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Contractors World AFRICA - 2016 Vol 7 No 5

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South Korea Construction Boom Demands Cranes - Page 2 of 4

Hyelim Cranes: Three Liebherr MK mobile construction cranes at one building site

Hyelim Cranes: Three Liebherr MK mobile construction cranes at one building site

Mr. Kim also confirmed that a large number of development projects that are undertaken in Gumi are in narrow or congested areas, or are being built on expensive plots of land where little room is left for installing a crane.

The MK 100 is currently working on a seven-storey shopping mall in Gumi, located on an exceptionally tight site with a building footprint of only 2,696 m².

The site is long and narrow, and the only place for the crane is in the slip-road alongside the project,

says Mr Kim.

This is only wide enough for one car. The MK 100 however is able to fit into this space, even with the outriggers, and reach across the top of the building with its 52 m jib.

Jung Bu Cranes has trained all three of its MK operators, who put in daily eight-hour shifts. During holidays or sick periods, Mr Kim himself takes over operator’s job.

Another company that has invested in Liebherr cranes is owned by Kim Wan-gu who runs a Liebherr MK 80 mobile crane which quickly completely changed the profile of his business.

Hanbit Cranes is a one-man owner-operator with a crane rental business at Daegu, which operates around the Gimhae district.

I began this business about five years ago using hydracranes and building up to three units.However, competition was intense and I realised I needed to give myself a more distinctive and competitive business advantage.
   Last year I purchased the MK 80, and it has changed things for me completely – I am getting far more business, and I’m able to undertake jobs that I could not have done with the hydracranes. Customers are requesting that I use this crane.

says Mr Kim.

Last year I purchased the MK 80, and it has changed things for me completely – I am getting far more business, and I’m able to undertake jobs that I could not have done with the hydracranes. Customers are requesting that I use this crane.

The MK 80 is far from new – it is a 2001 model that was previously working in the Netherlands - proof of its durability.

It is currently being used to build a shop and office building in a part of Gimhae where the streets are particularly narrow and hilly, and where there is a considerable amount of congestion.

The building covers an area of 866 m² and has a total floor area of 4,130 m². Its completed height will be 19.6 m.

Mr Kim says:

I have had no real problems with the crane. Mechanically it is very sound. I carry out the maintenance myself, and now that Liebherr has its own operation in Korea, with a dedicated MK engineer available at any time, I have every confidence that any spares I need, or any specialist backup, will be there for me.

Jobs in Saemangeum and on Jeju Island

Lifting specialist Hyelim Cranes is relying on a Liebherr MK 100/110 mobile tower crane to erect a 12-storey power station at Saemangeum, near the city of Gunsan, in South Korea.

The crane has a maximum lift capacity of 8 t, and a capacity of 1.6 t at the end of its 52 m jib.
Hyelim Cranes’ owner Jung Jong-seok says the company purchased its first MK unit, a MK 80, three years ago.

Six months later, such was the demand we had for work to be undertaken by this kind of crane, we invested in a second MK 80. Six months after that, we purchased the MK 100/110. Our customers are confident they will have an outstanding job done quickly and reliably with an MK crane, and our business has grown very well indeed on the three machines we now have.

Most of Hyelim’s work with the MK units is on Jeju Island, South Korea’s largest island, which lies off the southern tip of the Korean peninsula.

The Saemangeum power station is ,however, being built on the mainland, on the south bank of the Geum River near to where it flows into the Yellow Sea.

Hyelim’s MK 100/110 is lifting loads the full 12 storeys of the power station’s height, using a 30° luffing mode, with a tower height of 33 m and a maximum hook height of 58 m.

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