Mongolian crane rental company Sonoforte Group has taken delivery of the first new Tadano All Terrain crane to be delivered in the country with a 220 tonne ATF 220G-5. The two engine, five axle ATF 220G-5 has a 68 metre seven section main boom with hydraulic luffing swingaway and an integrated 5.8 metre heavy lift extension. The crane’s first outing included a gruelling road trip through the Gobi desert in order to lift a train on to a newly laid railway track.
Sonoforte executive director, Marc Hawkins, said: “Mongolian conditions can be harsh. Temperatures range from minus 40 to 40 above – we have to cover huge distances between jobs, often without tarmac under the tyres. Our cranes can be working in the desert one week and in the taiga mountains the next. It was important to have a crane that could match the conditions. We have always been very aware of Tadano’s reputation for quality and reliability, and particularly of the kudos attached to the ATF 220G-5 crane, which has been best-in-class for some time. After initial conversations at bauma 2019, the Tadano engineers took all the needs and requirements into careful consideration to craft a machine that could deliver in all conditions.”
Based in Ulaanbaatar, Sonoforte was established in 2013 to provide a range of cranes, telehandlers and aerial work platforms to mining, construction and infrastructure projects in Mongolia.