Category: North America

DEUTZ supplies Terex with Xchange engines  

The DEUTZ Corporation based in Georgia in the United States and Terex, the multinational manufacturer of powered access equipment, have concluded to expand their relationship to the field of reconditioning.

Under this new arrangement, DEUTZ AG’s American subsidiary will supply Terex with exchange engines for reconditioning its Genie aerial working platforms (AWP). DEUTZ sells its exchange engines under the brand name DEUTZ Xchange.

Alimak Group divests the US Rental operation to Bigge Crane and Rigging

Alimak Group, the global vertical access solution company, announces that it has entered into an agreement to divest its US Rental business with base in Atlanta, US, to Bigge Crane and Rigging

Alimak Group operates a small rental business in the US, whose origins predate the merger between Alimak and Hek in 1999. The US Rental business has been operated as a separate unit within the Alimak US operation. The divestment will allow a stronger focus on product sales as well as after sales services supporting Alimak´s entire product portfolio in the US and Canada.

“The divestment is a logical step in Alimak Group´s strategy of growth in its core business as it allows our US operation to fully focus on further expansion of our broad offering of products and aftersales services in North America. Bigge is one of America´s premier global crane companies and has been a long and valuable customer to Alimak. They have a vast experience of working with Alimak equipment and I feel confident that our existing rental customers will see benefits from the new owner”

Liebherr celebrated anniversary of its biggest LR 1300 customer

At the Liebherr exhibition stand on the opening day of Bauma 2016, Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Bigge Crane & Rigging, one of its biggest crane
customers. The American crane hire company ordered its first crane, a LR 1160, in 2001. The ideas from the company had a strong impact on the design the LR series in
subsequent years.

Resilient Construction Should Be Key for Infrastructure Bill

The Portland Cememnet Association (PCA) calls for use of durable materials in reinvigorating crumbling roads, bridges

A strong national infrastructure plan was one of the key initiatives put forward in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this week. The PCA has responded to this by saying that it has long supported a nationwide plan to reconstruct the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, which are critical to the nation’s economy and security.

The Association strongly believes that to achieve a sound investment of taxpayer dollars, legislation authorizing infrastructure construction and reconstruction using durable and resilient materials should be passed.

Kobelco Construction Machinery to Build Facility in North America

Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. has decided to construct a hydraulic excavator production factory in South Carolina, United States. The new factory will be incorporated into its North American subsidiary, Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc. (“KCMU”) which already operates in North America. With this factory construction, KCMU will be reorganized into a company with integrated production and sales.

After concluding an official purchase agreement for the planned construction site, we will begin site preparation from April this year, construct a building, install machines and equipment, and complete the construction in December, then commence mass production of 20t model from January, 2016.

Volvo CE pulls out of backhoe loaders and motor graders

Once promoted as a ‘very Swedish’ company, Volvo is today dividing loyalties with it’s Chinese partner, SDLG, “to aid profitiability” says the company. They are doing this at a time when other manufacturers are bringing off-shore production back to Europe or the USA, because of narrowing production cost differentials.

The company says that this transfer is to ‘improve profitability and reduce costs’. The company goes on to say that Volvo Construction Equipment will discontinue development and production of its current product line of Volvo-branded backhoe loaders and motor graders.

Wacker Neuson starts skid steer loader production in the US

Following on from the announcement in the latest financial figures, the Wacker Neuson Group has given more information on its plans for increased USA production. The company is building a production line for skid steer and compact track loaders at its US facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The facility will go on stream in the first quarter of 2015, initially manufacturing four models.

The US is the largest market for skid steer loaders. “Our strategy is ‘in the region for the region’. So it makes sense for us to build skid steer loaders in the region where demand is strongest – North America,” explains Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE. “We unveiled four loader models tailored to the needs of the North American market at the start of the year and received positive feedback from dealers and customers alike. Producing these products in North America will speed up time-to-market and enable us to adapt these high-quality, powerful machines more rapidly to the specific customer requirements of this core market.”

Kobelco expands OEM agreement with Yanmar

Kobelco has had an OEM agreement with Yanmar mini-excators for the domestic Japanese market for many years. Under the revised agreement, Kobelco will begin offering a range of mini-excavators worldwide.

With expanded OEM supply from Yanmar, Kobelco will offer worldwide four short rear tail swing models of 1.0, 1.7, 2.0 and 2.5 tons. Conventional models will be expanded to six machines: 0.5, 0.8, 1.6, 1.8, 2.2, and 2.6 tons. This will expand the total number of OEM machines to 10. No time is given for when the additional minis will be available.

Amey secures first highways contract in America

AmeyWebber joint venture selected to manage and maintain Dallas’ highways

A joint venture between Amey and Ferrovial sister company Webber has been awarded a contract by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to manage and maintain the major interstate highways in and around Dallas. Amey’s internationally recognised asset management capabilities coupled with Webber’s significant experience of highways operations in Texas will ensure that the network can effectively meet the demands of a growing economy and Texan population.

The contract, valued at £11m ($19m) is for an initial period of two years and has the potential to be extended for up to four years.

JCB Appoints New North American Chief as John Patterson Retires

JCB’s John Patterson CBE, who rose through the ranks from field service engineer to Group Chief Executive, has retired after 43 years’ service. His retirement sees Arjun Mirdha take up the position of President and CEO of JCB in North America, where John Patterson has led operations since 2008 as Chairman and CEO.

John Patterson joined JCB in 1971 and went on to work in Canada and America before returning to the UK in 1988 as Managing Director of JCB Service. In 1993, John was appointed Managing Director of JCB Sales before becoming Group CEO – only the third person in JCB’s history to hold the position. He went on to become the company’s second longest serving CEO and in his 10 years in the role, sales broke the £1 billion mark for the first time, eventually reaching more than £2 billion by the time he stood down in 2008. He then became Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc based in North America.