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6. The Selling of Cranes for Execution


The use of construction cranes for public executions in Iran is widely documented.

Furthermore, there exists pictorial evidence linking the products of particular companies to the executions of women and men. Each of these companies is complicit in the murder of Iranians and Iran’s violations of international laws and United Nations conventions.

Although some of the companies are subject to international sanctions that prohibit sales to Iran, they may still act through their foreign-based subsidiaries who operate outside of sanctioning countries.


Companies such as Terex Corp. are noted to have contracts with the Iranian government through foreign-based subsidiaries and joint ventures.

In response to an awareness campaign, Terex released a statement denying their involvement, saying they had an “an internal policy prohibiting all new business transactions in Iran for all of its subsidiaries” but failed to reveal that they allowed these subsidiaries and joint ventures to complete existing contracts with Iran.

Companies selling cranes to Iran

As of March 18, 2011, the following companies were known sellers of cranes to Iran:

  • Kobelco (Japan), subsidiary of Kobe Steel Group, distributes through Persia Sanat Machine Company
  • Tadano (Japan), Iranian subsidiary - IER Iran, imported through Part Loader Co., received $6.2 million in US military contracts since 2000
    Tadano ended business with Iran 12 July 2011
  • Furukawa UNIC (Japan), owned by Furukawa Corp
  • Manitowac (USA)
  • Terex Corp (CT, USA)
  • Gottwald (Germany), sales and service center in Dubai that services Iran
  • Liebherr (Germany), sells through Boron Marz Co
  • Cargotec (Finland)
  • Konecranes (Finland), Iran dealer - Sepahan Lifter, owns American crane company Morris Materials
  • XCMG (China), Iran - export destination, sells exclusively through Rahdar Sanat Machine Co.
  • Zoomlion (China), website boasts, Zoomlion cranes “made up the main part of the market share” in Iran

Campaigns to stop the selling of cranes to Iran

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