JUNE 22, 2017
China undertakes new high-speed railway in Russia
A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed between China Railway Group and Ural Highway to build a high-speed railway connecting Yekaterinburg to Chelyabinsk, involving a total investment of $2.5 billion.
The flying distance from Chelyabinsk to Yekaterinburg is 195km (121 miles) and driving distance is 220km (137 miles) and takes currently five hours. With this new project, the high-speed rail link is expected to cut the time between two cities to approximately one hour and 10 mn as the train is expected to run at a speed of up to 250km per hour.
This huge project of 200km-long high speed rail line will certainly contribute to develop the region’s economic and generate benefit to local people as it will be part of the high-speed transit corridor passing through the major capitals Berlin, Moscow, Astana and Beijing.
China had allowed for the first time in last April, a State-owned company to get fully involved in an overseas project in terms of design and construction in Indonesia and as the Chinese company’s overseas business keeps expanding, China Railway Group has signed in 2016 overseas contracts worth a record 102.5 billion yuan ($15.04 billion), up 49.6 percent year-on-year.
In the first quarter of this year, the company has announced an amount of 15.58 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) for newly signed overseas contracts, which was up 131.8 percent from the same period last year. Also, the net profits had increased 15.32 percent year-on-year to 2.62 billion yuan ($380million).
JUNE 21, 2017
Terex Trucks and Porter Group: New core Strength
Terex Trucks has elected Porter Group as official distributor to support and supply its range of articulated dump trucks in Australia and New Zealand.
Porter Group has currently a network of 40 branches and headquartered in Hamilton, New Zealand, the company is being recognized as the largest dealer of rental and sales equipment for construction and associated industries in the country.
This partnership will enable Porter Group to supply the range of Terex Generation 10 including TA400 and TA300 over Oceania, and will provide to Terex Trucks the occasion to strengthen its footprint in the region.
As well as in its articulated hauler range, Terex Trucks makes three models with payloads from 25-38 tonnes and engine power outputs from 311-444 hp. Of the ADT units to be distributed by Porter Group, the highest specification model is the Gen 10 TA400 with magnetic suction filters which improve the cleanliness of the hydraulic oil and reduce thus wear as well a downtime.
Porter Group will not only provide Terex’s machines, but the company will either supply spare parts, servicing, repairs, transport haulage, hire of cranes and access equipment and particularly financing options over Oceania’s region.
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.
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 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.
JUNE 23, 2017
Fassi, new cranes in the medium duty lifting range
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.
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.
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.
JUNE 26, 2017
The future of construction, a new house in only 3 days!
Grace GalanteWith 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 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.
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.
JUNE 22, 2017
Mott MacDonald, new office in Bogota to support economic growth
Mott MacDonald has announced an establishment of the new office in Bogota through public-private partnerships (PPPs).
As the Colombian government has a plan to invest nearly US$100 billion in transportation, water, energy, healthcare, education and urban infrastructure mostly through PPPs, the country therefore, becomes a key market for the infrastructure finance and advisory teams.
In association with Colombia since nearly 40 years, Mott MacDonald had realized various work such as Metro de Medellin, schools, two new highway and five airport masterplans. The company also supported since 2016, the development of the new El Dorado II international airport, involving 3.8km runway and 40,000 sq meter terminal which aims to handle eight million passengers per year. The completion is expected on 2022.
Mott MacDonald, with its global experience of successfully delivering advisory and infrastructure finance projects, has been named Global Technical Advisor of the year by IJ Global seven times in the last nine years
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 26, 2017
Volvo contribute to enhance a waste-to-energy facility
In Pennsylvania, Volvo excavators are undertaking to lay the foundation of a waste-to-energy facility to bring continued long-term stability to York County’s municipal waste management infrastructure.
It is said that USA generates 230 million tones of municipal solid waste annually, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for every ton of waste processed at a waste-to-energy facility, emissions of approximately one ton of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) are avoided.
Horst Excavating, awarded on the task of earthwork including demolition, erosion and sedimentations, underground utility work and stone and asphalt paving of a waste-to-energy facility, has to move more than 300,000 yd3 of material.
The company has chosen two Volvo’s excavators the EC350E and the EC460 to operate in site work. The EC350E, fitted with 3.5 yd3 bucket providing consistent power and high breakout force to load the blasted rock, the EC460 powering a Genesis GH18NPK 8000 lb-ft hammer to chisel large chunks of limestone that frame the pit.
Horst is mining 30,000 yd3 of rock from the pit, excavating nearly five stories deep, Volvo excavators are working 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and for this high quality and durable equipment, Horst has appealed to Volvo dealer, Highway Equipment & Supply to purchase the machines.