What our PK 23500 loader crane is able to fulfill


A loader crane on its way in a semi-desert country

Recently PALFINGER delivered a strong and very flexible ready to operate truck with a loader crane to Djibouti, Africa. The first crane in this country is used as support for the maintenance and  development of WASH facilities (WASH: water sanitation and hygiene).

Great depths to drinking water

The multifaceted truck is an essential ingredient for the success of getting drinking water in this region. Especially because Djibouti is a country with sub-tropical desert climate. The available water resources are at very great depths and are difficult to mobilize and exploit. The average borehole depth is 200 m, but can be as deep as 500 m in some areas. The length of the drainage columns for the well can become considerable, as well as their weight, which can reach 10 tons for certain water points. Especially for that reason, the availability of a truck in combination with a reliable loader crane, like the PK 23500 from PALFINGER, which has a high lifting capacity, is essential to get the job done. With every meter, it's a matter of being there with full attention and power. That is exactly what the PALFINGER loader crane easily accomplishes.

Difficult to access terrain

In addition, the truck is used to transport pumping equipment such as generators, pumps and drain pipes. Exactly the equipment that is needed on site. The incredible effort for all that should not be underestimated. The construction site is often really isolated and difficult to reach over the stony and especially sandy tracks. But thanks to the incredibly well-built overall truck concept from the PALFINGER Mounting Competence Center (MCC), the truck is able to cope with the particularly rough conditions. It helps strengthen the technical and logistical capacities on site in order to improve the supply of drinking water to the vulnerable population who has been severely affected for two decades by chronic drought due to climate change.


The international mechanical engineering firm of PALFINGER is the global leader for innovative crane and lifting solutions. With more than 11,600 employees, 34 manufacturing sites and a worldwide network of dealerships and maintenance centers at over 5,000 locations, PALFINGER is always close to the customer.

As the leader in its engineering field, the company aims to ensure its partners’ business success in the long term by providing solutions and products that remain economically and ecologically viable in the future. Its broad product and model portfolio allows PALFINGER to take digitalization and the deployment of artificial intelligence to new levels.

As a global company with strong roots in its home region, PALFINGER is convinced that thinking and acting in the interests of sustainability play a vital role in successful business operations. This is why the company assumes social, ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999 and in 2020 achieved revenue of EUR 1.53 billion.


Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations | PALFINGER AG
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