Raimondi Cranes SpA, heritage manufacturer of precision heavy lifting machinery for more than 150 years, announced the appointment of Korea’s La On as the country’s official dealer of its tower and luffing cranes and its range of crane accessories. The new agency appointment, effective from February 2020, was inaugurated with the sale of company’s first five Raimondi LR273 luffing cranes.
“We are proud to represent Raimondi Cranes in the region and to work with machines that meet the higher standards in terms of capabilities, innovation, and safety. The decision to purchase this specific Raimondi model came from the shortage of luffers within the East Asian market, and the versatility of this heavy lifter,” said Seung Soon Park, Managing Director, La On. Park added that LaOn’s extensive experience in the tower and luffing crane sector exceeds three decades, in addition to 10 years of international trade.
Two of the new cranes are already at work participating in the construction of a noteworthy large-scale development in Dongtan, a newly-built city in the metropolitan area near Seoul. Upon completion, Dongtan New Town Xi Apartment Complex, will consist of 12 buildings made of 29 stories tall. With a total of 1,297 homes, this residential development will represent one of the largest residential complexes of the new city.
“These Raimondi LR273s were sold to GU Machinery Construction Corporation, who then contracted them to GS E&C. The latter is one of the biggest construction companies in Korea and its well known for its high standards in terms of jobsite safety. Therefore, the opportunity of placing the two cranes on GS E&C’s jobsite was an important step for positioning La On at the top of this segment market,” explained Park.
“The purchase of the LR273s came with a significant challenge due to the country regulations. In fact, since this model was the first one to be used in Korea, we had to ensure that the Raimondi luffing crane complied with a series of norms to officially operate in the region. This included a series of strict inspections and obtaining the approval process from both the government and the construction company. We consider the Raimondi LR273 as a milestone for our company and the Korean heavy lifting industry, and we are using this opportunity to reintroduce Raimondi as one of the strongest European brands in Korea,” he continued.
Raimondi LR273, a weight-optimized luffer, is the ideal crane for clients requiring a machine that is easy to install and that boasts excellent load curve and big drum capacity. With a 18t maximum capacity and a jib length clocking in at 60m, this luffer offers the highest tip load of a crane in its class. Additionally, its parking radius, designed on customers’ needs, represents a major asset to clients working in congested and highly built-up areas.
Therefore, chosen for their impressive tip load at 60m, the LR273s are at work with jib lengths of 55m and 60m, and a free-standing height of 44m that will be later climbed up to approximately 100m. “Raimondi technical department was fundamental during the test operation and the installation process. Their support ensured the smoothness of the crane installations, while allowing us the chance to learn more about the new machines,” Park concluded.
The three remaining LR273s are expected to arrive in Korea by quarter one of 2021, while an additional five cranes will be delivered in the upcoming months as part of the first main batch of 10.