Komatsu digs in with cheaper excavators in Thailand and Indonesia

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.


Komatsu to mass-produce electrified excavators with US partner

Electric-bus maker Proterra brings expertise on decarbonizing heavy-duty vehicles

TOKYO — Komatsu has teamed with a U.S. maker of commercial electric vehicles to produce electrified heavy machinery, looking to start mass Continue reading “Komatsu to mass-produce electrified excavators with US partner”

Palfinger wins order for 71 offshore cranes

A bid to supply 71 fixed boom davits to the Fécamp offshore wind farm has been won by Bergheim, Austria-headquartered crane manufacturer Palfinger. The wind farm will comprise 71 wind turbines between 13 and 22 km from the coast of northwest France.

Palfinger is supplying 71 PF14000-4.5 LDB fixed boom cranes which will be used to lift materials and tools from the supply vessel onto the laydown area of the transition deck during the installation and commissioning of the wind turbines. The cranes will also be used during routine inspection and service work throughout the turbines’ operational life.

According to Palfinger, the cranes’ low maintenance and minimal service requirements make them well-suited for the task. The davits can operate even during emergency evacuations, Palfinger added.

Palfinger will also deliver two PTM600-20m telescopic boom cranes to the offshore wind farm’s operations and maintenance (O&M) base for loading and unloading materials and equipment to and from Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs).

This is the first time Palfinger has supplied the French offshore wind industry. “Winning this project has opened the door for Palfinger to the French offshore wind market and significantly strengthens our footprint in the European offshore wind industry,” Nikolaj Bæk Rosenkrantz, Palfinger’s sales manager wind, said. “Apart from that, this project has been an invaluable experience so far. We’ve been leading close dialogues, making full use of our synergies and working on solutions that will perfectly meet the customer’s requirements.”

The first cranes are estimated to be supplied in May 2021. The offshore wind farm is expected to commence operations in 2023.

By Christian Shelton on January 25th 2021 for

Komatsu and Proterra Announce New Collaboration to Develop All-Electric Construction Equipment

Komatsu Agreement Represents Proterra’s Entry Into Off-Road EV Market and First Electric Construction Equipment

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Proterra, a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Komatsu, a global leader in construction Continue reading “Komatsu and Proterra Announce New Collaboration to Develop All-Electric Construction Equipment”

JCB unveils PotholePro – a machine dedicated to targeted road repairs

JCB today (11 January 2021) revealed its latest, groundbreaking machine – the PotholePro. A vehicle dedicated to road repairs, based on its popular Hydradig, compact wheeled excavator.

The new machine has been developed as a dedicated pothole repair solution to perform spot-repairs on roads that will be permanent and do away with Continue reading “JCB unveils PotholePro – a machine dedicated to targeted road repairs”

These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

Author / Editor: Seth Lambert / Nicole Kareta

Because of the rigor and repetition inherent in construction work, this industry is highly suitable for the application of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Continue reading “These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles”

Republic of Ireland halts non-essential construction

Non-essential construction in the Republic will halt from 6pm on Friday 8 January


All non-essential construction projects are to close during the Republic of Ireland’s new coronavirus lockdown, which is expected to last for at least three weeks. Continue reading “Republic of Ireland halts non-essential construction”