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Liebherr hits milestone as 2,000 of its 34 K fast-erecting cranes are now in service

August 9, 2021  By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

On the day of the handover of the milestone crane are: Stig Oliver Buch (Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG), Daniel Mathis (Mathis Bau AG), Thomas Fanger (Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG), Daniel Kiefer (Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG), Simone Stier (Liebherr-Export AG).

Liebherr has a reason to celebrate: 2000 34 K fast-erecting cranes have left the production halls since its market launch in 1998.

The milestone crane went to a Swiss customer. This is now the sixth Liebherr fast-erecting crane for the company Mathis Bau AG. The handover of the milestone crane took place at Liebherr-Baumaschinen AG in Reiden, Switzerland.

Company owner Daniel Mathis, who collected his new crane personally by truck, particularly appreciates the reliability of these cranes, according to a press release from Liebherr.

“I need machines that I can trust and that’s why I opt for Liebherr; it’s a quality brand that allows me to offer my customers a first-class service.”


Mathis Bau AG often undertakes work on construction sites in difficult-to-reach mountainous areas.

New crane on the job

The crane has already completed its first job, which involved making full use of its four-tonne maximum lifting capacity. The crane lifted stair elements weighing almost four tonnes for a building extension in the Swiss municipality of Giswil, in the canton of Obwalden – a typical assignment for the Liebherr 34 K fast-erecting crane, which is mainly used for residential construction projects.

Its flexibility enables it to cover a broad spectrum of scenarios ranging from the construction of single-family homes and apartment buildings all the way to exclusive villas. The crane can also be found working on the construction of commercial premises and infrastructure projects. With a hook height of up to 26 metres, it’s suited to projects with a building height of up to approximately 20 metres. A somewhat more unusual job for the 34 K involved working on one of the tallest buildings in the Benelux region.

A rather unusual assignment: A Liebherr 34 K fast-erecting crane at one of Europe’s tallest residential towers in Rotterdam.

To the moon? Well, nearly

Fun fact: If all 2,000 Liebherr fast-erecting cranes were stacked on top of each other, it would create a hypothetical hook height of about 50 kilometres. This would reach into the outer stratosphere, way beyond where planes are able to fly and where only space rockets can go any higher.

Or, to put it another way: it’s the same height as taking the six largest mountains in the world, and stacking the 8,000 metre-high giants on top of each other.

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