Swe­den’s Volvo CE ad­vances in­no­va­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS -

by up to 50 per­cent, was show­cased at the fo­rum with an au­ton­o­mous and bat­tery­elec­tric load car­rier.

A demon­stra­tion of a pro­to­type au­ton­o­mous wheel loader and an ar­tic­u­lated hauler, work­ing to­gether, im­pressed the crowds. Their load­ing and dump­ing per­for­mance reached the equiv­a­lent of an es­ti­mated 70 per­cent of the pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els of a skilled op­er­a­tor.

An elec­tric site pro­ject by Volvo CE also aims to trans­form the quarry and ag­gre­gates in­dus­try, by re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions by up to 95 per­cent.

Volvo CE has teamed up with its cus­tomer Skan­ska Swe­den, the Swedish En­ergy Agency and two Swedish uni­ver­si­ties — Linköping Univer­sity and Malardalen Univer­sity — to col­lab­o­rate on the pro­ject cost­ing 203 mil­lion Swedish kro­nor ($23.4 mil­lion).

Weiss­burg said his com­pany was in­vest­ing bil­lions of Swedish kro­nor in research and de­vel­op­ment to drive the evo­lu­tion of newin­no­va­tions.

“We or­ga­nize such events as the ‘Xplo­ration Fo­rum’ be­cause we want to share our projects and con­cepts with the world,” he said.

“Al­though this tech­nol­ogy may be years away from — or may never en­ter — pro­duc­tion, it will un­doubt­edly in­flu­ence our fu­ture of­fer­ings and has the po­ten­tial to trans­form the con­struc­tion in­dus­try as we know it,” Weiss­burg said

“T h e progress our en­gi­neers are mak­ing is ex­cit­ing. Our fu­ture prod­ucts and ser­vices will play an im­por­tant part in build­ing a sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.”

Jenny Elfs­berg, di­rec­tor of the emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies depart­ment at VCE, said all of the in­no­va­tions shown at the fo­rum were on­go­ing research projects that weren’t com­mer­cially avail­able at this stage.

“Alot more work needs to be done to sat­isfy the needs of the mar­ket in terms of safety and ef­fi­ciency,” she said.

Volvo CE in 2007 ac­quired 70 per­cent of Shan­dong Lin­gong Con­struc­tion Machin­ery Co Ltd, one of the three ma­jor Chi­nese machin­ery ex­porters.

Its dual brand strat­egy aims to sup­port SDLG in its global mar­kets’ sales net­work and to en­rich its prod­uct port­fo­lio. The strat­egy in­volvesVolvo CE and SDLG pro­vid­ing what it calls a to­tal so­lu­tion to cus­tomers in China and oth­ers in global mar­kets.

Volvo CE also has a tech­nol­ogy cen­ter in Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince, which aims to be more lo­cal­ized to the Chi­nese mar­ket. It pro­vides sup­port to both Volvo CE and SDLG, and plays an im­por­tant role in Volvo’s global R&D ef­forts, es­pe­cially for the emerg­ing mar­kets.

With its heavy in­vest­ments in the Chi­nese main­land, Weiss­burg said he con­sid­ered Volvo CE a Chi­nese com­pany.

“Volvo CE is at the fore­front of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment,” Weiss­burg added.

“Our fu­ture prod­ucts and ser­vices will play an­i­m­por­tant part in build­ing a sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.”

Check out a video ver­sion of this ar­ti­cle.

Martin Weiss­burg, pres­i­dent of Volvo Con­struc­tion Equip­ment

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