Liebherr is set to deliver its first reachstacker to Tianqi Lithium Kwinana in Perth, Australia, which will be used to handle containerised lithium hydroxide.
The new machine, a LRS 545, is part of a package which includes two Liebherr XPower wheel loaders and it is scheduled to go into operation in July 2019.
Gordon Clark, general manager of Liebherr Australia’s maritime division said: “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 our trust in us.”
The Chinese company is in the process of bringing its new lithium hydroxide plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area, south of Perth, on line.
At full production, the plant will produce 48,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide a year and one of the main tasks of the new reachstacker is to prepare the compound for transport all over the world.
With a front row capacity of 45 tonnes and a reach of to five containers high, the new LRS 545-27 machine aims to help handle future container traffic at the plant quickly and efficiently.
It is equipped with a fuel-saving 4-cylinder Liebherr diesel engine with 230 kW and the hydrostatic drive is designed to ensure consistent performance with reduced fuel consumption.
In order to fulfil stage IV and tier 4 final legislative requirements, Liebherr relies on a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system.
Developed in-house, the system aims to reduce exhaust emissions effectively without sacrificing performance and the equipment’s downsized engine also offers lower fuel consumption.
Phil Thick, Tianqi’s general manager, 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.”