Versalift is ramping up its presence in the People’s Republic of China as the company, in a strategic partnership with Qingte Group, once again delivers insulated platforms to the powerful State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) following a nearly 10 year long hiatus.
SGCC is the state-owned electric utility monopoly of China responsible for providing power to more than 1.1 billion people throughout the vast country. The company is investing in major infrastructure development projects on the Chinese power grid, and for these projects, Versalift is supplying a number of high voltage insulated platforms for hotline work.
The first batch of 23 units are commissioned to the Beijing Hotline Working Center, a Beijing branch of SGCC, which already operates a fleet of more than 100 insulated platforms from a number of operation centers and four training facilities.
The initial delivery comprises 23 installations of the articulating telescopic Versalift VST-6000-MHI mounted on a 16 tonne Chinese Howo T5G 210 chassis by the special vehicles division of the Qingte Group in Qingdao. Complying with ANCI Cat. C (46 kW and below), the units feature a working height of 21 metres, an unrestricted outreach of 12.5 metres and a material handling capacity of 454 kg. The two-man fiberglass bucket supports up to 340 kg and is fitted with a 60 cm (2 feet) hydraulic bucket elevator making it easy to reach adjacent power lines without repositioning the entire unit.
Additional order worth nearly $2 million
In addition to the commissioned units for SGCC, Qingte Group has placed a new order for 38 high voltage insulated platforms worth nearly $2 million in a continuation of an already solid partnership with Versalift.
Founded in 1958, Qingte Group is a multi-regional, multi-industry and diversified large enterprise group with production facilities in Qingdao, Beijing, Weifang, Chengdu, Taiyuan and Changsha. The special vehicles division of Qingte Group specializes in industrial vehicle conversions including the production of concrete mixer trucks, aircraft tractors, garbage trucks, fire-fighting vehicles and platform/lift vehicles.