New Grove GMK5250XL-1 for Vernazza Autogru's French Operations – Heavy Lift News
28 May 2021

New Grove GMK5250XL-1 for Vernazza Autogru’s French Operations

Several Vernazza Autogru customers had already requested and booked Vernazza Autogru’s new Grove GMK5250XL-1 all-terrain crane before its official handover at the Manitowoc plant in Niella Tanaro, Italy. The highly anticipated five-axle, 250t capacity crane joined the company’s French fleet, where its 250t capacity, compact design, easy manoeuvrability and long 78.5m boom – the longest of all five-axle cranes on the market – will enable it to efficiently complete a broad range of jobs.

Representatives from Vernazza Autogru recently attended a handover ceremony at the Manitowoc Niella Tanaro plant in Italy to receive a new Grove GMK5250XL-1 – one of the first units sold in Italy.

Vernazza Autogru is a longstanding Manitowoc customer, having purchased its first Grove crane – a 40t GMK2035 model – in 2001. With the new GMK5250XL-1, the company’s fleet now counts a total of eight all-terrain and three rough-terrain cranes from Grove with capacities ranging between 35 t and 450 t.

The company has counted on Manitowoc’s reliable technical support, praising the responsiveness and professionalism of the Manitowoc teams in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and Niella Tanaro, Italy.

The longest boom of all 5 axle cranes on the market

The new Grove GMK5250XL-1 was purchased to support the company’s French operations, which are managed by Paolo Delfino, director general of Vernazza SAS (France). The company deploys mobile cranes in France across various sectors and the new Grove GMK5250XL-1 will broaden the range of jobs the company is equipped to complete.

Vernazza Autogru’s general manager, Diego Vernazza, first became interested in the GMK5250XL-1 during its launch at Bauma Munich in 2019. The impressive length of the extended seven section TWIN-LOCK boom, the independent MEGATRAK suspension with steer by wire system, compact dimensions, easy transport and extreme versatility made a strong and lasting impression on him.

“We were immediately attracted by the GMK5250XL-1,” Diego Vernazza said. “And I guess we were not the only ones because many of our specialized customers, as soon as they learned about our purchase decision, already requested and booked this crane for their projects – even before the all-terrain crane’s delivery.”

“Such a telescopic mobile crane in this category with a 78.5 m boom presents an extraordinary resource for us,” he continued. “We can count on the compactness of a five-axle carrier paired with the boom length which is typical for a six-axle crane.”

Source Manitowoc Grove

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