Southeast Asia offerings to feature simpler models as Chinese rivals make inroads. Komatsu’s more basic excavator offered in such markets as Indonesia will be suited for residential development and road construction.
TOKYO — Machinery builder Komatsu will roll out more affordable excavators in Southeast Asia, eyeing demand for urban development and fending off competition from cheaper Chinese-made equipment.
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.
Komatsu Europe is re-entering the backhoe loader market some years after saying that it felt the machine type would disappear from Western Europe, to be replaced my mini excavators.
Now, Enrico Prandini, managing director of Komatsu Italia Manufacturing, said that the launch of the new machine, which had taken only two years, was a sign that the company was flexible and could respond to market developments.
Earthmoving equipment is a staple of the construction industry, with a whole host of different machinery being used on earthmoving projects. This feature focuses specifically on excavators, rollers, backhoe loaders and the machine control used on these machines.
The world’s biggest original equipment manufacturer for the construction industry by sales revenue, Caterpillar, has recently launched two new 30 ton (27.2 tonne) next generation excavators – the 330 and 330 GC.
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”
The market for wheeled loaders in 15 of the largest western European countries came to a shade under 20,000 machines last year, according to specialist consultant and forecasting company Off-Highway Research.