Mexico receives its first Manitowoc MLC165


The growing Mexican petrochemical industry just received its newest heavy-duty crawler crane: the Manitowoc MLC165. The 165 t (182 USt) capacity crane was purchased by Grúas Villarreal, a Veracruz-based rental company, at CONEXPO 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S. The company took delivery of its new crane soon after.

Having one of the largest fleets of Manitowoc cranes in Mexico, Grúas Villarreal already owns about 30 of the company’s mobile cranes from across the rough-terrain, all-terrain and truck-mounted ranges, as well as nine National Crane boom trucks. At CONEXPO, the company also ordered a 600 t (660 USt) capacity Manitowoc 18000 crawler crane that is now the highest capacity crane in its fleet.

Grúas Villarreal said that it relies on Manitowoc’s quality and reliability to endure the tough demands of one of the country’s largest plastic production projects, Ethylene XXI, a forthcoming industrial complex that will annually produce 1.05 million t (1.2 million USt) of polyethylene. The project will start in early 2015.

“We at Grúas Villarreal know we can depend on Manitowoc cranes for complex projects such as the Ethylene XXI,” said Cynthia Villarreal, the company’s general manager. “The MLC165 was the best candidate to join our fleet because it’s a crane that’s quick to set up and can work on all sorts of lifting jobs.”

Cuauhtemoc Flores, Manitowoc’s regional business manager in Mexico, said the crane is easy to maneuver on any job site and also among several job sites, making it ideal for large-scale contractors such as bridge builders, steel erectors, pile-driving contractors and more.

“Our cranes have an advantage in the marketplace thanks to their unparalleled quality and versatility, continual improvements, cutting-edge patents and use of the latest technologies,” Flores said.

Introduced in early 2013, the MLC165 continues the distinguished reputation established by Manitowoc’s product offerings ranging from 73 t to 2300 t (80 USt to 2,535 USt).

Depending on the market, customers have options with a choice of either a 224 kW Cummins Tier III engine or a more environmentally friendly 239 kW Cummins Tier 4i engine. A new open-loop hydraulic system, served by two variable displacement piston pumps, give the crawler more lifting power than other cranes of its class.

For its other purchase, the company’s new Manitowoc 18000 crawler crane will be used on the reconfiguration and construction of Pemex refineries across Mexico. Pemex, or Petróleos Mexicanos, is Mexico’s government-owned oil company.

Founded in 2000 by Reynol Villarreal, owner and operations manager, Grúas Villarreal proudly serves Mexico’s southeast region, including the cities of Coatzacoalcos, Ciudad Del Carmen, Dos Bocas, and Villahermosa. The company has been involved in hundreds of large and small projects across the country, and it specializes in cranes ranging in capacity from 15 t to 600 t (17 USt to 660 USt).

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