World’s tallest concrete pump truck

The world’s tallest concrete pump based on a seven axle Scania truck has officially been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. Chinese concrete machinery manufacturer Zoomlion has unveiled the pump which has a reach of 101 metres with a seven-section boom, the last four sections being made of carbon fibre.

Scania was commissioned by Zoomlion to provide a truck for the huge superstructure. To cope with the weight of the seven section boom, a seven-axle chassis was required. Built by Scania in Sweden, the chassis was complemented by Swedish company Laxå Special Vehicles. The 15.5-metre chassis, powered by a 620 hp V8-engine, is probably the longest ever built by Scania.

The complicated superstructure was developed by Zoomlion and Italian construction equipment maker Cifa, a subsidiary of the Chinese company, and built at Zoomlion’s main facility in Changsha in central China.

Altogether the vehicle is 18.5 metres long, and an important feature is the fact that the pump structure is mounted on a “normal” truck chassis, not on a special vehicle, which means that it complies with the maximum dimensions and footprints imposed for road transport in China.

Scania has delivered trucks to Zoomlion since 2008. The truck chassis have been increasingly customised to facilitate and streamline Zoomlion’s work of fitting superstructures.

“Scania's strong position as a supplier of trucks to the premium segment for concrete pumps represents a success for our entire organisation’s cross-functional working method,” says Peter Sjöblom, Managing Director of Scania China.

The trucks supplied to Zoomlion are typically fitted with Scania 6-cylinder engines and the pumps are mainly used in the construction of high-rise buildings and bridges.

“Pump 101” will be exhibited at the Bauma China 2012 trade fair for construction machinery to be held in Shanghai 27-30 November 2012. It is currently at the prototype stage, and is due to undergo a detailed structural and functional analysis, involving very strict tests. The target market for this product is primarily China, but there may also be demand from Europe in the future.

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