Lower lead time a boon for users

The average lead time for a quayside gantry crane is now in the region of 15 months, a period that Gerry Bunyan, sales and marketing manager for Liebherr's container cranes division, believes is more than satisfactory for the industry. 

Nevertheless, he points to several orders where Liebherr has managed to get cranes to operators in 12 months.

Interestingly,Mika Mahlberg, director VLC Cranes at Konecranes says that: "For deliveries in Europe, we have an average lead time of 13-14 months, which we can offer because we produce cranes at our own factory in Finland." However, the 'can do'company appears to be Kalmar, whose vice president container cranes,René Kleiss, insists that lead times are now around 10-12 months. "Delivery times are getting shorter. Ten years ago, the market would have been happy with a lead time of 16-18 months; nowadays, the average is 12 months."

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