Industry BeatCED, July 2008
Article Date: 07-01-2008
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Komatsu Introduces Hybrid Excavator
The new excavator will reduce fuel consumption by approxmiately 25 percent.In an effort to reduce environmental impact, Komatsu has announced plans to introduce a hybrid hydraulic excavator.The PC200-8 Hybrid is powered by the Komatsu Hybrid System, which uses a newly developed electric motor that turns the upper structure, power generation motor, capacitor and diesel engine. Compared with the standard PC200-8 hydraulic excavator, the hybrid model achieves roughly a 25 percent reduction of fuel consumption.The Komatsu Hybrid system converts energy generated when the upper structure reduces its speed while turning, stores the energy in a capacitor and uses it to assist the power of the engine via the power generation motor when the engine accelerates.While standard construction equipment uses only diesel engines for power, the new hybrid excavator utilizes regenerated energy to assist the engine when it is accelerating, enabling the use of the engine in a low revolution zone with high-efficiency combustion. In addition, while the engine runs idle, the hybrid excavator keeps the revolution at a super-low level, achieving further reductions in fuel consumption.For more information, visit www.komatsu.com
LiuGong Appoints First U.S. Dealers AED member Baschmann Services recently became LiuGong Construction Machinery N.A.'s first U.S. equipment dealer.LiuGong has since quickly appointed dealers No. 2 and 3 - Earhart Equipment Corp. of Tucson, Ariz., and AED member Hi-Way Equipment Co. in Houston, Texas.All three equipment dealers will represent the full line of LiuGong equipment, which currently comprises an excavator and a wheel loader. LiuGong China produces more than 29,000 wheel loaders per year and is the second largest producer of wheel loaders in the world, according to the company.Baschmann, located in Elma, N.Y., also represents a number of manufacturers including Kobelco, Vibromax, Fermec and Kent. Earhart Equipment represents a variety of manufacturers including New Holland, Kobelco, Takeuchi and Wacker. Hi-Way Equipment represents Gradall, Kawasaki, Lee Boy, Rosco, Wirtgen and Allianz.LiuGong N.A. also recently opened its U.S. corporate office and parts warehouse facility in Katy, Texas, near Houston. The new office features 2,100 square feet of corporate office space and an additional 15,000 square feet of warehouse space with triple high H.D. racks set in place for the parts department.The new North American facility will support the company's expanding North American dealer network, as well as function as a parts depot for South America.LiuGong entered the North American marketplace in January 2008. The parent company, Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co. has been producing a full line of construction equipment in China since 1958.For more information, visit www.liugongna.com.
AED Membership Represented on RER's Top 100 More than half of the companies on Rental Equipment Register's recently released list of the Top 100 rental companies are AED members, signifying that AED members are big players in the rental arena.The list ranks companies with a rental operation by 2007 rental volume in millions. This year's No. 1 company was United Rentals.Seven out of the top 10 companies listed are AED members. Of the 110 companies on the list this year, 89 qualify for AED membership.AED congratulates the 60 members that made this year's list."This is more evidence of what we know to be true: many of the most successful rental companies in the country are AED members," said Dave Gordon, AED's vice president of Sales.AED member dealers have been renting equipment for more than 60 years, using a different model than the straight rent-to-rent companies. AED began producing the Green Book on rental rates in 1945.
Past President R.K. Kitchen Died in MayAED's 1975 President, Roland Keller (R.K.) Kitchen, 95, passed away May 24 in Louisville, Ky. "Kitch," as he was best known, was the president of Kitchen Machinery in Indianapolis.Kitchen began his career in the construction equipment industry in 1946 with the Flesch-Miller Tractor Co. in Indianapolis, which he later purchased and renamed Kitchen Machinery Inc. In 1954, he purchased an interest in Williams Tractor Co., which subsequently became Kentucky Machinery under his leadership. He served as the past chairman of the board of Kentucky Machinery and Kitchen Machinery.Prior to becoming AED President in 1975, Kitchen served as a lieutenant director and director of AED's Region 6, representing Kentucky and Ohio. He is a former member of the board of directors for The Road Information Program (TRIP), the Kentucky Highway Contractors Association and a past president of the Kentucky Equipment Distributors Association. AED also honored Kitchen with an honorary lifetime membership.He is survived by his wife Dorothy Matthews Kitchen, two sons, a step daughter, two step sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In the NewsRon Huibers has been named vice president of business development for the U.S. and Canada business segments for Volvo Financial Services, the finance arm of the Volvo Group. Huibers will support the growth of Volvo Financial Services' portfolio in North America with responsibility for product development and strategic planning. He will also be responsible for several business segments such as aerospace, marine, insurance, bus and accounts receivable services. In addition, Patrick Shannon has been named vice president of construction equipment financial services. He will be responsible for all customer, dealer and franchise finance activities for Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Rents in North America. Volvo Financial Services provides financial services for the truck, construction equipment, bus, aerospace and marine industries.Attachment manufacturer Geith has appointed Allen Mowry OEM sales manager. In his new role, Mowry will be responsible for attachment sales to strategic OEM, rental and Northeastern accounts. Mowry joins Geith Inc. with more than 10 years of attachment sales experience. He has held previous sales management positions with other major attachment manufacturers.Finning International, the Vancouver, British Columbia Caterpillar distributor, has selected software firm Lawson to help support the company's long-term growth. The company will use the Lawson M3 solution, designed specifically for the equipment service management and rental industries, to support tight integration with Caterpillar, enhance customer service, gain organization-wide visibility into business processes and create a reliable, consolidated source of information. Finning will also use the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management solution to help optimize human resources management across the organization.Finning International sells, rents and provides customer support services for Caterpillar equipment and engines in Western Canada, the U.K., and South America (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay).The board of directors of H&E Equipment Services has appointed Bradley Barber executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company, effective immediately. The chief operating officer position is a newly created position within the company's organizational structure. Barber was previously the company's executive vice president and general manager, positions he had held since November 2005. Prior to that, Barber served as vice president of rental operations from February 2003 to November 2005.Hyundai Construction Equipment has appointed J.K. Lim president. He will be based in the company's corporate office in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and will be responsible for Hyundai's construction and forklift business in North America.Hyundai also appointed two new full line dealers: Yellow Tractor Works in Northern Alberta, Canada and Highway Equipment Company in Zelienople, Pa. Hyundai manufactures a complete line of crawler and wheeled excavators, wheel loaders and skid-steer loaders.
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