Modern Cranes in India buys Grove

By Katherine Weir10 May 2016

The GMK6300L is the largest crane in Modern Cranes’ fleet

The GMK6300L is the largest crane in Modern Cranes’ fleet

Crane rental company Modern Cranes, based Hyderabad, India, has expanded its crane fleet with its biggest acquisition yet - a Grove GMK6300L. The 300 tonne capacity, six axle mobile crane is earmarked to support large projects such as bridge building, girder placement, railway works, chiller erections in heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) projects as well as applications in the cement and power industries.

Amin Ladha, partner at Modern Cranes, said, “Modern Cranes has a solid history of using Grove cranes and we continue to use them today because of their strong functionality, reliability and safety features. The purchase of the Grove GMK6300L is reflective of the optimistic mood in India’s construction market.

“Mindsets have matured following new government regulations in 2005, which require the use of safer and more reliable cranes in large scale public and private projects. As safety norms in India evolve, we need to keep up with these changes.”

Besides its 300 tonne capacity, the GMK6300L features a 15.6 to 80 metre seven section full power boom with Grove’s Megaform shaping and Twin-Lock pinning. Its Megatrak independent hydro-pneumatic suspension system enables the 6300L to operate as a true all terrain crane. Other features include a 12 to 21 m hydraulic offset bi-fold swingaway jib, which has 2 x 8 m intermediate lattice inserts to boost reach, with an overall maximum tip height of 120 m achievable, the company said.

Prem Naithani, sales director for India and the Subcontinent for Grove mobile cranes and Manitowoc crawler cranes, added, “The development of Modern Cranes’ business highlights the upwards trajectory of India’s construction industry. There are demands not only for more construction work, but for bigger projects and higher levels of productivity. To achieve this, customers are looking not only for larger and more productive machines, but also ones that deliver a better return on investment for them. This is what the GMK6300L offers and what’s created its success, both in India and worldwide.”

Having started out with just a solitary 5 tonne capacity crane in its early years as a steel business, Modern Cranes was transformed into a fully-fledged crane rental company in 1989 after building up a fleet of Coles cranes (a brand acquired by Manitowoc) from its headquarters in Mumbai. Today its fleet has expanded to include over 50 cranes.

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