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The manufacture of Street hoists and cranes is to expand into China. Street Crane Company, the UK’s largest industrial crane maker, has agreed a licensing deal with Nanjing Hoisting Machinery General Works Company Limited (NHM). Under the agreement NHM will produce equipment to Street specifications for supply to any place in the Peoples Republic of China.

NHM will have access to Street Crane’s expertise and software to meet the handling needs of foundries, metal stockholding, engineering, automotive, glass makers, aerospace and other industries. In addition to being at the centre of one of China’s growth hot spots, NHM have sales offices in all major industrial areas allowing them to easily service demands for Street Crane equipment.

Street Crane managing director, Andrew Pimblett explained, “This is a win-win deal that gives NHM access to world-class hoist and crane technology and gives Street Crane access to China’s booming economy. The deal comes as leading manufacturers from around the world set up plants and joint ventures in China, often requiring cranes of western specification.”

Under the agreement Street Crane are providing technical assistance, training and design software to NHM. A team of Street Crane engineers will be working in China over the next 12 months to help the skilled NHM team to familiarise themselves with western design techniques and quality standards. Once production commences in June 2007, Street Crane will directly employ Chinese nationals at the NHM plant for quality assurance certification.

NHM will offer a complete Street Crane line of electric overhead travelling cranes (EOTC’s) from 2 – 25 tonnes, extending to 50 tonnes in 2008/9. This will include gantry cranes for indoor or outdoor installation, with single girder or double girder construction according to client needs. Crane control, speeds and handling systems will be customised to each client’s process lifting requirements.

A new 145,000 square metre factory is under construction. This will have dedicated workshops for machining, hoist assembly, steel structures, motor manufacture and metal treatment. The factory is designed to high environmental standards and to provide excellent working conditions. It is located in a new sustainable industrial town beside the Yangtze River.

Street Crane already works successfully with partners in North America, Australia, The Gulf and other developing areas of the world. These arrangements, and production at their Derbyshire factory, are unaffected by the Chinese agreement. “The rate of industrialisation and economic development in China over the last decade has been staggering. We are happy to be part of this development and confident that our new partners at NHM will strengthen the Street Crane brand further,” concluded Andrew Pimblett.


More information:
Keith Rainford, Street Crane Company, Tel. 00 44 1298 812456 Fax. 00 44 1928 814 945
E-Mail: admin@streetcrane.co.uk Web: www.streetcrane.co.uk

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