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JMG Cranes named as finalist for Swedish Steel Prize

JMG Cranes has been named a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017 for developing the MC 580, a new pick and carry crane that is best in class, with a high payload and an easy to transport design.

The Swedish Steel Prize is an international prize that honours the art of engineering and innovation in the steel industry. JMG Cranes from Italy is one of four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on May 11.

Emilio Berti, Chief Design Director at JMG Cranes explained how the market wanted a new crane with the same dimensions, but with bigger capacity and with a low deadweight. It would need to be able to lift big loads, but also be light enough to move from site to site via lorry.

To satisfy the demand, JMG Cranes developed the MC 580, the only electric pick and carry crane in the world that is able to lift 58 tons.

The crane can be completely dismantled for transportation in narrow areas, including the counterweight, the outriggers, and even the batteries, if needed.  The boom of the crane has an enhanced design and a clever solution to extend the chassis and achieve more counterweight moment. Furthermore, the modern design with an emission free electric motor offers increased performance by up to 80 percent over competing products.

For nearly 20 years, the Swedish Steel Prize has recognized and rewarded small and large companies as well as institutions and individuals who have developed a method or product that utilizes the full potential of high-strength steel.

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