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SA French

SA French is the leading distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions in sub-equatorial Africa. Founded in 1982 with the exclusive local distributorship for Potain tower cranes, the company is now part of Torre Industries.

The company is known for its customer and quality centric approach, which is underpinned by its solid base of applications knowledge and experience in providing safe reliable lifting solutions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

Its range of lifting and materials handling equipment is available for outright purchase or rental, and in either option is backed by the highest levels of support including ready access to skilled technicians and an in-house engineering capability. The company also maintains a comprehensive parts inventory facilitating high parts availability.

SA French is a registered Lifting Machinery Entity, registered with the Department of Labour, and with its team of registered Lifting Machinery Inspectors and candidate Lifting Machinery Inspectors, is considered the most technically competent tower crane company in the region.

Potain has been a market leader in the global tower crane industry for more than 40 years and has supplied over 120 000 cranes worldwide. This trusted brand is part of New York listed Manitowoc Crane Group, which is considered the world’s largest crane manufacturer.

The Potain range includes hydraulic self-erecting units, topless cranes, luffing jib and conventional saddle jib tower cranes.

SA French is also the official distributor of Orbit Hoists. Produced by GJJ Jing Long Eng Machinery, the largest construction hoist manufacturer in the world, all products carry full CE certification and are used to carry personnel and material to facilitate above ground construction work.


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Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

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