A heavyweight addition to Ainscough Crane Hire's fleet will enable the company to increase its workload in the petrochemical, wind energy and industrial sectors.
The firm has taken delivery of the first 750 tonne Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 to be based in the UK as part of its £11.4m crane investment programme.
The crane is the second of four to be bought this year and will be based at Ainscough's heavy cranes depot in Leyland, Lancashire.
The company bought a 500 tonne crane in January and will take delivery of an additional Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 and a second 500 tonne crane before the end of the year.
The cranes will be used to meet increased demand for Ainscough's services from within the energy sector, where the construction and maintenance of oil refineries and wind farms forms a large part of the firm's workload.
Gareth Jones, commercial director of Ainscough Crane Hire, said: "This investment acknowledges the need to adapt and expand our fleet to meet the changing needs of the market place.
"Ainscough is already the largest heavy crane operator in the country, and the expansion of our fleet means that we can give clients the highest level of service and work on more of the UK's largest projects.
"We are very pleased with our new Liebherr and will be deploying it to its first job early next week."
Headquartered in Standish, Wigan, Ainscough has 27 depots across the country.