By Gifty Arthur
Mantrac Ghana, official caterpillar dealers in Ghana, has, as part of effort to educate and inform old and prospective customers of their work and machines, organized the first ever used equipment exhibition for the public.
The three-day exhibition which commenced last Tuesday, and ended yesterday, was organized at the premises of the company at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, opposite Transport Yard in Accra.
The company, formerly Tractor and Equipment (T& E) Ghana Limited, according to management, organized the exhibition to explain and showcase to customers and prospective buyers, the need to purchase machines such as wheel loaders, excavators, dozers, backhoe loaders, motor graders, compactors etc since their machines have been tried and tested over the years.
“We have competent salesmen and technical expertise on hand here at the exhibition over the next two days to readily answer any questions you might have with regards to the specific machines you may interest in. They will explain to you in practical terms what machines you may need for a particular project”, management said.
Briefing the media, the Used Machines Sales Manager, Edem Eworyi, hinted that by next year, the company would offer to its customers the opportunity to rent some of their machines for their projects.
Touching on the importance of the exhibition, Mr. Eworyi said that often times, companies and project owners ignorantly purchase machines at the wayside which are below standard, and after using them for a while, they begin to complain about their efficiency. As authorized dealers, these companies then find their way into mantrac premises for solution and assistance.
“We have realized that our customers find themselves in a very miserable situation, buying used machines from traders, and they are not able to identify used machines with good qualities. Being the authorized dealers, they get those machines and they come back to us with a lot of problem.
“That is why we are organizing this fair to showcase to customers, good quality caterpillar machines that are thoroughly checked and certified by our Mantrac engineers and technicians”, he said.
Since 1937, the company has been in the business of importing prestigious Caterpillar range of products for construction, mining, forestry, quarrying, waste handling, material and the fair was to reaffirm to their customers that the company’s knowledge and competence in Cat products are second to none.
The national sales manager, Mr. Eugene Owusu-Koranteng, said that the exhibition was to encourage customers and assure them of the company’s commitment to the product they sell to customers.
He, therefore, entreated the public to visit them anytime they are in need of machines such as theirs.
“If you are a customer and you buy from Mantrac Ghana, you must rest assured that you will have your peace of mind. We have had several interactions with customers who have testified to this fact, and it is becoming a mantra that before you take a flight to Europe and US to look for machines, customers will be better placed if they pass here first to confirm what we have in stock and what we can bring,” he said.
Apart from Ghana, countries Mansour Group operates includes: Egypt, UK, Russia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Mantrac Ghana operates through its network of four branches located in Accra, Kumasi Takoradi and Tarkwa.
It also provides additional support functions to the mining sites in both Tarkwa and Kenyasi as well as contract support to the construction and industrial sectors of the economy of Ghana.
The Vice-Chairman of Progressive Road Contractors Association and Chief Executive of Core Contraction, a construction firm, Mr. Frank Lartey, whose members also took part in the exhibition, appreciated the need for the company to organize the fair, and said that it would give them insight into what products the company could provide them and the benefit they are likely to get from Mantrac should contractors purchase from them.
He urged Mantrac Ghana to hasten their decision to rent some of their machines to their customers, adding that the initiative will help contractors since not everybody has the means to purchase new or old machines.