Man­i­towoc scales up pro­duc­tiv­ity in Asia with new tower crane fac­tory in In­dia


Man­i­towoc has opened a new Po­tain tower crane fac­tory in the In­dian city of Chakan, which lies out­side Pune, with pro­duc­tion be­gin­ning in the first quar­ter of 2018. This fa­cil­ity re­places the com­pany’s pre­vi­ous fac­tory in Pune that had opened in 2007. With a smaller land area, new equip­ment and lean man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, the new fa­cil­ity pro­duces Po­tain MCT 85 and MC 125 cranes more ef­fi­ciently and with bet­ter qual­ity.

David Sem­ple, Man­i­towoc’s se­nior vice president for the Mid­dle East and In­dia, said that the de­vel­op­ment of the plant had been closely aligned to the prin­ci­ples of The Man­i­towoc Way. “This new fac­tory is an­other demon­stra­tion of how The Man­i­towoc Way busi­ness phi­los­o­phy guides our op­er­a­tions,” he said. “We are fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing and ex­e­cut­ing lean strate­gies to im­prove ef­fi­ciency, prof­itabil­ity, and value for our stake­hold­ers. Our cus­tomers will ben­e­fit from the faster de­liv­ery times and en­hanced qual­ity of this new fa­cil­ity, and our em­ploy­ees will feel proud to work at one of the most ad­vanced tower crane fac­to­ries in Asia. Po­tain has long been a mar­ket-leader in In­dia and we want to en­sure that our rep­u­ta­tion con­tin­ues, so, open­ing this fac­tory is an im­por­tant step.”

With a pro­duc­tion area of 9,760 m2, the new fac­tory’s man­u­fac­tur­ing foot­print has been re­duced by one-third as com­pared to its pre­vi­ous fa­cil­ity, but has been de­signed for the same level of pro­duc­tion out­put. Among the up­grades in equip­ment at the fa­cil­ity are a new paint shop and shot blast­ing ma­chine cells, com­ple­mented by in­ten­sive worker train­ing to en­sure Man­i­towoc pro­duces the finest tower cranes.

The fa­cil­ity lay­out de­liv­ers other pro­duc­tiv­ity im­prove­ments: most no­tably, the time to trans­port ma­te­ri­als from the assem­bly area to the fin­ished goods yard is re­duced by 68%. There are other sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings in ma­te­rial trans­port from the steel yard, sup­plier yard, and fab­ri­ca­tion area.

Time sav­ings are not lim­ited to on­site op­er­a­tions ei­ther. Al­though, still in the Pune area, the new fac­tory sits some 45 km from the old lo­ca­tion, in the city’s in­dus­trial belt of Chakan. Be­ing sit­u­ated in Chakan of­fers bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity to na­tional high­ways, speed­ing up cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies within In­dia. In ad­di­tion, the new fa­cil­ity is closer to Mum­bai from where Po­tain cranes are shipped to ex­port mar­kets.

“The ma­jor­ity of cranes man­u­fac­tured at this new fac­tory will be shipped to cus­tomers in In­dia,” said David Sem­ple. “But we will also serve neigh­bor­ing mar­kets such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. All of our cus­tomers will ben­e­fit from the faster de­liv­er­ies and en­hanced qual­ity of Po­tain cranes in this re­gion.”

The Po­tain MCT 85 and MC 125 are pop­u­lar units in In­dia and the sur­round­ing mar­kets. The MCT 85 can lift a max­i­mum of 5 t or 1.1 t at its jib end of 52 m. It is a prac­ti­cal unit de­signed for eas­ier trans­porta­tion, with its en­tire top por­tion able to travel on just two trucks. Assem­bly is eas­ier too as most of the pre-assem­bly work hap­pens at the fac­tory be­fore the crane is de­liv­ered to the cus­tomer. The MC 125 has a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 6 t and max­i­mum jib length of 60 m. It can lift 1.15 t at its max­i­mum jib end.

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Man­i­towoc boosts man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity in Asia with new In­dian tower crane fac­tory

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