FM Gru, a highly regarded manufacturer of self-erecting, tower and luffing cranes based in Italy’s northern industrial heartland, is providing four cranes for the difficult construction work for the replacement of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa. The bridge collapsed in August 2018 and the construction for the replacement is a huge job. FM Gru required very specific bespoke crane pads that were relatively lightweight yet robust and durable, and large enough to support it’s 2670 TLX and 2675 TLX flat top cranes. The FM Gru team visited Outriggerpads at Vertikal Days, a show they were exhibiting at earlier on in the year, where they agreed to provide them with the bespoke pads they needed to complete the construction work.
The Outriggerpads team manufactured and delivered 16 pads measuring 2,400mm x 2,400mm x 100mm in a very short period of time. Each pad weighs 560kg and are manufactured from high-performance UHMW polyethylene. Polyethylene spreader plates hold their shape under extreme pressure and can adapt to the contours of the terrain, they are also lighter weight than equivalent pads made of metal or wood. Managing director for FM Gru, Giacomo Fuochi expressed his appreciation for the quality of the crane pads as well as the quick turn around and customer service from Outriggerpads.
The reconstruction work for the bridge is currently taking place in Genoa, and Italian Government expect it to be finished in April 2020. FM Gru are using the 16 bespoke pads to support their 2670 TLX and 2675 TLX flat top cranes. Outriggerpads Business Development Manager said “It is a great feeling to know that our pads will play a small role in the construction of a new iconic bridge for Genoa”.