Manitowoc to deliver Potain cranes for Notre-Dame de Paris rebuild

Manitowoc to deliver Potain cranes for Notre-Dame de Paris rebuild
Notre-Dame de Paris's spire moments before its collapse.
Published: 28 April 2019 - 1:15 a.m.
By: Jack Ball

American crane manufacturer Manitowoc has pledged to support reconstruction efforts on fire-hit French monument Notre-Dame de Paris, adding to a roster of similar high profile announcements since the disaster earlier this month.

In a statement, the firm’s tower crane manufacturing business Potain said it would provide tower cranes and related services “free of charge” for the operation.

The terms of the offer have not been “officially presented to the authorities”, it added.

Barry Pennypacker, president and chief executive officer of NYSE-listed The Manitowoc Company said: “It seemed natural to us that Potain, our tower crane brand that for more than 90 years has been involved in the construction of the most emblematic works of French architecture, is committed to rebuilding Notre Dame de Paris.

“Our cranes and technical expertise will be there to meet the challenge of a rapid reconstruction of the cathedral,” he added.

The pledge comes roughly two weeks after a massive fire – thought to be caused by renovation works – engulfed the 850-year old monument, leading to the collapse of its wooden spire and part of the vaulted roof.

Support to rebuild the world heritage monument swiftly followed the blaze.

Last week saw Euronext Amsterdam-listed steel and mining company Acelor Mittal offer to provide steel for the rebuild efforts, alongside authorities on construction and architecture.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, has also committed $113m towards the reconstruction of the structure through its investment arm Artemis.

Various world leaders also expressed sorrow immediately after the blaze, including US President Donald Trump who suggested via Twitter that “flying water tankers” could help stem the flames.

French authorities said President Trump's idea was not workable for the structure.

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