Mexican crane contractor Levantek has taken delivery of its first Liebherr crane. The LTM 1160-5.2 all-terrain crane is now the company’s most powerful mobile crane. Rising demand from customers for greater hoisting capacities was the main factor behind the investment in the 180-tonne crane.
The good reputation of the Liebherr brand and a visit by company owner Ferdinando Paez Trevino to the mobile crane production plant in Ehingen were the final steps in the decision-making process before the order was placed for the LTM 1160-5.2.
Ferdinando Paez Trevino’s Olympic Group consists of three companies – metal construction, transport and the Levantek crane rental firm. Its purchase of the LTM 1160-5.2 sees Paez Trevino significantly strengthen its crane division, as to date its fleet consisted of truck cranes with a much lower lifting capacity. He explains: “Our investment in a 5-axle mobile crane was an important strategic decision for us. We also considered purchasing a used crane. Ultimately we decided on a new LTM 1160-5.2 because it meets the requirements of our customers in terms of performance and boom length very well.”
The LTM 1160-5.2 features a 62-metre telescopic boom. With its 10.8 m to 19 m long folding jib and additional telescopic boom extensions, it can achieve hoisting heights of up to 99 metres and radii of up to 78 metres. The great range and performance of the LTM 1160-5.2 were major criteria behind the decision by Paez Travino to buy it.
Apart from the technical performance data of the crane, a visit to the mobile crane manufacturing plant at Liebherr in Ehingen was the deciding factor. Christian Tableros, Manager of the Mobile Cranes Division at Liebherr México, says: “Ferdinando Paez Trevino was very interested in finding out how Liebherr builds mobile cranes. That is why we invited him to visit the plant in Ehingen.” Paez Trevino continues: “I was very impressed with the quality in the production at Liebherr. I have had a good experience with “Made in Germany” products as many of my fleet of around 200 trucks come from Germany. That also made the decision in favour of Liebherr an easy one.”