From left to right: Tobias Bohler (Liebherr Mexico S.de R.L.) and Amado Castro (Grupo DPH)
With the delivery of a 500-tonne LTM 1500-8.1 to the Mexican company Grupo DPH, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH can now boast the delivery of 30,000 mobile cranes to its customers. In reaching the decision to buy from Liebherr, one of the major factors for Grupo DPH was the existence of Liebherr Mexico S.de R.L, a sales and service subsidiary founded in 2013 and based in Mexico City.
"Liebherr cranes have always had a good reputation and since Liebherr has had its own location here in Mexico, I know that I can rely on the company's excellent after-sales service for my machines," said Jorge Fernandez, owner of Grupo DPH, a crane and heavy load contractor, when explaining his purchase of the LTM 1500-8.1 and a Liebherr LR 1400/2 crawler crane.
Grupo DPH has its head office in Tampico, in the State of Tamaulipas in Mexico, and currently has a workforce of 300 people working in its crane hire, heavy transport, logistics and construction business units. DPH operates a total of 25 cranes with load capacities of up to 500 tonnes, 6 of which are crawler cranes with capacities between 100 and 400 tonnes.
The new LTM 1500-8.1 was handed over in the port of Salina Cruz in the south of Mexico. Grupo DPH has a warehouse at the port, which currently acts as a distribution centre for the wind power plant manufacturer Vestas. At the present time, the warehouse contains 130 generators and hubs for wind turbines. These will be shipped to wind farms throughout Mexico and also to other countries within Latin America. That means that the first jobs were already waiting for the new LTM 1500-8.1 crane when it arrived. It shuttled between loading the generators at the distribution center and a nearby wind farm where it erected tower segments weighing 68 tonnes. The next jobs for it include pre-assembly work for oil platforms.
The 500-tonner from Liebherr has been on the market for 16 years and 450 units have already been supplied, establishing the model as the reference crane in the 500-tonne class.