Sun 17.07.2022


Innovation needs room to grow. Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac Automobili is expanding its production and research capacity with a modern steel-built complex. Two PK 165.002 TEC 7 F cranes with PJ 300 fly-jib and PJM020 (MFA-Jib) were deployed to the construction site to successfully complete the job with their incredible outreach and lifting capacity.

Seen from the approach to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, the buildings rise into the sky on the horizon above the idyllic landscape, while the sun casts long shadows. Numerous cranes and aerial work platforms are busily loading steel struts and building materials, but two red cranes stand out with their height and flexibility: two PALFINGER PK 165.002 TEC 7 cranes. They extend to a staggering height of 45 meters above the 95,000 square meter site, the location for the innovative future of electromobility in Croatia.

Managing challenges

“With our fly-jibs, we have a longer outreach and a higher load capacity. Without them, we would not have managed today because we have loaded about 25 metric tons at an average height of 36 meters,” explain crane operators Vladimir Šimunić and Ivan Gerić from the company M.I. Hršak. With 24 years of experience in producing and installing steel roofs, the company from Krapina in Croatia has been employed to install the roof profiles at the new production and R&D facilities of Rimac Automobili.

The assignment was to mount 4,500 kg of steel structure and over 75,000 square meters of steel roof. Installation was fast and easy because of the two PALFINGER PK 165.002 TEC 7 F cranes with PJ 300 fly-jib and PJM020 mechanical fly-jib on MAN TGS 41.420 8×4 BB trucks, quality is guaranteed. This demanding truck upgrades are constructed and produced in Croatia from PALFINGER general importer PK d.o.o.

When maximum flexibility is key

On construction sites, space is usually tight, and the on-site conditions provide the greatest challenges. Vladimir and Ivan used the rope winch to quickly secure and lift the steel panels. The winch has a 95-meter cable and is capable of lifting a payload of 4,500 kg. The AOS (Active Oscillation Suppression) and HPSC (High Performance Stability Control) options were used during the installation of steel structure and roof sections. On the other hand, the P-fold assistant function in combination with the rope tension control (RTC) was used primarily when the truck needed to change location quickly to cover a new area of the roof. With only one lever movement can the crane be folded or unfolded, without having to remove the rope in the meantime. “For demanding circumstances, flexibility is the key” Vladimir and Ivan add with a big smile. The innovative cranes proved to be a perfect match for the innovative space under construction.



PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world’s leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,000 employees, 31 locations and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitization along the entire production and value chain. 

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2021 achieved record revenue of EUR 1.84 billion. In 2022, PALFINGER celebrates its 90th anniversary under the tagline “Celebrating the future since 1932”.