Tadano to shut one of its crane factories

Japanese manufacturer Tadano has announced that the company will close its Wallerscheid crane factory, one of two facilities in Zweibrücken, Germany.

Tadano's stand at Bauma 2022

The decision will put 400 jobs at risk and will take effect by mid-2025.

Tadano said the decision to close the factory was to “streamline production capacity.”

Early reports cited declining market share, increasing competitive pressures, and persistent supply chain issues as reasons for the closure.

The total Zweibrücken site area is 181,000 square metres with a construction area of 28,533 square metres and it predominantly produces city cranes and all terrain cranes.

The Wallerscheid manufacturing facility was formerly operated by Demag. Tadano acquired the two plants when the company purchased the Demag mobile crane business from Terex in 2019.

Cranes produced at the Wallerscheid facility will be moved to the TDG Dinglerstrasse factory in Zweibrücken, the Tadano Faun factory in Lauf, and a Tadano factory in Japan.

According to local reports, the Mayor of Zweibrücken pledged full co-operation to minimise the impact on the community. “We understand the gravity of the situation and are committed to working closely with Tadano, the labour unions, and other stakeholders to minimise the impact on our community,” he stated.

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