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German rental company welcomes second 55 t Grove AT

5/22/2012

Long-term Grove user Auto-Klug, based in Germany, has added a second GMK3055 all-terrain crane to its fleet. The company has enjoyed huge success with its first GMK3055 and needs the second crane to meet growing demand.

Christina Glück, executive board member of Auto-Klug, said the crane has three key features that give it optimum versatility.

“The Grove GMK3055 has the ideal combination of boom length, compact design and lifting capacity,” she said. “With a 43 m boom and counterweight of up to 7.6 t that can be carried while the vehicle remains below 12 t per axle, there’s a real competitive advantage in terms of lift height and capability. It is also very compact, and we can get it into surprisingly small spaces.”

Auto-Klug now offers 12 Krupp and Grove cranes for rent across much of central and southeast Germany. The latest arrival in the company’s fleet was presented to Auto-Klug at a specially-arranged event at the Grove plant in Niella Tanaro, northern Italy, where the crane is built. The event was attended by senior staff from Auto-Klug and regional Manitowoc management.

With a 55 t capacity and a carrier just 2.55 m wide and less than 9 m long, the three-axle GMK3055 is a compact but powerful all-terrain crane. It includes Grove’s unique MEGATRAK independent suspension system and all-wheel steering for better on-site maneuvering. The crane’s 43 m boom can be used with a lattice extension, increasing reach to just over 60 m.

Siegfried Kohl, technical manager at Auto-Klug, said the jib offers better reach, even in constrained locations.

“With its hydraulic bi-fold swingaway jib, we can help customers reach the most difficult spots, even in very tight spaces. We have a long history of cooperation with Grove, so we understand the cranes and their capabilities.”

Auto-Klug, based in Hof, is a long-running family business. Its 200 employees are based in offices in Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. In addition to its fleet of 41 mobile cranes, which range up to 500 t in capacity, the company also provides recovery, towing services, auto recycling and heavy hauling.

About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
Founded in 1902, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions with manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 20 countries. In the United States, the Grove, Manitowoc, National Crane, Potain and Shuttlelift brands are sold and serviced by Grove US, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. In 2018, Manitowoc’s net sales totaled $1.8 billion, with over half generated outside the United States.
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