The 500-tonne Liebherr LR 1500 is the latest addition to the LR 1400, LR 1600/2 and LR 1800-1.0 cranes that has been delivered earlier. Main criteria behind the decision – high performance, compact dimensions and economical transport.
Al Faris has increased its crawler crane portfolio by taking delivery of four Liebherr crawler cranes in just twelve months. The latest purchase by the Dubai-based crane contractor is an LR 1500. It follows LR 1400, LR 1600/2 and LR 1800-1.0 cranes. High lifting capacities with compact dimensions designed for economical transport were the main criteria behind the decision to buy the Liebherr 500 tonne crane.
Al Faris is one of the largest Liebherr customers in the world and invests significant amounts of money every year in the modernisation and expansion of its crane fleet. The current expansion of its crawler crane portfolio forms part of this strategy.
Hillary Pinto, the Managing Partner at the company, says: “The LR 1500 fits perfectly into our fleet of Liebherr crawler cranes, which currently comprises three LR 1280 models, two LR 1400 and two LR 1600/2 cranes, an LR 1800 1.0 and an LR 11000. We plan to purchase more crawler cranes in the future”.
LR 1500 – compact, powerful and simple
In the development of the LR 1500, Liebherr pursued the concept of “powerful – compact – smart”. It delivers the lifting capacities of the 500 tonne crawler crane class throughout its operating range whilst having the dimensions and component weights, which have previously been standard in the 400 tonne class. It can be transported economically all over the world due to the low transport weights of its individual components. The overall concept of the LR 1500 is designed for simplicity in every respect.
“The crane delivers very good lifting capacities whilst having compact, transport-friendly dimensions”, confirms Pinto. The latest crawler crane technology featured on the LR 1500 and the company’s high level of satisfaction with its other LR crawler cranes in the fleet were additional major criteria behind the decision. Al Faris regards its new crane as an all-rounder, which it will use flexibly in industry, infrastructure, the energy sector and for jobs in ports.
Long term working relationship
Al Faris currently has more than 500 Liebherr cranes in its fleet. Hilary Pinto continues: “You could say I am married to Liebherr, because it is the only company which combines top quality with superb after-sales service. Liebherr Dubai delivers very competent, reliable service from the purchase and professional commissioning procedure to all challenging service questions”.
The Al Faris Group based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was founded in 1992 and is now the largest crane and transport vehicle rental contractor in the whole of the Middle East and one of the largest in the world. The core business of the group is mobile crane rental.
Furthermore, Al Faris can supply a complete engineering and management package for heavy haulage and hoisting projects. The company has a workforce numbering over 3400 based at six branches in the UAE, three sites in Saudi Arabia, an outlet in Bahrain and, since the start of this year, also a branch in Iraq. Its current fleet includes over 2500 cranes and heavy haulage vehicles.
We can see why Mr Pinto said that he has “married to Liebherr” with the big order of 69 mobile and crawler order place in 2020 and getting the first Liebherr roughter duo in Middle East in 2018.