Kranenbouw to build flat top Jost towers

25 April 2008

Netherlands-based tower crane rental house Kranenbouw has signed an agreement with German manufacturer Jost Cranes to manufacture Jost cranes and provide sales and after sales support in the Benelux. Kranenbouw will assemble the Jost flat top JT 112.8 model, and sell it under its own name.

Franc Jost, director of Jost Cranes, told IC that the company is having to turn down orders because of a lack of manufacturing space, hence the decision to license Kranenbouw to produce the JT 112.8. Jost said licences will be given to other interested companies that want to manufacture Jost cranes and sell them under their own name.

Kranenbouw managing director, Edwin van Zitteren, said, “We have thought about developing our own tower cranes, we have explored the possibility to work as an OEM with some other crane manufacturers in the Far East and Spain, but only now with Jost Cranes have we found a partner where the strengths of both complement each other.”

Kranenbouw will also assemble the flat top Jost JT 312.12 and JT 352.12. The first JT 312.12, was due to leave the Kranenbouw factory at the end of April and be put straight to work for a large Benelux contractor.

“This is an aggressive growth” said van Zitteren, “but we have to take advantage of the high demand on the market and the capacity bottlenecks at our competitors”.

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