Street Crane ships to Afghanistan

08 April 2012

UK-based industrial crane manufacturer Street Crane is widening its network, with two of its units now in operation at British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

The pair of overhead cranes are installed in maintenance workshops where armoured cars are serviced and repaired.

The Street Crane factory in Derbyshire produces 400 complete cranes a year, the majority of which are for the UK market. The installation at Camp Bastion is exceptional as most of the company's export sales are of electro-mechanical components such as hoists, bogies and controls, said a company spokesman. Street Cranes began exporting 15 years ago and now has over 60 overseas distributors.

"Only when a customer such as the British Army or a contractor with a major capital project such as a power station needs complete cranes and the structures cannot be made locally, is it practical and economic to ship the whole crane package from the UK," continued the spokesman.

Camp Bastion is a settlement of 30,000 military personnel and support staff. In addition to troop accommodation it has an airport and heliport with all the associated service workshops, warehousing and infrastructure.

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