Daimler has recently signed a major service contract with equipment supplier Demag for the maintenance of lineside lifting equipment at four of its plants in Germany.

Demag, which became part of Konecranes Group last year, will inspect and maintain more than 10,000 cranes and hoists, along with more than 23,000 load handling attachments and lifting accessories, at Daimler’s car assembly plants in Bremen and Sindelfingen, as well as the powertrain plants in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Hamburg.

According to Demag the contract also includes the maintenance of car lifting platforms at the two vehicle assembly plants.

Between the plants the cranes have loading capacities of anything between 80kg and 63 tons.

“The service business makes almost 40% of our net sales and we aim to increase this part even further,” said Panu Routila, president and CEO of Konecranes. “With a joint Konecranes and Demag service organisation we will have even stronger teams that can take care of the service of our customers’ equipment in the future.”

Konecranes bought the Material Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) business, from Terex this year for an estimated €1.13 million ($1.26 million) following the collapse of a full merger between the two industrial lifting machine makers in 2016. MHPS supplied industrial cranes, components and services under the Demag brand.