Making no secret of its ambitions to become Australia's biggest force within the lifting market, NSW-headquartered Ranger Lifting has started 2018 with a new facility in Victoria.

Ashley Thacker, general manager (left), and Ian Jongen, state manager.

The Kensington site, 4km north-west of Melbourne's CBD, will open on January 18 and will be led by industry veteran Ian Jongen who will take on the role of state manager Victoria.

The new facility will be stocked with $250,000 worth of products and house a 350t capacity press, testbed and mobile test truck.

Ranger noted that the building it's leased is well suited to the manufacture and storage of the company's range of slings, shackles, other below-the-hook equipment, and height safety solutions. It is anticipated that the site will also generate demand for custom products.

"We have been steadily raising our profile in the Melbourne area for a period of time, but we could only place a footprint in the city once we had a figurehead of the right pedigree to execute our growth strategy. Ian is a lifting gear expert and brings to the position 30 years of relevant experience; we are keen to leverage that knowledge and contact base to become a go-to source for Melbourne's existing and upcoming development projects," Ranger general manager Ashley Thacker said.

Jongen is committed to Ranger's plans, particularly in expanding a subsidiary that replicates what the company has achieved further up the east coast.

"There are remarkable synergies between Melbourne and Sydney, so we can approach the task with a tried and tested business plan, backed by an existing reputation for delivery of world-class product and expertise," he said.

In NSW, Ranger is planning to move to a new warehouse three times the size of its existing location. It is also constantly evolving a fleet of distinctive vehicles and mobile testing trucks that remain the heartbeat of the business.

Thacker concluded: "We make no secret of our ambitions to become the country's biggest force within the lifting marketplace. However, we understand that to achieve that we must expand steadily and astutely, only when personnel and market conditions allow us to implement growth plans.

"With Ian's stature combining with the booming construction market, we are confident this significant step is the right one. Existing and prospective customers should expect us to expand further in the short- to mid-term future."