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”

Bobcat completes telehandler range

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

Bobcat TL43.80HF Telehandler
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”

Haulotte launches compact telehandler

Haulotte has launched its most compact telehandler to date. The HTL 3207 has a lift capacity of 3.2 tonnes, up to a height of 6.85m.

Haulotte compactWith a short turning radius and a length of 4.67m, the machine is designed access narrow spaces in construction and industrial-related settings.

The new compact telehandler is user friendly with an inching pedal and a spacious and ergonomic cab, which provides a high level of visibility and has a fully adjustable seat with shock absorbers. Continue reading “Haulotte launches compact telehandler”

Doosan wins LCO Award – again

Doosan’s 30 tonne DX300LC-5 crawler excavator has won the EquipmentWatch Lowest Cost of Ownership (LCO) Award in the medium crawler excavators category for the second year running.

The Doosan-DX300LC-5 in action
Doosan’s DX300LC-5 in action

Organised by US specialist data firm EquipmentWatch, the awards consist of 15 different categories of machine and winners chosen according to lowest cost of ownership over a five-year span. The LCO Awards Continue reading “Doosan wins LCO Award – again”

Manitou to debut compact telehandler

Manitou North America is debuting a super-compact Gehl RS4-14 telehandler at World of Concrete this week.

The new compact telehandler from Gehl.

The machine is just under 60 inches wide and 75 inches tall and is the most compact model in the Gehl lineup. It boasts a maximum lift capacity of 4,400 pounds, lift height of 14 feet, 3 inches and outreach of 9 feet. The Gehl RS4-14 telescopic handler has four-wheel drive, Continue reading “Manitou to debut compact telehandler”

JCB cab project ahead of schedule

Construction work on the new £50 million (€56.07 million) JCB Cab Systems factory announced last July is targeting a summer 2019 opening.

New JCB Cabs factoryThe shell of the 32,500m2 plant next to JCB Heavy Products and the World Parts Centre at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK, is said to be on course to be completed slightly ahead of schedule ready for high-tech Continue reading “JCB cab project ahead of schedule”

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”

Hitachi Construction Machinery acquires 33.3% equity in Acme Lift

US-based re-rental specialist Acme Lift Co. has announced that Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. Group (HCM) has acquired a 33.3 percent share of the business.

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