Sweden’s leading steel maker SSAB announced that Turkish crane manufacturer Hidrokon is using SSAB’s Strenx high-strength steel to make its crane components lighter, safer and more durable. Hidrokon uses Strenx 700 E, Strenx 700MC Plus, Strenx 960 E, Strenx 960MC, Strenx 960 Plus and Strenx 1100 E steel across its various product ranges. Strenx steel is used to make parts including booms, outriggers and, for some crane models, the upper chassisSince mobile cranes are mounted on vehicles, the weight of the crane and the capacity of the carrier vehicle are decisive factors for Hidrokon. With Strenx steel lighter structure is placed on a vehicle with higher lifting capacity. Upgrading from mild steel to Strenx high-strength steel has significantly increased the reliability of his company’s products and, when Strenx products are combined with Hidrokon engineering, the company is able to produce high-quality cranes without any safety concerns.Hidrokon designs and manufactures four principal crane product groups. The first is the knuckle boom crane, its flagship design that continues to be in great demand mainly on the domestic market.The second is the loader crane series, developed both for the European and global markets.The third is the telescopic boom crane, which is used for applications on vehicles, mainly in the Far East and Eastern European markets.The last product category is marine cranes that are used in applications such as fish farming and fishing net collection. Other Hidrokon product ranges include heavy recovery trucks and aerial lifting platforms. In addition, the company has undertaken custom projects in Turkey, such as self-propelled telescopic cranes and numerous defense industry projects, and it has also built catenary maintenance vehicles and fire trucks for foreign customers.Located in Konya in the Anatolian region of Turkey, Hidrokon was founded in 1993 as a joint venture between three business partners but has operated as a family business since 1997. These days, Mr Memiş Kütükcü runs the company alongside his son Mr Yıldırım Esat Kütükcü and daughter Ms Sevde Kütükcü Aydın.