JAPAN: Norwegian Crane Hire Association visits Maeda in Japan

During November 2010, the Norwegian Crane Hire Association travelled to Japan with AB Kranlyft to visit Maeda Mini Cranes. Their yearly autumn meeting was held in the conference room of Maeda Seisakusho in Nagano.

The trip started in Tokyo with a free day in order to overcome jetlag before a brief visit to the Kato Works factory in Ibaraki where they were joined by the President, Mr K. Kato

NORWAY: Veidekke and Hæhre to move forward together

Following many years of cooperation, Veidekke Entreprenør AS and Albert Kr. Hæhre AS, the two companies have agreed to move forward together through Veidekke’s purchase of 51% of the shares in the Hæhre group’s contracting operations. This is an effort that strengthens both companies’ competitive ability.

The market outlook for large construction projects is good, particularly in the road and railway sectors. The size and complexity of contracts is escalating, and this has resulted in an increased struggle for expertise and capacity.

CHINA: LiuGong open new subsidiaries and positive 3rd quarter figures

LiuGong Machinery Corp. announced the opening of three new subsidiary companies as it continues its rapid global growth. The subsidiary office headquarters will open in Singapore, Johannesburg and Dubai.

Strong 3rd quarter 2010 figures
After announcing record sales, profits and export volumes the first half of this year, LiuGong executives reported the company’s third quarter earnings continue apace as the company posted total sales revenue of ¥ 11.75 billion (€1.29 billion, US$1.75 billion) a 61% increase from the same period in 2009

USA: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. and Weiler Inc marketing agreement

Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. and Weiler Inc. have announced that the two companies have signed an exclusive global marketing agreement.

The agreement grants Caterpillar the exclusive rights to market select Weiler brand asphalt products worldwide. The portfolio of products includes remixing transfer vehicles, road wideners, windrow elevators and small asphalt pavers. The equipment will be distributed through Caterpillar’s worldwide network of independent dealers.

The agreement expands the product line that Cat Dealers offer to paving customers and demonstrates the commitment of Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. to providing solutions to the worldwide paving industry. “With the addition of specialized paving support equipment and other niche products for the wide variety of worldwide customers, Cat Dealers are now in a position to bring total solutions to our customers,” said Lieven Van Broekhoven, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Manager for Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. “We have a long history of working with Weiler, and this agreement cements our relationship even further.”

USA: ‘Green Roads Summit’ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011

Increased interest in green highways is a natural extension of the fast-growing green building movement in construction. A new ‘Green Roads Summit’ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will offer attendees ready-to apply green construction techniques and the latest environmental information affecting jobsites, including green roads programs.

The daylong event, which includes a closing reception, is March 24, 2011 and is open to all show attendees. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will be held March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

The Green Roads Summit is a collaboration between CONEXPO-CON/AGG and Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

ROMANIA: 1,000th special from Hitachi delivered

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV has manufactured its 1,000th special application excavator for delivery to its Romanian dealer, Powertek Equipment S.R.L. The ZX250LC-3 material handling machine has been bought by Ductil Steel, a subsidiary of the Russian Mechel Group, one of the five largest steel companies in the world.

“The production of the 1,000th Hitachi special application machine in Europe is a great achievement for both HCME and Powertek,” says HCME Product Sales Representative for Special Equipment Mark Burghoorn. “It highlights Powertek’s strong focus on special application machines, and their positive and aggressive approach to this sector. Its established network will help Hitachi material handling machines to be successful in the growing Romanian market.”