Production partnership set to continue for years to come
Kobelco and Manitowoc have celebrated a decade of product-sharing partnership this month, with a celebration event at ConExpo Akihiko Tsukamoto, president and CEO of Kobelco Cranes, and Manitowoc Cranes’s president, Eric Etchart.
The agreement sees Kobelco supply Manitowoc-branded crawler cranes in classes up to 120 US ton, and for them to be sold around the globe by the Manitowoc’s distribution network. At the same time, Manitowoc supplies all-terrain cranes to Kobelco for sale in Japan.
Etchart said that cooperation between Manitowoc and Kobelco was a key aspect.
“This celebration is the direct result of two companies successfully working together for mutual benefit,” he said.
Tsukamoto said that the 10-year long agreement is a testament to each company’s strengths.
“We are pleased to have Manitowoc supply our all-terrain cranes in Japan, since Kobelco has well-established relationships with the major customers of lifting equipment in Japan,” he said. “This complements our supply agreement for crawler cranes, and we look forward to a continuing business relationship for the benefit of both parties.”