Equipment update

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Komatsu reaches higher

The latest Komatsu contender in the heavy-duty demolition sector has been unveiled.

Designed and developed by Komatsu UK and built at the Komatsu Europe plant near Newcastle, the PC490HRD‐11 is claimed to bring ‘best in class’ working height to the 60‐tonne sector and can be configured in six working arrangements. It will work with a five‐tonne demolition tool up to 17.4 metres, a 3.34-tonne tool to 28 metres or a two- tonne attachment to 32 metres.

Operating weight ranges from 55.2 tonnes to 73.4 tonnes and a Komatsu EU Stage V compliant engine puts out 270 kW at 1,900 rpm. For transport, every section of the working equipment is provided with tie-down points and lifting eyes.

Stuart Blackham, design manager for demolition products at Komatsu UK, said: “We are really pleased that a machine that was designed, developed and manufactured here at KUK has been received so well, and will be used across Europe. This new high-reach machine is an example of how customer feedback, combined with our own invention and innovation, can help create a game‐changing machine.”

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Liebherr landmark in France

The 60,000th crawler excavator produced by Liebherr-France SAS has made its debut in front of factory staff before leaving for next month’s Bauma exhibition in Munich.

The special R 922 features cab panels designed by illustrator and graffiti artist Jean Linnhoff who spent six days working in secret at the Colmar factory site.

The text ‘A cœur’ (‘To heart’) on both sides of the machine refers to a partnership with the Alsatian Tourism Agency while a world map across the entire uppercarriage indicates the machine is sold around the world from the France site. Finally, the company employees who contributed their expertise are also celebrated, with their names written on the undercarriage.

Liebherr-France SAS was founded in 1961 in Alsace and was the first group site in France. In the early days the machines were designed specifically for earthmoving applications and later extended to supply models for the mining industry. In 2011, a dedicated production site with a clear separation between those two sectors was established – Liebherr-Mining-Equipment Colmar SAS.

The Liebherr Group in France employs around 4,000 staff at various companies and production sites.

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Kinshofer buys again

German attachments business Kinshofer has moved into the hydraulic breaker market with the acquisition of a majority stake in Italian manufacturer Hammer.

The move continues Kinshofer’s programme of acquisitions that has seen it purchase companies in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Holland and Sweden.

President and CEO Thomas Friedrich said: “The acquisition of Hammer was the next step in our approach to be a global industry leader with solid local presence.”

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Something special at Volvo

Volvo Construction Equipment has acquired a Swedish company that specialises in adapting standard construction machinery for special applications.

CeDe Group is a low-volume adaptor of construction and mining machinery and works for several leading OEMs including Volvo CE and its dealers. Adaptations include long-reach excavator booms, new bodies for haulers, rail conversions for wheeled excavators and conversions for underground mining. It was formed in 2000 and can trace its roots back to Åkerman, Volvo’s original excavator business.

“This acquisition makes sense on a number of strategic levels,” said Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg. “CeDe has already proven that it has a depth of engineering talent in adapting our machines for specialised applications.”

Adaptations include long-reach booms.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 5/3/2019