Paterson Simons celebrates 41 years with Manitowoc

In News by Alisa Evans

Paterson Simons was pleased and honoured to be recognised with an award at Bauma 2019. Manitowoc marked our partnership which entered its 41st year in 2019, with a short ceremony.

Paterson Simons commenced as dealers for Coles Cranes back in 1978 and a few machines from that era are still in service in West Africa today.

Henry Lyne, with Willie Asiedu and team, with Cole Crane in Tema Harbour, 1987

Mr Edward Lyne, founding partner of Pasico [the Ghana subsidiary] remembers well one of the company’s many experiences: ” This is a photograph from 1987 which shows Henry [Lyne] atop a Coles Octag 870 crane. Then owned by GHAIP (the Ghana state owned refinery).  With Henry are Willie Asiedu, crane engineer, and his team. The team had just rescued the crane from Tema harbour, into which it had been accidentally driven by a contractor. Pasico had just installed new boom sections and were at the point of getting the crane ready for delivery back to GHAIP. The crane subsequently had a further road accident and once again Pasico rebuilt it. I wouldn’t mind betting that the crane is still going, having been first delivered in late 1983.”



From Left David Semple, SVP Manitowoc, MEIRA region. Tommaso Mariani, General Manager Pasico, John Traynor, MD Paterson Simons and Paul Rogers, Manitowoc Sales Director for Africa.

John Traynor, MD of Paterson Simons, continues: “Since that period Grove purchased Coles and Krupp and Manitowoc has purchased Potain and Grove. On visiting the Manitowoc stand at Bauma, the Paterson Simons team was met with a friendly welcome – a reminder of our strong ties to the world’s premier mobile crane company. Our joint offering is the strongest in the market and we look forward to taking our partnership into many more decades.”