Melbourne-based Australian Crane and Machinery (ACM) is discontinuing its partnership with Kobelco in favor of Chinese manufacturer Zoomlion, effective 1 January. ACM has distributed Kobelco cranes to the Australian and New Zealand markets since it was founded in 2004.
Ben Potter, managing director of ACM, cited “Kobelco’s diminishing product line and current lengthy delay issues” as reasons for the move, according to Vertikal.net. He added that ACM technical support for Kobelco cranes will cease in 2020.
In a published statement, Kobelco described the split as mutual and said it was looking for a new dealer to distribute its cranes to customers in Oceania:
“Kobelco Construction Machinery of Tokyo, Japan and Australian Crane & Machinery of Melbourne in Australia have mutually agreed to terminate their dealership agreement covering Kobelco branded cranes in the Oceania region as of December 31, 2019. At this time, Kobelco is preparing to appoint a new dealer in the Oceania region whom we will introduce in the near future.
“In the meantime, until we officially appoint a new dealer, Kobelco and ACM will cooperate with each other through the next several weeks to continue to provide Kobelco customers with the high level of technical support and parts supply that our end users expect, and to minimise any disruptions for owners of Kobelco cranes.
“From February 1, 2020, we expect to have our new sales and product support dealer on-board and serving Kobelco crane users throughout the Oceania region.
“Finally, we, Kobelco renew our commitment to develop and supply even better products to the marketplace and provide a product support system that exceeds the expectations of Kobelco crane owners in the Oceania region. We appreciate the kind understanding of our valued Kobelco customers during this brief transition period.”
ACM already offers truck, rough terrain, and all terrain cranes from Zoomlion. Vertikal reports that it will soon add lattice crawler cranes and self-propelled cranes. Zoomlion’s crane fleet currently includes over 50 models. The company also produces bulldozers, excavators, pavers, forklifts, mixer trucks and fire trucks.