Liebherr, a provider of lifting solutions for the maritime sector, has agreed to deliver its first reachstacker to Australia, following an order from chemical plant operator Tianqi Lithium Kwinana.
The LRS 545 machine, part of a package including two Liebherr XPower wheel loaders, is scheduled to enter operations in July 2019.
Tianqi Lithium operates a new lithium hydroxide plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area, Western Australia, meeting demand for rechargeable batteries that serve the electric vehicle and energy storage industries.
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One of the main tasks Liebherr’s reachstacker will perform is to prepare the lithium hydroxide, once placed in containers, for transport around the world.
According to a statement, a powerful and reliable device was required by the plant in order to ensure a smooth loading process, with Liebherr’s solution being selected to efficiently handle container traffic to and from the facility.
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Phil Thick, General Manager of Tianqi, said: “We’re looking forward to getting the new facility fully on line and producing.
“The reachstacker and wheel loaders are a small but important part of the overall process here, but it takes all parts to work together to get the result.”
Gordon Clark, General Manager of Liebherr Australia’s Maritime Division, added: “It’s great to get one of our new machines into Australia. We’ve been in talks with Tianqi for some time now, and it’s great that they’ve put their trust in us.”
In addition to having a front row capacity of 45 tonnes, the downsized engine of the LRS 545 protects the environment by consuming less fuel and reducing emissions.