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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 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 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.
 
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”.
 
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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.
 
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.
 
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
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 28, 2017
Cat Excavator and hero robots on the big screen
Helen Whitman
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’.”
 
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 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 29, 2017
Liebherr unveils the new piling and drilling rig LRB16
Helen Whitman

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.  
 
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.
JUNE 21, 2017
Liebherr, Strongest lattice boom crane in Switzerland

For the first time in Switzerland, the Liebherr LR1100 crawler crane with 1000 tonnes load capacity recognized as the strongest lattice boom crane, has been operating in Sankt Gallen.

A transport and heavy haulage Swiss contractor Emil Egger AG, has recently been supplied from the plant in Ehingen, the first crawler crane with the strongest load capacity of 1000 tonnes in its fleet after a long standing crane fleet which has only included mobile cranes.

The Swiss contractor has booked the LR 1100 for around six months to work on a major new construction project in Zurich. The machine ensures the task of assembling reinforced concrete supports with up to almost 60 tonnes and later façade components weighing 90 tonnes on the construction site.

The new unit features a specific innovation developed by Liebherr, the ballast system VarioTray, with the use of derrick ballast as the counterweight allowing lattice boom cranes to manage vastly higher load capacities. The derrick ballast is available in the form of suspended counterweight tray of a ballast wagon. 

According to the family company Emil Egger AG, the LR1100 is primarily designed for infrastructure projects such as bridge building or for large construction assembly, but the crane will possibly be used abroad as well to erect wind turbines.