Straightpoint has named Batam, Indonesia-based PT Rigspek Perkasa as a distributor of its force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell range across a key region of Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Rigspek will keep load cell stock at its 15,000 square-metre headquarters on the island of Batam, but it also has facilities in Jakarta and Balikpapan, offering a myriad of lifting technologies in addition to related training, inspection and testing services.
Alexander Silalahi, business development manager, Rigspek, said: “The new government has confirmed plans to invest US$360 billion into a series of projects over the next five years, primarily in the infrastructure and power sectors.”
He continued: “We have lifting and rigging stock worth about US$600,000 in monetary value and anticipate that Straightpoint’s equipment will enhance that product offering, whilst being utilised in load testing applications with water bags, for example.”
Rigspek Perkasa was established in January 2007 and is part of Carl Stahl Group’s global network of lifting equipment companies. Headquarters includes 4,000 square metres of warehouse space in addition to offices, training facilities and load testing areas. Silalahi said upon inauguration it operated with just five engineers, but it now has 52—a number that peaked at 60 a year ago.
He explained: “Once the market starts to recover, we will again expand our team of engineers. In the meantime, we will utilise the engineering expertise we have for inspection and testing procedures. Training and product sales are areas of more notable growth currently. Adding Straightpoint products to our offering is therefore timely.”
Eventually, Rigspek will provide calibration and after-sales services for load monitoring products throughout Indonesia, following the completion of training on the Straightpoint range. Silalahi is conscious that while the market recognises the manufacturer as a leader in force measurement technology, the region is increasingly competitive, largely influenced by the state of the economy.
Straightpoint director David Ayling said: “I enjoyed my recent trip to meet Alexander, Jannes Sibuea [managing director] and the team in Batam. I was particularly impressed with the number of engineers they have in the field, which gives me confidence in their ability to leverage opportunities and react to market demand. The business is perfectly placed to pioneer growth for our project range in this important and exciting region.”