The Irish Minister for Trade and Development has had a chance to see the impact Donegal designed Cranes are having on the building industry in Brazil, during a recent trade mission.
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, visited the South American country with managing director Mantis Cranes Seamus McMenamin, and Kevin Sherry head of international sales and partnering Enterprise Ireland.
In Brazil they met with Ivan Alves Barbosa, of Rossi Residencial, who is using the Donegal technology in a large scale social housing project.
Mantis Cranes, who are based in Killygordon, design and manufacture a range of customised self-erector cranes for use across a wide range of construction projects.
In October 2011, Brazilian construction giant Rossi purchased eleven Mantis cranes, bespoke built for Rossi to meet their exact requirements. Rossi is a billion dollar corporation and one of the top constructors of the Brazil Government’s social housing programme called ‘Minha Casa Minha Vida’ meaning ‘ My Home, My Life’. The first two phases of the programme comprises of three million new homes.
The self-erector crane is a new concept for site material handling in Brazil, and Mantis Cranes have developed a new hybrid crane to specifically meet the needs of this market. Working with Rossi in Brazil is hugely significant for Mantis Cranes in terms of profiling the Mantis brand and opening up further export opportunities not just in Brazil, but in the wider Latin America market.