1990 - 2000

Titan Plant Services became agents for Valmet forestry equipment.

Gordon Stone took over as Titan Cranes Christchurch branch manager upon Graeme Haugh’s retirement.

Titan Cranes purchased East Christchurch Cranes Ltd on 16 November.

Shareholder and director George Lemmon died.

The new sales office and national parts warehouse at Lower Hutt were completed.

Titan Plant Services signed distributorship agreements with Yanmar and Dynapac, and held these distributorships for 18 years and 15 years respectively..

Bruce Whiley started work in the engineering workshop after learning his trade at Acme Engineering.

Shareholder and director Bert Martyn died.

David Kay retired as chairman of the board. He was replaced by Alex Swainson but remained as a director 

Titan purchased the assets of Owens Cranes (formerly Charlton Cranes) to establish the Auckland branch of Titan Cranes operating from premises in Penrose. The purchase included a sponsorship arrangement with Team New Zealand’s ongoing involvement in the America’s Cup. In 2006 and 2007, Titan provided a crane in Valencia, Spain for Team New Zealand’s bid to win back the cup.

Russell Richardson transferred to Auckland to manage the new branch.

Titan Plant Services relinquished the P&H crane agency to take up the Kato crane and excavator agencies.

The property in Otahuhu formerly owned and occupied by W Stevenson & Sons Limited was purchased.  Titan’s Auckland branch was officially opened on this site on 29 June 1994 by Sir Peter Blake at the opening dinner.

Eddie Burkhardt was appointed Titan Cranes’ New Plymouth branch manager.

Titan Cranes Limited achieved ISO 9002 Quality Standard accreditation.

Max Whiley was made a life member of the NZ Contractors Federation.

Taupo Crane Hire Limited was purchased to establish the Taupo branch of Titan Cranes. 

A 200 tonne capacity Demag AC 615 all-terrain crane was purchased by Titan Cranes.  This was the largest road legal crane in New Zealand.

Titan Cranes Lower Hutt branch manager Jim Tomlinson became health and safety manager for the Titan organisation.  Owen Whiley was appointed branch manager.


Titan Cranes supplied cranes for the erection of New Zealand’s first wind farm at Hau Hau near Martinborough in the Wairarapa.

New Plymouth branch manager Eddie Burkhardt and crane operators Don Dyason and Mel Schischka became the first people in New Zealand to gain the NZQA National Certificate in Crane Operation (mobile).

Jan Coton (nee Whiley) started work in the truck sales office.  

Titan Holdings Ltd was established as the parent company to purchase the shares of the two trading companies and to provide administration support for the organisation.

Titan Plant Services took over the operation of Volvo truck and bus service dealer Transport Commercial (Auckland) Limited and established a truck and bus servicing facility at Onehunga, Auckland.

Gary Dobbs was appointed to the board.  Gary had an extensive financial background, working for UDC Finance for many years.

Titan was appointed New Zealand representatives for Champion Road Machinery by Volvo Construction Equipment.

Eddie Burkhardt retired as Titan Cranes New Plymouth branch manager.

Chairman of the board Alex Swainson passed away.  Gary Dobbs took over as chair.

John Carter was made a life member of the Power Crane Association.