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JUNE 26, 2017
The future of construction, a new house in only 3 days!

With Contour Crafting construction 3D printed method, houses can be printed within only 3 days!

It is said there will be 11 billion people living on Earth by the year 2100, half of the world’s population currently lives in the cities and by 2050 it will be closer to 75 percent. So, the construction industry has to be built faster and conventional construction methods may not be up to the challenge.

Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, the creator of Contour Crafting, one of the first methods of large-scale 3D printing involving the techniques of the use of large but lightweight robotic 3D printers capable of rapidly putting down layers of building material to create entire buildings in a matter of days or even hours, directly at the construction site.

To realize this project in a large scale, Contour Crafting has asked Doka Ventures to take 30% of state in the company. Nevertheless, Dr. Khoshnevis will remain the majority shareholder, President and CEO.

The first generation of the Contour Crafting 3D printers will have a reach of 24 to 40 feet depending on the model, and a user-selectable length that could be larger. Also very lightweight for construction machines, at less than 800 pounds, the printers are also very simple to take apart and put back together. The build can proceed with only one or two certified operators there to monitor it.

The robotic 3D printers will be built in a facility in EL Segundo.
 
JUNE 21, 2017
Two top global rail providers united in North America

An exclusive partnership has been announced by two major rail providers Louis Berger and Egis, to meet the project development to support world-class rail technology and design in North America.

During the American Public Transportation Association conference in Baltimore, the joint venture between Louis Berger-Egis had made its debut.

Both companies, Louis Berger and Egis have already been collaborating on mass transit and rail projects worldwide for more than a decade, and one of the key project is Doha Metro project in Qatar which worth $ 15.4 billion, involving 95 stations and 230 km (143 miles). The completion of this project is expected on 2026.  

This exclusive partnership unites Egi’s expertise in guided urban transportation and rail systems, automation, rolling stock, safety and equipment with Louis Berger’s global experience leading civil and structural engineering design and program and construction management for rail systems around the world.

It is said that the amount of the investment to meet U.S. rail demand through 2035 is estimated nearly $200 billion.
 
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.
 
JULY 6, 2017
Volvo CE deals with SMT

Volvo CE has signed on July 4th a deal to divest its wholly owned British dealership to SMT, a long-term distribution partner in products and services.
 
The deal involves the sale including the distribution rights for Volvo-branded construction equipment machines, parts and after sales in Great Britain as well as Volvo CE Great Britain’s headquarter in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, its nationwide operations and the transfer of all employees.
 
SMT is already an established Volvo Group distribution partner in disturbing Volvo CE products and services in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as well as African nations, the company had revenues in excess of €350 million in 2016.
 
According to Volvo CE, SMT with its record of accomplishment in the construction equipment market, is the right strategic distribution partner to continue to grow and invest in this important European market in long-term.
 
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JUNE 23, 2017
Terex: new order of five Demag cranes

JTC,  Jassim Transport & Stevedoring Co has placed an order for four AC 100-4L and one AC 250-6 all terrain cranes as part of the expansion of its fleet to support the growing demand.

Kuwait-based, JTC one the leading providers of Ports Management, Contract Logistics, Equipment Leasing and Power Rental services, had chosen the new 4-axle Demag AC 100-4L, the most compact chassis in its class and the AC 250-6, the longest main boom length  (80 meters) in its capacity class to support the various infrastructure development projects in the Oil & Gas and Construction Industry.

The new Demag all terrain crane extremely versatile will lift in less time than any similar sized units, and allowing thus JTC to do a better job by offering a tailor-made services and solutions for customers.

The five Demag all terrain cranes will be integrated to JTC’s current fleet of Terex and Demag cranes that includes approximately 20 different models.
 
JUNE 29, 2017
Liebherr unveils the new piling and drilling rig LRB16

Liebherr has presented its new piling and drilling rig type LRB16, which is compact and providing high stability and various assistance systems to ensure precision.

The new LRB 16 designed to response to the diverse requirements of deep foundation work, this machine gets its name from the sledge’s travel distance which is around 16m. With its compact design, the new unit can provide an operating weight of barely 48 t.

As the LRB 16 is equipped with an innovative hydraulic concepts which reduces engine power, the machine can reach with ease high performance while keeping fuel consumption low. More, the machine has a Liebherr diesel engine, only a mere 390 kW/523 hp and can meet with the currently valid emission regulations. The LRB16 has also a reduced engine speed of about 1,700 rpm.

Another innovative point, the new cabin design which provides a high operator comfort, the new LRB 16 can be easily transported in one piece including mounted counterweight, with only 43.5 t of transport weight.

Liebherr, with the LRB16 offers a very high performance all-round piling and drilling rig for diverse applications within the deep foundation sector.  
 
JULY 3, 2017
Atlas Copco : New appointment in Compressor Technique business area

Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions and based in Stockholm, has appointed Vagner Rego as President of the Compressor Technique business area and member of Group Management, effective August 1, 2017.

Vagner Rego, currently President of the service division within Compressor Technique, has a solid experience en several different roles. Brazilian citizen, Vagner Rego has joined Atlas Copco in Brazil as a trainee engineer in 1996, and in 2006, he was appointed Business Line Manager for Compressor Technique Service Division , then became Vice President Marketing and Sales in 2010. He also acted as General Manager for Construction Technique’s Customer Center in Brazil before being appointed at his current position.

Vagner Rego was born in 1972 and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Mackenzie University and an MBA from Ibmec Business School in Brazil.

Vagner Rego succeeds Nico Delvaux, who will leave Atlas Copco.
 
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.
 
AUGUST 31, 2017
Colas acquires Miller McAsphalt in Canada
Helen Whitman
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.
JULY 5, 2017
Second factory for Kässbohrer in Germany

Kässbohrer inaugurates today the second plant in Germany with 350 guests including solution partners, clients and member of the press.
 
Kässbohrer supplies already the largest product range of semi-trailers in Europe, and continues to strengthen its position with an addition of 4 new vehicles : K.SKS tipper, K.SCP paper roll curtainsider, K. SHFT tank container chassis and the K. SCA air cargo semi-trailer.
 
All of these machines are designed, engineered and manufacturer to the highest quality in order to meet the requirements of Kässbohrer’s valued clients.
 
The new plant is based in a strategically location near Ulm, 200 km distance from Strasbourg, the northeastern part of France where the company holds 41 French outlets and after sales services. This would ease the company to access to France and spread the market shares in this area.
 
JULY 3, 2017
Volvo Construction Equipment has a new President

Volvo Construction Equipment has elected Melker Jernberg as a new President, effective January 1, 2018.

Appointed as Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area EMEA at SSAB, a steel manufacturer based at Sweden before acting as a President and CEO of the powder metallurgy company Höganäs AB, Melker Jernberg will replace at Volvo Martin Weissburg who will move back to the US as Senior Advisor to Volvo’s President and CEO, due to family reasons.

Martin Weissburg will continue to have senior positions within the Volvo Group and will particularly continue to support Martin Lundstredt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group. He will remain in his position until year end 2017 and will take up the new position in Greeensboro – USA during the course of Q1 2018.
 
JUNE 23, 2017
Fassi, new cranes in the medium duty lifting range
Helen Whitman

Fassi, Italian manufacturer has unveiled two new XE models F345A xe-dynamic and F345RA xe-dynamic cranes.

To enhance its XE range, Fassi has presented the two new models belonging to the HC1 HD5 S2 class (if fitted on trucks) which provide a maximum lifting capacity of 33.4 tonne/meter, with a maximum hydraulic horizontal outreach of 20.5 m. The outreach can be increased up to 26.7 m when combined with six telescopic booms along with the L214 hydraulic extension. In addition, the new units were designed to perfectly fit on 3-axle vehicles thanks to its weight and dimensions.

The new F345A model is a rack and pinion rotation crane while the F345RA offers continuous rotation on a slew ring. Both are supplied as standard, together with the tried and tested FX500 control system and the D850 hydraulic distributor bank, Fassi RCH/RCS radio controls and FSC-S or H stability controls.

The new cranes are available in various versions with a maximum of up to eight hydraulic booms in the standard configuration, and in three versions with a short secondary arm.
 
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.
 
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.