Franna®—an Australian-based market leader in the design and manufacture of pick and carry cranes—is pleased to launch the FR17 C model to international markets. A cost-effective, compact pick and carry crane with a short turning radius of 6.77 metres, the FR17 C is an ideal entry-level crane for city, yard, and industrial applications where space is limited.
Pick and Carry Cranes – Quick to Set Up & Ideal for Small Spaces
The Franna name has become synonymous with the pick and carry concept in Australia to the extent that that pick and carry cranes are generally known as ‘Frannas’ across the country. Franna pick and carry cranes can replace the work usually completed by smaller truck cranes, since they have no stabiliser legs or outriggers meaning set-up time is much quicker. They are designed to lift the load and carry it to its destination within a small radius. Coupled with a dedicated product support team, 24/7 support and a complementary range of digital tools including the Terex Lift Plan app, Franna pick and carry cranes has the support to keep moving—safely and efficiently.
Global Expansion of Franna
As part of the Terex Materials Processing (MP) portfolio, the global expansion of Franna is part of a long-term strategy to grow and develop the brand. Franna initially expanded its global footprint with the FR17, a model specifically designed for the Indian market and manufactured at Terex MP’s state-of-the-art facility in Hosur, India. The FR17 C model for international markets will also be manufactured at Hosur, which has become a manufacturing centre of excellence for other leading Terex MP brands such as Powerscreen, Finlay, EvoQuip, Terex MPS, and Terex Washing Systems. The FR17 C will be supported by the global network of Terex distribution, parts and service centres and digitalisation tools.
Danny Black, General Manager at Franna explains, “Franna has been supplying robust pick and carry lifting solutions in Australia for over 40 years, where the concept of pick and carry cranes is well established. We have enjoyed great success in taking our market leading Franna technology with local adaptations to serve the Indian market. The expansion of our manufacturing footprint into India has also enabled us to support our growth plans without disrupting our local production capacity for our domestic Australian market. We are now excited to embark on the next chapter of our international expansion, bringing the pick and carry concept to new markets with our FR17 C model, backed by the global support and service that Terex and Franna has to offer.”
Franna FR17 C – a Safe, Compact, Easy to Operate Crane
The Franna FR17 C is a cost-effective, compact pick and carry crane with Cummins Tier 3 engine suitable for Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America markets (a version with Tier 5 engine suitable for the European market will be released early in 2024). Both models have been specifically designed to meet the vigorous EN 13000 load chart (European product standards for crane safety). With a maximum rated capacity of 17 tonne, the FR17 C has a 5-tonne line pull winch for heavy duty applications along with a 66.5% stability rating in pick and carry applications. The heavy-duty U section fabricated boom with welding on the neutral axis offers superior durability and a competitive edge while lifting heavy loads.
Synchro shuttle transmission with torque converter provides smooth and efficient power, increasing productivity and requiring little maintenance. Driver fatigue is instantly reduced since there is no clutch pedal to operate, and this along with the full-width, two-person cabin provides excellent visibility and driving comfort.
A compact crane with a short turning radius, the FR17 C is ideal for city, yard, and industrial applications. Its versatility also lends itself well to road and metro projects and for local hire.
Andrew Pritchard, Sales Director, Franna said, “For over 40 years, Franna has been a name to reckon with in the design and manufacturing of quality pick and carry cranes. Bringing the concept to international markets is an exciting time for us. The FR17 C is the ideal crane to enter new markets globally, as the combination of safety, comfort, and smooth steering flexibility to lift and manoeuvre in tight spaces, along with the more typical pick and carry benefits makes the FR17 C a versatile, dependable crane that will stand out in the market.
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