Redesigned Terex/Genie RL-4 Light Tower

RL4-1Terex recently introduced its newly-redesigned RL™-4 light tower. Already known for its reliable and cost-effective performance across jobsites varying from building and highway construction to oil field applications and sporting events, the newly-redesigned Terex® RL-4 light tower has significant improvements that make it an even stronger performer.

The redesigned light tower was introduced the company’s Rock Hill, SC facility where the unit is actually produced along with other Terex/Genie product. The facility was acquired in 2002 when Terex acquired Genie. The Rock Hill facility is comprised of two locations, one 110,000 sq ft and the other 115,000 sq ft. the trailer-mounted Z-Booms and portable light towers are produce here other products, — rough terrain telehandlers, scissors lifts, booms and the Genie Runabout with jib – are assembled, received and readied for distribution, and inspected here. Currently Terex has 190 people on staff at the two Rock Hill locations.

“Our RL-4 redesign focused on providing greater efficiency and improved performance for our light tower customers,” said Karen Stash, Senior Director, Global Marketing and Product management, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP). “By pairing the vertical mast and larger 45 gallon fuel tank with the ability to get 17 units on a trailer, customers will see the benefits from day one.” RL4-3

Marie Engstrom, associate product manager, Terex aerial work platforms covered the changes and innovations by giving a hands-on/walk around explanation of the unit’s innovations and changes . The Terex RL-4 light tower is 23.4 ft (7.13 m) in height with a width of 59 in (150 cm), and a stowed length of 85 in (215 cm). It has a dry weight of 1,461 lbs (663 kg) and has four metal halide 1,000 W lamps. High-density polyethylene covers eliminate corrosion and dents, and vertical mast with an internal mast brake offers 359-degree non-continuous tower rotation and a retractable mast cable.

The light tower’s new vertical mast dramatically cuts set up time by using only one winch for quick operation. Being able to stow the mast on top of the unit instead of hanging over the end reduces the potential that the unit will be damaged in transit. The light tower also offers a smaller footprint which lets you haul up to 17 units on a 48 ft trailer instead of the 10 units you were limited to with the previous model, resulting in significant cost savings. Engstrom,. “This allows the Terex RL-4 light tower to be RL4-2loaded on a truck sideways, across the truck, instead of down the truck’s length.”

Previously, the Terex RL-4 light tower had a 30-gallon tank and provided approximately 60-hours of run time. The new RL-4 light tower has a 45-gallon tank and an efficient engine which extends the run time to as long as 90 hours. The RL-4 light tower also has an optional autostart feature which uses a photocell or timer to turn on the unit automatically and run when you need it without having to manually start it. “By increasing the run time by up to 50 percent, the unit can provide light up to seven nights on one tank of fuel. That’s a tremendous efficiency,” said Engstrom.

The new Terex RL-4 has a Kohler® KDW1003 3-cylinder diesel, liquid-cooled engine with a 6.0kW power configuration. “This engine is considered to be one of the most popular workhorses in the industry and now it’s part of the Terex solution,” said Engstrom. Kohler has worked to make this engine quieter with less vibration. Terex and Kohler worked together to provide the RL-4 with a larger oil pan so it can go about 500 hours between oil changes. Combine the Terex service team with over 2,000 Kohler RL4-4parts and service locations worldwide and service to reduce downtime is never far away.

A noteworthy feature, which is standard on all models, is that they are equipped with universal telematics connections. According to Engstrom, all currently available telematics systems will work on the new light-towers.

The Terex RL-4 light tower is now in production and available worldwide. To view a video of the Terex RL-4 light tower, please visit http://www.genielift.com/RL4

MICHELIN XTXL E4/L4 incorporates new technology for improved operational efficiency over predecessor

MICHELIN Earthmover has introduced a loader tire designed with improved casing protection, a reinforced casing ply and Michelin’s patented reinforced bead zone.

XTXL Pic 1The new MICHELIN XTXL® E4/L4 tire offers operators several key performance benefits:

  • 10 percent improved tire life(1)
  • 15 percent increase in load-carrying capacity
  • up to 20 percent more torque from the wheel to the ground through the rim interface compared to its predecessor, the MICHELIN® XLD D1 tire
  • up to 20 percent decrease in out-of-service tires is possible due to an enhanced puncture-resistant crown and 10 percent stronger sidewalls(1).

The MICHELIN XLD D1 tire is being replaced with the 26.5R25 XTXL E4/L4, 29.5R25 XTXL E4/L4 and 35/65R33 XTXL E4/L4.

“New generations of more powerful loader models are the new normal on many construction and quarry sites,” said Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America. “This tire enables operators to maximize their operating time and face their productivity challenges head-on.  And longer tire life is better for the environment with fewer raw materials being used and fewer tires to be recycled.”

The XTXL E4/L4 is equipped with Michelin’s patented B2 technology, which reduces rim slip thanks to a new flat bead wire, which strengthens the clamping force on the wheel and increases its contact surface with the rim, compared to the previous-generation MICHELIN XLD D1 tire. The tire also benefits from more solid steel cables, increased metal mass, thicker sidewalls and a new steel belt offering increased protection against punctures in the tread area. It has a greater load capacity of nearly 36 tons for the 35/65R33 tire size, than the previous generation MICHELIN XLD D1, thanks to its cable-reinforced carcass.  The shoulder design helps the tire to cool more quickly, while the central zone and its large, beefy lugs are cut resistant to improve both damage resistance and traction capability. Wide grooves and channels provide traction and grip on graded and loose ground conditions.

(1) Compared with MICHELIN® XLD D1 tire

Bill Law has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Volvo Construction Equipment

Effective immediately, Bill Law has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Volvo Construction Equipment. Bill brings over 20 years of experience in corporate communication roles both within the Volvo Group and outside the company.

Bill Law

Bill Law

As part of the senior executive management team, Bill will be responsible for leading the development, coordination and delivery of Volvo CE’s corporate communication strategy both internally and externally. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Brussels, Belgium he will replace Klas Magnusson who announced earlier this year that he will retire on 1st October after more than 17 years of service.

Bill, 47, is from Scotland, UK and holds a degree in Law. He originally joined Volvo in 1998, where he held a number of senior positions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Most recently Bill was Director of Corporate Communications at global fashion retailer C&A.

Commenting on his appointment, Bill says: “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to driving our corporate communications at this important time for the business.”

Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) recently announced the following senior executive changes

logo_terex_rTerex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) recently announced the following senior executive changes:

  • Tim Ford, currently President, Terex Cranes, is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities.
  • With Mr. Ford’s departure, Ken Lousberg, currently President of Terex China, will take on the role of President of Terex Cranes as well as the responsibility for Latin America previously with Mr. Ford. While Mr. Lousberg will retain responsibility for China, a Country Leader for our Chinese business will be named as soon as possible to help coordinate our business in China reporting to Mr. Lousberg. Mr. Lousberg joined Terex through the Genie acquisition in 2002 and has held several senior management positions at various Terex operations.
  • George Ellis will take on a new role as Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and President, Terex Construction. In addition to retaining his current responsibilities for Terex Construction, Government Programs and India, Mr. Ellis will assume global responsibility for the Terex Business System, sourcing, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing footprint. Mr. Ellis also joined Terex through the Genie acquisition in 2002 and has held several senior management positions at various Terex operations.
  • Scott Hensel, now Vice President, Terex Services North America has been named to the newly created position of Vice President and Managing Director, Terex Utilities and Services reporting to Ken Lousberg. In this new role, in addition to his current responsibility for managing and growing the North American services business, Mr. Hensel will also have management responsibility for the Terex Utilities business. Mr. Hensel was previously a partner at McKinsey & Company and joined Terex in 2014 to improve and grow the Terex Services North America business.
  • Kieran Hegarty, President, Terex Materials Processing will assume management responsibility for the Terex Fuchs business which will become part of the Terex Materials Processing segment.

Ron De Feo, Terex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While we expect to achieve substantial synergies with the announced merger with Konecranes, as we think ahead and help position the company for the merger we must continue to organize the company and operate Terex in a way that is best for the business.”

“We thank Tim Ford for his dedicated service and leadership within both the AWP segment and his current position with Terex Cranes, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” remarked Mr. De Feo. Commenting on the new assignment for Mr. Lousberg, Mr. De Feo continued, “Ken Lousberg is the right person to lead our efforts to continue to improve our global cranes business. Ken has previously served in multiple leadership roles within our Cranes business and will be in an excellent position to start immediately with the important work of growing our Cranes business. Ken has demonstrated strong leadership skills during his tenure with Terex and I believe his increasing responsibilities will serve us and our customers well.”

Terex Corporation and Konecranes Plc have approved an agreement to combine their businesses in a merger of equals

terex_corp_headerTim Ford – President, Terex Cranes and Utilities:

We are pleased to inform you that the respective Boards of Directors of Terex Corporation and Konecranes Plc have unanimously approved an agreement to combine their businesses in a merger of equals. The new company will be called Konecranes Terex Plc and will be a global leader in Lifting and Material Handling Solutions.

The transaction is subject to approval by both Terex and Konecranes shareholders, regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Based on the outcome of these decisions, we are expecting closing in the first half of 2016. Until then, the two companies will continue to operate as separate and independent companies.

We are convinced that bringing these two highly complementary businesses together will create significant value for you, our customers, by enlarging our family of leading brands and broadening our geographic presence. Through this combination, you will benefit from a highly complementary product portfolio. Konecranes Terex will be the parent to a family of leading brands in the Industrial Lifting, Port Solutions, Aerial Work Platforms and Cranes sectors, including Demag®, Konecranes®, Terex® and Genie®. Our Terex®, Powerscreen®, CBI®, Terex®Fuchs and Terex®Finlay brands will continue to serve the materials processing, recycling and construction sectors. Our combined range of highly innovative products will allow us to offer you comprehensive solutions that are tailor-made for your specific needs.

Bringing together the R&D competencies of the two businesses will unleash great potential. Konecranes Terex will be well positioned to further drive technology innovation and new solution developments.

Leading up to the completion of the merger, we will continue serving your needs with our utmost dedication. Once integration is underway, we are fully committed to having a seamless transition process in place so that you will benefit from the enhanced business capabilities of the combined organization going forward.

Your contact person will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Further details on today’s announcement are available on our website: www.terex.com/en/investor-relations.