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Konecranes moves into lighter lifting in Australia

Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 ( #296 ) - UNANDERRA, NSW, Australia
Local News Story
Major global crane manufacturer Konecranes, based in Finland, has established a lighter lifting facility in Australia.

Konecranes Pty Ltd Australia is based in Ingleburn, Sydney. Its new lighter lifting warehouse, Light Lifting Equipment Centre, is in Unanderra, New South Wales, near Port Kembla, and was established in 2006 to meet demand.

"Our new centre in Unanderra was set up to meet the Australasian industry’s demand for lighter products," a company statement said.

"Sales of lighter cranes have risen more than tenfold over the past couple of years."

The statement said the centre’s lighter lifting products included the Konecranes XM system. The XM includes a monorail solution, a workstation crane system for loads up to 2,000kg, single girder cranes for loads up to 1,600kg, and free-standing cranes.

Konecranes South Asia-Pacific president Ed Yakos said the Unanderra facility "had been such a success that plans are already under way to expand it". Total business in his region had "more than doubled in the last five years".

The statement said the Unanderra centre had become the central distribution and service point for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

"Managed by light lifting specialist Richard Jackson, the new facility can airfreight manual and electric chain hoists, chain blocks, lever lifts and spare parts to most places within just 24 hours."
Konecranes Australasia has more than 130 crane commissioning and maintenance specialists at 24 locations, delivering to mining, aviation, transport and production companies.

Konecranes’ clients include Air New Zealand, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Australian Cement, Hydro Tasmania and Southern Hydro, Contact Energy NZ, Lihir Gold, Patrick Corporation and P&O container terminals, Ratchaburi Power Station, in Thailand, and Uncle Tobys.

Konecranes employs about 7,000 people in 41 countries. Its shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
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