As part of a six-figure investment, the national crane rental company AMC has bought a new fleet of battery-powered mini cranes for the Liverpool metropolitan area and the London depots. Tony McDonough reports

Fleet of electric mini cranes purchased from AMC

Merseyside-based crane rental company AMC has acquired a new six-figure fleet of battery-powered mini cranes.

The purchase of the cranes by AMC, headquartered in Knowsley and with a second base in London, has already resulted in a number of new orders including the Moxy Southampton Hotel, Livingstone Academy Bournemouth and Borough Market London.

The company is also working with materials maker MICAM at Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport to replace the iconic Wall Of Honor glass sculpture that references the people who helped build the facility.

The Knowsley-based company founded by Peter Piekarus in 2009 as A Mini Crane Hire changed hands in September 2020 for a seven-figure sum. It was bought by veteran investor Mark Davenport with Mr. Piekarus remaining as director. He renamed the company AMC.

Now six Maeda MC285CB-3 and five Hoeflon C6e – the first British company – fully battery-operated mini cranes have been delivered to the two depots in Liverpool and London.

According to AMC, the cranes are “ahead of the curve” when it comes to the zero emissions of innovative electric machines. On-site health and safety also benefit as the electric cranes operate silently, which greatly improves communication.

Mr Davenport said: “Our mission is to continue to innovate as a future-oriented company so that we can offer our customers more choice, quality and reliability in tailor-made lifting solutions.

“Our new electric cranes will help us get there ten times as much, and I am proud that the company leads the competition in this area. Electric cranes are the future of our industry – and AMC is at the forefront.

“What the company has achieved in the past 12 months is incredible considering the challenges we all faced through the pandemic. We have acted boldly, investing in new equipment, creating jobs when other companies made cuts, and upgrading our existing fleet.

“Our trust has paid off and we can now be excited to see how the second half of 2021 will develop – especially now that the new electric fleet is deployed.”

AMC has invested in seven environmentally friendly cars for its sales team in both depots, including a fully electric Golf and six BMW 330 plug-in hybrids.