Inaugurated on 23 April by Bruno Cavagné, Chairman of the French public works federation FNTP, and by the sector’s manufacturing representatives (CECE, CISMA, SEIMAT, etc.), INTERMAT Paris ran until 28 April at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, amid clear signs of economic recovery and in a distinctively business-conducive climate.
Construction contractors, manufacturers, suppliers of equipment and solutions, rental companies and distributors from the EMEA zone saw tangible proof of this positive trend.
“The introduction of the new business meetings service was a big success, with more than 3,000 business matches recorded, offering proof of the new-found vitality of the market, and of the pertinence of our approach linking up supply and demand,” said Isabelle Alfano, Exhibition Director, an observation that was also shared by the exhibitors.
Commented Martin Schickel, CEO of Liebherr-France SAS, “With several sales finalized on site, the exhibition was a commercial success in a particularly positive climate, reflecting the economy as we see it today. For us, as manufacturers in France and Europe, INTERMAT is a genuine showcase for our know-how.”
“INTERMAT 2018 was very successful for the Fayat group and all of its brands. We noted a huge increase in visitors to our stand; a two-figure growth compared to 2015, with a significant proportion of foreign visitors and high participation from major French groups such as Colas, Eurovia, and Eiffage. Our two ‘digital corners’, which presented our digital service solutions, were especially popular, in particular, the 3-D cinema which showed our TRX 100% solution, and which won an INTERMAT Innovation Award,” said Stéphane Guillon, Marketing & Communications Director, Groupe FAYAT
“Thanks to this event, we were able to reassert our total engagement with the French and African markets. By presenting our latest innovations, we generated a lot of interest from many visitors,” said Naser Memic Rendon, Marketing & Communications Manager, KOMATSU Group.
Innovation and new technology
Addressing subjects such as equipment automation, driving assistance, electric mobility, robotisation, exoskeletons and BIM, the exhibition’s spotlight was on digital tools and new technologies in all phases of construction. For the first time, on dedicated spaces, start-ups, SMEs and large companies could develop synergies together in the areas of recycling, mobility, connectivity, safety, deconstruction, structure modularity, etc., and demonstrate their creativity with the aim of instilling efficiency and environmental protection.
From the exoskeleton cobot, which reduces strain and musculoskeletal disorders, to connected concrete offering data consultation and structure traceability, and from creative luminescent paving slabs interacting with the environment to connected concrete speakers, the creativity of young start-up firms was applauded by the visitors.
Rolland Melet, CEO at 360SmartConnect, a specialist in connected concrete, affirmed: “We met some very interested new contacts and future partners, and we spread the following message through the World of Concrete forum: ‘The world is changing: instead of being passive to change, let’s be proactive by interconnecting with each other.”
173,300 visitors, including 30% from 160 countries outside France, 1,400 exhibitors, and a 30,000 m² outdoor zone for machine demonstrations, were proof of the emerging vitality of the European market.
Construction machinery in action
Extending over nearly 30,000 m², the outdoor zone dedicated to the demonstration of new construction equipment, tested in real life conditions, attracted huge crowds. The live demos of backhoe loaders, compact excavators, loaders, graders, screening machines, crushers and demolition equipment and machinery showcased their technological and environmental performance along with safety and productivity improvements.
This was a full day dedicated to the rental profession; it brought together nearly 200 people to discuss the development perspectives and market changes in the sector. Gérard Déprez, President of LOXAM, inaugurated the Roundtable on “Equipment rental in 10 years” dedicated to major changes anticipated over the next decade, with insights contributed by French and foreign market figures.
World of Concrete Europe
Co-located with INTERMAT Paris, the World of Concrete Europe hosted 200 exhibitors. The combination of an exhibition area, an educational form and a demonstration zone allowed visitors to discover the innovative offering of the sector, from the upstream part of the supply chain (materials, products and additives) to downstream specialities (decorative concrete, coverings and coatings, engineering and services).
Visitors got an overview of the latest trends in the European market through eight sectors within the Building and Concrete Sector expertise hub, and a programme of 15 talks on the Forum addressing “The contribution of concrete to new collective challenges”.
The Roundtable chaired by Thierry Huyghues-Beaufond, Director of the Infrastructure and Construction Methods Unit at Société du Grand Paris, presented the projects within Grand Paris Express alongside the exhibited 3-D digital model to a full house.
S.E. INTERMAT brings together trade organizations of equipment manufacturers and importers: CISMA, the French association of equipment manufacturers for construction, infrastructure, steel and handling equipment industries; SEIMAT, the French association of international civil engineering, mining, construction and hoisting equipment industries; and Comexposium, a European leader in organizing consumer and trade events. The next edition of INTERMAT will be held in 2021.
Manitowoc Cranes highlights innovation and velocity
Manitowoc Cranes showcased some of its latest tower cranes (two models from the Potain Hup self-erecting crane range (Hup 32-27 and Hup 40-30) and a Potain MDT 389 (the largest of its CCS topless top-slewing tower cranes) and its renowned support services.
Barry Pennypacker, President and CEO, Manitowoc, said, “Over the last two years, we have created a culture that is driven by innovation and velocity in every aspect of the business. It involves not only maintaining our industry-leading innovation, but in a number of cases, accelerating it. I believe we have demonstrated this with our selection of products and services on display at Intermat. Our goal is to continue sharpening our focus on developing new products that deliver fundamentally more value to our customers and enhance our brand. This culture of innovation both strengthens our position and creates further opportunities for growth.”
“All the cranes and new products on show were developed with customer input and participation. They reflect the technologies and features that the lifting market wants and were developed with much more velocity to market, than the previous generations of cranes,” he added.
Potain’s Hup self-erecting crane range contains some of Potain’s most remarkable models of recent years. Since their launch in 2016, the Hup cranes’ versatility and ease-of-use have made them an international hit as customers can accomplish more tasks with a single crane. Their unique folding and unfolding design enables setup in the most congested job sites, and they have a lot of flexibility in working height, reach and footprint.
The MDT 389 is the largest topless crane from the Potain line-up to feature the company’s Crane Control System (CCS), which is also available on all Potain top-slewing tower cranes. This user-friendly operating system offers the highest levels of comfort, flexibility and ergonomic control, and it reduces installation time as compared to previous models. Its main benefits include compactness, ease of transportation, and easier and faster erection. All these features lead to a better return on investment for crane owners, and CCS has been proven to increase efficiency on job sites.
Visitors also explored a host of cranes from across the Manitowoc ranges at the booth, including Grove mobile cranes and Manitowoc crawler cranes. A big hit was the GMK4090 all-terrain crane that comes in response to customer demand for lightweight, flexible taxi cranes in the 90-ton capacity class. It has a narrow 2,55m width, and its performance capabilities include the best taxi load charts in its class. It also features a five-section MEGAFORM boom design, a single-engine concept with a new Tier 4 final engine, CCS, MEGATRAK suspension and the TWIN-LOCK boom pinning system. The GMK4080-2, an 80-ton version of the same crane, is also available to the global market (except for North America).
Also highlighted on the booth was the just-released 300-ton GMK6300L-1 which continues the legacy of its predecessor, with several improvements made to the structural strength of the crane, improving load charts by over 7% on average when compared to the GMK6300L. At height, the improvements are even better, with advantages of over 16% in the boom length range of 70 m – 80 m. The new model will also feature Euromot 4/EPA Tier 4 final engines in the carrier and superstructure.
Other Grove’s range on display were the 100-ton GRT8100 and 80-ton GRT880 rough-terrain cranes. The GRT880 features a 41 m boom that is lighter than other cranes in its class. It’s more versatile than competitors’ cranes — it boasts up to 16% greater capacity at full radius, 13% greater capacity in mid-range applications and 27% greater capacity at close radii.
Interactive exhibits provided information on Manitowoc Crane Care customer support program and Manitowoc Finance financing arm. Manitowoc aims to provide the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry. Through programs such as Crane Care and Lift Solutions, the company is decreasing downtime on the job site and assisting crane operators with unique lifting plans that many modern-day applications require.
Liebherr: New launches & world première
The Liebherr Group presented innovation from its wide range of products such as earthmoving, material handling machines, tower cranes, mobile cranes, crawler cranes and concrete technology. In addition to the new launches for the European market, Liebherr also presented some world premieres.
The new Liebherr L 507 and L 509 stereoloaders celebrated their world première at the show. This completes the latest stereoloader range, which has a total of four models and features operating weights of 5.5 to 9.2 tons. The stereo steering, which has proved itself over the last 20 years, is at the heart of the Liebherr stereoloaders. The appeal of the new L 507 and L 509 models also lies in the spacious operator's cab and intuitive operation. Due to numerous practical innovations such as the optimised Z-bar linkage, the new models facilitate efficient work on site.
Another machine that premiered was the A 914 Litronic wheeled excavator from emission stage 4. With operating weight between 15,200 and 17,500 kg, the machine impresses with its productivity and high level of flexibility, especially in urban zones. It is an ideal machine for construction sites with space restrictions. With the short tail swing of only 1.75 m, the A 914 Compact can be used flexibly in traditional excavation work, uncovering existing structural elements, modelling banks, compressing materials, and other earthworks.
On display was the new Liebherr R 918 crawler excavator, with an operating weight between 19 and 22 tons, for earthmoving applications, making trenches and pipe laying. A large selection of attachments makes the machine extremely flexible for more specific work.
Liebherr also presented its largest EC-H crane – the 1000 EC-H 40 Litronic - which was taken directly to a construction site for the large-scale Grand Paris project from the show. The 1000 EC-H is offered in four different versions: The two-fall 20- and 25-ton versions are available for high lifting capacities at the jib head. Maximum lifting capacities of 40 and 50 tons, respectively, are achieved with two trolleys and 4-fall reeving. This High-Top crane is ideal for constructing métros because it is optimized for transport and assembly, and it can lift (finished) parts that weigh up to 40 tons. It is also available as a 50-ton version.
Another innovation, the cynosure of all eyes at Liebheer stand, was an improved version of the 172 EC-B 8 Litronic, an 8-ton capacity flat top tower crane, the jib of which has been extended by 2.5 meters to 62.5 meters and enables even more accurate division. The 172 EC-B 8 Litronic now lifts 1,800 kilograms at the jib head with a radius of 62.5 meters. The maximum load bearing capacity remains 8,000 kg. The new flat-top crane was presented at Intermat on the new 16 EC tower system alongside the LiUP internal crane driver elevator. It can also be mounted on 16 HC, 17 HC and 21 HC tower systems. Its maximum free-standing hook height is 71.4 m.
Liebherr also showcased the new LTM 1090-4.2 mobile crane (economical all-rounder on four axles) which combines mobility, performance and economy. The new 90-ton crane is suitable for global economical mobility as it can travel with an axle load of 10 tons, 12 ton and 16 tons. It features a 60-metre telescopic boom, a whole 10 meters more than its predecessor, the LTM 1090-4.1.
A brand-new package for slurry wall applications comprising duty cycle crawler crane and hydraulic grab was also presented. The interaction is optimized so that work can be carried out quickly and precisely and with utmost efficiency. The hydraulic slurry wall grab is modularly designed and has an extremely robust base body. As the names of the grabs imply, HSG 5-18 C and HSG 5-18 L, slurry walls with thicknesses between 500 and 1800 mm can be installed, depending on the composition.
With the Crane Planner 2.0 Liebherr presented its most recent planning software for the range of crawler cranes between LR 1100 and LR 1300, as well as individual duty cycle crawler cranes. The virtual reality enhancement is being introduced for the first time. This allows the Crane Planner 2.0 project to be experienced in 3D.
Liebherr also exhibited its Reman range using a remanufactured V12 diesel engine. This gives the construction machine operator the option to use used components that have been remanufactured in accordance with industrial standards as fully fledged spare parts.
Keestrack R3e premieres in a new design
Keestrack, the international specialist in mineral processing technology, unveiled a new design for its track-mounted impact crusher unit R3 / R3e. With its compact transport and operational dimensions, the 30-ton model offers all advantages of the mature diesel electric hybrid concept, which Keestrack is implementing as an efficient alternative drive system in more products under its mobile crusher and screening plants.
Besides a Keestrack dust suppression canon and several original crushing tools and wear parts, the new track-mounted impact crusher - Keestrack R3e - was the real show-stopper, having been awarded the “Red Dot Winner” for outstanding industry design shortly before the show.
Under the extensive composite/steel cover of the compact 250-tph crusher, it was the innovative implementation of the full hybrid diesel-electric drive concept with 235 kW Volvo EU-IV diesel engine, 300-kVA generator and two separate electric motors for the crusher drive (opt. 132 kW/160 kW) and for the supply of the whole plant hydraulics (45 kW) to convince all experts. This enables the Keestrack R3e to work fully autonomous in diesel-electric mode but is also fully electric when connected through the standard plug-in function to mains or an external gen set. Even then, repositioning of the machine or adjusting the conveyors is possible without starting the diesel engine. In all operating modes, a 63 kVA plug-out connection supplies connected electric screeners or stackers, which allows (for example) an emission-free operation of inner-urban recycling machine combinations for defined end-products.
The Keestrack R3e offers high flexibility and mobility: With a large inlet opening of 770 x 960 mm the impact crusher unit 48 ICR 100-00 features a heavy 920-mm rotor ((Ø: 1100 mm, 3200 kg) operating at high speed. Changeable belt pulleys at the electric crusher motor allow adjusting the crushing characteristics additionally. Specially adapted crushing tools, a wide adjustment range for both impact aprons (milling beam is optional) and a sophisticated overload system safeguard a broad range of applications from concrete recycling with intensive wear to the production of high-quality mineral aggregates.
With approx. 32 tonnes, the full electric Keestrack R3e weighs when fully equipped barely 1000 kg more than the diesel-hydraulic version. The full equipment includes a vibrating pre-screen with optional fines conveyor, overband magnet at the main conveyor and the new optional single deck after screen unit (4,4 m²) with recycling conveyor including optional wind sifting or a removable side conveyor for stockpiling the oversize as second end product.
“The show has exceeded our expectations,” declared Kees Hoogendorn, President, Keestrack Group. “Experts throughout the relevant sectors were interested in our processing technologies. Enquiries mainly focused on our crushing solutions and, in particular, our modern hybrid and full hybrid drive concepts.”
“After three years of development, the Keestrack R3e is the machine which combines all key features of our hybrid technology. It perfectly applies to customer needs for compact high-performance crushers and reflects in an almost spectacular way our design philosophy, optimized in terms of safety and ease of operation,” he said. “We received many enquiries, including very specific projects, on which we also discussed other solutions from our comprehensive range of crushing technologies. I am confident that our international sales partners will generate numerous orders also at new Keestrack customers.”
“Processing technology was weakly represented in this year’s Intermat, but we experienced a great attendance of French experts from the quarrying and recycling sectors. Our increased activities are paying off, and France, as one of the important European markets, shows significant signs of an economic upswing,” he added.
The company also shared information about its recently introduced new models and its French dealer and service network. Keestrack has substantially restructured its French distributorship and service organisation, and now has 10 dealers and service partners covering all regions.
MB Crusher launches MB-R500 mini excavator cutter head
It works without difficulty in city centers where vibration and noise must be contained. It can be used underwater and is indispensable for road works. MB-R500 cutter head makes it possible to perform excavations within a minimum size and recover material for reuse. In this way, it is no longer necessary to dispose the asphalt crusts from excavations.
Weighing only 300 kg, it is the smallest cutter head in the MB Crusher range. It can be installed on mini and midi excavators from 3 to 12 tons, on skid steer loaders and backhoe loaders from 3 to 8 tons. The powerful cutter head has a diameter of 500 mm and grinds with extreme precision. Its drum can be replaced on site in less than an hour, without the need to take the unit to a specialized workshop. Like other MB-R cutter models, it comes with a full or low set drum head kit, which allows you to change the number of peaks, depending on the material to grind.
It is the most equipped MB cutter head as it can do everything. The cutter body rotation kit allows the operator to rotate the cutter directly from the cab, without stopping the trench excavation work. The cutting depth adjustment kit makes grinding edges and levelling possible, such that squares and roads will be ready for laying new asphalt surface.
The nebuliser kit and the drum cover kit reduce dust emission and allow jobs to be carried out in enclosed spaces: working in galleries and tunnels becomes straightforward. To preserve the machinery used, MB-R500 can be equipped with a temperature reduction kit, which reduces the oil temperature during operation without altering the unit’s performance.
Haulotte launches Pulseo - the new-gen electric rough-terrain mobile elevating platform
Haulotte, a French company and a major global player, is providing a portfolio of increasingly innovative solutions. Based on a comprehensive, scalable and forward-looking offering, the company is promoting solutions for working at height while increasing safety and productivity. The company launched Pulseo’- the new generation of electric rough-terrain mobile elevating platform and displayed its existing aerial work platforms and telehandlers such as HT23 RTJ Pro - Rough Terrain Telescopic boom, HA16 RTJ Pro Articulating boom, HA26 RTJ Pro - Rough Terrain Articulating boom, STAR 6 Picking - Vertical Mast, STAR 8 - Vertical Mast etc.
Haulotte and Zapi also signed an agreement at Intermat to develop new e-drive solutions. The framework of cooperation covers applications in Mobile Elevating Working Platform –MEWP and will work together to develop new e-drivetrain solutions, making the latest technologies available to the end-user.
With Pulseo take the leap to electric power, lower energy costs and less air and noise pollution, and optimal performance is the promise of the electrical architecture featured in Pulseo machinery, which can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, with rough-terrain capabilities, and operation suited to low-emission and low-noise zones. HA20 LE and HA20 LE PRO are the first models in the Pulseo product line. Due to their high-quality materials and components, ideal protection for electric and hydraulic parts and extensive endurance testing, Pulseo models come with a 5-year warranty
Designed to operate in silence, Pulseo’s all-electric architecture makes it suitable for work in downtown areas and low-emission zones, as well as on green construction sites. It keeps a low acoustic profile in any situation, offering new opportunities for use in low-noise area (hospitals, schools, bookstores, etc), public places (shopping centers, airports, concert halls, pedestrian street, etc) and flexible working hours (night time or early morning work with no inconvenience for local residents).
Equipped with non-marking tyres, its oscillating axle and 4-wheel drive ensure optimal adherence and stability for outdoor work. Ultra-fast elevation speed, 360° continuous turret rotation and simultaneous movements work together to enhance productivity. Dual-load models make it possible to increase the load capacity while adapting the working envelope, thereby, ensuring stability. Proportional controls ensure precise movements, guaranteeing smooth operation on the work area with no jolts.
The Pulseo range incorporates the latest safety innovations such as Haulotte Activ’Shield Bar: 2.0 is by far the safest and most effective system of its kind. Faced with a risk of entrapment, the operator is propelled against the bar. The machine automatically stops. Protected by the Safety Gap, the operator maintains easy access to controls and is unobstructed.
Haulotte Activ’Lighting System ensures safe performance during loading and unloading of the equipment. Comprising 11 LED spotlights, it provides ideal illumination of the basket, controls and maneuvering area around the machine.
High-capacity batteries and the ability to lower the basket by force of gravity with no power consumption maximize battery performance for a full day's work. If extended battery power is required, the on-board range extender engine can rapidly recharge the batteries, while the machine retains its full operating capacity during the charge cycle. At the end of a shift, the built-in charger and its smart power management module optimize both the charge and lifespan of the batteries.
The Haulotte Activ’Energy Management system, developed in partnership with LITEN, a major European research institute and a driving force behind the development of the sustainable energy technologies of the future, was designed to extend the lifespan of the batteries. Maintenance-free electric motors, extended maintenance intervals, easy access to components and simple battery maintenance, maximize machine uptime.
Haulotte Activ’Screen makes life easier for users and technicians. It can be used to configure the machine, it provides users with information to help them identify alarms, allows access to the list of preventative maintenance procedures, and helps diagnose and resolve malfunctions. All Haulotte Activ’Screen functions are available on mobile devices via the Haulotte Diag app. Technicians, thus, enjoy the mobility necessary for even more effective configuration and diagnostics.
Goldhofer demonstrates proven, innovative, transport solutions
As one of the global market leaders in the field of heavy-duty road haulage and oversized cargo transportation, Goldhofer presented two vehicle concepts which have one thing in common: the versatility needed for full and effective support in the demanding construction and engineering industries.
At the Goldhofer stand, visitors got the chance to look at the ADDRIVE 6, a six-axle version of the revolutionary transport solution developed by the German company. It offers the best of two road transport worlds in a combination of trailered and self-propelled modules in one single vehicle. ADDRIVE has the capability of handling a wide range of cargos with outstanding efficiency and provides maximum flexibility for the construction and engineering industry logistics worldwide. ADDRIVE is easily installed in a variety of trailer and semitrailer combinations, such as with dropdecks and long-load turntables. Depending on road gradients and surfaces, the additional drive provides maximum speed or concentrated pulling force, and can be operated comfortably by wireless remote control.
The second Goldhofer exhibit at Intermat was the STZ-L4 with wheel recesses, developed specially to handle large self-propelled construction equipment. The wheel recesses have the advantage of greatly reducing overall height of the combination. In addition, the STZ-L4 can be quickly converted into a trailer with level deck so that tracked vehicles or heavy construction materials can also be transported with ease. That is possible due to a payload of up to 43 tons or even 50 tons in the version with Goldhofer’s successful MPA technology (depending on the regulations in the location).
Wirtgen Group’s technologies impress industry professionals
The eye-catchers on the Wirtgen Group exhibition area were the latest innovations from Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann und Benninghoven. Visitors seized the chance to talk with experienced application experts on the leading technologies for the entire road construction cycle while learning more about the Group’s range of services.
Wirtgen presented a cross-section of solutions for road construction and rehabilitation. The highlight was the world premiere of the W 150 CFi with its new 1800-mm milling drum assembly. The compact milling machine has immense engine power paired with the application-optimized machine transport weight. To perform milling operations as economically as possible, cold milling machines must be transported quickly from one site to the next – especially when the machines are as flexible in their range of applications as the W 150 CFi with its 298-kW engine. The 1800-mm milling drum assembly gives customers the benefit of a wider range of applications, while the cold milling machine enables increased productivity and area output.
When it comes to precise, cost-effective roadway paving and monolithic concrete profiles, slipform pavers from Wirtgen are the machinery of choice. With the SP 64, industry professionals got to see an inset paver in the performance class with widths of 2.0 to 6.0 m which can pave thicknesses of up to 450 mm extremely precisely.
In the field of cold recycling technology, Wirtgen presented its WR 240i wheeled recycler and its ancillary equipment: the WLV 1 laboratory compactor, the WLB 10 S laboratory-scale foamed bitumen plant and the WLM 30 laboratory-scale twin-shaft compulsory mixer. The Wirtgen solutions were rounded off with an on-site presentation of soil stabilization technologies in the form of the WS 250 tractor-towed stabilizer.
Vögele showcased its strengths with the SUPER 800-3i, a success model from the Mini Class series for paving widths of up to 3.50 m. In the Compact Class, the SUPER 1303-3i wheeled paver is mainly used on municipal job sites and in the Universal Class, it’s the SUPER 1800-3i tracked paver for highway construction. The company exhibited a very special innovation: the RoadScan non-contacting temperature-measurement and control system for the enhancement and documentation of paving quality.
A representative of the productive Highway Class, the SUPER 2100-3i, rounded off the range of pavers on show. Vögele also proved that its know-how is not limited to road pavers, presenting its state-of-the-art MT 3000-2i Offset PowerFeeder. The material feeder's pivoting conveyor opens up unimagined possibilities for paving teams – such as feeding pavers with mix from the side.
Hamm presented a cross-section of its complete product range: Rollers from the compact segment, heavy-duty tandem rollers, pneumatic tyre rollers and single-drum compactors for earthmoving. It unveiled the world's first pneumatic tyre roller - the GRW 280i (max. 28 t). This roller uses the innovative operating concept Easy Drive, which ensures intuitive and safe operation. Hamm also debuted its tandem roller HD+ 90i PH with its extremely environment-friendly Power Hybrid drive. With this future-oriented solution, the compaction specialist has combined a traditional diesel aggregate with a hydraulic accumulator, achieving fuel savings of up to 15%.
The new mobile jaw crushing plant MOBICAT MC 120 Z PRO from Kleemann premièred at the Intermat trade fair. With an hourly output of up to 650 tons, thorough prescreening and the powerful diesel-electric drive, the MC 120 Z PRO is particularly efficient in quarry applications. Two plants in the EVO series characterized by compact dimensions, good transportability and flexibility were also exhibited.
Asphalt mixing plant specialist Benninghoven premièred its newly developed, patent-pending alternating chute unit. For the new ECO asphalt mixing plant range, Benninghoven has developed a new, more cost-efficient alternative to the skip track. The alternating chute unit features a purely mechanical structure which is, therefore. not subject to malfunctions. A new smart design means that no sensor system, motors, brakes, etc. are required, while worldwide functional reliability is ensured.
Wacker Neuson Group counts on full power, zero emissions and reduced noise
Visitors at Wacker Neuson's indoor stall experienced its full range of the zero-emission line. Two battery rammers, the dual power excavator, two electric wheel loaders and an electrically operated track dumper were available in the test area for visitors. One of the highlights was the brand new electric vibratory plate AP1850e and the first all-electric Zero Tail excavator EZ17e – both part of the zero emissions line of Wacker Neuson, were presented for the first time to the public.
The electric mini-excavator EZ17e, with an intelligent loading management, can be battery-driven or plugged to the grid and can be charged simultaneously. It is, therefore, especially suitable for environments in which exhaust fumes and noise should be avoided, for example in inner-cities, inside buildings and tunnels or near schools and hospitals.
With the single-direction vibratory plate AP1850e, Wacker Neuson presented the only battery-driven plate on the market. It is particularly suitable for compaction of granular surfaces and for asphalt compaction. The modular concept provides special flexibility and efficiency by allowing the use of the battery in Wacker Neuson battery-powered rammers.
Two reliable electric wheel loaders - the WL20e by Wacker Neuson and the 5055e by Kramer, demonstrated their abilities, fitting to the application, in the demo area. Both can be employed for applications of upto eight hours, and with their integrated, practical battery charger, they are re-charged very quickly.
Beside the zero-emission line, the “dual view” concept for wheel dumpers fascinated the visitors. Dual view sets new standards in safety by conveniently and quickly changing the seat position through 180O rotation of the entire operating and seat console such that the operator has a perfect view in the travel direction during transport, loading, and dumping.
With the all-wheel steered wheel loader 8155, Kramer presented its new flagship - the 9-ton loader equipped with highly effective load sensing hydraulics, the innovative drive ecospeedPRO and a time-tested and proven Deutz engine. Wacker Neuson also presented two new excavators in the 3.5-ton class.
Volvo demonstrates strong portfolio for customer success
Across 4,800m2 of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, the Volvo Group displayed a range of new and updated machines encompassing excavators, wheel loaders, pavers and compactors, combined with its state-of-the-art Volvo Co-Pilot touchscreen tablet that powers all Volvo Assist platforms.
Designed for urban environments: Volvo showcased three new short-swing radius machines: a crawler, the ECR355ENL; a wheeled, the EWR170E; and one compact – the ECR18E. These excavators are ideal for jobsites where space is limited, while offering Volvo’s usual low noise, fuel consumption and emissions.
Intermat Innovation Award winner EX2 - a 100% electric compact concept machine - delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts. It is believed to be the world’s first fully-electric compact excavator prototype.
Volvo’s demolition and recycling zone featured among others, the EC380E HR now available with optional extension boom, and the brand new EW240E MH material handler and which demonstrate Volvo’s expertise in safety.
Volvo, which has been expanding its offerings in the road segment, presented the new P6820D paver, complete with the new EPM3 electronic paver management system and Pave Assist, along with the DD105 asphalt compactor, now available with oscillating drums. Other notable machines launched at Intermat included the L260H wheel loader in Europe and the upgrade wheel loader range L60 to L220E with new drivetrain.
Intermat also saw the European-wide debut of Haul Assist and Dig Assist - Volvo Co-Pilot applications designed to boost productivity, efficiency and safety by delivering real-time data to the screen in the cab for operators of articulated haulers and excavators, respectively.
Under the Volvo Services umbrella, Volvo CE promoted its new Proactive Monitoring and Health Reports services. With Proactive Monitoring, dealers can actively monitor alarms and fault codes on a customer’s machine and diagnose any issues remotely. By carrying out preventative maintenance, dealers can help minimize downtime and repair costs. Health Reports, similarly, provide a diagnosis of the condition of a machine, helping to plan maintenance or flag up issues arising from incorrect operation or application.
Meanwhile, in European markets, Volvo CE is introducing a new two-year warranty on parts. Group companies Volvo Trucks, Volvo Penta, and Volvo Financial Services were fully integrated at Intermat, highlighting the Volvo Group’s strength and capabilities of its offerings.
Kubota unveils European strategy and innovative products
Kubota Business Unit Engine Europe used the event to exclusively exhibit a group of new engine solutions to Europe for the first time and unveiled innovative products, developed specifically to meet the market’s need for EU Stage V-compliant solutions. It exhibited a prototype of a future micro-electric hybrid engine.
Kubota launched its new 09 Series to be represented by the NEW 5.0 litre V5009 model, and will establish the Kubota engine brand as the primary power-source above 200HP throughout Europe. The event also announced the V4309, a variant on the existing series, demonstrating the expansion and flexibility of the 09 “family”.
Intermat saw the first public outing of the WG1903, a newly-created 1.9 Litre, 3 Cylinder model designed specifically for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), gasoline, natural gas, and dual fuel capability. Kubota also exhibited the evolutionary V1505-CR-T, a brand new compact DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyst) and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) equipped engine, which benefits from the greater efficiency that comes from CRS (Common Rail System) high pressure fuel injection.
Maeda showcases Mini Cranes
The ‘Made in Japan’ Maeda Mini Cranes range consists of 10 machines with maximum lifting capacities of 1 to 8 tons and lift heights upto 25.5 meters. The cranes are dual-fuel ready, either a combination of Petrol/LPG or Diesel/Electric, and are finding application at glazing works, curtain wall installation, roof top works, steel erection, civil construction, factory/plant, airport/ railways, power station, oil & gas industries, tunnel/underground, forestry, etc.
Maeda has a presence across the world including India where it is present through its dealer Shree Balaji Equipments. It is selling mostly its 2.8-ton cranes in India which find application in factories/plants. Maeda is now looking to expand its business in the country and its focus is to get enquires from multistory car parking, river and subway projects. Besides superior quality and reliability, the company provides an efficient service and support package.
New Bobcat products debut at Intermat
Bobcat presented a wide range of new products for the first time at the show. These included Bobcat’s R-Series compact excavators from 2-4 ton for markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), offering the high performance that Bobcat equipment is known for and superb machine controllability.
In addition to the new R-Series excavators, visitors saw Bobcat’s latest addition to its loader range – the T870 torsion suspension compact track loader. Another debutant was the TL30.70 compact telehandler, providing a maximum lift capacity of 3 tons and a maximum lift height of nearly 7 meteres. Bobcat also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the world-famous Bobcat loader at Intermat.
TII Group presents compact vehicles for heavy-duty transport
The TII Group has united specialists SCHEUERLE, NICOLAS, KAMAG and TIIGER for the production of heavy-load transport vehicles. New developments showcased by the TII Group included the premiere of the 2-axle EuroCompact and K25 M SL Split Module, and the first presentation of the EuroAxles in France.
The extremely manoeuvrable EuroCompact platform trailer, now used across Europe, is suited for the transport of industrial and construction machinery, transformers, stone crushers and the like. The weight and height-optimized vehicle is ideal for any transport assignment involving payloads up to 30 tons and it has a wide range of decks. Also on display was the NICOLAS SMDEL-TP which has an optimized load length due to its compact design.
With the EuroAxle, the TII Group expects an increased level of interest from French customers. The vehicle, designed for heavy-duty transport assignments on European roads, impresses among other things with its patented independent wheel suspension and maintenance-free operations, and low wear and tear of wheels.
The SCHEUERLE-KAMAG K25 PowerBooster (PB) heavy-duty transport all-rounder and robust SCHEUERLE-NICOLAS EuroFlex were also displayed.
Many new products unveiled by Doosan
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment celebrated the milestone of producing over 400,000 excavators, wheel loaders, and articulated dump trucks (ADTs) for markets worldwide. To celebrate this, Doosan put Anniversary stickers on all machines for sale in 2018, which were available at its stand. Doosan also unveiled a special version of one of its excavators to mark the occasion.
Doosan also showcased a number of new wheel loaders including the new DL420CVT-5 and DL580-5 Stage IV compliant. DL420CVT-5 is the first model in the Doosan® wheel loader range to be equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The company also unveiled the new DL280-5 wheel loader, with a dedicated design for the waste and recycling market and general industrial applications, and a new version of its DA30 30-ton ADT.
Sennebogen 673 R-HD E-series: Update to the successful 70-ton telescopic crane
The sliding-door opening of the cab is particularly large, which makes getting in and out easier. The exterior of the machine has also been given a new, modern look. The new design features a weight-reduced plastic cladding, making the Sennebogen 673 E even more attractive.
Dana Launches New Series of Brevini® Winches to Improve Safety & Efficiency
Dana announced a new series of high-performance Brevini® winches for construction and material-handling vehicles, as well as other mobile machinery and stationary industrial applications.
Each winch in this new series features a compact, high-speed piston motor for efficient operation. The range includes 13 different sizes to support lift capacities from 990 kg (1.1 tons) to 30 tons (33 tons). The winch series has a modular design and will extend Dana’s current product range for off-highway and stationary industrial applications.
GOMACO displays 3300 multi-application paver
GOMACO’s new 3300 multi-application slipform paver, designed for the European market, has been re-engineered from the the original GT-3300 with the latest technology, including the G+ control system and GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD). The 3300 features true right-side or left-side paving capabilities with extreme steering, Smart Leg and Track Positioning, and a Smart Telescoping Mold mounting system.
GOMACO 3300 is capable of slipforming multiple applications, including curb and gutter, safety barrier, sidewalk and undermounted paving.