Norwegian tower crane partnership gets first order
By Niamh Marriott26 April 2022
Wolffkran and Mikkelsen Kran’s new joint-venture company Wolffkran Norge has secured its first order, to deliver three Wolff 8033 cross cranes, for a hospital construction project in Molde.
The project will be built using pre-fabricated parts weighing up to seven tonnes.
“An ideal job for the Wolff 8033 cranes with tip load capacities of 8.1 and 7.8 tonnes at 55 metres,” said Espen Hanssen, managing director of Mikkelsen Kran.
“We only needed three cranes to cover the entire 54,000 square metre site.”
All three cranes have already been erected and will remain on site until mid-2023. Two more Wolff cranes will be used in Spring on Gregers Kvartal residential project in Oslo.
Hanssen will run the day-to-day business of Wolffkran Norge, headquartered in Drammen, 40 kilometres southwest of Oslo.
“The concentration of our combined efforts as Wolffkran Norge makes us more competitive and helps us increase market share across the country,” said Hanssen.
Bent Mikkelsen, founder and owner of Mikkelsen, has been in the Norwegian crane and transportation business for 50 years. The joint venture sees Mikkelsen returning to the tower crane business.
“We are very proud of collaborating with Wolffkran. We know each other well and look forward to building a business in Norway together,” added Mikkelsen.
Wolffkran CEO Duncan Salt said the alliance is an important step in opening up a new market with a demand for big tower cranes with high load capacities. “Together we can provide excellent tower crane solutions with all associated services to customers. We are very much looking forward to working with Mikkelsen and bringing new momentum to the Norwegian market,” he said.