World’s first electric drilling rig on site

The world’s first electric drilling rig, engineered and manufactured by German firm Liebherr, has completed its first ever job on a customer site.

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Liebherr’s LB16 unplugged drilling foundations on its first ever commercial site for i+R in Austria

The rig, designed to be 100% electric and produce zero emissions on site, has been operating Continue reading “World’s first electric drilling rig on site”

Wheeled loaders: Loads of potential

According to data specialist Off-Highway Research, the global market for wheeled loaders reached almost 200,000 unit sales last year. Though these machines may move the Earth, the pace at which they are evolving is moving at different speeds around the world, as different markets have distinct requirements.

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Hitachi’s ZW310 wheeled loader

Japanese manufacturer Hitachi is a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that has seen different trends in customer demand from region to region, and often country to country. Continue reading “Wheeled loaders: Loads of potential”

Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything

Excavators remain the number one piece of construction machinery sold around the world. In 2018, more than 450,000 units were sold globally – with this year expected to break a total sales figure of over 400,000 units – according to figures by specialist research company, Off-Highway Research.

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The next generation: the new JCB 150X sizes up against sister model, the 220X

The machine quite literally shapes the landscape on which the construction industry builds, and although excavators come in many different sizes, this article will focus on the medium to larger sized excavator segment. Continue reading “Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything”

Yanmar to buy ASV

Japanese manufacturer Yanmar is to acquire US-based compact tracked and wheeled skid steer loader producer ASV for US$70.7 million.

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ASV’s compact tracked loaders and skid steer loaders complement Yanmar’s compact equipment portfolio

This was said to be a key part of Yanmar’s long-term international growth plans since ASV’semployee base, manufacturing and distribution facility, international distribution network and supply chain all provide a strong platform for expansion in North America. Continue reading “Yanmar to buy ASV”

Global construction equipment overview

Construction equipment is a classic cyclical market, prone to sharp swings in demand.

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Global construction equipment sales by region, units sold

When construction, mining and quarrying activity pick up sales surge, lead times stretch out and manufacturers can struggle to fulfill orders. But when activity slows, sales can fall away sharply Continue reading “Global construction equipment overview”

Komatsu’s new used equipment website

Komatsu Europe has redesigned its used equipment website in collaboration with used equipment specialists Mascus and Ritchie Bros.

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The updated site, used.komatsu.eu, includes new tools to help Komatsu and its European dealers to better manage, analyse and remarket their used equipment via an inventory management system, Komatsu IMS. Continue reading “Komatsu’s new used equipment website”

Bobcat completes telehandler range

Bobcat has completed its range of telehandlers with the addition of the 8m TL43.80HF and 7m TL30.70 models.

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Bobcat TL43.80HF Telehandler

The new TL43.80HF has a maximum lift capacity of 4.3 tonnes and can reach a maximum lift height of almost 8m. Alongside it, Bobcat released the TL30.70, which provides a lift capacity of 3 tonnes and a lift height of almost 7m. Continue reading “Bobcat completes telehandler range”

Regional Report, Latin America: Construction seeking international investment

New governments in Latin America offer hope to a region that has recently struggled economically.

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Road projects in Brazil have seen concession bids for improvement

Brazil is the largest country in South America, not just in size, but also economically. With a population of over 200 million and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over US$2 trillion, the region’s attention is fixed on the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who has said, “We will Continue reading “Regional Report, Latin America: Construction seeking international investment”

These are the ten largest trucks in the world

They are till over 10,000 hp strong, have wheels up to 4 meters in diameter and weigh more than a Boeing 747. They are not allowed to enter public roads, because they would require three lanes. These are the ten largest dumptrucks in the world… Continue reading “These are the ten largest trucks in the world”