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MATERIALS HANDLING: Konecrane Opens Branch In Cape Town


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KONECRANES, a global crane and hoist company, established over 100 years ago in Finland, has just added a fifth branch in South Africa with the opening of new offices in Killarney Gardens, Cape Town.

Represented in over 50 countries globally, Konecranes’ first step into the South African market was a 20% acquisition of Johannesburg-based Dynamic Cranes, which became a full 100% in 2010.

After a low-key start we have now significantly strengthened the team and are determined to grow our market share to 25% by 2014”, says John MacDonald, sales and marketing director of Konecranes Southern Africa.

Opening a branch in Cape Town is very exciting for us and we look forward to tapping into the Western Cape’s market with our comprehensive range of cranes and hoists”, says MacDonald. Seasoned crane specialist Markus Labuschagne has been appointed as the regional manager of the Western Cape. Labuschagne has over 20 years experience in the crane industry.

Konecranes’ products range from small workstation cranes to giant yard cranes: tailor-made design, manufacture and supply of overhead cranes, crane kits, electric hoists, jib cranes, portal cranes, container handling cranes, stackers and associated materials handling equipment - to the giant ship to shore container cranes.

Along with their international standard products, Konecranes offers a comprehensive 24/7 crane and hoist service, including preventative maintenance and load testing of all makes of cranes and hoists.

Current projects in Southern Africa include several power stations: Eskom, Kusile, Medupi, Ingula, Sonils Oil and Gas in Angola, as well as the Kumba mine and Sappi and Ngodwana paper mills.”

One of the largest crane projects ever to be undertaken in Southern Africa is for Transnet in Johannesburg where we are installing three rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes which will be commissioned by early 2013,” says MacDonald.

Konecranes also installed four cranes at Eskom’s Medupi turbine halls and two at Kusile. Another two cranes were recently installed and load tested at Ingula, each with a capacity of 265t. Once electronically synchronized and linked with a spreader beam, the cranes are able to lift 500t together.

Elsewhere in Southern Africa we are creating partnerships with key players including Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya and Mauritius. Negotiations to establish footholds in other sub-Saharan countries are also well underway”, says MacDonald.

The company is making inroads into Southern Africa and is already active in the expanding mining markets of Ghana and the DRC as well as in the vast oil- and gas fields of Angola and Nigeria.

One of our key priorities is to increase the level of inspection, service, load testing as well as the spare part division. Konecranes’ service teams are able to inspect and service all makes of cranes and hoists”.

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