“Growth rates will slow,” confirmed one lifting equipment manufacturer, while two high profile remote control firms agreed that 2009, even in a market which has skyrocketed over recent years, will represent new challenges.


The mood was certainly different to before at the 2008 Chinese forum of new crane technology, which was staged offsite by the China Heavy Machinery Industry Association and the Beijing Material Handling Research Institute. After all, the last time this biannual event was staged, any downturn was unforeseeable.


China and the US now share more in common than once before. A perspective was offered by Hal Vandiver (pictured, above), executive vice president, business development, at the Material Handling Industry of America. His presentation gave 300 delegates an insight into the state of the US’s comparatively more mature market.

Cattron Group International was represented by Martin Chen, Cattron’s new marketing and sales manager for China, and Jim Robertson, executive director, business development.


Chen is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all of Cattron’s marketing and sales operations in China. He will develop new strategic business relationships, expand Cattron’s distributor sales network in China by adding additional distributors, and directly with major key accounts within China.

The LRC M1 remote control was the focal point of the stand, designed for cranes and other lifting equipment. Cattron says the unit comes with “advanced dual-processor electronics protected in an ergonomic and robust housing for demanding industrial environments.”


Gorbel (Tianjin) Crane Co., Ltd., the Chinese manufacturing facility of US-based work station manufacturer Gorbel, exhibited from its range of work station cranes, including its new 980kg capacity jib crane, designed specifically for the Chinese market.

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