New Potain hoist production line

By Euan Youdale29 March 2010

Potain's MDT368

Potain's MDT368

Manitowoc is investing €3 million (US$4 million) to establish a new hoist production line at its manufacturing facility in Charlieu, France.

It replaces existing hoist production at the facility in La Clayette. All staff and equipment will move to Charlieu, 20 km away, bringing total enmoplyees at the plant to about 340. Philippe Cohet, executive vice president for Manitowoc in EMEA, said the investment improves the company's manufacturing efficiency and brings future gains to its customer base.

"This is a long-term investment that will modernize our production facilities in France and boost our competitiveness," he said. "It is both a response to the current low levels of demand in the industry and a move to position our company for future growth. Potain cranes are known for their quality and advanced technology, and this move safeguards both aspects for future generations."

Manufacture of hoists for Potain tower cranes originated in France, and the opening the new Charlieu facility will preserve that heritage and build a strong foundation for future developments worldwide, said the company.

The facility at Charlieu will house four main activities:

  • The manufacture of large self-erecting cranes from the Potain range.
  • The manufacture of hoist drums for Potain tower cranes and Grove mobile cranes.
  • The production of sub-welded units.
  • The production of spare parts and the provision of refurbishment services for the Manitowoc Crane Care customer service brand.
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