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Konecranes to expand its reach

Konecranes to expand its reach

Konecranes is well known in MSC’s container terminals in Valencia, having previously supplied numerous RTGs. The latest cranes are new-generation models, designed to take account of future environmental requirements and with a fuel-saving system can cut consumption by up to 30%, claims the company. The RTGs have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and can stack one-over-five containers high and six plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes YardIT GPS autosteering, container positioning and autostop features.

In the meantime, Konecranes has signed an agreement to acquire the Ukrainian service company Craneservice Ukraine. The company has 140 employees and annual sales of over €5m. Headquartered in Odessa, it operates in Ukraine’s major ports, including Mariupol, Iljichevsk and Odessa. The company is skilled in both mechanics and electronics, and also maintains electrical overhead travelling (EOT) cranes.

The acquisition is strategically important for Konecranes. An investment boom is under way in Ukraine and in Black Sea ports, and the process and general manufacturing industries are growing, offering great potential for Konecranes’ products and services.

“The acquired unit will strengthen Konecranes’ position in Ukraine, especially in port crane maintenance. Craneservice will also serve as a base for skilled technicians and will form a strong support unit for Konecranes’ activities in Russian-speaking areas,” said Seppo Hoppu, Konecranes director, East Europe.