Sep 8, 2015 - 4 years ago
By Supply Post
“When staff from a good, long-time customer such as Mammoet visits our plant in Zweibrücken, we roll out the red carpet for them,” says Terex Key Account Manager Uwe Schlicher, who greeted the guests together with several fellow team members: Vice President of EMEAR Sales Carsten von der Geest, Wallerscheid Plant Manager Thorsten Quadflieg, Zweibrücken Director of Quality Pierre Rappin, and Sales Manager Torsten Hanke. The reason behind the visit was the handover of a new Terex Explorer 5500 all-terrain crane, which Mammoet will first use at its German Ludwigshafen location and then at its Leuna location. This is why the Mammoet staff from both locations travelled to Zweibrücken to receive the crane.
Mammoet Germany had good reasons to decide to buy an Explorer 5500 crane, as the company’s customer base is high profile and demands high quality equipment: “We ordered the Explorer 5500 with a 60-meter boom and a fly jib. This will prove to be - indirectly - advantageous during our work at BASF’s facilities, where we will often have to lift loads high or over obstacles with very limited space,” explains Steffen Marx, Ludwigshafen Branch Manager. In addition, the crane comes with an optional refinery kit featuring an electrical emergency stop system for the engine, a fast-acting shut-off valve for the engine’s intake pipe, and an emergency engine shutdown system.
“The single-engine design also played an important part in our decision. The Explorer is the first crane with only one engine in our fleet. It saves fuel, reduces weight, and lowers maintenance costs. All in all, this means that the crane really pays for itself, especially when it comes to long projects,” adds Head of Crane Operations Hans-Werner Springstein. Mammoet also considered the crane’s axle load indicator to be an advantage, as it makes it easy to check the unit’s axle loads – something that is becoming increasingly important as authorities get stricter and stricter in this regard. In addition, the company attaches enormous importance to safety, just like Terex Cranes, and this is another area in which the Explorer 5500 excels: “The unit’s automatic counterweight detection and its large number of access points at ground level, which make it possible to easily reach components such as the diesel and AdBlue tanks, eliminate the need for working at heights in a variety of cases,” says von der Geest to indicate two of the crane’s important safety features.
The handover was followed by an exciting highlight for the Mammoet staff, as Terex treated its guests to a closer look at the company’s crane production operations as part of a tour through the Wallerscheid plant. Marx, who has only been with Mammoet for a few months, was impressed in particular and was happy to get the chance to see the details behind the production operations of Terex for himself. “This type of thing is crucial to the way we take care of our relationships – customers are always welcome to visit, and we are always more than happy to show them where and how their Terex cranes are made,” Quadflieg points out.