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“Everybody thought we had found the bottom of the belly but it is decreasing again. Look at young unemployment in Spain, it is at 50%. This is going to be headache for the whole of Europe.”


Editorial Your chance to pick the best in the industry


NEwS What’s happening across the region in construction machinery?


NEwS aNalySiS Helicopter crane disaster in London


ExpErt opiNioN Power for the people


EUropE iN troUblE? CMME talks to the head of the CECE to see if there is any good news for European manufacturers in 2013.




road to raK aNd GoiNG How the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed freeway was built


GENEratiNG rEvENUE A look at the generator market.


drivE SmartEr CMME wonders how technological advances will affect the way we build roads in the Middle East.

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38 NEW RELEASES ROUND-UP What’s hot in new machinery this month? Page 43 SECTOR ANALYSIS: TELEHANDLERS TECHNOLOGY Taking a look at the new telescopic handlers that are being released in 2013. Page 48 ALL TERRAIN FUN AND


PRODUCTIVITY ATVs can be a lot of fun but they are also being used in a variety of applications including construction and civil defence. Page


Saudi stays on top for dealers and manufacturers.

Editor’s Letter




o Caterpillar really make the best excavators and JCB the best backhoes? Which dealer really goes that extra mile when it comes to making sure you get your equipment on time?


Well finally I think we may be close to finding out the answer to questions like these and many more. Construction Machinery ME has started – what I believe is the first ever attempt – to survey the entire industry in the Middle East region.


I’m hoping that over the next few weeks we’ll start to get a picture of what are the challenges and concerns of those that use equipment in the region.


The survey went live in January and will run for the next month. If you haven’t done it already I urge you to take part.



We’ve set it up to be as straight forward as possible to complete the survey and it is quick too. In fact you should be able to complete it within a few minutes.


Why are we doing it? For a start, I am hoping that we’ll be able to build a picture of where the industry is at in 2013. I also think that the region has never had a platform to give feedback to those companies that supply us.

The picture they have of the region is often skewed by the few people they are in contact with. The survey should be a first step to showing what equipment is really needed in the market. And by the same token what we could do without. So please click on the link on the website as soon as possible.


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Talking of the website, we’ve entered into a partnership with global magazine Resale Weekly to provide a free sourcing portal for used equipment. It’s updated by the minute and shows you where and what equipment is available globally.


So if you need a grader in Oman or want to find a mobile crane but can’t find one in Bahrain, you may be able to find the model you want in India. It really is a powerful tool for sourcing – and again be found on the website. As ever we’re always on the look-out for ways to get you better connected, so if you have any other ideas please drop me a line!

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CECE warns of trouble ahead


Building intelligent infrastructure


On the road in the Northern Emirates

Stephen White, Group Editor, CMME




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New machines, new offices, new projects, new initiatives – we look around the region at what’s new this month.

LONDON CRANE DOWN The stricken Comedil Terex crane after a helicopter collided with it in bad flying conditions last month. Two people, including the pilot were killed. The crane operator had a lucky escape after he was late for work. A rescue operation was underway as CMME went to press at the end of January.

Bahrain is planning on spending at least $2.5 billion on infrastructure, including major road networks and construction over the next decade, accoding to a report in Gulf Daily News Works minister Essam Khalaf told the newspaper that the money will allow the Alba and Nuwaidrat interchange project to be completed. The Gulf state will also build six new schools while it

develops its road systems Much of the funding will come from the $10 billion GCC Marshall Plan which is designed to aid the once vibrant Bahraini economy “These projects and many others will be financed by funds from the GCC, of which Bahrain is to receive $10 billion in the next 10 years,” Khalaf said. “This is in addition to what we will get from our own annual budgets.”

Deal signed for Saudi Arabia’s first factory to make trailers


audi and Turkish investors have reached an agreement to establish the Kingdom’s first factory to build trailers and containers at a cost of SR500 million. The new factory to be established at Jeddah Industrial City will produce 5,000 trailers and containers this year, said Anwar Basaad, chairman of the board of directors of Reema Group. “The agreement will help transfer of Turkish technology to Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that there are good prospects for making trailers and containers in the Kingdom. “We intend to meet the local demand for trailers and containers,” Basaad said. The factory will be established on an area of 20,000 square meters in the industrial city. As per the agreement the Turkish side will train Saudis on operation and maintenance of the factory. “We have set out for this project considering the Kingdom’s political and economic stability,” he said.

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“We have selected Turks for the project after conducting detailed studies,” Basaad said. The Turkish partner has achieved considerable experience in the field.

More than 160,000 heavy trucks operate in the Kingdom. Total investments in the Kingdom’s light, medium and heavy transport sector are estimated at more than $21 billion.

COMPANY INTELLIGENCE A senior Saudi Arabian official says that 40% of work on the KING ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT expansion project has been completed, with the pace of construction likely to pick up as more workers are scheduled to be brought onto the project. According to a report by Arab News, 18,500 workers are currently involved in the project. That number is expected to rise to 30,000 once the project reaches new phases. Saudi Arabian construction company, MOHAMMAD AL MOJIL GROUP has announced that it planned to started legal action to collect dues and claims worth more than $107mn. The financially troubled construction firm said that it would take legal action against the Saudi unit of Britain’s PETROFAC, SAUDI BINLADIN GROUP AND SOUTH KOREA’S SK ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION, an affiliate of SK Holdings. The boards of Abu Dhabi’s biggest real estate developers, ALDAR PROPERTIES AND SOROUH REAL ESTATE, have approved a statebacked merger of the firms. A Reuters report said that the merger would go through with a share swap, citing unnamed sources. A TUNISIAN NATIONAL has been sentenced to two years in jail after being found guilty for the theft of excavator belonging to the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai. The Dubai Criminal Court stated that the 26 year old stole the excavator from Dubai before hiding it in Al Ain. Police authorities in both Dubai and Al Ain worked together to run surveillance to a track down the machine. A Pakistani driver testified that he had agreed to drive the excavator from the Al Qusais area of Dubai to Al Ain City. “He offered me Dhs1,500 and gave me its keys,” he told the court.



DEVELOPMENT OF A RETAIL AND RESIDENTIAL AREA on Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island). The scheme is expected to be a world-class regional retail destination that will include residential and hotel development in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi government for the Al Maryah Island master plan.


DEVELOPMENT OF AL BAYT 57 MIXEDUSE scheme comprising (9 Nos.) 22-storey towers, including a branded 5-star hotel, (1,500 Nos.) two, three and four-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses, Grade A commercial office space and a Galleria retail mall covering 25,000 square metres


CONSTRUCTION OF DRAGON CITY SHOPPING MALL with capacity for Chinese companies and businesses in Bahrain. Discussions are currently underway to carry out a feasibility study and the establishment of an integrated mechanism, procedures and controls.

ALYSHAYA TAKES ON TWO NEW EUROPEAN BRANDS FOR KUWAIT MARKET The Heavy Equipment Division, the machinery dealer arm of Kuwait’s Alshaya Trading Company has agreed a deal for a two European brands. Heavy Equipment has expanded its product line with two new heavy machines: 15 E VNA forklift from the Irish brand Aisle-Master and the Ragno TSJ 30 compact boom lift from the Italian brand Palazzani. Heavy Equipment describes Aisle-Master as specialising “in storage solutions” while Palazzani produces access compact maintenance platforms. This is the first time that the two machines have been introduced in the Kuwaiti market. Ramez Chehab, Heavy Equipment division manager said that the two “versatile” machines add to its existing portfolio of services. “The Aisle-Master and

Palazzani are proven machines in their respective industries with regards to technology, design, innovation and most of all safety,” he said. “Based on our industry knowledge and experience, we believe that the heavy machines have tremendous potential in the cleaning/maintenance sector and warehouse storage section. Alshaya Trading looks forward to establishing a strong presence of the two brands in the Kuwait market.” The Aisle-Master is a very narrow aisle forklift enables significant reduction in aisle widths in warehouses. The machine is a combination of reach and counterbalance forklifts that improve productivity and optimum storage density and can increase storage space up to 50%. Upon reducing aisle widths to a minimum, it gives additional

space of racking to be installed and comes in a wide range of AC electric and LPG models that works both inside and outside. Reducing the need for investment in new buildings or extra storage space, Aisle-Masters has a lifting capacity from 1.5 to 2.5t and lift heights of up to 15m. Meanwhile Palazzani’s Ragno TSJ 30 is a spider boom lift is intended for the cleaning and maintenance industry such as hotels, commercial buildings, malls and hospitals. The spider lift has a multi telescopic structure boom and upper jib that displays an “easy and versatile set-up for excellent reach”. Ensuring safety features, the boom lift have varying angles and positions with an each leg independently for stabilisation in limited spaces and slopes. Light and compact, the Ragno TSJ 30 works both indoors and outdoors.

JCB INDIA EXPORTED 1,000 MACHINES TO MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA IN 2012 The CEO of JCB India, Vipin Sondhi, CEO, JCB India, says that a fall in growth in India has been compensated for by an extra 1,000 machines being exported to the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. “In the year 2012, we have grown in terms of our exports by almost 80-90% and we see this growing,” he told CNBC. “We will export in 2012 about a 1000 machines to the Middle East and Asia Pacific.” One in every two machines bought in the vaunted Indian market carry a JCB badge and Sondhi said that despite “degrowth of 10-15%” in 2012, the company maintains a positive outlook on the country’s appetite for more new equipment. “A lot of projects are stuck at the execution phase. Now, with the formation of Cabinet Committee on Investments

(CCI), it will ensure that projects above Rs 1000 crore will be monitored at higher level to ensure coordination is not the reason for holding up projects,” he said. “We will see traction coming through. Once that happens, the economy starts moving, steel starts moving, cement starts moving, but we have got to get these projects off the ground.” In terms of future demand he predicted that lifting and loading machines will rise to prominence, adding that it is also seeing strong demand in mining and infrastructure. “It (mining demand) is for lifting, loading, etc where you want to for example if you mine coal you got to load it onto rake so you use wheel loading shovels. Compacters will give you much better gradability for building roads than ever before. So, we have that product range and these are world class plants in Pune. We are ready for that as well.”

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Arabtec awarded Louvre Abu Dhabi contract Arabtec has been awarded the contract to construct the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre museum, the Dubai-listed contractor said in a bourse filing. Construction will begin immediately with completion in 2015.

Owning Own machinery key tO Senk grOup’S kurdiStan grOwth Erbil, Iraq-based Senk Group says that running its own fleet of equipment in Iraq is helping it win contracts in the developing Kurdistan market. Talking to, Senk Group partner Rebaz Zedbagi said the contractor goes into the tender process by offering the “lowest reasonable price”. “It is a challenge for us to come up with a low but reasonable price because we cannot be too expensive,” he told the France-based news agency. “Thus we are trying to have the lowest possible price but we are, at the same time, keeping our eyes on the quality. It is very difficult for us to reach this equilibrium of having low price and good quality at the same time. However, we have partially solved this issue - we have our own machinery. Having this machinery helps us to offer lower price. He added: “I think the government should slightly amend the bidding process because the pricing is quite challenging at the moment. Sometimes there are companies who win the project even though they don’t deserve it. They only win it thanks to the lower price they proposed. I think the government should examine more the qualification, breakdown and the proposed price of the companies within the bidding process. I’m not saying they should give the project

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to a company with a higher price; however, the price should not be their main concern. Each element like the age of the company, their references, how much resources they have, qualification, their bank guarantee, the breakdown of each item etc. should have the same influence in their decision-making.” In a insightful interview he said that once the project is underway other challenges arise during the implementation of a project. We have a liquidity challenge; we usually don’t have enough liquidity. We always spend a lot of money on the construction of infrastructure in very short time. The problem is it takes time to get the money back from the government. If you are lucky, it will take a month, otherwise it takes two months or more. Imagine a construction company works two months, then it makes the payment and it gets the payment back in two months, so in the end it all takes four months and a lot of money. All construction companies in Kurdistan face this challenge. Senk Group suffers less thanks to our own machinery. We usually owe the market the fuel and raw materials. Yet whenever we don’t have money we face problems with our sub-contractors and this is not good for our image at all.”

The contract, awarded by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Co (TDIC), is valued at $653 million. Stateowned TDIC obtained approval from the emirate’s executive council last year to proceed with building three iconic museums; the other two are the Guggenheim and the Zayed National Museum.

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SignS oF recovery A misty January has helped hide some of the development that is underway outside the CMME offices in Dubai. Four new towers are being constructed on our doorstep.

The Louvre is now due to be completed in 2015, the Guggenheim in 2017 and the Zayed National Museum in 2016. Originally, they were to be built

between 2013 and 2014. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of a thirty year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The museum is to be located on the Saadiyat Island complex, and will be approximately 24,000 square metres in size. A number of projects were postponed due to the economic condition last year in the wake of the global financial crisis; following the review, some projects are proceeding once again, but at a more conservative pace. Arabtec was launched in 1975, and has a portfolio of construction projects in all sectors of real estate and infrastructure. The company has 40,000 staff.

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SAUDI GETS ON THE BUS WITH PLANTS After trucks and luxury cars, Saudi Arabia will enter the bus-manufacturing sector. Growth expectations in the domestic market are at 30% annually, as a result of the increased use of buses in school transport projects as well as for the transportation of Haj and Umrah pilgrims. Investors and car dealers in local markets said they intended to establish manufacturing plants for this category of vehicles. Saudi Arabia recently announced launching of a plant for the production of Isuzu trucks in the Kingdom, as well as a Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility to locally produce luxury cars. “We have started collaborations with international specialists to manufacture buses locally,” said Ali Husein Alireza, chairman of Haji Husein Alireza (HHA), which represents many of the world’s leading automobile and truck manufacturers in Saudi Arabia. HHA is also the first company to produce automobiles for the domestic market. He said that procedures and studies were already completed. “This is a very important stage in the project. We will add a new production line for buses alongside the existing assembly line that produces trucks.” He confirmed that the annual demand for buses in the Saudi market is estimated at over 30,000. The demand for buses is expected to increase in the next 10 years due to the implementation of a school transport system. This will require more than 60,000 buses. The increasing demand from companies and institutions for buses to transport their employees would only add to that, as well as the constant demand of pilgrim transport companies. “The constant growth of demand for automobiles of all types and sizes made the government consider the automotive sector as a strategic priority for promoting nonoil industries in order to enhance the national economy,” Alireza said Ali Hassan Nakor, owner of Nakor Investments and CEO of Al-Jazeera Haj transport company, which owns more than 2,000 buses, said he too was negotiating the establishment of a local bus-manufacturing plant.

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The 140km Emirates Road which links Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the northern emirates of Umm Al Qawain and Ras Al Khaimah is to be renamed after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.News agency WAM has reported that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered that the road be renamed the ‘’Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road’’ in a tribute to General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, “for his valuable role in advancing inclusive development nationwide.” The Emirates Road is one of the most important arteries in the UAE.

70km of the route passing through Dubai and several previously delayed interchanges are currently under final completion. In a further announcement, work on the interchanges of the Al Khail Road, a route which links with Emirates Road in Dubai, are nearing completion. Al Khail Road will form the backbone of many of the recently announced projects in the city. The works required the construction of four new interchanges and a six-lane highway in each direction as traffic continued to use the existing road, said WAM.

1.5MN CELEBRATED NEW YEARS ON DUBAI’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT Dubai’s road and transport authority (RTA) has revealed that 1.45 million passengers rode the city’s public transport system on New Year’s Eve. The RTA said that its vaunted Metro system saw 587,542 people go through its turnstiles, the highest single

day’s ridership since it opened in 2009. According to the RTA, with Downtown Dubai the focus of the New Years celebrations, Burj Khalifa Dubai Mall station, Business Bay station and Financial Center station accounted for the highest number of

commuters,”as these stations combined served 506,813 passengers”. Meanwhile the number of public bus riders reached 322,066 passengers. Marine transit modes had almost 40,000 passengers on-board.

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SAUDI GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO BONDS TO FINANCE AIRPORTS The government of Saudi Arabia will issue bonds this year to pay for upgrades to the airports of Riyadh and Jeddah. In an interview with Al Arabiya television station, Saudi finance minister Ebrahim Al Assaf said his ministry will look for private investment to follow the $4 billion

from Islamic bonds (Sukuk) it raised in 2012: “The rest of the bonds for King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah and King Khalid Airport in Riyadh will be issued this [coming] year,” confirmed Al Assaf. The bond for King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah is expected to exceed $7 billion.

DEWA POWERING AHEAD WITH PROJECTS IN 2013 DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) says that its 2013 $3.8 billion budget will help it meet the demands of projects planned in Dubai, such as the Muhammed Bin Rashid City megaproject. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said that $330 million will be spent on capital projects and capital purchases in the emirate. “[The budget] which comprises $55 million for 132 KV cable laying circuits at various locations in Dubai and other works for electricity transmission system in addition to $13 million for installation of distribution substation equipment and low voltage cables,” He said. “An amount of $76 million will be for developing water transmission and distribution network in various parts of Dubai and $153 million is for purchase of cables and accessories, switchgear, transformers, pipes etc besides other items relating to capital projects and capital purchases, in addition to $32 million as administration capital budget.” Al Tayer said the total combined production capacity at the end of 2012 was 9,646 MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of water: “During the last year the peak power load reached 6637 MW with a reserve margin exceeding 3000 MW. On the other hand, the peak demand for water during 2012 was 285 MIGD with a reserve margin estimated at 185 MIGD of water.” He added: “These reserve margins will contribute to the fulfillment of the power and water requirements of the recently announced prestigious mega-development projects, such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Garden City project among others,” he added. “Additionally, these important strategic reserves will meet the future electricity and water needs of various economic, commercial, tourism, industrial and urban sectors.”

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UK hospital survives UAE contractor woe St Lukes Hospital in the UK county of Leicestershire finally has its endoscopy unit open again, ending a series of failures including faulty equipment and problems with a UAE prefab contractor.

KOMATSU TO SLASHES PRODUCTION Japanese machinery giant Komatsu is to slash production by 30-40% in Japan as it moves to become more profitable.

The construction of the unit was beset with a series of problems after the hospital turned to Modcon to supply ten prefabricated units. These were shipped from the UAE and were reportedly damaged in transit. The units were delayed for weeks at the port of Tilbury Docks after the damage was spotted. The UK arm of the Jebal Ali-based contractor was later wound up with the

UK High Court claiming that it owed money to HM Customs and Revenue tax collection service. Modcon UK was paid $2.2 million for the contract (with completion set for the summer of 2010) to supply prefab units but was taken off the project after it folded. A second contractor Hallam Contracting was then brought on to complete the installation. Having opened in January 2011, the hospital unit was then closed after rust was found on a decontamination machine in September last year. A local subcontractor claimed to the local press that it was owed

$64,500 from Modcon. Leawood Builders also claimed that payment problems led it to walk off site three times before forcing to stop work completely. Local newspaper, Leicester Mercury, spoke to former Modcon UK director Gerhard Theis, from the UAE. “It is true we owe Leawood Builders,” he said last July. “I have employed legal representatives to see if we can restructure to sort things out in the UK.” In April last year, the Daily Mail newspaper reported that a new sign for the hospital misspelled the word hospital as Hospitral.

News Analysis

Tragedy in London as helicopter collides with crane Crane operator escaped because he was late for work.


wo people were killed near central London after a helicopter collided with a crane that was mounted on the 181m St George Wharf Tower last month. Eyewitness reports on a variety of news sites stated that the helicopter was flying in fog-like conditions when it struck the crane. According to reports, debris from from both the crane and the helicopter fell onto the street below. “The top of the crane was actually obscured by fog so I didn’t see the impact. But I heard a bang and saw the body of the helicopter falling to the ground along with pieces of the crane and then a large plume of smoke afterwards,” Michael Gavin told A further witness said: “The helicopter nearly killed me and my flatmate. We were right next to it, just feet away from where it exploded. We we were walking to work and saw the helicopter clip the top of the crane - there was a loud crack – and it came spinning out of control towards us. I just can’t believe what I saw, it was awful. When you see a helicopter hurtling out of the sky towards you, spinning, your legs turn to

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jelly, you have a sense of shock. My flatmate fell over, I had to run back to grab him. It missed us by just a few feet, it was just so lucky.” The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were alerted at approximately 08.00hrs on Wednesday 16 January regarding an incident at Wandsworth Road SW8. It appears a helicopter was in collision with a crane on top of a building. Met officers, the ambulance service and the London Fire Brigade attended. The police confirmed that two people, including the pilot were confirmed dead at the scene. Two further people were rushed to a south London hospital. The 8-seater AgustaWestland AW109, a lightweight, twin-engine helicopter was reported to have been heading towards Battersea Heliport. Restrictions over London state that helicopters should not fly below 300m in built up areas. Speaking to Sky News, aviation expert Chris Yates said “Helicopters are not supposed to come within 500 feet of any structure such as a high-rise building, so we don’t know what

Too low To use radar in poor condiTions A former RAF pilot has told CMME that the pilot of the helicopter that collided with a tower crane in central London was unlikely to have been able to rely on radar to avoid the crash. From all reports the Augusta 109, a light-weight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter would have been following a Heli lane. London Helicopter Lanes are specified routes which allow you to fly through London’s controlled airspace, allowing quick access to Battersea Heliport, or for transit across central London. They start at a minimum height of 152m, he was unlikely to have been under radar control of a London ground based radar station which starts at 300m, according to ex-RAF pilot and aviation expert, Nick Hardy. It is difficult to use the aircraft’s internal radar at 152m because of ground clutter, so the aircraft would have been flown under VFR or visual flight rules. There were delays in flight due to bad visual conditions at London’s City Airport a few kilometres away. According to Hardy, engine failure would have been unlikely due to it being a twin engined aircraft and the probable result of the tragedy strongly indicates lack of forward visibility. In very low visibility the aircraft would have been flying at around seventy knots and there would be little time for the pilot to correct once he saw the crane. The rotor span of the Augusta is 11m. The eight seat aircraft can be flown by a single pilot. Local company Helidubai operates two of the Italian built Agusta 109e helicopters.

caused the pilot to get quite so close. We don’t know the circumstances he was operating in at the time – whether there was a problem with the helicopter itself, whether he misread his instructions or received false instructions from air traffic control.” Miraculously the crane operator was not in the cabin of the crane at the time of the crash because he “was running late.” Father Nicki Biagioni told the BBC that he usually gets woken by his two young sons. Fortunately for the operator they had slept in an hour later. “I’m very lucky. It is unbelievable, I am still in shock, I can’t believe it,” he said. “If it wasn’t for my boys not waking me up that would have been it.” The helicopter struck the luffing jib crane halfway down the boom. In scenes eerily similar to November’s collapse of the Favelle Model 440 crane in Manhatten, the jib of the Terex Comedil, owned by Brookfield Multiplex, and was left currently hanging off the side of the building. Debris including parts of the crane fell onto the street below. At 181m high St George’s Wharf is set to be one of Europe’s tallest residential tower. Brookfield Multiplex has recently completed the Standard Chartered Building in Dubai as well as worked on the Masdar project in Abu Dhabi. A source close to the team working on the recovery of the damaged crane on London’s St George Wharf tower broke the news to CMME that the crane would be taken down by using a mobile crane. CMME understands that a number of options, including the use of a heavy lift helicopter, were examined.

The 50-storey tower is close to its full height with the crane elevated to almost 200m. Because of the disruption and damage caused by the accident, CMME was told the preferred solution is to erect a mobile crane to take down the stricken Terex Comedil luffing jib crane. The damaged jib of the 180m high tower crane meant that it was unable to lower itself, a Terex spokesman explained. Instead a 600t TC2800-1, supplied by UK company Ainscough, was put in place and rigged ready to begin the task of taking it down. The TC2800-1 has a maximum height of 192m. Vertikal. net has reported that it has been fully rigged with 96m of main bom and 96m of luffing jib. ”In this configuration it can handle around 19.4 tonnes at 46 metres radius,” reported the site.

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Expert Opinion

Being a power player FAMCO’s general manager – Power & Industrial Products Division – Terry Mcguire on his impressions of the generator market in the Middle East and how distributors can get a better deal for their customers.


Terry McGuire General ManaGer Power & indusTrial ProducTs division

t this month’s Middle East Electricity Exhibition, FAMCO will be taking a major presence with our two power generator brands – Yanmar and Himoinsa. This is a firm commitment to the power generator business, in which we have been a major player for several decades. With the Himoinsa brand, we have further strengthened our position in the genset business as we now have the ability to provide 8 kVa to 3000 kVa in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. We’re moving from Famco being a largely UAE-based company to becoming a fully fledged international operation. Central to this push is our power and industrial division as we follow the need the demands of our customers across the region.

Regional Replication We are replicating what we do well at Famco in the UAE across the Middle East. This approach involves training the companys’ sales and service staff across the region to ensure we can send them out into the armed with the training and expertise our customers expect. As generators

FAMCO will be exhibiting at the Middle East Electricity Exhibition showcasing Himoinsa and Yanmar generators at Sheikh Saeed Hall 3, stands S1H10 and S1G10.




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provide critical power, Famco is the critical back-up to those operators and companies that rely on them. This leads me to the other thing we have learned which is the importance of sustainable partnerships with both our principal partners and customers. Being a power player isn’t easy – it requires commitment, expertise, and most importantly vision. We know the generator business in the region is very competitive, price driven and there are some well established brands that dominate the region. However, we are pleased that the FAMCO approach of ‘price to advice’ and our commitment to quality, reliability and superior after sales service has helped us win in the long run. The key thing for all us, is that any growth has to be sustainable. We’re in a high growth environment in the Middle East with the region seeing increasing demand. So processes and structure have to be sustainable to allow people to take it into the future. Our customers need to know that with FAMCO, they won’t see a drop off from the service they get from the company. At the Middle East Electricity Show held later this month, we

expect Himoinsa and Yanmar again to drive strong interest in the generators this year. In these two products I believe that we offer two very strong choices for the market. The Himoinsa range of generators meets the highest standards of quality and safety, and is well respected in the industry for strength and reliability. Partnering with them means we benefit from their substantial investments in manufacturing technology, including state-of-the-art metal forming, powder coat painting, robotic welding and automation. While the market is incredibly price conscious, Himoinsa provides high quality generator sets but, crucially, at competitive prices. Yanmar and Famco have been working together for years. Yanmar developed the world’s first commercially viable small diesel engine in 1933 and has continued it in Yanmar’s core business ever since. Yanmar is probably the leader in the compact genset field and together we are a powerful combination. Come see us at the Middle East Electricity Exhibition in Dubai and we’ll show you how we can keep you powering forward.


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CMME meets with the head of the European construction equipment association to find out how the region is coping with the continuing downturn.


n May last year, the Commitee for European Construction Equipment produced its predictions for the year ahead. Despite the collapse of the Greek economy and the subsequent burden that placed on the powerhouses of Germany and France, the CECE was predicting a 5% rise in the market to $20 billion and a 6% rise in production. Fast forward to the end of 2012 and a lot of that optimism was threatening to evapourate faster than you could say triple dip recession. CMME wanted to find out if it all really is doom and gloom in Europe so it recently met up

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with Johann Sailer of German hoist manufacturer GEDA-Dechentreiter. Sailer is a man of many faces and many job titles. Including his day job as general managing partner at GEDA, he is also the chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association and president of the CECE. Asked whether he has good news, Sailer lets out a long sigh. Trouble in Europe is being exasperated by a collapse in sales in the Chinese market which had up until the past 18 months provided relief for the continent’s global players. “It depends on what side you’re on (when we talk about the China market),” he says. “In the first half year we saw a fall of 40% in the sector.” The 2012 results aren’t fully compiled when we meet.

“And they expect more of the same from the last half of the year.” Tellingly he points to those countries that have been hit hardest by the global financial economic downturn as those most likely to continue to struggle. “I think with Spain and Italy, we’ve not seen them bottom out yet,” he says. “Everybody thought we had found the bottom of the belly but it is decreasing again. Look at young unemployment in Spain, it is at 50%. This is going to be headache for the whole of Europe.” While the downshift in the industry, he describes, would appear to show that Europe is heading into an abyss, it doesn’t really portray the whole picture. A split is clearly emerging on the continent between the north and south. Construction machinery manufacturers and construction in general is in a much healthier condition the further north and east you head. “The Scandinavian and Turkish markets are both growing,” he explains. “Sweden especially is looking really good. If you look at Germany, France and the UK, there is stagnation. It may even be going down a little bit.” He says the UK benefited from the Olympic Games it hosted in 2012 but that spike in construction is now over. “It is done now,” he says bluntly. The CECE comprises 1,200 manufacturers who between them employ 130,000 people and generate a turnover of $31 billion. Most of them are small and medium-sized companies, but it also represents big European and multinational companies with production sites in Europe. In total 20% of all global production is produced by its members. It therefore has a sizeable thumb place on a major artery of the

industry. At its last check up, Sailer, says the pulse felt rather weak. “The CECE barometer from the last four months (up to November 2012), has fallen four months in a row,” he says. “When I looked at it, I found it worrying.” We may not feel as at keenly as other markets, but European manufacturing has found the going tough against the Chinese manufacturers that have risen to prominence in the past decade. Now that market has slowed dramatically, some industry experts are predicting that 2013 could be vicious on western and Chinese companies that are manufacturing there. The Middle East is already seeing excess machines being delivered. Sailer suggests that Europe could be flooded with cheao Chinese equipment. He hints that now is the time for European manufacturers to seek protection. “That market could influence us in different ways. If Chinese manufacturers have a 40% decrease and are looking for exports; then we should take care in Europe that we are all playing with the same rules. It will become a competitive market, and we should look at how fast they can enter.”





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Global market expected to reach $193 billion The construction equipment market is driven by factors such as growth in construction and mining activities, emergence of lease-based equipment, and increasing government investment in infrastructure development especially in developing nations .In addition demand by companies in infrastructure and real estateis also supporting the growth of the construction equipment market.

If they don’t export they could always buy a company to gain access? Such as XCMG and Schwing or Sany and Putzmeister: “Yes that’s happened, but there’s more to it than just buying a company.” Germany is fiercely proud of its manufacturers and it seems inconceivable to an outsider that they would buy anything else. Sailer says that may not always be the case. “Usually they would buy German products but yes it may happen,” he says. “However a lot of construction equipment is now going to the European rental companies. They have a different view. They look to the long term side of things such as maintenance. You would think they would buy German equipment.” When Europe was set up as a common market, it was supposed to be able to allow for not only the free trade of goods (many manufacturers still see other European countries as their main export destinations) but also the free movement of labour. Theoretically a multilingual operator or machinest

should be able to ply their trade in either Munich or Madrid. So why aren’t more skilled Spanish workers leaving to work for manufacturers in other countries that are doing better, such as Sailer’s own Germany? “Partly it is social. They want to still want to have their friends and families around,” he explains. “The language skills of the English and Spanish is often not high enough for them to move out. “Also, what happens when they move back from Germany to Spain? What about things like state pensions? We don’t have the same level of regulation between countries and this is something that handicaps people moving from Spain to Germany. Maybe the European government will look into it and get involved.” Despite Europe being in the duldrums, German manufacturers have proven to be resilient (the XCMG-acquired Scwing-Stetter perhaps one of the exceptions). Perhaps part of their secret is a culture of maintaining close links to local communities and recruiting (and retaining) local talent in their ranks? He describes Geda as a middle sized company that works with the community. “In Germany it starts in the kindergarten. We’ve tried to make young people more technically orientated,” he explains. While he is pessimistic about 2013 he sees some reasons to be cheerful. “From 2008 we went down, then we went up, then we went down, now we have found a level. Speaking as someone from a small company but with a big view of things, I can see companies that are hugely diverse and we have (in Germany particular) kept hold of our knowledge. And this is helping.”





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This report titled Construction Equipment Market – Global and China Forecast, Market Share, Size, Growth and Industry Analysis, 2011 – 2017 provides in depth analysis, market size estimates, market shares and forecast for the period 2011– 2017 for the construction equipment market across the globe. The report analyzes four regional markets, namely the US, Europe, Asia and RoW, with special focus on China,forconstruction equipment,based on product types. The global construction equipment market is expected to reach USD 192.3 billion by 2017 from $143.6 billion in 2012, growing at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2012 to 2017.The earth-moving equipment segment is in a commanding position contributing about 43% to the total construction equipment market revenue in 2012. China accounted for majority of the global construction equipment consumption, with Europe at a distant second. The construction equipment market is driven by factors such as growth in construction activities,

emergence of lease-based equipment, and increasing government investment in infrastructure development especially in developing nations. In addition demand by companies in infrastructure and real estate is also supporting the growth of the construction equipment market. Despite the encouragement by governments across the globe, there are certain factors inhibiting the growth of the construction equipment market such as uncertain economic conditions, and strict emission regulations. The increasing price of raw materials such as steel is also a major challenge for the construction equipment market. Asia is considered the most promising market for construction equipment worldwide due to relatively good performance of construction and mining industries, in countries like India and China. Europe holds the second largest share of the construction equipment market. China is the major contributor to the global construction equipment market and accounts for about 41.2% of the overall global sales of construction equipment. The construction equipment market in China in 2012 is estimated at USD 59.2 billion and is expected to reach $95.6 billion in 2017 at CAGR of 10.1% from 2012 to 2017. In addition, China also holds about 17% market share of the global agriculture equipment industry. Read the report in full at: http://www.transparency construction-equipmentmarket.html

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CMME looks at road construction in the Northern Emirates which requires the moving of mountains – almost.

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Engineer Asman says that creating the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed highway required creating creating room for utilities and oil and gas pipelines requiring the construction of bridges and overpasses.


raffic jams are back in the uae after a largely peaceful few years during the postdownturn. however its population can’t blame roadworks as the emirates ended 2012 with a flurry of road projects completed or nearing completion. one of the most important is the country’s northsouth artery, the 70km sheikh mohammed bin Zayed road (formerly emirates road), which has been home for hundreds of excavators and road-laying pieces of equipment, saw most of the scaffolding come down on its once half finished bridges last year. The country is now turning its attention to the northern emirates and the roads that feed into the 45km sheikh khalifa bin Zayed freeway. construction in the remote areas of the country presented challenges not seen elsewhere in the uae, says consultant engineer asdam mohammed al-ghazaway, senior project manager, ministry of public works. The ministry of works describes itself as building nations. The roads of the ministry of public works are the first key connector other than telephony for logistics. on a practical level it will serve to help the northern emirates share in the growth seen elsewhere in the country. The road begins from the flat coastal areas surrounding fujairah city before cutting through the hills and valleys of ras al khaimah, and then ending in sharjah. with the northern emirates sometimes regarded as the poor relations to abu dhabi and dubai, the ministry of public works is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade infrastructure. most of which will be centred around the sheikh khalifa bin Zayed freeway. eng asdam looks back with satisfaction at the completion of the project.




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“construction of the main highway took about five years,” he begins. “while the construction was started in 2006, the design started back in 2003. it took more than three years to finalise it.” The route follows the east-west oil and gas pipelines that connect the gulf to the open water facilities on the arabian peninsula. The extended design time was largely due to changes in the relating services running close to the road. “This forced us to build bridges to protect these lines,” he explains, showing a picture of one bridge section crisscrossing a valley with a pipeline below. The change in design had the inevitable effect of forcing the cost of the project up to $500 million. “it was divided into four parts. one stretch was 17km and the rest total 40km.” By 2006, the finalised design included a design speed of 120-140km/h for the multi-lane freeway and a requirement for six bridges and many overpasses and underpasses. a plan was set out to build in four phases, he explains. Three for the roadbuilding and a fourth for protection. “protection was required on the side slopes of the valleys. This is a mountain road so we knew we had to expect collapses, falling rocks and many other issues that may affect road user safety. Barriers were

Abu Dhabi continues its infrastructure spending spree Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan has said the emirate has allocated $89.8bn towards capital projects over the next five years under its development plant for 2013-17. The money will be allocated to various projects as part of the government’s long term aim to reduce its reliance on oil & gas revenues. The emirate is setting up an Abu Dhabi Business Centre whose aim is to improve the investment climate in the Emirate as it seeks to strengthen links with the private sector. The centre will be affiliated to the emriate’s Department of Economic Development and is set to open during the first quarter of 2013. Part of the money will be allocated towards projects which will lead to the creation of 5,000 new jobs for Emriati nationals within public departments, with training being offered at overseas institutions where necessary. It instructed Abu Dhabi General Services, Musanada, to appoint

contractors on several new schemes including a project to build 110 new villas in Al Ain on a 230,000m2 plot and a project to build 60 houses, a mosque and the required infrastructure on a 323,000m2 plot at Bida Al Mutawa. Musanada will also appoint a contractor to carry out infrasturcture works including roads, water, electricity and sewerage works for the Ne’meh housing project near Al Ain city center where 616 plots are due to be developed. The council head that a number of other infrastructure projects are progressing. The first phase of the Al Mafraq-Al Ghwaifat road project containing an 80km stretch has been completed and tenders have been issued to consultants and contractors for the remaining three phases of the project. Work is also ongoing on the emirate’s Strategic Tunnel project and a major upgrade of the emirate’s sewerage system is also planned to keep pace with population growth.

placed where rock fall might be expected.” The importance of the project brought greater scrutiny to the construction, with the minister of public works taking a hands-on approach. “He was inspecting it day by day,” says Eng Asdam. “He was receiving weekly reports and committed to bi-weekly visitations because the road had to be open by National Day in December, 2011.” Constructing across the valleys required vasts amount of earthmoving, he says. “There were millions of tonnes of cut and trim. We had 17 million cubic metres of excavation. We also had 15 million cubic metres of fill, so it was a huge operation. We had to excavate and move mountains.” Obviously none of that would have been possible without a fleet of heavy equipment. “We used a lot of equipment,” he laughs. “And most types too. We ran into millions of man hours in the construction.” One of the options they explored at the beginning of the project was tunnelling through the mountainous northern emirates ranges. In the end, he says it came to down cost. “You may ask why we didn’t just tunnel but open cut is so much cheaper.” Going open cut meant they had to tackle the mountain ranges head on, carving out benches in the sides. “We had to create access roads for the



benches. Sometimes it took a month to reach a mountain top.” One of the most impressive achievements on the project is a bridge which he describes as one of the longest and highest in the UAE. He adds proudly: “I think it may even be the highest in the region. It is 150m long. The span is 35m. In order to let the water pass and protect the services below which pass under the bridge. There was also a gas and a diesel line to take into account.” The bridge also serves to provide one of the routes’ best views. Drivers along the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road traverse from above as it sweeps across the valley. Which much of the northern emirates’ most stunning terrain dominated by quarrying, it’s a pictureresque way to see the region. While the purpose of the route is largely a logistical one, the ministry was keen to ensure that it was not With the road now open he is concentrating on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road interchanges in the Northern Emirates. The upgrading will see existing bridges and interchanges expanded into five lane highways from three with additional decks to relieve some of the remaining congested areas on the route up to Ras Al Khaimah. “This is for future expansion in Sharjah and Ajman,” he explains. “We also hope that we will this relieve the (locally infamous) traffic jam between Dubai and Sharjah.” Now completed the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Freeway takes in some of the most stunning scenery in the UAE. One observer was so moved by the route that they described it as pure landscape art. If you’re in the UAE, take a trip on the route. You won’t be disappointed.

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Generation X-cellent Either out on show at events, powering on on construction sites, or sitting ready for action as back-up power supply in hospitals, generators are the unsung heroes of the Middle East.

The Middle East is being targetd by power generator manufacturers. Terry Mcguire, Famco, says that Himoinsa will compete with the major OEMS in the market such as Caterpillar, Cummiuns and FG Wilson.


his month sees the Middle East Electricity Show open in the UAE’s perpetually illuminated city of Dubai. The appearance of many temporary power solution providers should remind everyone even in a city designed for a dazzling future that behind the facade, and deep in the bowels of its towers, lurk generators ready to kick in whenever needed. Even in the Burj Khalifa, its glittering bauble, there is an array of Cat generators ready to pop into action should the lights go out. Outside the city, life off the grid can be a little harsher and the need for generators even greater. Vast stretches of the Middle East remain reliant on temporary power from diesel generators to keep going. This is particularly true in the Gulf countries where diesel remains moderately priced. Even at twice the price of the mains electricity, it is cheap enough to be used in a wide variety of applications that would

never be considered elsewhere. The rich combination of drawing out oil and gas out of the ground and spending it on spectacular city expansion has helped to establish several major temporary power providers around Dubai. Companies like Byrne, global name Aggreko and Manlift are major regional powers because of it. Manlift has used it as a springboard to international expansion across the Middle East and North Africa. A major contributor to the construction of both Palm Jumeirah and the Metro, the company has spread its wings with over 50% of its sales going abroad. And not just in the Gulf either. Perhaps one its most important forays being the installation of the primary stage of a 22MW electrical power project in the Republic of Mali. Impressively the project was Manlift’s first temporary power solution in Africa and it claims the site commissioned within one month of it receiving the order in 2011.

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for those taking count the installation is made up of 22 1250kva cummins containerised generator units, three 6mva transformers and trailed 2km of 240sqmm electrical cabling with supporting ancillary equipment on site.

Importance of power meanwhile Byrne, which is so sufficiently diversified it can provide vacuum pump toilets and is venturing into solar energy products, has grown into a major force ranking it in the top 100 rental companies in the world. providing power is an important of a business that caters for oil and gas, construction, marine, and the leisure and tourism industries. “The company is varied in terms of the market it focuses on, and even this varies depending on the strengths of the locality in which Byrne are operating. in dubai Byrne are heavily into sports and music events, whereas in the eastern provinces of saudi arabia and in Qatar Byrne are much more heavily focused on oil & gas related activity,” sophie maclean tells cmme. “The growth of the leisure, sport and tourism industries in the region has developed a need for very individual and tailor made services in order to make each event more extravagant and memorable than the next.” as we have seen in other areas of the construction machinery industry, the major oems have been looking at the performance of these providers, the variety of applications and the dependence on gensets, and are pushing hard in the region. cummins, caterpillar and fg wilson dominate the market. companies like JcB consider it full of potential.




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Bob woodley of caterpillar’s eame-cis electric power division says: “when they look at cat, they’re looking for technology and their looking for inspiration.” To prove his point he mentions a power plant it had at the recent med show. “we think it’s a good hybrid package, it’s got pv (photovoltaic) panels, it’s wind, battery and it’s diesel,” woodley comments. “There’s a good opportunity for this solution in telecommuncations here and in remote locations where you have a lot of wind or sun. at caterpillar, we want customers to come to us with problems and ask if there is anything we can do. That helps us. it’s the customers that have the best ideas.” woodley’s argument in terms of why middle east customers – a mixture of contractors, rentals and dealers – should use caterpillar’s gensets is straightforward. “you can go out and get a quote but you’ll not always get the right answer. if you don’t start checking on what makes a certain price point and how that gets built up; what services i am getting in relation to the other; and just looking at price to price, well the cat looks expensive. But when they start asking the right

There is now an impressive amount of choice in the market. Most contractors and operators are choosing to go for a rental option.

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The long history of temporary power Electricity has no early beginnings as it has always been around but the first idea of its concept was not recorded until 1600 when William Gilbert used the term “electrica” in an academic publication. What electricity could accomplish was not fathomed at this time. Otto Von Guericke was one of the first to experiment with the concept of electricity and created a Madgeburg vacuum in 1663, which became known as the first electrostatic generator. The generator itself consisted of a rotating ball of sulfur. Rubbing the ball produced friction that converted into electrostatic energy. The rotor disc generator used electrostatic energy used a mercury based leather cushion in place of an operator’s hand to produce a stronger charge. Glass and rubber were materials used for the discs as generators evolved because they received the charges with less damage. One version of the electrostatic disc machine was the Wimshurst machine, invented by James Wimshurst between 1880 and 1883. The Wimshurst machine induced electrostatic charge with two plexiglass contra-rotary discs that caused friction with a metal foil section. Electrostatic generators were even operated by steam at one point. Their use didn’t become widespread due to the heavy costs and high maintenance associated with them. The Van de Graaff generator is another example of the electrostatic generator and it is still in use to this day. A ball on the Van de Graafe generator receives a high electrostatic charge by tapes that move over it. The first person to successfully invent an electromagnetic device was Ruhmkorff in 1857. Rhumkorff’s invention

essentially limited the use of electrostatic generators because it couldn’t produce the level of charge that electromagnetic could. Michael Faraday invented the first electric generator in 1831. He induced a steady electric current by producing friction between two wires and a copper disc. He used an induction ring to transform electric currents from one point to another. An electric current was produced by attaching two wires to a copper pad. The copper pad rotated between two horseshoe magnets in order to produce a steady flow of electricity. The first generator for public used was the dynamo, invented by a Frenchmen named Hippolyte Pixii in 1833. Pixii developed on Faraday’s concepts of electromagnetic currents. He created a device that cranked electricity by hand. This type of generator created alternating currents by using a magnet with revolving coils. At the suggestion of a friend, Pixii included a a commutator, a device that changes alternating currents into direct currents. Generators measure their voltage in volts, frequency in hertz, and power in watts. An engine generator or genset, is a combination of an electric motor and generator in one device and are used in circumstances that require a continuous flow of electricity. Reverse metering occurs when the genset produces more energy than is required and it is automatically returned to the device. Generators have had a huge impact on the construction, forestry, and transportation industries. The use of generators meant that projects could be worked on throughout the night, elongating the workday and that work could be carried out in various environments regardless of restrictions and without little worry.

questions and digging into the cost and the return, then Cat becomes a lot more attractive to them.” He continues: “I think it has always been known that anybody that buys a Cat machine will get a residual value. “Now whether you can relate that back to a customer so he understands what he is buying it for and that he will get long term value over a short term gain is another thing. Of course there are some customer that pride themselves on what they do, and they want to make sure that they do the best for their own customers.” One of the biggest names in gensets is Cummins. Entering the Middle East via a variety of direct and distributor arrangements, the company kicked of the year launching four generator sets in the mid 150 to 300 kVA range. The gensets come equipped with Cummins’ PowerCommand controllers, (although it is likely to that future Cummins plants will be able to be fitted with custom controls for rental customers). Introducing the range Richard Mellard, sales and marketing manager, rental products for Cummins, Europe, Middle East and Africa told IRN that sets are generously rated – suiting Middle East customers. The 150 kVA unit, for instance, can be used in temperatures up to 50O C without any derating and the 200/250/300 sets up to 40OC with no derating. He told IRN: “We’re looking to make these products as acceptable to as wide a market as possible. They could go to the Middle East or Australia, so the cooling system has been sized to the demands of ambient temperatures.” One company hoping to squeeze its way into the Genset global player’s marketshare is Spain’s Himoinsa. The company recently tied up with Famco in the UAE. Overseeing Himoinsa’s integration into the company is Terry Mcguire a veteran of Ingersoll Rand in the UK and recent Famco joiner. February saw the installation by Famco of genset technology into

the new Ikea Store in Doha. It’s not a bad start. He is understandably positive. “In the UK the kick-off meeting would have been I want 15% more, I want 3% less people and I’ve cut your budget. Here we’ve just put six new people into the team. We’re on the march,” he enthuses. “In Saudi after the Al-Rehab acquisition we’ve got five offices and we’ll soon have 12. In Oman and Qatar we’ve got the distributor ship for Ingersoll Rand, Linde. Himoinsa as well for the Qatar market (we’re looking for an OEM in Oman). Mcguire is relying on not only his industry knowhow in trying to drive Himoinsa higher in the market, but also greater interplay and co-ordinated effort internally. “I’ve been working on getting our suppliers like Ingersoll Rand and Himoinsa closer to Famco,” says Mcguire. “Having served as a general manager at Ingersoll Rand in the UK, I know many of the senior people and the many of the distributor managers. I know the way they operate. We’ve got some good customers and I’m working in the next six months on the service side as I need to get that to exceed customer expectations,” he says.

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Power generator sets are designed to be mobile and suitable for a huge variety of applications, including sports and entertainment events, oil and gas, residential buildings and even the Ikea superstores.

“Already we’re seeing this happen. This month, Al Futtaim Engineering wanted a service tech to go to Qatar. So one of our guys diverted his trip home to Pakistan to do it. It’s about doing what you can to help.” As Famco becomes more international, its head of the power and the industrial is trying to connect his responsibility for the interaction with the company’s principles, its suppliers and its teams. “That responsibility extends across the region. I can encourage the managers in Oman and Qatar, say, to train up their sales engineers and their service techs to take the same training that we have in the UAE. Then we can send them out into the region. We’re trying to replicate what we’re doing well in the UAE across the Middle East.” Although he had spent time in the Middle East in the years proceeding his move out from the UK last year, he brings a fresh pair of eyes to the genset scene. “Pricing has become an issue because where complacency has set in with a choice of few then people really are open to the added value side of things. I am amazed at how price consicious people are in the Middle East. Especially in the UAE,” he says. In a market dominated by rental companies, firms like Famco risk being on the periphery. Mcguire agrees. “We currently do sales and service mostly. On the rental side of the powergen market you’ve got Byrne, Manlift, Aggreko.






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As part of our mission we need to get some partners on the rental side. We’ve got to do that.” Famco partnered with France’s SDMO before Himoinsa. When the pair split, it was rumoured that SDMO had been picking and choosing what was a direct and what was a distributor sales, effectively competing against its own dealer to secure contracts. Whatever the truth with Himoinsa it has a partner that understands how the dealer/OEM relationship should work. “Paul (Floyd, Famco’s managing director) went looking for them. If you look at Cat, Cummins, FG Wilson they’ve all got dealers in the area. So really the challenge is to take a newer brand in Himoinsa to the next level. Once we’ve driven a wedge between Cat and the others, then those guys that have the power and the volume to react on pricing could come in.” He continues: “We’ve seen more activity in the medium range – the 400-500kVA range. I think it’s the one for the market place. They’re pretty powerful but they can also be moved around, on the back of a trailer. “There’s one thing for sure Famco is on the move in the marketplace. Will we be number one on gensets? I’m not sure but we could be a good number two or three. “The key thing for all us, is that the growth has to be sustainable. We’re in a transient environment in the Middle East with people coming and going. So processes and structure have to be sustainable to allow new people to take it into the future.”

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Digital technology is transforming our lives. Is the time right for the way we build our roads to join the revolution? Jonathon Savill writes.



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he Roman Empire was the first entity to recognise the benefit of a developed road system, as early as 2500 years ago. Their network comprised of more than 400,000 km of roads. Major roads were often stone-paved, metalled, cambered for drainage, and flanked by footpaths, bridleways and drainage ditches. Roman roads tended to be straight, and all roads led to Rome. Presumably the reason GPS took so long to invent. Many of these Roman roads still exist, some paved over. During the next two thousand years we took a very advanced infrastructure system, painted white lines on some roads, lit some, and added parking meters. Not a great deal of advancement for two millennia. The result is that we take roads for granted, largely. We use them every day but only notice when they don’t work, because they are blocked with traffic. The UAE has a lot of roads. Currently the total network is more than 35,000 kilometres, of which 30,000 are in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately Dubai has more cars than roads. The city has a car ownership rate of 541 cars per 1,000 of population. This figure exceeds that of cities like New York City New York City (444 cars per 1,000 population), London (345 cars per 1,000 population) and Singapore (111 cars per 1,000 population). It’s time for roads to change. Not only in the way in construction but also in their signs and development in general. The Dutch are working on a series of smart roads. Unfortunately drivers continue in their crusade to be insanely stupid. When the Blackberry service went down for three days last November, traffic accidents fell by 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent in Abu Dhabi, according to officials from the two cities. The UAE has the eighth highest national accident rate in the world, with 37.1 killed in traffic deaths per 100,000 people per year, about five to ten times the rate of the western world. Dubai roads carried 1,031,961 cars in 2010 or 22.6 per cent more than the 841,852 vehicles registered in 2009. Dubai needs more roads.

According to one source a further 500 km of roads plus 120 multi-level interchanges will also be built before 2020 at a cost of around $12 billion. Roads are expensive; on the whole they cost around $1 million a kilometre. This it is construction cost and does not include land acquisition. There are two elements to roads, the first is how we build them and the next is how we control them, once built. Obviously as a magazine for the construction industry we are more interested in building highways than working them, complex systems require more construction and therefore cost more money. CMME spoke to Sameer Daoud, managing director of Transport at Hyder Consulting Middle East. He sees roads as a philosophy. To him a road is the core of infrastructure, and he points out that once a road is built other development follows. What is amazing is the amount of space roads take: “In any development 30 percent of your space is allocated to right of way. That’s a rule of thumb across the world.” Daoud expands his theory: “The roads we have in the UAE are not built for the traffic we have, but the traffic we are going to have.” Temporary roads can last anything from a few months to three years or so. Permanent roads can be designed to last up to twenty years, depending on materials. So who pays for all this? “The developers. In any major development there is an agreement between the Chairman of the RTA and the Chairman of the developer. It’s a fixed cost and its calculation is tried and tested.” Currently one mile of two-lane asphalt road with aggregate base can require up to 25,000 tons of aggregate. Once the removal of unsuitable material from site is factored this equates to roughly 5,000 truck movements. The total construction can emit






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AdvAnced truck technology to go greener Advanced vehicle technologies are hitting the road in delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles Advanced vehicle technologies — similar to technologies used in today’s hybrid and electric cars — have the potential to dramatically reduce fuel consumption, cutting fuel costs for businesses, improving air quality and public health. As a recent survey of the development and deployment of electric truck technologies demonstrates, battery, fuel cell, and hybrid powertrains are already at work in today’s commercial vehicles — and are poised to expand in the years ahead. Hybrid-electric trucks achieve increased fuel

pollution equal up to 3,000 tons of CO2. Daoud points out that: “Asphalt is not a big cost in roads. We are an oil producing country so materials cost is not huge. What is important is what’s under the road and around it. For example the road structure has to carry the five water network; these are Potable water, Fire water (hydrants etc.), Irrigation water, Surface Drainage Water, and Sewage. Then add electric cables and fibre optic lines and you are building something more complex than it appears.” Some of Abu Dhabi’s projects are investigating the use of recycled asphalt and concrete. The municipality believes this change will improve the emirate’s environmental footprint. One technique the manual promotes is recycling asphalt and other building materials, such as the concrete from demolished buildings, to use as aggregate. Abu Dhabi has already conducted studies into the use of such materials, including a project in Shahama last year that cut the costs of pavement construction by 25 per cent. A similar project in Bani Yas, is testing other techniques, such as reducing the thickness of pavements. “A lot of countries in Africa used to think that more asphalt made the roads stronger. In fact the opposite is true. The more you put in the less durability you give to the area. The amount of expansion and contraction will be higher. This makes for wavy roads.” In the USA, the University of Michigan is conducting experiments with self-healing concrete. The material is laced with microfibers and when it cracks calcium ions in the mix react with rainwater and carbon monoxide and repairs small cracks. Obviously there is a shortage of rainwater in this part of the world, but it is an interesting emergent technology. So how are roads going to get smarter? In the short to medium term the aim is to control driver behavior. So the fact that there are lots of traffic




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efficiency by combining a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor, batteries, and brakingenergy capture (known as regenerative braking). Fuel-consumption reductions of 20-35% are possible with current hybrid truck technology, according to a review by the National Academy of Sciences. Commercial production of the first hybrid delivery truck began in 2007. Today several manufacturers offer hybrid models, and thousands of hybrid systems are being used in applications ranging from public-transit buses to package- and beveragedelivery trucks. Battery electric trucks have no internal combustion engine and

are instead propelled by an electric motor powered by onboard batteries. The range of a current battery electric truck varies, depending on the load it carries and the capacity of its batteries, from 80 to 120km per charge. Urban delivery trucks, which travel short and well-defined routes, are less constrained by battery range and ideal candidates for full electrification. Yard hostlers, which move cargo containers at ports and warehouse complexes, also represent an excellent opportunity for all-electric technologies. These electric trucks are powered by fuel cells, which convert hydrogen and air into electricity while emitting only water vapor. Like light-rail trains or trolley

cars, trucks can be designed to run on electricity that is supplied externally as needed. Some electric technologies do not directly move the truck but can still reduce its fuel consumption. Batterypowered auxiliary power units can provide power to the cabs of long-haul trucks when the drivers are sleeping or resting during multi-day trips. Traditionally power is provided by the truck’s internal combustion engine, but converting these systems to battery power enables operators to shut off the engine when parked at the work site. The electrification of trucks has only recently begun, but as the above examples illustrate, it is off to a strong and promising start.

cameras is not just coincidental, or mean, these are designed to save lives. And now in the UAE if you get a speeding ticket you receive a text immediately. Daoud explains: “The police don’t want you to find out ten days later. They want to make you change your behaviour immediately.” In Holland they are moving forward further. Special paint takes light from the sun and glows at night. They are experimenting with a special road surface that will display logos if the road is frosty. A longer term view is that in the medium term there will be special lanes that will charge an electric car as it drives along it. A host of other warning systems can communicate via Bluetooth, radio signals or Internet. Dutch smart road design expert Daan Roosegaarde, said: “I think the future of roads is important because when we look at cities, and almost everyone lives in cities, they are more determined by roads than architecture and buildings - so roads are super important in the way they look and behave.” But Daoud is more pragmatic. He sees these improvements as incremental to the overall point of roads. The Romans used roads to transport armies quickly so as to grow their empire. But there was also the point that trade and supplies also benefitted. What Daoud sees as the point of roads is to be the backbone of a society: “Companies like Hyder Consulting take a holistic approach to the entire infrastructure. If the road network is the backbone of the future UAE then the planning must also be for the heart of new cities and settlements.” In the short term roads will improve in



construction by using sustainable standards and by incorporating building rubble and waste to use as aggregate. But one way that standards have changed is that there is a seamless way to get approval and letters of no objection from all of the government departments before the first shovel touches the surface. But above all the major utilities that serve the community are all hidden underneath the roads.

Daoud makes a final but very valid point: “Improvements to construction have already started. The point is to optimise the cost. We need to make better use of construction waste and to use this as part of a strategy to minimise waste. This will reduce the amount of landfill in the UAE. When they demolish a building or cut and fill, they have no use for this material. We can use this for roads and then utilise it for better highways.”

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Product Focus



Quick in the sand and on site, is their a role for ATVs in construction?

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Your guide to the very best new machines ready for action on a construction site near you.

Telehandlers that are hitting the market.

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The 380-horsepower DL550 wheel loader from Doosan primed to make its European debut at April’s Bauma behemoth event.


Companies head for Saudi market during tough time.

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New Products

Shantui unveilS roadieS Why get It? German powered road equipment Bespoke enGineerinG


fter two years of research and development, Shantui is ready to release its newly completed line of new road machinery as it continues to diversify from being an earthmoving specialist. The company has introduced a full range of roadlaying equipment. These include the RWYL51C car-type roller and the SM200M-3 cold planer. Featuring updated appearances and technology, the this new line of machinery was designed to meet all road maintenance and construction needs in one complete package, to provide a “one-stop-shop”. Featuring updated appearances and technology, this new line of machinery was designed to meet all road maintenance and construction needs in one complete package, to provide a “one-stop-shop”. But then that’s what everybody says, isn’t it? However to enhance the technological level of the machines, the company is using a combination of imported and in-house parts are used. For example, the transmissions and hydraulics are imported and the machines, with the exception of the SR10 and SR12-5 rollers, are equipped with a WeichaiDeutz engine. The SR10 and SR12-5 instead feature an imported Cummins engine. The company claims that all of the new products have been extensively field tested to ensure the greatest possible reliability and performance, even




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being stress tested in the extreme altitudes of Tibet. “To further increase the value to the products, the design and manufacturing process for the new line of machinery has been revamped and made more efficient, so the savings pass on to the customer,” says Shantui “We are excited about this new generation of road machinery,” said Jiang Honggang, general manager of Shantui Import & Export at the launch of the roadlaying range. “To be able to meet all of the customer’s needs in one location truly is providing ‘Value That Works’.” In China, Shantui’s name has long been synonymous with the word “bulldozer.” However Shantui is not only the world’s largest maker and seller of brand name dozers, but now also offers a highly diversified line of construction, road, public utility vehicles and cement handling machinery, making everything from wheel loaders and road rollers to truck cranes and motor graders, to forklifts and excavators. Shantui, which recently tied up a dealer arrangement with Dubai’s Genavco has sales in more than 120 countries and regions worldwide. In 2012, the Company reached the US$2.5 billion milestone in revenue. The company is publicly listed on the ShanghaiShenzhen 300 Index, and is headquartered in Jining, Shandong Province.

BOBCAT NEw 500 PlATFORm whY GET IT? Upgrades to popUlar models The centrepiece of the Bobcat stand at Bauma will be the first showing of the company’s new 500 platform compact loaders. The company will also be showing the very latest developments in the company’s compact excavator, telescopic handler, utility vehicle and attachment ranges at Bauma. The new family of 500 platform compact loaders from Bobcat, which includes some of the company’s most popular models, is intended to cement Bobcat’s leadership of the skid-steer and compact tracked loader market worldwide. The new 500 platform includes the new S510, S530, S550, S570 and S590 skid-steer loaders and the new T590 compact tracked loader. All of the 500 platform skid-steer loader models are manufactured at the Bobcat compact equipment plant in Dobris in the

Czech Republic, while the T590 compact tracked loader is manufactured at the company’s main factory in Gwinner, North Dakota, USA. Like the larger new generation 600, 700 and 800 platform models which can also be seen at Bauma, the new 500 platform machines offer a completely new design, combining over 50 years of experience in loader design with new developments to “meet voice of customer requirements and incorporating many of the same innovative features and benefits that have proved so successful in the bigger machines”. SPECIFICATIONS S510: • Rated operating cap: 1.6t • Operating weight 6t • Power: 49hp • Tipping load: 3.3t


SPECIFICATIONS: • max load Jib end: 12t • load max. jib: 2.3t • length freestanding: 50m • max. height: 56.6m

Linden Comansa says the LCL 165 crane completes its crane range. The Spanish manufacturer has completely renewed its range of luffers (The LCL 190 crane was presented in Bauma 2010, while the LCL 280 and LCL 310 were launched in March 2011) and has sent to “retirement” the models LCL-200 and LCL-250, which were in Linden Comansa’s catalogue since 1997. The LCL 165 crane which comes ith versions of 8 and 12 tonnes of maximum load (17,640 and 26,450 lbs.) will be demonstrated at this year’s Bauma . Its maximum jib length will be 50 meters (164 ft.), with jib steps every 5 meters (16.4 ft.), and its maximum freestanding height will be 56.6 meters (185.7 ft.), although it will be able to reach

mEET YOuR NEw YARdBOSS higher when its tower sections are combined with tower sections from other series. The LCL 165 8t crane will come with a hoist device of 24 kW -32 hp- (37 and 50 kW -50 and 67 hp- will be optional), while the LCL 165 12t will be 50 kW -67 hp- (with another 65 kW -87 hp- device as an option). All these mechanisms include the Effi-Plus system, which increases the hoist speed with light loads, and allowing an important improvement on productivity in comparison to previous motorizations. The new model includes all the characteristics of the rest of the cranes of the LCL Series: modular design, which permits that most of the jib and tower sections are interchangeable among the cranes of the series; light and compact design, for an easier transport and erection of the crane; mechanisms which guarantee that hoist, slewing and luffing movements are always safe and soft; electronic coordination between the luffing and hoisting movements, a control system popularly known as ‘Level Luffing’, which allows the crane operator to move the load horizontally just by pushing a button while applying the luffing movement. A prototype of the LCL 165 8t crane, with 50 meter jib-length and tower height of 21 meters, has already been erected at the company’s premises in Huarte (Navarre, Spain), where it has been successfully passing the necessary tests before its commercialisation. The protocol includes the analysis of the erection process; static and dynamic load tests; checking of the correct functioning of limitation and security systems; verification of the use and manoeuvrability of the crane; and a full study of the accessibility for the maintenance works.

New for bauma 2013 in munich, Germany is the Grove YardBoss YB5520. The 18t industrial crane reflects a complete redesign of the YardBoss for this capacity class. It will replace the older 16t YB5518, while adding new technology and design features. The crane is also the first to be fully CE-certified in line with the latest European EN 13000 regulations. All other YB cranes will be similarly CE-certified by mid2013. The YB5520 has a higher capacity and longer boom than other cranes in its class. Its 18 t capacity and 54.5 ft. four-section, full-power boom bring a new era of industrial

crane lifting power. For the first time on an industrial crane, Grove is offering two jib options: customers have a choice between a 15 ft. boom extension and an adjustable 15 to 24.9 ft. swingaway boom extension. The lifting power of the YB5520 comes in a small package. with only a 15 ft. by 7.8 ft. footprint, the crane will fit into the tightest of work spaces. It measures only 2.5 m tall, making it ideal for indoor work. Its crab steering with self-alignment and pivoting boom nose – adjustable to five positions from minus 30 to 80° – enable easy maneuvering when there isn’t much room.

SPECIFICATIONS • max load: 18t • Reach: 54ft • max swingaway boom extension: 24.9ft • Engine: Euromot 3B Cummins diesel engine • Engine size: 3.3l

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New Products


IRN has revealed that Cummins is launching four generator sets in the 150 to 300 kVA range as part of new effort to target the European rental market with specially designed products. The rental-specific sets, which have been created by a new Cummins design team led by former A-Plant power rentals director Richard Mellard, include many rental-friendly features, such as a very robust build, 24 hour fuel tank as standard, the option of paralleling with other gensets, and gel batteries. The sets use Cummins-made engines, alternators and controllers in a pre-integrated pack. “It’s a very well specified rental genset”, Mellard,



sales and marketing manager, rental products for Cummins, Europe, Middle East and Africa told IRN. “It has very well proven, robust primary components, plus Cummins comprehensive warranty and parts support in the region and worldwide.” The sets will be made available in markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia. Although the focus now is on the 150-300 kVA sizes, the company said the rental range would be further expanded, with launches of sub-150 kVA units by the end of 2013 or the start of 2014, and larger units following in 2014/15. The four gensets come in 150, 200, 250 and 300 kVA sizes, with the smaller two using Cummins QSB7 engine and the two larger models equipped with the QSL9 power unit. The gensets come equipped with Cummins’ PowerCommand controllers. Mellard said that in the future Cummins plans to offer third-party controllers for rental companies who want commonality across their fleets.



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The 380-horsepower DL550 wheel loader from Doosan has a Tier 4-Interim diesel using SCR and diesel exhaust fluid to comply to EPA standards and increase fuel economy. The 7.5-cubic-yard loader has an operating weight of 69,655 pounds, breakout force of 58,450 pounds, and a full-turn tipping capacity of 48,061 pounds. Operators can set upper and lower limits for both the

lift arm and bucket stop positions. Dump height is 11 feet 2 inches. An automatic reversing cooling fan can run in reverse to aid in cleaning the cooling system. A new auto-idle feature reduces the working idle from 950 rpm to a standby idle setting of 750 rpm when the machine is inactive for a short period of time. The unit is covered by Doosan’s 48-hour parts guarantee.

SPECIFICATIONS: • 2013 power range: 150-300 kVA • 2014 power range: sub-150kVA • Large gensets power: Cummins QSL9 • Small gensets power: Cummins QSB7

Scania recently launched a new range of engines designed to offer the lowest fuel consumption with the best performance to help fleets save money in tough market conditions. The 13l G460 is an extra heavy duty six cylinder inline engine, which offers the opticruise semiautomatic gearbox to enable the best use of the engine. The onboard computer guides the driver in which gear to select to maximise power without fuel wastage, optimising fuel consumption and emissions at all times. Samir Salamoun, general manager – sales commercial vehicles (Scania) at Al Shirawi said: “Previously we offered only the 11l or 12l six cylinder engines. The

next size up was the 16l V8, which is not needed in this market, where the terrain is not that challenging. This new engine fills that gap, offering power without adding to costs.” The new P310 is 9l five cylinder engine, designed for the distribution segment of the transportation market. The P310 can also be fitted with the opticruise gearbox. Al Shirawi’s Salamoun commented: “The P310 is ideal for use in and around the city, where trucks are constantly stopping, starting and sitting in traffic – which can add significantly to fuel burn. “This smaller engine is specialised for lower fuel consumption in these situations.”

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SPECIFICATIONS: • Horsepower: 380 • Operating weight: 69,655 pounds • Bucket capacity: 7.5 cubic yards • Dump height: 11ft. 2 in. • Dump reach: 4ft. 7 in. • Breakout force: 58,450 lb/ft.


Sector Analysis

Handle the truth If you want to reach for the stars Galileo worked out that you needed to go telescopic, CMME picks (ahem) the best in the market.


he telehandler market has seen a topsy turvey decade. Having suffered from a slow take up in the global construction market since its invention back in the 1980s, demand rocketed at the turn of the 2000s as contractors started to realise that the little loaders could function in a multitude of applications. Rental companies were keen adopters of the versatile machines able to push them into contractor fleets and then acting to move them onto the next niche project. With leading manufacturer and patent holder Merlo concentrated on western and agricultural markets, telehandlers also initially suffered from

lack of supply in the Middle East market. Even when others such as Genie, Doosan and JCB were free to enter production the region was slow to see their virtues. A situation exasperated by lack of from the OEM majors. A rebound in rental fleet demand as contractors replace obsolete kit with leased equipment means that telehandlers are increasingly important fixtures in ranges. At the same time the Middle East has become a bigger priority for manufacturers looking for calmer economic climes. Factor in a trend to rental in the market, as well as logistic demand; and telehandlers are poised to become important options for contractors looking for loading options.

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Sector Analysis

As ever CMME has attempted to sort the wheat from the chaff and present some of the better options out there. Given that Amilcare Merlo claims to have invented the machine it is logical to start at the Italian company’s latest and greatest in its Roto range. The company, which tied up a deal with Famco last year, has unveiled updates to its MCSS models. The 40.30 MCSS features a larger chassis and offers a 30metre lift height with a four tonne capacity. The larger Grand Roto 60.24 MCSS comes with a 24m lift and six tonne capacity. Rental specialist Nixon Hire is concentrating on the Qatar market. The UK company has introduced a full selection of JCB’s telehandlers and attachments into the market. JCB launched its first five-stage-boom Loadall telescopic handler last year. The 540-200 has a 20m working height and a maximum lift capacity of 4tonnes. Using the same driveline as the 540-170, the machine is powered by JCB’s 75kW Dieselmax engine. The Loadall has a four-speed powershift transmission and uses a single servo joystick to control all boom functions. Rapid Access is one of many Gulf dealers armed with Genie’s newest machines. The UAE and KSA dealer is touting the GTH-4018 as the perfect Middle East model. The robust and straight forward to use machines certainly look the part. Rotating Rough Terrain telehandlers are a perfect heavy-duty choice for loading, unloading, moving and placing loads in rental applications and construction sites With their compact dimensions, they can be used with winch attachment as a crane and reach places large cranes cannot access. They provide excellent manoeuvrability on congested jobsites without compromising reach and lifting capabilities Attachments such as a man-platform, a jib or a winch will add job flexibility and improve efficiency As well as being the largest models in the Bobcat rigid frame telescopic handler range, the company’s T40140 14m and T40170 17m models are




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the most popular with contractors in the Middle East market. Like all Bobcat telescopic handlers, the T40140 and T40170 models use state-of-the-art technology providing optimum performance and manoeuvrability and a host of other advantages. The T40170 telehandler has the same maximum load of 4 tonne and a maximum lift height of 17.43 m. The capacity at maximum lift height on tyres is 1.25 tonne, while at maximum reach (13.73 m), the lift capacity is also 1.25 tonne. Unloaded, the T40170 weighs 11 tonne and provides a crowding force of 5000 daN. Both the T40140 and T40170 telehandlers have a selflevelling system, which on inclined surfaces, provides a tilt correction of +/- 4° to level the telehandlers for safe, optimum positioning of the load. The system functions with no loss of capacity and can be operated on both wheels and stabilisers, unlike traditional self-levelling systems. Using selflevelling in combination with the stabilisers can provide a total correction up to +/- 12°. A patented side shifting system offers a lateral shift of up to 850 mm at maximum height. The T40140 and T40170 models have two front stabilisers, which move independently, are fully adjustable, and can be contained within the overall width of the machines, an important advantage when travelling on public roads. With these specifications, the T40140 and T40170 models are especially suited to rough terrain applications in the building, civil engineering and industrial markets. With power provided by the 74.5 kW Perkins 1104D-44TA Turbo diesel engine, the hydrostatic transmission in the T40140 and T40170 telehandlers provides a 95% performance efficiency, providing high power coupled with low



fuel consumption. The hydrostatic transmission makes it possible to place a load to the exact mm. In addition to precision, this is an important factor contributing to safety, particularly when loads have to be positioned at significant heights or distances from the machine. Liebherr has repositioned its series of telescopic handlers. Four versions will now be available: the TL 441–10, TL 441–13, TL 451–10 and TL 451–13. Like the previous models, they have maximum lifting heights of either 10 or 13 metres, but their maximum load capacities have been considerably increased, to 4.1 and 5t. The TL 451–13 features Liebherr’s innovative boom pro-file, with its extra-generous crosssection and input of forces at the edges for exceptionally high rigidity when exposed to torsional loads. Thanks to their optimal centre of gravity, achieved by a low pivot point for the telescopic boom, the new telescopic handlers possess excellent stability and generate unusually high lifting force during both lifting and loading movements. The two lifting rams located at the sides of the boom avoid torsional stresses even when lifting very heavy loads, and help to ensure long, trouble-free operating life. They also considerably increase the breakout force available at the working equipment. An audible and visual overload warning device keeps the operator aware of the machine’s remaining lifting capacity at all times. Load moment limiting

is a standard feature: it automatically reduces the speed of the power hydraulics and thus enables the nominal maximum load to be approached in safety. If the load continues to increase, the load moment limiter automatically inhibits any functions that could lead to the machine overturning. From that moment on, only movements that restore a safe operating margin are permitted. These Liebherr telescopic handlers are powered by a turbo-charged four-cylinder inline engine with an output of 74 kW (101 hp). For those looking for something more compact Wacker Neuson (available via CMC in the UAE) has an extensive range of compact equipment. Two new models have been added to its s range of telehandlers in the lower weight classes. With its 2506 compact telehandler, the south-German wheel loader specialist has developed a powerful vehicle for the popular 2x2-meter class. The 1245 mini-telehandler, for its part, addresses a whole new market segment. This ultracompact machine combines the reach of a traditional telehandler with the manoeuvrability of a mini-wheel loader. Both models offer a sensible alternative to traditional vehicle concepts in many fields of deployment,” explains Andreas Breunig, product manager. Thanks to their all-wheel steering with generous steering lock and their compact design, the telehandlers are extremely manoeuvrable, making fast and light work of stacking and transportation work in even the tightest of spaces.

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Egypt’s mining industry faces an uncertain future but there’s plenty of new brutes designed to work in extreme circumstances and under immense pressure


ll Terrain Vehicles started out strictly for fun. They were snowmobiles for people who didn’t have snow, and trail wreckers for everybody else. Then, like all of us, they began to grow up and look for work. First it was farmers who realised that these tiny vehicles could snake down forest trails and let them cover dozens of miles a day. They were used by shepherds and other woodsmen. Then manufacturers began to catch on and instead of the users adapting sports bikes for their use the big names began making vehicles for purpose. Suddenly this type of vehicle was popping up all over the place. They were used for transporting pilots to their aircraft and for hauling loads across territory where most vehicles can’t go. They were used at rock festivals.




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And the ability to transport men and equipment across rough terrain has been spotted by the military and police. For the military the ability to drop a low cost unit via parachute is valuable. For the police the ability to patrol small paths is important. One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of these vehicles is Polaris. They started as a snowmobile company. Now they still make snowmobiles, and also make motorcycles. But the majority of their sales come from off road vehicles. In fact snowmobiles are now only about ten percent of the sales of this $3 billion dollar company. Two-thirds of their sales come from off road vehicles and their profile is changing. At first, these vehicles were basically go karts on steroids.

An ATV, or All Terrain Vehicle is like a quad bike. It’s largely based around leisure and you can seem them running up and down sand dunes all over the UAE. The terrain here is perfect for these vehicles.

But now they’re going to work. First of all let’s define the beast. An ATV, or All Terrain Vehicle is like a quad bike. It’s largely based around leisure and you can seem them running up and down sand dunes all over the UAE. Major manufacturers in this segment include Alpha Sports Motors, Artic Cat, Argo, Bombardier, Eton America, Honda, Kawasaki, Kazuma, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha. The other type of vehicle is the Utility Vehicle (UTV). This is more serious, bigger and they cost more. And the players in this field are different from above. Here the manufacturers are Polaris, John Deere and JCB. The terrain here is perfect for these vehicles. And yet it is the urban environment where they are beginning to shine. Farid Ismail is the business unit manager of Bristol. They specialise in building mobile firefighting units. He is noticing a demand for these small vehicles: “People are coming to us for them. They are ideal first response units for cramped areas. In places such as Dubai Mall and round the fountains they can carry CAFS (compressed air foam system) to areas where we could never get a full size unit.” Is there an economic dimension to using these? Farid is definite on this point: “Cost is not a question when it comes to fire equipment. Apart from anything else a fire in a mall could cause millions of dollars’ worth of damage.”



They are also getting used for ambulances. Think about it. You can move one of these into a tight area on a construction site or through a crowd. You can pick up a casualty and carry them to safety. There are several companies that customise these vehicles, including the above mentioned Bristol. And just when you thought that we had used up the versatility of this type of vehicle it develops a new twist. The new Gibbs Quadski Amphibious ATV is just what it says – an amphibious ATV. For patrolling sites or large land masses this is an invaluable addition to the capability of this class of machine. Unbelievably it is able to reach a stop speed of 45 mph on both land and water, thanks to a 175 hp BMW engine and transmission taken from a motorcycle. Its water cooled, by the way. Imagine the versatility of this. A security patrol could cover miles of terrain and then save miles by having the ability to cross a lake or a dam. At the moment the cost of this is $40,000 but they are trying to get to the point where it is only 15 percent more expensive than a comparable jet ski. Polaris is probably the most committed brand in the Middle East, they have just opened the world’s biggest Polaris dealership in Abu Dhabi. Bennett Morgan, their President and Chief, spoke to us in Dubai recently: “Most of Polaris first fifty years were in the developed world but now we’re moving into developing world markets.” And of course there is an emerging segment of ATV which is driven by electric motors. This would enable their use inside buildings such as malls. These vehicles are a distant cousin to the airport taxis that already blight the lives of nearly every pedestrian inside airport concourses. Part of the DNA of all of these vehicles is simplicity and reliability. Where people use snowmobiles their reliability is literally a matter

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of life or death and to a certain extent you would not want to be out on the dunes on your own and discover a design fault in your vehicle. Bennett explains how popular these vehicles are getting in the UAE: “Our Razor product more or less invented the side by side product. The UAE is a real growth market for us. “Some of these guys are doing amazing things with these vehicles” out in the dunes. The UAE is not just one of our top ten markets it is shaping the way we look at developing our product. We listen to our customers and learn from them. Our engineers talk to our customers, and in many cases our engineers are our customers.” It seems then that this class of vehicle had a growing part to play in construction sites as well as other parts of our community. They are useful for firefighting, patrolling and security and as ambulances. Oh, and les not forget that they are also really good fun. Sorry, I mean important site based management utility tools.

ALL ROUND VIEW OF NEW PRODUCTS The gas-powered Kubota RTV400Ci utility vehicle has a fuel-injected, 6-horsepower electronic fuelinjected (EFI) engine. It measures 54.7 inches wide and 72 inches tall, and it fits in the bed of a full-size, long-bed pickup, according to the company. CVT Plus continuously variable transmission is newly designed and has inertial clutch. The unit weighs 1,257 pounds, can carry a 440-pound or 9-cubic-foot payload, and can tow up to 1,102 pounds.

It’s Prairie 700 4×4 features selectable fourwheel drive with variable locking differential control and dual front disc brakes. Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-twin engine displaces 697cc, and operators can select two- or fourwheel-drive operation with the flip of a switch. To assist in crawling over rocky terrain or descending steep hills, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control electronically monitors ground speed and uses the engine’s compression to help slow the vehicle JCB says its Workmax machine can handle anything. “Arguably the most important characteristic of the 6x4 is the ability to handle varying terrains. Our utility vehicles achieve this courtesy of independent front suspension, coilover shocks and high-flotation low pressure tyres for a smooth, stable and comfortable ride,” says the company. The 6x4 is designed for low ground bearing pressure to reduce wear and tear on delicate surfaces. Powered by a 15.6 kW 768cc three-cylinder Perkins diesel engine, these utility vehicles weigh 665 kg, have an all-up load capacity of 700 kg and have an unbraked tow limit of 500 kg. 25 mph is the top speed of this 4x4 utility vehicle and there’s a 20-litre fuel tank. Low ground bearing pressure makes it superb for fine


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This class of vehicle had a growing part to play in construction sites as well as other parts of our community, and could even be used in civil defence.

turf applications like golf course management. The UK company has designed the little work horse with a Kevlar drive belt, a strong, rugged construction and 16-gauge steel deck. The large 60A alternator extends battery life and improves reliability, while a superior fuel filtration system separates out both dirt and water for more efficient running. Cushman 1600XD combines four-wheel-drive with a 22-horsepower diesel engine. Automatic, continuously variable transmission has low- and high-gear ratios, a user-selectable locking rear differential, four-wheel independent suspension, and a maximum vehicle load of 1,600 pounds. Steel cargo bed measures 14.2 cubic feet and holds 1,100 pounds. It can tow up to 1,300 pounds. Optional hydraulic power source can circulate up to 6.5 gpm to power attachments and to power dumping of the cargo bed. The new line of utility vehicles from Bobcat includes four models: 3200, 3400, 3400XL and 3450. Power ratings range from 24.8 to 32

horsepower, and the units can travel up to 30 mph. Operating weights run from 1,178 to 1,646 pounds. Payload is 1,100 pounds, up 33 percent from previous models. Features include sealed continuously variable transmission guard, full skid plate, front and rear constant velocity CV boot shields, and radiator guard. The four-wheeldrive 3450 can use up to five front-mounted attachments with the company’s RapidLink attachment-mounting system. Maximum lift height is 2 feet with rated operating capacity of 500 pounds. The 5600 Toolcat Utility Work Machine offers rough-terrain capability, hauling and transportation around the jobsite. In addition, the Toolcat is equipped with a number of attachments such as brooms, augers and buckets. The machine has all-wheel drive and steer, and has a suspension that allows flex and axle oscillation. John Deere’s Buck models are heavy-duty task vehicles featuring ground-engaging performance with gear-on-gear transmission capable of delivering high torque at low speeds. Machines have 500cc 4-stroke engine, progressively locking all-wheel drive, 1,100-pound towing capacity, hydraulic disc brakes, and a travel speed of more than 45 mph.

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