Terex has failed to find ‘a crane man’ to head up its UK crane operations.

Terex completed the acquisition of its UK dealer, European Cranes, on 1 July and folded its operations into Terex UK.

European Cranes managing director Alan Charlesworth retired from the business at the takeover. Terex initially invited Bill Green, former UK crane sales director for Grove, to head up its crane operations but he declined. Green, who was let go by Grove last year, said that he was enjoying his new life as an independent trader too much to return to the corporate life.

Chris Stevens, managing director of Terex dumptruck manufacturing subsidiary Benford, has since been given additional responsibility for the crane division.

Steve Filipov, Terex international sales and marketing vice president, said that Terex wanted to sell direct in the UK to have more control. Terex would run a complete parts, service and sales operation for crane customers, he said.

Filipov added that the new operation would not be based in European Cranes’ Bicester facility but at a new consolidated location, alongside other of Terex’s other UK activities including the manufacture of Benford dump trucks and Fermec backhoe loaders.