Officials at the handover of the Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane.

Crane and heavy lifting specialist Arabian Consolidated Trading Establishment (ACT) has become the first company in Saudi Arabia to take delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane, having previously successfully utilised its predecessor model, the Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1.

“The LTM 1500-8.1 is a proven crane within the ACT Group that has also impressed our customers,” says Hassan Mohammed Rashid Al-Naimi, Founder and President of ACT.

“We wanted to have Saudi Arabia's first LTM 1650-8.1. ACT has always been a pioneer and has set standards in the crane business in Saudi Arabia. And we have now done this once again with the new 700-tonne crane.”

The LTM 1650-8.1 outperforms its predecessor by 15 to 50 per cent in terms of load capacity – depending on the equipment and is expected to set new standards in the Saudi crane market. ACT opted for the full equipment package with two boom variants at the time of purchase. Having enjoyed a good business relationship with Liebherr since 1987, ACT says it has full confidence in Liebherr's service organisation and crane technology.

“At ACT, it is standard practice to buy fully-equipped cranes – the Saudi company, therefore, did so when purchasing the LTM 1650-8.1, acquiring both telescopic boom lengths in the process. The new crane can be equipped with a 54 or 80-m boom. To switch between them, only the corresponding telescopic sections must be changed, rather than the entire boom. This option allows the advantages of both boom variants to be exploited,” says a spokesman for Liebherr-Werk Ehingen, a leading manufacturer of mobile and crawler cranes.

The 80-m boom offers large hoist heights and radii, making ACT's new 700-tonne crane suitable for jobs that fall between the capabilities of the LTM 1500-8.1 and the LTM 11200-9.1. The 54-m telescopic boom offers advantages in terms of mobility, allowing the crane to travel on the road with the front supports and a 12-tonne axle load. To minimise the set-up time, however, the rear supports are installed as complete support boxes in a single hoist and connected using quick couplings.

“We need a fast crane, a so-called taxi crane. The LTM 1650-8.1 is easy to mobilise. This is important for emergency maintenance work in refineries, where we only have four hours to set up for shutdown work. The new 700-tonne crane is the best choice here,” explains Al-Naimi.


Technology & service

The technical aspects of Liebherr cranes are highly valued by ACT. “Generally speaking, everyone here at ACT is convinced by the standards Liebherr sets each time it launches a new product,”  he adds.

This satisfaction with Liebherr cranes also extends to ACT's customers: “Our customer Aramco is very satisfied with Liebherr in the field of refinery maintenance and shutdown work in particular,” says Al-Naimi.

This is also where the main application areas for ACT's new LTM 1650-8.1 lie. Liebherr's fast and reliable service is also very important, since it keeps crane downtime to a minimum.


Business relations 

ACT purchased its first Liebherr crane in 1987. “Willi Liebherr's visit to our site in 1992 strengthened our business relationship even further,” says Al-Naimi. “Apart from our partnership, we are very satisfied with Liebherr's service and local presence in Saudi Arabia. This is also the reason why our customers prefer Liebherr for these types of large orders.”

ACT was founded in Saudi Arabia in 1986 and has grown steadily ever since. In total, ACT operates 238 cranes, 180 of which were manufactured by Liebherr. Headquartered in Jubail, the company has offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Dammam and Yanbu and employs a total of 1,000 people. The company's focus is on crane rental and operations in refinery maintenance and decommissioning.

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen’s range of mobile cranes extends from two-axle 35-tonne cranes to heavy-duty cranes with a lifting capacity of 1,200 tonnes and a nine-axle chassis. Its lattice boom cranes on mobile or crawler crane chassis deliver lifting capacities of up to 3,000 tonnes. With universal boom systems and extensive additional equipment, they can be seen in action on construction sites throughout the world.  Liebherr-Werk Ehingen is part of the  Liebherr Group, one of the largest construction equipment manufacturers in the world, which is a family-run technology company with a highly diversified product portfolio.