Pioneer in tire-mounted cranes

OBE MACHINERY AND ENGINEERING CO., LTD.

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2-14-1 Kikumoto-cho, Niihama, Ehime 792-0801

TEL (0897) 33-5141 FAX (0897) 33-9142

Certified products and technology
Tire-mounted multi-purpose large cranes
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OBE MACHINERY AND ENGINEERING was founded in 1914 as Obe Gumi, performing installation of cranes in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture. In 1931 the company relocated to Niihama City, began manufacture of cranes for port cargo handling from 1953, and adopted the current name in 2002. The company is a crane manufacturer of various large cranes such as port cargo handling cranes and overhead traveling cranes for mills.

The company is engaged in the design, production and installation of large cranes, and among other things the company was the first to commercialize mobile tire cranes for cargo handling. Conventional cargo handling cranes could only be moved on a rail installed in advance, whereas a tire crane is free to move anywhere. Because you can perform cargo handling work in any location, work efficiency is dramatically improved, and there are many units in use both in Japan and overseas.

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In order to manufacture products according to customer requirements, the company "hardly ever makes the same thing twice" says President Kotaro Obe. Since customer needs are diverse "making a company that can respond to such diverse needs is the most important thing", and the company has built an integrated production system that performs everything from design to production and installation in-house. The reason for an integrated production system is, whilst making the company quick and flexible in responding to customer needs, also that with their uncompromising pursuit of quality, "we cannot afford to deliver products that we have left up to others.".

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Another pillar of the business is the production of large-sized amusement machines such as Ferris wheels and roller coasters, and the company has delivered a number of famous amusement facilities in Japan and abroad. Safety is No. 1 for amusement machines. The company began production of amusement machines from 1975, and developed its own strength calculation formula from years of experience. Further, in order to not exert any extra force on the parts, 3-dimensional processing technology has also been established that has the highest priority on safety, for example not forcibly welding parts. This track record of delivering a number of amusement machines is due to proprietary design technology and production techniques, President Obe boasts of the reliable safety saying "We have never had cracks or the like so far.".

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Although there are more production requests for large machines "With the present facilities there are also projects that we have refused since we cannot cope." For this reason, we are considering aggregating the headquarters factory and Takihama plant to build a new plant. If realized, "We will be able to handle larger machines and this will expand the number of customers". Domestic demand for amusement machines is declining, but the company’s policy is to actively take up the challenge of overseas work.

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