The 8th edition of Intermat attracted 190,000 visitors and more than 1,450 exhibitors from around the world confirming its status as a key international event.
The triennial international exhibition for the plant, equipment, technology, civil engineering, and construction industries was an event for professionals, students and trainees working for companies and organizations in the construction sector. The show offered an ideal venue to exchange information and meet people from around the world, enabling the sector’s players to keep abreast with the latest international technical developments and prepare the ground for future investment.
On the first day of the show, ECED (European Confederation of Equipment Distributors) had its First Dealers’ Conference. The confederation and its Chairman, Dr José Gameiro concentrated on the issues (revision of the European legislation relating to distribution contracts, Recycling of old machines, Competition within the sector and obtaining credits (loans at reduced rates/State assistance), provided an update on its requirements and given its members the opportunity to discover the innovations on display at the exhibition!
Alongside the traditional sectors exhibiting at INTERMAT, the trade show for the first time opened its doors to new business sectors including, mines & quarries, drilling and boring, Equipment, components and accessories, Handling/logistics and forklifts. The exhibition has also addressed Sustainable development and the environment issues by hosting a series of events, including the Innovation Awards.
The Intermat Innovation Awards, part of Intermat’s drive to reward innovation was an attraction. According to Patrick Bernasconi, chairman of the FNTP (National Federation for Civil Engineering, France), enhancement to techniques and equipment have brought significant progress in these areas over the past few years, this is increasingly effective, reliable, energy-efficient technology that has helped reduce the use of natural resources. For example, the Hybrid 12MTX machine from Mecalac-Ahlmann, which won two awards, was cited for its energy efficiency, FAYAT Group’s BELUGA transportable hot mix mini-machinery, which also won an award, uses such binders to produce “an environment–friendly” hot patching unit.
Productivity and safety were also high on the list of innovative ideas put forward by those taking part in the Innovation Awards, which for the first time were officially unveiled nearly four months before the show.
On the sidelines of the show, Maryvonne Lanoë, the director of the Intermat said that the exhibition attracted large number of visitors from outside the country. We have a good feeling about it and walked around the show and heard a broad range of languages being spoken.”
Given that several major manufacturers such as Terex, Sandvik, Atlas Copco and even France’s Manitou have stayed away from this year’s Intermat due to difficult market conditions, such high numbers of visitor, would be a good result and manufacturers who are at Intermat took the opportunity to put a positive message out to the industry.
Despite the trading conditions, Olof Persson, president and CEO, Volvo, said, the Volvo is investing for the future and during these tough times, we are continuing to invest in new products. Volvo is well-placed to capitalize on the continued growth and importance of the Asian market. Mr. Persson pointed out that the company is present in South Korea for over 10 years, while its SDLG wheeled loader business in China played an important role. Through the purchase of the Ingersoll Rand road machinery line, Volvo also acquired manufacturing capabilities in India and this means we have now a strong footprint in Asia,” he added.
On the other hand, XCMG (Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group), which has made inroads in the European market in the past three years, is looking for further expansion. According to Mr. Tang De Xin, Managing Director, overseas marketing department, “This is XCMG’s first time at Intermat. Most of our machines have now reached the CE standard. We have sold about 500 units of equipment in Europe, mainly in Poland and Turkey, but not including Eastern Europe, where we have sold a lot of equipment, somewhere around 2,000. We are looking to increase our sales in Europe.”
As per the Case president and CEO Jim McCullough, Intermat has been a successful event for the company and that continuing the firm’s presence at the exhibition was the right move. "We’ve had a respectable show and we’ve been busy all week. There has been plenty of activities.”
Mr. McCullough said that the firm’s distribution network responded well to the exhibition. We’ve had an excellent turnout from our dealers and from the Middle East, in particular, as well as Eastern and Northern Europe.
"Intermat has been an essential opportunity to meet customers, even during the current economic downturn.“The changes in the financial markets have brought about a revolution in the construction equipment industry and it is important for companies to step up and work out how to cope," says Mr. Matthew Taylor, CEO JCB.
Taylor went on to say that JCB is working to ensure its strength through careful cost control and investment in products and its capabilities to offer value to customers. To outline this commitment, he pointed to the €44million new heavy products factory and the launch of the new 36 tonne JS360 excavator, as well as the new 6.5 tonne excavator, Vibromax and lighting tower products.
“The industry will turn around and we have to remember that this business has always been cyclical. The future will be fuelled by the government investment plans but more details is needed to make it happen. “Tough times call for tough measures but those that achieve this will reap the rewards,” he added.
JCBAt the Intermat, JCB introduced its new VMF70 and VMF90 compaction plates. The new compaction plate units offer reliability and durability. The two plates join a range of 15 compactors, reversible plates and rapid blow tampers that have traditionally been built at the JCB Vibromax plant in Germany.
JCB has also replaced its successful 8060 midi excavator with the 8065 RTS model, and introduced the same at the show. This reduced tailswing model works in the same 6 tonne class, but is said to offer increased power and safety.
According to company's CEO Mr. Matthew Taylor, “Intermat is an important trade show for JCB because it is in the heartland of our European market.Due to the credit crunch, it will be a difficult year for every manufacturer.
He also believes that some markets remain reasonable buoyant, while some will slow down at a lesser rate than others. Like other manufacturers, JCB is building at a rate much lower than this time last year. “However, we are in a much cleaner state than most companies in that we finished 2008 with less inventory. We are working closely with our dealers to help them take out non-productive costs out of their businesses so that they can focus on delivering the right level of service during the toughest time. There’s a big machine care park out there that needs. So we don’t want fewer dealers but we want them to be effective with less cost so that they can survive on lower volumes.”
Mr. Taylor said that Outside Europe, JCB has significant interest in both India and China. In India, they have three different factories, as well as a design centre. Further he added, “India is our single biggest market and we have heavily invested in our manufacturing facility in the country.
VolvoAt Intermat, Volvo displayed its existing range and also launched some new products. It has expanded its range of F-Series wheeled loaders with the launched of its new L45F and L50F models at the show ground.
Fitting into the mid-sized class of machines, the loaders’ features include the patented Torque Parallel (TP) loader linkage, separate working hydraulic pumps for maximum power, 100% axle differential locks, the Volvo Care Cab, and long service intervals.
Picking waste from the top of steep stockpiles was difficult with standard height cabs, so Volvo Construction Equipment has offered the industry its EC210C crawler excavator with the option of a hydraulically elevating cab (it is also available on Volvo’s EW160C wheeled excavator) at the show. The cab height can be adjusted to any level to suit the application, and at its maximum, forward visibility is raised to 4.18m. The maximum cab height is 5.47m.
Milling innovation from Volvo has seen new MW500 milling machine that has wowed the crowds at the Intermat exhibition. This new MW500 milling machine is compact and easy to manoeuvre that makes it suited to smaller milling applications such as patching, joints, trenching and close cutting around street and roadway obstructions.
Among compactors, Volvo has presented DD14S (the most compact of Volvo’s tandem vibratory rollers) and DD24, double-drum vibratory compactors. Three models from the single-drum line were also on display: SD25D, SD115D, and SD190X.
Despite the world crisis affecting all sectors, MB S.p.A. has decided not to stop but to continue investing, not only in product research and development but also in trade fair events. The participation in numerous national and international events has laid the foundations for the success of the company, which in just a few years has become a leader in this sector. MB is firmly convinced of the fundamental importance of being a reference point both as a sales force for its clients and with constant presence at trade fair events, thus establishing long-lasting relationships and boosting client loyalty.
According to the company, Intermat was an opportunity to present the latest MB product for the first time, the results of the constant research of the MB team and the advanced technology of its products. MB has launched the BF90.3, the first of a new generation of the units at the show. The BF90.3 offers better performance than the first generation machine and also has a lighter design, which makes it easier to use.
The constant commitment for customer satisfaction, ongoing improvement of results, and a company policy with priority given to total quality are the values followed by MB right from the start. Product innovation acclaimed internationally and received numerous awards at various sector fairs, has become the benchmark of MB, which meanwhile continues to invest in market planning, trade fairs, and communication.
After starting the new year with a full agenda of commitments, with participation in the major sector trade fairs at Las Vegas, Greece, Austria and Slovenia, MB S.p.A., international has gone on to confirm its success in France where a new branch is to be opened soon.
For MB, 2009 is the year of changes that will lead MB towards new goals and above all will broaden its already great horizons, leading the company towards acquiring new markets and the consolidating of existing ones.
The change in the name of the company from Srl (limited liability Company) to a Spa (joint stock Company) is a matter of pride for MB. The transformation represents international recognition, new research boundaries, further development of the activities and the possible input of new capital to optimise resources. Apart from the transformation from Srl to Spa, the company has obtained the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certification which has infused new pride within the company.
With the launch of the 8 tonne 308D CR machine at the show, Caterpillar has broadened its line-up of compact reduced tailswing excavators. Slotting in between Caterpillar’s mini excavators and its midi excavators, the new 308D CR model offers versatility and performance. This 8 tonne machine features a compact radius that allows it to operate in restricted site applications.
Unveiling a demolition version of its 328D LCR excavator at the show, Caterpillar claims that it is the world’s first short tail swing excavator aimed at this market. The machine has already proved popular in the tunneling and urban sewer construction markets but is now available with specific demolition equipment.
Caterpillar has also added three new models to its mobile scrap and demolition shear range for hydraulic excavators. The S320B, S325B and S340B extend the B-series range, joining the previously released S365B and S385B models, and are designed for use on 10 to 60 tonne carrier machines and can be mounted on the boom or stick.
The company also launched three versatile, high-performing new tracked loaders, the 279C, 289C and 299C. These machines feature durable and strong undercarriages that can cope with poor running conditions. Both standard and high flow hydraulic versions of these machines are available.
Among other launches made by the company was SENNEBOGEN 643 telescopic crane that was presented to the professional audience. It convinces with a boom length of 30 metres and load capacity of 40 tons and is a strong, universally usable partner for all purposes. Its robust design and powerful 135 kW diesel engine represent high performance and flexibility in practice combined with extremely low operating cost.
SENNEBOGEN 830 R-HDD was another highlight at Intermat 2009. Designed for extreme demolition and material handling demands. This machine sets new demolition standards with its numerous technical innovations. With a working height of up to 17m bolt measure combined with 3 tons lifting capacity, heavy demolition tools can be handled easily and safe in long reaches.
The new crane has been developed in partnership with Kobelco and is expected to be popular with rental companies due to its compact and manoeuvrable design. The crane is a compact three-axle, single cab unit with a ‘boom down’ design.
A new 40 tonne capacity TMC 540 Grove truck mounted crane was a surprise appearance on the Manitowoc stand on the first day of Intermat. Mounted on a four axle Scania chassis-cab, the crane is a European version of the TM 500 E2 sold in the US.
Manitowoc Cranes group company Potain has also unveiled its largest MDT tower crane, in two versions at the show. The MDT368 L12 has a 12 tonne maximum capacity, while the MDT368 L16 will have a 16 tonne maximum lift. Both of the fast-erecting towers feature a 21.7m counterjib section that can be folded for transport. Maximum jib length on both versions is 75m, with a maximum height under the hook of 93.7m.
The new track mounted R 317 is powered by a 94kW inline-four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail fuel injection, a turbocharger and a charge-air intercooler. To provide stability for bulk handling and sorting work the machine has B60 triple-web pads. According to Liebherr, the machines’ crawler-track undercarriage has excellent load capacity at working radii and heights of up to 10 metres.
The next new product on show was Liebherr’s 350 tonne capacity LTM 1350-6.1 telescopic boom wheeled mobile crane. The new six-axle has a 70m telescopic boom - 10m longer than its LTM 1300-6.1 predecessor. Maximum hoisting height, with the 78m luffing fly jib, is 132m, 16m higher than its predecessor. Liebherr claims it is the strongest six axle crane on the market.
Apart from this, Liebherr MK 88 mobile folding construction crane was also displayed at the fair. It succeeds the MK 80. The new MK 88 sets new size, equipment and performance standards in the four-axle category, Liebherr says.
Weighing 3.3 tonnes, the BW124DH/PDH is available with a smooth drum in its DH configuration or with a padfoot drum as the PDH model.
Moving up a size class, the new BW216D-40 is a smooth drum compactor while the BW216PD-40 model is a pad foot roller and these are aimed at the heavy weight compactor class. The BW216D-40 weighs 15.7 tonnes while the BW216PD-40 weighs 16.2 tonnes.
Bomag has also displayed its new BF 300 paver which is the combination of best German and Italian engineering and shares features with BF 600 series. Another highlight of the Bomag stand was its new milling machine BM2000/60 which is the first model in the new 600 hp (450 kw) power range and has a working width of 2m.
SANYThe Chinese company SANY exhibited some 20 pieces of equipment from its wide range at the fair. Among them were the SY5650THB72 truck concrete pump with a 72m boom, said the company, the longest boom in the world.
“Today, SANY has engaged in all categories of construction machinery with the concrete machine, piling machine and crawler crane, standing as the top brand domestically.
The core product of the concrete pump enjoys the largest domestic market share of 56% with sales volumes ranking number of globally for three successive years,” says the company.
Apart from its “world-beater” pump, SANY had also displayed four other truck pumps along with two trailer-mounted pumps; four crawler cranes (SCC2500, SCC1500, SCC1000 and SCC500E); two rotary drilling rigs (SR250M and SR110) and two harbour machines (container reach stacker RSC45C1 and empty container stacker SDCY90K7C1) as well as two excavators (SY210C8E and SY230C8E) and three pieces of road machinery.
The company has also announced at Intermat the launch of new crawler cranes of 650 tonne SCC6500WE and of 100 tonne capacity SCC1000HD by the end of the year.
HyundaiHyundai displayed its existing range of products at Intermat. The company is planning to introduce a new Series 9 mini excavator series in the future. The Series 9 mini excavators are being made ready for the market at this stage and development is in hand.
At the Intermat show, Hyundai unveiled its sophisticated Hi-Mate tracking and GPs-based monitoring system, which will be available on the new Series 9 excavator series. The monitoring technology offers track and trace capabilities for the excavator owner and means that the location and performance of equipment can be logged and recorded remotely.
Hyundai has also planned to further extend its excavator series and offer larger machines in the future. At the moment the biggest machine in the line-up is its 80 tonne-class excavator, however the firm has definite development plans for heavier models.
According to the company with their five-arm booms, they can adapt particularly flexibly to different conditions on the building site, both for structural and civil engineering.
On either boom model, customers can choose between three large volume and low-wear pump units, which can achieve delivery rates of up to 160m³/hr, representing the largest truck-mounted concrete pumps on a four-axle chassis that Putzmeister offers for the European market.
Putzmeister’s versatile M 36-4 and M28-4 concrete pumps with Z-fold system were also seen at Intermat. These models were representing the Putzmeister truck-mounted concrete pumps with four-arm placing booms.
Putzmeister also launched its BQF 06 Roline truck-mounted rotor concrete pump series for the European market. The initiative behind the new concept is to enable concrete placement using pipes and flexible hoses, rather than a boom.
Haulotte has also used Intermat to launch four new aerial platforms with emphasis on appealing to niche users. They are the Compact 14 electric scissor; HA12CJ compact electric articulating boom, the HA120PX ariculating boom and a modified version of the Star 6, the Star 6P, designed specifically for picking applications.
The Compact 14 provides an extra 2m working height and extra scissor pack. The machine is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, in particular building maintenance, warehousing.
HA 120 PX, 12m working height, rough terrain, articulating boom is designed to be particularly suitable for applications in maintenance and repair, heating and air conditioning and inspecting electric installations.
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Weighing in at 5.3 tonne with a full cab, the machine uses a tailor-made hydraulic quick hitch, making attachment changes a one person task. The machine has a wide track gauge for increased stability and uses a three pump hydraulic system for improved speed and power. That power is generated by a Yanmar TNV series ‘Clean and Silent’ diesel engine providing 30kW. The company claims easy access for servicing and maintenance, despite the zero tailswing layout.
An increased range of capabilities make GOMACO’s latest GT-3200 kerb and gutter slipform paver more versatile than before. The machine features both right-side and left-side pour capabilities and has new features that allow it to slipform highway safety barriers up to 1m high. The machine is easier and more precise to operate due to the latest GOMACO G controls, which provide greater paving accuracy and electronic monitoring of steering and grade for improved consistency. Power comes from a C4.4T Caterpillar diesel that meets Tier 3/Stage IIIA emission requirements and is rated at 68kW.
An outstanding new development in the cold milling machine division at Wirtgen GmbH was the W 150 featuring the WIDRIVE machine control system which contributes to a substantial reduction in operating costs. Widrive ‘networks’ all the main functions of the machine such as the engine and milling drum drive to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption, reducing operator input by 50% allowing them to concentrate more on milling and less on machine control.
In cold recycling, Wirtgen presented its mobile WLB 10 S and the optional WLM 30 twin-shaft compulsory mixer, the two innovative, laboratory-scale testing plants that enable mix designs using foamed bitumen.
Another product on display was the WS 250 tractor-towed stabilizer for soil stabilization which mixes lime and cement homogeneously into the existing soil. Wirtgen has also showed its KMA220 foamed bitumen stabilisation static plant for the first time in Europe.
Brand Vögele presented six machines from their innovative range of wheeled and tracked road pavers, equipped with different types of paving screeds. They were the small paver SUPER 800, the compact pavers SUPER 1300-2 and SUPER 1103-2, the SUPER 1800-2 both as a standard road paver and as a spray paver equipped with SprayJet module, as well as the high-performance SUPER 2100-2.
At the show, Hamm AG has made debut of its heavy HD+ type tandem rollers as well as of the HD 14 TT, a new 4-ton pneumatic-tyred roller of the CompactLine. Whereas Kleemann GmbH has exhibited the MR 130 Z and MR 100 Z mobile impact crushers.
The SL4500 has a maximum lifting capacity of 400t and a maximum load moment of 4,700tm. Maximum configuration of the model with SHL is 84m main boom with 54m luffing jib, or 78m main boom with 66m luffing jib, allowing in a total boom length up to 144m. It is powered by a 320kW engine and has a line speed range of 3-130m/min on a 28mm diameter rope. One of the first SL4500s built has been sold to UK heavy-lift specialist Weldex.
During the exhibition, the company has also presented an improved range of wheeled excavators (WE models) that offer users increased performance. Replacing the current MH series, the new WE models are aimed at the 14, 15, and 21 tonne wheeled excavator classes and benefit from upgraded hydraulics, electronics, service access and ergonomics. The large, high visibility cabs have new control systems that make these machines easier and more comfortable to operate for a full working shift.
The diamond point is suitable for breaking up hard ground, digging holes and breaking concrete, while a narrow chisel attachment can be used for concrete, bricks and stone. The wide chisel is ideal for cutting bitumen or tree roots and the tamper is used for compacting soil and packing bitumen.
The ergonomically shaped handle has a stroke of 620mm producing an impact that is much higher than a standard bar or crowbar. The company says that unlike a pneumatic breaker the Slidehammer can be more easily controlled for precision work.
The new model has been described by Doosan as a “toolbox” because of the adaptability of its hydraulic power, its stability and its larger translation capacity. The machine is equipped with the same axles as the DX190W, providing the machine with a higher traction force, very useful for levelling work with the front blade.
Other models that were displayed included 14 tonne the DX 140R short radius tracked excavators and 3.5 M3 bucket class DL350 wheeled loader which fills the gap between the DL 300 and DL400.
Doosan Infracore Portable Power (DIPP) division used Intermat 2009 to launched its V9 lighting tower. The Ingersoll Rand badged V9 Light Source uses four 1000W metal halide lamps that can be rotated through 350 degrees to provide a lighting power of 360,000 lumens.
On the other hand, Bobcat displayed its S70 skid-steer loader which is designed to be ideal for difficult access or on compact sites.
Komatsu has also unveiled the new 11 to 15 tonnes WA200PZ, WA250PZ and WA320PZ-6 wheel loaders at Intermat. These wheel loaders offer versatility due to their unique ‘PZ’ kinematics. The machines also feature KOMTRAX satellite machine management system to provide essential data for advanced fleet management and maintenance planning.
For the demolition sector, Komatsu demonstrated its latest generation PC450HRD-8, which offers a vertical reach of 27 m (88.6 ft). Standard features include a tilting cab with a heated air suspension seat.
According to the company, no situation is too complex, no space too small, no floor too sensitive for the Teupen access platform. Inside and outside it can get everywhere and can reach at the working heights from 12 to 50 metres, Horizontal outreach up to 20 metres, ‘Up and over’ reach up to 26.7 metres, Single and double doorway width access across the entire range. At the same time, these access platforms comes in innovative designs, with over 30 patented unique features.
The crane adopts a new-concept and self-made special-purpose chassis with a full-width driver’s cab. The chassis drive type is 8×4. Improvements to the hydraulic system include the addition of a derricking balance valve to help stabilize boom lowering. Another is the addition of flow compensators and dividers to improve the flexibility and stability of combined motions.
These include the new QSL9, 8.9litre six-cylinder diesel engine and the smaller four-cylinder QSB3.3 and QSB4.5, with capacities of 3.3litres and 4.5litres respectively.
The new QSL9 Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB engine meets tough noise and exhausts emission levels and uses EGR, VGT and DPF technologies. It is available in an array of specifications to suit all installation and duty cycles. This new engine taken the place of the previous QSC8.3 and QSL9 engines. The QSL9 offers power outputs from 170-283kW, with the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%.
In the lower-powered 56-119kW sector, the four-cylinder QSB4.5 and QSB3.3 engines have now reached interim Tier 4 and Stage IIIB emissions status by adopting similar technology to that employed on the QSL9.
Two of the latest models on the Hitachi stand were the new ZX14-3 mini excavator and ZW140 wheel loader. Both examplified how Hitachi is broadening its current line-up. The ZX14-3 fills an important gap in the one to two-tonne class of minis. Lightweight and narrow, it can be transported easily on a trailer and is ideal for working in confined spaces. The ZW140 is the smallest addition to the wheel loader range. It has a powerful yet economic engine and a spacious cab that is comparable to the larger models.
Hitachi has also highlighted, ZX250W-3 and ZX360W-3, the two new material handling equipment. Both models offer greater lifting capacity, stability and durability, as well as enhanced operator comfort.
Other offering by Hitachi was ZX470LCH-3 demolition excavator with 27m high-reach boom. All demolition models, from the ZX250LC-3 to ZX870LCH-3, can be ordered with various high-reach, two-piece and standard booms, and can be customized at the manufacturer’s factory at Oosterhout in The Netherlands.
The company also displayed its latest mobile screen 984 that has a production capacity which can match many static plants with up to 750 tonnes per hour throughput in ideal conditions. The 984 triple-deck screen features a patented folding system for its four conveyors, which Finlay claims helps keep the transport width within 3m.
Other product on display at the show was the new I-130RS impact crusher which features a detachable three-deck screen and a recirculation conveyor for the return of oversized material.
Ireland-based Terex Finlay also unveiled its latest cone crusher innovation with the C-1540RS at the show, which is based on the C-1540 machine but had the benefits of a recirculation conveyor and three-deck screen.
The new model is “effectively two machines in one”. The standard C-1540 crusher features a pre-screen to remove fine material before it enters the cone and prevent wear, but the RS model has a detachable screen with a recirculation conveyor to return over-sized material into the crusher, said the company.
At Intermat, the company showcased the versatility of its 777 backhoe loader which is said to make the use of multiple attachments easy, thus increasing the machine’s usefulness on the jobsite.
The 777 is a side-shift version tailored to European and Asian markets, but LiuGong has a centre pivot model, the 766, for the American and other markets that prefer this configuration. Both models feature a high-visibility backhoe boom design with digging depths of 4,330mm. An optional extending dipper stick increases dig depth to 5,485mm.
LiuGong also introduced its CLG2030HIII forklift to the European market. The versatile machine, used for everything from port to warehouse and factory work offers high power and low fuel consumption, and it is backed by LiuGong’s expansive dealer network.
SoilmecSoilmec’s SM18 introduced at the show. This has been designed as a multipurpose hydraulic drilling rig. The specification of the new SM18 multipurpose hydraulic drilling rig has been developed in collaboration with a Soilmec client to optimise its operation on site. The SM18’s modular design has been engineered for carrying out a wide range of tasks, including micropiles, anchors, jet grouting and mini-piles. Options allow it to be tailored to suit site conditions.
Another introduction made from Soilmec was its new GC16 rope-suspended grab, which has been mounted on a Soilmec SC100 crane for diaphragm wall installation.