Malaysian developer Gamuda adds Potain MCT 385 cranes to its fleet

Malaysian equipment rental company Megah Sewa - the plant and equipment subsidiary of Gamuda, the largest infrastructure development company in Malaysia - has added three Potain MCT 385 topless tower cranes to its fleet for the first time. The company selected these units in particular to improve project completion times and to work within its parent company’s new Gamuda Intelligent Building System division, which handles prefabricated construction.

“We have tight schedules for our projects, so we need reliable cranes that could help reduce the project time and manual labour requirements,” said Foong Seng Aun, general manager of Megah Sewa. “Also, with the increasing popularity of precast construction we need cranes with the capacity and reach to handle the larger components this method requires.”

The first MCT 385 crane was deployed at Kuala Lumpur’s Serai Development, a 21-storey luxury condo that was completed in 2019. With a maximum capacity of 20 t and maximum radius of 75 m, the Potain MCT 385 with freestanding height of 61.5 m and excellent loading capacity of 6.3 t at the working radius of 50 m was comfortably able to lift the heavy precast components and steel reinforcement used in the project. And the precast concrete blocks came in a range of shapes and sizes, forming the walls, facades, shelters, ledges and more in the condo’s design.

“The MCT 385’s compact mast and jib, plus its streamlined counter-jib, optimises its ability to work in Kuala Lumpur’s urban areas and tight spaces,” said Mr Foong.

The other two MCT 385 have been deployed to another project, the Cybervalley affordable home project in the Sepang District in the state of Selangor. The project is located on 14.4 acres within the Selangor Cyber Valley, a 1,300-acre planned ‘smart city’ by Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), the state’s development corporation developing this subsidised housing project.

The MCT 385 was jointly designed by Manitowoc engineers in Europe and Asia to serve a variety of markets. Other equipment in Megah Sewa’s fleet includes 12 tunnel boring machines and a wide range of earthmoving machinery. Megah Sewa purchased all its Manitowoc cranes from dealer Inflextec Engineering (IFT), which is based in Kuala Lumpur.

“Manitowoc manufactures high-quality cranes. Plus, the dealer IFT provides great service - ensuring the cranes are delivered on time and installed efficiently for a smooth project kickoff,” said Mr Foong.