Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar to end strategic alliance for mini hydraulic excavators under three tons operating weight in 2018

Wacker Neuson has today announced that it has been agreed to terminate the strategic alliance for mini-hydraulic excavators that it has with Caterpillar since 2010 under a joint agreement. In 2010, Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar entered into a strategic alliance which saw Wacker Neuson developing and producing mini hydraulic excavators under three tons operating weight exclusively for Caterpillar.

They do not give any reason for the ending of the alliance. However, Roger Lindley, editor of Contractors World International has commented on what appear to identical products presented in each company’s corporate colours. However, the statement says Wacker Neuson will produce models ‘exclusively for Caterpillar’. (See article “Are Power Packs the Future for Compact Equipment?” page 46 where mini-excavators with a power pack are featured with virutally identical photographs for Caterpillar and Wacker Neuson.)

Keltbray Group Launches Reinforced Concrete Frame Division

Keltbray Group, which is a UK leading specialist business that offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail and environmental services, today announced that the company has launched a reinforced concrete frame business named Keltbray Structures.

Keltbray decided to launch the business after acquiring some of the assets of Dunne Group from the Administrators of the Dunne Group, which went into administration in July and has ceased trading.

Dunne Group specialised in reinforced concrete foundations and superstructures for buildings. While Keltbray has not taken over Dunne Group as a going concern, or taken on any of its former contracts with clients, by acquiring some of the Dunne Group assets, Keltbray is strengthening its capability and services portfolio to provide demolition, groundworks, piling and concrete structures solutions as integrated or standalone services.

Blue Group Secures Multi-Million Pound Finance Package from HSBC

• Equipment finance facility will help company expand its services to customers

• Funding is part of HSBC’s £700m commitment to supporting SME growth in the South West

The Bristol business, Blue Group, that sells heavy plant equipment to the waste and quarrying industries has secured a multi-million pound equipment finance facility from HSBC, helping it further support its customer base by offering a rental option on its products.

Blue Group, which sells almost £2 million worth of equipment to businesses across the UK each week, is using the funding to purchase its own stock which can be hired by companies that need instant access to machinery.

CDC and LafargeHolcim launch ‘14Trees’ – Joint venture to bring low-carbon, affordable housing materials to developing countries

14Trees will benefit from the expertise of LafargeHolcim’s R&D centre, the world’s leading building materials research centre, to help address the growing demand for affordable housing for some of the nearly 3 billion people around the world living in earth-based houses.

Many African countries face the effects of climate change as a result of widespread deforestation that is driven by the demand for wood used in the production of clay burnt bricks. An expanding construction sector boosted by population growth and urbanisation also puts pressure on resources and increasingly fragile ecosystems.

Durabric offers a solution to address these challenges, as the bricks are produced from a mixture of earth and cement, compressed in a mould, and left naturally to cure without firing, in the process saving up to 14 trees per house. By avoiding this firing phase, Durabric reduces greenhouse gas emissions tenfold compared to traditional fired bricks.

Bronze Artwork Honours ‘Mr JCB’ on the Centenary of his Birth

The centenary of the birth of JCB’s Founder has been marked with the unveiling of a specially commissioned bronze bust.

Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE was born on June 21st, 1916 at the family home, The Parks, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril and Dolores Bamford. As a youngster playtime was spent building cars and boats – early signs of an inventive flair which would see him become one of Britain’s most celebrated engineers.

Yanmar Take Over Terex compact construction equipment

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. concluded a final agreement with Terex Corporation to acquire Terex Corporation’s German compact construction equipment business for approximately US $60 million. Terex carries out the production and sale of wheel loaders, midi/mini excavators, wheel excavators, and other products in Europe through this business. Included in the acquisition is the manufacturing facility located in Crailsheim, Germany and the parts distribution center located in Rothenberg, Germany.

This acquisition will allow Yanmar to further actively develop their business in the small to medium sized construction machinery market in Europe by collectively utilizing the sales and service networks, and industry product development and production knowhow of both companies.