Moscow crane rental company TOPKRAN took delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane in April. This is the first crane of this type in Russia. TOPKRAN will primarily use the new crane in the construction of underground railways. The Liebherr 750-tonne machine can lift tunnel drilling machines in a single hoist. Previously two cranes hoisting in tandem were required for this work.
The owners of TOPKRAN came to the Liebherr manufacturing plant in Ehingen with a fairly large delegation to take delivery of the crane. Liebherr had already prepared the LTM 1750-9.1 for shipment. The telescopic boom had been removed from the crane and placed on a separate low loader. Just one day after the handover, the crane started its journey towards the Baltic ports.
Topkran has experience with large cranes since the company also has Liebherr lattice boom cranes with lifting capacities of up to 750 tonnes. However, the mobility of the LTM 1750-9.1 is a major advantage for the jobs plan for it because underground railways are being extended and new ones are being built throughout Russia, for example in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. Grigori Grigorian, co-proprietor of Topkran says, “We are planning to use the new crane for underground railway construction and for jobs in the petrochemicals industry and metalworking industry”.
TOPKRAN was founded in 2005 and was initially involved in the rental of earthmoving machines. It purchased its first cranes in 2008. With over 300 employees, 60 mobile and crawler cranes and 60 tower cranes, today TOPKRAN is one of the leading crane rental companies in Russia. The company continues to grow and the management is looking to the future optimistically. Orders for more cranes have already been placed. In 2018 the company intends to increase its capacity with a 1350-tonne crawler crane, the Liebherr LR 11350.
Karen Mkhitaryan, co-proprietor of the company, says: “We value quality very highly. That is why good partners are an important component for our future growth. That not only refers to the manufacturers of our cranes but also to finance and insurance companies.” Representatives of finance company Deutsche Leasing Vostok, and insurance company VSK Strachovoi Dom, also attended the festive handover of the crane. Deutsche Leasing is an important partner to Liebherr customers for financing cranes. Insurance company VSK has around 400 offices throughout the country and is one of the largest insurers in Russia.