Manitowoc and Sennebogen have announced the launch of three new Grove branded telescopic crawler cranes as part of a long term strategic partnership.
The three units, the GHC55, GHC75, and GHC130 with 50, 70 and 120 tonnes capacity and 30.4, 36 and 40 metre main booms, are based on Sennebogen’s standard 653, 673 and 6113 telescopic crawler cranes and will be built alongside them at the Sennebogen plant in Straubing, Germany.
Sold exclusively in North and South America, they will be fully supported by Manitowoc Crane Care and sold through the Grove/Manitowoc dealer network.
All three cranes can pick and carry 100 percent of their load chart and can slew it a full 360 degrees, making them ideal for applications such as utility projects etc… A variety of attachments will be available including an auger attachment and pole claw.
Mike Herbert, global product director for Grove Rough Terrain, said: “The GHC series is for customers that need a compact, manoeuvrable crane that can face the rigours of merciless terrain. With minimal transport requirements, 100 percent pick and carry ability and a telescoping boom, these cranes will prove very nimble in both getting to and navigating job sites.”
This looks like a very good move for both companies, Sennebogen will benefit from the strong Grove and Manitowoc distribution network in the Americas, boosting product volumes. While Manitowoc will have an exceptionally high quality product to compete with the Tadano Mantis and Link Belt telescopic crawler crane products, not to mention the growing Liebherr tele-crawler line.
Some might have expected these units to be branded as Manitowoc, given that they are crawler cranes. But the Grove brand and distribution network makes more sense. This is not the first time there has been a Grove telescopic crawler crane – some were made at the Shady Grove plant in the early days, and Grove truck crane superstructures were once mounted on a bought crawler chassis in Italy.
One can’t help wonder what each company has in mind to regarding future development of this ‘long term strategic partnership’, as it has all manner of possibilities. In summary it looks like a win-win deal which should be helped financially by the current weakness of the Euro against the dollar.