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LiuGong Chairman hired as Board Member of Beijing Foreign Studies University BEIJING/CHINA, September 15, 2017 – Zeng Guang’an, chairman of LiuGong, was appointed to the board of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), which is one of the major Chinese Universities when it comes to cultivating talent for foreign languages and intercultural communications. The appointment connects well with LiuGong’s commitment in global expansion and high-level talent recruitment. >more
BKT to build new Carbon Black Production Plant BHUJ/INDIA, August 29, 2017 – Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), Off-Highway tire manufacturer, will build a new plant for the production of carbon black. This facility will stretch over approximately 8 hectares within the BKT production site at Bhuj, in the Indian state of Gujarat. The production forecast is about 60,000 tons/year. An initial investment of 23 million US dollars has been earmarked. >more
Topics at IFAT Africa 2017: From Drinking Water Supply to Youth Development MUNICH/GERMANY, August 23, 2017 – The environmental industry will gather at IFAT Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 12 to 14. The 2017 edition of the African Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling will be accompanied by a supporting program that aims to deliver answers to the continent’s pressing environmental problems. Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, reveals the program’s highlights. >more
Changes to the Executive Board of Putzmeister Holding AICHTAL/GERMANY, August 21, 2017 – The Supervisory Board of Putzmeister, the German-based manufacturer of concrete pumps, mortar machines, mining equipment and thick matter pumps, has announced the termination of the contract with Dr. Karch by mutual consent. Mr. Martin Knötgen will take up the chairmanship of the Executive Board on a provisional basis, and will assume the role of CEO of Putzmeister Holding in addition to his role as CEO for Sany Europe. >more
Greschner of Wacker Neuson: "Focus on continued Growth" MUNICH/GERMANY, August 10, 2017 – Since January 2017, Alexander Greschner (46), Chief Sales Officer of the Wacker Neuson Group, has been responsible for global sales, service, logistics and marketing in the executive board of Wacker Neuson SE. In an interview, Mr. Greschner talks about key themes and market potentials for the three brands Wacker Neuson, Weidemann and Kramer. >more
Ten Years of Bauer Duty-Cycle Cranes and new MC Series Middle Platform SCHROBENHAUSEN/GERMANY, August 3, 2017 – MC duty-cycle cranes from Bauer are universal machines for specialist foundation engineering. Thanks to their massive steel structure and robust booms, they are suited for a variety of mounting options, e.g. cutters or grabs. Bauer MCs are currently operating all around the world. At the bauma 2007 in Munich Bauer introduced the first MC 32 duty-cycle crane model. >more
Prince Lift buys new and refreshed Skyjack Units YONGIN/SOUTH KOREA, July 27, 2017 – Skyjack (Linamar Corporation) has announced that the Korean rental company Prince Lift is adding new and refreshed Skyjack mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) to their rental fleet in Yongin, following a trial purchase. Skyjack Manufacturing Southwest (Glendale, USA) provides the Refresh program – an option for rental companies to update their fleet while minimizing investments. >more
Uponor expands PEX Pipe Manufacturing in the US HUTCHINSON/USA, July 24, 2017 – Uponor North America has announced that the company has signed an agreement to purchase an existing 237,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office space in Hutchinson, Minnesota. The 6.35 million US dollar investment is located about 70 miles west from its North American headquarters in Apple Valley. The company is acquiring the manufacturing plant to meet long-term demands. >more
Hobas supports economic relationships between Germany and Russia KURSK/RUSSIA, July 20, 2017 – Hobas, the Austrian-based supplier of GRP pipe systems, is aiming for a future collaboration with Russian companies in the fields of public water and wastewater management and iron ore production. In 2016 the German-Russian Center for Economic Cooperation and Development was established in the Russian region of Kursk on the initiative of the ASG Spremberg AG. >more
Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery well on Track FRANKFURT/GERMANY, July 19, 2017 – Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros. >more
Cat Excavator appears in new Movie “Transformers: The Last Knight” PEORIA/USA, July 7, 2017 – A Cat excavator is next in line to carry on the tradition of Cat equipment appearing on the big screen when it joins the team of hero robots in the highly anticipated film “Transformers: The Last Knight,” directed by Michael Bay having opened in cinemas now. Audiences will spot the Cat excavator among vehicles hiding in an auto salvage yard along with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and a group of the heroic Autobots. >more
Tunnel Vision: MC exhibits tunnel-related Expertise at the WTC BERGEN/NORWAY, June 26, 2017 – MC-Bauchemie took part in the 2017 World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in Bergen, one of the leading events for the tunnelling community from industry, professional associations and science and technology. Visitors were invited to gather information on MC's Tunnelling FoE (Field of Expertise) product systems, e.g. concrete replacement systems, steel fibre-reinforced shotcrete or soil conditioning agents. >more
IFAT India 2017: More Wastewater Treatment Plants for a cleaner Ganges MUMBAI/INDIA, June 20, 2017 – At IFAT India, scheduled from September 26 to 28, 2017 the environmental industry will discuss products and solutions to the subcontinent's most pressing environmental problems. With the Ganges being one of the world's most polluted rivers, the Indian Government has arranged a program for clean-up activities worth 2.8 billion Euros including the massive expansion of treatment capacities. >more
Case exhibiting at Steinexpo HOMBERG/GERMANY, June 13, 2017 – As in previous years construction equipment manufacturer Case will once again be exhibiting at Steinexpo which takes place at Europe’s biggest basalt quarry near Homberg in Germany, from the 30th August to 2nd September. Consequently the focus will be on machines suited for mining and quarry work. >more
LiuGong Wheel Loader Sales exceed 350,000 Units LIUZHOU/CHINA, June 2, 2017– LiuGong has very recently celebrated selling over 350,000 wheel loaders worldwide. More than 300 people including representatives from the government and industry associates, founding members of LiuGong, customers of LiuGong’s first generation products, dealers, partners, key accounts and media attended the ceremony to witness the historical moment. >more
Uponor inaugurates Factory and Sales Office in China TAICANG/CHINA, May 26, 2017 – Uponor, a Finland-based system provider for drinking water delivery, energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling and infrastructure, is set for growth in the Asian markets. The first manufacturing facility in Asia has been officially opened in Taicang. Uponor Asia will provide plumbing solutions and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems for the new residential and commercial building markets in China. >more
LiuGong honored with Organizational Excellence Award for China Polar Expedition BEIJING/CHINA, April 28, 2017 – LiuGong has received an organizational excellence award for its China Polar Expedition from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC and the State Oceanic Administration. Currently, 4 LiuGong machines are working in the Antarctic: one wheel loader, one excavator and one crane at the Zhongshan Station and one crane at the Great Wall Station. >more
Terex Cranes gets big Order from Bigge at Conexpo-Con/AGG SAN LEANDRO/USA, April 11, 2017 – Terex Cranes distributor and heavy end-user, Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., made a substantial equipment investment at Conexpo-Con/AGG with a 27 unit order with Terex Cranes that includes 8 rough terrain cranes, two boom truck cranes, nine truck cranes, two all terrain cranes and six tower cranes. >more
Vätterbygdens Kran AB expands Services with Demag All Terrain Crane JÖNKÖPING/SWEDEN, April 4, 2017 – The Swedish Vätterbygdens Kran AB, based out of Jönköping, adds a newly commissioned all terrain crane – the Demag AC 250-5 – to its range. The crane by the Terex brand Demag has a main boom length of 70 m (229.7 ft) and a 21-m (68.9 ft) folding swing away jib. The AC 250-5 crane is now the largest model in Vätterbygdens Kran’s fleet and enables the company to take on larger projects. >more
European Construction Equipment Market performs well BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 29, 2017 – CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, has released the Annual Economic Report 2017 which contains an overview of the macro economic situation in Europe and focuses on the construction equipment industry in particular. According to the report, Europe was among the top growth regions in 2016 and the forecast given for 2017 expects a slight upward tendency. >more
Wasser Berlin International 2017: A Wealth of Innovations BERLIN/GERMANY, March 21, 2017 – In one week’s time Wasser Berlin International 2017 will open its doors. Numerous new products await visitors from Germany and abroad to the trade fair which is Germany’s international marketing platform for water. Messe Berlin has put together a representative selection under the heading of ‘Innovations’ where 55 exhibitors from six countries have described their exhibits. >more
German Construction Equipment Industry increased Turnover in 2016 FRANKFURT/GERMANY, March 3, 2017 – In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent. Thus, German companies performed slightly better than the world market. In 2017, they expect another increase in sales by 3 percent. >more
LiuGong appoints Huang Haibo as new President LIUZHOU/CHINA, February 16, 2017 – Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co., Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Huang Haibo as its new President, succeeding Mr. Yu Chuanfen. Mr. Huang will assume his new role starting from February 2017 and be responsible for the strategy implementation and operations of the company. >more
BKT Tires at Conexpo-Con/AGG 2017 LAS VEGAS/USA, February 9, 2017 – At the 2017 edition of Conexpo, BKT showcases the highlights of its Earthmax lineup – tires for construction, mining and earthmoving vehicles – at their booth, where the Giant tire, Earthmax SR 45 Plus, will be at the center of attention. The Indian-based manufacturer of off-highway tires is taking part in the Las Vegas trade fair from 7 to 11 March 2017. >more
Formwork System Peri Duo collects Awards WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, February 3, 2017 – The Peri Duo Universal Formwork system by German-based formwork scaffolding Engineer Peri continues to attract positive response. Two more bodies – one in Angola, another in India – have awarded the new technopolymer-based formwork with corresponding innovation prizes. >more
New Dates for ConMin West Africa ABUJA/NIGERIA, January 31, 2017 – The ConMin West Africa, International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Mining and Building Materials, has changed dates to June 2017. Due to runway renovations, the Abuja airport in Nigeria will be closed down during March/April – the ConMin West Africa 2017 is now scheduled to take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 in Abuja. >more
Kobelco enters Italian Market VICENZA/ITALY, January 26, 2017 – Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) adds four Italian dealers to its European network. The appointment of Sergio Bassan SRL, BSM Brescia Macchine SRL, SMIA SRL and Arnus SRL is significant for the Japanese manufacturer as it marks its entry into the Italian market. With the expansion Kobelco reacts to an increased demand for mini excavators and heavy machinery in Italy. >more
Volvo CE Headquarters move from Belgium to Sweden GOTHENBURG/SWEDEN, January 17, 2017 – Volvo Construction Equipment has announced that its headquarters will move from Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, Sweden – the company's origin country. The CE headquarters' move to Sweden does not only bring the Volvo businesses closer together physically but is also expected to add to their cooperation. The Brussels location has been up and running since the 1980s. >more
Terex completes Sale of Material Handling and Port Solutions Business WESTPORT/USA, January 6, 2017 – Terex, manufacturer of lifting and material processing products, has sold its Material Handling and Port Solutions brand to Konecranes, a manufacturer of cranes and lifting equipment, headquartered in Hyvinkää, Finland. Intentions to merge were first expressed in August 2015. Terex will own 25 % class B shares of Konecranes. >more
Caterpillar rolls out new Machines and Technology at Conexpo-Con/AGG 2017 LAS VEGAS/USA, January 4, 2017 – The Conexpo-Con/AGG, an international trade show for the construction industries will be held in Las Vegas from 7 to 11 March 2017. Caterpillar will present its line of machines and technology and its customer support capabilities. 40 machines will be on display in two different exhibit areas, along with Cat Connect Technologies for machine control and monitoring – ranging from a skid steer loader to a 96-ton excavator. >more
bauma Conexpo India underlines economical Recovery GURGAON/INDIA, December 22, 2016 – Business transactions, high-quality trade visitors and more participants than in 2014: bauma Conexpo India, which took place at Huda Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi from December 12 to 15, 2016, underscored the fact that there are signs of a turnaround in the Indian market for construction machinery. >more
Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Hobas and Amiantit combine European Businesses DAMMAM/SAUDI ARABIA, KLAGENFURT/AUSTRIA, December 19, 2016 – WIG Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH and Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company announced their plans to merge their European pipe businesses Hobas Europe and Amiantit Europe including Flowtite Technology. Both companies are specialized in the production of high performance plastic pipe systems and plan to operate as one unit under a 50:50 ownership structure. >more
Volvo Group and IISc sign Research Agreement on sustainable Mobility BANGALORE/INDIA, December 16, 2016 – Volvo Group in India has announced that Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT), the global research, development and engineering arm of Volvo, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU). With this MoU, Volvo group and IISc will undertake research and development in future automotive technologies. >more
SDLG Grader launches at bauma Conexpo India GURGAON/INDIA, December 15, 2016 – This year’s bC India – taking place at the HUDA Ground near Delhi from December 12 to 15 – marks the official launch in the country of the G9138 motor grader from SDLG. The new unit is aiming to help India meet fast-rising demand for road building equipment, offering a lighter and more economical option to contractors. >more
MC-Bauchemie celebrates 20th Anniversary in Russia MOSCOW/RUSSIA, December 13, 2016 – Building chemicals producer MC-Bauchemie has been present on the Russian market since 1996. Today MC Russia, the company of German origin, boasts 350 employees, headquarters and operations in St Petersburg as well as four other sites in Russia: Krasnodar, Moscow, Samara and Tjumen. 20 years of successful development were celebrated in Moscow. >more
Powerscreen enters the Chinese Market at bauma China SHANGHAI/CHINA, December 8, 2016 – The mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Powerscreen announced their intention to enter to the Chinese market at bauma China, Shanghai. In 2016 Powerscreen, based in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, marks half a century of supplying the crushing and screening industry around the world. >more
bauma China 2016: New Opportunities against the Odds SHANGHAI/CHINA, December 1, 2016 – bauma China 2016, the 8th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, was successfully held between November 22 and 25 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The number of international audiences remains high – over 170,000 visitors from 149 countries and regions attended the show. >more
Conferences and live Demonstrations at bauma Conexpo India GURGAON/INDIA, November 29, 2016 – Lectures, conferences, award ceremonies and live demonstrations: This year the participants in bauma Conexpo India can again look forward to a diverse program of supporting events. The fourth edition of the show takes place from December 12 to 15, 2016 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon, Delhi. >more
IFAT Eurasia: Billion Euro Investments to improve environmental Standards in Turkey ISTANBUL/TURKEY, November 28, 2016 – In February 2017, the international trade fair IFAT Eurasia will take place in Istanbul, welcoming the Eurasian environmental technology industry. The host country alone offers extensive market opportunities: To meet European standards in the areas of drinking water, wastewater and waste, Turkey will have to invest well in excess of 23 billion euro by 2023. >more
Manitou Group exhibiting at bauma China SHANGHAI/CHINA, November 24, 2016 – The Manitou group, all-terrain handling equipment manufacturer, is attending the bauma China international trade fair. The event, which is dedicated to the construction industry, and welcomed 190,000 visitors in 2014, enables Manitou to reaffirm its ambitions in the Asia region with an offer of products and services that the company considers increasingly tailored to the needs of this market. >more
Compact Earth-moving Machinery Sales growing in Italy VERONA/ITALY, November 21, 2016 – The "compact" sector of earth-moving machinery is growing in Italy: The sales of mini-excavators between January and July went up by +24%. During the run-up to the earth-moving, site and building machinery show SaMoTer 2017 at Veronafiere a number of specialists have already confirmed attendance: Eurocomach-Sampierana, Ihimer, Kubota, Takeuchi and Yanmar. >more
Terex announces Leadership Change in Cranes Segment WESTPORT/USA, November 18, 2016 – Terex Corporation has announced that Steve Filipov will assume the role of President of Terex Cranes effective immediately. Filipov will also continue with his responsibilities as President of the Terex Material Handling and Port Solutions segment until completion of the sale of that segment to Konecranes Plc. Ken Lousberg, currently President, Terex Cranes, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. >more
Bauer Maschinen Group at bauma China SHANGHAI/CHINA, November 17, 2016 – bauma China will be taking place from November 22 to 25. Over 2,400 exhibitors have registered for the eighth edition of the international exhibition for construction machinery at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The organizers are expecting around 180,000 visitors. The Bauer Maschinen Group will again be participating – having been present in the Chinese market for 25 years. >more
Mecalac launches its commercialization in the USA ANNECY-LE-VIEUX/FRANCE, November 2, 2016 – Present in Europe and Australia, the construction machinery manufacturer Mecalac Group now opens the doors of the US market thanks to its recent collaboration with a dealer based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Aiming to support the commercial launching of Mecalac excavators and loaders in the American continent, Mecalac will exhibit its machines at Conexpo fair in Las Vegas in March 2017. >more
Irving announced as new Atlas Cranes Importer for USA TIFFIN/USA, October 26, 2016 – German loader crane manufacturer Atlas has appointed Irving Equipment, located in Ohio, as its exclusive crane importer and distributor for the USA. All products will be sold through authorized Atlas representatives. This deal will allow for full distribution of Atlas Crane products through dealers as well as some direct sales. >more
Positive Market Signals for bauma Conexpo India GURGAON/INDIA, October 21, 2016 – India is currently the only national market in Asia experiencing growing construction machinery sales. And growth is forecast for the next few years as well: Good leading indicators for bauma Conexpo India, which will be held from December 12 to 15, 2016 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. >more
Manitowoc launches new Potain Hup Tower Crane in Italy NIELLA TANARO/ITALY, October 12, 2016 – Manitowoc welcomed more than 320 guests to its factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy, to celebrate the launch of the new Potain Hup 40-30 self-erecting tower crane. The Hup 40-30 is the second model from the new Potain Hup range, after the Hup 32-27, which was launched at bauma 2016. >more
40 Years of Bauer Rotary Drilling Technology SCHROBENHAUSEN/GERMANY, October 7, 2016 – Bauer foundation piles support the glass dome of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany; the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai stands on Bauer foundation piles – the company has influenced specialist foundation engineering since the mid 20th century. 40 years ago, the Bauer BG 7 rotary drilling rig arrived on construction sites. >more
bauma China 2016: Patchy Upward Trend SHANGHAI/CHINA, October 6, 2016 – The Chinese construction industry continues to find the going tough. Against this backdrop, what technical equipment will be especially in demand in China in the years ahead? The eighth edition of bauma China will be taking place in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 22 to 25 this year. >more
Innovations for a sustainable Future: Volvo CE reveals Prototype autonomous Machines ESKILSTUNA/SWEDEN, September 28, 2016 – Volvo Construction Equipment showcased a range of futuristic concepts and innovations from electromobility to intelligent machines and total site solutions at the company’s Xploration Forum. Prototypes of the electric hybrid wheel loader LX1, the L120 autonomous wheel loader, the A25F articulated hauler as well as the HX1 autonomous battery electric load carrier were shown in action. >more
Scene for future Ideas: Debut for Innovation Plaza at Wasser Berlin International 2017 BERLIN/GERMANY, September 20, 2016 – Innovations are key to ensuring growth and employment. That is why the Innovation Plaza will be celebrating its debut at Wasser Berlin International 2017. As a place for holding creative meetings and exchanging new ideas it will be the focus of a dedicated area in Hall 3. >more
400 Billion US Dollars worth of Construction Projects ongoing in Dubai DUBAI/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 12, 2016 – Dubai’s construction industry knows no standstill. According to BNC’s “Dubai Construction Market 2016” report commissioned by The Big 5, the largest construction industry event in the Middle East, over 3,700 projects are currently ongoing across the Emirate. Their total value is estimated around 400 billion US dollars. >more
Wasser Berlin International: Congress highlights future Challenges for the Water Industry BERLIN/GERMANY, September 8, 2016 – In the years to come the water industry will face huge challenges both at national and international level, particularly where the environment and sustainability are concerned. At the Congress of Wasser Berlin International – taking place in the German capital from 28 to 31 March 2017 – the latest issues and developments around the topic of water will be discussed. Trade visitors can find products, services and solutions from every part of the water industry. >more
Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar to end strategic Alliance for mini hydraulic Excavators in 2018 HÖRSCHING/AUSTRIA, September 1, 2016 – In 2010, Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar entered into a strategic alliance which saw Wacker Neuson developing and producing mini hydraulic excavators under three tons operating weight exclusively for Caterpillar at its production plant in Hörsching, Austria. Initiated by Caterpillar, both parties have now agreed to end their strategic alliance as of May 31, 2018. >more
VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery: Great Differences across Markets FRANKFURT/GERMANY, August 22, 2016 – The global outlook in the construction equipment and building material machinery markets differs significantly. For construction equipment the forecast for 2016 remains at plus 3%, while the prospects for building material are subdued – the sector lacks growth markets. >more
Kögel wins the “Logistra best practice: Innovations 2016“ Award BURTENBACH/GERMANY, August 10, 2016 – With the "best practice: Innovations 2016" award, the trade journal Logistra acknowledges innovations in intralogistics and the commercial vehicle sector. The side-protection net by the joint project “DoKEP Side-protection net” of Dolezych, Kögel and TÜV Nord succeeded in the transport security category. Trailer manufacturer Kögel uses the side-protection net as a replacement for aluminium and wooden slats. >more
ZF Group to set-up Technology Center in India PUNE/INDIA, August 8, 2016 – Automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG is setting up its first ever India Technology Center in Hyderabad which will be dedicated to software and mechanical engineering. The new Technology Center will support ZF’s global development teams while enabling the company to accelerate local product development. >more
CLdN Cargo BV orders 100 Kögel Cargo Rail with RoRo Equipment BURTENBACH/GERMANY, July 22, 2016 – CLdN Cargo BV from Rotterdam /Netherlands is capitalising on 100 new Kögel Cargo Rails in its vehicle fleet. CLdN Cargo BV offers door-to-door transport using their own trailers via short sea shipping, to and from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and Scandinavia. It also provides forwarding and logistics services via all modes of transport within Europe. >more
Fassi becomes Majority Owner of Crane Manufacturer Cranab VINDELN/SWEDEN, July 15, 2016 – Fassi, one of the world's largest manufacturers of cranes for trucks, becomes the majority owner of the Cranab group with the subsidiaries Vimek, Bracke Forest and Slagkraft, through the acquisition of Z-forestab´s ownership stake in the company. Cranab manufactures cranes for forestry equipment and is located in Vindeln outside Umeå, Sweden. >more
20 Years of BWB Surface Protection for Steel Pipes VELTEN/GERMANY, July 6, 2016 – The introduction of the GRP coating for steel pipes 20 years ago marketed as the BWB system was a story of success for BKP Berolina. Meanwhile more than 110,000 meters of gas pipes have been coated with this highly resistant GRP coating. >more
Powerscreen: Celebrating 50 Years of Power DUNGANNON/NORTHERN IRELAND, June 27, 2016 – In 2016 Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment, marks half a century of supplying the crushing and screening industry around the world. Established in 1966, Powerscreen has achieved its five-decade presence through industry leadership, customer input and innovation. >more
Wacker Neuson plans to open new Factory in China PINGHU/CHINA, June 22, 2016 – The Wacker Neuson Group is planning to open a new plant near Shanghai in China. Initially compact excavators will be produced for the local market, further products will follow. It is planned that the first compact excavator should roll off the production line at the beginning of 2018. >more
More than 2,400 Companies already signed up for bauma China SHANGHAI/CHINA, June 17, 2016 – The economic conditions in China, especially in the construction sector, remain volatile. Nevertheless, bauma China, being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 22 to 25, will continue to be used as a presentation platform by many of the big names on the local and international stage. >more
LiuGong drives continued Growth in European Market ALMERE/NETHERLANDS, June 10, 2016 – Chinese construction equipment manufacturer LiuGong keeps focusing on the well-established European markets, where product offerings and distribution channels are geared up for expansion – despite tough times for the global construction equipment industry. The brand's dealerships are based in 23 European countries. >more
Putzmeister showcasing at IFAT 2016: Turning Waste into Fuels using efficient, environmentally friendly System Solutions AICHTAL/GERMANY, May 24, 2016 – Putzmeister Holding – operator in the field of concrete, mortar, solids pumps and underground concreting – will exhibit solutions for environmental technology at IFAT 2016. The trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management will take place at the Messe München exhibition center from May 30 to June 3. >more
Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in Verona: Federcostruzioni and SaMoTer join Forces in the Italian Construction Sector VERONA/ITALY, May 18, 2016 – Joint initiatives during the run-up to the 30th edition of the earth moving and building machinery exhibition scheduled at Veronafiere 22-25 February 2017 alongside Asphaltica and Transpotec Logitec: Federcostruzioni and SaMoTer sign Partnership Agreement. >more
Wacker Neuson Group confident for 2016 – despite a difficult Start to the Year MUNICH/GERMANY, May 17, 2016 – During the first quarter of 2016, international light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson continued to feel the impact of difficult conditions across many of its markets. Although Wacker Neuson managed to maintain revenue at almost the same level as the prior-year quarter, it reported lower profit figures for the period. Company management has confirmed its forecast for fiscal 2016. >more
IE expo 2016 – Asian Environmental Market defies Chinese economic Slowdown SHANGHAI/CHINA, May 12, 2016 – The IE expo 2016, which took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from May 5 to 7, was a success: 1,303 exhibitors (+ 20 percent) and 43,000 visitors (+ 7 percent) attended the environmental technology show. Organisers concluded that the demand for environmental technology is still on the rise. >more
SDLG returns to bauma to highlight ongoing international Expansion MUNICH/GERMANY, March 16, 2016 – SDLG will return to the world’s largest construction equipment fair, bauma, announcing an expanded product line, a stronger global sales network and much bigger customer base. On display at bauma will be a range of SDLG’s best sellers, plus a number of new launches – all designed to meet the company’s core principles of reliable performance, robust design and better value for customers. >more
Zoomlion: The roaring Lion is hungry MILAN/ITALY, March 8, 2016 – In English, Zoomlion means roaring Lion. Since 2011, the Boston Consulting group lists Zoomlion – as the only construction equipment manufacturer in China – in its ranking of the „Global Challengers“. The company is growing faster than the competition and the consultants believe Zoomlion may master the challenging ascend towards a global market leader. >more
LiuGong takes the next step ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, March 1, 2016 – Wheel-loader specialist LiuGong from Southwest China advances further and further in its internationalization drive. As market shares in Balkan countries touch 30% and news of increasing UK sales make the headlines, LiuGong says they’re just about to be ready for Germany, which they consider the ultimate challenge. >more
JCB Loadall telescopic handler at the Oscars in Hollywood LOS ANGELES/USA, March 1, 2016 – A JCB Loadall telescopic handler played a leading role in Hollywood ensuring the most glittering event in the global showbiz calendar all ran to plan. >more
Putzmeister Calls for Support to Become the National ‘Public’ Champion for Germany in the European Business Awards AICHTAL/GERMANY, February 22, 2016 – Putzmeister, a solution provider for pumping, mixing and placing concrete, mortar and industrial solids from Germany will compete for the title of ‘National Public Champion’ in this year’s European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, as the public vote opens for the first time. >more
MC-Bauchemie Acquires Bautek in Chile BOTTROP/GERMANY, February 15, 2016 – MC-Bauchemie Chile has acquired Bautek: The companies were merged into MC Bautek Chile at the end of 2015. This fusion has carried MC-Bauchemie's expanding market position in Chile further following the purchase of PK Chile in 2014. >more
Wacker Neuson Group Expands its Executive Board MUNICH/GERMANY, February 11, 2016 – As of April 1, 2016, the Dutch Jan Willem Jongert (51) will join the Executive Board of Wacker Neuson SE. In his new role as Chief Sales Officer (CSO), Jongert will be responsible for the global sales, service, logistics and marketing activities of the Wacker Neuson Group. >more
THINK BIG! Live at bauma 2016 MUNICH/GERMANY, February 8, 2016 – Following its successful launch at bauma in 2013, the second “THINK BIG!” initiative is being held at bauma 2016 in Munich. On 3,000 square meters of space, “THINK BIG!” will feature a programme focusing on technical training, educational and career opportunities in the construction and building materials machinery industry. >more
LiuGong Won First Engine-Related Invention Patent LIUZHOU/CHINA, February 2, 2016 – LiuGong recently gained a patent by the State Intellectual Property Office for the development of an engine power control method to improve the load capacity of engines. This is the first engine-related patent won by LiuGong in the field of engine manufacturing, as well as a technological achievement resulting from its cooperation with Cummins. >more
"Built For It" – Caterpillar Exhibiting at bauma 2016 MUNICH/GERMANY, January 22, 2016 – Caterpillar and its German dealer, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, will exhibit a suite of technologies, services and equipment at bauma 2016 under the theme “Built for It.” On a display space of roughly 8200 square metres, the company will showcase safety, productivity and equipment management solutions, as well as about 60 Cat products, work tools and dealer-delivered support services. >more
bauma Open Innovation – New Service Platform for the Sector MUNICH/GERMANY, January 19, 2016 – In time for bauma 2016 Messe München is launching a new service for the sector: the “bauma Open Innovation”-online platform. bauma participants and other professionals interested in the sector can use this platform to search for a solution for innovation-related challenges, by turning to Messe München’s cross-disciplinary network of contacts. >more
Armacell launches own production facility in Russia LOBNYA/RUSSIA, January 8, 2016 – Armacell, a manufacturer of flexible insulation foams for the equipment insulation market and a provider of engineered foams, launches a new production facility in Russia. The plant is located in Lobnya, north of Moscow. >more
Sany: Chinese Entrepreneurial Spirit Goes Global BEDBURG/GERMANY, December 17, 2015 – Sany, who spectacularly acquired Putzmeister in 2012, is one of China’s largest four construction machinery equipment manufacturers besides Zoomlion, XCMG and LiuGong. It was long silent around Sany in Europe. But now the foundation is laid and Sany is ready for the European market. >more
How to: Setting Up a 14m Christmas Tree ZWEIBRÜCKEN/GERMANY, December 15, 2015 – For the Blüggel company, it has long become a routine job: This year as well, the Eslohe-based crane service provider has once again set up the Christmas tree for the town of Winterberg. To take the difficult to access tree from forest to marketplace, the company decided to use a Terex Challenger 3180 all terrain crane. >more
Kone Opens 236m Elevator Test Tower in China KUNSHAN/CHINA, December 14, 2015 – Kone, one of the global players in the elevator and escalator industry, has opened one of the world's tallest elevator test towers. The new 36-floor tower is located in Eastern China and can accommodate single and double-decker elevators for testing. >more
Kobelco Europe Launches Redesigned Website ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, December 10, 2015 – Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe launched its new website in a responsive design, which works well on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones alike. Easily accessible information and regular updates with further spectacular imagery and quality video content where relevant add to the relaunch. >more
No-Dig Moscow: The Epitome of Underground Infrastructure in Russia MOSCOW/RUSSIA, November 25, 2015 – From April 26-28, 2016, Trenchless Technology (NO-DIG Moscow) and Municipal Infrastructure (CityPipe-2016) trade fairs will once again join forces with leading infrastructure exhibitions to host professionals working in the trenchless and municipal infrastructure industries in Russia and beyond. >more
Atlas Maschinen Expands Cutter Business in South America SANTIAGO/CHILE, November 24, 2015 – Atlas Maschinen announces a new dealer for cutter units in Chile, South America: Perforock. The dealer specializes successfully in niche demolition and drilling applications. >more
Earth Moving Safety: Uncertainty among manufacturers after Warning on visibility FRANKFURT/GERMANY, November 23, 2015 – Ever since the EU Commission issued a warning relating to the standard in which the provisions covering visibility requirements for earth-moving machinery are set out, there has been widespread uncertainty among manufacturers and operators alike. A position paper by Germany’s machine makers is intended to help clarify the situation. >more
Komatsu Europe Buys Lehnhoff BADEN-BADEN/GERMANY, November 19, 2015 – The owner family Lehnhoff has decided to sell all its shares of the Lehnhoff group to Komatsu’s European subsidiary. A corresponding agreement was signed in early November, subject to the approvals of the relevant merger control authorities. >more
LiuGong Enters France ROUEN/FRANCE, October 27, 2015 – LuiGong officially enters the French market and signs its new dealer DiviMat. The Chinese earth moving experts introduce their “Value for Money (VfM)” machines to the saturated French market, where they expect a bright future nonetheless. >more
New Location for bauma Conexpo India 2016 DELHI/INDIA, October 14, 2015 – The organizers of the bC India announce the trade fair had been renamed to bauma Conexpo India and shifted to a new location. It is now much easier accessible from Delhi city centre and Delhi airport. >more
Komatsu opens first production base in Myanmar MANDALAY/MYANMAR, October 8, 2015 - Komatsu Ltd. has established Komatsu Manufacturing Myanmar (KMM), a wholly owned manufacturing and sales subsidiary of Reman components of construction and mining equipment as well as power generators, in Mandalay. >more
Sennebogen is extending its plant II at Straubing STRAUBING/GERMANY, October 7, 2015 - Sennebogen is extending its production and warehouse areas at its site at Straubing-Sand by around 35,000 m². In addition, a new 6,700 m² production shop is being built for the assembly and painting of large components and for finishing work and quality control. >more
Successful seccond edition of the Bauma Conexpo Africa JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 6, 2015 - The second edition of the Bauma Conexpo Africa took place from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre with 14,300 visitors from 75 countries. >more
IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa had its premiere in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 2, 2015 - IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa successfully celebrated its premiere from September 15 to 18, 2015 in the Johannesburg Expo Centre with 116 exhibitors from 13 countries, over 2,000 visitors from 42 countries and 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. >more
Caterpillar Announces Restructuring and Cost Reduction Plans PEORIA (IL)/USA, September 25, 2015 – Caterpillar Inc. significant restructuring and cost reduction actions that are expected to lower operating costs by about $1.5 billion annually once fully implemented. >more
India’s Residential market remains Sluggish NEW DELHI/INDIA, September 7, 2015 – Despite the much touted green shoots of recovery in India’s economy, country’s residential market continues to remain sluggish. Historic drops in new launches have been recorded in eight major cities of the country. >more
JCB Bags Order for 250 Machines MAASTRICHT/THE NETHERLANDS, August 26, 2015– JCB has bagged an order worth £11 million from Netherlands based Boel Rentals, which is investing in a brand new machine fleet of telescopic handlers and earth moving equipment. >more
Zoomlion Releases New Brand Logo & Visual Identity MILAN/ITALY, August 19, 2015 – The Chinese producer of construction equipment Zoomlion introduced a new logo and visual identity in order to better represent the company’s ethos at a ceremony in Milan, Italy. It’s the first change in over a decade. >more
German Equipment Industry: Light and Shade for 2015 FRANKFURT/GERMANY, July 28, 2015 – German construction equipment manufacturers are more optimistic at the middle of the year than they were at the beginning. However, the positive trend is not shared across all regions of the world and by manufacturers of building material facilities. >more
Egypt: Massive Deal for Chinese Infrastructure Development Company CAIRO/EGYPT, July 22, 2015 – Coming out of shadows of political uprisings and turmoil, Egypt is on a massive reconstruction spree. In one such instance, the Egyptian government enters into a contract with a Chinese infrastructure development company. >more
Zoomlion Makes Great Inroads in Saudi Arabia JEDDAH/ SAUDI ARABIA, July 21, 2015 – The Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery and sanitation equipment Zoomlion is taking the Saudi Arabian market by storm after showcasing their equipments in Jeddah, barely two months back. >more
CECE-CEMA Summit puts disruptive technology in the Spotlight BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, July 16, 2015 - Digital technologies and new business models are transforming traditional value chains in the construction equipment industry. The implications this has for the whole sector and its people, companies, construction processes, for Europe as a manufacturing location, and for the design of suitable EU regulations will be discussed at the CECE CEMA Summit, held in Brussels on the 23rd and 24th September. >more
Manitowoc Appoints New Potain Dealer in Russia MOSCOW/RUSSIA, July 14, 2015 – The Manitowoc Group has sealed a contract with its second dealer partner in Russia. The new partner is looking forward to expand business into additional regions of the world’s largest state. >more
XCMG partners with new dealer in Mexico MEXICO CITY/MEXICO, July 13, 2015 – XCMG and Zapata signed a dealer agreement, according to which ZAPATA becomes XCMG’s official dealer in Mexico. XCMG steps in a spot which was previously occupied by Liebherr. >more
Terex Pushes into Myanmar Rigid Dump Trucks Market with New Dealer MOTHERWELL/SCOTLAND, July 8, 2015 – For the tough Myanmar terrains, Yangon based Leadway Heavy Machinery (LHM) relies on Terex Trucks to transport earth, rock and jade. Terex' new partner allows the Western construction equipment provider to advance quickly in Myanmar. >more
Construction Equipment Provider XCMG Signs Agreement with Lafarge JIANGSU / CHINA, July 7, 2015 – XCMG, one of the largest Chinese construction equipment providers, is cementing its relationship with major global cement producers. In the second such instance, XCMG signed an agreement with French giant Lafarge to supply construction machineries. >more
Good Time to invest in the Caspian Transportation Industry? LONDON/UK, June 26, 2015 - Regional Government bodies and industry leaders will gather next month, on 28-29th July in Istanbul, Turkey, for the South Caspian Region Transportation 2015 summit organised by IRN. >more
Kramer and Claas to end Collaboration in Telescopic Handlers MUNICH/GERMANY, June 25, 2015 - Kramer-Werke GmbH, a member of the Wacker Neuson Group, and the Claas Group, headquartered in the German town of Harsewinkel, have reached a mutual agreement to terminate their strategic alliance in the area of agricultural telescopic handlers as of 2018. Customers are assured the long-term availability of services and spare parts even after the collaboration has ended. >more
State of the art Mortar Plant for Saudi Arabia HARDHEIM/GERMANY- June 23, 2015 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is has been witnessing a construction boom for some years now, saw the installation of an ultra-modern mortar line. >more
LiuGong launches Global R&D Center LIUZHOU/CHINA, June 12, 2015- As R&D becomes the key differentiator among the winners and others, Chinese company LiuGong invests in a state of the art R&D center that will help the company to accelerate technological proficiency in the equipment produced by it. >more
Kögel expands its Sales in France BURTENBACH/GERMANY, June 8, 2015 - After the restructuring of sales in Italy and Spain, Kögel now also has had a stronger local presence in France since the start of May. The new position of Director for France has been taken by a person well-known in the commercial vehicle sector - Frédéric Perez. >more
Strong Start to the Year for the Wacker Neuson Group MUNICH/GERMANY, May 30, 2015 – The Wacker Neuson Group has reported a rise in revenue and profit for the first quarter of 2015. The Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer experienced its strongest growth in the Americas region, however failed to meet its targets for light equipment sales. The Group has confirmed its forecast for fiscal 2015. >more
Weakness in China Dents Volvo Construction Equipment’s First Quarter GOTHENBURG/SWEDEN, May 14, 2015 – An improvement in European and North American sales in the first quarter of 2015 were more than offset by continued weakness in Asia – particularly China, where sales were half what they were in the same period in 2014 – reducing Volvo Construction Equipment total sales by 5% during the period, compared to the previous year. >more
India Urges German Business Leaders to Invest in Construction HANNOVER/GERMANY, May 11, 2015 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for more investments in infrastructure. Addressing a joint summit meeting of Indo-German business leaders in Hannover, Modi made a strong pitch for investment in constructing 50 million houses in India by 2022. >more
Jordan’s Minister for Water and Irrigation: “Germany is our most important partner” BERLIN/GERMANY, April 29, 2015 - At the Wasser Berlin International, bi-ConstructionNews partner bi-UmweltBau had the chance to interview Jordan’s minister for water and irrigation, Dr. Hazim El-Naser. He commented on the current water supply situation in his country and spoke about the value of know how and technology from Germany to tackle these issues of vital importance for the population. >more
European Construction Industry confident for 2015 PARIS, April 27, 2015 – The European Construction Equipment sector is picking up. While 2015 is expected to finally bring back growth to Southern European markets, the equipment manufacturers demand help from the European Commission. >more
Record Number of Exhibitors Expected at IE expo 2015 in Shanghai SHANGHAI/CHINA, April 20, 2015 - In approximately two weeks, once again, IE expo (IFAT China/EPTEE/CWS) opens its gates at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). For the first time ever, the number of exhibitors is approaching the 1,000 mark. The organizers attribute this growth to an increase in the number of participants in the sectors for air purification as well as refuse disposal and recycling. Asia's leading environmental technology trade fair takes place from May 6–8, 2015. >more
Fourth Overseas Factory: LiuGong Invests in Brazil SAO PAULO/BRASIL, April 17, 2015 – LiuGong, one of China’s large construction machine manufacturers, announced it will spend R$ 120 million (37 million Euro) in the country during the opening ceremony of its first factory in Brazil. The plant is located in Mogi Guaçu, a city located in the countryside, 180 km from São Paulo. LiuGong plans to deliver the first equipment from April 2015. >more
Evidence from Sweden: Pipe Express Handles Ground Water Well STOCKHOLM/SWEDEN, April 15, 2015 – Just a few miles south of Stockholm, the semi-trenchless pipeline installation method Pipe Express saw its only third application worldwide. The special ground conditions made this still young method a economical alternative to an open-cut method of laying the pipe. >more
Cement Industry: Holcim and Lafarge Receive Clearance to Merge from Indian Competition Authorities ZURICH/SWITZERLAND and PARIS/FRANCE, April 10, 2015 – Two large players of the building materials industry unite to create an even bigger conglomerate. However, LafargeHolcim has to put up two of its production facilities in India for sale. >more
Dressta Sets New Focus on Tailored Construction Equipment STALOWA WOLA/POLAND, April 08, 2015 – Three years after the acquisition through Liu Gong, Polish equipment manufacturer Dressta announces big plans for the future. >more
Energy-saving Mobile Cranes Conquer The Port of Neustadt NEUSTADT/GERMANY, 03.04.2015 – Europe’s largest port for conventional freight makes use of the latest crane technology from Sennebogen. A mobile undercarriage and an intelligent energy recovery system spell a happy logistics client. >more
Would the outcome of the presidential election in Nigeria have a major impact on foreign construction companies? ABUJA/NIGERIA, April 01, 2015 - The new elected president of Nigeria is General Muhammadu Buhari. The former military head of state has won the presidential election against Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan by winning more than 25% of votes in 27 states with an overall result of 52%. >more
Egypt Aims at New Capital City Built from Scratch SHARM EL-SHEIKH/EGYPT, March 25, 2015 – Egypt’s president Al-Sisi has announced the country will build a new capital city in the desert east of Cairo. While the dimensions and aspirations with regards to quality of life are ambitious, serious questions concerning the feasibility of the project stay unanswered. Funding and sustainable economic success remain doubtful. >more
World's largest all-terrain crane works at 3,000m XUZHOU/CHINA, March 21, 2015 – XCMG’s XCA5000 is the world’s largest all-terrain crane in terms of tonnage. Recently, it succeeded in hoisting a 2MW wind turbine in Yunnan province, China. XCA5000 became the first 2,000-ton all-terrain crane applied in construction around the world and a milestone in the portfolio of its ambitious manufacturer, XCMG. >more
Yanmar at Intermat 2015 REIMS/FRANCE, March 18, 2015 – Yanmar presents many exhibits at this year’s INTERMAT and celebrates 20 years of Zero Tail Swing. >more
CECE: European construction equipment market was the second most dynamic region in 2014 BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 17, 2015 - The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) released its annual economic report. The European market saw some remarkable, yet unevenly distributed growth. While Germany and the UK continue to boom, southern Europe and Russia remain difficult markets. >more
Kögel expanding business in Spain and Portugal BURTENBACH/GERMANY, February 24, 2015 - In order to adequately meet the demand for Kögel semi-trailers in Spain and Portugal, Kögel has created the new position of Director Spain/Portugal, appointing Hector Rodriguez as its first incumbent. >more
2014 - Rausch has achieved its best year so far WEISSENSBERG/GERMANY, February 9, 2015 - Business in the sewer industry is prospering. Concerning the CCTV System manufacturer Rausch, numbers in-creased by another 10 per cent, a new record high that actually exceeds all former annual numbers. >more
Transmin switches to Atlas Copco breakers for rockbreaker range PERTH/AUSTRALIA, February 6, 2015 - Bulk materials handling specialist Transmin in Perth, Australia, has switched to Atlas Copco for the supply of all hydraulic breakers used in their hydraulic breaker range. Transmin sources all breakers via sister company; Breakers & Attachments Equipment Group (BA Equipment), who joined Atlas Copco in 2013. >more
Peri India won EPC World Media, Ernst & Young and Zee Business Group Award 2014 NEW DELHI/INDIA, February 5, 2015 - Peri India has been honoured with the EPC World, Ernst & Young and Zee Business Group Awards 2014 being an “Outstanding Company in Formwork and Scaffolding Sector”. The award was handed over in New Delhi. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part THREE DELHI/INDIA, January 28, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part TWO DELHI/INDIA, January 26, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part ONE DELHI/INDIA, January 23, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
Bauma China 2014 – exceeding expectations SHANGHAI/CHINA, January 9, 2015 - The trade fair bauma China 2014 took place in November and was praised once again for its internationality as well as quantity and quality of visitors. The Chinese equipment manufacturers showed their improved performance and capabilities. And it was obvious that they are likely going to expand their export efforts. >more
How to make new Precast Companies succeed in India DORMETTINGEN/GERMANY, December 1, 2014 - When entering precast for the first time, new precast companies already in the planning phase get to feel that precast is much more about industrialized planning and processing than traditional construction. Many questions and challenges are raised already before and during the project implementation, questions new companies often cannot answer by themselves due to a lack of internal know-how and experience. >more
Strabag Consortium building €300 million Undercrossing for Brenner Base Tunnel VIENNA/AUSTRIA, November 6, 2014 - The construction group Strabag, in a consortium with the Italian construction companies Salini Impregilo, Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni CCC and Collini Lavori, signed the € 300 million contract to build the Eisack Undercrossing section of the Brenner Base Tunnel. >more
Construction Equipment Industry calls for Efforts to boost Production in Europe BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, October 21, 2014 - In a fast and ever changing environment, construction equipment companies need to be flexible and agile to cope with unpredictable markets, a demanding regulatory environment, and the need to deliver the latest technology. At a press conference, Eric Lepine, President of CECE, the Committee of European Construction Equipment, called on EU policy makers to play their part, too, in ensuring a strong, competitive industrial production in Europe. >more
MC-Bauchemie Hungary celebrates 20th Anniversary BOTTROP/GERMANY, September 30, 2014 - Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, MC-Bauchemie was one of the first Western European companies to become involved in Hungary. In 1994, MC acquired Novomix GmbH and founded MC-Bauchemie Hungary, with a production site in Kövesgyür and headquarters in Budapest. >more
Political Summit prior to decisive year for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link COPENHAGEN/DENMARK, September 29, 2014 - From 30th of September to 2nd of October, Copenhagen will be the venue for an assembly of Danish and German ministers, top politicians from the six partners in the STRING network, high-level business representatives, researchers and ordinary Danes, Swedes and Germans. >more
BASF opens concrete admixture production facility in Nairobi NAIROBI/KENYA, September 9, 2014 - BASF yesterday inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Nairobi. The production site will allow BASF to better meet the increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in Eastern Africa. >more
IWA World Water Congress defines Solutions for global Water Crisis LISBON/PORTUGAL, September 5, 2014 - More than 5000 leading water experts and industry professionals from approximately 90 countries will come together at the International Water Association (IWA)’s World Water Congress and Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal in September (21-26) for five days of debate to identify and define new solutions to tackle the global water crisis. >more
Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a 3-year Cycle after 2015 JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, August 27, 2014 - Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. >more
Potain reaches 5,000 tower Cranes in China ZHANGJIAGANG/CHINA, August 26, 2014 - Manitowoc’s tower crane brand, Potain, has built more than 5,000 tower cranes at its manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang, China. Malaysia-based YTL, a leading international construction company, purchased the 5,001st crane and a handover ceremony was held at the facility to mark the occasion. >more
Liebherr receives Orders from Australia and New Zealand BIBERACH/GERMANY, August 25, 2014 - Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH has managed to win several orders in Australia and New Zealand. During the last few weeks four luffing jib cranes from the HC-L series and a top-slewing crane from the EC-H series have left Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH for the voyage down under. >more
Chinese Crawler Excavators gaining Ground in Europe BEDBURG/GERMANY, August 20, 2014 - 2011 saw the re-launch of a long-term commitment of the Chinese construction machine giant Sany in Europe. So much for the plan. A first attempt about 10 years ago did not produce the desired breakthrough, particularly in the construction machinery field. >more
steinexpo 2014: The final Phase has begun NIEDER-OFLEIDEN/GERMANY, July 28, 2014 - 245 exhibitors with 315 trademarks. These are the key data when taking stock of steinexpo 2014 in June. Compared to the previous event at the same time, this represents an increase of 15%.There is also not much more that the grounds available for the trade fair can offer. >more
New Secretary General at the helm of CECE BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, July 11, 2014 - CECE, the Committee for European construction equipment industry, has hired a new Secretary General as of the first of July. It secured the commitment of Sigrid de Vries, partner in the public relations agency Quick Communications, to represent the sector towards the EU institutions and manage the association’s Brussels office. >more
LiuGong Dressta signed Technical Exchange Program with Rzeszów University of Technology STALOWA WOLA/POLAND, July 7, 2014 - Wu Yindeng, President Assistant of LiuGong Machinery and General Manager of LiuGong Dressta and Professor Marek Orkisz, President of Rzeszów University of Technology in Województwo Podkarpackie, Poland, signed a cooperation agreement in Stalowa Wola to establish a technical exchange program between the two entities. >more
Deutz to expand its presence in Asia COLOGNE/GERMANY, June 25, 2014 - China is the largest growth market for Deutz in Asia. The Cologne-based company has now opened a new sales office in Shanghai, which is an important centre for the company’s European and American customers. >more
figawa and Wasser Berlin International seal Water Extraction Partnership BERLIN/GERMANY, June 24, 2014 – At "Wasser Berlin International" 2015 the Federal Association of Companies in the Gas and Water Industries (figawa) will be a prominent exhibitor highlighting water extraction, well construction and drilling technology. >more
Uhrig Kanaltechnik and Rausch are celebrating their Partnership at the IFAT 2014 WEIßENSBERG/GERMANY, June 12, 2014 - For the first time ever the two companies Uhrig Kanaltechnik and Rausch, have invited to a joint booth party at the IFAT in Munich on the 7th of May 2014. Both companies are able to look back on 20 years of a commonly shared and successful history concerning technical innovations and developments – a joint path that keeps on continuing. >more
CECE Congress in Antwerp with Focus on “Agility” BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, June 3, 2014 - How to become more agile in a fast changing environment? This is the core topic of this year’s CECE congress which is held from October 16 to 17 in Antwerp in Belgium. >more
Sonae Sierra will develop Zenata Shopping Centre LISBON/PORTUGAL, May 21, 2014 - Sonae Sierra, the international shopping centre specialist, in a partnership with Marjane, Al Futtaim and Société d'Amenagement de Zenata (Groupe CDG), will develop Zenata shopping centre, a €100 million investment located in Mohammedia, Casablanca. >more
Caterpillar to Establish Regional Training Center in Dubai DUBAI/UAE, May 19, 2015 – The technical and sales training center will support over 7,000 Cat dealer technicians in the Africa and Middle East region. Cat’s Vice President names Africa and Middle East an important region for the company. >more
Multifunctional Tunnel for Wuhan KUNSHAN/CHINA, May 5, 2014 - In the course of the visit to China by the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, a contract was signed on April 23, 2014 in Kunshan (Jiangsu Province) for the delivery of two tunnel boring machines for a large multifunctional tunnel in Wuhan (central China). >more
BKT as official Tire Manufacturer of Monster Jam SEREGNO/ITALY, April 24, 2014 – On the occasion of the Monster Jam World Finals, which took place in Las Vegas (Nevada) from March 20-22, BKT (Balkrishna Industries Ltd.) officialized the sponsorship agreement that will exclusively tie the Off-Highway tire manufacturer to Feld Motor Sports through 2018. >more
New legislative Period holds Promise of new Projects for bc India MUNICH/GERMANY, April 14, 2014 - Even before the parliamentary elections which are currently taking place in India, the Indian government was talking about plans to make funding available for a wide range of projects. Things are definitely moving in this market, all of which spells good prospects for the exhibitors at the bauma Conexpo Show - bC India, which takes place from December 15 to 18, 2014, in the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida, near Delhi. >more
New EU Project to enhance CD&E Waste Recycling Infrastructure COOKSTOWN/NORTHERN IRELAND, April 11, 2014 - A new project, backed by the Eco-Innovation Fund from the European Union will be operating in Germany from May 2014 with the aim of enhancing the infrastructure for the recycling of construction, demolition and excavation waste in Europe. >more
Westag & Getalit AG: Sales Performance slightly slowed down by Exports RHEDA-WIEDENBRUECK/GERMANY, April 10, 2014 - Westag & Getalit AG reports sales of EUR 224.2 million for the past financial year, a figure slightly below the strong sales of EUR 227.4 in the prior year. >more
BGV-Managing Director Rittmann as Expert at great EU-Africa-Forum DUSSELDORF/GERMANY, April 9, 2014 - Economic growth and increasing cooperation between Europe and Africa were then main topics during the 5. EU-Africa Business Forum held at Brussels. The deputy chief executive officer of the Baugewerbliche Verbände and managing director of the Deutsche Auslandsbau-Verband, Heinz G. Rittmann, rated among the 450 participants. >more
Veronafiere with Samoter – Supporting the Country System VERONA/ITALY, March 27, 2014 - A meeting was recently held with all trade associations to define the final details of the Samoter event, as well as to make it quite clear that the sector is vital for the Italian economy and the future of the country. Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of VeronaFiere: "Major investments to revive the sector together with all its players." >more
Armacell strengthens its Commitment in Korea MUNSTER/GERMANY, March 26, 2014 – Armacell International, the world’s leading manufacturer of flexible technical insulation materials, is intensifying its business activities in South Korea. Having successfully set up its own pro¬duction facilities in Cheonan, Armacell is now taking over Armatech Co., Ltd, the leading supplier of technical insulation materials for the HVAC/R industry. >more
Alcoa expands in Hungary to meet European Demand for Lightweight Truck Wheels SZÉKESFEHÉRVÁR/HUNGARY, March 18, 2014 -- Alcoa, inventor and global leader of forged aluminum wheels, is investing US$13 million to expand its wheel manufacturing plant in Europe, to meet growing demand for its lightweight, durable, low-maintenance aluminum truck wheels. >more
Modern Metro System for Qatar's Capital SCHWANAU/GERMANY, February 28, 2014 – The State of Qatar is pursuing a large and ambitious vision destined to provide the highest standards of living to the country and its citizens by the year 2030. An important component for this is a modern transport infrastructure. Consequently the capital Doha, chronically plagued by congestion, is to receive a completely new, very efficient metro system. The company Herrenknecht was charged with the delivery of 15 high-tech tunnel boring machines for this purpose. >more
Joint Venture between Metso and LiuGong to develop Chinese track-mounted Crushing and Screening Business SHANGHAI/CHINA, February 27, 2014 - Metso and Guangxi Liugong Group Co., Ltd. (LiuGong) have obtained all necessary approvals from the Chinese authorities and the 50%-50% joint venture between the two companies has been officially established. >more
Hydraulic Attachment Tool Manufacturers join Forces BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, February 26, 2014 - CECE, the European Construction Equipment Committee has broadened its portfolio. The recently established new product group “hydraulic attachment tools” serves as a communication and information platform for companies operating in this field of business. Companies active include Arden Equipment, Atlas Copco, Caterpillar, FRD, Indeco, Montabert, NPK, Okada, Sandvik, Simex, Socomec, Soosan, Tabe, Toku and VTN. >more
Bill Giunta becomes Perkin’s General Manager of Marketing PETERBOROUGH/UK, February 4, 2014 - Perkins is pleased to announce that Bill Giunta has accepted the position of general manager, global sales and marketing, effective February 1, 2014. Giunta, who is relocating to Peterborough, UK, to take up his new role, joins Perkins from Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division based in Georgia, USA, where he was commercial manager. >more
Grammer AG establishes new US Production Site AMBERG/GERMANY, February 3, 2014 – Grammer AG, leading specialist in seating systems and components for car interiors, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The new plant will also serve as Grammer’s new headquarters in the United States. Plant opening and start of production is scheduled for the end of 2014. >more
Oma reopens the Kunsthal ROTTERDAM/THE NETHERLANDS, January 31, 2014 - The Kunsthal in Rotterdam, designed by OMA in 1992, reopens this month after an extensive renovation. >more
Dr. Ekkehard zur Mühlen appointed to the Board of MC-Bauchemie BOTTROP/GERMANY, January 29, 2014 - Effective January 1st, 2014, Dr. Ekkehard zur Mühlen joined MC-Bauchemie Müller GmbH & Co. KG, Bottrop, Germany, as Managing Director. He assumes responsibility for the financial affairs of the group as well as for mergers & acquisitions. Some of the countries in which the MC Group is active also fall under his directorship. >more
First Grove GMK6400 arrives in Germany KEHL/GERMANY, January 28, 2014 - MSG Krandienst GmbH has taken delivery of the first Grove GMK6400 all-terrain crane to arrive in Germany. The 400 t capacity GMK6400, which is the strongest six-axle crane on the market, has been in near-constant use since its delivery in September last year. >more
Palfinger acquires important crane producer in Russia SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, January 27, 2014 - Yesterday the Palfinger Group signed a contract which, subject to official approvals, will govern the acquisition of 60 per cent of the Russian PM-Group Lifting Machine by Palfinger CIS GmbH and 20 per cent by Steindl Forsttechnik GmbH. PM-Group Lifting Machine is an important supplier of cranes for timber and recycling in Russia. >more
Ruukki Hiarc - the new common Name for Ruukki's Steel Façade Coatings HELSINKI/FINLAND, January 24, 2014 - Ruukki is to use the name Hiarc for all its façade coatings. Steel facade coatings which were earlier known as PVDF, PVDF matt and PVDF HB will henceforth be renamed Hiarc, Hiarc matt and Hiarc max. The Hiarc product family also includes Hiarc reflect, a coating that reflects the sun's heat radiation, which was launched in November this year. Ruukki's Hiarc (High-Architectural Colour Coatings) coatings have all been formulated especially for the façades of buildings of a high architectural standard. >more
Kobelco opens new European Headquarters in the Netherlands ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, January 24, 2014 - Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) announced the opening of its new headquarters in Almere, the Netherlands. The new European headquarters will become one of the strategic overseas bases for Kobelco’s further expansion. >more
BASF launches Master Builders Solutions global Construction Brand in the USA CLEVELAND,OHIO/USA, January 20, 2014 - BASF announced last week the North American launch of its new global brand, Master Builders Solutions®, for the construction industry. The global brand reflects BASF’s commitment to the construction industry and includes a wide range of construction chemical solutions previously sold under a variety of well-known specialty brands. It will be completely rolled-out worldwide by the end of the second quarter 2014. >more
Co-operation Agreement between Liebherr and Kamaz BIBERACH/GERMANY, January 20, 2014 - The Liebherr Group and the Russian company Kamaz OJSC have signed a contract to develop and manufacture a range of 6-cylinder diesel engines with 12 litre displacement. The engines are tailored by Liebherr to meet specific requirements from Kamaz. At the same time, the contract includes a complete solution for the construction of an engine production and assembly line as well as respective quality assurance within Kamaz's production. >more
Eric Lepine is new President of CECE BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 17, 2014 - Eric Lepine, General Manager of Caterpillar France SAS in Grenoble, is presiding CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, for the coming two years. Eric Lepine took over the presidency from Johann Sailer, who has been chairing the association during the last two years. >more
Engineers from Baden-Württemberg building Bridges to the Arab Market RIYADH/SAUDI ARABIA, January 16, 2014 - At a reception in the German Embassy in Riyadh bw -engineers CEO Dr. Thomas Ertel and Engineer Mohammed Al Guwaihes signed their joint venture agreement in the presence of Baden-Württemberg Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Nils Schmid and the Saudi Economic and Planning Minister Muhammad al – Jasser. Thus bw -engineers is permanently present in Saudi Arabia. >more
Ritchie Bros. completes final Auctions of 2013 VANCOUVER/CANADA, January 13, 2014 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold approximately $3.8 billion of equipment at 356 unreserved auctions around the world in 2013. This represents a 3% decrease in gross auction proceeds (GAP) compared to the record GAP the Company generated last year. >more
Zoomlion Cifa Brazil is already a Reality SENAGO/ITALY, January 9, 2014 - Zoomlion group has opened a production site in Brazil called Zoomlion CIFA Brazil, situated in the city of Indaiatuba about 90 km far from San Paolo and dedicated only to the production of concrete machinery, in addition to another site dedicated to other lines of machinery for construction. >more
Mr. Zeng Guang'an promoted to the President of LiuGong Group LIUZHOU/CHINA, December 27, 2013 - The Board of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co., Ltd. (“LiuGong Machinery” for short) recently announced that Mr. Zeng Guang’an has been promoted to the position of president of Guangxi LiuGong Group Co., Ltd. (“LiuGong Group” for short) and he is in charge of the Group’s overall operation. Meanwhile, Mr. Zeng is still the Vice Chairman of LiuGong Machinery. >more
Martin Weissburg new President of Volvo CE GOTHENBURG/SWEDEN, December 19, 2013 - Martin Weissburg, 51, has been appointed new President of Volvo Construction Equipment. Weissburg is currently President of the Volvo Group’s customer finance company, Volvo Financial Services, VFS, and a member of the Group Executive Team. He will assume his new position on January 1, 2014, and replaces Pat Olney. >more
Rabmer Pipe Renewal Group becomes Sekisui SPR SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, December 19, 2013 – For two years now, Sekisui SPR Europe GmbH and the Rabmer Pipe Renewal Group have been cooperating on the European pipe rehabilitation market. Since 1 December 2013, the Rabmer Pipe Renewal companies were renamed step by step and received the SPR logo to demonstrate their common strength on the market. >more
FPT Industrial's Foggia Factory produces six Million Engines TURIN/ITALY, December 18, 2013 - Six million engines is the goal achieved by the Foggia factory of FPT Industrial, which has about 1,700 employees and an annual production capacity of 325,000 engines and 400,000 engine shafts. >more
Light at the End of the Tunnel – Impressions of Excon India BANGALORE/INDIA, December 18, 2013 - The Indian construction industry met under dark economic clouds at this year’s Excon trade fair in Bangalore, but spots an upcoming bright spot: 2014’s general elections spark new hope for greater growth and a more intensive infrastructure development. It is necessary after all, as is mutually agreed. >more
Palfingers Supervisory Board reflects Commitment of the Palfinger Family SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, December 10, 2013 - At today’s meeting of the Supervisory Board, Alexander Doujak, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Palfinger AG, announced his resignation as Chairman and member of the Board. Today Hubert Palfinger, until now Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, was elected as the new Chairman and his brother Hannes Palfinger became the new Deputy Chairman. >more
Terex agrees to sell Truck Business to Volvo for $160 Million WESTPORT,CT/USA, December 10, 2013 - Terex Corporation today announced that it has agreed to sell its truck business to Volvo Construction Equipment for cash proceeds of approximately $160 million. >more
German Water Partnership goes West BERLIN, December 5, 2013 - With the foundation of the Regional Section North America and its merger with the Regional Section Mexico, German Water Partnership (GWP) expands its international activities to North America and concretely pushes ahead with initiations of business in the region. >more
FIEC welcomes the Connecting Europe Package BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, December 3, 2013 - FIEC takes note of the opportunities created by the Connecting Europe Facility and the new TEN-T Guidelines in realizing a real transport network across the EU. Now, the ball is in the court of the Member States who have to commit themselves to make these projects a reality. >more
Palfinger expands Range of Marine Expertise through two Acquisitions SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, December 2, 2013 - The Palfinger Group finalized the contracts for two acquisitions. The majority takeovers of Palfinger systems GmbH and the Megarme Group will expand the company’s portfolio for the shipping and offshore industries as the Group will henceforth provide access and working systems meeting the special demands of these sectors. Moreover, through Megarme, Palfinger will acquire its first value creation structures in the Arab region, which is a core market for these industries. >more
International Competition with high Requirements and a long Tradition WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, November 28, 2013 - For the tenth time, Peri is offering all educational and training institutions involved in the field of construction the opportunity of participating in its well known Construction Exercise. The competition not only provides valuable experience with a specific practical application but also the chance to win attractive cash prizes. >more
Wacker Neuson reports highest 9M Revenue since the Merger MUNICH/GERMANY, November 13, 2013 - Despite the difficult economic climate, Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson reported an upturn in business in the third quarter of 2013. The Group remains committed to its forecast for 2013. >more
Pilosio lands Major Deal in South Africa TAVAGNACCO(UDINE)/ITALY, November 6, 2013 – Pilosio, a company that manufactures scaffolding and formwork for the construction industry with a strong presence on international markets, has announced it has won an order worth around 1.5 million euros with the construction company CMC of Ravenna, which has operated for a long time in South Africa and has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. >more
Pat Olney leaves Volvo Construction Equipment ESKILSTUNA/SWEDEN, November 5, 2013 - Pat Olney, currently President of Volvo Construction Equipment, has decided to leave his position to take up a new challenge in a non-competing, large engineering company based in the U.S.A. Pat Olney will remain in his present position until year end. >more
No Growth and Jobs without competitive Industrial Production BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, October 21, 2013 - The Presidents of CECE and CEMA, Mr. Johann Sailer and Mr Gilles Dryancour, have presented to the EU Parliament a manifesto with a 10-point action plan for a strong industrial production in Europe. >more
Palfinger Sany Mobile Cranes establishes Liaison Office in Turkey SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, October 18, 2013 – Palfinger Sany established its new liaison office in Istanbul. The entry into the Turkish market is a big chance for the international operating company to use the opportunities of the strong economic growth in this promising market. Palfinger Sany Mobile Cranes sets a major step in the broader market structure, as well as the development and further expansion of its Mobile Cranes models in Turkey and related interesting growth markets. >more
Egyptian Minister Abdel Nour on official Visit to Marmomacc VERONA/ITALY, October 14, , 2013 – For his first international mission after the appointment of the new Government, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, the Egyptian Minister for Industry and Trade, travelled to Verona to attend Marmomacc, the exhibition dedicated to natural stone and related technologies, and asked for a personal meeting with construction industry entrepreneurs. During this meeting, the Minister clearly explained the political situation in Egypt and the conditions of security and stability essential in the future to attract foreign investments. >more
Bilfinger Real Estate wins Management Contract for "Metropol Istanbul" FRANKFURT/GERMANY, October 11, 2013 - As of October 1, 2013, Bilfinger Real Estate has taken over the management of the retail space for Turkey’s major "Metropol Istanbul" project. As part of the EUR 960 million construction project, several residential and office towers, a three-story shopping mall with a 400-meter-long shopping street for international luxury brands, an entertainment area including a cinema complex, restaurants and cafés as well as a parking garage with 3,000 parking spaces are to be built by the end of 2016 on a site measuring 10 hectares in Istanbul's Ataşehir district. >more
Tata Steel announces realigned European Distribution Service at Blechexpo 2013 LONDON/ENGLAND, October 7, 2013: Tata Steel will be at Blechexpo in November to outline how major changes to its distribution and service centre network in continental Europe will improve its customer offering. Europe’s second largest steelmaker will use the major sheet metal processing exhibition, which runs from 5-8 November in Stuttgart, Germany, to demonstrate how its realigned organisation is even better focused on delivering customer value. The transformation of its distribution network will enhance the service offering and give European customers local access to Tata Steel’s comprehensive product range. >more
Kohler partners with JCB REGGIO EMILIA/ITALY, September 30, 2013 - The Kohler-Lombardini Group has recently signed an important agreement with JCB, a British company, one of the leaders in the production of construction and agriculture machineries worldwide. The KDI engine, whose production has started this year in Reggio Emilia, has been chosen against many proposals present on the market due to its high level of innovation. The KDI engine is in fact Tier 4 final compliant and meets the new Stage IIIB emission norms, which came in force at the beginning of 2013 for all industrial machines with capacities between 37 and 56 kW within the EU, (19 to 56 kW in the U.S.). >more
Frank Zander new Managing Director of JCB Deutschland GmbH COLOGNE/GERMANY, September 27, 2013 - Mid-September 2013 Dipl. Ing. Frank Zander started as new Managing Director ofn JCB Deutschland GmbH in Cologne. Zander has extensive experience in the areas of Agricultural Engineering and Construction. He was working in responsible positions at John Deere and JCB Deutschland GmbH in the agriculture sector. At last the native “Rheinländer”, who comes from agriculture, was Managing Director of one of the largest trading companies for agricultural machines in North Rhine- Westphalia. >more
Rockwheel launches Innovation Campaign LANGENBURG/GERMANY, September 25, 2013 -British engineer Ian Webster is well-known in the industry for being an innovative designer and developer of cutting technology. Rokla GmbH has recently started the exclusive production of the latest generation of Webster Hydraulic Cutting Units with high-quality components from Germany. Startup Rokla GmbH and Ian Webster have launched an innovation campaign under the brand name Rockwheel. The novel, extremely powerful transverse cutting units are robust, reliable and versatile, available in various sizes and will be launched on the world market at competitive prices. >more
Manitowoc and Orlaco Partner to offer after-market Crane Cameras MANITOWOC (WISCONSIN)/USA, September 20, 2013 - Manitowoc signed a five year, strategic agreement with Orlaco, a global camera system specialist, to provide and develop after-market camera systems for Manitowoc cranes, including Potain tower cranes, Grove mobile cranes, National Crane boom trucks and Manitowoc crawler cranes. >more
BASF opens Production Facility for concrete Admixtures in Kazan LUDWIGSHAFEN/GERMANY, September 18, 2013 - BASF opened a new production plant for concrete admixtures in Kazan, Russia. Together with the facility inaugurated in Podolsk near Moscow in 2012, BASF now supplies the Russian construction sector with a broad range of concrete admixtures from two production sites. This enables BASF to even better meet the specific requirements of its customers in the growing Russian market. >more
IPAF implements new Structures for Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy BASEL/SWITZERLAND, September 11, 2013 - The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is implementing new staff and resource structures which will be effective from January 2014 for Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as part of continuous improvement of its member assistance worldwide. >more
Volvo Penta: Charting the Off Road to Success GOTHENBORG/SWEDEN, September 5, 2013 - After more than a year at the helm of Volvo Penta, Björn Ingemanson says the Volvo group’s diesel engine company has what it takes to become a bigger player in the off-road business. >more
Putzmeister appoints Dr. Gerald Karch as CEO AICHTAL/GERMANY, September 3, 2013 – The Supervisory Board of Putzmeister, the global leader in the market for concrete pumps based in Germany, appointed Dr. Gerald Karch as CEO and thus successor of Norbert Scheuch. Mr. Scheuch left the company in mutual agreement after four years as CEO, on 31 August 2013. Gerald Karch joined Putzmeister at the end of 2008 and was appointed to the management board in early 2010. In addition to the CEO role he will also be appointed to the Board of Sany, subject to the usual appointment procedures. >more
EAA puts Extrusion Plant into Operation in South Africa JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, August 30, 2013 - In August Evonik Acrylics Africa (EEA) is to begin producing extruded Plexiglas sheets in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg. With an initial number of 20 employees and a new extrusion facility, some several thousand metric tons of semi-finished material will be produced per year for the African market. The products, which are manufactured in accordance with international quality standards, include standard formats as well as special sizes. >more
Palfinger continues to profit from Internationalization SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, August 28, 2013 - In the first half of the 2013 financial year, the Palfinger Group managed to further expand its business despite the difficult economic environment, especially in Europe. With a moderate plus in revenue, the company performed well in comparison with other market players and managed to solidify its leading market position. This was based on the constantly positive development of the areas outside Europe as well as the strong performance of the Marine business area. Earnings also rose slightly above the satisfactory level recorded in 2012. >more
1st Indian-German Water Partnership Day in Bangalore BERLIN/GERMANY, August 26, 2013 - „German Solutions to Indian Challenges“ is the central theme of the event where the participants will examine the current situation of the Indian water market and discuss the capital expenditure requirements and technical approaches to develop a sustainable water management. >more
Deutz wins Record Level of new Orders COLOGNE/GERMANY, August 23, 2013 - The quarterly report recently presented by the company shows that Deutz AG delivered impressive results in the first half of 2013. In the first six months of this year the Company won the highest level of new orders ever achieved under its current business structure. >more
Volvo opens SDLG Excavator Factory in Brazil PEDERNEIRAS, SAO PAULO/BRAZIL, August 22, 2013 - Production has started in Brazil of excavators from Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd (Lingong). The SDLG-branded machines will be built in a $10 million purpose-built assembly hall within the Volvo Group facility in Pederneiras, in the state São Paulo. >more
Nooteboom delivers Order worth Millions to ALE WIJCHEN/NETHERLANDS, August 20, 2013 - ALE, one of the world’s largest heavy transportation and lifting companies, recently placed an order worth millions with Nooteboom Trailers for 16 vehicles for the transport of wind turbine parts. Almost all the (mostly 8-axle) extendible semi low-loaders and 4-axle Quatro extendible Telesteps have by now been delivered and put to work to carry out the very complex logistics of this operation. >more
Construction Equipment Industry meets Members of the European Parliament BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, August 13, 2013 - “Towards a competitive industrial production for Europe” is the title of the conference of the construction equipment and agricultural machinery industry in Brussels on October 16, 2013. Every two years the CECE- CEMA Summit provides a platform for business leaders of the sector to meet and discuss industry matters with representatives of the European institutions. This year’s event will take place in the political heart of the EU, directly within the European Parliament. >more
OMA appointed to masterplan Morden Wharf on Greenwich Peninsula LONDON/ENGLAND, ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS, August 1, 2013 - OMA has been appointed by specialist mixed-use developer Cathedral Group PLC and joint venture partner Development Securities PLC as masterplanner and lead architect on the mixed-use development of Morden Wharf, a 19 acre regeneration site on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. OMA will now start work on plans for the site, which was acquired as a corporate transaction by the joint venture in March 2012 and has the potential to produce a £950 million, 2 million sq ft mixed-used scheme. >more
Caterpillar offers full Line of Satco Processing and Directional Felling Heads PEORIA, ILLINOIS/USA – July 31, 2013 - Caterpillar Forest Products and Satco Ltd. have signed an agreement that gives Caterpillar the rights to sell and support Satco harvesting attachments and parts worldwide. Caterpillar is the exclusive distributor everywhere except Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, where Satco products will be offered both through Satco distributors and select CatÒ dealers. >more
Association of British Mining Equipment Companies announces new Vice President WAKEFIELD/ENGLAND, July 29, 2013 - The Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) announced the appointment of Paul Briggs, Business Director of Davis Derby Limited, as Vice President. The role demonstrates a large commitment to the association and its membership, with a two year stint followed by election to the President’s position for a further two years. Briggs will be supporting and working closely with the recently elected President, Martin Cain, and Chief Executive Officer at Dosco. >more
LiuGong establishes Operator-approved Approach to Sales Striking the optimum balance between satisfying an operator’s needs while appealing to the owner’s requirements for maximum productivity and efficiency is a delicate task that most manufacturers and dealers in the construction industry continually strive to achieve. LiuGong’s European dealers are taking a new approach to their sales method. The approach acknowledges the industry’s universal acceptance that, although not responsible for spending the money or signing the paperwork, the operator’s perception and decision is vital in selling machinery. >more
Grove Cranes Support demand in Turkey’s booming Construction Industry ISTANBUL/TURKEY, July 9, 2013 - Rental companies and contractors in Turkey added almost 30 new Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes in response to a rising construction industry. Demand is high for versatile and innovative cranes in Turkey where the economy is booming. >more
Deutscher Gründerpreis for Martin Herrenknecht BERLIN, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, July 3, 2013 - The Baden company founder and Chairman of the Management Board Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht has been awarded the Deutscher Gründerpreis 2013 in the category of Life's Work. He received the award, which is one of the most important award for outstanding entrepreneurs in Germany, at the ZDF television studios in Berlin. During the award ceremony in the presence of important guests from the world of business and politics, the expert jury acknowledged Martin Herrenknecht as a "true entrepreneurial personality who has accomplished a pioneering achievement." >more
GreenTec Awards at IFAT MUNICH/GERMANY, July 3, 2013 - After Hamburg and Berlin, now Munich wants to host one of the most important environmental and business awards in Europe. IFAT, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, will open with the presentation of the 2014 GreenTec Awards. >more
MC-Bauchemie establishes Singapore subsidiary BOTTROP/GERMANY, June 20, 2013 - In May 2013, the MC-Bauchemie Group extended its involvement in South-East Asia with the acquisition of WAK Technologies Pte. Ltd., previously MC’s representative in Singapore for more than 15 years. The take-over and renaming of the acquiree as MC-Bauchemie Singapore Pte. Ltd. takes the globally engaged company, family-run from its HQ in Bottrop, Germany, another step forward in the implementation of its growth strategy. >more
JCB marks Millionth Machine Milestone in Style ROCESTER/ENGLAND, June 13, 2013 - Hundreds of JCB employees have joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia. >more
Roxul Breaks Ground on New Marshall County Facility MARSHALL COUNTY/MISSISSIPPI/USA, June 11, 2013 - Rockwool International officials and State of Mississippi economic development leadership officially broke ground on the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States. Rockwool is the parent company of Roxul, the leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America. >more
Central American Countries are Looking for German Technological Know-How ESSEN/GERMANY, June 03, 2013 - The hunger for energy is growing. In this respect, Cenral America’s governments in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama are focusing more and more on sustainable energy production: Not only solar energy, water power, wind energy and biomass but also geothermics in particular. >more
Quanta Services to expand pipeline business in Australia HOUSTON/USA, May 30, 2013- Quanta Services, owner of world-wide horizontal directional drilling and pipeline integrity contractor Mears Group, has signed Australian pipeline industry executive Mark Twycross as President of Mears Group Australia to expand existing operations and create new opportunities in the Australian market. >more
M+W Group and Commodore Contracting Joint Venture wins EPC contract STUTTGART/GERMANY, May 22, 2013 Khazna Data Center Limited, a new provider of data centre infrastructure based in Abu Dhabi, appointed a joint venture formed by M+W Group and Commodore Contracting to design and build the largest commercial whole-sale data centre project in the UAE. >more
LiuGong signs dealership agreement with construction plant and machinery sales ALMERE/NETHERLANDS, May 16, 2013 LiuGong Machinery Europe B.V. and Construction Plant and Machinery Sales have signed an official dealership agreement. Construction Plant & Machinery Sales is now authorised to provide sales and after-sales support in the Southern Counties of England for the LiuGong brand. >more
Change at top for TEPPFA BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, May 16, 2013 The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) has a newly elected President and a new General Manager. Niels Rune Solgaard-Nielsen has succeeded Hans Telgen as President and Tony Calton takes over as General Manager from Pierre Favrot of the Brussels-based organization. >more
Hyundai Heavy Expands into Compaction Equipment Business ULSAN/SOUTH KOREA, May 07, 2013 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading construction equipment manufacturer, announced today that it signed a strategic partnership with German construction equipment manufacturer Atlas Weyhausen GbmH for the supply of compaction equipment. >more
Hyundai Heavy Industries completes Construction Equipment Factory in Brazil ULSAN/SOUTH KOREA, May 03, 2013 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading construction equipment manufacturer, today announced that it completed its first construction equipment factory in Brazil. >more
Lafarge sells its cement plant in Ukraine for €96M PARIS/FRANCE, April 29, 2013 - Lafarge announces the sale of its cement activities in Ukraine for an enterprise value of €96 million to CRH plc. >more
Uncertain prospects for Italy’s construction market VERONA/ITALY, March 27, 2013 - In 2013 Italy desperately wants to prevent company closures while waiting for measures to re-launch the sector. The construction world and manufacturers of sector machinery are expecting ups and downs for 2013. >more
From Skåne to Hamburg by alternative Fuel BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 7, 2013 - As part of a green growth strategy, String* is working for the expansion of sustainable infrastructure between Skåne in Sweden and Hamburg in Germany. Access to alternative fuels for a range of vehicles is part of this strategy and work. >more
Zech Group pushes ahead with Internationalisation BREMEN/GERMANY, January 3, 2013 - On the 5th of December 2013, all required parties signed the contracts of sale for the takeover of Alpine Mayreder Construction Co., Ltd. (AMCC) in China. The takeover became possible within the context of the insolvency proceedings of the parent company Alpine Bau GmbH in Austria. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price. >more
Construction Sector worried about public Procurement Practice in Poland BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 2, 2013 - "Polish engineers and contractors continue to be concerned about the procurement rules and practices in the country despite recent changes in the procurement regulations and contract conditions," says Ulrich Paetzold, Director General of FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation coming out of a meeting with leading Polish consulting engineers and construction companies organised in Warsaw in December 2013. >more