Skyjack to expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific market
March 18, 2022 By Crane & Hoist Canada staff
Skyjack’s parent company Linamar Corporation has announced it plans to expand its presence in the Chinese and Asian markets.
The company recently signed an investment agreement with the Government of Binhai New Area, Tianjin, to manufacture Skyjack products for the Asia-Pacific market in the region.
The new facility will manufacture products under the Skyjack brand and play a central role in the continued development of the company’s Asia-Pacific region.
Skyjack will develop and utilize manufacturing capability and facilities within Linamar’s existing Tianjin plant, with the product focus being on DC scissor lifts targeted at the domestic Chinese market.
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“I particularly want to pay tribute to the local government of the Binhai New Area for their help and assistance in securing this plan,” said Skyjack President Ken McDougall.
“We look forward to our continued partnership as we expand our Asian footprint. Utilizing a more global footprint also releases existing production capacities in our existing plants across the globe. That in turn will allows us to better react to growing customer demand in those markets.”
As well, Skyjack is increasing its sales and service operations to promote products to China’s growing rental industry.
To lead these activities, the company has appointed Chan Tran as vice president of operations – Asia-Pacific.
Skyjack plans purpose-built facility
As volume builds, the OEM also plans to invest in a dedicated purpose-built facility in the region to enable solid growth in Asia-Pacific.
“The Asian market has started to grow in a meaningful way in recent years making the establishment of in region manufacturing not just viable but highly opportunistic,” said Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz.
“We believe this will create excellent growth potential for Skyjack in the region both in terms of creating a close connection to the needs of our customers in the region and in terms of building our distribution network.”
The Tianjin facility is forecast to go into production in the third quarter of 2023 and manufacture DC scissor lifts and telescopic/articulating booms. Linamar entered the China market in 2005 and with five facilities and one research and development centre.
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