The merged cranes product line will develop and produce truck mounted loader cranes, forestry cranes and recycling cranes on a global scale at its five units in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Meppel, the Netherlands, Zaragoza, Spain, Salo, Finland, and Chungbuk, Korea. The organisation will employ 1,200 people.

The products will be sold under the existing HIAB, LOGLIFT, and JONSERED trademarks. The new organisation will be headed by senior vice president Harri Ahola, who is currently heading the loader cranes product line.

The organisational change will improve and strengthen the use of common resources for developing, producing, and marketing the crane programs.

The demand for cranes has during the past years increased significantly on all main markets. The trend is anticipated to continue and there will especially be growth on many emerging markets.

The company said it has made the change in order to support future growth and to further improve the efficiency of its operations.

Hiab’s products include forklifts, hook loaders and tail lifts. In 2006 Hiab’s net sales totalled EUR 914 million, it delivered 60,000 load handling units and employed 4,400 people. Hiab is part of Cargotec Corp, which includes forklift and dockside equipment manufacturer Kalmar and ship crane manufacturer MacGREGOR.

Harri Ahola, head of the new Hiab cranes line Harri Ahola, head of the new Hiab cranes line