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South Korea

Construction

Boom

Demands

Cranes

For Liebherr the boom South Korean construction

industry is good business with their cranes always

in demand. Especially the Liebherr MK mobile

construction cranes which have become more and

more popular and do various jobs in South Korea

The Liebherr mobile construction cranes MK

are very popular and do more and more jobs in

South Korea. Many companies complement their

fleets with mobile construction cranes – some

examples: Hanbit Cranes, Woori Cranes, Sinhan

Cranes, Hyelim Cranes and Jung Bu Cranes.

They realized that MK cranes have many ad-

vantages, for example on inner city sites where

the vertical tower allows for the cranes to be erect-

ed directly next to the building where they can

operate at interfering edges.

Furthermore, the cranes work fast and efficient-

ly, have between 36 and 52 m of effective reach

and they need only very small space for erection

and operation.

The Gumi area and the Gimhae

district of Daegu

Sinhan Cranes, based in the Gumi area of

Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, has in-

vested in a Liebherr MK 80 mobile construction

crane to diversify its business and become more

competitive amongst the numerous other crane-

hire companies in the area that use hydracranes.

“We have a number of hydracranes, but the

competition in this area is intense and we

decided we had to extend our service range,”

says owner Wun Bae-chun.

“Much of the construction work here is in

warehousing, storage and light industry,

buildings on tight sites with a large footprint but

very little access for lifting equipment. The MK

80 can, however ,go into all these areas, and

reach upwards and across roof spaces. Lifting

weights of about 1.7 t in a very confined space

is easy for this machine.”

Operator Sung Byun-dong says that learning to drive

and operate the crane was very straightforward.

“Manoeuvring the crane into position and then

accessing all parts of the site has proven to be

very easy on each job,”

South Korea’s Jung Bu Cranes are also situated in

the Gumi area of Deagu. Having been using Liebherr MK

80 mobile construction cranes, and seen his business

expanding as a consequence, the owner Kim Ju-chul has

recently taken delivery of a third unit; adding an MK 100

to the fleet.

Mr. Kim also confirmed that a large number of de-

velopment projects that are undertaken in Gumi are in

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Hanbit Cranes: The MK 80 needs a

very small amount of space for erec-

tion and operation.