Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has celebrated its first anniversary since opening its first Latin American factory, in Passo Fundo, Brazil.
The factory has been operating since June 2012 and has already had several upgrades, including new machining and painting systems. Components used at the factory are brought directly from Brazilian companies and the facility uses local suppliers. These components are checked by Manitowoc’s Product Verification Center in Shady Grove, USA, a company spokesperson added.
Mauro Nunes, general manager of operations for Manitowoc in Brazil, said, “The entire South America market has responded very well to our Passo Fundo operations. When companies see our factory, the installations and the quality of the cranes we produce here, they immediately compare the products with US-made machines.”
The first crane to undergo refurbishment at the facility was a 220 tonne capacity GMK6250L all terrain crane that was damaged by sea water.
“Our customers in Brazil have been very pleased with our commitment to the market through Manitowoc Crane Care service and EnCore. Through Passo Fundo, we are able to ensure fast delivery times, expert advice and meticulous maintenance at a location that’s in close proximity to our customers’ job sites,” Nunes added.
Passo Fundo production includes the 60 tonne capacity RT765E-2, the 75 tonne RT880E, the 80 tonne RT890E, the 30 tonne RT530E-2 and the 35 tonne RT540E rough terrain cranes.
In 2014 tower crane mast sections for Potain will also be produced at Passo Fundo, a company spokesperson added.