A brief preview of some the plant and equipment that will be on display at this year’s show
Later this month (24–29 April) Intermat 2006, France’s triennial international exhibition of equipment, machinery and techniques for the construction and building materials industry, will take place at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, close to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Over 200,000 visitors from around 160 countries are expected to attend the six-day event, where some 1,500 exhibitors will occupy 350,000m2 of exhibition space to show off their latest products and services.
As a result of a close working relationship with the Société de l’Industrie Minérale (SIM), the show’s organizers say this year’s mining and quarrying sector will be bigger than ever, with over 20 new exhibitors from the sector taking part. The show will also provide an opportunity for SIM, and a number of European partner groups, to host a Mining and Quarrying Forum, which will examine the resources used in quarrying from site opening through to site rehabilitation. During a series of presentations, international experts will tackle a range of subjects including on-site transport, process automation, nuisance management (dust, noise, mud etc), product storage and shipment, and equipment safety.
Among the exhibitors lining up in the quarrying and mining sector will be a number of leading UK-based equipment suppliers as well as a many overseas companies equally familiar to UK quarry operators. This preview provides a very brief look at just some of the new plant and equipment that will be on demonstration and display.
JCB will showing their biggest ever range of machines at this years show, among which will be six new additions to their Auto range of excavators, including the 33-tonne JS330 Auto, a powerful, intelligent and easy-to-service tracked excavator designed to deliver productivity increases to mass excavation and aggregate loading applications. Intermat will also be the international debut for the JCB Vibromax range of compaction machines, as well as a host of other new products that the company are keeping the wraps on for the time being.
Visitors to Intermat will be the first to see Liebherr’s new R944C Litronic crawler excavator, a 40-tonne class machine powered by a new-generation Liebherr diesel engine that delivers 6% more power that the previous B-series excavator. This year Liebherr will also be replacing their larger wheel loaders with a newly developed ‘sixth generation’ range of Stage III/Tier 3 compliant machines. These new models will be represented at the show by the L576. Also on show will be the latest addition to Liebherr’s Series 4 crawler tractor range, the 28-tonne PR744 Litronic.
Highlights on the Volvo Construction Equipment stand will include their brand new seven-model motor grader range, the G900 family (see page 55 in this issue for more details), as well as the recently launched 70-tonne EC700B LC heavy-duty excavator with its 464hp Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT) engine.
Komatsu will be using Intermat to introduce their advanced ECOT3 engine range, developed to comply with Stage IIIA emissions regulations. These engines, and other new technological developments, can be found in Komatsu’s new Dash 8 crawler excavators and Dash 6 wheel loaders and crawler dozers, all of which will be on display.
Taking pride of place among the new products on the Case stand at Intermat will be the latest addition to the company’s CX range of excavators, the CX700. With an operating weight of 69 tonnes and a Tier 3 compliant Isuzu engine, the CX700 is designed for rugged applications such as rock handling, mass excavation and demolition.
New Holland will be introducing their innovative E150 Blade Runner, which combines the features and benefits of a high-performance excavator and a dozer in a single machine to maximize equipment utilization. Weighing just over 16 tonnes, the E150 Blade Runner is said to dig and lift more than a 14-tonne class excavator and provide the productivity of a mid-size dozer. Also on show will be New Holland’s award-winning alternative to conventional long-reach attachments, the four-part E215-ME Multi Function.
Hyundai will be using Intermat to display their enlarged Dash-7 range of excavators and wheel loaders. The latest additions, which will be on show for the first time in Europe, include the new flagship 50-tonne Robex R500LC-7A tracked excavator and the 30-tonne HL780-7A wheel loader.
No fewer than five new excavators and two new wheel loaders will be launched at the show by Doosan Daewoo. Replacing the former Daewoo ‘Solar’ models, the new DX-series excavators range in weight from the 30-tonne DX300LC to the 51-tonne DX520LC, while the two new wheel loaders, the 18-tonne DL300 and the 23-tonne DL400, are the first models in a complete upgrading of the Daewoo ‘Mega’ range of machines.
Metso Minerals will be using Intermat 2006 as the international launch pad for several new products including: the first four models in a new generation of Lokotrack mobile crushers, two equipped with jaw crushers and two with impactors; the first model in an all-new range of high-performance cone crushers, the Nordberg HP4; and the new range of Trellex LS300 modular screening media.
Sandvik Mining and Construction will be launching the second unit in their new-generation Crawlmaster mobile crushing range. The CM4800i is a highly flexible secondary crushing unit with built-in intelligent control system. Also being presented by Sandvik will be the new Titon 405 down-the-hole drill rig for quarrying and mining applications, and the latest addition to the Rammer G Series of heavy hydraulic breakers, the 2,370kg Rammer G88, designed for use with carriers in the 27–40-tonne class.
Montabert, part of Ingersoll Rand’s, Construction Technologies Sector, will be showing the latest versions of their V45SHD and V55SHD hydraulic breakers, which now feature a super-heavy-duty housing similar to the larger V65 model. The new breakers are designed for use on 27 to 60-tonne carriers in mass excavation and secondary breaking applications in quarries and mines.
Ammann will be showcasing a host of new asphalt mixing plant products at Intermat. Among them will be: the JustBlack low-cost ‘starter’ plant; the SB180 and SB210 SpeedyBatch modular plants; the BlackMove wheel-mounted plant; the ContiMix 200 mobile continuous asphalt mixing plant; and the new SuperQuick plant. Also on show will be the new Ammann as1 process control systems for both asphalt and concrete plants.
Intermat 2006 will also see the world premiere of a new range of batch hot mix asphalt plants from Fayat Group, resulting from work jointly carried out by the Ermont and Marini research departments. On show will the 180 tonnes/h Top Tower plant, the first model in this new range.