Potain has seen a significant rise in sales of its flat top tower cranes in China and claims that it is on track to sell ‘significantly more units’ than in 2020.
The company says this rise is due to ongoing economic growth and urbanisation driven by the Chinese government. It also claims there is a growing shift in the country towards prefabricated buildings - which only account for 15 percent of all new construction projects - driving demand for higher capacity cranes, especially, it says, those rated at more than 200 tonne/metres. As such, it has seen a strong build up in its order book in 2021 for its MCT 138, MCT 188, MCT 278 and MCT 328 topless tower cranes.
Brian Wang, Manitowoc/Potain senior vice-president for the Asia-Pacific, said: “The market for tower cranes in China is extremely favourable at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels. We are working harder than ever to provide customers with reliable, high-performance cranes that are ideally suited to their needs, backed by responsive service support and industry-leading technical expertise. The shift to prefabricated construction is driving demand for high performance cranes with technology that can boost productivity on jobsites.”
Opened in 2006, Manitowoc’s Potain manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China, produces the company’s full range of flat top, hammerhead/saddle jib, luffing jib and hydraulic luffing cranes, which are aimed at the regional Asian market. The latest models to be manufactured at the facility include its 12/16 tonne MCT 325, 10 tonne MCT 275 and eight tonne MCT 185 cranes. Earlier this week it also launched its six/eight tonne MCT 135 - see: Potain adds another MCT.