South Africa-based Goscor Access has ordered a number of machines from Genie.
The order for more than 30 machines came during the manufacturer’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming Event in Seattle, US, in September and is valued at close to $3 million.
It includes a ZX-135, two S-125 and two S-85 telescopic boom lifts, three Z-62/40s, three Z-60/37 DC booms and eight Z-51/30's, some seven rough-terrain diesel scissor lifts and four GTH-4018 telehandlers.
“Goscor has recently been involved in some major shareholding changes and with the new shareholders all on board now, the tempo of expansion is expected to increase in the Southern African rental market,” said Goscor director George Landsberg.
“The machines will be used on a variety of distribution centre and shopping mall projects in locations around Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as solar power projects in the Northern Cape province. Some units are also earmarked for petrochemical refineries in South Africa.”
Mr Goscor expects to order more of these machines during 2017, including the new SX-135XC, launched during the Homecoming Event. The Xtra Capacity family is designed to cater for the need for working at height safely with increasingly heavy loads using a single machine. The first in the family to be launched was the Genie SX-135XC telescopic boom lift. As with the rest of the series it offers a dual lift capacity with an unrestricted 300 kg and a restricted 454 kg load capacity, providing the ability to work with up to three people on-board while still leaving room for tools and jobsite materials.
Neil Wilson, Goscor co-director, added that the new shareholders are committed to the Group’s growth in the access industry and said Goscor is expanding its branch network in South Africa, as well as looking at neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius.