Netherlands-based Riwal has moved into Belgium by acquiring the aerial work platform business of crane company Sarens Belgium NV.

Riwal Belgium will be based in Genk (Limburg province). The Sarens employees working at the aerial platform division will all be employed by Riwal.

“This acquisition will strengthen Riwal’s position on the Belgian market as we will be operating closer to both our existing and new customers," said Riwal’s region director Pedro Torres.

"We will serve our Belgian customers from our new depot, as well as from existing Riwal depots in the South of the Netherlands (Dordrecht and Eindhoven area). The acquisition also improves our European coverage which is a strong benefit for our international key accounts”.

The two companies said the deal would strengthen their cooperation "in order to deliver the best customer experience whenever both aerial work platforms and heavy lifting services are required at the same sites."

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