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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.
 
JUNE 26, 2017
Klubb, third facility dedicated to truck mounted AWP

Klubb a manufacturer of aerial platforms has inaugurated on June 22nd, a new facility of French department Seine-et-Marne (Eastern of Paris) to increase the production capacity to meet its expansion for French and abroad market.

The new facility of 13,000 sq meters will contribute to increase the production capacity to reach 1,700 aerial platforms with articulated jib per year, as currently, the facility located at Ferrières-en-Brie (Seine et Marne Region) opened on 2016, produced already 1,000 platforms per year.

The new units were designed with Comilev’s know-how in aerial platforms the Xtenson range, which provide a working height from 18.5 to 25.5 m, and a lateral outreach from  13.9m to 20m.
Note that all of these models feature a 280 kg basket capacity and a 180° articulated telescopic jib.

Julien Bourrelis, President of Klubb has stated “ The company has realized in 2016 a revenue of 50 M€, in progress of 20%. Currently, the company has invoiced 150 aerial platforms for export. The production is organized to meet both French and abroad demand with dedicated logistics based on the shipment of ready-to-fit kits adapted to the specificities of each market”.
 
JUNE 22, 2017
Intermat Asean 2017: Success Story

After three days of the very productive exhibition of Intermat Asean held in Bangkok, Thailand, the co-organizers Comexposium and Impact Exhibition are fully satisfied with the first inaugural edition and thank those involved.

As expected, more than 300 exhibiting brand and companies including the major player in construction and equipment industries have responded positively and showcased their latest machinery and equipment to 4.680 visitors from over 43 neighboring countries.

Intermat Asean has become a global meeting place for the industry, as 20% of the visitors were from outside Thailand including China, Cambodia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

Isabelle Alfano, Construction Business Unit Director Comexposium Group stressed “Intermat Asean aims not only to be the local but the regional exhibition. Thailand, with a growth demand in construction activities particularly in infrastructure, railway and housing, the country can be the hub of all southeast Asian countries. Intermat helps exhibitors and visitors with business matching services, also bring contents in the seminar, and of course the live-demonstration outdoor which is the special highlight of the exhibition and one of the key point of the show”.

The first result of Intermat Asean is very encouraging and promising, the goal is considered met. The co-organizers are very heartened to generate the general sense that had facilitated business and therefore met the industry’s needs in Southeast Asia.
 
JUNE 28, 2017
Cat Excavator and hero robots on the big screen

The new movie directed by Michel Bay “Transformers: The last knight” has elected a Cat Excavator to make appearance beside the team of hero robots in the highly anticipated film.

The Cat Excavator will appear among the vehicles hiding in an auto salvage yard along with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and a group of the heroic Autobots. This partnership is perfectly in line for both companies as the attributes associates are strength, loyalty and protection.

Kurt Norris, Global Marketing Manager of Caterpillar stated “Through the integration of Cat® Connect technologies, such as LINK, GRADE, PAYLOAD and DETECT, Caterpillar is changing the way the construction industry can increase productivity, achieve efficiency gains and protect the safety of workers on the jobsite. We have entered the Age of Smart Iron and I can think of no better way to exemplify this paradigm shift than to join forces with the iconic Transformers movie franchise in the film ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’.”
 
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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.
 
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 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.
 
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 26, 2017
Volvo contribute to enhance a waste-to-energy facility
Helen Whitman
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.
 
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 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
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 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.