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CRANE HANDOVER: Terex® Challenger 3160 solidifies Bruns gmbh’s competitive advantage


ZWEIBRÜCKEN, June 21st, 2012 – A compact design, a long boom, and the ability to travel on public roads without the need for additional ballast transport vehicles were such compelling selling points that Frank Bruns, general manager of Hannover-based J. Bruns GmbH & Co. KG, recently decided to acquire a Terex® Challenger 3160. The decision quickly proved to be the right one: When picking up the crane together with operator Heiko Schneider in March 2012 at the Terex Zweibrücken plant, they were able to benefit from one of the unit’s advantages right away. Schneider was able to take the Challenger to Bruns’ Hannover location alone and without an escort vehicle, even though the unit was set up with a complete configuration that would enable it to start working anywhere right away. “The Challenger 3160 is an extremely powerful machine with an unbelievable level of flexibility and the ability to handle many types of lifts. It spares us from having to waste time applying for one-time permits and gives us an unparalleled level of scheduling flexibility thanks to the fact that we can get a long-term permit for it. This, in turn, provides us with decisive competitive advantages, especially since we’re the first crane service provider in our region to have such a machine,” explains Frank Bruns. And the decision is already paying off: Only a few days after it was picked up from the factory, the Challenger 3160 was already scheduled to take on its first assignment in Hildesheim.



The Terex® Challenger 3160

The powerful and compact Terex Challenger® 3160 is currently the only three-axle crane with a 55-tonne lifting capacity designed with one-person operation in mind. With a 50-m single-cylinder telescopic boom and a maximum lifting capacity of 35.6 tonnes when working with a reach of four meters, the Terex Challenger 3160 can be operated independently by a single person while remaining under an axle load limit of 12 tonnes (for countries with a maximum axle load limit of 10 tonnes, the crane can set down its own counterweight, keeping the unit’s total service weight under 30 tonnes).



About Bruns Schwerlast GmbH

With locations in Sülzetal near Magdeburg and Giesen/Hannover, and a state-of-the-art fleet featuring mobile cranes with lifting capacities of up to 650 tonnes, Bruns Schwerlast GmbH is engaged in providing crane and heavy load transportation services across all of Europe. The company has relied consistently on Terex/Demag cranes since the 1960s, and its combination of crane services and heavy goods vehicles with load capacities of up to 70 tonnes enables it to provide its customers with one-stop turnkey project handling services (including planning).

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About Terex

Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information can be found at




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