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PREVIEW: Intermat

SECTOR: Crushing & screening

INTERVIEW: Murray Coleman

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here was a time when construction equipment reporters like myself would stalk round the aisles at shows like Intermat, Bauma and ConExpo trying to get exclusive news about new machines in an effort to `scoop' my rivals. I still do my fair share of stalking around at these events, but the element of surprise at what new products are being launched has diminished quite a bit in recent years. The change has come because of the new waves of laws governing diesel engine emission levels in the EU and US. The enforcement of these began in the late 1990s with Stage I (in the EU) and Tier I (in the US), and the start of 2006 saw the first phase of the Tier 3 Stage IIIA laws come into force. This year's laws affect 130 to 560 kW engines, with other `powerbands' making the change in January 2007 and 2008. Engines are such a fundamental part of a construction machine's performance that new machines have to be designed around them ­ the physical size of the engine often changes, as does its output characteristics and cooling requirements. As a result equipment introductions follow the schedule laid down by the emissions laws. This year's phase affects the largest powerband of engines, so expect the new machines on show at Intermat to be at the larger end of the scale ­ 130 to 560 kW engines are typically found in 25 to 130 tonne excavators, 15 tonne+ wheeled loaders and motor graders, 20 to 60 tonne capacity haulers, D6 class dozers and above, and so on. This year also sees Stage IIIA/Tier 3 equivalent laws for 130 to 560 kW engines come into force in October in Japan, so again this July's Conet exhibition in Tokyo is likely to be dominated by launches of the same types of machines. In fact, this particular piece of scheduling may force a change in working practices for many of the Japanese manufacturers. It used to be the case that new machines would be launched in Japan a good year or two before they found their way to Europe or the US. But this year could see the unprecedented step of machines being launched overseas at least six months before they debut on the Japanese market. This all just goes to show what a fundamental change legislation is having on the industry. There was a time in the mid and late 20th century when product cycles would last decades. These days five years is considered to be a big gap between redesigns and product renewals. This ultimately means more expensive machines in terms of the initial cost, but the point I find interesting is that many manufacturers claim their equipment works out cheaper over the longer term. The latest generation of Tier 3/Stage IIIA diesel engines are incredibly fuel efficient, and the ubiquitous on-board computers aid efficiency further by providing things like diagnostic information and optimised working modes. It seems a small price to pay to give up a few `scoops' at this year's Intermat.


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PREVIEW: Intermat

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With more than 1500 exhibitors over 350000 m2 of space will once again be the focal point for the world's construction equipment manufacturers and users. In the first of three articles, iC previews the event and some of the products being launched at the show.


SECTOR: Crushing & screening



Innovation in the rock drilling sector is helping to create equipment which is not only faster, more efficient and more durable, but it is also quieter and offers greater accuracy than ever before. Claire Symes reports on the latest developments in the market.

Screening and crushing equipment manufacturers continue to expand their mobile ranges. Richard High looks at the latest developments and reports on some of the machines in action.

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6 world news

iC reports on a new wave of Chinese construction, the withdrawal of funding for Iraqi reconstruction, plus our regular round-up of business news.

12 regional report

This month's regional focus on China takes in a site report from Beijing's new National Stadium, and an interview with one of the equipment industry's key figures.


20 interview

Bovis Lend Lease's Asia Pacific division CEO Murray Coleman talks to Claire Symes about the company and its prospects in Asia Pacific.

50 equipment

iC reports on new machines from Volvo and JCB Vibromax.

55 associations

Australia's Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group was set up two years ago to bring together numerous smaller associations.


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world news

Economic growth spurs construction

CHINA: A projected rise in China's GDP looks like stimulating a new wave of construction projects throughout the country, following a dip in activity in 2004 (see iC July-August 2004). The latest figures, released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), estimate China's GDP will grow +8.5 to +9% in 2006. This follows a rise of +8.5% in 2004. This year has already seen Beijing's Government announce plans to spend an extra CNY 20 billion (US$ 2.48 billion) on Olympic Games-related infrastructure over the next 12 months. This includes new roads, urban transportation, and CNY 6.5 billion (US$ 806 million) on construction of new satellite towns for 5.7 million people. A CNY 19.7 billion (US$ 2.44 billion) programme of railway, light rail, metro and tram expansion has also been announced recently by Chinese Minister of Railways, Liu Zhijun. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is working with the Chinese Government to draw up a plan to reform the country's passenger and freight transport network, investment in the railways sector is expected to total CNY 450 billion (US$ 55.8 billion) between 2003 and 2007. Part of the ADB plan is expected to involve a more integrated approach to infrastructure, using intermodal transport hubs to ease congestion. A prime example is the recently started CNY 5.4 billion (US$ 670 million) light rail link between Beijing Airport and the city centre. Maintaining this level of GDP growth has also thrown the spotlight on investment in the country's freight transportation network, particularly rural roads and ports. In Shandong Province, the ports of Qingdao and Weihai are planning to invest a total of CNY 53 billion (US$ 6.6 billion) over the next five years, while Liaoning Province is to invest CNY 64 billion (US$ 7.9 billion) in its ports by 2010, alongside an investment of CNY 80 billion (US$ 9.9 billion) in the construction of 2090 km of highways. Aiding exports through Hong Kong will be a new `megabridge' linking the Province with Zhuhai and Macao. The CNY 32.25 billion (US$ 4 billion structure will be 30 km long and is "part of plans to form closer social and economic ties" throughout the region. Facilitating delivery of goods by road will see an investment of CNY 12.1 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) in Gansu Province's network.

US Cement tariffs slashed

US: The US has cut tariffs on cement imported from Mexico from US$ 26.28 per tonne to just US$ 3 per tonne. The move comes following several years of cement shortages in the US during peak summer months, which are expected to be compounded this year by reconstruction in the southern states damaged by hurricanes last year. Under the agreement reached in January, there will be a three year transition period during which the US `antidumping' legislation will be eased. This will allow Mexico to export 3 million tonnes of cement per year to the US at the reduced rate of duty. Tariffs will then be completely removed in early 2009. The agreement will also see a partial refund of duties to cement manufacturers. Cemex, for example, is expected to receive US$ 100 million in cash, while Cementos Chihuahua is expecting a US$ 40 million windfall. However, there are doubts as to whether the easing of tariffs will completely solve cement shortage problems in the US. Portland Cement Association (PCA) chief economist Edward Sullivan told iC, "The Mexican cement industry has the capacity to solve the current cement supply problems in the US but the potential is limited by lack of capacity to increase imports through either rail or water. Increasing Mexican imports may have some regional benefit but it will not remove the supply problem on a national basis." Mr Sullivan added that the PCA expected demand for cement in the US to grow +3.3% in 2006 and predicted that at least 30 states will experience tight supplies this year.

Road loans

VIETNAM: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved over US$ 100 million in two loans to help improve the road network in Vietnam. The first US$ 95 million loan will be used to fund improvements to 1200 km of rural roads in 19 provinces in central Vietnam in a bid to boost economic growth. The improvements will include upgrading routes between selected rural areas and district and provincial centres for all weather conditions and introduction of road safety programmes. The other US$ 6 million loan has been granted to provide technical assistance for a section of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) transport corridor which will connect Kunming in China's Yunnan Province with Hanoi in Vietnam. Construction of the 400 km expressway from Kunming to the Vietnam border is

due to be completed during 2008 and upgrades to the road between Noi Bai and Hanoi in Vietnam have already been completed. Work to improve narrow sections and under capacity bridges on a 260 km section between Noi Bai and the Lao Cai on the Vietnam border, which is estimated to cost US$ 620 million, has yet to get underway. The ADB loan will be used to help fund planning and design elements of the scheme. "The finished highway will reduce the travel time between Hanoi and Lao Cai from at least 10 hours at present to around three hours," said ADB transport specialist Yasushi Tanaka.

exhibition diary

NDA Convention 2006

March 26 ­ 29, 2006 Nashville, Tennessee, US Tel: +1 215 384 4949 Fax: +1 215 348 8422

Intermat 2006

April 24 ­ 29, 2006 Paris, France. Tel : +33 (0)1 49685248 Fax : +33 (0)1 49685475

Conexpo Asia/ World of Concrete Asia

May 16 ­ 19, 2006 Beijing, China Tel: +1 414 272 0943 Fax: +1 414 272 1170

CTT Moscow

May 23 ­ 27, 2006 International Exhibition Centre Moscow, Russia Tel : +7 095 961 2262 Fax : +7 095 203 4100

M&T Expo 2006

May 30 ­ June 3, 2006 Imigrantes Exhibition Center Sao Paulo, Brazil Tel : +55 11 4197 9111 Fax : +55 11 4197 9110

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world news

KOREA'S: Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has selected Austriabased architects Coop Himmelb(l)au's design as the winning entry for its 40000 m2 PIFF Cinema Complex and urban plaza in Pusan, South Korea. The US$ 46 million project's urban plaza consists of four overlapping zones ­ an Urban Valley, a Red Carpet zone, the Walk of Fame and the PIFF Canal Park. There will also be a Cinema Mountain building consisting of six vertically staked cinemas. The whole project will be covered in a "flowing, curvaceous roof", onto which films will be projected, both inside and out.


Underwater start

DUBAI: Construction of Dubai's US$ 500 million underwater hotel is expected to get underway this month (February). The hotel will be formed in two connected sections. The shallow section will be built on the seabed and surrounded by specially stocked fish tanks. The floating deep water section will be tethered to the seabed and guests will directly view the natural sea environment. The hotel, which has been designed and developed by former German Aerospace administrator Joachim Hauser, is due for completion in late 2008.

Corruption grows in China

CHINA: Corruption in China's construction industry has reached epic proportions according to the state run Xinhau news agency. Almost 50000 Chinese officials have been punished for corruption in the last two years and a recent investigation by the National Audit Office found that CNY 290 billion (US$ 36 billion) of public funds had been misused in the first 11 months of 2005. At the end of last year, former Land and Resources Minister Tian Fengshan, was jailed for life for taking CNY 4.36 million (US$ 540000) in bribes over eight years. In January this year another Land Resources Bureau worker was sentenced to death for stealing CNY 2.8 million (US$ 347000) destined for the Three Gorges Dam. In a bid to increase transparency and competitiveness the Government has formed a new state-owned agency, the China Transportation Construction Group (CTCG) by merging China Harbour Construction Company and the China Road and Bridge Company. CTCG will be responsible for the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects such as harbours, bridges and tunnels.

Architect faked results

JAPAN: Japanese architect Hidetsugu Aneha has admitted to falsifying earthquake resistance data for at least 21 buildings in Japan in a bid to save costs and win more contracts. Mr Aneha has been involved in the design of over 200 buildings in Japan and engineers have ordered all but one of the 14 structures examined so far to be demolished. During questioning in parliament Mr Aneha said that he was put under pressure by Kimura Construction to reduce the amount of steel reinforcement in his designs. He said that he was told to reduce the steel content to cut construction costs or lose the contract. A spokesman for Kimura Construction has said that they did pressure Mr Aneha to cut costs but they trusted him as a structural expert and did not think he was breaking the law. Seven hotels designed by Mr Aneha have been closed and residents of high rise apartment blocks also designed by the Japanese architect have been evacuated while investigations continue. Mr Aneha has admitted that in the event of a moderate earthquake, his buildings "might crumble".


May 31 ­ June 4, 2006 Istanbul,Turkey Tel: +90 212 291 83 10 Fax: +90 212 240 43 81

CONET 2006

July 13 ­ 15, 2006 Makahri Messe, Tokyo, Japan

Bauma China

November 21 ­ 24, 2006 Shanghai, China Tel: +49 89 9492 0720

Bauma 2007

April 23 ­ 29, 2007 Munich, Germany Tel: +49 89 9491 1348 Fax: +49 89 9491 1349

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world news

US to close Iraq fund

IRAQ: US President Bush's administration has announced it does not intend to seek new funds for the reconstruction of Iraq when it presents its budget to Congress this month (February). The current US$ 18.4 billion allocation is expected to run out in June 2007. The US Government claims that over 3600 projects will be completed in Iraq by the end of 2006. However, it says security has accounted for up to 25% of the overall costs, and that some funds have been redirected to the construction of 10 new prisons to keep pace with insurgency in Iraq. According to Commander William McCoy, of the US Army Corps of Engineers, contracts for 80% of the US$ 18.4 billion fund have already been issued and those for the remaining US$ 1.7 billion will be awarded by summer 2006. He also said that Iraq's ability to rebuild itself is now well developed, "Around 60% of reconstruction work was once carried out from design through to completion by international companies, but now nearly 77% are awarded to Iraqi contractors." Iraq's interim government is also initiating economic reforms which place it in a better position to fund future investment in infrastructure. Bonds worth US$ 2.8 billion were placed on international debt markets last month under the name of the Republic of Iraq in a move to settle claims with some of the country's largest creditors. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also backed a new US$ 685 million loan to Iraq in January which will help the country secure foreign investment, and which clears the way for creditor countries to start debt relief programmes. The Paris Club ­ a group of 19 wealthy creditor countries ­ has said that the IMF loan will enable it to implement its -80% reduction in the US$ 38.9 billion debt owed to them by Iraq.

Crush triggers rebuild

SAUDI ARABIA: The human crush that killed 360 pilgrims on the Jamarat Bridge in Mena, Saudi Arabia, during the Muslim festival of Hajj in January has led to a reconstruction programme. The Jamarat Bridge, the scene of similar crowd trouble in 1994 and 2004 in which more than 500 people were killed, is being rebuilt to prevent future accidents. Contractor Saudi Bin Ladin has started to demolish the bridge. The rebuilding scheme is expected to take three years but the first phase will be completed in time for next year's Hajj.

US: Construction of the 44 storey Regatta apartment tower in Chicago, US is being fast tracked by main contractor James McHugh through first use of Peri's Climbing Protection Panel (CPP). The CPP system creates a screen around the upper two floors during construction, protecting the work from the high winds, which can be a problem on Chicago sites, and creating a safer environment for workers. Construction on Regatta is being carried out on a three day cycle and as construction progresses, the CPP is craned up to the next level along with the other formwork elements. A self climbing version of the system is also expected to make its debut in Chicago when James McHugh starts work on the Trump Tower in March.

Port proposed

PERU: Plans for development of a US$ 12 billion `megaport' off the coast of Lima in Peru have been presented to the Peruvian Government. The scheme involves construction of a 17 km2 terminal on San Lorenzo Island. According to one of the scheme's supporters Corporacion Megamar, the San Lorenzo site would offer water depths of up to 70 m. Corporacion Megamar president Marcos Bravo said, "San Lorenzo has the potential to become a multimodal regional hub for all of Latin America." Peru's congressional transport committee has already approved creation of the San Lorenzo multimodal transport authority and is expected to presidential approval early this year.

Airport access

MEXICO: Construction work, estimated to be worth US$ 73 million, to improve access to Mexico City International Airport got underway in January. The project includes construction of a cable stayed bridge, three elevated roadways and a new access road. Construction of a second terminal at the airport is already underway and the new access roads form part of a plan to improve passenger services. The access improvements are being directly funded by the federal government and through airport operator ASA. In January ICA won the MXP 1.9 billion (US$ 181 million) contract to finish the second terminal, with completion due in August.

Rural improvements

INDIA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set up a US$ 750 million loan facility to the Indian Government for its rural road programme. Under the scheme, which is now in its fifth year, the Government is creating all-weather road connections to villages in rural areas. So far 66000 km of roads have been improved and another 47000 km is nearing completion. The new ADB facility will be used to help fund upgrading work to another 30000 km of roads, connecting 19000 villages to the existing all weather road network. The financing facility will be provided by the ADB over a five year period as multiple loans, which will each finance a clearly defined project.

Earthquake costs

PAKISTAN: The cost of the rebuilding and reconstruction following last October's earthquakes in Pakistan has been put at US$ 10 billion. Previous estimates produced by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank put the cost of recovery and reconstruction at US$ 5.2 billion (iC, Dec 2005). The new figure announced in late December by Pakistan's Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authorities is almost double previous estimates but covers the whole country, not just the two worst affected areas. According to the Authority, the difference between its estimate and previous figures is also due to the cost of rebuilding the 400000 homes.

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business news

ICA increases airport stake

MEXICO: ICA, Mexico's largest construction company has acquired a controlling stake in airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (GACN), in three deals totalling US$ 260 million. According to ICA the acquisition is part of its strategy to expand into the operation of infrastructure. ICA directly owns 47.2% of GACN. However, the company controls additional shares through a consortium called SETA. SETA was set up in 2000 as a joint venture between ICA, Vinci and Aeroports de Paris, and it owns 15% of GACN. Vinci has since left the consortium, allowing ICA to take its stake in GACN to a controlling 51%. GACN operates 13 airports in Northern and central Mexico, most notably in the city of Monterrey. Last year it handled 11.7 million passengers and had sales of MXP 1.01 billion (US$ 94.6 million), and net profits of MXP 189 million (US$ 17.7 million). In a separate development, January saw ICA win the MXP 1.9 billion (US$ 181 million) contract to complete the construction of the new second terminal at Mexico City Airport. Work began in January and is due for completion in August. ICA is not the only construction contractor to branch-out into airports in recent years. Hochtief owns stakes in airports in Düsseldorf and Hamburg, in Germany, Athens in Greece and Sydney, Australia. It is also involved in the operation of Tirana International Airport in Albania via a concession agreement.

New factory

INDIA: JCB is building a new US$ 50 million excavator factory in Pune, India. It will initially manufacture 20 tonne-class JS 200 tracked excavators. According to JCB managing director. John Patterson, the company sold 400 excavators in 7000-unit Indian market last year. However, the new facility will have the capacity to produce between 5000 and 6000 machines per year. "It will serve primarily India, and will be capable of exporting to the Middle East and South-East Asia," he said.

JVs ended

PORTUGAL: Lafarge and Cemex have terminated their 50/50 joint venture in Iberia. Under the terms of an agreement announced in November, and which received regulatory approval in late December, Lafarge will buy-out the majority of the two companies involved ­ Readymix Asland S.A. (RMA) in Spain and Betecna Betao Pronto S.A. (BETECNA) in Portugal. RMA consists of 122 concrete plants and 12 aggregates quarries, and is claimed to be the market leader in the Spanish concrete sector. BETECNA comprises 40 concrete plants and four quarries. Lafarge has taken over full ownership of both companies. However, 28 concrete plants and six quarries formerly owned by RMA have been transferred to Cemex. In addition, Lafarge has paid Cemex 50 million (US$ 61.5 million) for to acquire its interests in the two businesses

Motor City

DUBAI: Consultant Currie & Brown has been appointed cost manager and quantity surveyor on Union Properties' AED 3.4 billion (US$ 918 million) Motor City, part of Dubailand. The project includes 550000 m2 of low-rise residential units, the 65000 m2 car superstore, an 85000 m2, 52-storey four-star hotel, a 108000 m2, 32-storey office tower and a 7000-seat grandstand.

Retail therapy

NEW ZEALAND: Multiplex has been awarded a NZ$ 108 million (US$ 73 million) contract to build the final retail stages of the Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in New Zealand. The 107000 m2 centre, on a 24 ha site, will be the largest retail and entertainment venue in the country when it opens in June 2007.

Rail work

AUSTRALIA: Barclay Mowlem's Infrastructure Group has been awarded a AU$ 98 million (US$ 73.5 million) contract to construct a new platform, maintenance sheds, track additions, retaining walls and bridge alterations at Hornsby Railway Station, Sydney, Australia. Work is expected to start in January, with completion scheduled for 2008.

Monorail team

DUBAI: A consortium of Japanese contractors including Obayashi, Hitachi and Marubeni has won the AED 1.4 billion (US $390 million) contract to build a monorail on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai for property developer Nahkeel. The fully automatic, 5.4 km straddle-beam system with four stations, will be used by residents and visitors to the offshore island, also currently under construction, and is the first of several urban mass transit systems planned around the UAE.

Engine sale

GERMANY: DaimlerChrylser has sold its off-highway engines business to private equity company EQT. The sale values MTU Friedrichshafen and the off-highway engine divisions of Detroit Diesel at 1.6 billion (US$ 1.94 billion). DaimlerChrysler has received 1 billion (US$ 1,21 billion) in cash for the companies, and in addition, EQT will take over various debts and pension costs totalling 600 million (US$ 725 million).

New town

BAHRAIN: A 50/50 joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster and Van Oord has been awarded the 690 ha "North Bahrain New Town" reclamation project in Bahrain. The 24 month, BHD 85 million (US$ 184 million) contract requires dredging 38 million m3 of sand and placing 1.5 million tonnes of rock for slope protection.

exchange rates, january 2006


Australian Dollar AU$ 1.70 0.422 6.06 0.613 Brazilian Real BRL 0.589 0.248 3.57 0.361 British Pound UK£ 2.37 4.03 14.4 1.45 Chinese Yuan CNY 0.165 0.280 0.0695 0.101 Euro 1.63 2.77 0.688 9.9 Indian Rupee INR 0.0301 0.0512 0.0127 0.183 0.0185 Japanese Yen YEN 0.0116 0.01970.004890.0703 0.0071 Mexican Peso MXN 0.126 0.215 0.0533 0.766 0.0774 Russian Ruble RUR 0.0477 0.0804 0.02 0.288 0.0291 Saudi Riyal SAR 0.356 0.602 0.15 2.15 0.217 South African Rand ZAR 0.222 0.376 0.0935 1.35 0.136 South Korean Won KRW 0.00135 0.0023 0.0005710.00822 0.00083 Swiss Franc CHF 1.05 1.79 0.445 6.4 0.646 US Dollar US$ 1.33 2.26 0.56 8.06 0.815 For example US$ 1 = AU$ 1.33

741 0.952 0.752 435 0.559 0.442 1751 2.25 1.79 122 0.156 0.124 1205 1.55 1.23 22.3 0.0286 0.0227 0.385 8.5 0.0111 0.00872 4.19 10.9 93 0.120 0.0952 1.58 4.1 0.376 35.0 0.0450 0.0357 11.8 30.6 2.81 7.47 261 0.337 0.267 7.36 19.1 1.76 4.65 0.623 164 0.210 0.167 0.0449 0.117 0.0107 0.0286 0.00383 0.00611 0.00129 0.001019 35 90 8.35 22.2 2.97 4.76 778 0.794 44.1 114.7 10.5 28 3.75 6 981 1.26

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For two weeks in August 2008, more than half the world's population is expected to watch the Beijing Olympic Games. The



centrepiece of the spectacle

n July 2001, Beijing won the competition to host the 2008 Olympic Games, beating off rival bids from will be the striking new Istanbul, Turkey, Osaka, Japan Paris, France and Toronto, Canada. It was a 80000-seater National defining moment in China's emergence onto the world stage, and the country's Stadium, located in the status was further cemented in December of that year with its entry to the World city's northern outskirts. Trade Organisation (WTO). Only the soccer World Cup can rival the Chris Sleight reports from Olympics for the level of global interest they generate, attracting billions of TV viewers. site on the construction of Host nations therefore go to extraordinary lengths to present themselves in a good this iconic structure. light, investing huge sums of money in new venues and infrastructure. In Beijing's case, a reported RMB 17.4 billion (US$ 2.15 billion) will be invested in venues for the 2008 Games, the centrepiece of which will be a new athletics stadium in the city's Northern suburbs. The client body for the project is a specially incorporated entity called the National Stadium Company. Majority ownership (58%) lies with Beijing's Municipal Government, with the remaining equity being taken-up by a commercial consortium called China International Trust & Investment Corp (CITIC). This National Stadium Company will build and operate the venue on a 30 year franchise, after which ownership will revert to the city of Beijing. CITIC comprises the contracting joint venture that is building the stadium and, rather confusingly, the US arm of a Beijing-based investment company, Golden State Holding Group (GSH). The general contracting group comprises three entities ­ Departments no. 1 and no. 4 of the Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) and Zhongxing Guohua Construction Company.


The competition to design the venue was won by Swiss architectural practice Herzog and de Meuron, working in partnership with the China Architecture & Design Research Group (CADREG), and engineering consultant Arup. A distinctive design, the stadium's façade comprises an apparently random network of criss-crossing columns and beams, reminiscent of a bird's nest. Measuring 333 m long and 280 m wide, the stadium will have a gently undulating roof with a maximum height of 69.12 m. The original design included a retractable roof that would On-site fabrication of the first pieces of the façade. The concrete bowl have completely enclosed the stadium, of the stadium was allowing games to continue in bad weather. nearing completion However, a cost review in July 2004 last October. resulted in this element being removed from the plans, which helped cut the budget from RMB 3.4 billion (US$ 420 million) to RMB 3.1 billion (US$ 383 million). The redesign also saw the seating capacity of the stadium reduced from 100000 to 80000. Inside the stadium, the 80000 seats will be spread over three tiers, with the various spectator areas and facilities required to run the venue located underneath these. This entire internal structure is being built from cast in-situ concrete, starting with three levels of underground car parks. Above ground there are seven floors under the tiered seating. The ground floor will largely be used to house plant and equipment to run the stadium, although there will also be a walkway around the venue's circumference at this level, between the concrete structure and the façade. The fourth floor will contain the VIP areas, while the third level will be filled with catering outlets.

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Above: In addition to the 14 tower cranes, the construction of the stadium bowl required the use of numerous high reach concrete placing booms.

The huge scaffolding structure surrounding and supporting the stadium was a traditional handfixed steel tube & coupling system.


When iC visited the site in late October, the final pours were being carried out on the concrete seating banks, which will have a maximum height of 51.1 m. According to a spokesman for BUCG, it was critical to get this milestone complete by the end of the month because the temperature in Beijing changes rapidly at that time of year. Late October is pleasantly warm, with mid-day high temperatures around the low 20 °C mark, but these fall to sub-zero levels in just a few weeks, with snow often making an appearance by mid-November.

The main tools for this stage of construction have been 14 tower cranes, dotted around the inside and outside of the stadium. The main suppliers for these are Chinese manufacturers Shenyang and SCM ­ the latter company is thought to be market leader in the Chinese tower crane sector. In addition, there was one Potain MC300, built at the parent company, Manitowoc's factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China. Concrete was being poured with a combination of Schwing and Sany pumps and Schwing placing booms. In addition to this equipment, there were an estimated 5000 workers on site. Completion is due at the end of 2007, and the emphasis over the next two years will be on building the `bird's nest' structure. Unlike many stadiums, the outer skin will be a genuine façade, with no structural connections between it and the inner concrete bowl containing the seats. The façade's main structural elements are 24 reinforced concrete columns spaced at regular intervals around the stadium's exterior. Aside from these, which will blend into the design, there are no other towers or cable supports to interrupt the stadium's lines. The bird's nest effect will be created with the use of 36 km of steel elements, weighing a total of 45000 tonnes. Weather-proofing will be provided by a skin of Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) ­ the same material used by Herzog & de Meuron for the outer shell of the 66000-seater Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The inner skin of the façade will be a polytetraflouroehylene (PTFE) ­ or `Teflon' ­ membrane, and the space between these two surfaces ­ 12 m in the ceiling sections of the stadium will be filled with inflated ETFE cushions. From a practical point of view, these will help keep sound inside the arena and enhance the atmosphere for spectators and competitors. In design terms, they will continue the bird's nest theme, mimicking the way birds stuff their twig nests with soft material for comfort and insulation. In addition to the stadium itself the site, with an area of nearly 26 hectares, will be home to the Olympic aquatics centre as well as a secondary arena that will be used by athletes to warm-up prior to competing. According to BUGC's spokesman, the project is running on schedule, and will be finished a good eight months before the iC opening ceremony on 8 August 2008.

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Change in China

onstruction equipment sales in China have rocketed over backhoes. In the roller sector, the company is planning to recent years. In 2005 it is estimated that up to 110000 introduce new compactors for export markets next year, but within wheeled loaders were sold in the country along with something China, "Our market share now is around 7%, but we are looking to like 30000 excavators. But as Zeng Guang An, president and vice increase that to 15%", said Mr Zeng. chairman of Liugong, told iC during a recent interview in Beijing, Also in the road-building sector, the company currently produces that huge growth has put real pressure on manufacturers. two models of motor grader, but there are plans to expand "Over the next five years, many manufacturers will close and the range for both domestic and export markets. The current the market for wheeled loaders will decrease", said Mr Zeng. It is 180 hp (135 kW) grader is manufactured mainly for the with that domestic situation in mind that Mr Zeng's Liugong, and domestic and developing world markets while the smaller 160 hp a number of other major manufacturers in China, are starting to (120 kW) grader has a Tier III engine and is more suited to export look very seriously at export markets. markets. The new models planned for this year include a 200 hp Not surprisingly, Mr Zeng has a plan for Liugong's future, both and perhaps a 220 hp model (150 and 165 kW respectively). The domestically and internationally. "In China the main business is plan, according to Mr Zeng, is to initially sell the two new graders wheeled loaders and over the next five years we plan to increase our market The equipment market in China share. This year it is around 18% and we want to get it up to about 25%." he may well be one of the world's said. "We are also", he added "looking to increase exports and to develop new largest, but competition is tough. technologies and new generations of machines with new Tier III engines". Some Chinese manufacturers will But while wheeled loaders are Liugong's biggest product by far, Mr Zeng sees undoubtedly disappear in the next excavators as crucial to the company's future ­ both in China and overseas. few years, while some will expand "Liugong's share of the excavator market in 2005 was around 3% and we want to into new territories. iC talked to increase that by +1% a year. That's a very hard job, however, because 90% of the Zeng Guang An, president and market is taken by foreign brands." So how are Chinese manufacturers to vice chairman of Liugong, one of start redressing the domestic excavator market imbalance? According to Mr China's leading manufacturers, Zeng: "In order for Chinese brands to get more market share, we have to work about the market, its problems very hard. First we have to improve the quality, performance, and technology in and its future. our products, then we have to build a great dealer network, and we must tackle our human resources problems. We must train our people well and invest in engineers to improve quality." Currently, Liugong produces two models from its new 9-series excavator range but there are plans for a six-strong range covering the 4 to 25 tonnes bracket next year, with a long-term aim to become a full-line provider.



Born in 1965, Mr Zeng joined Liugong in 1985. He became president in 1999.

Other product lines

Liugong also produces other product lines including road-building equipment, skid-steers, small wheeled loaders and

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in the domestic market but then introduce them into selected overseas markets like Russia, India and Africa. Another product in the road-building sector, that in some ways typifies the problems facing Chinese manufacturers, is the asphalt paver. As Mr Zeng points out, around four years ago many Chinese manufacturers jumped on the paver production band wagon as road-building increased dramatically. The problem facing many manufacturers today is that the fierce competition caused by over-supply has led to drastic price reductions and cash flow problems. Mr Zeng's view: "We have three paver models now ­ 12, 9 and 7 m machines, but because of the prices going down and the cash flow problems we're just watching. We keep some good customers and we're not eager to get much market share, because that can wait. In the next two or three years, many paver manufacturers will have closed." In the compact equipment sector ­ a market that is still relatively small in China ­ Liugong produces two small wheeled loaders, both of which have mechanical transmissions so are sold only in China and developing countries, and skid steers. Currently the company Liugong established produces two skid steer models but the a sales company in range is soon to be increased to four and Australia two years there will be a renewed focus on export ago. Pictured is the markets including the US and Europe. company's stand at Another product that hasn't caught the the recent National imagination of the Chinese market is Construction the backhoe loader. Liugong produces a Exhibition in backhoe unit but according to Mr Zeng, Sydney, Australia, "backhoes in China are very funny products, which featured and the market is unclear. Currently, wheeled loaders, however, the market in China is going up excavators, motor and in the next five years it could reach grader and skid 2000 units a year." steer models. Putting all its production together, Mr Zeng put the situation into a nutshell by saying, "We plan to produce 35000 machines (of all types) in 2010 with sales of CNY 10 billion (US$ 1.2 billion)." He added, "Of that CNY 10 billion around 15% will be from export turnover." In reply to the question of which of the categories of equipment will make up the figures, Mr Zeng said, "Wheeled loaders will



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be the majority. The performance, the quality, and the reliability are good. We have made loaders for about 40 years, we know the product well, so this is where we'll export more. Also, we have a full range with two options ­ one for China and the developing countries and the other for the United States and Europe." "The second biggest sector will be excavators, I think. Last year we exported 100 excavators and we can get some market share in the developing countries in Africa, India, and in places like Australia." Mr Zeng sees the development of Liugong's export drive in two sections, "We have a plan for the overseas market. For the first five years we'll focus on the developing countries of Africa, Asia, India and some countries from Russia. Then we have another five year plan for Europe and the US. In the first five years we have to prepare the product and then we have to know and understand the market and develop relationships and dealers, then we can start. If the products are OK and the dealers are OK then we can go ahead." As far as international dealers are concerned, Liugong only had five dealers outside China two years ago, by last year the number had increased to 20. "Maybe five years from now we'll have 50 dealers", Mr Zeng said, adding, "Every year we have to get new dealers." Most of those dealers are in Asia, Africa, Russia, Sweden and parts of northern Europe, and in 2004 the company established a sales company in Australia. Those international dealers will, initially at least, be selling machines that will be developed specifically for export markets. "The products that we are developing for export markets will be different ­ we have two standards, one for China and developing countries, and one for Europe and America." Mr Zeng said. And there could also be some new products in the Liugong line up, according to the company's president. "In the next five years we will have new products. We're looking at dozer companies and


Brief History ­ Liugong

1958: 1966: 1970: 1987: Factory relocated to Liuzhou (south-west China) Liugong produces first rigid wheeled loader in China First articulated wheeled loader produced in China Starts to manufacture Cat 966 wheeled loaders under licence 1993: Liugong goes public 1995: Start of the joint venture with ZF 1995: Start of the backhoe loader agreement with Case (ended in `99)

for a chance to buy. But in China it's not so easy to handle this problem ­ we must make any production very efficient." Mr Zeng sees efficiency as one of the most important factors in the future of the Chinese construction equipment sectors. As he points out, it is easy to add production capacity but it is not as easy to do it efficiently. "Crucial to our success has been increases in efficiencies" he said.


Finally, as the interview drew to a close, the subject of rental came up. Mr Zeng said, "Yes, rental is very interesting in China. I think over the next 5 to 10 years the industry will change completely as more and more big rental companies become customers." It probably wouldn't be too risky to hazard a guess that rental will not be the only sector to change in China over the next ten years or so. There seems little doubt that some manufacturers are likely to go out of business, but there will be many that emerge from this period of change much leaner and stronger. Those companies will almost certainly be looking closely at the domestic market, but iC they will also be looking at markets overseas.


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Aiming high

Sydney's iconic skyline has had some recent high rise additions, designed by a host of world famous architects, but it is Bovis Lend Lease's Asia Pacific division that has taken many of these structures from design to reality. Claire Symes met the company's regional CEO Murray Coleman to find out more about the company and prospects in Asia Pacific.

hink about Australian architecture and images of Sydney's Harbour Bridge or Opera House probably spring to mind. But a stones throw from these iconic structures are some new additions ­ Deutsche Bank Place, Aurora Place and 30 The Bond ­ and the link between all three is Bovis Lend Lease. Deutsche Bank Place and Aurora Place are both high rise developments in Sydney's central business district (CBD), designed by Norman Foster and Renzo Piano respectively, and constructed by Bovis. Just round the corner in Sydney's upcoming Millers Point district is 30 The Bond which is not only the head office for Bovis's Asia Pacific division and a showcase for environmentally sensitive design, but is also part of the company's recent construction portfolio. It is in a bright and airy conference room in 30 The Bond, which overlooks Sydney Harbour, that iC meets with Murray Coleman, the man recently appointed to CEO for Bovis's Asia Pacific region. Mr Coleman joined Bovis 19 years ago as a site engineer and worked his way up the ladder to take over his current role in July 2005 but his career in construction is a natural one as he was brought up with engineering. "My Father worked for a large firm of consulting engineers and one of my earliest memories of his engineering influence is from when I was five years old," explained Mr Coleman. "I remember sitting on the 21st level of the tallest building in Melbourne at the time ­ the Axa Building ­ with my feet dangling over the edge, while my Father checked some plans." As well as Australia, Mr Coleman's new role also covers China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam. Bovis' worldwide operation generated over AUS$ 9.5 billion (US$ 7 billion) in the financial year to the end of June 2005 and more than AUS$ 1.6 billion (US$ 1.2 billion) of the revenue came from work by the Asia Pacific division. Murray Coleman is Mr Coleman has worked extensively throughout the region, CEO of Bovis Lend as well as in the UK and the US, in previous roles at Bovis but Lease's Asia Pacific has spent the last few months bolstering his knowledge about division. operations in each country. "We are already clear about our strategy in Australia but we need to develop clear strategies for each individual country within the Asia Pacific region," he said. "The region covers a wide range of markets, each with different economic drivers and different cultures." Getting to grips with the new challenge is obviously something that Mr Coleman relishes. Australia is the main market for Bovis' Asia Pacific division and new orders during the last financial year in Australia alone generated more than AUS$ 1 billion (US$ 740 million) in sales. The company has built a name for itself in Australia through its involvement in high-profile, innovative projects like 30 The Bond, Deutsche Bank Place and Aurora Place. Bovis was also involved in the redevelopment of Sydney's Darling Harbour and worked in joint venture with property developer Mervac on the athlete's village for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. "The Olympics were good for the Australian construction sector," said Mr Coleman. "Not only in terms of the amount of work that was generated in the run up to the games but it also increased awareness of the capability which exists within the Australian construction sector. There are only three other main players in the Australian market apart from us ­


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Going green

Most contractors' involvement in a project finishes when the building is complete but Bovis's links with 30 The Bond in Sydney go right from design and construction through to completion and occupation. 30 The Bond, which was Australia's first five star energy rated building when it opened in 2004, was built by Bovis for Deutsche Office Trust. The contractor now uses six of the building's nine floors as its headquarters in Sydney. The AUS $112 million (US$ 84 million) building's design incorporates natural ventilation, passive chilled beam cooling and fully operable shading on the facades. The design has helped 30 The Bond to achieve -30% lower CO2 emissions than a conventional office. The back wall of the first four storeys is formed by sandstone, which was excavated by convicts for a gasworks which originally occupied the site in the 1820s, and provides additional cooling. Bovis has used the full depth of the wall to act as a deep truss to support the suspended glass wall above level four and minimise the size of the members supporting the 42 m span.

Despite the company's recent success in its home market, Mr Coleman is still looking to further develop and widen Bovis' involvement in the Australian construction sector. "We work in all the main construction sectors ­ commercial, retail infrastructure and residential ­ in Australia," explains Mr Coleman. "But we are also looking at moving more into the transportation sector. Rail will be a big growth area in Australia in the next few years and road investment is also increasing but it is difficult to grow organically in the roads market so we will probably look to joint ventures or acquisitions." Under Mr Coleman's guidance, Bovis has also begun to focus its attention on Private Finance Initiative (PFI) building and operating projects in the last six months. "We have not actively pursued PFI or design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) style contracts over the last few years but we are now changing our strategy to target this kind of work," said Mr Coleman. He also revealed that Bovis is already in the final stages of negotiations for a PFI contract in the defence sector. Bovis has five main offices in Australia which employ 1150 people and judging from the company's recent contract wins, there will be plenty of work to keep them busy over the next few years. Contracts awarded to Bovis in recent months include an AUS$ 250 million (US$ 187 million) deal to upgrade Brisbane Airport, a AUS$ 125 million

Bovis designed and built the mixed use Aurora Place tower from a concept by Renzo Piano. The building features a 41 storey office tower, an 18 level residential development and retail outlets.

Multiplex, Leighton and Thiess ­ and these names are increasingly gaining work overseas. But there are very few foreign companies competing for work in Australia." For clarification, it should be added that Thiess is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leighton, and that the latter company's largest shareholder is the German contractor Hochtief, with a 53% interest.

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Australian first

Designs for the Norman Foster designed 27 storey Deutsche Bank Place for Sydney's CBD lay on the drawing board for almost five years before Bovis became involved in the scheme. The concept was a radical departure from a traditional office and Bovis used scale prototypes to develop a workable design solution. The tower's atrium stretches the full 240 m height ­ the largest in Australia ­ and is the first building in the country to feature a remote core which allows the 1440 m2 floor plates to be completely column free. Lifts in the tower have been placed within open steel framed lift shafts in the detached core to provide passengers with views over the city and harbour. Construction of Deutsche Bank Place was completed last year.

for GE Healthcare in Shanghai, which has Shanghai and employs 140 people. "One of the biggest problems we have had in China is with the level of skills and training," said Mr Coleman. "We are overcoming the problem by providing appropriate safety and risk assessment training, as well as vocational training, ourselves. Health and safety can also be a problem ­ strict regulations exist but they are often not enforced." According to Mr Coleman, Bovis' order books in other parts of the Asia Pacific region are also growing. "Work levels in most areas are steady but the commercial sector in Malaysia is really starting to take off and we are expecting to see growth in our telecommunications work in Japan," he said. "Work in Thailand is increasing. We have carried out a lot of work for the hospitality industry around Phuket following the tsunami in 2004 but we expect the growth to continue beyond the rebuilding work." Singapore has long been a key market for Bovis and the company first established its presence there 30 years ago. "The construction sector in Singapore is beginning to recover but has contracted by -50% compared to three years ago," said Mr Coleman. "The Singapore market is very cyclical. Industrial work there has dropped significantly over the last few years but recent growth in retail work is helping to boost the sector." Bovis' work in Taiwan is also growing and the company is currently working on a US$ 300 million industrial project to build a new LCD glass manufacturing facility for Corning in Taichung. In general Mr Coleman is positive about prospects in the Asia Pacific region and will be focusing on developing strategies for each market in the coming months to "get more drive". However, he also believes that people are a vital part of developing the right strategy. "Having the right people in the right place at the right time is 95% of iC the battle," he added.

(US$ 93.5 million) project to build two prisons in Queensland and a AUS$ 150 million (US$ 112 million) scheme to build a new headquarters for the Australian Taxation Office in Canberra. Bovis' approach to work varies throughout the Asia Pacific region. "In Australia we generally focus on design and construct projects," said Mr Coleman. "But in other areas our clients' needs very from full project management to just construction. "The type of clients we work for also varies. In China, for example, we tend to only work on major projects for multinational companies rather than bidding for locally derived contracts," said Mr Coleman. "The Chinese construction market is probably one of the fastest growing in the Asia Pacific region and there is huge potential for further growth with foreign investment in China racing ahead. There were 32000 separate building sites in Shanghai a few years ago and I am sure that there are still a similar number underway today." Bovis has been working in China for 12 years and has recently started work on its fifth pharmaceutical contract in three years been valued at US$ 25 million. Bovis' operation in China is based in

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With more than 1500 exhibitors over 350000 m2 of space Intermat will once again be the focal point for the world's construction equipment manufacturers and users. In the first of three articles, iC previews this year's event and some of the products being launched at the show.

he Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, to the north of Paris, France will once again be the venue for the Intermat construction trade show on 24th ­ 29th April. The exhibition, which is held every three years has moved forward in the calendar from the mid-May slot it had in 2003. The organisers are confidently predicting this year's event will be the largest ever; with 350000 m2 of exhibition space available more than 80% has already been booked. The organisers are also predicting there will be about 1500 constructionrelated exhibitors from 30 different countries, with about 200000 visitors expected over the six days.


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DATES AND TIMES Monday 24 April ­ Saturday 29 April SHOW HOURS 9am ­ 6pm GETTING THERE By road ­ from the north of Paris, take the A1 motorway (Porte de la Chapelle) or A3 motorway (Porte de Bagnolet), then the 104 motorway towards Soissons, and follow the signs to Parc des Expositions. From the south of Paris, take the A86 or A6 motorways towards Paris and join either the A1 or A3 and follow the above directions ­ but given the traffic congestion that can be encountered in the Paris area, it may be less stressful to travel by train. By train ­ A TGV station is situated close to Parc des Expositions. By RER from central Paris, take Line B, direction Roissey. From Charles de Gaulle airport, take RER Line B in the direction of Robinson ­ Saint Remy les Chevreuse. From Orly airport, take OrlyVal to Antony station, then RER Line B. By air ­ Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is a five-minute taxi ride from Parc des Expositions. ACCOMMODATION Contact ATI Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 27 15 15, fax: +33 (0) 1 44 05 01 48, email [email protected], web:

Hyundai's new 50 tonne Robex R500LC-7 excavator completes the company's Dash-7 Robex series.

Engine laws

There is bound to be a slew of new products on show from manufacturers big and small, but perhaps one of the biggest


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drivers towards the launch of new equipment will be Europe's Stage IIIA engine exhaust emissions legislation, and the 1 January this year saw the introduction of laws governing the 130 to 560 kW powerband. Engines in this powerband have been available for some time ­ many were launched at Bauma 2004, giving equipment manufacturers time to incorporate them into the machines that are now being launched in Europe. The 130 to 560 kW powerband affects the larger class of engines, which tend to be fitted in big earthmoving machines ­ typically 15 tonne+ wheeled loaders and motor graders, 20 to 60 tonne capacity haulers, 25 to 130 tonne excavators, D6 class dozers and above, and so on. New wheeled loaders on show, for example, will include Hyundai's 30 tonne HL780-7A (259 kW), Caterpillar's 950H (18 tonnes), 962H (19 tonnes), 966H (24 tonnes), and 972H (25 tonnes). All are powered by Cat Stage IIIA/Tier 3 compliant ACERT technology engines ­ 12.5 litre, 214 kW C13 (972H), 11.1 litre, 195kW C11 (966H) and the 7.2 litre C7 (156 kW for the 962H and 145 kW for the 950H). In the same weight class, plus 20 tonnes, as Cat's 966H and 972H are Liebherr's new L 566 2plus2, L 576 2plus2 and L 580 2plus2. All feature new engines designed by Liebherr's own factory in Switzerland. The 23 tonne L 566 is has a 190 kW engine, while the 23.7 tonne L 576 and 24,5 tonne L580 are powered by 200 kW units. Also at the show will be JCB's new 456 ZX wheeled loader, which features a turbocharged, 147 kW 8.3-litre engine.

Power Curber's new 5700-SUPER-B features a 133 hp engine (99 kW), which increases the machine's trimming and pouring capabilities in highproduction curb-andgutter applications.

Road building

Following its acquisition of Vibromax JCB is showing a range of equipment from its new JCB Vibromax range, including VMT series tandem compactors (1.2 to 10.5 tonnes and operating widths from 800 to 1675 mm), VMR series tampers (VMR60 and VMR75), VMF series vibratory plate compactors (four models), VMP series reversible plate compactors (from 80 to 913 kg and working widths of 325 to 1100 mm), VMD series double drum vibratory walk-behind compactors (600, 800, and 1135 kg), VM series multi-purpose trench compactors (VM1500 M and the VM 1500 F) and VM series of towed vibratory compactors (VM501 and VM651). Dynapac is also promising new rollers and light rammers, and will also be showing a range of pavers and planers. Power Curber's will be showing its new 5700-SUPER-B, which features a +50% increase in horsepower. The 133 HP engine (99 kW) increases the machine's trimming and pouring capabilities in high-production curb-and-gutter applications. The 5700-B is features a cast auger conveyor, hydraulic mold offset, and Quick-Connect Mold Mount System. It will be shown alongside the company's SF-2700 paver.

Genisis'new multi-jaw Logix Processor LXP attachmentis suitable for excavators in the 20, 30, 40 and 50tonne class, and will be available in four different sizes.

Demolition and recycling

In the demolition and recycling sector rumours abound of a new demolition excavator from Liebherr and new scrap processing shears, and other new tools, from French manufacturer Arden Equipment. However, what is confirmed is that Genisis will be showing several pieces of new equipment, including its multi-jaw Logix Processor LXP attachment, GPG-H polyp grab and GWS weighing system. The LXP fits excavators in the 20, 30, 40 and 50-tonne class, and will be available in four different sizes. The GPG-H polyp grab will be available with five tines, sizes 0.4 m³ and 0.6 m³ with open, half closed and closed tines to be installed on carrier units in the weight class of 20 to 35 tonnes.


Following JCB's acquisition of Vibromax the company will be showing a range of new compaction equipment at Intermat.

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The GWS weighing system is designed for use by loaders and excavators. Extec will be exhibiting its C series jaw crushers (C10 and C12), heavy duty tracked Impactor, S5 Doublescreen and E7 heavy duty track mounted self propelled open flow screening and stock piling system, along with "a mysterious new guest that is set to send shock waves through the crushing and screening world", according to the company. Rubble Master will be showing its RM70 compact recycler and RM 80 impact crusher.

Other equipment

Other new machines getting their first outing in the iron at Intermat include Hyundai's new 50 tonne Robex R500LC-7 excavator, which completes the company's Dash-7 Robex series. Power for the new model comes from the high-performance Stage IIIA compliant 11 litre, 6-cylinder (turbo-charged and charge-cooled) Cummins QSM11-C, which Iddromeccanica's is rated at 250kW. "M" series is Moxy will be showing the latest addition made up of five to its product line-up, the MT 41, a models, the IMI 37.2 tonne, 24.1 m3 capacity ADT for the first time at the show. Its Scania 18M (190 kg), IMI DC12, water-cooled, HPI injected diesel 26M (240 kg), IMI engine, with turbo charger and air to air 170M (1800 kg), intercooler, delivers 330 kW of power to IMI 240M (2400 the 6 x 6 drive train. kg) and IMI 290M Axiomatic Technologies Corporation will (3000 kg).

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LEFT: Extec will be showing their C series jaw crushers, Impactor, S5 Doublescreen and E7 screener at Intermat.

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be showing a new proportional control module as an accessory for crawler or wheeled construction equipment. The device permits proportional control of a machine attachment and provides additional control outputs for other accessory functions. Emunds+Staudinger will be showing a range of equipment, including its BPU 600/800 piperamming system, its Linear Shoring system, and its Site Road system. Hydronix will be showing its new Hydro-Mix VI, the latest design in microwave moisture sensors for measurement in mixer ­ ready mix, precast and asphalt plants. It is designed to improve the quality and consistency of the end product while reducing waste and increasing productivity. Euro Power Generators will be showing its latest portable generators, the EPS33TDE and EPS40TDE. Both the EPS33TDE (33 kVA) and the EPS40TDE (40 kVA) are equipped with the solid Kubota V3300(T) turbo engines. According to the company the new generators were designed with user-friendliness as its first priority. Other features include easy accessibility for maintenance, a lifting eye, a straightforward control panel and extremely low noise levels. Besides these machines, visitors can expect to see plenty of other new machines in these categories and classes at the show. A full guide to the show will be published in iC's March issue. iC

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Launched this month, Sandvik Rock Processing's CM4800i features the company's high capacity H4800 Hydrocone crusher, alongside its ASRi crusher control system as standard.

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Enhanced crushing

Terex Pegson has also extended its product range with the introduction of three new crushers ­ the 1165 Premiertrak, the Metrotrak HA (see box story p.35) and the 1412 Trakpactor. The 1412 Trakpactor is a track mounted primary impactor designed to be simple to operate and maintain. It can be used for both quarrying and recycling applications and has an output capacity of up to 550 tonnes/hour. It is fitted with a Hazemag AP-PH 1214/Q impactor with four reversible and replaceable blowbars. One key feature is the hydraulic apron locking facility, including hydraulic overload protection. This, claims the company, eliminates apron bounce, maximises reduction, and provides consistent product size with less oversize than conventional spring-loaded impactors as well as additional protection from metal waste. The 1165 Premiertrak track-mounted single toggle jaw crusher is designed for processing quarried hard rock and construction and demolition waste recycling applications, and has a throughput of up to 350 tonnes/hour. A new hydraulic adjustment system has been developed to allow crusher settings to be made quickly and easily over a wide setting range. Key to the design is its easy and rapid set-up and use. It is also available in a hydraulic release version, the 1165 HR, Komatsu's 31.5 tonnes BR380JG-1 is equipped with a large-capacity KCJ4222 jaw crusher, has a production output of 50 to 291 tonnes/ hour and is powered by a 134 kW Komatsu SAA6D102E-2 engine.

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he latest generation of mobile crushing and screening equipment brings equipment manufacturers together the newest developments in crushing technology, screening media and continue to expand their computer diagnostics. One area that has seen considerable development in recent mobile ranges, with years is computer diagnostics, both onboard and in remote application. several new machines The newest mobile cone crusher from Sandvik Rock Processing, for example, is being launched recently. the CM4800i ­ the "i" in its name stands for "intelligence". According to the company Richard High looks at the the CM4800i is a "flexible" secondary crushing unit featuring its high capacity latest developments and H4800 Hydrocone crusher. A Sandvik spokesman told iC that, "the reports on some of the CM4800i is the perfect choice for any contractor looking for a highly flexible and machines in action. mobile secondary unit with a short payback time. Several running options will be available as standard and the CM4800i can operate independently or in a processing system with other units. Incorporating the CM1208i primary crushing unit, for example, gives an intelligent control system that optimises the entire production process." Like the CM1208i, the CM4800i's control system allows for sequenced start-ups, close-downs and fault tracing. The operator has an overview of the machines operation giving full control of the process. A computer monitor, with user-friendly icons and symbols, is incorporated into the control system. Material flow is controlled automatically, although there is also a manual override. In multi-stage crushing setups, the system can communicate with the succeeding units. Features include automatic crusher control, protecting the crusher from damaging overloads, increasing production, the highest possible degree of reduction, improved product distribution and better product shape.

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LEFT: Kormann Rockster's remote control R700 container-mobile impact crusher (6.98 x 2.3 x 2.6 m) weighs 13.9 tonnes and has a maximum throughput of 120 tonnes/hour.

It features heavy-duty, low ground Terex Pegson's pressure crawler tracks and is both agile and track mounted manoeuvrable around the site. The design 1412 Trakpactor and construction provides maximum access primary impactor for easy maintenance and serviceability, can be used while operational efficiency and mobility for quarrying make it "a truly versatile screening unit for and recycling large-scale applications such as quarries", applications and said a company spokesman. has an output "This new machine is designed and built capacity of up to for high volume processing of aggregates, 550 tonnes/hour. coal, crushed stone and demolition debris," added the spokesman. Also new from Powerscreen is its Horizon 6203. At 18.55 m long and 4.75 m high in working mode it is designed for large volume processing of crushed stone, sand and gravel, recycled concrete and asphalt. Capable of up to 800 tonnes/hour throughput of four specific sized products, the plant features a 6 x 1.83 m horizontal triple-deck screening box with a high productivity geared triple shaft oval stroke screen. Its four stockpiling conveyors can be hydraulically folded for transport, giving a travelling width of only 3.2 m. Once on site, setup time is swift, just a few hours, and, according to the company, the low ground pressure, heavy-duty crawler undercarriage provides "an agility and mobility around the job-site that belies its size and capacity".

designed for applications where steel may be encountered in the waste stream. Another new tracked jaw crusher comes from Komatsu. The company's 31.5 tonne BR380JG-1 uses the same track undercarriage as its excavators and is designed with a "high commonality", which should help guarantee product availability. The BR380JG-1 incorporates Komatsu's HydrauMind hydraulic technology. The system supplies the optimum amount of oil through load sensing and pressure compensated valves, which sense overloads and automatically slows the feed. At the business end of the machine its KCJ4222 jaw crusher is powered by a 180 hp (134 kW) Komatsu SAA6D102E-2 engine, giving a production output of 55 to 265 tons/hour (50 to 291 tonnes/hour). The BR380JG-1 also features a real-time monitoring system that displays and monitors all of the machine's components in order to alert the operator to problems.

Weeminuche Construction Authority used two Barmac vertical shaft impact crushers during construction of the Ridges Basin Reservoir dam, part of the AnimasLa Plata Project.

Runway extension

Carlsbad's McClellan-Palomar Airport is one of the busiest single runway airports in the US, serving northern San Diego County and Southern California. More than 400 aircraft are based at the facility. Recently, changes have been made to the runway safety area, including extending the runway east and west to meet Federal Aviation Administration required over-run lengths. About 182 m was added to the west, and about 61 m to the east. Large areas of taxiway and aircraft parking were also removed to make room for several new buildings. This created a huge amount of concrete and asphalt demolition waste that needed to be dealt with. Because the area was very confined and the runway and taxiways had to remain open AMG Demolition & Environmental used its compact Rubble Master RM80 impact crusher. About 13200 tonnes of concrete and asphalt from the old taxiways and aircraft parking areas was processed within a month, despite the fact that everytime an aircraft took-off or landed work had to stop ­ the wings of the aircraft intruded on the work site. Once screened, using OS80 belt mounted screen, the 0-25 mm aggregate was re-used as base course under the new taxi way and aircraft parking area.

New screens

Like crushers, one trend in screens has been towards compact, versatile units capable of working in a number of environments, such as quarries, construction sites or construction & demolition waste recycling stations. Powerscreen International's mobile Chieftain 2100 Triple Deck, for example, is capable of an output of up to 500 tonnes per hour (depending on mesh sizes and material types) and features a 20 x 5 ft (6 x 1.55 m) triple deck screen unit for optimum efficiency in screening quarried materials.

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Crush and fill

In the US, Texas-based Dallas Contracting has used its Eagle Ultramax 1000-15CV to crush 20000 tonnes of masonry, brick and concrete on site at a 23000 m2 former Ecolab facility. The project saw the total demolition of the building including slabs, foundations and footings. All steel and metal were recovered and sent offsite for recycling, while the crushed materials were reused onsite for backfilling purposes.

Grasan's largest road-portable rubble crushing plant, the KRH1515, features a Hazemag APPH primary impact crusher for a maximum throughput of 600 tonnes/hour.

The 8.2 m³ direct feed hopper is equipped with impact bars and rollers and has Hardox 400 steel side and back plates, which can also be hydraulically folded for transport. The horizontal 20 x 6 ft screen box (6 x 1.83 m) is triple deck geared, triple shaft and features an adjustable forward and elliptical throw (oval stroke). The elliptical stroke is adjustable from 15 mm up to a maximum 19 mm and is also angle adjustable from 30º to 60º. "These screen motion variations allow operators to adapt the plant to specific applications and the elliptical stroke produces high resistance to pegging and blinding, with high energy characteristics to loosen fines," said a Powerscreen spokesman. The four attached stockpiling conveyors are all angle adjustable, hydraulically folding and have variable belt speed control. The feed conveyor also features variable speed control for optimum material feed performance. >

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Screening media

Crushing rock is only part of the process when it comes to supplying aggregates. Just as important is the right screening media system, and with the huge Terex Pegson's number of companies that make screening 1165 Premiertrak systems, it is hardly surprising that there track mounted is such a diverse range of consumable single toggle jaw screening media available on the market. crusher has a Claes Larsson, Metso Minerals' media throughput of up to product line manager told iC, that Metso 350 tonnes/hour. hopes to change all that with its new A new hydraulic Trellex range. The heart of the system is adjustment system what the company describes as `upgrade has been developed strips' ­ polyurethane adaptors that mount to allow crusher onto a screen's existing rails. Different settings to be variants are available to match the range made quickly and of fixing systems in the market, but they all easily over a wide have the same top profile, which matches setting range.


New jaw crusher

Terex Pegson's newest mobile jaw crusher plant, the Metrotrak HA, features the latest development in CSS (close side setting) hydraulic adjustment of the "M" Series single toggle jaw. This uses two tapered cross beams, removing the need for shims and drawback rod for adjustment (40 to 100 mm) of the 900 x 600 mm feed opening. Powered by a 131 kW Caterpillar diesel engine, with a hydraulically actuated power take off, the Metrotrak HA has a maximum output of 175 tonnes/hour, depending on setting and material feed. The large hydraulically folding feed hopper (4 x 1.8 m) has a 3.6 m³ capacity and is constructed from reinforced Hardox wear-resistant plate. The 800 x 3800 mm vibrating grizzly feeder has a heavy-duty mechanical vibrating unit with twin cast eccentric shafts. Finger bars and under-screen allow grizzly fines to be directed to the main or optional side conveyor by fitting a blanking mat or wire meshes with a choice of apertures. Variable speed control allows smooth and continuous materials feed. The integral product conveyor is 800 mm wide and the discharge height is 2.9 m. The heavy-duty crawler track undercarriage, fully skirted conveyor and remote control give short set-up times and allow easy manoeuvrability on site. Dust suppression sprays are fitted as standard, while a side/dirt conveyor, radio remote control and magnetic overband separator are optional.


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BELOW: After the successful introduction of the Giporec R131 Giga impact crusher with screening unit, GIPO has now extended its range with the R100 Giga. The 30 tonne machine is fitted with a Cat C9, 249 kW engine and has a maximum output of 150 tonnes/hour. the company's new range of modular ABOVE: Schmidt polyurethane and rubber screening media Crushtek's latest modules. model is the These modules are produced to fit the Hydrotrack Hybrid, four standard widths, and are easy to which can operate change by hand ­ they simply snap in and in either jaw or lock to the top rail of the adaptor strip. This impact crushing is a very user-friendly system compared configurations. to some, where changing screening media could take days if they are fixed in by pins that would need to be drilled out. The panels are also very light because they do not contain any steel. The bottom part is a `structural' polyurethane that provides strength, while the top part is a wear-resistant polyurethane for screening. At first glance, this would seem to be adding to the problem by introducing yet another fixing system into the market place. However, Metso Minerals makes the point that after the one-off expense of the upgrade strips, an entire screening plant, or even an entire company will have standardised its replacement needs, regardless of the diversity of its fleet of screening equipment. Mr Larsson said, "Customers can use us as their sole supplier, which is becoming an increasingly important issue in these days of ever-larger organisations."

Dam project

Besides screening media Metso also make screens and crushers of course. Two of its Barmac VSI (Vertical Shaft Impact) crushers have recently been used at The Ridges Basin Reservoir dam, part of the Animas-La Plata Project, which aims

Increased production

Increasing the capacity of a primary crushing plant and simultaneously reducing the output product top size has obvious benefits in quarrying and recycling. According to Metso Minerals its new tracked or wheel mounted Nordberg C3054 jaw crusher is designed to do exactly that. Features include a nominal feed opening of 1375 x 760 mm, a closed side setting range of 40 to 200 mm and a crusher speed of 260 rpm. A "fully equipped" crusher weighs 28.5 tonnes and has a maximum output of 600 tonnes/hour. Other features include a new jaw retention system, thicker cheek plates and an upgraded hydraulic setting adjustment system.

to provide water for Southern Ute and Ute At 54 tonnes the Mountain Indian tribes and water districts 205 kW Saturno is in the states of Colorado and New Mexico the largest mobile in the US. crushing plant in The dam is over 80 m high and the OM range. stretches for about 400 m from Features include a one canyon wall to the other. It is an maximum output of earth filled embankment structure 360 tonnes/hour requiring about 990000 tonnes of ­ depending on washed and dry processed filter crusher setting, materials. The whole plant will loading method and process approximately 2.3 million feed size ­ and a tonnes of raw feed in approximately 1070 x 750 mm two years of operation. jaw crusher. The borrow area is a sand and gravel deposit with the base rock being granite. Due to concerns over the presence of `soft' materials in the borrow, considerable attention was given to how the material would degrade during processing, stockpiling, and placement in the dam. To alleviate these concerns, a dry attrition drum scrubber was placed in the primary stage of the 1050 tonnes/hour primary plant to produce a multiple pass degradation process.

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All 0-6.3 mm material from the primary scalping process was rejected. A closed circuit Nordberg HP400 cone crusher was used to process an average of 450 tonnes/hour of material to the secondary stockpile. Two Barmacs, with an average processing capacity of 450 tonnes/hour and using the cascade function, were selected in the secondary section due to their ability to upgrade the finished material quality and produce superior cubical products at high tonnage rates. The Barmacs were fed a 0-44 mm cone crusher product and operated in a closed circuit. According to Rob Englehart of Weeminuche Construction Authority (WCA), "We did study the use of multiple cone crushers to meet the required production rates and gradation requirements but by ignoring cone crushers and installing only Barmacs, we were able to achieve the same required design production rates for sand and washed gravel, an improved gradation curve and good product shape with less crushers." WCA also realised from test data on the material that rock-onrock crushing was superior to the shoe and anvil design in terms of estimated wear costs, parts change-out time and waste. VSI's are a critical component as they provide an excellent shape on all product sizes and aid in the removal of soft particles or rock. It is absolutely essential the finished products do not have slivers, shards and soft particles that break down during the hauling, spreading and compacting at the dam placement. Any excessive degradation leads to having to produce the material at the coarse edge of the specified gradation curve to compensate for break down, which leads Extec Screen to higher production waste factors and & Crushers' removing of out of spec materials from new S-5 uses the placement, which is obviously very a doublescreen costly. system with its Working well in-house designed The installation has met the design Spreader plate, specifications. WCA is currently right on which spreads track with their estimate in wear costs. material across Capacity through the crusher is being the full width of achieved with room to spare, according to the screen while Mr Englehart, which balances very closely maintaining the with the designed plant flow throughout the velocity of the down stream portion of processing. material particles.


Added capabilities

Terex Finlay's J1175 single toggle tracked jaw crusher is designed to complement its range of screening equipment. It is fitted with an automatically controlled, heavy duty vibrating grizzly feeder to regulate the flow of material into the crusher, a 1070 x 760 mm Jacques crushing chamber, hydrostatic drive and reverse crushing action to help clear blockages. It is suitable for both quarrying and recycling applications. Complementing the J1175 is the I-1312 impact crusher, which also features a heavy-duty grizzly feeder with automatic control, hydrostatic drive and bypass conveyor.

The Barmac rotor design allows for the easy replacement wear parts. The height of the rotor allows for access to the parts and minimal plugging through the port area. The side door minimizes down time when working on the rotor. The upper and lower wear plates wear extremely well. The Barmac cascade feature also worked well. WCA targeted a 60% sand and 40% washed aggregate production balance, the cascade allowed for coarser crushing through the cascade while providing shape and keeping the rotor full to produce the finer sand sizes without a heavy recirculation load. Mr Englehart also found that cascade was required to get the extra 9.5 x 6.3 mm product size needed while keeping both the sand and washed aggregate in spec. "It's also an easy way to keep from having crusher overflow and spill problems," said iC Mr Englehart.

Crushing & screening equipment manufacturers

BELOW: Powerscreen's Horizon 6203 is capable of up to 800 tonnes/hour throughput and its 8.2 m³ direct feed hopper is equipped with impact bars and rollers and has Hardox 400 steel side and back plates, which can be folded for transport. Cedarapids Doppstadt Eagle Crusher Earth Technica Extec Fintec GIPO Grasan Hitachi HR International Hydrascreens Kleeman + Reiner Kolberg-Pioneer Komatsu Kormann Rockster Metso Minerals OM Powerscreen Red Rhino REV Rubblemaster Sandvik Rock Processing Schmidt Crushtek Schred Max Sumitomo Terex Pegson

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Contractors Leighton and Kumagai are using six Tamrock jumbo drilling rigs to construct the 2.1 km long dual three lane Eagle's Nest Tunnel for Hong Kong's Highway 8 project.


Innovation in the rock drilling sector is helping to create equipment which is not only faster, more efficient and more durable, but it is also quieter and offers greater accuracy than ever before.

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also allows the operation of the rig to be integrated with other equipment on site," said Atlas Copco product manager Lennart Lundin. "The system has an in-cab display panel which guides the driller through a short series of displays which deliver instructions on the location, depth and orientation of the next hole." Use of GPS for hole positioning removes the need for surveyors to mark out positions on larger projects before drilling gets underway and, on smaller schemes, drillers will no longer have to refer to paper plans to set up each hole themselves. The system can also be used to create accurate drill logs and transmit them to the office at the end of a days work. "We expect the system to deliver substantial saving in both time and money," said Mr Lundin. "The GPS system will be particularly beneficial to operators when setting up in poor light or bad weather conditions. "More precise drilling patterns will also deliver better blasting results," he added. Reducing noise emissions is another issue which is being faced by the whole of the construction industry and the surface drilling sector is no exception. Atlas Copco is believed to be the first to address the problem with the launch of its Silenced ROC D7C rig which the company claims is 10dB(A) quieter than other rigs on > the market.

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rilling is used in a wide range of different applications from foundations Claire Symes reports on and tunnels in construction through to exploration, quarrying and mining. But the latest developments whatever the job, construction companies and quarry operators are constantly looking in the market. for ways to save time and money. Therefore the pressure is always on drill rig and component manufacturers to find innovative solutions that increase productivity without compromising safety.

Surface solutions

One innovation which has already delivered significant accuracy and efficiency benefits to other construction markets ­ and is soon to make its drilling debut ­ is satellite positioning technology. Atlas Copco has developed a Global Positioning System (GPS) option for its ROC D7C and ROC F9C in response to specific requests from clients in Scandinavia and global demand for greater productivity and accuracy. According to Atlas Copco, GPS adds a new dimension to the existing automation on the D7C and F9C rigs. "GPS allows the rigs to accurately complete pre-planned drill patterns and can provide records of hole alignment, burden and spacing. The system



Rock solid performance

Malayasia's first Tamrock Pantera 1100 drilling rig, fitted with Rock Pilot hydraulic control, is helping a granite quarry operator to maintain its high production levels. More than 150000 tonnes of crushed granite is produced each month at Cemex's Golden Plus Quarry in Kuala Lumpar ­ sometimes up to 44000 tonnes per week. The quarry is currently being worked simultaneously from three benches and the Pantera 1100 rig is moved between the benches as needed. "We needed a heavy duty machine because our granite contains a high proportion of silica which makes it very abrasive and we operate six days a week," said Cemex drilling and blasting manager Gopal Singh. The Pantera's Rock Pilot drilling control system reacts to changing rock formations and adjusts the drilling power to suit conditions. According to Mr Singh, the system helps to ensure that the 265 m of blasting holes it bores each day are both smooth and straight even though the granite is highly fractured.

According to Atlas Copco, its new Silenced ROC D7C rig is 10 dB(A) quieter than other rigs on the market. "In many countries noise restrictions are imposed on drilling work in urban areas. But the Silenced ROC D7C's silencing system makes it possible to drill anywhere and is the ideal choice for small and medium sized quarries and civil engineering work," said Atlas Copco Surface Drilling Equipment manager Anders Hedqvist. "Drilling noise from a standard rig is generated by vibration in the drill stem, feed system, boom and body of the rig. The design of the new ROC D7C includes components selected specifically to reduce the overall noise level but the most noticeable difference from a standard rig is the hood that covers the mast." Tamrock's latest surface rig range ­ Ranger Rock Pilot series ­ has also been designed to improve both drilling and environmental performance. The rigs feature a customised version of Tamrock's Rock Pilot hydraulic control system, originally developed for the Pantera rigs. The company claims that the Rock Pilot system helps operators to maintain performance and achieve straight holes, even in difficult ground conditions. To reduce dust emissions, the Ranger series features high suction capacity dust collectors which have been designed to reduce both noise and power consumption. The three model range is equipped with high rotation torque HL series hydraulic top hammer rock drills and can drill holes of between 64 and 127 mm diameter. The new rigs also have larger fuel tanks

According to Japan-based Furukawa, its HCR1000 series rigs has proved popular since their launch in 2003 thanks to the combination of low running costs and high productivity.

­ +30% larger compared to the previous model ­ which Tamrock claims will allow the rig to continue operating for up to 12 hours without the need to refuel. Atlas Copco has also announced an upgrade of the ROC D5 and ROC D7 rigs with the addition of the new Tier 3/Stage IIIA Cat 6.6 engines, which offer -10% lower fuel consumption. The rigs also now feature a stiffer boom for better collaring and more stable drilling and the D7 can also be fitted with Atlas Copco's Silencing Kit or soon to be launched Long Mast. Boart Longyear's Minisonic exploration rig is now available worldwide and completed its first project outside of the US last year. Rio Tinto successfully used the rig for exploration of mineral deposits near Mandena on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and is now being trialled in Australia. Boart Longyear's sonic drilling technique uses high speed vibration passed down through the drill head and rod to the drill bit to displace and fracture rock. The system can be used to extract core samples, which was key factor in Rio Tinto's use of the system in Madagascar. Surface exploration is also the focus of the latest rig from Atlas Copco Craelius. The Christensen CS14 is a trailer mounted rig and replaces the CS1000 p6L but, according to the company, is still based on the Christensen concept which it claims uses simple technology to deliver high capacity and reliable performance. The new rig is powered by a Tier 2/Stage II Cummins engine and can drill holes up to 1200 m deep using N-size (76 mm diameter) equipment. The rig is designed for use in extreme conditions and can operate at altitudes of up to 3500 m without alteration and in ambient temperatures of up to 50 ºC. >

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Maximum versatility

Rock drilling without a specialist drill rig is now possible following the worldwide launch of an innovative attachment from Finland-based Kone-Lappi. The ExcaDrill attachment is available in four sizes and can be fitted to any hydraulic excavator with an operating weight of 7 tonnes or more. According to Kon-Lappi, the excavator's bucket can be swapped for the ExcaDrill attachment in less than five minutes through use of a quick coupling device. The drill attaches to the excavator's existing hammer hydraulics and has an antijamming system for efficient drilling through fractured rock. The system's drifter has also been designed to sense varying hardness in the rock and automatically adjusts the feed pressure, rotation, percussion pressure and feed speed accordingly. The system can be used to drill holes from 27 to 127 mm. Around 50 ExcaDrills have now been sold worldwide and have been used in a wide range of applications, from construction and earthmoving through to tunnelling, quarrying and open pit mining.


Atlas Copco has also been looking at improving drilling productivity for tunnelling applications and will unveil the Rocket Boomer E-Series at Intermat in Paris, France in April. According to the company, the new rig has been designed to speed up the drilling cycle and to minimise both under and over break. The rig will be equipped with COP 3038 rock drills, which Atlas Copco claims are the fastest in the world, and the new BUT 45 booms, which have a 2.5 m extension and provide improved stability and positioning. Operator comfort has also been improved with arm rest controls and an ergonomically designed control panel and a colour display panel. Tamrock's latest offering for the underground drilling market is the Axera range of mining jumbos. The


The COP 1132 offers the same 33 to 51 mm hole range as its predecessors but has +30% more speed and Atlas Copco also claims that it is the smallest rock drill in the world with a hydraulic double damper.

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Atlas Copco will unveil the Rocket Boomer E-Series at Intermat in Paris, France in April and has said that the new rig will speed up the drilling cycle and to minimise both under and over break. LEFT: Atlas Copco Craelius, Christensen CS14 is a trailer mounted rig and replaces the CS1000 p6L.

Tunnel drive

Construction of a new motorway tunnel in Korea has been fast tracked using technology originally developed for the mining sector. Contractor Sung Bo Developments is building the western half of a 2.3 km tunnel on the Pyeoungtak-West Ansung Highway 40 project, while the eastern half is being constructed by Nansun Construction Company. The twin dual lane tunnels will both be 14 m wide and 8.5 m high. Both contractors are using Tamrock rigs to drill blast holes for the construction ­ Nansun has a Titan 316 ­ 150 rig and Sung Bo is using an Axera 3 boom. "We recognised that excavating the rock could be a problem right from the start of the project," said Sung Bo project manager Mr Lee. "The rock is a black biotite gneiss and is very fractured and highly variable." To overcome the potential problems, Sung Bo opted to Use Sandvik's Alpha 330 tools to drill the blast holes. The Alpha tools were originally developed for the mining sector and the 330 system has a specially developed larger thread than the original R32 system, which strengthens the tool and improves durability. Sung Bo is pleased with the improvements and found the lifespan of the new tools was +30% greater than the previous R32 system. According to Sung Bo's rig operator, the Alpha 330 eliminated `gooseneck' breakages and has achieved around 4000 m of boring per rod. new Axera 7 is a twin boom jumbo replaces the D07 model and the largest machine in Tamrock Axera range. The Axera 7 is designed for applications where the heading size ranges from 4 by 4 m up to 6 by 6 m. The machine features the new Tamrock HLX5-series hydraulic rock drill which has a percussive power rating of 20 to 22 kW and can drill holes between 43 and 64 mm in diameter for blasting, rock bolting or cross cuts. Tamrock has also upgraded and renamed the full power single boom D05 and compact twin boom D06 models as the Axera 5 and Axera 6. Tamrock's Ranger Rock Pilot feature a customised version of Tamrock's Rock Pilot hydraulic control system, originally developed for the Pantera rigs.

Drills and hammers

Atlas Copco has recently added three new rock drills to its range ­ the heavy duty 21 kW COP 2160 and 25 kW COP 2560 and smaller 11 kW COP 1132. The COP 2160 and COP 2560 are designed for continuous drilling in the 89 to 127 mm range and built for use on any Atlas Copco ROC surface drill rig with Secoroc T51 or the new ThunderRod T60 drill steel. Both drills are equipped with a dual damping system which enables a higher impact without compromising the service life. The high drill steel torque of 1810 Nm also helps minimise the risk of jamming. Hydraulic oil lubrication of the gear mechanism has replaced manual lubrication, which reduces maintenance and improves cooling, allowing higher power use and decreasing wear under prolonged loading. Separate lubrication of the shank adaptor and front bushing ensures both adequate lubrication and cooling during >

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heavy use and also prevents contaminants from entering the drill at the front end. The lighter weight COP 1132 offers the same 33 to 51 mm hole range as its predecessors but has +30% more speed and Atlas Copco also claims that it is the smallest rock drill in the world with a hydraulic double damper. According to the company this feature helps to combine fast drilling with good drill steel economy. The COP 1132 is also 200 mm shorter than the previous COP 1032 model which allows use of longer rod and fewer changes or joints and makes the drill -30% lighter too. The cutting angle of the COP 1132 is also smaller than it was on the COP 1032 which improves operation in confined spaces. Halco Drilling International has recently launched a new range of down the hole (DTH) hammers and bits. According to Halco, the NT4, NT5 and NT6 hammers have a simple but robust design which very few parts to create them both user friendly and reliable. The NT4 hammer features Halco's new shank which has a simple geometry to withstand the extra power and 12 splines to increase the contact drive area and reduce wear. The standard NT hammer is designed for high production drilling of blast holes, water wells and geotechnical applications but Halco has also developed additions to the range for specialist applications. The NT HD has been designed for the same applications as the standard NT range but has an increased outer diameter to give extended service life in abrasive conditions. The NT E hammer has been designed for use on deep hole drilling for geothermal and deep water well applications where high volumes of air are needed to remove ground water from the hole.


LEFT: The NT4 hammer features Halco's new shank which has a simple geometry to withstand the extra power and 12 splines to increase the contact drive area and reduce wear. the most powerful hydraulic hammers on the market to drill holes in the 102 to 152 mm range. The ThunderRod has a cross section which is +40% greater than the conventional T51 rods, which helps prevent hole deviation. Several new ranges of drill bits have been launched by Atlas Copco companies. Atlas Copco Craelius's new Golden Jet Bits are a range of impregnated diamond core drilling bits which offer extended service for wire line drilling. The design is based on a 16 mm high cutting matrix, which Atlas Copco Craelius claims make it the most productive diamond core bit on the market. Atlas Copco Secoroc's Rocket Bits are aimed at achieving higher productivity in soft to medium hard rock formations, such as shale and limestone. The bits feature a wide spacing between the ballistic buttons which minimises recrushing of rock and allows the cuttings to escape easily. The bits are currently available in 110 and 115 mm diameters and Secoroc has said that it plans to add more sizes to the range later this year. Secoroc's other recent launch is also aimed at the button bit market. According to the company, the Grind Matic Jazz provides a quick and efficient way to grind worn spherical and ballistic button bits. The machine features profiled diamond iC grinding wheels and is semi-automated. Golden Jet Bits are the latest offering from Atlas Copco Craelius and are a range of impregnated diamond core drilling bits which offer extended service for wire line drilling. ABOVE: Torquato produces a range of casing crowns for both rotary and percussion drilling applications.

BELOW: Atlas Copco Secoroc's Rocket Bits are aimed at achieving higher productivity in soft to medium hard rock formations, such as shale and limestone.


According to International Construction Equipment product manager Simon Duck, innovation in drilling equipment sector is enabling smaller rigs to be used to drill bigger holes but this also brings some disadvantages. "Smaller rigs generally have shorter masts, which means more drill rods and couplings are needed," explained Mr Duck. "This becomes a problem on holes where you are using a multi pass system, such as installing conventional casings, because each time a new section of casing is installed the drill stem needs to be pulled out to fit the final drill system. This process takes time and hence more money." Single pass systems ­ which can drill through the overburden, leave the casing behind and continue drilling into the rock ­ are becoming increasingly popular. "The single pass systems which are now available can drill holes up to 1.27 m diameter," said Mr Duck. "Handling drill rods that size is not easy, so single pass systems are an advantage." Robit Rocktool's is currently developing a new casing system which is also aimed at improving productivity on site. The new system ­ RoX Multi-Use ­ allows the same ring bit assembly to be used several times. According to Robit, this helps to improve the overall drilling efficiency and can save time and cost on temporary casing drilling applications where the casing cannot be left in the hole. Atlas Copco Secoroc has added a new heavy DTH drill string ­ the ThunderRod T60 system ­ to its range. According to Secoroc the ThunderRod is built to deliver more energy and can be used with

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The JCB Vibromax range now sports a unified `look', illustrated by this VM single drum compactor

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It is just a few months since JCB completed its acquisition of Vibromax, but already the changes are being felt, with new products and plans for production increases. Lindsay Gale reports.

ollowing JCB's acquisition of German compaction equipment manufacturer Vibromax in September last year, a new range of reversible plate compactors has been introduced and the roll-out of the rebranded equipment has begun. JCB Vibromax now offers more than 60 soil and asphalt compactors. The JCB dealer network started to sell the equipment in January, with the roll-out beginning in the UK. According to JCB Vibromax managing director Steve Gardener, "The Vibromax acquisition provided an entirely complementary product range ­ there was nothing that


Vibromax made that JCB also produced and vice versa. It therefore provided a great opportunity to get into the compaction market without the trials and tribulations of developing our own product, Secondly, it gave us the chance to expand our footprint into Europe. But more than anything else, it gives us the chance to use the JCB dealer network to sell Vibromax compaction products." He continued, "Vibromax has been very successful with it's US and German distribution but has not sold as well in other European countries. Using the 700 plus JCB

dealers around the world gives us the opportunity to really expand." Mr Gardener went on to say that during the last four months, the emphasis has been on integrating the Vibromax range but more importantly, on increasing manufacturing capacity. "We have increased capacity by over +50%, particularly on the large soil compactors. The previous owners had fallen behind somewhat on supplying the market quickly, so we had some catching up to do. We have recruited additional personnel and instituted a second shift, and in some places a third shift, as well as a little subcontracting on a short term basis to get the volumes up." Current annual production is in the region of 2500 units and with a speeded up delivery time and increased capacity, JCB Vibromax hopes to sell 3500 machines in 2006.

New products

The first new models developed under JCB ownership is a line of reversible plate compactors launched in December. It is made up of seven models ranging in weight from 80 to 635 kg, with working widths from 325 to 600 mm to allow them to be used in almost every site application. Designed as low maintenance units with a self-adjusting centrifugal clutch, they provide very low hand/ iC arm vibration levels.

One of the reversible plate compactors in the new seven model JCB Vibromax range

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Volvo's big dig


olvo Construction Equipment has become a well established name in the small to mid range crawler excavator sector with a product line stretching from 1.2 to 46.6 tonnes. But the company is now pushing into the large excavator market in a bid to match digging power to the hauling power of its articulated dump trucks. Volvo's prototype of the new 70 tonne EC700B LC attracted much attention when it was unveiled at ConExpo in Las Vegas, US in March 2005. Nonetheless, buyers have had to wait almost a year for the first machines to roll off Volvo's production line at Changwon in Korea. Before its debut at ConExpo, Volvo had extensively field tested the prototype at an andesite quarry, owned by Dae Pyeong Industry, close to its Changwon plant. Dae Pyeong Industry president Suh Sung Ho said, "We have been using the EC700B here since July 2004 and has been used up to 16 hours per day, clocking up over 4000 hours of operation." Volvo chief engineer Kyeong Hwa Yoon added, "The quarry processes over 4000 tonnes of stone each year for asphalt and is a very tough environment for construction equipment. The quarry previously used a 45 tonne excavator to cope with the steep haul roads but was not really powerful enough for some jobs. "Feedback from Dae Pyeong Industry's experienced operators has been invaluable to improving the reliability of the production machine. Their suggestions have led to changes in the structural design of the machine and have also helped to reduce vibration." The EC700B is powered by Volvo's new 464 hp (346 kW) Tier 3/Stage IIIA compliant D16E EAE3 engine. The machine has a digging reach and depth of 13.17 m and 8.4 m, respectively, and has a breakout force of 356 kN and a lifting capacity of 20 tonnes. The machine is currently available in two specifications ­ standard and mass excavation. The standard machine is fitted with a 7.7 m boom, 3.55 m arm and 3.8 m3 capacity bucket. The mass excavation machine has a shorter boom and arm ­ 6.6 m and 2.9 m ­ but has a bucket capacity of 4.5 m3. "The machine offers a good combination of stability and high productivity, as well as fuel efficiency and comfort," said Volvo advisor Mike Ikeda. "It has been designed to work with our ADT range and can fill the 40 tonne A40D in five passes which takes 67 seconds." Since its launch at ConExpo, the five other EC700B's have been undergoing field trials in Sweden, China, Turkey, the US and the UAE. These trials were carried out in a variety of different environments to put the machine's reliability and endurance to the test. The EC700B is being produced at Volvo's 1.2 million m2 production plant in Changwon, Korea which the company took over as part of its acquisition of Samsung Heavy Industries in 1998. The factory, originally set up in 1978 by Hyundai and taken over by Samsung in 1983, has previously produced cranes, dozers and wheeled loaders but now exclusively produces excavators. "We have the capacity to produce up to 150 EC700B excavators here each year," said Volvo's Changwon plant manager W S Suk. "Production of the new excavator started here in mid October and the first units were shipped for delivery to customers in January." According to Volvo, interest in the EC700B has been high with 20 orders in 2005 and 154 forecast for 2006. Volvo is expecting orders to drop back to 120 units in 2007 before steadily growing to 137 per year in 2012. But does Volvo have any plans to further extend its excavator range? "We have no plans to move into the mining sector at the moment," said Volvo's Korean president and CEO Eric Nielsen but during the visit to Changwon Mr Suk added that Volvo is "looking at the possibility of producing other excavators in the iC extra large size range".

Volvo first announced plans to launch a 70 tonne excavator almost a year ago and now, following successful field trials, the first of the new EC700B LC are rolling of the production line. Claire Symes visited Volvo's factory in Changwon, Korea to find out more.

Volvo's new 70 tonne EC700B has been undergoing long term field testing at an andesite quarry close to the Changwon plant in Korea since July 2004.

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Volvo Construction Equipment's new seven-model G900 motor grader series is the result of a fouryear R&D program that saw Volvo design the range "from scratch". Richard High visited Portugal to find out more.

Part of the family

at Olney, president and CEO Volvo motor graders, is clearly a man who loves giving his customers what they want. Speaking to CE at the G900 Series launch in Sintra, Portugal in November an enthusiastic Mr Olney said, "Our new range of graders is truly an operator's machine. We spent four years designing the machine from scratch and paramount to that design process was the input from our customers around the world." "Over the four year design period we organised four customer clinics, the first of which gave us over 100 ideas of how the machine should perform, what it should look like and the level of comfort and safety our customers were looking for in a grader. "By the time we unveiled the new range to those customers who had taken part in the clinics I'm proud to say we had 100% approval of

what we had come up with," added Mr Olney. Those ideas are apparent from the moment you step into the G900 Series' ROPS/FOPS certified cab. Larger glass areas and thinner pillars have been teamed with six interior and exterior mirrors to give "the best all-round view". Opening the door illuminates the steps and handholds for safer entry and exit into the low noise, low vibration pressurised cab. Two large capacity filters maintain a constant flow of clean air. All essential operator controls are mounted on a slide and tilt adjustable centre pedestal. Low effort pedals and short throw levers help reduce operator fatigue.

Power & drive

While comfort is desirable Mr Olney acknowledged that grading "is about being able to put your power to the floor". To that end the G930, G940, G946, G960 (15.6 tonnes/145 kW to 16.7 tonnes/235 kW) are fitted with Volvo's 7.2 litre D7 engine, while the larger G970, G976 and G990 (17.7 tonnes/250 kW to 21 tonnes/265 kW) are fitted with the 9.4 litre D9. Both engines are Stage IIIA compliant and use Volvo's Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT). At the business end of the machine, wide stance blade lift cylinders coupled with a low angle side shift cylinder provide "the most stable grading platform in the industry", according to Mr Olney. While the Proportional Demand Flow (PDF) intelligent load sensing hydraulics and a twin-gear, direct drive turning system give operators "a precise, responsive earthmoving tool".


The G900 range uses Volvo's HTE840 transmission, with selectable Manual, (optional) Autoshift and Travel modes. With Autoshift the operator selects the target gear and the transmission shifts automatically through turns and grades as needed. Shuttle Shift allows shuttling between selected forward and reverse gears in a single motion, without clutching or pausing. With 11 forward and six reverse speeds, the optional HTE1160 allows more control at low speeds, more efficient travel at high speeds, and more precision in normal working speeds. "This pays dividends with fuel economy because the engine is operating at its most economical rpm," said Mr Olney. The two All Wheel Drive models in the range ­ G946, G976 ­ offer three distinct features in their drive systems. The powerful six-wheel drive combines with an efficient four-wheel tandem drive and a "front-wheels-only" Creep Mode, which is ideal for precise fine grade applications. The operator has 16 selectable levels of aggression to match AWD performance to the task at hand for ultimate iC control.

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ustralia's construction and mining sector are currently booming and both industries are confident that the growth & Mining Equipment will continue through until at least 2008. Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG) president John Reid Industry Group was set is also positive about the prospects for the country's equipment sector. up two years ago to bring By global standards Australia's construction and equipment market is fairly small with just over 10000 units sold each year, together numerous smaller but most manufacturers consider Australia to be an important test market and the volume is growing. Equipment sales are already associations. Claire Symes benefiting from growth in the construction and mining sectors with double digit sales growth for most types of equipment during met with CMEIG president the last year. "Sales of compact excavators and articulated dump trucks John Reid to find out grew by +39% and +38% in the 12 months to September," said Mr Reid. "The increase in engineering construction work and more about the Group and road tunnel schemes has helped to boost demand." Increased sales were also recorded for hydraulic excavators (+24%), motor Australia's construction graders (+29%), wheeled loaders (+17%), rigid dump trucks (+16%) and crawler dozers (+3%). equipment market. "While there has been strong growth in the engineering construction and mining sectors over the last year, the residential market has stagnated slightly and is reflected by a slight decline in the sale of backhoe loaders (-3%) and skid steer loaders (-1%)," said Mr Reid. "We are expecting the boom in engineering construction and mining to maintain these record high levels of equipment sales well into 2006, despite a continued slow down in the housing market." CMEIG was established in 2003 to bring together Australia's numerous regional and industry associations and give more political muscle and influence on equipment related issues and initiatives. "The employment and training working group is one of the most important elements of our work at the moment," said Mr Reid. "There is currently a real shortage of skilled operators and service mechanics. Many companies have experienced difficulties recruiting the right staff for logistics and sales positions too." According to Mr Reid, CMEIG's engineering working group is another important one. "The group has been proactively working with Australian Standards to develop new standards for a variety of issues including safety and emissions," he said. "The group has also been working with manufacturers and dealers to ensure that all machines imported into Australia are labelled in English." CMEIG has been closely involved with moves to adopt Tier 3/Stage IIIA engines in Australia and the regulations look set to become mandatory within the next year. "Tier 3 engines not only produce less emissions but are also fuel efficient which is a good selling point on its own," said Mr Reid. "Many bigger customers are already asking for Tier 3 compliant machines. Mr Reid has played a key role in getting CMEIG to where it is and has spent the last few months working on a strategy for the next three to four years but remained tight lipped on exactly what they are. The plans will be unveiled at John Reid is the association's AGM in March when president of Mr Reid plans to step down from the Australia's president's position but he added, "I Construction & am planning to stay involved in CMEIG Mining Equipment but it's time for someone else to take iC Industry Group. the lead."


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Crossbow the internationally registered brand name of Thomas Turton -- synonymous with quality. 100% dedicated to the manufacture of demolition tools. Supplied through distributors worldwide. Over 50 years manufacturing experience. Ask for CROSSBOW -THOMAS TURTON ...the original brand. Contact us NOW! CROSSBOW ROCK DRILLS LTD Tel: +44 (0) 1246 290000 Fax: +44 (0) 1246 291144 E-mail: [email protected] Registered No. 3859675



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Heavy equipment isn't just a tool of your busi- ness. It is your business. When it works, you work. And when it's down - you're out of production, out of profits. That's where original parts can make the difference. Since many years Van der Hilst International supplies genuine spare parts for heavy construction machinery.

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Instantel® Minimate PlusTM Vibration Monitor

Instantel® vibration monitors have earned their place as the standard amongst Blasters, Contractors, Consultants and Engineers in over 100 countries worldwide. The Instantel Minimate PlusTM vibration monitor offers unrivalled features and versatility in a small, rugged and easy-to-use package. The system is portable so it is ideal for short term monitoring applications. It is also flexible enough to be easily integrated into permanent remote monitor stations using auxiliary power and wired or wireless telemetry. A variety of sensors are available including a triaxial velocity sensor, which satisfies the amplitude, frequency and phase response requirements of the DIN 45669-1 standard.

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Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth UK is yet another prestigious structure to benefit from the application of the Integritank ® market leading, spray applied waterproofing membrane from Stirling Lloyd. Integritank ® offers a durable, protective coating that is rapidly applied in the widest range of climatic conditions and provides a far longer service life. Applications include: · Podium / Plaza Decks · Below Ground Structures · Terraces & Balconies · Planters / Water Features · Tunnel Linings · Roofs For further information, please contact: Stirling Lloyd (UK) on +44 (0) 1565 633111 Stirling Lloyd (USA) on +1 860 666 5008

Hydraulic-Electric Rebar Cutter

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Extec ­ THE first name the world calls for mobile, tracked crushing and screening machinery. Formed in 1987, Extec is now the leading manufacturer boasting staggering sales growth placing it in the `premier league' of construction equipment manufacturers. If you're looking for the latest, special features on your mobile, Extec has a complete range of models to suit all applications from mineral extraction to tyre recycling. And, If it's global coverage you're looking for, Extec currently exports 80% of production to Europe, Asia, North America and Australia winning the Queen's Award For Export 2005. In fact, Extec Machinery and distributors can now be found in virtually every country in the world. So, if you're looking for a truly global mobile range of screens and crushers, just give us a call.

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