The agreement covers regular inspections at the car plants in Sindelfingen and Bremen, and two power train assembly plants in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Hamburg. This covers cranes and hoists with capacities from 80kg to 63t, used for lifting applications along the production lines and in final assembly.

The contract also includes the maintenance of car lifting platforms on the production lines in Sindelfingen and Bremen. Demag Service will also provide first-level support for passenger and load lifts at the four plants, as an option for when the lift service provider or staff are not available.

“This service contract is extremely important for Konecranes, which Demag now is part of,” said Panu Routila, president and CEO of Konecranes. “The service business makes almost 40% of our net sales and we aim to increase this part even further. With a joint Konecranes and Demag service organization we will have even stronger teams that can take care of the service of our customers’ equipment in the future.”

Harald Valler, head of Demag Service Germany, said: “We are delighted about the confidence placed in us by our major customer. A service package of this size can only be delivered by a strong and experienced organisation as part of a global service network. Our highly qualified Demag service technicians will help maximising the availability of the facilities.”