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Kato cranes return to Europe

Posted on: 10 Aug 2015

KATO Works Co., Ltd have announced their return to the European Crane Market.

The return of KATO Cranes which are world famous for their quality, reliability, performance and resale value will begin with the KATO CR-200Ri, 20 Ton City Crane which will launch in September 2015 in Ireland. This will be followed on by the KATO CR-350Ri, 35 Ton City Crane and the KATO CR-130Ri, 13 Ton City Crane later this year. Like previous KATO City Cranes which proved extremely popular in Europe this new CR range boasts innovative features like Hydraulic Fly Jibs on all the range and on the 35 Ton Crane, the “Magic Reach” concept, a hydraulically telescoping and hydraulically luffing Fly Jib. Other innovative features include Outrigger length sensors on every model, very compact design incorporating ultra-short tail swing radius and latest eco technology offering energy savings of 10% over previous models. 

KATO’s return to Europe after more than 10 years of an absence is the product of a joint initiative between KATO & Rivertek Services Ltd based in Ireland.

Rivertek are part of the JCD Group and have group revenues for 2014 of € 42.5 million euro. Rivertek are the largest Crane Dealer in Ireland and have a significant presence in the UK with over 70% of their sales to UK Customers.

Colin Cleary, Managing Director of Rivertek has stated “we are very excited to embark on this enterprise with KATO after extensive time and work in the engineering, design and specification process. This represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the proven reliability of the KATO Crane back to the European market and offer fantastic value for all our customers”

Mr. Hiroshi Ide, Executive Officer & General Manager of KATO Works Co., Ltd added “ To work with an established partner like Rivertek is important for KATO to progress to the next stage of our CR Range of cranes in Europe. We have worked closely together and look forward to a new era of progress in Europe.

About KATO

Since its foundation in 1895 as a private enterprise, Kato Works Co.,Ltd has  been an innovator of the latest technology developing a range of mobile cranes, construction & industrial equipment to meet the demands of a constantly changing market.

Since first entering the overseas market in the 1950’s Kato has achieved sales of tens of thousands of machines, and is known in over 120 countries around the world, thereby rightly claiming to be a global company.

The Kato crane range consists of City Cranes, Hydraulic Truck Cranes & Rough Terrain Cranes.
Their performance, reliability and renowned re-sale values lead the industry.

Produced at the Ibaraki Plant in Japan, this Plant is said to be the first plant in the industry to adopt a production line system for crane production, this facility is one of the highest capacity plants in the world.

KATO’s additional line up of cranes available for sale in Europe are listed below, with more models to follow in the future:-

Model Max. Lifting Capacity [t] Max. boom length [m] Jib length [m] Max. lifting height (with Jib) [m] catalog spec
CR-130Ri 13 24 3.6-5.5 30.2 PDF PDF
CR-200Ri 20 28 4.0-5.8 34.8 PDF PDF
CR-350Ri 35 32.5 6.5-14.0 47.3 PDF PDF