After being inactive on the roughter market for almost two decades, Liebherr has announced the launch of two new rough terrain cranes. The new models are aimed largely at the North American market, which currently represents almost 50% of the global RT crane market.
The two new models, LRT 1090-2.1 (90 ton) and LRT 1100-2.1 (100 ton) is set to be reveal during Las Vegas ConExpo held in March 2017 although they were recently previewed at an exclusive press event in Ehingen, Germany where the cranes will be manufactured.
Both crane have identical structural vehicle and turntable elements designs and the differences can be seen in their respective boom lengths, telescopic technology, counterweight and most importantly, the lifting capacities.
Both RT cranes are designed with Cummins diesel engine and will feature six-gear Dana powershift transmissions. Other similarities includes three steering options for higher degree of manoeuvrability, fully equipped unladen weight of less than 55 ton for easier and economical transportation.
Liebherr’s Ehingen facility managing director, Christoph Kleiner, explained that with the market movement ongoing sidewards, the manufacturer has been looking at ways to strengthen or widen their footprint in the crane industry. Hence Liebherr RT cranes has returned.
However, with fierce competition from Japan’s Tadano whom has gained a wide footprint global and USA Grove recent change of strategy to consolidate the production line, Liebherr has to make sure the cranes are competitively priced to gain a foothold in their “new market segment”.
We will update soon with the individual profile of each RT crane as soon as Liebherr release more information. Be posted !