It is not always logistically possible for customers to attend crane demonstrations and the current movement restrictions due to COVID-19 preventative protocols globally have made an even greater impact on customer interactions. This, however, has not prevented Konecranes from utilising the latest in technology to implement their Live Channel – a new online feature which brings the crane demonstration and discussions of associated technology, equipment and components ‘live’ in real time to the customer. The company claims to be the first crane manufacturer in South Africa to conduct online, live, crane demonstrations.

Komatsu’s Mining & Construction equipment remanufacturing centre is a critical element in the company’s new campus in Tunney Industrial Estate, Edenvale. Extending over 11 372 m² under roof, the facility is the flagship for Komatsu in the southern African region and complements the co-located parts distribution centre, training centre, equipment workshops and Komatsu Africa Holdings head office.

Many people re-discovered their enthusiasm for local production during the disruptive, bewildering early days of the pandemic. The result is “localisation”, an emerging global trend that could revitalise local factories. If we respond quickly and wisely, there are three obvious benefits: economic resilience, more balanced trade, and greater fixed investment.

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