Skyjack expands manufacturing into China
By Lindsey Anderson16 March 2022
Linamar Corp. has announced that Skyjack will begin manufacturing DC scissor lifts for the domestic Chinese market later this year from Linamar’s existing Tianjin, China plant. The agreement was signed with the Government of Binhai New Area, Tianjin.
Skyjack is also increasing its sales and service operations to promote product to China’s growing rental industry. To support these initiatives, Skyjack has appointed Chan Tran as VP operations – Asia-Pacific. The company said when volume builds, Skyjack will invest in a dedicated purpose-built facility in the region to enable solid growth in Asia-Pacific.
“The Asian market has started to grow in a meaningful way in recent years making the establishment of in region manufacturing not just viable but highly opportunistic,” said Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar CEO. “We believe this will create excellent growth potential for Skyjack in the region both in terms of creating a close connection to the needs of our customers in the region and in terms of building our distribution network.”
Ken McDougall, Skyjack president, added, “I particularly want to pay tribute to the local government of the Binhai New Area for their help and assistance in securing this plan. We look forward to our continued partnership as we expand our Asian footprint. Utilizing a more global footprint also releases existing production capacities in our existing plants across the globe. That in turn will allows us to better react to growing customer demand in those markets.”
Tran added, “The Skyjack Tianjin facility is forecast to go into production in Q3 2023 and manufacture DC scissor lifts and telescopic/articulating booms. Linamar entered the China market in 2005 and with five facilities and one research and development center, I believe the relationship and physical footprint can be significantly leveraged should the need arise.”
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