Konecranes’ entry into the straddle carrier business marks an important step in the development of its ports product offerings and further increases its global competitiveness, according to the company. It says it will use its well-established global service platform to support the new straddle carrier product line.
Konecranes puts the size of the straddle carrier market at more than 500 units per year. Its move puts it in a strategic position to access opportunities in the straddle carrier market, and will supplement its existing product range of ship-to-shore cranes, rail-mounted gantry cranes, rubber-tyred gantries, lift-trucks and reachstackers. Konecranes plans to utilise its existing distribution and service network for cranes and lift-trucks to market the new product line.
A core team of experts from Consens Transport Systeme will join Konecranes, under the direction of Mr. Jyrki Melaanvuo, director, yard cranes. Their know-how will help to combine Konecranes’ intelligent lifting solutions with Consens’ knowledge of straddle carriers.