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Italian cranes arrive in the UAE as Raimondi spies luffing niche

Italian crane manufacturer Raimondi has delivered the first of its new luffing jib cranes to Dubai.

Italian crane manufacturer Raimondi has delivered the first of its new luffing jib cranes to Dubai, which are available through local dealer Al Bakhit Construction Equipment.

The cranes are designed for easy erection and operation - the luffing jib is ideal for working in restricted sites where buildings are located in close proximity. The cranes are available as external self-climbing or internal self-climbing and have an air-conditioned cabin with non-restricted under floor vision for the operator.

According to Al Bakhit, with ground space at a premium in the local market, towers are increasingly situated closer together, making it difficult to find space for traditional hammer-head type machines. Placing a luffing jib crane inside the building is now the more viable option and also saves air space on top of the building.

Sections are pre-assembled in the factory in order to simplify the erection process and offer quick assembly at site.

The connection of tower elements by large diameter tensile bolts gives the tower its rigidity and at the same time assures it can be easily dismantled.

By locating the working platform inside the tower, Raimondi has reduced the safety risks, as all operations are carried out from within the structure.

Raimondi offers a number of tailor-made cranes, from topless to luffing jib, which are capable of working in the harshest climatic conditions - from the freezing environment of Russia, where temperatures can plummet to -50°C, to the Middle East, with temperatures as high as 55°C.

Founded in 1863, Rodolfo Raimondi set up his first business to supply foundry casting to the flourishing cotton and textiles industry.

But after the devastation of the Second World War when Italy embarked on a rebuilding programme and was in desperate need for construction equipment, Raimondi started to produce mechanical lifting hoists, which have proved to be very popular with construction companies. The company continues to develop cranes to European standards of safety and reliability and export them across the world.

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