Notre-Dame reconstruction receives pledge from Manitowoc

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File photo: The Potain MCT 565, which was unveiled at bauma China 2018.

Following the fire that caused massive damage to the Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris, Potain has pledged to support reconstruction efforts of the historic landmark in France.

Potain, Manitowoc’s manufacturer of tower cranes, will provide tower cranes and the related services free of charge for the reconstruction effort.

The terms of the Manitouwoc offer have now been officially presented to the authorities.

“It seemed natural to us that Potain, our tower crane brand that for more than 90 years has been involved in the construction of the most emblematic works of French architecture, is committed to rebuilding Notre Dame de Paris,” said Barry Pennypacker, president and CEO of The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

“Our cranes and technical expertise will be there to meet the challenge of a rapid reconstruction of the cathedral.”

On April 15, Notre-Dame, an 850-year-old cathedral, caught fire. The church’s iconic spire, lead roof and oak frame were destroyed in the blaze. Renovations of the cathedral were underway when the fire began.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised Notre-Dame will be restored, and is lobbying to have the work completed within five years.

An international architectural competition has been launched to redesign the roof and spire.

Potain was establish in La Clayette, France, in 1928. Today, the company has more than 100,000 cranes sold and installed around the world.

Potain produces more than 60 models from manufacturing plants in France, Italy, Portugal, India and China.

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Potain produces three families of tower cranes. The smallest cranes in the range are the self-erecting cranes, ranging from 1 tonne to 7,98 tonne capacity.

Higher and bigger are the top slewing cranes, ranging from 7,98 tonne to 64 tonne capacity. There are also the large custom-designed special application cranes which reach capacities of 160 tonnes.