1972 - 1980

1972–1980: Starting Up With Strong Partners
It all started with the signing of an agency and manufacturing licence agreement between Singaporean based Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and the German Demag Foerdertechnik AG, which formed Material Handling Engineering Ltd in 1972. The two partners would provide a strong backbone to the newly formed company, bringing in the very best of their respective corporate worlds. Jebsen & Jessen, a diversified regional business group operating in South East Asia, would provide the strong regional footprint, market knowledge and network, while Demag Foerdertechnik AG—later to eventually become Demag Cranes & Components—would bring in their high-quality products and know-how, as one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes, crane components, harbour cranes and port automation technology.
Signing the agency and manufacturing licence agreement between Jebsen & Jessen and Demag Foerdertechnik.
From left: Walter Hellmann (Board Member Demag Foerdertechnik), Frank Schulz-Utermoehl and Albert Pons.


As soon as the conclusion of the agency and licensing contract was settled with Demag Foerdertechnik AG, MHE Singapore and MHE Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur were formed as wholly-owned subsidiaries of Jebsen & Jessen, Singapore.

MHE's original premises at 10 Neythal Road, Jurong, Singapore (left) and at Jalan Kuchai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (right).

Still in the inaugural year, our new company could also reach an agency agreement for Vahle Power Systems – a partnership that also continues to this date. We still offer a comprehensive range of Vahle power electrification rail systems which are widely used in high-tech industries such as electronics, car assembly, communications and heavy industries, namely steel mills, shipyards and ports. The new addition to our product portfolio went hand in hand with our crane range, so we were capable to deliver a more complete set of solutions to our customers. 

1974 / '75  

With this initial product portfolio of cranes and rail systems to start with, we then expanded our regional presence with the formation of MHE in Thailand in 1974 and MHE in Indonesia in 1975, where we set up another production facility in Surabaya one year later.

Official opening of the first MHE plant in Thailand, 1982.
From left: A.P. Jessen (Chairman of Jebsen & Jessen SEA), H.C. Lankes (German Ambassador to Thailand), K. Czeguhn (Board Member of Mannesmann Demag AG), C. Choonhavan (Minister of Industry Thailand), H. Wicke, S. Manonom, W. Putzier.