Potain's China plant passes 5,000 milestone

Malaysian firm becomes the 5,001st customer of Potain’s China plant

Potain's 5,001st China-produced tower crane was handed over during a ceremony at the manufacturer's Zhangjiagang facility.
Potain's 5,001st China-produced tower crane was handed over during a ceremony at the manufacturer's Zhangjiagang facility.

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Potain has now built more than 5,000 tower cranes at its manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang, China.

The Manitowoc-owned brand sold its 5,001st Chinese-manufactured unit to Malaysian construction company, YTL. An official handover ceremony took place at the Zhangjiagang facility to mark the occasion.

“We’ve had a Potain tower crane in our fleet since 1984, but we really invested in seven new units because of the significant improvements that Potain has made,” commented Yow Chee Keong, plant and machinery manager at YTL.

“They are extremely high-performing cranes that are easy to use and simple to erect. We can also interchange masts, and maintenance is easy. I am certain we will buy more Potain tower cranes in the future,” he added.

The long-standing Potain customer has purchased a range of the manufacturer’s tower cranes during the course of the 20-year relationship. Today, YTL operates a ten-strong fleet of Potain MCR 225 A models.

The YTL cranes have worked on a number of major projects across Malaysia and Indonesia. The company’s latest seven-strong contingent of MCR 225 A units, which were purchased from Potain’s Malaysian dealer Inflextec Engineering, will be set to work on Kuala Lumpur’s 43-storey Fennel @ Sentul East towers.

Speaking about Potain’s success in the Far Eastern tower crane market, Jean-Noel Daguin, senior vice president for tower cranes at Manitowoc, said: “We mix Chinese manufacturing with European design to create the highest quality tower cranes in China. All of our crane structures are manufactured locally, but state-of-the-art technology is imported from our sister factories in France.

“With increasingly tight deadlines and demanding workloads, contractors favour reliability over cost. And our cranes deliver beyond their expectation,” he concluded.

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