Grove Europe has announced that the year-old distribution agreement with Skyjack UK Ltd. for the joint sales, marketing and product support of access products (Grove Manlift booms and Skyjack scissor-lifts) in the UK and Ireland has been terminated, and with immediate effect, sales of all Manlift products will now be handled by the existing Grove UK sales organisation, and product support (including parts, service and warranty) will be provided, as it is for Grove cranes in the UK, by Samuel Walker Ltd.

The Grove Delta range of Toucan and PM vertical mast products will be distributed in the UK under a new, exclusive agreement with Warwick-based Blue Line Access Ltd. – an independent company which represents Bronto, and which has a successful AWP refurbishment business. Jointly managed by Andy Northwood and Ian James, there is a strong historical connection with Grove and its products (Ian James was once Sales Manager for Grove).

“The access equipment business, particularly in the UK, is going through a tough time,” said Mike Lamb, managing director of Grove Europe. “We need to focus on and consolidate in the areas where our well-proven and highly-developed range of products is already well-established, especially in the building, construction and steel-erection sector, and where there is greater synergy with our main business, the mobile crane market.”