Category: Contractors

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.”

Doube crane handover – Max Boegl Group takes two Terex AC 350/6 cranes

Max Bögl Transport und Geräte GmbH & Co. KG has bought two Terex AC 350/6 units after looking at its performance characteristics, “The fact that the Terex AC 350/6 is the most powerful crane in its class made it ideal for our purposes.

The unit’s maximum hook height and the corresponding lifting capacity on the main boom and the strong fixed jib were—quite literally—powerful arguments when it came to making a decision,” explains foreman Herbert Wieseckl, who works at the Max Bögl Group’s Heavy Equipment for Building Construction department.

The fact that the AC 350/6 is also characterized by an extraordinary price/performance ratio, low operating costs, and high reliability, undoubtedly contributed to the decision as well.

First Grove GMK6300L in Latvia is largest crane in region

A Grove GMK6300L crane has been delivered to a company in Latvia — the first in the Baltic states. The class-leading 300 t crane is the largest all-terrain crane in the region, and it has already completed several projects.

To mark the arrival of the crane, Manitowoc’s Baltic dealer for Grove cranes, Konekesko, held a launch event at its facility in Riga. More than 200 people attended, including staff from rental company Arsava, the crane’s new owner.

Given its lift capabilities and industry-leading technology, Arsava will offer the crane to projects throughout the Baltic States and Scandinavia. The company is based in Riga, and its fleet includes forklift trucks, all-terrain cranes, a self-erecting crane and a helicopter designed for specialty lifts.

USA: BAUER Group awarded contract to remediate Center Hill Dam

On September 21, 2011 the Construction segment of BAUER AG was awarded the contract to remediate the Center Hill Dam in Tennessee, USA. The contract was placed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with local subsidiary BAUER Foundation Corp. following an extensive tender process. The specialist foundation engineering works involve installing approximately 29,000 square metres of underground cut-off wall and pressure grouting on the dam itself.

“This contract award demonstrates the strength of our company in dam remediation,” states Professor Thomas Bauer, Chairman of the Management Board of BAUER AG.”

MR Air Force Takes Delivery of Order for Over 40 New Doosan Large Compressors

MR Air Force, part of Machinery Resale bvba, based at Deinze in Belgium, has taken delivery of over 40 new large portable air compressors from Doosan Infracore Portable Power.

MR Air Force is not a rental company, but is using the compressors to form part of a new service that helps business partners such as rental companies, dealers and agents to set up and run specialised, long term rental programmes for large portable compressors.

At the handover of the new Doosan compressors, Nick Verbeek, Director of Doosan Portable Power Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), was joined by Filip Maes and Henk Uphoff, Owner and Managing Director, respectively, of MR Air Force and Machinery Resale. Nick Verbeek said: “We are delighted to win this order from MR Air Force, which forms part of an innovative new approach to the international compressor market.”

Leighton appoint new Chairman and CEO

The Board of Leighton Holdings Limited (Leighton) is pleased to announce that Mr Stephen Johns has been elected by the Board to succeed Mr David Mortimer as Chairman. As announced yesterday, Mr Mortimer has resigned from the Board.

Mr Johns has been an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Leighton’s Audit Committee since 2009. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Westfield Holdings Limited and Brambles Limited, and Chairman of Spark Infrastructure.

The Board believes that Mr Johns will make an excellent successor to David Mortimer. He combines extensive international business knowledge with very strong financial, senior management and board experience.

Russia: Tunnel boring machine for Orlovski Tunnel sets new world record

For many years now, diameters in mechanized tunnelling have been gradually expanding, with Herrenknecht regularly setting and breaking world records. In early July 2011, the Russian operator company NCC (Nevskaya Concession Company) placed an order with Herrenknecht – the TBM manufacturer, based in Schwanau, Germany – for the construction of a Mixshield. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Orlovski Tunnel will surpass all previous TBMs. With a diameter of 19.25 m, the tunnelling shield, designed to link both halves of the center of St. Petersburg under the River Neva, sets a new world record.

On the occasion of the contract signing for the tunnel boring machine, entrepreneur Martin Herrenknecht recently met the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, in St. Petersburg. In a high-level business meeting, Mr. Putin wanted to find out at firsthand about the gigantic automobile tunnel project.

Poland: Doosan wins largest articulated dump truck order

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment has won the company’s largest order for articulated dump trucks (ADTs) in Poland.

The order, for six MT31 ADTs, forms part of a new fleet of Doosan machines delivered to Hydrobudowa s.a, a leading Polish contractor specialising in complex civil and hydro engineering, infrastructure and specialist construction projects. The order also includes two Doosan DX300LC crawler excavators and two Doosan DX340LC crawler excavators. The machines have been supplied by Doosan dealer, Grausch i Grausch maszyny Budowlane Sp. z o. o.

Five of the new Doosan ADTs are currently working on the construction of the Bojanowo – Rawicz section of the new high-speed S5 Expressway, whilst the sixth machine is working on the construction of a new Sports Arena in Toruń.

Atlas Copco intensifies focus on construction sector

On July 1, 2011, to intensify the focus on construction customers and products and to optimize the synergies between its construction-related divisions, the Atlas Copco Group created a fourth business area, Construction Technique.

In the new Construction Technique organization Atlas Copco’s divisions for portable compressors and generators, road construction equipment and construction tools and have joined forces, and are supported by a new dedicated service division.

UK: Delivery by sea of large modules for Evaporator D at Sellafield

The completion of the UK’s largest current nuclear project, Evaporator D (where Costain is working with Sellafield Ltd), has moved a stage nearer with the successful completion of the first of the module delivery stages required for this impressive project.

The first two of the planned eleven modules required for the facility were successfully transported via Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT) 1.5 kilometres from the Interserve Pioneer Point facility, Cheshire to the specialist barge the Terra Marique, moored at Manchester ship canal.

The modules, which consist of structural steel, stainless steel pipework, vessels and other equipment, weighing in at over 100 Te, measure 10m high, 7.5m wide and almost 10m in length, made an imposing sight as they were loaded onto the barge prior to sailing the 90 miles north to a beach adjacent to the Sellafield site on the West Cumbrian Coast. Utilising sea transport for the first time in the history of the Sellafield site, the modules were conveyed to the Sellafield beach, off loaded from the barge and driven across a purpose built bridge across the River Ehen, which runs parallel to the site.