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Powerful and efficient MDLT 1109, Europe’s largest Potain tower crane

Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has introduced the MDLT 1109, the largest and most advanced Potain tower crane designed specifically for the European market. Manufactured primarily at the Manitowoc factory in Moulins, France, this innovative crane combines exceptional lifting capacity with compact transport dimensions and a streamlined erection process. The Potain MDLT 1109 top-slewing crane addresses the rising demand in Europe for larger capacity cranes due to the increasing use of heavier prefabricated elements in construction, a trend which speeds up project schedules. Its new compact design also meets modern needs for easy transport and erection.

With a maximum capacity of 40 t and an impressive lifting capacity of 11.1 t at a maximum reach of 80 m, the MDLT 1109 is perfectly suited for demanding, large-scale construction projects, such as nuclear plants, bridges, and other major infrastructure developments. Its light weight and flexible configuration enable erection in complex environments, including on dams and viaducts and in shipyards.

Building on the legacy of the highly successful MD 1100, the MDLT 1109 inherits its strength and reliability with significant updates based on Manitowoc's Voice of the Customer process. Key advancements include the use of the 2.45 m K850 mast family which offers a smaller footprint than the 4 m mast available on the former MD 1100. This translates to easier transport in fewer trucks and faster, more efficient assembly. The crane is also available with two different lifting hoists, the 150 HPLTM 100 or the 270 LVF GH Optima.

While the MD 1100 was a standard top slewing crane (with mast head), the MDLT 1109 is a low-top crane with compact overall dimensions (less than 6 m above the jib), which enables it to work seamlessly alongside other cranes on a jobsite.

Other modern features on the MDLT 1109 include P+ load curves for higher hoisting capacities, the Potain CCS (Crane Control System), the new Potain CONNECT telematics system for remote access to crane data based on applications for all users (technician, service manager, fleet manager, job site manager etc.) for increased performance and durability. The option is also given to include a Potain Cab-IN internal mast lift for operators.

"The MDLT 1109 is a game-changer for European infrastructure projects. It combines unprecedented power with surprising ease of transport and setup – a combination that will accelerate project timelines and redefine what's possible in large-scale construction," says Thibaut Le Besnerais, vice-president of marketing and development for tower cranes at Manitowoc.

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