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Wacker launches compact machines in US
Wacker Corp introduced its new Wacker Neuson range of dump trucks, excavators and compact loaders at the Rental Show in Las Vegas in mid-February.
Good prospects: IRN looks at rental prospects around the world
How is rental developing in markets around the world? IRN reports from countries including Japan, Morocco, the Middle East and eastern Europe, and looks at some specific rental sectors, such as heavy equipment.
Terex to buy ASV
Terex has announced it will buy compact tracked loader manufacturer ASV for US$488 million (€342 million).
DeWalt launches wide range of new power tools
Power tool manufacturer DeWalt unveiled a wide range of new products at its annual UK dealer event in Birmingham in early January.
Atlas Copco sells half of ABIRD
Atlas Copco has sold approximately half of ABIRD, its Netherlands industrial rental company, to ABIRD's chief executive, Wichard Oorschot, and investment firm NPM Capital. The sale price was not disclosed.
Komtrax standard on Komatsu compact line
Komatsu Utility Europe, which specialises in compact equipment, is to fit the Komtrax satellite tracking system as standard to its entire range of machines above 1,5 t.
Rental HQ
The Rental Show has been happy to announce another sell-out Rental Show, with Las Vegas again proving a big puller for exhibitors, even if the much bigger Conexpo-Con/Agg show takes place just a month later in the same city.
Expo Vegas
There is a lot to look forward to at this year's Conexpo, with hundreds of new compact machines, telehandlers and aerial platforms on show. KHL editors provide a preview of the event.
Talking software
Rental software company Result Group aims to become the market leader in the rental sector within three years. Murray Pollok spoke to managing director Derek Robson.
Technology matters
One key decision that Result Group has made has been to shift to the Java language for all of its software.
Telehandler
Manufacturers have launched bigger; more powerful, more compact; and more multi-functional machines, as well as pushed into new geographic markets. Patrick Hill reports on latest developments.
Big rough-terrain model from Manitou
Manitou will launch into the US its 16 t capacity, 10 m lift height MHT 10160 telescopic handler at Conexpo in Las Vegas this March. The French company said the machine, manufactured in Italy, is the largest rough-terrain telehandler on the market.
Super compact from Cat Alliance
Caterpillar is releasing its 2.5 t lift capacity, super compact telehandler, the TH 255, which is a version of JLG's G5-18A (see lead story). The TH 255 debuted in the US at the World of Concrete Show last month and will launch in Europe at Italy's Samoter in March. The handler is made for Cat by JLG through its global telehandler manufacturing alliance.
New handlers in North Americax
The North American market has certainly attracted European manufacturers. For example, Case has launched the 3.3 t lift capacity, 12.8 m lift height TX742; the 3.6 t, 12.8 m heightTX842; and the 4.1 t, 13.7 m TX945 models. The company said it anticipates the 3.6 t model will be the most popular in that market.
Komatsu invests in handler production
Komatsu Utility Europe has created a dedicated production line for telehandlers at its Este facility in northern Italy and said it hoped the increased production capacity would allow it to manufacture over 1000 units next year.
Rental proof
Atlas Copco Portable Air is developing lighter, smaller compressors and generators, and offering additional services targeted at rental buyers. Murray Pollok reports from the division's headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.
Compact 2 tonners
Terex Corp is launching new 2 t capacity site dumpers that will eventually replace the much larger 2 t PS2000 and PT2000 models. Patrick Hill reports from the launch in the West Midlands of the UK.
Crunch time
New waste management and recycling regulations in Europe will force contractors to take a new approach to managing waste materials on sites, and provide rental companies with a new opportunity, as Marcus Clay, managing director of Digbits, explains.
JCB makes anti-theft move
JCB will fit immobilisers and vehicle identification devices as standard from November on construction equipment produced at its Rochester headquarters for the UK market. It said it is the first major manufacturer to adopt such anti-theft measures.
Baltic start-up
Aivar Brock is one of a new breed of young rental entrepreneurs who are helping to develop rental in eastern Europe. Along with business partner Kasper Jänes, he hopes to develop a Baltic access rental company and is looking for other rental niches as well. He spoke to Murray Pollok.
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