Ahern Japan Opens a New Branch in Osaka
A custom-built 500sqm facility has been opened to house the Osaka branch of Ahern Japan, part of the Ahern International division owned by Don Ahern.
More than double the size of their original Osaka branch, that was located a few minutes’ drive away. The new facility will support the business as it grows its presence in the region, enabling them to hold larger stocks of new machines and spare parts, as well as an expanded workshop for pre-delivery inspections and equipment repairs and rebuilds.
The Ahern Japan Osaka team relocated to the new facility in June, and today marks the official grand opening of the new facility which included an open house event for key customers and stakeholders, and was attended by Snorkel CEO, Matthew Elvin.
Founded in 2000, and formerly known as Snorkel Japan, the distribution entity, with three locations in Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka, was rebranded as Ahern Japan in 2014. The company, led by Masashi Sakuma, has built a strong reputation for the sales, service and support of Snorkel lifts and Instant UpRight scaffolding products, and earlier this year, became the exclusive provider of Ruthmann Bluelift tracked spider lifts in Japan.
Of the new branch opening, Ahern Japan managing director, Masashi Sakuma, said, “This is a significant and exciting development for Ahern Japan, which will enable us to meet the growing demand in this region for high reach equipment in the long-term, and ensure we have the products and spare parts in stock locally to win reactive business. I would like to thank my team for their hard work and commitment to this relocation, while ensuring we maintained continued excellent service to our existing customers.”
During his speech at the Grand Opening, Snorkel CEO, Matthew Elvin, said, “It gives me great pleasure to open this fantastic brand-new facility which is representative of our long-term commitment to our customers, and provides a custom-built environment for our valued team. This really sets the stage for how we plan to support this market in future, and I wish Masashi and the team continued success.”