Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has recently secured two orders for the delivery of three Mobile Harbour Cranes to South Korea.
Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. has ordered two more Generation 4
cranes, i.e. one HMK 170 E and one HMK 260 E, while Dongbu Express has acquired its
third Generation 5, Model 4, G HMK 4306 B four-rope grab crane for professional bulk
Ssangyong E&C – Additional Gottwald Cranes for General Cargo Handling
The two Generation 4 Mobile Harbour Cranes for Ssangyong Engineering & Construction
Co., Ltd. are scheduled to start commercial operation in summer 2011 at the Port of
Gunsan. Here, the 63-tonne HMK 170 E crane and the 100-tonne HMK 260 E crane will
increase the terminal’s capacities in handling general cargo.
The new order brings to five the total number of cranes ordered by Ssangyong from
Gottwald. Two HMK 170 E machines and one HMK 260 E have been in operation at the
Port of Incheon since 2008.
“Trustworthy service with quality first – that’s our philosophy and the promise we make to
our clients. And that’s why we in turn rely on Gottwald’s quality and trustworthy service,”
said J.T. Yoo, Director of the Purchasing Department, Ssangyong. “Our new order for
Gunsan Port represents the successful continuation of an excellent mutually beneficial
business relationship. We appreciate the constant exchange of ideas and the continuous
support by Gottwald and its local representative, Kilwoo.” According to Yoo, a key factor in
Ssangyong’s decision to place the order with Gottwald was trouble-free crane operation
ensured by the support and service provided by the readily available, trained and qualified
staff from Kilwoo.
Dongbu Express – Additional Gottwald Crane for Bulk Handling
The Model 4 Mobile Harbour Crane for Dongbu Express is scheduled to start commercial
operation at the beginning of 2011 at the Port of Dangjin. This large-scale Korean logistics
company is part of the Dongbu Group and the new G HMK 4306 B four-rope grab crane will
enable the customer to further increase its capacities in handling scrap for its sister
company Dongbu Steel.
Since 2008, throughout its recent growth process, Dongbu Express has been assisted by
two G HMK 4306 B cranes from Gottwald. These machines were at the same time among
the very first Generation 5, Model 4 Mobile Harbour Cranes of the 4-rope grab variant
G HMK 4306 B for professional bulk handling ever sold. Forecasting further expansion the
company has now purchased a third machine.
“A decisive reason for us to opt for Gottwald again was the positive experience gained from
the support provided by Gottwald and Kilwoo, support that goes beyond the usual level,”
said P.H. Keum, Head of the Purchasing Department at Dongbu Express. “We are very
happy to continue our successful cooperation with Gottwald and Kilwoo.”
Service and Support – Gottwald and Kilwoo
Commenting on the importance of service and support in the South Korean market, Jae H.
Yang, Sales Director of Kilwoo Corporation, Gottwald’s local representative in South Korea,
said: “South Korea is one of the world’s most demanding markets. On the one hand
customers require constant contact and updates on products and applications. At the same
time they also expect highly efficient after sales service, as the cranes here often exceed
5,000 operating hours per year, which is well above the global average."
To ensure optimum crane availability, efficiency, performance and safety and to deal with
the remarkably high operational demands, Kilwoo has a dedicated staff of ten engineers
strategically located in Seoul and Pusan ready to take on any service task required with the
full support of Gottwald’s Service Competence Centre in Du¨sseldorf, Germany, and
Gottwald’s Singapore Office.
Spirit of Innovation and Economical Operation Are Key Factors in South Korea
"South Korea is one of the most promising economic regions in the world," emphasises
Gottwald's Regional Director, Klaus Roehrig, in Singapore. And he gives the main reasons
why terminal operators repeatedly opt for Gottwald: “Gottwald has a reputation for offering
innovative products the operation of which is economical and environmentally compatible at
the same time. Gottwald is known for its philosophy of customer orientation and maintaining
long-term partnerships even through economically challenging times. We support our
customers in every way possible, so that terminal operators can focus on their core
business. And we intend to keep it this way.”
About Gottwald Port Technology GmbH
Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, based in Du¨sseldorf, Germany, and a subsidiary of
Demag Cranes AG, is a manufacturer of Harbour Cranes and terminal automation
technology. With a total of over 1,300 Mobile Harbour Cranes sold, the company is the
world market leader in this product sector. In the field of terminal automation, Gottwald Port
Technology offers system solutions that incorporate both the company's own software and
hardware. Gottwald Port Technology supplies customers in 100 countries.