The ConExpo trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month provided another opportunity for Chinese manufacturers to show that they are catching up with the more established plant manufacturers of the world.
There are dozens of Chinese manufacturers – there must surely be massive consolidation to come at some time in the future – and the product quality varies, inevitably. At the top end, LiuGong is generally recognised to be one of the best of the Chinese manufacturers, along with the likes of Sany and a small handful of others.
LiuGong has been selling machines in Europe for seven years and in June 2012 opened its European headquarters in Almere, Netherlands.
Lancashire-based Bradley Demolition reports time and fuel savings of around a third from using Rotar attachments.
Bradley Demolition owns and operates a range of specialist machines and equipment, including excavators to 60 tonnes and high-reach excavators with a range of attachments including cold cutting sheers and concrete pulverisers.
It also has Brokk 90 and Brokk 45 remote control excavators as well as concrete crushers, skip wagons and dust suppression equipment.
Have you heard? They are building a Diggerland in the States. Buckets of fun for everyone.
Yes, that's right, the land of Disney’s mouse and Magic Mountain is adopting Hugh Edeleanu’s rather beefier brainchild. The HE Services boss set up the first Diggerland theme park in Kent in 2000. Since then they have opened up in Yorkshire, Durham and Devon.
Look what those cunning Scandinavians have come up with now! By 2030, apparently, we’ll all be driving one of these.
This is the GaiaX concept compact excavator unveiled by Volvo Construction Equipment at the Las Vegas Conexpo trade fair earlier this month. "This is the future of Volvo" they tell us, with great certainty.
Apparently the structure is inspired by Swedish furniture, with the operator’s seat formed from three-dimensional molded wood – a first in the construction equipment industry, apparently. Very Ikea.
Danish bucket manufacturer Viby Attachment is introducing a new single-point lubrication system that it says will reduce downtime and simplify the task of daily greasing.
The system developed by Viby means that plant operators now need only to add lubrication to their attachment at one central greasing point rather than at multiple points.
The technology behind this new lubrication system ensures that the grease reaches all key areas instantly from just one central point, the company says. An equivalent automatic version, which is operated via the machine’s own auto lubrication system, is also available.