Skyjack to accelerate product development

By Murray Pollok12 March 2008

Skyjack will accelerate the development of new aerial platforms, said Ken McDougall (pictured), Skyjack's group president, with the aim of releasing two new products a year.

He told ALH that the development of the 40 and 45 telescopic booms “took too long for my liking...I want two new products a year.” New 61 foot and 66 foot telescopic booms – considered to be a single product – will be launched at the Rental Show in February.

Skyjack has increased its design team by over 30% in the past year, and construction of a Skyjack technical development center is to start in Guelph, Ontario in 2008.

Meanwhile, McDougall said the manufacture of the Carelift ZoomBoom telehandlers it recently acquired will be relocated to a Skyjack facility in Guelph fairly soon. He said the aim was to triple production levels – currently 230 to 250 machines annually – within the next three or four years.

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