On April 17, 2019, Konecranes Lift Trucks commemorated the handover of their 8,888th lift truck to Xiamen Port Haicang Container Inspection Service Co., Ltd at its Shanghai factory. The management team from Konecranes Port Solutions and all the staff of Konecranes Port Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. participated in the ceremony, where they got to see the excitement of the moment as an enthusiastic customer received their new Konecranes machine.
Building on China’s fast-growing economy and expanding port construction, Konecranes Port Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has quickly opened up the Chinese market since it was established in 2016. The top-quality SMV series of heavy-duty forklifts and highly efficient Konecranes supply chain has brought good opportunities for growth. In Shanghai, the factory produces a wide range of lift trucks, including 10-60 ton forklifts, 41-45 ton reach stackers, and empty container handlers that can stack 4-8 containers high.
In recent years, with the acquisition of Linde’s container handling business and Terex’s material handling & port solutions business, Konecranes has included Terex-Fantuzzi/PPM-related products in the group. Working through their global distributors and worldwide service network, Konecranes Lift Trucks provides a very high level of service and customer experience, improving the safety and efficiency of port operations around the globe. The Konecranes factory in Shanghai has quickly become an important part of these international operations.
The factory produces heavy lift trucks, mostly for the Chinese market, but for many other countries in Asia and Oceania as well. The number 8 is regarded as extremely lucky in Chinese culture, so when number 8,888 happened to be from the Shanghai factory, it was considered an auspicious event, and well worth celebrating.
Lift truck number 8,888 is an SMV 4531 TCE5 reach stacker. Launched in China near the end of 2018, the TCE series is just as long-lasting and matches the performance of the previous generation of reach stackers, but adds new intelligent power with the Electronic Machine Control, or EMC Master, and TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring. A combination of solid durability, high performance and smart systems comes together to improve safety, maximize productivity and minimize lifecycle costs. This gives Konecranes customers a good return on their investment.
At the end of the ceremony, there was a big round of applause to mark special lift truck number 8,888 and a look forward to celebrations for lift truck number 88,888. With the confidence and expertise to create this future, Konecranes continues to build lift trucks for your world.