We believe this is a great news piece concerning the crane industry. However, we also wonder about the impact that a desert and sand climate such as Dubai has on the storage of cranes? Is there a safety impact when you consider the amount of wind and sand and how the crane parts must be naturally sand blasted for it’s storage life? Just some thoughts to consider and points to ponder when we think of crane safety or crane related info.
Abu Dhabi’s NFT has coincided the celebration of its 30 years of partnership with Potain in the region with the unveiling of a massive new-build crane storage yard and service facility in Abu Dhabi.
The vast 300,000m2 plot at Al Dhafra replaces the company’s two existing UAE yards in Al Mafraq and Sweihan and is now home to a fleet of 1,800 Potain tower cranes, 500 hoists, and 35,000 spare parts.
“We have enjoyed seeing NFT progress over the past three decades and it is fantastic to be here celebrating 30 years of cooperation. NFT is one of the leading success stories among our Manitowoc distribution partners.
“The company works hard to deliver the latest Potain technology to its customers and is continually developing its support services. It’s great to see this approach being rewarded so well and this impressive new facility will act as a great foundation for future growth.”
Since its inception in 1987, NFT has grown rapidly with Potain and today the company is the largest owner of Potain tower cranes and one of the biggest tower crane distributors worldwide.
Nabil Al Zahlawi, CEO of NFT, noted: “The plot in Al-Dhafra was selected not only as the base for our UAE operations, but for our global activities too.
“The new yard strengthens our ability to serve clients, and will enable us to increase stock, maintain the quality of new equipment and recondition used cranes to near-new levels.”
In the near future, NFT also plans to move its existing headquarters and 600 employees from Al Mina, Abu Dhabi to its new facility in Al Dhafra.
The company is also investing in sophisticated engineering technology at the yard, including two dedicated facilities for crane reconditioning: one for welding and painting and one for electrical work.
The company has invested in a barcode tagging system to keep track of its parts across the storage yard, while an internal network of electric all-terrain vehicles transport staff around the huge space.
NFT also maintains locations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.
For more information on NFT, please see PMV’s recent interview with Nabil Al Zahlawi.