Tadano Limited

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Native name
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6395
Industry Machinery
Founded Takamatsu, Kagawa (August 24, 1948; 67 years ago (1948-08-24))
Founder Masuo Tadano
Headquarters Takamatsu, Kagawa, 761-0185, Japan
Key people
Koichi Tadano
(President and CEO)
  • Construction cranes
  • Truck loader cranes
  • Aerial work platforms

Increase JPY 181.7 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 1.7 billion) (FY 2013)

Increase JPY 14.4 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 139.9 million) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
3,227 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Tadano Ltd. (株式会社タダノ Kabushiki-gaisha Tadano?) (commonly known as Tadano) is the largest Japan-based manufacturer of cranes and aerial work platforms.[3] The company is the seventh largest crane manufacturer in the world.[4]


Masuo Tadano, the founder of the company, started as a steel fabricator in 1919 at Fujitsuka-cho, Takamatsu, Japan. In 1948, he founded TADANO Ltd. and set up the first manufacturing plant of cargo handling equipment, in the following years the company expanded manufacturing to include various industrial equipment. In 1955, TADANO introduced the first hydraulic truck crane with the capacity of 2 tonnage for the Japanese market. In 1960, TADANO successfully manufactured an export model of hydraulic truck crane and exported it to Indonesia.[5]

From then, they have expanded market into worldwide and established a solid international position in the field of hydraulic mobile cranes. From mid-term plan 2008, they are aiming to become the No.1 manufacturer of LE domain (LE means Lifting Equipment, machinery and equipment reflecting the concept of mobile, gravity-defying equipment for aerial work). In 1972, TADANO listed company's shares on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

They are also known by the project to restore the Ahu Tongariki Moai Statues on Easter island from 1991 to 1993.

TADANO has been accelerating its business worldwide since the early 2000s. Starting with establishment of Middle East office in Dubai (2003), it has acquired US-based crawler crane manufacturer SpanDeck Inc. in 2008 (now TADANO Mantis Corp.), in addition to the launch of production base for truck loader cranes in Thailand (2013)[1].

In May 2013, it has announced the launch of ATF-400G series, the all terrain cranes with 40 metric tons of lifting capacity, which had been developed with its main subsidiary TADANO Faun GmbH.

In August 2013, TADANO has announced the new model of rough terrain crane with the largest lifting weight for its kind (145 metric tons), targeting markets in the Americas and the Middle East.

In 2014 the company acquired its UK product distributor. The ditribuitor company, Cranes UK, changed its name to Tadano UK.[6]


Nissan Diesel powered Tadano crane 
Tadano truck loader crane mounted on a Isuzu Forward 
ATF series all terrain crane 
A Tadano aerial work platform 


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". TADANO Ltd. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Investor Relations – Financial Highlights". TADANO Ltd. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Company Snapshot". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "ICm20 - Ranking of the world's largest crane manufacturers" (PDF). KHL Group. 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "History of Tadano". TADANO Ltd. Retrieved December 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tadano completes acquisition of distributor Cranes UK". Venture Capital Post. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 

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