, a world-leading manufacturer of construction equipment and compact machines displayed a comprehensive range of new product developments at the Intermat in Paris earlier this year.
Themed ‘Safety and Comfort as Standard’, Wacker Neuson’s 1600m² stand at the Paris exhibition showcased the company’s future-aligned technology and innovations including the new ET series compact excavators, five new crawler dumpers, the DPU 130 remote controlled vibratory plate, the EH25 electric breaker, two wheel loaders and a new ‘smart handling’ driver assistance system for telescopics.
ET series compact excavators
Wacker Neuson’s ET18, ET20 and ET24 excavator models are a new generation of compact excavators in the class range from 1.7 to 2.4 t. The ET series compact excavators combine Wacker Neuson’s proven innovations with a whole new range of technical improvements to create a new class of machines that offer maximum efficiency and performance capability.
New features include a re-designed cabin that focuses on better ergonomics, user-friendly operation and safety, in addition to powerful drives, lower maintenance levels and extremely simple transport capability. A new cooling system provides high thermal tolerance and enables operation under full load up to an ambient temperature of 45ºC. The new ET Series also comes with optional features such as the Vertical Digging System (VDS) plus various attachments.
Wacker Neuson introduced five new crawler dumper models at the Intermat with a useful load of 0.5 to 2.5 tons and 29 possible configurations. Designed for impressive flexibility, the new crawler dumpers offer the right model for every application from demolition, interior work and civil engineering through to landscaping projects.
DPU 130 vibratory plate, flexible diamond cutting blades program and the EH25 electric breaker
As part of their construction equipment range, Wacker Neuson displayed the DPU 130, an extremely strong remote controlled vibratory plate, which operates with the force of a 7-ton roller while weighing only 1.2 tons, setting new standards in soil compaction applications.
The new diamond cutting blade program in three performance classes provides the optimum cutting blade for all users and areas of application, essentially improving the working processes involved.
The EH25 electric breaker featuring the patented shockwave-optimised percussion system offers high breaking power for minimal weight. The EH25 also incorporates a maintenance-free brushless drive and offers a long useful life. Enhanced operator comfort is ensured with the minimal Hand-Arm-Vibration (HAV), which also enables a clearly increased operating time.
Models 550 and 650 wheel loaders
Wacker Neuson also presented Models 550 and 650 wheel loaders from the German wheel loader specialist, Kramer Allrad. The two compact solutions in the 0.6m³ class featuring a low operating weight offer performance corresponding to that of the largest wheel loader segment in the compact range (50 to 60 HP). Key benefits also include low fuel consumption at comparably greater power as well as efficient operation.
The new wheel loaders are aimed at customers in the construction industry, plant hire operation, landscaping and local authorities.
Kramer telescopics with ‘smart handling’
Wacker Neuson also presented the innovative ‘smart handling’ driver assistance system for telescopic equipment from the house of Kramer Allrad at the Intermat. The EN 15000 standard demands an overload protection system for telescopic equipment to avoid tipping of the vehicle in the longitudinal direction during static operation.
Smart handling combines the increased operating safety of the telescopic equipment with a clear increase in efficiency in daily use, with the system enabling safe and fluid operating movements even during operation with high useful loads. Kramer’s smart handling system therefore guarantees maximum protection of the driver and the machine, satisfies the EN 15000 standard, and increases operating efficiency.
Wacker Neuson scores points with comfort and safety benefits
According to Jörg Vogler, managing director of the Wacker Neuson marketing company in France, the French Intermat is a source of inspiration as one of the most important specialist international exhibitions. France’s position as a leading player in the construction industry combined with its demanding safety regulations corresponds with Wacker Neuson’s own high standards for safety, operator comfort and customer service.
With safety as the primary theme at the Intermat, Wacker Neuson provided a representative cross-section from the company’s own development departments as evidence of their focus.
2011 a record year, 2012 also looks promising for Wacker Neuson
Wacker Neuson’s growth strategy for 2011 focussed on greater market penetration with the compact machines and construction equipment in the core areas of Europe and North America. The Euro and national debt crisis had little impact on the business course of the Wacker Neuson Group in 2011.
Cem Peksaglam, the Chairman of the board of Wacker Neuson explains that the company was able to quickly convert opportunities in the market by retaining their core team during the economic crisis, allowing them to increase their turnover by a notable 66%.
Wacker Neuson holds an optimistic view for 2012 with the company sufficiently diversified and financially stable to cushion possible economic fluctuations. Key measures being implemented for profitable growth include increasing internationalisation of their activities and strengthening penetration of the target markets with their innovative products and services.
Cem Peksaglam summarises the situation by saying that strengthened development and expansion of the sales and service structures in Europe and North America as well as in the aspiring markets in South America and Asia remain in the foreground for Wacker Neuson.