CHINA: Big crane order for Terex

Terex Cranes has signed a contract with China National Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd. (CNCEC) for the delivery of 41 cranes.

This is the largest order received by Terex Cranes in China to date. The contract covers 7 Terex AC350/6 all terrain cranes in the 350-tonne class and 34 Terex® Changjiang truck cranes with capacities ranging from 25 tons to 130 tons.

Delivery of the cranes is scheduled between the 4th quarter of 2010 and March 2011

Australia: Cat highway trucks introduced

The first-ever Cat on-highway trucks received an enthusiastic response from the more than 300 people in attendance at a launch event in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia.

The new products – the Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 – were developed by NC2, the joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar. The trucks are being assembled in Tullamarine, Victoria and will be sold through a newly formed Australian network composed of select Cat dealers.

International: Caterpillar acquires Bucyrus to increase domination on construction and mining sectors

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt).

This acquisition significantly increases Caterpillar’s domination as a supplier to the building, construction, demolition, quarrying and mining sectors. Historically, always a supplier to the mining industry, the range of products that Bucyrus brings to Caterpillar extends the groups ablity to supply a vast range of high-production surface and underground mining.

Questions to be answered are product rationalisation as Bucyrus recently acquired Terex mining division with its mining excavators and dump trucks. Caterpillar has also announced its own range of mining excavators. Which range will be given priority has yet to be announced.

At the first opportunity, Contractors World will try to determine what rationalisation is involved and, of course, this extends to dealer networks and product supports services.

UK: JCB launch new range of Toughphone

Originally launched in December 2007 and still listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s Toughest Phone’, the JCB Toughphone was an immediate success.

JCB has just announced a new range of Toughphones. Now available in a choice of four handsets to suit a range of budgets, all with unique strengths.