Sandvik to buy DSI Underground for €943m

Sandvik has agreed to buy DSI Underground from Triton for €943 million. DSI is a €500 million revenue business that provides ground support and reinforcement technology for underground mines and tunnels.

DSI, which will become part of Sandvik’s Mining and Rock Solutions division, was originally part of the German-based DYWIDAG construction business, which more recently operated as DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI). It has been owned by European private equity business Triton since 2011.

DSI Underground’s business includes tunnel reinforcement.

DSI has 2,000 employees and is active in 70 countries, with 20 production facilities.

DSI Underground’s business includes tunnel reinforcement.

“This acquisition is an important step in our growth ambition”, said Stefan Continue reading “Sandvik to buy DSI Underground for €943m”

Smopyc delayed again, to November 2021

The dates for Spanish construction exhibition Smopyc have shifted again to 17-20 November, 2021. The event was originally scheduled for 1 to 4 April 2020 before being changed to 23 to 26 September, 2020 and then delayed again to 26-29 May 2021.

A statement from organiser Feria de Zaragoza said the change was due to the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the likelihood that these would presist in the first months of 2021.

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“With this decision, the exhibition organiser is responding to concerns about the path of the health crisis and how this could affect the event”, said Feria de Zaragoza, ”Thus, with the support of the exhibiting Continue reading “Smopyc delayed again, to November 2021”

Cat launches next gen wheeled excavator

Cat's M316 Next Generation wheeled excavator
Cat’s M316 Next Generation wheeled excavator

Cat has launched its M316 ‘Next Generation’ wheeled excavator into European, North American and South Korean markets.

The new machine features advanced hydraulics, up to 14% more swing torque and auxiliary hydraulic Continue reading “Cat launches next gen wheeled excavator”

Safety tech for Fécamp wind farm cranes

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View of a Potain crane working on the Fécamp wind farm

Cranes erecting the foundation of the Fécamp wind farm will carry anti-collision systems from AMCS Technologies, the company has announced.

The project, located between 13 and 22km from the Normandy coast, will consist of 71 wind turbines, connected to the seabed by gravity Continue reading “Safety tech for Fécamp wind farm cranes”

Vermeer buys Normag drilling technology

Vermeer Corp. announced it has acquired electric-powered horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and fluid systems technology from Dutch manufacturer Normag. Through this acquisition, Vermeer assumes the rights to develop, manufacture and distribute the Continue reading “Vermeer buys Normag drilling technology”

Sarens’ Big Carl makes biggest lift yet

Sarens’ 5,000 tonne capacity SGC-250 crane recently completed its biggest ever lift at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK. ‘Big Carl’ lifted a 575 tonne load comprising the first of three prefabricated steel rings that will form the reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor.

The ring is 17m tall with a diameter of 47m and was lifted out of a bunker where it was constructed in factory-like conditions. The crane was working at a radius of 160m for the lift, which took place during the night to take advantage of lighter winds. Continue reading “Sarens’ Big Carl makes biggest lift yet”

Energyst dissolved and split between Cat dealers

Energyst Rental Solutions is being broken up and taken over by four Caterpillar dealers in Europe.

Zeppelin Group has acquired the German and Swedish operations, Pon Equipment and Pon Power will take on the activities in Benelux and Norway, while Continue reading “Energyst dissolved and split between Cat dealers”

New Hyundai 22 tonne excavator for Europe

The HX210AL
The HX210AL

Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe (HCEE) has launched a new 22 tonne crawler excavator, the HX210AL. The new model forms part of the company’s new A-series machines which have been built to create better conditions for operators.

The new HX210AL machine sits alongside the HX220AL, which was launched in June 2019.

HCEE anticipate strong demand for the new Continue reading “New Hyundai 22 tonne excavator for Europe”

Intermat Cancelled. Next Edition in April 2024

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After some rumors that the construction trade show in Paris would have moved from April to October 2021, the organizers announced officially that the event is cancelled due to the many uncertainties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and which are likely to persist into Continue reading “Intermat Cancelled. Next Edition in April 2024”

Manitou to close plant in Texas, US

ManitouManitou Group, a global supplier of material handling equipment, access platforms and earth-moving machinery, announced that it will cease operations at its Waco, Texas, manufacturing facility at the end of March 2021. The move is intended to further optimize Manitou’s production capacities within the Continue reading “Manitou to close plant in Texas, US”

Smart Machines Deere’s Path To The Future

Deere-ISG-SignIt has been evident for a few years that Deere has been on a smart machine technology path. From the opening of its Intelligent Solutions facility near Des Moines last year (see October 2019 Diesel Progress), to the ascension of John May as chairman and CEO, smarter Continue reading “Smart Machines Deere’s Path To The Future”

Hyundai Heavy closes in on Doosan Infracore acquisition

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Construction machines from Doosan Infracore

A consortium led by South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHIG) is close to securing a 36.07% stake in compatriot construction firm Doosan Infracore, having been selected as the preferred bidder. Infracore is the heavy construction division of the Seoul-headquartered Continue reading “Hyundai Heavy closes in on Doosan Infracore acquisition”

Goodyear, SafeAI Collaborate On Tires For Autonomous Vehicles

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SafeAI have entered into a strategic relationship to incorporate tire intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles.

Through an integration with the SafeAI autonomous ecosystem, the companies said they will exchange site data to protect tire health, eliminate downtime and contribute to a smarter, safer standard for the construction industry. Tire intelligence from Goodyear’s TPMS Heavy Duty rim-mounted sensors will be deployed at an active construction site in Cupertino, California.

With this collaboration, Goodyear will outfit a Caterpillar 725, retrofitted with SafeAI’s autonomous software, to capture pressure and temperature data and monitor overall tire health. These sensors can identify and communicate adverse conditions before they cause maintenance issues and derail a project.

Unplanned downtime on construction and mining sites result in missed timelines and increased budget. Tire intelligence can help mitigate these challenges by identifying early or potential problems, such as under-inflation, before they cause unexpected delays – bolstering efficiency, safety and return on investment.

“No matter the vehicle – automobile, freight truck or dump truck – tire intelligence can help elevate safety, performance and efficiency,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Through our work with SafeAI, we will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”

Based in Milpitas, Calif., SafeAI is a technology company that retrofits heavy equipment for autonomous applications in mining and construction. Obayashi Corp. and Foundamental have made strategic investments in the company, which was founded in 2017.

Goodyear has been at the forefront of tire innovation for more than 100 years. Today, we’re proud to join forces to take on a new frontier: tire intelligence for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibrajit Halder, founder and CEO at SafeAI. “We strongly believe in a collaborative approach to deploying autonomy in construction and mining, at scale. We have purpose-built an interoperable autonomous technology that enables us to work with industry leaders like Goodyear and set the standard for autonomous heavy equipment.”