First Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 in Saudi Arabia goes to ACT

The latest mobile crane in its range has a choice of booms and outperforms its predecessor in terms of load capacity

ACT Arabian Consolidated Trading Est has become the first company in Saudi Arabia to take delivery of a Liebherr LTM 1650-8.1 mobile crane, the crane manufacturer has announced.

ACT, which previously used its predecessor model, the Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1, opted for the full equipment package including both telescopic boom lengths, 54 and 80m, at the time of purchase. It continues the relationship the company has enjoyed with Liebherr since 1987, the statement said.

According to Liebherr the new LTM 1650-8.1 outperforms its predecessor by 15-to-50% in terms of load capacity – depending on the equipment.

In August 2022, Liebherr said it had successfully tested air conditioning units destined for use in Etihad Rail trains.

“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 Saudi Arabian company followed its standard practice of buying fully equipped cranes 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-metre boom. To switch between them, only the corresponding telescopic sections must be changed, rather than the entire boom, Liebherr said.

The crane and heavy-duty company ACT Arabian Consolidated Trading Est was founded in Saudi Arabia in 1986 and has grown steadily ever since. In total, ACT Arabian Consolidated Trading Est operates 238 cranes, 180 of which were manufactured by Liebherr. The company’s focus is on crane rental and operations in refinery maintenance and decommissioning.

Later in August, Liebherr said it had expanded its heavy lift ship crane series, and said it would display its rail-road excavator with hydrostatic drive at Bauma 2022.

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