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F.lli Butti company was established in the early ’50s. At the beginning the main activity was the construction of accessories and equipment for the local building industry (for example wheelbarrows, buckets, ladders, forms, etc.), that was a very important market in that period.

At the beginning the activity was carried on in a small property of the Butti’s brothers (Ambrogio and Giuseppe). Afterwards they had the intuition to develop their activity in the new sector of the industrial structures for lifting and materials trolleying. So they started the construction and the sale of the lifting equipment, today known as “tower cranes for the building industry”.
It was not an easy choice but it turned out to be successful. It was the post-war years, when the building industry was in slow but steady growth.

F.B. F.lli Butti was founded after the 1955. Its activity was the construction of the “tower cranes” based on the technical and manufacture knowledge of that period. The first lifters similar to the cranes were created with the pole tower and the jib was a fixed bracket.
Around the 1960 it began the construction of the tower cranes slewing from the top.
In that period the F.lli Butti company enlarged its factory (the building is now used as warehouse).
In the period from 1965 to 1970, after the general technological development and the coming into force of the first laws made by the manufacturers (FEM), an important change in the construction of the tower cranes began. F.B. F.lli Butti created a design department which permitted a continuous and more and more advanced evolution in the sector.
In the 1970 F.B. F.lli Butti moved in the new factory, on an area of 6000 m2, where produced and still today produces crane models in the van of progress.
In this period the company began the production of the first self erecting cranes slewing from the bottom, with the jib alignment simultaneous to the tower erection.
F.B. gru developped its range of self erecting cranes slewing from the top, with the production of 7 base models (with relating variations) with jib length from 16 metres to 36 metres.

1974 - 1978
At the same time as the production of the tower cranes slewing from the top, the company continued the development of the self erecting cranes slewing from the bottom. FB gru produced the first automatic cranes, series GR, with erection system by ropes and ties.

F.B. gru manufactured the first automatic crane with erection systems by an hydraulic cylinder on the tower. Later on F.B. developped the ranges of cranes with complete hydraulic erection, with patented designs at high technological and research content, which still today marks our production.

At the end of 1983 FB created the self erecting crane model G 511 slewing from the top. This model, high 43 m and with a jib long 51 m, is the biggest self erecting crane ever built by FB.

At the beginning of the ’90s, FB was the first company in the world to introduce, with the GA 626 model, the revolutionary patented system of aerial jib alignment, with two half-elements with horizontal opening. During the ’90s the FB production range was extended also to the City cranes sector, with the launch of the innovative GH 421 model.

During these years FB undertook to satisfy the new market needs, through a series of improvements to the crane models, from the reduction of the dimensions at ground level for the GA series models to the creation of the counter jib with a lattice structure.

A new aim is achieved! The GHS 160 crane of the new "Topless" line has been presented. Thanks to its bending lattice structured counter-jib it embodies the constructive philosopy that has always distinguished FB.

The "Topless" line is enlarged by the introduction of the new GHS 513 crane model which broadens the concept of modularization. With a high number of possible jib lenghts and mast heights configurations, the GHS 513 crane it's largely appreciated by the operators of this field.
GA 136 crane model is created. A crane projected and built in order to contain all the best of technology and design. One of the lowest weight of its crane category in travelling configuration added to very reduced dimensions at ground level, place it at the top of the market.

In the year of its 50° anniversary FB keeps on enlarging the "Topless" crane line by introducing four new models: GHS 351, GHS 401, GHS 451 and GHS 501 cranes. Thanks to the possibility of been erected on city portal and of been made by elements of maximum 6 m length, they are perfectly suitable for urban areas renovation building yards.

At SAIE fair in Bologna FB launches its new topless GHS 601. Mounted on cross-base with city portal, collects the interest of visitors and considerable acclaim from customers once they understand the exceptional flexibility and the many possible applications in urban yards.

During the worst years since its birth, due to the recession in the world market, new models of crane and types of towers, made to extend the growing range topless, are studied and presented. The models GHS 166, GHS 551 and GHS 150 together with the new towers TS14/06, TS15/06 and TS12/4ES are created to meet the always increasing demand for cranes with high flow rates and heights.


The GHS Topless Cranes Range is further completed thanks to the introduction of the climbing cage. Together with the TS 14/06 and TS AD/03 tower elements, cranes can reach a height of 120 m.


The new model  launched at Bauma in Munich: the GX 251. It’s a revolutionary crane, with compactness and performance features that no other crane can offer.
To read more, please visit the webpage of this product at the following link: GX 251


In order to offer its Customers a range of product that can meet any needs, FB launched its new transport axles for crane towing on the street up to 25 km/h, suitable for all its fast-erecting cranes. Quality and safety are ensured by FB’s experience and by the certifications issued by TÜV-SÜD.