Why a new four-model rigid hauler range could be the last bear­ing the Terex Trucks name

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It may have taken al­most four years, but 6olvo Con­struc­tion Equip­ment has lnally an­nounced plans to en­ter the rigid hauler mar­ket in Q2 2018 with its own branded ma­chines de­vel­oped along­side its Scot­land-based sub­sidiary Terex Trucks.

News that ex­ec­u­tives in Gothen­burg were look­ing across the North Sea at Terex’ plant in Mother­well lrst sur­faced to­wards the end of 201 . At the time, the min­ing and Quar­ry­ing sec­tor was still one of the bet­ter per­form­ing global in­dus­tries for ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers but that was soon to end. Fol­low­ing falls in gold and sil­ver, iron ore, cop­per, and coal prices slumped in 201 and would take years to re­cover.

Only two years be­fore, Cater­pil­lar had shelled out $8.6bn – its big­gest ever deal – to buy min­ing equip­ment maker, Bucyrus, as com­modi­ties rode out the storm of the global eco­nomic cri­sis (largely) on the back of growth in the BRICS economies. With that deal now viewed by some as an over-priced move by the Peo­ria-based gi­ant – an­a­lysts es­ti­mate it was worth 15 times the ebitda - the rel­a­tively mod­est $100mn re­port­edly spent by 6olvo CE to buy Terex Trucks was a sign of the deal’s sta­tus as a sim­ple round­ing off of 6olvo CE’S of­fer­ing to the sec­tor, as well as an in­di­ca­tion of the tur­bu­lence that was be­gin­ning to swill against the sec­tor.

Fast-for­ward to 2018 and com­mod­ity prices are once again run­ning hot.

into Jan­uary, cop­per was en­joy­ing its best per­for­mance in decades, zinc is at a 10-year high and gold is over the 1, 00 per ounce bar­rier The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fail­ure to se­cure sub­si­dies for the coal in­dus­try apart, the min­ing and Quar­ry­ing sec­tor is look­ing strong. A good time then for 6olvo to be com­ing to the mar­ket with four ma­chines bear­ing its iron-mar­que.

)n a boon to Quar­ry­ing com­pa­nies in the re­gion, 6olvo says the range is ini­tially launch­ing in less reg­u­lated mar­kets. The three smaller (if you can call a truck that can carry 72t as @small’ ma­chines of the line-up - the

t 2 $, 0t 2 0$, 72t 270$ n are rigid haulers that are based on the ex­ist­ing T2-3eries, which has been a lx­ture in coun­tries such as the 5A% and Oman for a num­ber of years.

6olvo says it un­der­took an in-depth re­view on these mod­els and its en­gi­neer­ing teams from both sides of the .orth 3ea have clearly been lnd­ing ways to tan­gle the Swedish com­pany’s DNA with the grunt and raw power of the Terex Trucks range. 6isi­bil­ity has been im­proved and safety fea­tures have like­wise been ad­dressed to be closer to 6olvo C%’s other prod­ucts. While its early state­ment on the launch doesn’t spec­ify re­gional dif­fer­ences, it is re­as­sur­ing that it also wanted to slip the rigid trucks into its tech­ni­cal sup­port net­work – which has been a no­table strength of its ap­proach to this re­gion.

100t rigid dump trucks rank among the most im­mense and im­pres­sive ve­hi­cles ever de­signed by the hu­man mind. Terex Trucks’ own T2-100 has racked up ven­er­a­ble ser­vice in the -id­dle %ast scal­ing Quarry faces such as the mas­sive Stevin Rock lime­stone es­carp­ments of Ras Al Khaimah to haul gi­ant rocks off the moun­tain-sides for years. How­ever, the dili­gent worker is likely to be now suc­ceeded by the mag­ship (6olvo C%’s words 100T (or 95T) R100E.

Ahead of its launch, 6olvo CE has stressed that the E-se­ries R100E is a com­pletely new rigid hauler: “that com­bines a wealth of mar­ket and cus­tomer knowl­edge with proven com­po­nents, new tech­nolo­gies, and a strik­ing new de­sign – all pro­vid­ing a cost-ef­fec­tive and pro­duc­tive so­lu­tion to fulll the needs of to­day’s min­ing and Quar­ry­ing cus­tomers.v

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the R100E has been de­signed to meet de­mands for a rigid hauler that de­liv­ers “high per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity, low to­tal cost of own­er­ship, easy ser­vice­abil­ity, and good op­er­a­tor com­fort. With its high ca­pac­ity and haul­ing speeds, new 6-shaped body, in­tel­li­gent mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems, and op­er­a­tor en­vi­ron­ment, the R100E will help cus­tomers move more ma­te­rial in less time.”

0aul Dou­glas, 6olvo CE’S 60 of Rigid Haulers and Terex Trucks, has de­scribed the con­tri­bu­tion of 6olvo CE as adding mus­cle to the op­er­a­tion and be­lieves that one of the strengths of the E-se­ries R100E is the fact that it is Quick and sim­ple to op­er­ate and main­tain de­spite its huge size. He added: “The new E-se­ries R100E is a com­pletely new ma­chine that de­liv­ers sta­bil­ity, a long ser­vice life, high prolta­bil­ity, dura­bil­ity and com­fort.”

While the new rigid haulers are be­ing man­u­fac­tured at a re­branded 6olvo Mother­well pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity (and sold ex­clu­sively through the 6olvo dealer net­work), they will con­tinue to be de­signed, built, and de­vel­oped at the fa­cil­ity, and dis­trib­uted us­ing the pre-ex­ist­ing Terex Trucks in­de­pen­dent dealer net­work.

Thomas "it­ter, S60 of the Mar­ket­ing and Prod­uct Port­fo­lio (MAPP) func­tion at 6olvo CE, said the R100E and the other ve­hi­cles should “im­press” its cus­tomers in the in­dus­try as they be­gin to roll-out into the leld.

“Our pur­chase of Terex Trucks in 201 was a strate­gic de­ci­sion that al­lowed 6olvo to of­fer cus­tomers a rigid hauler op­tion. Since then, we’ve been work­ing to de­sign a com­pletely new rigid hauler that builds on Terex Trucks’ -year her­itage, while also in­cor­po­rat­ing 6olvo CE’S in­dus­trylead­ing tech­nol­ogy and core val­ues of Qual­ity, safety, and en­vi­ron­men­tal care. To­day, we move to the next stage, and the new 6olvo ma­chines, es­pe­cially the E-se­ries R100E, are the out­come of this work. We’re conldent that they will im­press cus­tomers work­ing in the min­ing and Quar­ry­ing seg­ments.”

6olvo CE has in­ti­mated that as a re­sult of the launch of the 6olvo-branded rigid haulers, pro­duc­tion of Terex Trucks rigid haulers will even­tu­ally come to an end. Dou­glas started as a grad­u­ate 0 years ago at the Mother­well fac­tory and be­lieves the Terex Trucks her­itage will live on.

“Terex Trucks’ rigid haulers are known for per­form­ing well in tough con­di­tions, while also be­ing easy to main­tain and de­liv­er­ing low cost of own­er­ship,” said Dou­glas. “Our proven de­sign has pro­vided a strong DNA on which to help de­velop 6olvo CE’S in­no­va­tive en­try into this prod­uct line.”

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