Fulton Hogan takes delivery of New Zealand’s first GTC-1200

On the 12th of August this year, Tadano delivered the first GTC-1200 into New Zealand to Fulton Hogan, a civil construction company servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific since 1933.

The 120t telescopic crawler will be placed on a Fulton Hogan/Taylors Joint Venture – Waimea Community Dam project. The NZD$105.9m project is aimed at resolving summer water shortages for the Nelson District and Waimea Plains and will showcase the machine’s abilities, pushing the Tadano Mantis to its full potential.

The GTC-1200 Telematics was one of the many highlights for Fulton Hogan when making their decision to purchase. Due to the remote location of the construction project, Tadano’s Hello-net system can monitor the crane and provide remote assistance at all times.

Tadano Mantis Sales Manager, James Land, accompanied the delivery with Allcrane Sales and Service (our NZ agent) and Fulton Hogan said “his experience as a Mantis technician and product knowledge provided invaluable training for their technicians and operators.”

We spoke with Matthew Loach, Structures Manager Waimea Community Dam, to find out more about why they chose the Tadano GTC-1200 for their next big project. Here is what he had to say.


Why Tadano?

“The Tadano Mantis GTC-1200 ticked all of the boxes for the challenging project requirements and also future proofed our investment by being an extremely versatile machine that will be used on many more projects to come. In my opinion, Tadano have a real asset in their product line with this machine. “

Did you have something specific in mind when looking to purchase?
What will the crane be used for?

“We looked at the 120 lattice boom and 110 tonne all terrain cranes initially. We decided an all-terrain crane would be suitable but not in all conditions. The lattice boom would be great for static applications but very limited when moving on such a steep site. The Mantis covered the mobility of the all-terrain cranes we looked at but with the addition of the readiness and lifting of a tracked crawler. The project site is very steep, quite spread out and prone to flooding, so mobility and reach were key. The Mantis covered that.“

How did you find Tadano’s customer service?

“Allcrane did a great job in organising the logistics and getting the crane to the dam and we’d like to thank Tadano for providing a product specialist for familiarisation upon delivery of the crane.”