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.


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, 34 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”.  


Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations & Executive Communication | PALFINGER AG
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