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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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 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.
 
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 19, 2017
JCB increases its revenue in 2016
Helen Whitman
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.
 
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 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 19, 2017
Komatsu & Trimble : New collaboration to improve 3D construction site data
Helen Whitman

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 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 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.