Building up Bangkok with Potain self-erecting cranes

Since the first Hup 32-27 arrived in the country in 2016, the model has been winning admirers and making light work of tight jobsites in the bustling Asian capital.



Well-known in North America and Europe for their great versatility and mobility on urban jobsites, Potain self-erecting cranes are still a relatively new phenomenon in Southeast Asia. But since coming onto the scene in Thailand, these compact and productive workhorses have been getting contractors to think about new ways of doing business.


And an increasing number of them are seeing their building costs drop significantly when using Potain’s Hup 32-27 to manage lifting work. The cranes reduce the need for heavy, more expensive equipment on the jobsite while improving efficiency and construction speed.


These benefits have been witnessed firsthand by SB Siam, the Potain distributor in Thailand. The Bangkok-based company brought the first Potain Hup 32-27 to the country in 2016 - the year it launched at the bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany. Since then, the company has regularly put the machine out on rental trials with customers and the results are often so good that the customer will go ahead and place an order for their own unit. To date, seven units have been sold to Thai customers.



As more builders experience the great results Potain’s Hup 32-27 delivers, Verawat, SB Siam’s owner, expects demand to only increase.


“Most customers are turning to this crane for homebuilding, where it’s a smart solution for work in tight spaces. With its compact design, the Hup 32-27 ensures great maneuverability on small job sites, which gets the job done faster and ultimately reduces costs,” he said. “Demand is also increasing on bigger projects, where the self-erecting crane can replace other material handling equipment that is more expensive and uses more power. Also, since Thailand has strict building regulations that limit the height of buildings in many areas to 23 m, the Hup is a perfect match.”


The Potain Hup 32-27 features a folding, two-section mast with a third section that can telescope out from the second to increase working height, allowing the crane to work on building projects from 21 m to 27 m with the jib in the horizontal position. With a maximum capacity of 4 t, or 1 t at its 32 m jib end, it provides even greater versatility with a choice of three luffing positions (10°, 20° and 30°) that increase the maximum under-hook height to 40 m.


In total, the innovative design allows more than 20 possible crane configurations with one mast, two telescoping heights, four jib positions, and a potential partial jib configuration.



Easy to transport on Thai highways


Verawat points out that the Hup 32-27’s compact design — 4 m (13.1 ft) maximum traveling height and 12 m (39.4 ft) length on low bed trailer — makes it easy to transport on Thai highways. Lower traveling heights are possible, depending on the selected transport axle. Sitting on its axle, the crane is only 3.5 m high with its 25 km/h axle or 3.8 m high with its 80 km/h axle. For shipping overseas, the crane can easily sit inside a high cube container. Once onsite, the crane is easy and simple to unfold and get set up, even on projects with tight access.


“We’re seeing how happy contractors are after they realize how much they’ve been able to save in money and time with the Hup 32-27,” he said. “And operators like it too, as it has all built-in features in one remote control. The innovative technology of Potain self-erecting cranes is not only impressive, but it is also transforming how we see some of the current construction challenges in Thailand”.