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.
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).
Edward 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 coincide with a major global rebranding and reorganisation of Konecranes business activities under regional alignments within the group, which employs more than 4000 people in 38 countries and has more than 230,000 cranes of all brands under service contract.
The new brand identity emphasises Konecranes comprehensive commitment to customers – Not just lifting things – lifting businesses.
Konecranes’ regional presidents including Edward 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 new organisational structure and new branding will reflect the streamlined, simplified and dynamic structure of Konecranes as we advance our activities globally and especially in the Asia-Pacific, where there is enormous further potential,” said Edward Yakos.
“We will be seeking out new opportunities for world-class new equipment and servicing contracts across the industrial, infrastructure and utilities sectors,” said Edward Yakos, who recently established a new manufacturing facility at Ingleburn, Sydney.
This contains more than 3600 square metres of workshop floor space to radically expand fabrication capabilities and streamline service to customers for cranes ranging from small jibs to goliath gantry cranes capable of lifting more than 1000 tonnes.
The expanded facilities and Konecranes’ good 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.