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New franchisees for Mycrane

Virtual crane rental company Mycrane has appointed two new franchise holders, one for the UK/Ireland and one in Qatar.

The UK franchise has gone to Mike Bryant, who worked in a variety of jobs at ALE having joined in 2015, following 10 years in the retail sector. ALE was then acquired by Mammoet in 2020, since when he has worked for global freight forwarders Deugro and DB Schenker in project management and business development roles. His Mycrane franchise partners are Peter Edwards of Park Lane publishing and Luke King of Prospect Communications Service - Mycrane’s PR company.
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(L-R)Luke King, Andrei Geikalo, Mike Bryant and Peter Edwards

In Qatar Ant Dynamics has taken on the franchise. Established in 2020, the company is the Cranimax agent for the Middle East and North Africa and also offers heavy lift and transport engineering services. Managing director Kamal Kassab started out with Procter & Gamble, before joining Consolidated Contractors International in 2003 as a heavy lift and rigging engineer. He moved to Technip in 2010 where he worked as a project engineer throughout the Middle East. More recently he has worked with HBK Contracting Company as a heavy project engineer in Russia and Qatar.
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Andrei Geikalo of Mycrane and Kamal Kassab of Ant Dynamics

The new franchisees will be responsible for promoting the online platform and registering local crane companies to provide the services sold to customers who use the Mycrane platform to find and supply the craneage for their projects.

Mycrane founder Andrei Geikalo said: “Entering the European market is an exciting moment for Mycrane, which will soon be operational in three more important countries. With its burgeoning renewables sector, the UK will see a huge requirement for cranes of all sizes up to the 750 tonne class - not only for installation, but also for component movements, offloads and storage.”

“Similarly, we are delighted to welcome our new partner for Qatar, which remains one of the fastest growing global construction markets, owing to the vast number of infrastructure, housing, rail and many other projects currently underway.”

Kassab added: “As a company committed to raising the standards of lifting operations in the Middle East, Ant Dynamics is pleased to operate Mycrane in Qatar. We are confident that users of the online platform will appreciate the benefits of selecting the right crane for the right job at a fair rate.”