An order from Bitumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in the port of Batumi, Georgia, for two HMK 260 E cranes marked an important step for Gottwald in its efforts to capture new markets. In addition, the Faroe Islands welcomed their first Gottwald crane. Eimskip, an established customer that operates a number of Gottwald cranes in Iceland, ordered a G HMK 6407 mobile harbour crane for its operations at the Port of Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
As a result, Gottwald MHCs are now present in 87 countries. With an order from Drobrica Port Szczecin for an HMK 260 E unit to be delivered to Stettin, Gottwald made a successful return to the Polish market. Outside Europe, it sold four Generation 5 G HMK 6407 MHCs in Africa, for use at two DP World terminal facilities in Senegal and Mozambique.
Sixteen of the 24 cranes sold in the first quarter were Generation 5 models, including models 4, 6, 7 and 8 in their numerous variants. This brought the total number of Generation 5 Cranes commissioned or on order since their launch to 109. Four-rope grab cranes for professional bulk handling, an increasingly important part of Gottwald’s strategic focus, also performed well with five units, accounting for 21% of orders.
Two new orders were received for the Model 4 crane, introduced at the end of 2007 as an entry-level model for the 100-tonne crane class. Gottwald has sold six Model 4 cranes since they were launched: two each to Belgium and India as well as one each to Spain and Iceland. Another major highlight in the first quarter 2008 was an order from PT Indo Straits in Indonesia, a new customer, for a G HPK 8200 B Floating Crane for open-sea operation. With this contract, Gottwald has now sold 13 floating cranes.
“Our company has, without doubt, got off to a very positive start into 2008,” said Dr. Mathias Dobner, CEO of Gottwald Port Technology. “The excellent order situation underscores, in particular, that the market for mobile harbour cranes is continuing to grow and that our products are very well received by the market.”