More jobs for Coventry as Chinese company Detank sets up shop

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Callum Bentley

More jobs are to be created in Coventry after Chinese earthmoving equipment manufacturer Datank announced it will open its new UK headquarters in the Midlands.

The company has established itself as one of the forerunners in the earthmoving equipment-manufacturing sector after launching in China just four years ago.

According to the Birmingham Post, the company will use the Coventry base as its platform for launching into the UK market with the company’s parent company, Chery Holdings, already having strong links with Coventry with an exclusive partnership to produce Jaguar Land Rover vehicles on the Chinese mainland.

Only last week fellow Coventry manufacturer Covpress, which produces body panels for the automotive sector and has clients including Jaguar Land Rover, announced plans to increase staff count from 550 to 700 while investing in automated robotic and laser equipment.

“Coventry has a proud tradition of industrial engineering, especially fork lift trucks, and it feels right to bring these great machines here,” Lash Saranna, managing director of Detank told the Birmingham Post.

“The Detank construction equipment is robust and totally reliable, being manufactured with a British-built Cummins engine while the electric forklifts are fitted with British batteries here in the UK.

“Going forward our intention is to further increase the volume of British parts that will go into the build of Detank products with final assembly in China.”