April 9 - UK headquartered ALE Heavy Lift has acquired the majority of shares in ECR Group. The acquisition follows a successful joint venture between the two companies.

Gladstone, Australia based ECR Group specialises in heavy lift, heavy haulage and cranes throughout the Bowen Basin, Queensland and Eastern Australia. ALE said it cemented the relationship to provide a wider and more integrated service in the region.

Paul Kelly, managing director at ALE said: "We are pleased to be joining forces officially under one name, since 2012 the joint venture between ALE and ECR has been incredibly successful, the businesses complement each other which is why we have decided to make this acquisition.

The merger will ensure that the success and amalgamation of skills gained through the joint venture will be retained and the incredible breadth of services offered will continue and grow in the future."