Wheeled loaders: A healthy load

The European wheeled loader market is relatively buoyant, according to specialist market research and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, with sales of machines over 60kW currently running at just above 10,000 units per year in Western Europe – the best demand has been since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

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Danfoss offers product, system and design solutions, specifically engineered for wheeled loaders

This puts the value of the market at some US$2.15 billion (€1.9 billion).

Within Europe, the major markets are largely what one would expect – Germany accounts for some 25% of demand and, together with France, Italy and the UK, these big four represent about 60% of regional sales. Continue reading “Wheeled loaders: A healthy load”

Hitachi accelerates rental programme

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV is to accelerate the growth of its dealer rental initiative in Europe after a successful first year in which 375 machines have entered dealer fleets.

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A Hitachi ZW180-6 wheeled loader in the Premium Rental fleet.

Under its ‘Premium Rental’ programme, Hitachi is buying machines and providing them to dealers to offer for medium and long term rentals. The programme was started in Spring last year. Continue reading “Hitachi accelerates rental programme”

Volvo CE to go electric on smaller machines

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has revealed that, by mid-2020, it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheeled loaders (L20 to L28) and stop new diesel engine-based development of these models.

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Volvo’s electric site project involves eight HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers

The company said that the move was being made following a positive reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of concept machines in recent years, and by working closely with customers.

The first machines will be unveiled at the Continue reading “Volvo CE to go electric on smaller machines”

New wheeled loaders from John Deere

Original equipment manufacturer John Deere has launched three new L-Series utility wheeled loaders, the 524L, 544L and 624L.

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The new 624L wheel loader

The L-Series machines are said to incorporate several new features, including improved cabs, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls for easier operation and redesigned near-parallel linkage, and enhanced performance buckets. Continue reading “New wheeled loaders from John Deere”

Wacker Neuson enter heavy-duty loader market

WACKER Neuson are entering the heavy-duty wheel loader market with the launch of the 10-ton WL95.

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Equipment manufacturer targets construction and recycling firms with new WL95 wheel loader model

Available from January 2019, the new model is equipped with the latest ecospeedPRO transmission and features two engine versions to meet the current emissions standards.

The development of the WL95 loader was in response to customer Continue reading “Wacker Neuson enter heavy-duty loader market”

Volvo unveils electric compact wheeled loader

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its latest concept machine – known as the LX2 – at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Berlin, Germany.

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The LX2 is not yet commercially available

The electric compact wheel loader prototype is said to deliver zero emissions, significantly lower noise levels, improved efficiency and reduced operational costs, compared to its conventional counterparts.

The LX2 is a second- Continue reading “Volvo unveils electric compact wheeled loader”

Wheeled loader market returns to health

Global sales of wheeled loaders in 2018 are expected to reach more than 170,000 units for the first time in five years, according to a new report from specialist consultant and market forecaster Off-Highway Research.

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Figures from Off-Highway Research

Demand last year reached163,139 units, a 33% rise on 2016, and these machines had a retail value of US$14.8 billion (€12.73 billion).

Off-Highway Research said the key driver of this growth was a surge in the Continue reading “Wheeled loader market returns to health”

New compact loader for Komatsu Europe

Komatsu Europe has launched a new compact wheeled loader that offers improvements to its previous models.

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Komatsu Europe’s WA100M-8 compact wheeled loader

The new WA100M-8 is an upgrade on the company’s WA100M-7, promising effortless and low-cost operation and enhanced ergonomics.

HITACHI CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW U.S. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

New $4 million facility will support Hitachi’s plans to expand wheel loader market in North America

June 29, 2018 – Construction Equipment
Hitachi Celebrates Grand Opening of New U.S. Corporate HeadquartersHitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA) celebrated the grand opening of their new U.S. corporate headquarters in Newnan, Georgia, with employees, local dignitaries, business partners and members of the media on June 1, 2018. Continue reading “HITACHI CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW U.S. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS”