GM Baden and James join forces

20 March 2008

Australian all terrain crane specialist GM Baden has been acquired by Brisbane-based James Equipment.

Peter Shelton, James Equipment general manager, said the two companies would complement each other. “While James Equipment is a market leader in the truck mounted hydraulic crane market segment, GM Baden is an acknowledged industry authority in the all terrain segment.

When combined we can now offer customers the most comprehensive sales and service coverage across both market segments,” he commented. As the authorised Australian distributor for the Japanese-built Tadano range of hydraulic cranes, James Equipment said the new flow of Tadano all terrain cranes into the country and its acquisition of GM Baden had come at a “strategically significant time.”

“The breadth and depth of technical support, service and spare parts available from the combined resources of James Equipment and GM Baden will be exceptional,” Shelton added.

GM Baden has been trading since 1988 and has service facilities in Sydney and Brisbane. The Sydney workshop at Arndell Park employs 35 staff and includes individual sections for engine, transmission and hydraulic repairs, along with an engine dyno test room.

James Equipment has developed a network of international suppliers in its 15-year history and holds a range of used cranes from companies including Demag, Kato, Liebherr and Kobelco. “Through the combined resources of James Equipment and now GM Baden, our customers will benefit from the best technical support and parts service across the board,” Peter Shelton went on to say.

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