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The first three months of 2014 saw improved earnings on the back of higher sales at Volvo CE. With deliveries up and a new range of Tier 4 Final/Stage IV compliant models launched, the company saw most growth in mature markets.

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New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Goscor Lift Truck Company appoints Mauritius, Botswana dealers

     28th February 2017 In line with its aggressive expansion programme in the Southern African and Indian Ocean Islands region, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has appointed dealers in Mauritius and Botswana. Spearheaded by its activities in Mauritius over the past 100 years, the family-owned Taylor Smith Group,... 

New MD for Babcock’s Equipment business

     10th February 2017 Babcock has appointed David Vaughan as the new Managing Director - Equipment as of 01 November 2016.  Vaughan was previously Sales Director of the business and has been with Babcock since 2005 when he joined as a regional general manager. Babcock’s equipment business manages the exclusive... 

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies are striving to remain buoyant, says temporary power... 

Atlas Copco plans to divest its road construction equipment business

     9th February 2017 The Board of Directors of Atlas Copco AB has decided to divest the Road Construction Equipment division.  The reason for the planned divestment is that the division does not have the economies of scale to become number one or two in this market segment. With the divestment, Atlas Copco aims to... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Terex Trucks partners with Ascendum in Turkey

     31st January 2017 Front and side view of Terex Trucks’ 91-tonne capacity rigid hauler, the TR100. To lay a strong foundation for the expected long-term growth in Eurasia, Terex Trucks has struck an alliance with distinguished equipment supplier Ascendum Makina. With customers active in infrastructure, road... 

Lithium X strikes again in Argentina with Arizaro lithium project acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2017 Junior explorer Lithium X on Monday announced its latest acquisition in Argentina, bolstering landholdings with the district-scale 33 846 ha Arizaro project that is in one of the world’s largest and least-explored salars thought to contain high lithium brine values. The deal buoyed Lithium X’s... 

Gen 10 Adts Take Terex Trucks To The Next Level

     30th January 2017 “It’s pretty simple” showcasing what 65 years of manufacturing know-how looks like for Terex Trucks as the Volvo CE-owned manufacturer launches its new Generation 10 TA300 and TA400 ADTs in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017. These articulated dump trucks will be available through Babcock,... 

Caterpillar beats Q4 earnings forecast, optimistic about infrastructure plans

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 US earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported flat year-on-year adjusted earnings for the December quarter, reflecting pressure in many of its end markets owing to weak economic conditions in several parts of the world. The Peoria, Illinois-based company reported... 

New MD for Babcock’s Equipment business

     9th January 2017 Babcock has appointed David Vaughan as the new Managing Director - Equipment as of 01 November 2016.  Vaughan was previously Sales Director of the business and has been with Babcock since 2005 when he joined as a regional general manager. Babcock’s equipment business manages the exclusive... 

Ritchie Bros rakes in $40m from final auction of 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 Industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros held its fifth and final Fort Worth, Texas auction for the year last week, selling 4 950 items over two days for more than $40-million. These items included oil, gas, power and utility equipment, as well as general construction equipment, vocational trucks and... 

Engen continues to drive construction of Reunion’s €1.6bn highway over the sea

     24th November 2016 In 2014 Engen Petroleum won a €960 000 tender to provide fuel to the mega construction project to build Reunion’s New La Nouvelle Route du Littoral, a 12km long “highway over the sea” that will connect the island’s two biggest cities – Saint Denis and La Possession - as well as the island’s port... 

Indian vehicle and equipment group adds gensets to SA offering

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio this month, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

Perfectly positioned in PE: New Renttech SA sales outlet offers customers greater convenience and service levels

     16th November 2016 Renttech South Africa, a leader in the sales and rental of top quality welding, lifting, rigging and construction equipment, has moved its Port Elizabeth branch into a new, spacious, state-of-the-art sales outlet. The move is in line with Renttech South Africa's strategy of expanding and... 

As remanufacturing trend emerges worldwide, SA auto parts makers improve their capabilities

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 With remanufacturing gaining traction worldwide, local companies in the automotive sector are improving their capabilities in this discipline, says auto-electrical and battery distribution company Probe CEO Frank Rovelli, who tells Engineering News that remanufacturing demand is increasingly... 

EMEA’s Top Operators Meet For 2016 CASE Rodeo Final

     28th October 2016 The finest construction machinery operators from across Europe, Middle East and Africa  gathered at the CASE Customer Centre Paris  in October, to compete in the final of the 2016 CASE Rodeo operator challenge. Following four highly technical challenges, French operator Ludovic Fronteau emerged... 

Terex Trucks’ Gen10 takes pole position in Las Vegas

     26th October 2016 Terex Trucks has shown two of its new generation articulated haulers for the first time in North America at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gen10 TA300 and TA400 with supercar in front of The Neon Garage at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Caterpillar’s Q3 profit sags, casts dim outlook with lowered 2016 guidance 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2016 The world’s largest earthmoving and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has booked a sharply lower third-quarter profit, citing global economic weakness and an abundance of used equipment available, which is slowing sales. The NYSE-listed company expressed concern that the tough market... 

Mahindra SA to add generator sets to its product portfolio

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio in November, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

Babcock’s service contract transfers risk from customer to supplier

     14th October 2016 Babcock International in Africa is one of the continent’s industry leaders in providing comprehensive infrastructure and reliable technical support to some of the world’s leading heavy duty machinery brands. As the exclusive regional distributor of Volvo and SDLG construction equipment, Tadano... 

Agreement reached for production of construction equipment

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 Construction equipment manufacturers CNH Industrial and industrial equipment manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed an exclusive ten-year agreement, with the option of renewal, for the production and development of mini excavators for global distribution. Under the agreement,... 

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training

     7th October 2016 Global construction supplier Case Construction Equipment held a three-day training event in July to provide product and commercial training on construction equipment to sales professionals throughout the Southern African region. The event, themed Eagle Days, took place in Johannesburg from July... 

Babcock delivers plant services for strategic pipeline project

     4th October 2016 Babcock’s commitment to delivering trusted engineering support services to industry saw their plant services division assisting Transnet in successfully completing one of the country’s most ambitious engineering and construction projects to date. Babcock supplied mobile cranes and other... 

Chicago Pneumatic launches the toughest ever range of portable compressors – Red Rock

     30th September 2016 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic recently launched Red Rock, its toughest ever range of portable air compressors. What makes the Red Rock range so tough is the incredibly durable polyethylene canopy that is supplied as standard on all ten models. “With the Red... 

Wacker Neuson 3503 Excavator – a smooth operator that delivers results

     30th September 2016 Maximising productivity and minimising operating costs are always top of mind during product design for global plant and light construction equipment specialist, Wacker Neuson, and the 3503 excavator is certainly no exception. The quality and reliability integrated throughout this compact... 

Goscor Power Products rates Rato engines top notch!

     26th September 2016 Goscor Power Products (Pty) Ltd., a leading Southern African distributor of generators, engines and pumps, is proud to announce its recent appointment as the official distributor of the high quality Rato power product line up for the SADEC and East African regions. “In accordance with the... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 An external expert has been appointed to review the process that has resulted in delaying in the starting of the air services to St Helena Airport. 

Leading brick producer replaces fleet with Volvo construction equipment

     22nd September 2016 Using innovative technologies to deliver affordable, sustainable and quality products to their customers is the hallmark of clay brick manufacturer Claytile, which is why the Babcock range of Volvo construction equipment represented much more than just another brick in the wall when it came to a... 

Keep the job site safe with exceptional lighting from Wacker Neuson

     21st September 2016 The new ML440 Light Tower from compact and light construction equipment specialist, Wacker Neuson, is a game changer, delivering exceptional, reliable and affordable lighting for safe and uninterrupted work on the job site. According to Wacker Neuson’s Product Specialist, Rainer Schmidt, no... 

Wacker Neuson Group confident for 2016 – despite a difficult start to the year

     16th September 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, in particular in the Americas region. Although the Group managed to maintain revenue at almost the same level as... 

Wacker Neuson expands sales activities with online channel

     8th September 2016 "Ultimately, the customers always decide when and whom they want to contact. We are now offering customers another convenient way to our products and services, which they can access around the clock whenever they want. Our e-store also offers many important features that make the purchasing... 

Mining machines maker Komatsu enters underground market with $3.7m Joy Global bid

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 The board of Japanese mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has given the green light for the firm to make its biggest-ever acquisition by buying its rival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Joy Global, in a bid valued at $3.7-billion, the company announced Friday. Komatsu has signed a $2.89-billion... 

The win-win of remanufacturing

     2nd August 2016 Remanufacturing is gaining traction around the world and local companies in the automotive sector are stepping up their capabilities, driven by market demand. Frank Rovelli, CEO of Probe, a leader in rotating electrics and batteries in South Africa, says that a variety of reasons – from cost... 

Customers laud Wacker Neuson service

     29th July 2016 Wacker Neuson South Africa upholds a proud heritage of supporting its quality range of compact machines and equipment supplied to Southern African construction, road making, mining, agricultural and landscaping industries with unsurpassed service and after-sales backup. “Irrespective of how good... 

Wacker Neuson plans to open new factory in China

     21st July 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. Wacker... 

Japan’s Komatsu to buy US Joy Global for $2.89bn

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2016 Komatsu, the world’s second-biggest mining and construction equipment maker, agreed to buy Joy Global for $2.89-billion, in a deal signaling the Japanese company is optimistic that a recent rebound in commodities prices will endure. Tokyo-based Komatsu will pay $28.30 a share in cash for the... 

Capitalise on huge investment in the manufacturing sector

     14th July 2016 The future for manufacturing in the KwaZulu-Natal region is looking especially bright, with a number of substantial recently completed projects and newly announced projects seeing a large cash injection from well-known companies. In mid-April, the second phase of the upgrade and expansion to... 

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