Ladybrid Crane Hire in the UK has taken delivery of two Potain Igo 50 self-erecting cranes. The Igo 50 is the largest in Potain’s Igo range and has a 23 metre under hook height and a maximum four tonne capacity. It can lift 1.1 tonnes at the end of its 40 metre jib.
With just a handful of new self-erecting tower cranes to arrive from any manufacturer in the UK in the last five years, the purchase is a sign of the growing demand for self-erectors.
“As a result of the recession, companies have focused on their core businesses and for some this has seen the disposal of poorly utilised cranes,” said Robert Bird, managing direct of Bromsgrove-based Ladybird. “This has reduced the number of self-erecting cranes available in the country, and brought some balance back to the market. In addition to this we are seeing an increase in demand with developments taking shape around the country – many of which are small scale residential sites that are perfect candidates for self-erecting cranes.
Ladybird’s two Igo 50 cranes arrived last month and are currently out working – one at a high-end home build in Purley, while the other is helping to build a small block of flats in Kidderminster.