L to r: Marco Zucchet, Manitowoc; Larry Weyers, Manitowoc; JS Lee, KIL; KK Kim, KIL; JT Kim, KIL; Je

L to r: Marco Zucchet, Manitowoc; Larry Weyers, Manitowoc; JS Lee, KIL; KK Kim, KIL; JT Kim, KIL; Jean-Noel Daguin, Manitowoc; Christophe Simoncelli, Manitowoc

Korea International Ltd (KIL) is celebrating 40 years as the exclusive dealer for Potain cranes in South Korea.

Last year was KIL’s most successful year ever - Jongtae Kim, CEO at KIL, explained why customers in South Korea keep buying Potains.

“The Potain range of cranes has delivered a high return on investment for our customers over the years,” he said. “In particular the ease of transportation and installation of the latest Potain cranes helps customers with logistical and time pressures; while the versatility of the mast and base combinations means owners can tailor a crane configuration to suit their job site. We want to build on the strong partnership we have with Manitowoc and look forward to finding new customers for the next generation of Potain cranes.”

KIL’s history with Potain cranes in South Korea started with a Potain 744CS sold to engineering giant Hyundai E&C, back in 1975. One year after this first sale, the company was appointed as the official Potain dealer for South Korea. The company then grew its customer base with models such as the H30/30C and K30/30C proving particularly popular over the years.

Today, KIL operates a large rental fleet and has a customer base that includes the likes of Shinwoo Construction Company, Namsan Construction Company, Sun Heung, Chunjo Construction Company and Giga Industries. Its best selling models from today’s generation of Potain cranes include the MCT 385 topless crane and the MC 125 top-slewing crane. But perhaps the most popular of all is the MC 310 K12. This model has a maximum capacity of 12 tonnes, and can be equipped with up to 70 metres of jib with a tip capacity maximum of 3.2 tonnes – one of the highest tip capacities available from Potain’s Asian range of cranes, the company said.

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