Purchasing Cranes in a Changing World

by Michael Jordan

We can communicate faster across the globe in 1998 than we could across town in 1958 when Paceco designed and built the first container crane. One result of cheaper, faster, and more reliable cargo transportation is the global factory. A product can contain components from anywhere in the world. Manufacturers who once had a local advantage now must compete worldwide. Buyer’s choices are difficult to make, and selecting a manufacturer can be more difficult than making the technical choices. This paper addresses both the technical and intangible issues facing crane buyers.