“Many of our customers are involved in the booming mining business in Western Australia and the levels of service and performance they expect leave no room for error,” said WATM managing director Frank Lazenby.

“In many ways this has helped us develop our service offering to the high standards we are now able to offer. We achieved Elite status as a Manitowoc Crane Care dealer and that’s something we’re very proud of. With many of our customers our reputation in service and our ability to back up our cranes is a key motivator behind the purchase.”

2007 marked the company’s third top dealer award since it started representing the brand in 2000.

D&G managing director Gino De Cesare said his customers looked for productivity and the latest technology in their cranes.

“As a company we have grown our customer base by focusing on the latest lifting technology from Potain and maintaining a young rental fleet,” he said. “Perth is a fast-growing city and the high levels of activity mean contractors want the most productive equipment on their jobs backed up with a reliable and consistent service.”

Gilles Martin, executive vice president of Manitowoc in the Asia-Pacific region, said both D&G and WATM were perfect examples of Manitowoc dealerships.