Japan-headquartered crane operator MIC Corporation has taken delivery of its fourth Demag CC 8800-1 crawler crane.

The Demag CC 8800-1 has a lifting capacity of 1,600 tonnes and a full boom length of 240 m. The crane will be used in a variety of infrastructure works such as bridge construction, steel works, oil refineries, and in the construction of offshore wind power facilities.

Eikichi Oyama, company chairman at MIC, explained the decision behind the investment: “With cranes of this category, we can increase the amount of work we perform on the ground and reduce the amount we perform at height. This ensures reliability and shortens traffic closures.

“For instance, in bridge-building projects a large crane makes it possible to use the ‘large-block erection’ method, which is more efficient, leading to shorter construction times. As companies have become more and more cost aware, shorter construction times are hugely beneficial in terms of reducing operating costs and increasing profits.”

He added that this has caused demand for large cranes to soar. Oyama noted that his company has received “countless orders for large-scale infrastructure work”, thanks to the efficiency of its crane fleet and its skilled operators.