Letter from Jun Fujioka, President & CEO, Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
“For the past 10 years, Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and CNH Global N.V. have maintained a global alliance. On December 26, 2012, we announced that this alliance would come to an end. As a result, our business activities would no longer be limited to certain regions of the world, one of the main strategies of the alliance.
From January 1, 2013, we will be able to sell KOBELCO-brand excavators in their distinctive blue-green color directly in world markets. We will actively build strong sales and service networks focusing on the United States and Europe. South America, the Middle East and Africa, Russia and other CIS countries are also in our sights.
To help us achieve this goal, we are seeking new dealers around the world. We are confident of growing the value of the KOBELCO brand with reliable dealers and business partners. We are also excited about new business opportunities this change offers around the world.
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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.
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The PALFINGER Group is further expanding its business in Russia and last week signed the contract for the complete takeover of Russian crane producer INMAN (Ischimbajskie Neftianiye Manipuliatory, JSC). The company with its headquarters in Ishimbay in the Republic of Bashkortostan (Volga region), since 1992, has been a producer and distributor of hydraulic lifting and loading systems, in particular knuckle boom cranes. With a staff of 415, INMAN is expected to generate revenue of approximately EUR 20 million in 2011.
INMAN operates two production facilities and is a major supplier to the Russian market. The company’s services range from the complete certification for the Russian market up to technical maintenance and spare parts. Primarily INMAN is a supplier to companies in the oil and gas industry as well as state-owned enterprises.
“We were looking for a well-established and reliable partner based in the CIS area in order to establish local value creation. INMAN is a manufacturer of premium, reliable products and has a very strong and long-standing brand name. Its product portfolio is the perfect addition to the Palfinger products. The company’s good market position allows us in particular to open up the Ural region”, said Herbert Ortner, CEO of Palfinger AG, on the strategic rationale behind the acquisition. INMAN will continue to exist as a separate brand within the Group. The acquisition is subject to the approval of the Supervisory Boards of both parties and the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS).
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Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), has announced that José M. Peña Haro has been appointed to the new position of Product Development Director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR).
Christophe Rousseau has been appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Southern Europe, Northern and Central Africa.
Matthew Skipworth has been appointed to the new position of National Account Manager for the UK.
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Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), has announced that it will open a Parts Distribution Centre next month in Moscow, Russia.
The Distribution Centre is strategically located near the Domodedovo airport and the Simferopolskoe highway to provide easy access to the country’s main transport links. It will serve Genie customers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
More than 1,200 of the most frequently ordered Genie parts will be available and customers will be able to choose their transport method and delivery time, including next day delivery.
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