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Helen Whitman - AUGUST 31, 2017
Colas acquires Miller McAsphalt in Canada
Colas, the world leader in road construction has announced a takeover of the Canadian group, Miller McAsphalt, a major Ontario top asphalt expert, offering asphalt products and services.

The top Canadian company Miller McAsphalt displays currently an annual turnover of nearly C$ 1.3 billion and includes 3,300 employees.

This acquisition will allow Colas to further growth its expansion strategy in the region of North America where high demand in construction and maintenance of transport infrastructures is growing steadily.

Colas Group can now ensure a greater presence in Ontario with a strong significant distribution network in Canada.

The completion of the project is expected in early 2018.

Helen Whitman - AUGUST 31, 2017
UMW Holdings inked a LOI with Komatsu to establish a joint venture
UMW Holdings Bhd based in Kuala Lumpur, has inked a letter of Intention (LOI) with Komatsu Ltd. to form a strategic partnership for heavy equipment.

The LOI intends to expand market penetration of Komatsu’s products in Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea, as UMW Group currently holds exclusive franchise for the distribution of Komatsu heavy equipment in this area.

Komatsu manufactures construction and mining equipment, utilities and forest machines.

“This joint venture is to further strengthen Komatsu’s products and boost sales by capturing new growth segments with the introduction of new products to meet customer demand” it said.

UMW Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UMW Holdings, and Komatsu intend to hold 74% and 26% respectively of the issued and paid up share capital of the joint venture.
 

Helen Whitman - JULY 20, 2017
Volvo CE : Strong increase in net sales in Q2 2017
Volvo CE announced a rise in sales and earnings in Q2 2017. Sales were up by more than a third, rising 36% compared to the same period in the previous year.

Due to the transformation program and the involvement of the company in key markets, Volvo CE has realized an absolute performance with significant improvements amounting SEK 18,511M against SEK 13,360M in Q2 2016.

Operating income was also raised in the same period to 2,460M equating to an operating margin of 13.3% representing more than three times against SEK 810M (5.9%) reported in 2016.

Volvo CE also displayed an increase by 54% of order intake in Q2 2017, with an up of deliveries nearly 49% (17,472 machines). The strong demand comes particularly from China, with a rise of 221% driven by demand for SDLG wheel loaders and SDLG and Volvo Excavators.
 

Helen Whitman - JULY 19, 2017
Komatsu & Trimble : New collaboration to improve 3D construction site data
A new collaboration between Komatsu and Trimble has been unveiled. Both companies are collaborating to improve their customers’ ability to exchange 3D construction site data.

As part of the collaboration, Komatsu and Trimble will combine their necessary skill and understanding in developing an Application Program Interface (API) to enable compatibility between a cloud-based Komatsu’s KomConnect platform and Trimble Connect software. This project has been created in response to a large customer demand for mixed fleet interoperability as well as support for Japan’s i-Construction initiative, a plan to drive innovation and revolutionize productivity on construction sites through the use of information and communications technology (ICT) promoted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

In 2015, Komatsu introduced in Japan the SMARTCONSTRUCTION, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution for construction site operations. This solution enables customers to manage site operations using ICT about workers, machines and surfaces on the KomConnect platform to create a safer and more productive site, and it has already been introduced to 3300 jobsites.

Trimble Connected Site® solutions provide contractors a complete view of site productivity including materials quantity and movement, volume and compaction data, and fleet and asset management information, regardless of machine make or model.
 

Helen Whitman - JULY 19, 2017
JCB increases its revenue in 2016
JCB has announced a growth of its revenue in 2016 by +12% worth €3.6 billion for 66,011 units sold.
 
The company published the profits of nearly 34%, representing €335.79 million compared to €245 million last year, and in 2015, 59,844 units were sold.

The company had realized a growth in the challenging global construction market which was decreased by 1% last year. Nevertheless, JCB can hold its commitments to achieve the strong performance thanks to the progression of some markets such as India, increased nearly 40%, and European markets which rose sharply with more than 10% last year.

JCB continues to undertake several encouraging prospects in infrastructure such as the HS2, Hinkley Point and Thames Tideway currently underway in England, from which the company could also take advantage to growth.
 

Helen Whitman - JULY 18, 2017
Volvo produces its 75,000th articulated hauler
The 75,000th of Volvo’s articulated hauler was rolled off the production line at the factory in Braas, Sweden.

After half a century that the concept exists, Volvo CE claims that almost 50,000 units still continue to operate around the world. The 75,000th unit was part of the new generation A45G full suspension models and particularly dedicated to Norwegian customer Leonhard Nilsen & Sonner.

The models had progressed in size and sophistication since 51 years, the first model was built in 1966 and could be fitted into the haul body of the A60H, Volvo’s 55 tonne articulated hauler.

Volvo CE emphasizes on the usefulness and durability of their articulated haulers, as many of their units are still operating nowadays and the company still hold the leadership of the market.
 

Helen Whitman - JULY 18, 2017
New Safety Helmets in construction
According to government researchers from 2003 to 2010, there is 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that had been occurred in the construction industry representing 2.6 % per 100 000 full-time equivalent workers.

As a result, Construction firms are developing new safety helmets with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries preventing any impact of being transferred directly to the skull.

To reinforce the security of the workers, Construction contractors were increasingly adapting safety hat designs on the base of the model used generally in mountain climbing and other sports.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule (29 C.F.R. 1926.100) stipulates, “Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.” The hats must meet or exceed American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-2009.
 

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