We visited the huge Bauma exhibition in Munich a couple of weeks ago. While the bigger pieces of equipment don’t match the size of those on display at Bauma Shanghai, there is a heck of a lot more of it.
Over 620,000 visitors attended this year. XCMG exhibited a range of equipment focused on the European market.
The XC series of loaders feature tier V engines and fully automatic transmissions.
The smallest of the “5” series graders the GR1605.
The 13.5 tonne 180hp grader is a similar size to a Cat 120H but with more power.
XCMG concentrated on smaller models in the excavator range like the new zero tail swing XE55E featuring a tier V engine.
The smallest was the XE15E.
Mantall had a display featuring the small crawler scissor, the XE80CT, which we will have in NZ in time for the Fieldays.
Palazzani displayed some of their market leading spider range.
This is Palazzani’s prototype crawler spider crane. It can lift 2300kg and fit through a door way. One potential market is glass replacement in multi level buildings.
We have recently placed an order for their latest PT1102 teleloader ,which will be used for waste handling in Auckland.
Probably the most “out there” concept machine from other manufacturers at Bauma was Case’s wheel loader.
Many of the new models displayed by other manufacturers related to autonomous operation.
Some featured no cabins at all like this Liebherr dozer.
Same sort of thing with this Bomag roller.
Kobelco decided a teddy bear in the cabin made a similar point.
Battery power is coming to construction machinery with ever larger models being released.
This 8.5 tonne Hitachi excavator is an example
Several manufacturers had fully electric telehandlers at the development stage.
On the way home we stopped to visit a gold mining site in near Kunming with some New Zealand quarry and mine operators. The mine had two fully electric mining dumpers in their fleet of 120 trucks.
A short video of one of the truck loading areas of the site
Then the truck moving off with around a 32 tonne load
Back at the truck factory XCMG were delivering an order of sixty units of these 70 tonne payload, diesel dump trucks to SE Asia. This version features a 530hp Weichai and an Allison automatic transmission.
We then visited the loader factory to take delivery of this 21 tonne unit that features a low profile cab. Seen here with a 5.5m capacity bucket. A much larger bucket will be fitted in New Zealand for handling sawdust.
On to the excavator factory where the fully electric version of the 700 tonne face shovel was back in testing.
The 700 tonne machine made a good vantage point for a video of the stock area of the excavator and mining equipment factory.
Some new 21 tonne excavators heading out to work at a mining site in China.
A line up of a dozen 25 tonne cranes placing a gas pipeline in China.
XCMG continues it’s position as the worlds 6th largest construction machinery manufacturer according to KHL’s yellow table, and still the largest from China.
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