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Big Potain at Notre Dame

Following the delivery of a Potain MDT 809 flat top tower crane to international tower crane rental company Uperio at the start of the year, the crane has been out on hire ever since to help restore the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Launched at bauma last year, the MDT 809 is the company’s largest topless crane, offering a maximum capacity of 25 tonnes and an 80 metre jib. Since taking delivery late last year, the crane has been working on the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A time lapse video charts the delivery - on 20 trucks - and erection of the crane.
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Uperio's new Potain MDT 809 tower crane working on the Notre Dame Cathedral

Uperio regional director, Jean-François Minoret, said: “Having been able to assemble such a powerful crane in such a tight job site was a big advantage to this project. We will now benefit from the crane’s 25 tonne lift capacity and 80 metre radius for all the site’s lifting needs.”

Uperio formed last year following the formal merger of Belgian tower crane specialist Arcomet and French tower crane rental company Matebat – see: A new name in tower cranes. The company is one of the largest tower crane rental companies in the world, with a fleet of 2,200 cranes operating from 23 locations across eight countries.