The 5,000 sq m warehouse includes offices, maintenance facilities, spare parts, product demonstration spaces and machine operator training areas.

Crane Link, South African agent for the Chinese crane manufacturer Zoomlion, claims the training simulator (for the QY110V mobile crane) at the facility is the first of its kind in South Africa.

Mark Bates, Crane Link’s managing director, said: "Crane Link Zoomlion is excited to launch the new premises that positions Zoomlion cranes now as professional supplier of mobile cranes for the South Africa market, with the focus on technical training and service support."

The Chinese-themed opening ceremony saw Zoomlion QY25V, QY50V, QY110V and RT55 cranes displayed.