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Per­haps to the sur­prise of many, the Chi­nese in­dus­try is po­si­tion­ing it­self as a leader in the global ef­fort to limit the im­pacts of cli­mate change. While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to dis­tance the US from the Paris cli­mate ac­cord, China’s pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping stepped into the vac­uum and has reaflrmed his coun­try’s com­mit­ment to the agree­ment.

As such, China is in­vest­ing in re­new­able en­ergy and tack­ling air pol­lu­tion on a scale unimag­in­able for most gov­ern­ments. In 2016 alone, it spent $88bn on re­new­able en­ergy and is in­stalling a new wind tur­bine every hour.

If the mo­men­tum is go­ing to con­tinue, Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers are also go­ing to have to make a huge con­tri­bu­tion. While it may be a 6olvo sub­sidiary, the Linyi-based SDLG has spent years de­vel­op­ing its own green strat­egy and prod­uct devel­op­ment pro­gramme. It has been a decade since it lrst ini­ti­ated an en­ergy sav­ing re­search project which cul­mi­nated in the com­pany’s lrst-gen­er­a­tion of en­ergy-sav­ing wheel load­ers be­ing launched in 2009.

That gen­er­a­tion of ma­chines con­sumed 10% less fuel than sim­i­lar prod­ucts and by 2012, the com­pany was con­tin­u­ing its en­vi­ron­men­tal mis­sion by sign­ing a part­ner­ship agree­ment with WWF. SDLG was also the lrst con­struc­tion equip­ment com­pany in China to pledge and suc­cess­fully re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 1.65 Mt in three years.

“As a pi­o­neer of en­ergy efl­cient tech­nol­ogy in China, SDLG is ac­tively work­ing to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print,” says Wen De­gang, gen­eral man­ager of SDLG. “We are proud to say that the com­pany has made sig­nil­cant progress to­wards mak­ing its prod­ucts more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. Our part­ner­ship with WWF has mag­niled our en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fort.”

“SDLG will con­tinue to take the lead in re­duc­ing car­bon diox­ide emis­sions,” says Wen. “In the next lve years, SDLG will in­vest more than 00 mil­lion ren­minbi in a smart man­u­fac­tur­ing project in part­ner­ship with the School of Soft­ware of Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity. The project aims to es­tab­lish in­tel­li­gent plants in pur­suit of zero emis­sions in pro­duc­tion. Re­cently, SDLG was named @Best Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen in Shan­dong prov­ince’ and ranked one of the top 10 so­cially re­spon­si­ble cor­po­ra­tions in Linyi. We hope other com­pa­nies start to take sim­i­lar steps to help pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment.” Re­cently, in re­sponse to the tier leg­is­la­tion, SDLG rolled out its lat­est F-se­ries ma­chines which are de­signed to help re­duce emis­sions. SDLG launched four-wheel load­ers for Mid­dle Eastern and African mar­kets as part of the F-se­ries ear­lier this year: the L95 F, L956F, L958F, and L968F, and all fea­ture a mod­ern de­sign and a host of tech­ni­cal en­hance­ments. While the F-se­ries ma­chines may have cleaner en­gines, they have also been de­signed to meet the rigours of con­trac­tor work.

In 2016 alone (China) spent $88bn on re­new­able en­ergy and is in­stalling a new wind tur­bine every hour”

“Cus­tomers are in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing re­li­able con­struc­tion equip­ment at af­ford­able prices,” says SDLG prod­uct man­ager, Hen­rik Sjös­trand. “This is SDLG’S spe­cialty. This new range has been spe­cially engi­neered for high pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity and will pro­vide cus­tomers with an ex­cel­lent re­turn on in­vest­ment.”

The re­lease of this new range is timely, as large-scale in­fra­struc­ture projects as well as Quar­ry­ing, con­tinue to op­er­ate at strong lev­els in both the Mid­dle East and Africa, he says.

“The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence is the de­sign of the new ma­chines,” says Sjös­trand. “The larger cab de­sign adds 20% more glaz­ing for im­proved vis­i­bil­ity, safety, and efl­ciency. Su­pe­rior air con­di­tion­ing has also been added for greater op­er­a­tor com­fort, while the sin­gle joy­stick guar­an­tees pre­cise, easy, and com­fort­able op­er­a­tion of the loader arm and bucket, re­duc­ing op­er­a­tor fa­tigue.”

Be­hind the new de­sign are a num­ber of tech­ni­cal im­prove­ments for en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, and up­time. A high break­out force and a new bucket de­sign pro­vide im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity and ease of op­er­a­tion. The ma­chines’ bucket vol­umes range from m in the L95 F to .5m in the L968F. In ad­di­tion, a wide range of at­tach­ments are avail­able to en­sure ver­sa­til­ity.

When it comes to en­gine ca­pa­bil­ity, the F-se­ries uses the pow­er­ful and ef- lcient 6-cylin­der We­ichai en­gine. This is matched to a new SDLG trans­mis­sion, which de­liv­ers max­i­mum torque from the en­gine to the wheels. The smaller F-se­ries mod­els (L95 F and L956F) have been lt­ted with the SDLG BX50 trans­mis­sion, which has marked im­prove­ments in re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity. The larger mod­els (L958F and L968F) have been lt­ted with the new SDLG 6RT200 trans­mis­sion, which of­fers an 8% in­crease in com­pre­hen­sive efl­ciency over the older ZF WG200. Main­te­nance is also more con­ve­nient for the 6RT200 com­pared to the

WG200; not only can the trans­mis­sion and trans­fer case be sep­a­rated on the SDLG model, it also con­tains an ex­ter­nal pump for easy ac­cess.

“The new se­ries has been de­signed to en­sure that ser­vice and main­te­nance can be han­dled eas­ily, with ex­cel­lent ac­ces­si­bil­ity through­out the ma­chine,” adds Sjös­trand. “Eas­ier and more af­ford­able main­te­nance is some­thing our Mid­dle Eastern and African cus­tomers are in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing. So, we’ve op­ti­mised the main­te­nance in­ter­vals to pro­vide greater up­time, with parts avail­abil­ity that is much more af­ford­able. This is backed up by SDLG’S su­perb dealer net­work, which is ready to sup­port its cus­tomers’ main­te­nance and re­pair needs when re­quired.”

“We have al­ready re­ceived a great deal of in­ter­est in the new se­ries,” men­tions Sjös­trand. “We ex­pect its specil­ca­tions to ex­ceed the de­mands of our cus­tomers. Those look­ing for high-per­form­ing, re­li­able, eas­ily op­er­a­ble, and cost-ef­fec­tive wheel loader need look no fur­ther than SDLG.”

More re­cently, SDLG has launched a new back­hoe loader for the Mid­dle Eastern and African mar­kets, the SDLG B877F. Avail­able as of Oc­to­ber, this F-se­ries, sideshift back­hoe loader is half a tonne lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor, the B877, and fea­tures a new en­gine, greater cab space, and en­hanced cool­ing ca­pac­ity, as well as state-of-the-art loader link­age and other im­prove­ments.

Sjös­trand says: “SDLG back­hoe load­ers al­ways re­ceive a great deal of in­ter­est in the Mid­dle East and Africa, and for good rea­son; they are ex­tremely ver­sa­tile and efl­cient ma­chines. Whether you’re op­er­at­ing the loader or the ex­ca­va­tor, the new B877F has the power and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity to han­dle al­most any job.”

The B877F is equipped with an im­proved loader link­age sys­tem to pro­vide ex­cel­lent break­out force, and it comes with a 1m ca­pac­ity loader bucket as stan­dard. What’s more, the

kine­mat­ics have been im­proved. It is now eas­ier to an­chor the ma­chine when us­ing the ex­ca­va­tor bucket. It also of­fers bet­ter con­trol of the ex­ca­va­tor arm when repo­si­tion­ing, bet­ter sta­bil­ity, and more efl­cient ex­ca­vat­ing. The new model also fea­tures a 55o steer­ing an­gle, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity that is par­tic­u­larly ad­van­ta­geous when work­ing in conlned ar­eas.

“Cus­tomers can pur­chase the B877F with ei­ther a mul­tipur­pose or gen­eral-pur­pose loader bucket, to­gether with an ex­tend­able or stan­dard arm,” said Sjös­trand. “There is also a wide range of at­tach­ments to choose from, such as var­i­ous sizes of ex­ca­va­tor buck­ets and mip over forks. The B877F can be equipped with ad­di­tional hy­draulics if needed.”

In­side the ma­chine, one of the big­gest changes comes in the form of a new en­gine. The B877F is lt­ted with a 70 kw Yuchai, man­u­fac­tured by Guangxi Yuchai Ma­chin­ery Group Co. The Yuchai fea­tures the same power as the ma­chine’s pre­vi­ous en­gine, but it of­fers much higher torque. The new en­gine now sup­plies the hy­draulic sys­tem with a con­stant mow, pro­vid­ing the op­er­a­tor with a re­li­able power sup­ply for ex­tended du­ra­tions.

Ac­cess to the en­gine is made eas­ier through a larger, rear-hinged en­gine hood. To make main­te­nance eas­ier, the ll­ters and wa­ter sep­a­ra­tor have been grouped in the en­gine com­part­ment. The B877F has also been lt­ted with a larger ra­di­a­tor, with an am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture of 50´C. This im­proved cool­ing ca­pac­ity leads to bet­ter per­for­mance in hot cli­mates. Ac­cess to this high-ca­pac­ity ra­di­a­tor is also made eas­ier via the large hood open­ing.

Sjös­trand men­tions: “The new se­ries has been specil­cally de­signed to en­sure that ser­vice and main­te­nance can be han­dled with ease.”

The B877F’S new, spa­cious cab pro­vides the op­er­a­tor with ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity around the ma­chine, as well as greater space for turn­ing be­tween the loader and ex­ca­va­tor op­er­at­ing po­si­tions. The er­gonomic cab also fea­tures a stream­lined lay­out and de­sign of the ma­chine’s con­trols, a new hand­brake de­sign, and a new park­ing brake that is eas­ier to op­er­ate and has bet­ter brake force. Ad­di­tion­ally, the dif­fer­en­tial lock switch has been moved from the side panel to the moor, re­sult­ing in eas­ier use for the op­er­a­tor.

The air con­di­tion­ing has been im­proved for this model, too. Out­lets from the ceil­ing pro­vide 0% in­creased cool­ing ca­pac­ity and a 120% im­prove­ment in blow­ing speed than pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion ma­chines. This re­sults in faster cool­ing of the cab and a much more com­fort­able op­er­a­tor en­vi­ron­ment, par­tic­u­larly in the hot cli­mates of the Mid­dle East and Africa.

The new B877F is now avail­able through SDLG’S ex­pan­sive net­work of deal­er­ships and ser­vice work­shops through­out Africa and the Mid­dle East. Sjös­trand says be­hind every great prod­uct is great ser­vice. “SDLG has one of the largest, most sea­soned dealer net­works in these re­gions, with highly-trained, ex­pert tech­ni­cians that are ready to pro­vide ex­ten­sive sup­port to cus­tomers,” he re­marks.

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