitowoc's regional headquarters to see the crane. Gilles Martin, executive vice president of Manitowoc Cranes in Greater Asia-Pacific, made the official handover to Hiap Tong.
"We have sold other GMK6300L cranes in New Zealand, Australia and China, and the feedback is very positive. The standout feature is obviously the main boom, but we find customers also really like the strength the crane offers across the whole load chart," said Martin.
The crane includes the manufacturer's patented Megatrak suspension offering optimal travel on and off the road, said the manufacturer. The carrier incorporates a fully automatic Allison transmission with torque converter.
Hiap Tong supplies cranes and lifting services to customers in the marine, petrochemical and construction industries in Singapore, and also runs a trading division for equipment, selling into markets such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East.