Photo by Skyjack
Skyjack Mexico Plant

Skyjack Expands Production in Mexico, China and Hungary

March 16, 2023
The transformation is set to represent a potential global unit capacity increase of 235 percent globally when compared to Skyjack’s 2022 capacity and will take the number of manufacturing plants from two in Canada to five globally.

Skyjack at ConExpo outlined its larger program of activities that have seen a global transformation of its manufacturing footprint in the past 12 months. This transformation is set to represent a potential global unit capacity increase of 235 percent globally when compared to Skyjack’s 2022 capacity and will take the number of manufacturing plants from two in Canada to five globally – with new facilities in China, Europe (Hungary) and Mexico.

“Prior to COVID we were pushing the boundaries at our Canadian plants to the extent that we simply had no more space,” said Skyjack president Ken McDougall. “COVID itself brought a new series of challenges that highlighted the need to revisit supply chain and logistics structures with a view to more localization."

The initial phase of development has seen an increase in fabrication and vertical integration at the company’s Canadian plants. These changes will see a focus on the production of vertical masts, DC, and RT scissors, with telehandlers and booms moving to the new plant in Mexico. Skyjack will also develop the Canadian plants as an innovation hub that will see an increased advanced engineering structure and the co-ordination of design and development activities across the company’s regional structure, now consisting of three regional business units: Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

“It is an exciting time for our Canadian plants,” added McDougall. “Our plans call for a significant increase in headcount and a positive change as we develop vertical integrations and an improved work environment.”

Earlier in 2022 Skyjack announced its intentions to open manufacturing facilities in China. This project would consist of two phases. The first units came off the production line in September 2022, marking the completion of phase one which saw the use of a 35,000 square-foot facility utilized with the help of Skyjack’s parent company, Linamar. Its plant, located in Tianjin, initially focused on the company’s smaller DC scissors. Phase 2, which was launched with a ground-breaking ceremony in October 2022, will see a greenfield facility developed with 400,000 square feet. This plant’s production will focus on DC scissors and booms with output supplying to the Asia-Pacific and Australian regions. This new facility is scheduled to be in production in Q3 2023.

“We have had our eye on the Chinese market for some time,” McDougall said. “The key to success here is the ability to commit to the region and in-turn that means an in-market manufacturing presence. We have been lucky enough to benefit from our parent company’s existing infrastructure in the short term and we are now focused on building up sales and distribution networks.”

Increased Activity in Europe

In 2022, Skyjack increased activity in Europe, expanding in Oros, Hungary. The facility offers 113,000 square feet of space. Production of the New SJ45 AJ and SJ60 AJ articulating boom product started in October 2022 and the plant will supply articulating booms, telescopic booms, DC and compact rough terrain scissors to Europe. In January, the first telehandler came off the production line of the new Skyjack Mexican plant. Located in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, Skyjack’s Mexican plant has two phases. Phase one is a 200,000 square-foot plant for telehandlers and booms, with the focus of production aimed at the America’s region. Phase two, which has already been initiated, will see an additional 490,000 square feet of space.

“2022 was a busy year and it is great to see how our global team achieved so much so quickly,” said McDougall. “2023 will be even more exciting as this capacity comes on stream. This and some exciting new product later in 2023 will make it a memorable year!”