70 m successes

01 May 2008

Graphic showing the TU 700 in Kamphuis colours.

Graphic showing the TU 700 in Kamphuis colours.

Rental companies in the Netherlands and Algeria are the latest to invest in Ruthmann's 69.7 m working height TU 700 truck-mounted platform.

Kamphuis hoogwerkers bv in Zutphen, The Netherlands, is hoping to receive its 70 m unit in the second half of August, and it will be the company's biggest platform ever – its nearest in size is a 42 m Ruthmann unit.

“There is a big market in Holland”, says Jan-Maarten van Helden, the company's operations manager, “and more and more they are asking for higher and higher machines. 60 m is too short – with 70 m you can do more.” He says the main customers will be contractors working on wind turbines.

Kamphuis already has 20 Ruthmann machines – it runs a total fleet of 40 platforms – and Mr van Helden says the 70 m will also allow the company to test the market for even bigger units.

In Algeria, meanwhile, Alstra, an Algiers-based company that specialises in renting self-propelled booms, scaffolding equipment and excavators, has branched out into the large truck-mounted market with an order for a TU 700. Ruthmann's export manager, Jurgan Gerwers, says the sale to Alstra is a major step for the rental company and also a significant one for the entire North African access market.

Alstra is a subsidiary of Tonic Emballage, an Algerian packaging manufacturer.

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