UpRight closes Mexico and exits boom market

24 April 2008

UpRight's Noel Corcoran.

UpRight's Noel Corcoran.

In a joint letter to customers, Noel Corcoran, UI's managing director, and Arne Dirckinck-Holmfeld, vice president European sales and business development, said; 'the production capacity in the Mexico assembly plant...will exceed demand in the immediate future and therefore the Mexico plant will be closed on a phased basis over the next few months.” Between 50 and 100 people are employed at the facility.

The additional production area in Dublin - using existing space at the facility - will be used to start manufacturing the Speed Level SL30 product and to increase production of the TM12, MX19 and X series of scissor lifts. UpRight said demand for the SL30 in Europe had exceeded forecast levels; 'By moving production to Dublin we will be better placed to balance production with current and projected demand by our major markets.”

An UpRight spokesman told Access International that the closure of the Mexican facility would have no impact on the company's sales into North America. It will exhibit at the ARA's Rental Show in February.

Meanwhile, UpRight will now investigate the sale of the designs of its big boom products, comprising the telescopic SB60 and SB80 models and the articulated AB46 and AB62 platforms. It will continue to make the electric/bienergy AB38.

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