Cooper Handling Group has been named as the exclusive UK dealer for port and industrial heavy handling equipment manufactured by global heavy equipment giants, Sany.
Cooper has built a solid reputation as a leading equipment and engineering support provider of port and heavy handling equipment in the UK, supplying and servicing a complete range of equipment including reach stackers, container handlers, portside and other specialised lifting machines.
They also remain an outlet for Konecranes products and continue to support their equipment in exactly the same way. The Company maintains that with so much experience with the product, they remain the default service provider in the UK and Ireland markets for Konecranes equipment.
Building on this market experience Cooper will now also supply and support the Sany range - built at a new purpose built factory in Bedburg, Germany. The core products will include heavy capacity forklifts, reach stackers and empty container handlers, which fit neatly into the Cooper ports and heavy lift product portfolio.
David Cooper, Cooper Handling Group Managing Director, commented: "Adding the Sany brand into our portfolio is a big step-change for us.
Sany is one of the biggest equipment companies in the world, with a market growth and product development plan that will rapidly see them become one of the leading suppliers of port equipment over the next few years.
"Having a company with such corporate and product strength is a fantastic opportunity for us to broaden our consultative-led approach. As a business we are proud of our independence which allows us to work with customers to find best-fit solutions, rather than a basic product supply offer."
Cooper believes that the market now has the option to choose high quality German built and European sourced products that meet EU specifications and standards without paying a hefty price premium.
"These products carry the same warranty and UK based support so we see this value-quality proposition as a very competitive and compelling offer. It will be a natural fit for our business in UK and Ireland markets," he said.
Paolo Dazi, General Manager - Distribution, of Sany Europe, said: "We are thrilled to have secured Cooper Handling as our distribution partner for the UK and Ireland. Their performance in the market has been remarkable and the vision of both of our companies is clearly matched."
Dazi believes that Sany will unquestionably be a major force in the European heavy handling and container handling markets. The Sany Group's turnover of $10 billion dwarfs many competitors. "When Sany commit to a target, they are totally committed, as evidenced with our new state-of-the-art production facility in Germany," he added.
Completing their ports and specialised heavy handling offer, Cooper Handling is also the exclusive distributor for Mantsinen material handlers for solid and bulk quay-side handling.