Category: South Amercia

JCB Donates CX Backhoe Loader to Help Earthquake Hit Ecuadaor

B is donating a 3CX backhoe loader worth $100,000 to help rescue and clear-up operations in Ecuador, which was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of at least 570 people and injuries to over 7,000 people. It has been reported that 25,000 people remain in shelters as a consequence of the devastating earthquake that has been described by the country’s President Rafael Correa as the biggest tragedy in Ecuador in seven decades.

JCB is supplying the versatile digger to the Provincial Council of Manabi through its Ecuadorian dealer Automekano. The machine will be put to work shortly in the province’s Pedernales Canton, where more than 90% of homes have been destroyed by the earthquake.

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.

Hyundai Heavy Industries completes Construction Equipment Factory in Brazil

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading construction equipment manufacturer, announced that it completed its first construction equipment factory in Brazil.

The completion ceremony for the factory in Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro state, was attended by Mr. Sergio Cabral, Rio de Janeiro state governor; Mr. Luis Carlos Ferreira Bastos, mayor of Itatiaia; and Mr. Choe Byeong-ku, president & COO of Hyundai Heavy Industries’s Construction Equipment Division.

With an investment of USD 175 million, the 562,000 m² factory has an annual production capacity of 3,000 units including excavators, wheel loaders, and backhoe loaders, and plans to increase the capacity to 4,000 units by 2014.

The Volvo Group opens SDLG excavator factory in Brazil

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.

To begin there will be four SDLG crawler excavator models produced – the LG6150E, LG6210E, LG6225E and LG6250E models, covering weight classes from 13.8 tonnes to 24.3 tonnes. The machines will be sold to companies working in a variety of industries, but in particular in the construction, forestry, agricultural, mining and extraction sectors.

The excavators will be manufactured in line with brand’s core values, with a focus on robust and reliable design in a cost effective package. This factory will be the first SDLG production facility outside China, but will mirror the manufacturing processes in place at its main facility in Linyi, China.

IPAF appoints country manager for Brazil

Antonio Barbosa (pictured) has joined the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) as country manager for Brazil. This new appointment strengthens IPAF’s operations in the fast-growing markets in Latin America, where IPAF has an office in Chile.

Antonio Barbosa has over 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and after-sales support. He has worked for recognised companies in the industry such as Caterpillar, Scania, Navistar International, Wirtgen and Sandvik. His experience extends across a range of segments such as construction and earth moving, transportation, mining, paving and materials handling. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in marketing and finance. He has completed the IPAF operator course and obtained a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence).

Odebrecht purchases 13 cranes at M&T Expo 2012

razil-based construction and engineering company Odebrecht has purchased 13 cranes from Manitowoc. The deal signed at M&T Expo 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, included five Grove YardBoss YB4400 series industrial cranes, two RT890E and two RT540E rough-terrain cranes, two Manitowoc 16000 and two 999 crawler cranes.

Paulo Oscar, equipment trading superintendent for Odebrecht, said the key drivers for buying Manitowoc cranes are their top-notch quality as well as the support provided by Manitowoc Crane Care and its local dealer.

“With a number of different job sites worldwide, it is important to select a company with a wide product portfolio that is able to provide local support, which Manitowoc is able to do,” he said. “And what a great way to make such a large purchase at M&T Expo 2012 – from a company that has recently shown its dedication to our region by opening up a factory here in Brazil.”

CNH to Invest in New Plant in Brazil

CNH signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil) to lay the groundwork for a R$600 million investment in a new construction equipment plant in Montes Claros, in the northern region of Minas Gerais. The Memorandum was signed at Fiat Industrial’s headquarters in Turin, Italy, during a visit by a Minas Gerais state government delegation, led by Governor Antonio Anastasia.

“This agreement strengthens our ties to the state of Minas Gerais and reconfirms a commitment started 40 years ago with Fiat’s first investments in the region. Minas Gerais holds a prominent place in the Brazilian economy and therefore is an ideal location for Fiat Industrial, and for CNH in particular, to grow in Brazil,”

said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman of Fiat Industrial and CNH.

Snorkel Enhances Customer Service in Latin America

Leading aerial lift manufacturer Snorkel is enhancing its customer service in Latin America.

Mike Falcon has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager for Latin America. Mike has 25 years experience in the aerial lift industry, including 18 years with UpRight from 1983 to 2001.

In his new role, Mike is responsible for developing Snorkel’s existing distributors in the region, strengthening the dealer network with new appointments and supporting the sales growth strategy. He is based in Tampa Bay, Florida and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Mike said:

“I am delighted to join Snorkel at what is a very exciting time for the company in Latin America. This is a land of opportunity right now and we have excellent distributors in some key territories.

“I am looking forward to helping these dealers develop their Snorkel business, while also identifying and appointing distributors in other growth markets where we may not yet have complete coverage.”

Mike will report to Steve Watts, whom Snorkel has promoted from Vice-President, Distribution to Vice-President, Sales & Marketing – the Americas. Steve is responsible for planning and implementing Snorkel’s strategy in a region stretching from Canada to Chile.

Titan announces expiration of put option for Goodyear France

Titan International, Inc announces that the put option Goodyear had for the Amiens France facility has expired on November 30, 2011.

Goodyear and Titan had entered into an agreement in 2009 for Titan to acquire Goodyear’s Latin America farm tire business and their European farm tire business. The parties closed on the Latin America transaction on April 1, 2011.

The European farm business and related put option contained a clause that Goodyear had to have a social plan for the closing of the passenger car business in Amiens France leaving 537 jobs in the farm business. The factory unions have been successful in the French labor courts holding up such plans for a number of years.

Colombia: New Dealer for ICE vibro equipment

The Dieseko Group appointed a new dealer for the optimization of its marketing and technical sales support of its ICE vibro equipment in Colombia.

Dieseko already has a long-lasting and successful partnership with the established oil & gas company Ahow Technologies for the Venezuelan market. At the beginning of 2011, Ahow moved to the centrally located city of Medellin – Colombia. From its headquarters in Medellin, Ahow coordinates the manufacturing, sales and technical support, for both the Venezuelan and Colombian market of deep foundation equipment. Enhanced support is provided through an additional sales office at Bogota.

The Dieseko Group is very pleased with the extended contract with Ahow Technologies. It enables ICE to maintain its market position on the Venezuelan market and will reboost that in Colombia.