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”

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”

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”

Mini excavators: a mini romance

By Thomas Allen for KHL.com, 17 April 2018

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The new E26, E27z and E27 excavators from Bobcat

Almost one out of every four construction machines sold in Western Europe last year was a mini excavator, according to market intelligence and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, making them by far the most popular type of construction equipment in the region in unit terms. Continue reading “Mini excavators: a mini romance”

JCB’s first electric excavator

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JCB chairman Lord Bamford and his son George Bamford with the new 19C-1 E-Tec electric mini excavator

 JCB has revealed its first fully-electric mini excavator, which was developed in secret at the company’s Staffordshire headquarters in the UK.

The new 19-tonne 19C-I E-Tec was heralded as a ‘real breakthrough’ by company chairman Lord Bamford. Continue reading “JCB’s first electric excavator”

New hydraulic excavator from Komatsu America

By Andy Brown, 21 February 2018, for KHL.com

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The PC238USLC-11 hydraulic excavator has a Tier 4 certified engine as standard

Komatsu America Corp has launched the new PC238USLC-11 hydraulic excavator. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine and a new viscous fan clutch, engine parasitic loads are now lower, and according to the company, productivity is up to 4% higher compared to the previous model. Continue reading “New hydraulic excavator from Komatsu America”

New 300 tonne class Kobelco crawlers

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Kobelco CKE3000G for Europe

Kobelco Construction Machinery has announced new 300 and 350 tonne capacity lattice boom crawler cranes.

The Japanese manufacturer will offer the 300 tonne (at 5.5 metre radius) CKE3000G for Europe, 330 US ton CK3300G-2 for North America and the 300 tonne CKS3000, described as a Standard model. In super heavy lift (SHL) specification capacity is increased to 350 tonnes.

They are described as multi-purpose “All Rounder” cranes for handling all sorts of applications, loads and job sites. To accomplish this, attachments include fixed jib, heavy fixed jib and luffing jib. For heavier lifts there is a super heavy lift configuration, also with a luffing jib. Continue reading “New 300 tonne class Kobelco crawlers”

Atlas divests concrete, compact division

 Joe Malone22 December 2017 @KHL.com

Atlas Copco has announced it has agreed to divest its concrete and compaction business to Husqvarna Group’s Construction division. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

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Atlas Copco’s LF75 plate compactor.

Atlas’ concrete and compaction business achieved revenues of around €57 million in 2016. Husqvarna Group will retain the division’s 200 members of staff, Atlas Copco has confirmed.

The company said that the Continue reading “Atlas divests concrete, compact division”

Kobelco merges cranes and machinery

15 December 2017 @KHL.com

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Kobelco excavator SK210HD

Kobelco Construction Machinery (KCM) and Kobelco Cranes are set to merge in Europe as part of a global reorganisation that followed the consolidation of KCM with Kobelco Cranes Co in 2016.

As part of this, KCM will implement a reorganisation of the business structure in Europe with the aim of improving efficiency, strengthening product development capabilities and using management resources effectively. Continue reading “Kobelco merges cranes and machinery”

Hitachi launch new wheel loader model

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 12:05 @AGG-NET

USING their extensive knowledge of the high-performing ZW-5 range and ongoing research of the European market, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) have fine-tuned the new ZW150-6 wheel loader to better satisfy the needs of operators. Continue reading “Hitachi launch new wheel loader model”