Terex to introduce new cranes in 2017, while consolidating European manufacturing base

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Terex Cranes has announced it will launch a new 300t 6-axle crane among its new products in early 2017.

The crane will be among the first manufactured as the company begins focusing on core competencies in-house, which means it will sell a components and parts facility it currently operates in Pecs, Hungary.

Additionally, Terex Cranes will consolidate its three current manufacturing locations in Zweibrücken, Germany, into two. The company will continue manufacturing operations of the Demag crawler and all terrain crane lines in its Dinglerstrasse and Wallerscheid locations and make multimillion-dollar investments in both facilities to support ongoing manufacturing operations. However, it will cease machine production in the Bierbach facility in 2017 and the facility will be sold.

These consolidation and cost alignment strategies continue actions taken by the company in 2016 to make more efficient use of its manufacturing footprint. In 2016, Terex Cranes consolidated all North American crane production into the existing Terex manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The pending sale of the Material Handling and Port Solutions business to Konecranes will include the Cranes Montceau Les Mines, France production facility, which manufactured four Terex all terrain crane models. Production of these crane models are being absorbed by other Terex manufacturing locations.

“We are committed to being the most customer-responsive company in the industry through providing valuable product and service solutions that produce an excellent return on the customer’s investment,” says Terex Cranes President, Steve Filipov. “For us to deliver on these commitments and innovate the technologies of today and tomorrow, we must be laser-focused on controlling our costs, aligning our manufacturing footprint with market conditions and creating a more streamlined and responsive organizational structure.”

“With the consolidation efforts started in 2016 and the announced changes in Hungary and Zweibrücken in 2017, the Cranes business global headcount will be reduced by approximately 30%. While these decisions are difficult to make, they are necessary to build a stronger, more focused and efficient Terex Cranes that will continue to innovate and grow,” adds Filipov. “The steps taken will allow us to continue to invest in product innovation and service to drive customer satisfaction and the resulting business success.”

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