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Liebherr receives largest ever tower crane order

New Istanbul airport project places order for 58 EC-H series cranes to proceed with work until 2018

A Liebherr tower crane hosts the Turkish flag.
A Liebherr tower crane hosts the Turkish flag.

The Liebherr Group has received the largest single order in the history of the Liebherr Tower Cranes division with the booking of 58 EC-H series cranes by Turkish contractor İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi for use on the ‘İstanbul Yeni Havalimanı’, or Istanbul New Airport, project.

An equally superlative undertaking, the Istanbul New Airport is being built to be the largest airport in the world by accommodating an annual throughput of around 150 million passengers by 2020.

İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi decided to use 32 cranes of the 280 EC-H 12 Litronic type, alongside 16 cranes of the 200 EC-H 10 Litronic type and a further 10 cranes of 154 EC-H 6 Litronic type.

The Litronic cranes have hook heights between 30 and 60 metres with maximum load capacities of up to 12t each, and all have high-performance, precision drive units and intelligent control systems.

“The Liebherr Tower Crane Solutions department has specialised in these complex construction projects and was able to score heavily with a low cost solution for this order,” says Rüdiger Boeck, Liebherr-Werk Biberach sales manager for Eastern Europe and the Bosporus.

In addition to short delivery times, the service Liebherr was able to guarantee through its local partner, Attila Dural Trading, was a key contributor towards the signing of the order.

“We can guarantee 24/7 service for our cranes in cooperation with our partner,” added Boeck.

“That is extremely important for these construction projects where every day is vital.”

Preparations for the 9,000ha Istanbul New Airport site, which will include a total of six runways, a gigantic tent-shaped main structure and 165 connecting passenger bridges, began in June 2014.

The first tower cranes were delivered recently and will remain installed at the airport until 2018.

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