A crane has travelled to Hong kong for its maiden trip to America, taking part in the annual Crane and Tractor Show.
The company said the crane is the first to visit the US since the company was established in the US in 1984.
It will be used for training and maintenance of a new facility at the University of North Texas (UNT), and will be available for tours from August.
According to the Crane and Power Association (CPA), which represents crane operators, the company is one of just six US companies that have been granted an exemption to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which prohibits building or operating any facility with any number of workers or materials.
This exemption does not apply to facilities that are “built, constructed or operated by an operator or a contractor”, or “built by a company that is not part of the National Guard or a state or local government”.
The crane is a key component of UNT’s construction, which includes the campus of the University.
CPA president Michael Stolz said the company has “no plans” to shut down operations in the United States.
“We are continuing to work with the Department of Transportation to ensure we are complying with NEPA and the US Clean Air Act,” he said.
But, he added, “this is a moment of opportunity for us to celebrate what the company did here”.
The crane has already been used to build a new campus, the UNT College of Engineering, and it will now be used to test the new facilities before they go into full operation.
Stolz, who also works as president of the US Chamber of Commerce, said UNT was proud of its progress towards building its new campus and said the US had a “strong track record” in supporting and supporting the construction of large infrastructure projects.
In the future, he said, UNT is hopeful that the company will be able to be a leader in the construction industry.
He said the team that built the crane would be the first in the country to undertake such a journey.
“They’ve been able to fly over our state and have flown over our country, but it’s a new journey,” he told the BBC.
“It’s a very exciting day for our state.”
The crane will take more than four hours to travel the length of Texas, from Texas to Houston, according to the CPA.