1980–1990: Lifting MHE to the Next Level
In 1983 we extended our product portfolio of lifting solutions again with an agency agreement with Mannesmann Anlagenbau, a supplier of state-of-the-art building maintenance systems, which would later become Manntech GmbH. Their parent company Mannesmann AG had just recently taken over Demag Foerdertechnik, and so this further partnership was a very natural fit – on both a company and product level. Their building maintenance systems, or “gondolas”, are designed to meet the challenging shape and size of any building façade, using mountings and winches similar to the equipment for material handling. To date, many of these systems have been installed in landmark buildings across South East Asia.
One and a half decades after our inception, our company would rise on a sounder foundation, when the joint venture agreement between Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and Mannesmann Demag Foerdertechnik AG was established on December 12 in 1986 and enhanced our company profile. This mayor milestone of our company history gave us more strength to compete in the global corporate challenge, inextricably merging the most proficient expertise of the Asian business culture and market intelligence with solid German engineering of the highest standards.
Signing the joint venture agreement between Jebsen & Jessen SEA and Mannesmann Demag Foerdertechnik, 1986.
From left: R. Franke (Chief Executive Officer of Mannesmann Demag Foerdertechnik), H.G. Mueller (Chairman of Mannesmann Demag AG), A.P. Jessen (Chairman of Jebsen & Jessen SEA), P.H. Hay (Board Member Mannesmann Demag AG).
To cater our customers with even better solutions for their warehousing and logistics, we pursued another manufacturing licence agreement in 1989, together with Blue Giant Equipment of Ontario, Canada. With their docking equipment for supply chains, we were then able to provide the optimum equipment for moving cargo from the warehouse to transport vehicles such as lorries, trucks and containers safely, efficiently and effectively.
Understanding the signs of the time, realising that adequate and efficient use of vehicle parking space has increasingly become a major challenge in metropolitan cities, we also pursued an agency agreement in 1989, for the car parking systems of the German Klaus Multiparking GmbH. With their mechanical car parking systems, globally renowned for their reliability and efficiency, we were now able to increase the parking capacity of our customers up to 90 percent. One of our prime automated car parking systems projects is shown below; the 4-storey storage and retrieval system which can accommodate 140 parking spaces at Club Street, Singapore.
M-Park at Club Street, Singapore, 2007