Konecranes Ends Business in Iran, Becomes Fifth Crane Manufacturer to Pull Out Following UANI Cranes Campaign

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August
31, 2011

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Konecranes Ends
Business in Iran, Becomes
Fifth Crane Manufacturer to Pull Out Following UANI Cranes Campaign

 

New
York, NY - 
United
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on
Wednesday applauded Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes for ending
its
business in Iran. Konecranes is the fifth international crane
manufacturer to
pull out of Iran in response to UANI's Cranes
Campaign.

 

On August
18, UANI publicly called
on Konecranes to end its Iran business. In response, Konecranes informed
UANI that it had made the decision to
"withdraw from the Iranian market" and is now "systematically
refus[ing] all opportunities to sell new equipment and services to the
country."

 

At UANI's
urging, Konecranes also informed UANI: "we have from our website
removed
all references to Iranian companies with which we have previously had
business
ties, including Sepahan Lifter and Fassan Co. All references to
Konecranes will
be removed from Iranian local dealers' websites."

 

UANI
applauded Konecranes for ending its business in Iran. Said UANI
President,
Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:

 

UANI applauds Konecranes for
ending its business in Iran. Konecranes shares UANI's objections to
Iran's
brutal execution binge, and by pulling out of Iran, it sends a powerful
message. Konecranes and other corporations are showing the Iranian
regime that
its economy will continue to suffer unless Iran renounces its pursuit
of
nuclear weapons, ceases its egregious human rights violations, and ends
its
sponsorship of terror.

 

UANI's
"Cranes Campaign"
highlights the Iranian regime's abhorrent record of public executions
by
hanging citizens from cranes. On July 6, Ambassador Wallace, in
a Los Angeles Times op-ed, "Iran's Execution Binge," detailed the Iranian regime's use of
foreign construction
cranes for public hangings and called on crane manufacturers to "take
the
principled stand of renouncing their business ties with the regime
until Iran
becomes a civilized member of the international community."

 

Konecranes
joins crane manufacturers Tadano, Terex, UNIC, and Liebherr in announcing an end to its business
in Iran following the
Cranes Campaign.

 

Click here to learn more about UANI's Cranes
Campaign.

 

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