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Kobelco redesigns mini excavator


Kobelco has re-launched its SK17SR mini excavator, making it Stage V compliant and adding design features such as an upgraded cab and a number of new safety features. The company says significant improvements have been made to the new SK17SR-3E to enhance operator comfort, including a new Grammar-branded reclining seat and wrist rests replacing full arm rests. The switches within the cab are now fully back-lit for ease of use and LED working lights have been placed on the machine’s boom, to improve visibility.


Designed for working in urban spaces, the SK17SR-3E retains the compact design of its predecessor, with zero tail swing in the canopy version (short tail swing in the cabin version), allowing it to swing through 180 degrees within a width of 2m.The excavator’s crawlers are retractable (from 1,320mm down to 990mm), allowing it to pass through 1m gaps. It also features a forged boom top, plus hydraulic hoses housed within a cast-iron swing bracket, adding to the machine’s durability.




Ashok Leyland Limited reports sales of 8344 units in September 2020


Ashok Leyland Limited has reported sales figures for the month of September 2020. The company has reported 5% drop in sales during September 2020 at 8344 units as against 8780 units in September 2019. Domestic sales was marginally lower in September 2020 at 7847 units as compared to 7851 units in September 2019. LCV sales was up 17% YoY at 4702 units in September 2020 as against 4036 units in September 2019. Domestic LCV sales increased 20% YoY to 4567 units during September 2020, as compared to 3816 units in September 2019.M&HCV sales dropped 23% YoY to 3642 units in September 2020, as against 4744 units in September 2019. M&HCV bus sales was down 76% YoY to 330 units in September 2020 as compared to 1401 units in September 2019. M&HCV Trucks sales was down 1% YoY at 3312 units, as against 3343 units in September 2019.Domestic M&HCV sales was down 19% YoY at 3280 units, as compared to 4035 units in September 2019. Domestic sales of M&HCV trucks was up 2% to 3202 units as against 3131 units in September 2019. The domestic sales of M&HCV Bus dropped 91% to 78 units in September 2020, as compared to 904 units in September 2019.




V S T Tillers Tractors Ltd’s September 2020 sales surges


V S T Tillers Tractors Ltd has sold 2246 power tillers in September 2020 as against 1292 in September 2019, registering a growth of 73.84% growth YoY. The company has sold 1004 tractors during September 2020, as compared to 669 in September 2019, registering a growth of 50.07% YoY.


The company has sold 13110 power tillers YTD (April 2020 to September 2020) as against 10633 during the period April 2019 to September 2019. The company has sold 4517 tractors YTD (April 2020 to September 2020) as against 3886 during the period April 2019 to September 2019.




Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector Sells 42,361 Units in India during September 2020, registers a growth of 18%


Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES), a part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today announced its tractor sales numbers for September 2020. Domestic sales in September 2020 were at 42,361 units, as against 36,046 units during September 2019. Total tractor sales (Domestic + Exports) during September 2020 were at 43,386 units, as against 37,011 units for the same period last year. Exports for the month stood at 1,025 units.



Escorts Agri Machinery reports 9.2 percent growth in September 2020 sales


Escorts Agri Machinery reports 9.2 percent growth in September 2020 sales. Escorts Ltd Agri Machinery Segment (EAM) in September 2020 sold 11,851 tractors, our highest ever September sales and registering a growth of 9.2 percent against 10,855 tractors sold in September 2019.


Domestic tractor sales in September was at 11,453 tractors registering a growth of 8.9% against 10,521 tractors in September 2019. The rural demand continues to remain positive led by lower base of last year, pent-up demand from Covid-19 related lockdowns, and fundamentally positive macroeconomic factors. Timely and widespread monsoon, record Rabi crop production, early Kharif sowing, and good availability of retail finance have helped drive positive farmer sentiment. While currently operating close to our peak capacity, we are trying to further ramp up production and supply to meet the excess demand. We remain optimistic for the coming festive season.




Bobcat launches new Machine IQ subscription packages


Bobcat Company introduced two new Machine IQ subscription packages to help customers check on the health of machines and remotely track information that enhances maintenance, security and performance. Bobcat Machine IQ wireless communication, launched in 2019, is a service designed to help owners and fleet managers better utilise their machines. It has been upgraded with two new subscription packages – Machine IQ Basics and Machine IQ Health and Security. Information recorded by Bobcat Machine IQ wireless communication solution is delivered to Bobcat Owner Portal, a personalized website accessible via any internet-connected computer, smartphone or tablet. Customers can register at to access the Bobcat Owner Portal. The Machine IQ Basics package is a subscription service which allows customers to manage their fleet. The service is free for the first three years from the original equipment purchase date. Machine IQ Basic features include: Basic Telematics, Custom Asset Name, and Maintenance Interval Tracking. The Machine IQ Health and Security package gives customers the ability to upgrade their machine subscription to proactively monitor their equipment. This service is $200 per year plus a one-time $100 activation fee. It includes all Machine IQ Basic features plus advanced features like Maintenance Reminder Email Alerts, Fault Code Notifications and Troubleshooting, Geofence Creation and Breach Notification, Curfew Creation and Breach Notifications, Machine Utilisation Reporting, In-Portal Notification Management.



Manitou Group is launching new compact telehandlers and backhoe loaders in the Brazilian and Latin American markets.


The company aim is to gain competitiveness in the markets through the expanded product offering, including the MXT 1740 and MXT 840 P telehandlers and a new line of backhoe loaders, the TLB 844 and 818. The MXT 1740 P telehandler has a capacity of 4,000kg and maximum lifting height of 17.4m, while maximum reach is 13.5m and it is powered by a 94 Hp/70 kW Perkins engine. The dimensions of the compact machine are 2.59m height x 2.38m width, while the overall length of fork carriage is 6.22m. The second telehandler, the MXT 840 P, is a more compact machine, with the same liftin capacity of 4,000kg. Its lifting height reaches 7.6m, and the maximum outreach is 4.23m. Again the engine power is 94 Hp/70 kW, from the same Perkins engine, but width and height are lower at 2.59m x 2.38m, respectively.The new backhoe loaders both have a 2.13m length between the axis. The weight without load differs, with 7.5 tonnes for the TLB 844 and 7.4 tonnes for the TLB 818. Both have a maximum digging depth of 4.74m and loading height of 3.55m. Power comes from a Kirloskar engine on the TLB 844 and a Perkins on the TLB 818. Dimensions the same across the two models at 2.77m height, 2.33m width and 7.33m length. In addition to these new models, Manitou Group will further develop the market in Brazil by strengthening its service support operations through dealers and rental companies.




Overhead lines power Liebherr haulers


In a bid to save around three million litres of diesel per year in mining applications, Austrian mining company VA Erzberg partnered with German manufacturer Liebherr to develop a new ‘tram-like’ system for powering rigid haulers on site. The system, comprising a €20 million investment, involves the use of an overhead trolley line to deliver electric current to a diesel-electric hauler below.


The truck, a 100 tonne T 236, had been converted by Liebherr to operate with the overhead line connected to the vehicle through a current collector with bars.


This electric power is then used on uphill haulage segments to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.


After signing a development contract at Bauma Munich in 2019, the two companies began testing the system on a 500m test track at VA Erzberg’s Eisenerz iron ore mine in Austria.


On 29 September 2020, VA Erzberg hosted a groundbreaking ceremony announcing the extension of the track to a total distance of 5km. The new track has been designed for a fleet of six Liebherr T 236 machines with the upper section of the extended track at around 1,055m above the sea level.


Up to now, the transport of more than 13 million tonnes of rock per year has required enormous amounts of energy of around 4.5 million litres of diesel. It will be three million litres less diesel in the future when the successors to the mechanical diesel trucks currently in use start operating at Erzberg.


In the long term, VA Erzberg also expects to reduce its CO2 output by as much as 4,200 tonnes per year.


With this technology, the company expects a sustainable energy-optimised production. Around 13 million tons of rock are currently transported in the mine every year. The cost factor for ore production is correspondingly high. In addition to the positive environmental effects, an investment in this new technology also secures the sustainable extraction of the important raw material iron ore for domestic steel production.



New Bobcat backhoe for MEA, Russia and CIS


Bobcat is looking to strengthen its position as a compact equipment supplier in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the CIS countries with the introduction of its new R-Series B730 backhoe loader. It replaces the company’s B700, B730 and B750 models, which marked Bobcat’s entry into the backhoe loader market in this region in 2016.


Rental was highlighted as a key market for the new R-Series B730, which is available in a choice of configurations for different applications.



Palazzani launches mini crawler cranes


A range of mini crawler cranes has been launched by Palazzani Industrie. The Italian manufacturer, best known as a manufacturer of aerial work platforms, has introduced the RPG range with the RPG2900 as the first model. It lifts 2.9 tonnes at a radius of 1.5 metres and is 730 mm wide which allows it to pass through a standard 760 mm wide doorway. Power is from an onboard diesel engine or via mains electricity, either single- or three-phase. It can be operated indoors or out, on flat or uneven ground and on slopes or stairways.



Hyundai Heavy in bid for Doosan Infracore


Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co has submitted a non-binding bid for a controlling stake in Doosan Infracore Co. Korean Investors reports that Hyundai Heavy – the world’s biggest shipbuilder – has teamed up with KDB Investment, a unit of the state-run Korea Development Bank. Other bidders include MBK Partners, the largest independent North Asian private equity firm, with over US$22 billion in capital under management and Seoul-based Glenwood Private Equity. Initially Hyundai Heavy Industries was not reported to be interested in acquiring Doosan Infracore. However, there is speculation that this changed after Doosan Group vowed to repay any additional debts owed by Doosan Infracore’s overseas unit. It was reported earlier this year that the Doosan group was looking to sell its stake in construction equipment manufacturer Doosan Infracore to raise funds to repay loans. The 36.27% stake in Doosan Infracore held by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction is the sole interest Doosan group has in the construction equipment and diesel engine producer. The rest of the shares are free float and held by a variety of institutional, individual and foreign investors.




Bobcat has developed a new type of backhoe attachment for its skid-steer and compact track loaders to use them as excavators.


The new generation backhoe is available in four configurations offering a choice of digging depths, reach and hook-up systems: B32V and B35V models, where V stands for Versatile; and the B32S and B35S Standard models. The Versatile versions can be equipped with additional hydraulic attachments such as augers and breakers, unlike Bobcat’s previous backhoe attachment.


The largest has a maximum digging depth of 3.3 metres and a maximum reach of 4 metres.




LiuGong celebrates anniversary with new launches


LiuGong held an event in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company’s road equipment and launch seven new road equipment machines.


In August 2000 LiuGong acquired Jiangyin Liugong Road Machinery Co., Ltd. This acquisition, reported to be the first cross-regional Chinese construction machinery industry merger, saw LiuGong produce road equipment for the first time. Liugong Road Machinery has since independently developed a full range of three series of products: rollers, pavers, and milling machines, which are sold in more than 100 countries and regions around the world



The 6626Ehydraulic single-drum roller with autonomous driving technology


Seven brand new road machines made their debut at the event, including the 516 multi-functional paver, with a maximum paving width of 16m, the M100E next generation and environmentally-friendly smart cold planer and the 6626E hydraulic single-drum roller with autonomous driving technology. According to LiuGong, there were audiences and customers from 28 countries and regions participating in the live event. Confirmed orders reported to be worth around a million dollars were placed following the event. From January to August, LiuGong road equipment realised a year-on-year overseas sales increase of 12.6%, ranking second in the export of Chinese brands.



Doosan launches new breaker range


Doosan Infracore Europe has launched a new HB-series of hydraulic breakers for the demolition, general construction and quarrying sectors.The HB-series of breakers comprises five models that are intended for use with the company’s 1.2 to 15 tonne mini, crawler and wheeled excavators. The HB03, HB04, HB06, HB08 and HB15 breakers have a simplified inward valve system that has been manufactured with fewer internal parts. The attachments, which deliver between 700 and 1,200 maximum blows per minute, also include low-noise housing for quieter operation and a urethane damper that prevents vibration and helps to increase operator comfort. Doosan said its use of an advanced heat treatment process means the hydraulic breakers offer customers a long service life.


The entire range is covered by the manufacturer’s dealer service network and is available with a two-year warranty.



Daimler India (Commercial Vehicle) to strengthen dealership network

Daimler India (Commercial Vehicle), a subsidiary of Stuttgart-based Daimler, has plans to expand dealership network to over 250 outlets by this year-end, a top official has said. The dealership network would increase by 10 per cent this year cutting down the distance between dealerships from the existing 160 km to 120 km. “We are steadily expanding our dealer network to ensure that all customers have easy access to our products and services,” the company’s vice-president (marketing and sales) Rajaram Krishnamurthy said. “That is a commitment we made to BharatBenz buyers from the beginning, and we will continue to honour it,” he said. Early this year, Daimler India sold one lakh BharatBenz trucks in the country. Last month, BharatBenz showed double digit sales compared to August 2019. The number of BharatBenz owners is growing every day. Daimler India (Commercial Vehicle) touch points would increase by 10 per cent, exceeding 250 following the initiative. The existing dealership network was able to serve 40,000 vehicles a month with over 1,300 vehicle bays. Its products and parts are shipped to over 50 countries. The company retails 9 to 55- tonne trucks as well as BharatBenz buses, Mercedes Benz coaches and bus chassis.


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