29 March 2020





Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has achieved a milestone of sorts with the handing over of its 1001st Potain tower crane to an Indian rental firm. The crane built at Manitowoc’s facility in Pune has now taken Sai Infraaequipment’s  fleet  of  Potain cranes to 11, including 10 new Potain MCi 85 models. The tower cranes have been used in projects which include a 40 storey residential tower and a 14 storey commercial project in Bengalaru and a 16 storey commercial development in Pune. The models produced at Pune include the MC 125, MC 175 B, MC 205, MC 310, MCi 48 C and the MCi 85 A. The company has continually increased production to meet demand in the Indian market and is looking forward to expand its product range to offer more diversity.




Liebherr has outlined plans to invest up to $164 million towards expansion of capacity at its engine and fuel injection production facility in Switzerland. The investment planned over the next six years will substantially raise assembly capacity for diesel engines at the manufacturer’s Bulle facility. It is reported the area used for engine test benches will also be increased to cover more than 14,000m². The new factory section for the development and production of fuel injection systems is slated to open in two years time and will raise production to more than 100,000 units per year allowing the company to extend supply to external customers. Liebherr presently produces diesel and gas engines - six basic engines from the 4-cylinder inline engine to the 12-cylinder V-engine – fuel injection systems, hydraulic components and splitter boxes at the facility.





In a move intended to consolidate its position in the country roadbuilding and quarrying equipment major Wirtgen has announced the opening of a new subsidiary in Sweden.  The new 3 storey facility to come up at a t15,000m² site in Alvesta  will contain high-specification rooms and state-of-the-art equipment,  a workshop, as well as a original and spare parts warehouse. It is reported the new building has eight borehole heat exchangers reaching a depth of up to 250m, using geothermal technology to extract energy for heating and cooling. The modern system supplies the entire office complex. The new premises will allow the company to expand its range of training courses.





The European arm of Kobelco is expected to deliver three new tracked excavators as part of its long term business plan for the region. The 26.4 tonne SK260LC-9, the 36.9 tonne SK350LC-9 and the 46.4 tonne SK500LC-9  - which form the second wave of product launches - are being built at the company’s state-of-the-art factory at Hiroshima in Japan and are slated to to be delivered to Europe this month. All three machines are powered by turbocharged Hino diesel engines.  It is reported the introduction of three more products to an already impressive line-up underlines the company’s commitment to provide the region with the best technology and expertise in excavator manufacture and operation.





CTE is looking to launch two truck mounted articulated booms for the emerging markets. The ZED 20.2, a 20 m working height ‘electrohydraulic’ model, with a reduced footprint, enhanced stabilisation, zero tail swing, and increased compactness, will be released at the APEX aerial work platform e xhibition in Amsterdam in June this year. It is reported the new 20.7 m working height ZED 21 JHV includes the Italian company’s variable jacking stabilisation system, introduced last year on the ZED 20.2 HV model. The system has four elements: narrow or extended, and right or left side only. Thanks to the narrow stabilisation the machine with a basket capacity of 300 kg can work in restricted spaces such as roads for public lighting or pruning.




Sany has launched a 100 tonne capacity telescopic boom crawler crane.  The SCC8100TB, introduced by the Chinese manufacturer at the ConExpo show in Las Vegas earlier last month, showcases a 47.5 metre five section, full power boom with a pair of single stage double acting extension cylinders. A synthetic fibre rope is employed instead of a wire one inside the boom on the extension and retraction system in order to subtract on weight and increase capacity. It is reported a heavy duty version of the crane with a four section boom will also be offered. The machine has the company’s distinctive UltraCab operator cabin.




Volvo CE has opened a new technology centre on a 50,000 m2 site at Jinan in China with a view to build machines and components for clients in emerging markets. The $ 42 million centre features design offices, workshops, two testing buildings and a test track. The technology will have a strength of 150 employees – to be subsequently raised to 450 people – who will tests the machines and components It is reported future projects at the site could include development of wheeled loaders, excavators and road and utility products.


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