Crane specialist GM Technical Services (GMTS), based in Vereeniging in the Vaal Triangle, has concluded an agreement with Street Crane Company of the United Kingdom to bring advanced overhead crane and hoist technology to South Africa. The deal underpins employment, gives GMTS an opportunity for further growth and the capability to offer a complete range of cranes up to 50 tonnes safe working load.
George Mackenzie, founder and managing member of GMTS commented, "We are pleased to announce our association with Street Crane, the largest factory crane manufacturer in the UK. The deal allows us to tap into 60 years of expertise in all branches of industry and access their class leading ZX series hoists. Paired with locally engineered crane beams the ZX hoists will enable GMTS to offer customers high performance cranes for greater productivity.
As the main distributor for Street Crane products in South Africa, GMTS will not only be supplying end users but will also be able to supply crane service and repair companies throughout the country with Street hoists or cranes that have been fabricated locally. Hoist components will be held in kit form for rapid assembly to meet local needs.
Street Crane has invested heavily to develop the advanced ZX series hoists for world markets. Modular in construction, the ZX is easily customized to meet differing end user requirements and national standards. During March, two members of the GMT engineering staff visited the UK for training and to see Street Crane’s design, testing, development and manufacturing facilities.
Commenting on the deal, Street Crane’s managing director Andrew Pimblett noted, "South Africa is a huge potential market. GMTS is a partner with in-depth engineering experience and capability. We have similar arrangements with over 50 national and regional crane makers around the world and I am confident that the relationship will prove mutually beneficial to our companies and to our end-user customers in South Africa."
GMTS has a long association with DSE, the largest fabricator of structural steelwork in South Africa. Several large cranes have been supplied over a number of years. The first two Street branded cranes, units of 10 tonnes SWL, were shipped to DSE in April.