Penny Hydraulics has signed an agreement with QT Equipment (www.qtequipment.com) for the sale, distribution and assembly of its range of Swing Lift vehicle mounted cranes in the USA. QT Equipment will initially sell cranes designed and manufactured in the UK by Penny Hydraulics. In the future the company will manufacture and assemble cranes under license in the USA using designs and critical components supplied by Penny Hydraulics.
"Customers in the USA are becoming more aware of the need for safe and efficient load handling when using their commercial vehicles and we see huge potential for this market," says Bill Penney, articulated cranes sales manager at QT Equipment. "Penny Hydraulics has a great range of cranes that will complement our existing products very well and allow us to offer a new capability to our customers."
QT Equipment is a specialist supplier of commercial vehicles and related equipment to customers throughout the USA. The company serves customers in industries such as construction, utilities and oil exploration by configuring and preparing service and support vehicles with specialist performance capabilities.
Vehicle mounted Swing Lift cranes Penny Hydraulics are designed for handling loads up to 2000kg. They can be installed on almost any kind of commercial vehicle to simplify operations and eliminate the need for manual handling.
"Around four million commercial vehicles in the one to eighteen tonne range are sold in the USA each year," says Richard Short, sales director at Penny Hydraulics. "This is the type of vehicle where our cranes are typically installed. With QT Equipment we have a new partner that understands our business and has access to a market that is ready for our type of product."
Penny Hydraulics has already supplied cranes to QT Equipment. One of these was a 1200kg capacity SwingLift V12 crane that was installed on a large vehicle used by a construction company for ground stabilisation work. The customer needed a crane that could handle drill casings and pipe sections but its usual crane supplier was unable to fulfil the requirement. QT Equipment and Penny Hydraulics worked together to devise a modified version of the standard V12 crane that met the customer’s unique specification. This was then manufactured in the UK before being shipped to QT Equipment for installation.
"The feedback we received form the customer was very positive," says Bill Penney. "Special one-off cranes are important in this market but we see great potential for the smaller standard models that Penny Hydraulics supplies for the lighter commercial vehicles."
Penny Hydraulics (www.pennyhydraulics.com) designs, manufactures and services lifting and load handling equipment for use in a wide range of applications. Products include the Swing Lift range of medium duty cranes for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and flat-beds and the Step Lift, Load Lift and Tail Lift lifting platform ranges for use on pick-ups, drop-sides and vans. The company also manufactures the Mezz Lift for handling loads between ground floor and mezzanines and specialist equipment for handling wheels, tyres and barrels in vehicles and at customers’ premises.