The world’s largest crane manufacturing and maintenance services group, Konecranes, has expanded the responsibilities of its top Asia-Pacific executive after global expansion in its business has pushed sales past $A2 billion a year.
Mr Edward Yakos, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, takes over responsibility for all of Konecranes’ business activities in Southeast Asia Pacific and India (with South East Asia Pacific including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam ).
Mr Yakos’ expanded regional responsibilities as President of South Asia Pacific come after Konecranes’ total business in his region more than doubled over the past five years, with major successes in the resources, ports, infrastructure, manufacturing and utilities sectors.
They also co-incide with a major global rebranding and reorganization of Konecranes business activities under regional alignments within the group, which employs more than 4000 people in 38 countries and has more than 230,000cranes of all brands under service contract. The new brand identity emphasizes Konecranes comprehensive commitment to customers – “Not just lifting things – lifting businesses”.
Konecranes Regional Presidents including Mr Yakos will now be responsible for all the group’s major activities within their region, including fabrication of new cranes, maintenance of existing cranes and specialist lifting equipment types (including Stahl, SWF, Verlinde, Morris P& H and Konecranes’ Lift Trucks formerly know as SMV ).
The expanded facilities and Konecranes’ strong engineering base throughout Australasia and Southeast Asia will serve as a springboard for further expansion in the region, where Konecranes is already particularly active in key markets such as aviation, energy, infrastructure, logistics, manufacturing, metals, mining, ports, pulp and paper, petrochemical and transport.
Konecranes’ clients include Alcoa, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology organisation, ANSTO; Air New Zealand; Australian Cement; BHP Billiton, Cadia mining Australia; Contact Energy NZ; Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd (ESA), a joint venture between Pratt and Whitney and SIA Engineering Company; Lihir Gold, Papua New Guinea; OneSteel Australia; Patrick (now Toll) Corporation container terminals; Pilkington; Ratchaburi Power Station in Thailand; paper packaging group Thaikraft; Southern Hydro (Australia), Uncle Tobys and Worsley Aluminium.