Lifting gear expert’s crane deal with Sheffield machine firm is hat trick

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Heavy lifting specialist Mechan has supplied a third crane to packaging machine manufacturer Proseal in under a year.

Sheffield-based Mechan was contacted by Proseal after the Cheshire firm scoured the internet for a British company that could supply cranes to load and unload its machining centres and for its mould and tool workshop.

The global supplier of equipment to seal sandwich containers, fruit and vegetable packs, ready meals and other products packaged in plastic trays has now had a third Mechan crane installed.

Colin Fraser, supply chain manager for Proseal, whose customers include Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, said: “We have been extremely impressed with the firm’s professionalism, customer service and the quality of its products.

“When the first order was delivered, Mechan’s engineers simply got on with the installation without disrupting our day to day operations. In fact, we hardly knew they were there, which is the way we like it.”

Mechan managing director Richard Carr said: “Whilst an increasing proportion of our new business comes from overseas, it is still very gratifying to strike up such an excellent relationship with another UK manufacturer. We were able to deliver the second order they placed in a short timescale and we are relatively close at hand when maintenance and support is required.”

Mechan produces a wide range of lifting equipment from small, mobile units to large capacity bespoke cranes for use in hazardous environments.

The Darnall company is also a leading supplier of equipment to train maintenance depots.

Recently it completed a contract to supply Hong Kong rail operator MTR’s Pat Heung depot with a bogie press, to complement another press installed 13 years ago.