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Gottwald sees off economic fears

January 23 - D

He says: "In view of the overall difficult economic situation, we can be satisfied with our performance last year. In calendar year 2008, we sold 92 harbour cranes, including mobile harbour cranes and such derivatives as portal harbour and floating cranes. As a result we were very close to the excellent result achieved in 2007 when we sold 96 machines." 

Of the 92 cranes sold in 2008, 34 were ordered for European terminals, representing 36.90f sales. In terms of sales figures, the most important countries in Europe were Belgium with 10 cranes, Turkey with four cranes and Sweden with three cranes. 

The Port of Kiel, Germany acquired a 140-tonne G HMK 7608 mobile harbour crane, a Generation 5, Model 7 variant. The crane is scheduled to go into operation at the end of April 2009 and will handle a broad range of cargo, including project cargo. It will be the third Gottwald Generation 5 crane in operation in Germany. Since 2006, the Port of Hamburg has operated one and since 2007 the Port of Emden has been operating a G HMK 6407 Mobile Harbour Crane, a variant of Model 6. This crane is used mainly for handling wind turbine components. 

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