This is the Genie GTH-5021 R rotating telehandler supporting a tunnelling project in southern Italy.
Joint venture contractor Caposele needed a machine with the ability to take on a variety of lifting and handling tasks, including transporting two-tonne pallets of steel girders, piping, and other heavy materials to and from the storage yard over the rough sloped ground leading to the tunnel entrance.
The new tunnel, called the Pavoncelli Bis, is being built to replace the original early 20th century Pavoncelli Tunnel, that was closed following damage caused by the 1980 earthquake that hit the Campania region surrounding Naples. Like the original, the new tunnel will capture spring water at its source in the mountains and take it south, via the main Apulian aqueduct, to the 1.3 million inhabitants of the Puglia region. Construction of the new tunnel first started in 1985, but was never finished. Caposele has since been commissioned to complete the project.
Training machine operators is a family business at Staffordshire Operator Training. Based in Endon, near Stoke-on-Trent, the business is headed by Frank Williamson, a former JCB demonstrator.
Since Frank started the business in 2002, more than 1,000 trainees have passed through his doors. Working alongside him are his eldest son Ben as an instructor/tester and Ben’s partner Sarah Addison who is company secretary. There is also Frank’s son-in-law, Tom Cowley, who is an instructor and an NVQ Assessor. That's them in the photo above, left to right, with Frank Williamson himself on the right.
Frank, Ben and Tom have all worked for JCB in the past and have just bought a 13-tonne JS130 tracked excavator made at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter. This is the fourth JCB machine they have bought in the past three years.
Here’s the new Liebherr R 960 Demolition crawler excavator on its very first job.
The excavator is made at Liebherr’s Colmar factory in France. Fittingly, therefore, it was launched at Intermat 2015 in Paris and the first customer was French demolition and earthmoving contractor Helfaut Travaux.
Our picture shows Helfaut using its new R 960 to demolish a silo near Frévent last December.
Bauma 2016 will see the premier of Doosan Construction Equipment’s new mid-size dash-5 series excavators and wheeled loaders, meeting the Euro Stage IV emissions regulations.
The arrival of the mid-sized machines follows on from the larger -5 models and they share the same kind of styling.
Of the new mid-size machines, Doosan plans to have these ones on display in Munich in April:
Abba Plant Hire, based in Lincoln not Sweden, is full of praise for its new 10-tonne JCB midi excavator.
Abba has bought one the first 100C-1 machines in the UK and says it is proving to be a versatile piece of kit with bags of potential.
The JCB 100C-1 model is based on the frame of the 8.6-tonne 86C-1 midi, with H-shape undercarriage, but with a more powerful Kohler engine, a larger dig end and beefier hydraulics.