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First new 300t Kobelco in Europe


Hawks Crane Hire in the UK has ordered Europe’s first unit of the new 300t capacity Kobelco CKE3000G crawler crane. The Dartford-based company sealed the deal during the Intermat exhibition in Paris, France.

The model was launched in December 2017 and the first two units were delivered to Indonesian contractor Guna Teguh Abadi (GTA) Construction in March.

The CKE3000G is an all-rounder with three lifting modes, including Standard, with a capacity of 300t at 5.5m, Heavy Lift, with a capacity of 189.8t at 8.8m radius, and the Super Heavy Lift which lifts 350t at 8m radius. The CKE3000G ordered by Hawks will have a 78m main boom, 60m luffing fly jib and a 30m back mast and tray, giving the crane the heavy lift (HL), and SHL (super heavy lift) duties.

Commenting on his choice of crane, Elliot Hawkins, Hawks’s managing director, said: “The CKE3000G is a very flexible machine that will not only work well in the pre-cast, modular building sector, currently one of our largest markets, but will also open the door to new opportunities in the UK’s heavy lift marketplace, particularly the energy sector – gas, oil, renewables and energy to waste power plant construction – and on large-scale infrastructure projects, such as HS2 and Hinkley Point C.

“After careful evaluation we chose Kobelco’s CKE3000G because, having compared it to many of its competitor’s models, its duties in standard luffing jib configuration were really impressive. We did some very thorough comparisons with several other competitor’s cranes and it out-performed one by a staggering 35%. It also beat a 350t competitor machine, which is incredible.”

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