Paterson Simons is uniquely placed to sell, service and maintain cranes and forklifts all over West Africa, having both the logistics and language skills to service a wide territory.
Paterson Simons boasts three native French speakers, two in our Brighton office covering parts and shipping and the other in Ghana who deals direct with crane clients in Burkina Faso and Mali. Our native Mandarin and Cantonese speaker, Heng Tan, liaises directly with our Chinese customers on the ground, making logistics and planning that much easier.
It is also our long experience in the region (Since 1948) that enables customers and manufacturers to lean on us when urgent crane repairs or deliveries need to be made.
LIBERIA: Last month we partnered with Mobicrane to supply mobile cranes to the new Chevron laydown yard in the Port Buchanan in Liberia, Chevron’s three-year exploration program. Our engineers spent a day in Takoradi Harbour (Ghana) ensuring that the two Grove Cranes (an RT880E & KMK5160) and Konecranes forklift (SMV16-1200B) were safely loaded. Phil Coggin, our senior engineer, then flew to the site in Liberia to ensure safe unloading and commissioning. The Electricity Company of Liberia has also recently purchased two Manitou machines, a telehandler and forklift and we continue to take orders from mines in Liberia. We expect to be busy in the region this year.
ABOVE: LOADING THE BOAT FOR LIBERIA
NIGER: Despite not being a territory of ours, we assisted Manitowoc Germany to commission two cranes in Niger on a quick turnaround. Within a week of the request we had managed to place an engineer onsite, when commended on the excellent job he was doing Peter simply responded “It’s my job, Sir”.
GUINEA: A new customer of ours is Consolidated Contractors Company, one of the 20 biggest contractor companies in the world. They contacted us originally to troubleshoot some problems on one of their Grove cranes in Guinea. We made short work of getting a qualified factory-trained crane engineer to site to both repair the crane, and inspect the other cranes.