Law restricts circulation of large trucks in federal roads.

Starting today, long vehicles can not circulate on specific dates.

February 23rd, 2011.

Ordinance # 1 by the General Operations Coordination of the Federal Highway Police (PRF, acronym in Portuguese) was signed on January 20th, 2011; however, only from the date it is published on the Federal Daily Gazette – this Wednesday, 02/23 – and until January 1st, 2012, the circulation of long vehicles on federal single-lane roads will be considered a serious violation, and drivers may be fined 120 UFIRS (R$ 127.69), in specific periods, during some national holidays and days regarded by the Federal Government as “optional holidays.”

According with the ordinance, the following are regarded as long vehicles and subject to being penalized, even if bearing Special Traffic Authorization (AET, acronym in Portuguese): Cargo Vehicles Combinations – CVC (trucks that pull 2 or more units); Vehicle Transportation Combinations – CTV (car carriers); and Palletized Cargo and Vehicle Transportation Combinations – CTVP (special vehicles that carry very large-sized cargo, such as tractors, hoists, and cranes).

In the Ordinance, the PRF justifies the new restriction by means of the verified increase in vehicle traffic, with the resulting increase in the risk of accidents during holiday periods. Unfortunately, however, the government does not have the same concern when it comes to improving and preserving the national road system and the country’s transportation infrastructure – land, water, and air. Such an attitude would certainly result in a significant decrease in the amount of accidents.

In spite of mentioning “in national holiday periods,” the Ordinance does not set the restriction for all holidays. And, at the same time, without expressly mentioning it, it also restricts the movement of vehicles on days that are “optional holidays.” The ATTACHMENT referred to in the ordinance sets forth specific dates and times for the restriction, as reproduced below.

FEDERAL HIGHWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT General Operations Coordination Ordinance # 1 – January 20th, 2011

General Operations Coordination Ordinance
# 1 – January 20th, 2011
 CARNAVAL04/03/11 to 09/03/1104/03 (friday)16H às 22H
05/03 (saturday)6H às 12H
08/03 (tuesday)16H às 22H
09/03 (wednesday)6H às 12H
 SEMANA SANTA20/04/11 to 24/04/1122/04 (friday)6H às 12H
24/04 (sunday)16H às 22H
CORPUS CHRISTI22/06/11 to 26/06/1123/06 (thursday)6H às 12H
26/06 (sunday)16H às 22H
PROCLAMAÇÃO DA REPÚBLICA11/11/11 to 15/11/1112/11 (saturday)6H às 12H
15/11 (tuesday)16H às 22H
FIM DE ANO16/12/11 to 01/01/1223/12 (friday)6H às 12H
25/12 (sunday)16H às 22H
30/12 (friday)6H às 12H
01/01/2012 (sunday)16H às 22H

The Ordinance set only the aforementioned dates as restriction periods; however, some media companies have broadcast that circulation will be prohibited on all national holidays. Ultimately, the lack of accurate information may generate unjustified penalties which may be appealed. And the text of the new rule also offers the opportunity to “adjust the traffic of vehicles,” set by regional authorities, by means of an informed decision, due to the peculiarities of his/her location and traffic conditions.

In addition to knowing the dates expressly mentioned in the original text, it is convenient to remember that, for 2011, the Federal Government set forth the following national holidays: January 1st – New Year; April 21st – Tiradentes; May 1st – Labor Day; September 7th – Brazilian Independence Day; October 12th – Nossa Senhora Aparecida Day; November 2nd – All Soul’s Day; November 15th – Proclamation of the Republic; and December 25th – Christmas. And the following optional holidays: March 7th, 8th, and 9th – Carnival; April 22nd – Passion; June 23rd – Corpus Christi; and October 28th – Public Employee Day.

Unfortunately, PRF’s decision may also be reproduced by those responsible for state roads, an attitude which is already being evaluated in some states in the country’s Southeast and South regions.

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Everyday Club e Office in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo

Potain cranes’ load curve offers an
economic advantage thanks to simple deployment.

February 14th, 2011.

The first condo/club built downtown Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, is in its conclusion stage, and the engineering team has plenty to be happy about. The towers of Everyday Residencial Club e Office Guarulhos will be concluded next June, and in addition to the high speed of the construction, the simplicity with which the cranes have been assembled and disassembled was key to define the contractors’ – Even and Rossi – choice when it came to the technology of the vertical movement equipment.

Four towers have been built – 3 residential ones and a business one – in a 74,270 sq. ft. area. For this project, Locabens – the company responsible for the crane installation and renting project – recommended the use of two Potain MCi85A cranes, which started their operations 113 ft. above ground, on towers installed on the ground using anchor bolts, and reached over 242 ft. of practical height at the hook, at the final work stage, once the equipment had been extended. Locabens’ technical director, Paulo Carvalho, explained that, due to space restrictions and in order to increase the crane’s load capacity, it is a common procedure to install crane towers in the well where the elevators will be installed (lift deployment) in many projects located in urban areas. According to Paulo, such installation requires more time, both to deploy and to disassemble the crane. “The distinguishing technological features of Potain cranes were also decisive in allowing the deployment option we offered the contractors. MCi85A have load curves that are so superior to those offered by the competition that it was possible to deploy them in a conventional fashion – outside the buildings – and still offer high performance,” he explained. “Thanks to the Potain cranes, the clients made sure they would have an excellent operational result – and safety – and also got good economic benefits by decreasing equipment assembly and disassembly time and costs,” assured Paulo.

The construction site is currently in its final stages and no longer houses the Potain cranes. However, when the last piece of equipment was removed, in January, Everyday’s towers already included all 342 apartments and 352 business units, in addition to 2 auditoriums on the ground floor and 8 independent stores. Inauguration is expected to take place in the first semester of 2011.

WorkCondomínio Everyday Residencial Club e Office Guarulhos.
Model:mixed building condo (residential and commercial).
Location:Av. Tiradentes and Rua Força Pública – Guarulhos, Sao Paulo.
Builder company:Even Construtora e Incorporadora S/A e Rossi Construtora e Incorporadora.
Features:74,948 sq. ft., 4 towers. 3 residential ones: 342 units ranging from 861 to 1,108 sq. ft, 3 or 4 bedrooms, and social facilities such as swimming pools, recreation room, sport court, square, assembly room, and meeting room.  Commercial tower: 352 units ranging from 441 to 850 sq. ft., 02 auditoriums, and 8 stores.
Crane rental:02 Potain MCi85A.
Specificities and justification:Potain MCi85A cranes with 131 ft. long jibs. Fast, versatile, and with excellent operational performance, low power consumption, low noise emission, fast tower telescoping, and unparalleled load curves, which enabled them to be deployed using nothing more than anchor bolts.
Start of work:10/11/09 – crane tower 1 e 10/01/10 – crane tower 2.
End of rent:04/01/2011.

Vision Brooklin Residential Complex – Gafisa

Potain Crane allows fast pace and low noise in the Berrini area!

07 February 7th, 2011.

The main companies in Brazil have offices near the construction site where Gafisa is building the residential complex Vision Brooklin. And even though there is no heavy traffic in the area of 362 George Ohn street, due to how close the construction is to the highly value Eng. Luís Carlos Berrini avenue – São Paulo’s current financial center – the contractor is permanently taking actions to minimize the construction’s impact on its neighbors.

A construction with interferences and a high amount of people in the vicinity.

Mechanical engineer Heitor Monterisi tells us that when the Contractor first presented its requirements to carry out the project – that includes 266 apartments and three 27-floor integrated towers – Locabens’ technical department immediately recommended the technology of Potain Cranes. “The construction would take place in a highly valued area, with a huge amount of people, buildings, companies, and residences surrounding the land. In such scenario, only Potain’s MC line could offer high-level performance and low noise emission at the quality level required by Gafisa,” remembers the engineer.

The exclusive representative of Potain – the biggest crane producer in the world – Locabens has over 55 years of experience in crane leasing, selling, and specialized maintenance for civil and industrial construction, in addition to having developed projects to implement cranes in oil rigs, hydroelectric power stations, bridges, factories, shopping malls, buildings, and countless other projects all over Latin America and Africa. According to Monterisi, the limited space at the construction site and the need to carry out the entire vertical movement work in less than 13 months were also key factors that led to the recommendation of the adaptable crane Potain MC-85. “That model, in addition to being compact, versatile, and very fast during operations, also brings additional benefits: fast expansion of the tower, turning and translation accuracy, and low power consumption”, he explains. “In October, we implemented the crane at a central position at the back side of the land and with a jib length that provides access to the whole area. After one year, we will retrieve the equipment and a single crane will have operated non-stop to build 3 towers at the same time,” he celebrates.

Vision is planned to be ready in August/2012, and the building system used by Gafisa, in addition to its high speed and quality, also enables options so that owners may customize the design and finish of their units. That is something that only who chooses the best material, staff, and equipment can offer.

Work: Vision Brooklin Residential Complex.
Model:residential building.
Location:rua George Ohn, nº 362, Brooklin,  São Paulo – SP.
Builder company:Gafisa SA.
area: 38,642 sq. ft.; with 3 towers, 266 units ranging from 560 to 1184 sq. ft. and one, two, or three bedrooms. 360 ft. long indoor and heated swimming pool, recreational swimming pool, solarium, bbq area with pizza baking oven, entrance square, Zen garden and hammock area, Collective kitchen for events, party square, recreation room, business center, sauna, stone garden, and orchard.
Crane rental:1 MC-85 Potain.
Specificities and
unmatched cost-benefit ratio, mainly if you consider 1 crane is used for 3 towers. Equipment has low power consumption and noise.
Start of work
end of October/2010.
End of rent

Law on use of cranes in São Paulo

New Ordinance is enforced before access to permits is released.

January 26th, 2011.

In the São Paulo City Official Gazette edition published on December 29th, 2010, the São Paulo City Government (PMSP – Prefeitura Municipal de São Paulo) has published the INTEROFFICE ORDINANCE no. 005 / SMSP / SEHAB / SMT / SNJ / 2010, which sets forth the new regulation on the use of cranes in the city. Although the rule is valid from the date of its publication, in December, it was only on the last week of January that the PMSP portal released access to the proceedings on how to obtain the permit of authorization to install temporary equipment, which includes cranes, and made an electronic copy of such document available. According to Paulo Carvalho, Locabens’ technical executive officer, the law was enforced more than one month ago and, therefore, all construction sites are liable to inspection, regardless of the permit system implementation delay by the government. “Despite all the criticism and objections we have against that law and the way it was instituted, we recommend that companies with construction sites in São Paulo, and having jib tips surpassing the limits of the lot and reaching public airspace, apply for the Permit immediately,” warns Paulo.

Locabens’ technical staff says that the Authorization Permit for Crane Installation allows the installation of one or more cranes in the construction site for the period of six (6) months, and may be renewed upon request. “The permit must be issued by the company in charge of the construction, since such company is responsible for submitting the project for the City Government’s approval,” says Marco Carminatti, Locabens’ Commercial Manager.

Further information and access to services offered by the PMSP Special Office of Modernization, Management, and Debureaucratization are available HERE. Full access to the PMSP portal and permit issuance process is available upon registration of a USERNAME and PASSWORD. (on “Senha Web” [Internet Password]).

After registration is completed, enter “alvará” (permit) to begin and track the whole process, from application and payment form generation (5 UFM – Municipal Fiscal Unit) to issuance of the permit, validity checking, and printing of final document. Locabens’ technical staff has studied the whole process and points out that, besides providing basic information on the taxpayer and the real estate, the following must be provided:

I – Name of individual or legal entity, number of enrollment with the Self-Employed Taxpayer’s and Legal Entity’s Registry (CCM) and registration of the engineer in charge (CREA);

II – Number of the construction approval and execution proceedings;

III – Number of ART (Resources and Tax Collection) form paid for equipment installation and operation;

Note: The ART form is provided by Locabens.

IV – Agreement number and details of insurance company hired for the Engineering Risk Insurance for the above mentioned equipment;

Note: The Engineering Risk Insurance must consider the existence of the crane in the construction site.

V – Date of assembly and disassembly of equipment;

VI – Statements written by the technician in charge of the construction, where the following characteristics are detailed:

– The crane is positioned inside the lot, within the limits provided by law and, except for the jib tip without load, no other part of the equipment (hoisted cargoes, counterweight, etc.) protrudes beyond the lot’s limit;

– The crane jib tip is at least three (3) meters away from any obstacle and protrudes, at max, ten (10) meters beyond the lot’s limit;

– Full compliance with NBR 7678, including the construction of protection cover over the sidewalk, and other lawful and normative rules provided by the city law.

Note: If the jib tip protrudes over the (public) sidewalk, a protection tray will be required, as specified in NBR 7678, attached as “part”;

– Commitment to immediately disassemble the crane if construction is interrupted.

Among other specifications imposed by the new regulation, Locabens’ staff highlights that it is important to pay attention to the need to obtain prior consent from the Traffic Engineering Company (CET) should full or partial closing of public streets be necessary, in conformity with the provisions of NBR 7678. “In such case, the permit issued by electronic means will only be valid if submitted together with the respective authorization issued by CET,” says Paulo Carvalho.

Locabens’ executive officer also said that, despite the delay in the permit system implementation, submission of the permit application protocol is not sufficient to meet the inspection agencies’ requirement, and that both the Authorization Permit and the Crane Cargo Plan, together with duly paid Fees and ART Payment Forms, must remain in the construction site to be shown during eventual inspections, whenever requested. “Due to the short period during which the Ordinance has been in effect and to the lack of detailed information, there may be difficulties in obtaining and using the permit,” warns Paulo. “Locabens and *ALEC are working with the City Offices and the City Government to gather all information necessary to make it easier to obtain the document through our clients,” he concludes.

*ALEC – Associação Brasileira das Empresas Locadoras de Bens Móveis (Brazilian Association of Movable Property Leasing Companies).

> Link to the Interoffice Ordinance text, as published in the São Paulo Official Gazette – HERE.

Manitowoc to have a factory in Rio Grande do…

Passo Fundo will be the new home of the multinational crane manufacturer.

Published in the Jornal do Comércio on January 18th, 2011.

Executives of the Manitowoc Crane Group were at the Piratini Palace last afternoon to sign an investment intent declaration with the State government and the government of Passo Fundo, the city where the American company is likely to build a production facility. The multinational company plans to invest BRL 70 million in the Passo Fundo facility within the next five years, and may expand after such period. Having 15 industrial sites in the USA, Europe, Japan, India, and China, Manitowoc chose Passo Fundo to build its first production facility in Latin America, where it intends to produce three models of hi-tech heavy cranes that will be marketed all over Latin America.

Initial revenue estimates range from BRL 400 million to BRL 600 million. At first, 200–250 cranes are likely to be produced per year, but such amount will be that of 800 units in 2018. “We have been marketing various types of high lifting capacity cranes to Brazil for 20 years now. Now, it is time Brazil stops importing and starts producing some of that equipment,” highlighted Manitowoc’s Executive Vice President, Lawrence Weyers, during a meeting with the governor in charge, Beto Grill, and the mayor of Passo Fundo, Airton Dipp. The next step towards the deployment of the production facility will be the ratification of the agreement with the State government.

It is estimated that the company will start construction 60 days after the ratification, in a 45 hectare area in the industrial district of Passo Fundo, where the company will produce cranes for uneven land, cranes for civil construction, and cranes for commercial trucks. At first, 85 direct and 250 indirect jobs will be created.

“We want the factory to be ready 15 months after construction starts,” says the responsible for the Manitowoc Crane Group Latin America, Mauro Nunes da Silva. According to him, various industrial buildings will be erected at the place. “Within six years, the Passo Fundo site should generate one thousand direct and indirect jobs,” he estimates. He also highlights that, among the Bric countries, Brazil was the only one that did not have a Manitowoc factory yet.

Also according to Silva, Passo Fundo was selected after negotiations and studies were conducted in three Brazilian states and cities. “Among other issues, the manpower in Rio Grande do Sul offers the most attractive costs. In addition to that, tax incentives and the donation of the realty were very important,” he highlights, in reference to the package of initiatives requested to the city of Passo Fundo, in order to reduce taxes paid and, consequently, allow the company to be competitive and make the project feasible. Among the benefits offered by the city: a 45 hectare area, paved access, water, power, and 10-year property tax exemption were granted.

Nuclear Plant


The third nuclear plant of “Almirante Álvaro Alberto” complex, located at Itaorna beach, in the city of Angra dos Reis – Rio de Janeiro, will be built by Andrade Gutierrez, one of the biggest construction companies in Latin America.

The third nuclear plant of “Almirante Álvaro Alberto” complex, located at Itaorna beach, in the city of Angra dos Reis – Rio de Janeiro, will be built by Andrade Gutierrez, one of the biggest construction companies in Latin America.

When it begins its activities, this new facility will have 1.405 Mwe, which means 11 million MWh – 1/3 of all Rio de Janeiro consumption – and it will be similar to Angra 2, working for more than 8 years. The experience aquired in Angra 2 construction proved that Andrade Gutierrez has the technical capacity needed to build this new project. And to ensure the success of this project Andrade hired Locabens to rent, sell and assembly Potain Tower Cranes as well as provide training and maintenance services.

Potain MCR225A, the first “Potain Luffing Jib Crane” sold in Brazil.

The estimated time for the Angra 3 project conclusion is 5,5 years, starting from the beginning of the reactor foundation concreting, which began in April 2010.

The first new crane installed was the MC175B with 45m Jib and a special tower to reach 64m height without anchoring. One luffing jib MCR225A of 03 units sold is already working and a hydraulic self-erecting IGO36 is already available as well. Three MC205B will be assembled by the end of June.

“All Potain cranes sold have frequency variation mechanism, an electronic control and “Dialog Visu” visualizing system” – said Paulo Carvalho, technical director of Locabens.

Location where a MC175B crane is working since Abril – 2010 and the reactor building foundations.

Appart from the civil constructions, Locabens technicians will be involved in towers services up to the end of the equipment implementation. “Our team will be there for the first 06 months, and each step will be followed closely” said Deise Leandro, Service manager of Locabens. “During the operation our staff will do quarterly inspections in all Potain cranes there, in order to guarantee the cranes performance” , Leandro complements.

“The eight units sold for this project were delivered between 30 to 45 days after they had been ordered, following the ambitious timeline defined by Andrade Gutierrez”, said Paulo Carvalho.

The construction area defined for the three nuclear facilities has been monitored by enviroment programs according to the international standards since the 70’s, and Angra 3 construction will be in compliance of quality requirements of RFCGRC-001/10 inspection report.



The traditional neighborhood of “Ipiranga” in São Paulo was chosen to receive 7 residential buildings project located in the corner of “labor” and “Manifesto” streets.

Even has been elected the biggest construction company of São Paulo state for the second consecutive year and expects to finish this project in February of 2011. To reach this ambitious goal, Even will count with the latest construction methods and the best equipment available in the market.

In order to do this they will count with Locabens team and their equipment, 03 Potain MC115B with 44 to 120m height and 50m jib.

“In this job site in Ipiranga, we found the ideal technical requirements for the MC115B’s implementation. Each crane supplies 02 buildings and it brings the most economical solution with the necessary performance for the timeline.” said Paulo Carvalho, Technical Director of Locabens. He says that the MC115B’s can lift 2,2 tons at 50m jib and 6 tons of maximum load. “The market for the 120 m.t class is growing in São Paulo” he adds.

According to Secovi-SP (A construction syndicate entity in São Paulo), the new residential buildings market in São Paulo has performed better than the expectations for 2009, with 35,8 thousand units sold, 9,1% of growing comparing to the previous year. SECOVI expects 15% of sales growth in 2010, based on all projects launch in the state.

As a leader in the tower cranes rentals, sales and services, Locabens is participating intensively in this market, growing its fleet and investing in staff and training.

“Since early 2010, 03 new MC115B’s have arrived of 10 ordered for this year. Our fleet will consist of 150 tower cranes up to the end of the first semester. More important than new equipment, our goal is to offer the right equipment for each customer’s needs”, said André Lacerda – Sales Administration coordinator of Locabens.

Hydroelectric Power Station Dardanelos

Locabens cooperates with PAC program in Amazon

January 26, 2009

PAC (“Economy Growing Acceleration Program”) forecasts great investments in power generation and energy transmission, basic condition for economy growing. According to the latest official published data, it is planned for 32 billion BRL to be invested in power generation for the next 02 years.

In order to grow renewable energy production in Brazil, PAC program has planned to build 06 new hydraulic plants with potential for more than 4,000 megawattz / hour of production.

The first unit has just been opened in São Salvador, south of Tocantins state, 420 Km from the capital – Palmas. Budgeted in 848 million BRL, the project created 12,000 jobs (directly and indirectly) and when all generators are on, this unit will supply energy for a 630,000 people city.

Another important project that has received investments from PAC is Dardanelos, a fall complex with more than 150 meters high water falls in Arapuanã in Mato Grosso state.

The job site started in September 2007 with 283 million BRL of BNDES bank investment. A 735 million BRL is planned. When it is finished the unit will be operated by “Energética Águas da Pedra” ( 51% Neo Energia / 24,5% CHESF / 24,5% Eletronorte) and will generate more than 260 megawattz / hour.

The work is being done by Odebrecht and one of its biggest concerns is the social-environment impact in Arapuanã city. Hélio César Monti, Engineering superintendent of Eletronorte, says: “This hydroelectric plant will be done without any environment impacts and mostly because this project doesn’t have an artificial lake (reservoir). All falls will be preserved”. He has emphasized that there is a big difference between a regular Dam and a “fio d’água” (Water Slide) one. In this particular case, the structure uses the constant river’s flow and it is not necessary to dam water.

Odebrecht has an equipment department that supplies the majority of the equipment needed. In the case of tower cranes, Odebrecht uses some from its own fleet and hires Locabens to supply others as well.

The technical director of Locabens Paulo Carvalho said “ Our company has supplied tower cranes for more than 30 Dams. With 35 years of experience in tower cranes rental Locabens can supply the appropriate solution for any kind of project”. “ For this specific one, the most appropriate was a Potain MC175B traveling, mostly because of its versatility and its fast assembly method”. “It’s the biggest model of Potain’s “city crane” range available in our fleet”. This model has some relevant characteristics such as easy and fast assembly, specially considering the place where the job site is.

In August / 2008 the MC175B was assembled on the traveling line in order to work in “Power House” construction. The project will use 05 Voith Siemens francis turbines, 04 of 58 MW/h and 01 of 29 MW/h.

The Engineer of Locabens technical department Heitor Monterizi said, “This tower crane can lift 8 tons of maximum capacity and 04 tons in the jib end (40m).” “This model can be assembled with maximum 60m and 44m height. The model can answer all requests of this project.”

The original schedule is for the first turbine starts in January/10, but the public prosecutor of Mato Grosso state has ordered to stop the construction activities in order to discuss environmental impacts. Thru press release, NEO energia stated “It is a shame that this kind of paralyzation, specially now when Brazil needs to enlarge the energy generation…”

The “Ministério de Minas e Energia” informed that all projects connected to Dardanelos and other hydraulic projects have environmental permits and none of them had faced any prevention until the Arapuana´s prosecutor’s decision.

Among all hydroelectric projects of PAC, the federal communication department has informed that apart from São Salvador and Dardanelos, some others are in good speed, Estreito (TO-MA), Foz do Chapecó (SC/RS), Simplício (MG/RJ) and CorumbáIII (MT).

Two years after PAC was launched, more than 2,000 other projects started “to get out of the paper”. In energy area, PAC will concentrate the biggest part of the projects in middle-west with 1.03 Billion BRL and south-east with 998 million BRL. Only in Rondonia, Acre and Mato Grosso there will be from 1 billion of BRL up to 2013.

Potain MC175B – Travelling
170 metric tons
40 meters Jib (Up to 60m)
44 meters Hight without anchorages
Maximun 8t
Load @ 40m: 4t


2 de Dezembro de 2007


Job Site– SP

The main beam of Roberto Marinho’s bridge reaches its final height.

Being one of São Paulo city site references, its construction reaches the final stage by finishing the main beam concreting and starting the cables erecting.

Locabens has a Potain MC85A in this job site reaching 145m of height.

As an important characteristic of this project we have the special tie-in project for this tower crane. With maximum distance of around 17m between the crane tower and the beam, Locabens has developed the longest anchor structure ever known in Brazil.

Locabens technical department has calculated this anchor structure using an specific software and traditional calculation methods as well.

The Potain MC85A will be in this job site up to the end of the construction helping all runway stage.

At PDG’s works, Locabens cranes are the preferred allies

Potain’s MCi85A cranes were used to build
the Aquarella Pari buildings in Sao Paulo.

January 14, 2013.

One of São Paulo’s largest residential developments, currently in its last construction stage, the Aquarella Pari housing estate is being built on a 7682 m² area located near the left bank highways of the river Tietê. It has definitely changed the landscape of the region, which still features lower buildings and houses, and it announces a new urban reality to those arriving into town by the BR-116, BR-381 and SP-70 highways. And, as on many other works PDG has completed in 70 cities in Brazil and Argentina, on the construction site of São Paulo’s small district Pari, two authentic Potain horizontal jib cranes had been in charge of the vertical transportation of loads since December 2011.

PDG professionals have learned to trust Locabens’ rental equipment fleet over the years. However, according to the engineer Marco Carminatti, Locabens’ business manager, more quality and new solutions need to be offered to every new project to contribute to the success of the company’s business ventures. “Operating cranes and Alimak Hek rack and pinion elevators on PDG construction sites is a commitment that requires the latest equipment, the planning skills and the expertise of our entire team, and that is renewed on every venture we take on”, he says. “We have installed and operated cranes and rack and pinion elevators on PDG construction sites in Bahia, Pará and São Paulo, among other states, and the initial demand of all ventures always includes Potain cranes, Alimak Hek elevators and high-performance to be applied in urban environments”, he explains.

At the construction site, which already features two huge 18-story towers, Locabens’ project team in charge of installing, anchoring and operating cranes recommended the Potain crane model MCi85A, which, according to Carminatti, is the most widely used tower crane on urban construction sites. “This crane has a tower section of 1.2 m² and is very versatile in terms of transportation, a feature that significantly reduces its operational costs”, explains the engineer. “The installation of MCi85A cranes is easy and offers a large variety of alternatives, all of which are safe and highly operational. Potain’s telescopic system is extremely fast and advantages such as speed and reduced power consumption complete the package of benefits of rental cranes we recommend for this PDG venture, and which we also sell as Potain’s exclusive representatives in Brazil“, he concludes.

With 100% of the foundation and structure works completed and almost 90% of the masonry ready, PDG’s mega towers, which host 296 apartments, took leave from Locabens’ cranes in late 2012. However, in the first half of 2013, Locabens is going to install a significant number of elevators and cranes on PDG construction sites in São Paulo, Paraná, Bahia, Pará and Amazonas.

Work: Aquarella Pari Condo.
Model: gated community with 2 towers.
Location: Joaquim Carlos street, 1200, Pari, São Paulo – SP.
Builder company: PDG.
residential development featuring 296 units, 55.31 m² and 75.48 m², distributed in two 18‑story towers. Architectural project by MCAA.
Crane rental 02 Potain tower cranes MCi85A.
Specificities and
horizontal jib crane Potain used in urban environments. Implantation with fixed feet anchor bolts and tower dimension of 1.20m². Load capacity between 5 t and 1.2 t at the largest radius. High operating speed, versatility and mobility on rails, with excellent relationship between: load curve x power consumption x noise emission.
Start of work(implementation): June 2011.
End of rent
December 2012.

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