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Michelin Tweel Airless Radial Skid Steer Loader Tire Now Available as Factory Option on All CASE Skid Steer Loader Models

Michelin North America, Inc., is partnering with CASE Construction Equipment to add the MICHELIN® 10N16.5 and 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL as factory-approved/supplied option for skid steers loaders. The single unit SSL airless radial tire will be available as an original equipment (OE) option on all CASE skid steer loader models in 2018. The SSL All-Terrain version is designed for rugged off-road working conditions and, a viable option for industries such as construction, landscaping, and agriculture.

“This is a win-win for Tweel SSL and CASE customers,” said Justin Brock, Michelin construction segment marketing manager in North America. “Building relationships in the market is our goal. The market demand for Michelin X Tweel SSL continues to increase. More and more end users are searching for solutions that reduce downtime. The Tweel SSL provides the users this solution, without compromising key deliverables including traction, operator comfort, and machine productivity. With uptime so crucial for customers, the MICHELIN X Tweel provides an unparalleled solution.”

The TWEEL offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise, no downtime — the X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire” and allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability and cost per hour from the solution. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires. The AT models feature a deep open tread design for excellent cleaning and traction, and a deep layer of undertread allows the core to be retreaded. For more information on the Michelin X Tweel SSL, visit MichelinTweel.com. For more information on CASE skid steer loaders, visit CaseCE.com.

CASE Construction Equipment is the first skid steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL Airless Radial Tire at time of purchase

CASE Construction Equipment announces the availability of Michelin® X® Tweel® SSL All-Terrain Airless Radial Tires as a factory-approved/supplied option on all skid steer loader models. Airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage. CASE is the first skid steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL from the factory.

The Michelin X Tweel SSL is one single unit, replacing traditional tire/wheel/valve assemblies. There is no need for complex wheel/tire mounting equipment. There is no air pressure to maintain once each tire is bolted on. The AT models feature a deep open tread design for excellent cleaning and traction, and a deep layer of undertread allows the core to be retreaded many times.

“CASE offers a broad range of skid steer tires to meet the needs of a variety of applications from general dirt work and landscaping, to road-building, excavation and mining/aggregate environments,” says George MacIntyre, product manager, skid steer loaders, Case Construction Equipment. “The addition of airless radial tires to our lineup of factory-available options expands our current offering and shows our commitment to advanced technology, as well as our dedication to providing our customers with a growing array of machine options that can have a positive impact on total cost of ownership.”

The Michelin X Tweel SSL provides outstanding stability and enables a skid steer loader to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue while improving productivity. It delivers a consistent footprint with strong wear life that is two-to-three times that of a pneumatic tire at equal tread depth. The proprietary design provides great lateral stiffness while resisting damage and absorbing impacts. Additionally, the unique energy transfer within the high-strength poly-resin spokes reduces the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires.

For more information on the Michelin X Tweel SSL, visit MichelinTweel.com. For more information on CASE skid steer loaders, visit CaseCE.com.

About the MICHELIN

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants. To learn more about truck tires and services, visit www.michelintweel.com.

ABC Reports: Nonresidential Construction Employment Ends 2017 on a High Note

The nonresidential construction sector added 11,800 net new jobs in December, representing nearly 10 percent of the nation’s jobs created during the month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s overall construction sector added 30,000 net new jobs in December, a 0.4 percent month-over-month increase.

Construction easily embodies the most positive news emerging from today’s national unemployment report. Although both nonresidential building construction (-1,300 net jobs) and heavy and civil engineering (-700 net jobs) were down for the month, job gains were driven by nonresidential specialty trade contractors (+13,800 net jobs). Year-over-year construction employment is up by 210,000 positions, the most since September 2016.

The construction industry unemployment rate, which is available only on a nonseasonally adjusted basis, increased by 0.9 percentage points and now stands at 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate for all nonfarm industries—a figure that is seasonally adjusted—remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the third consecutive month at a 17-year low.

“Today’s overall job growth number fell short of expectations, but the construction employment numbers surprised to the upside,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “It is likely that some of this is due to ongoing rebuilding efforts after hurricanes and wildfires. We will have a better sense of this once state-level employment figures become available. To the extent that construction job growth, whether residential or commercial, is disproportionately concentrated in states like California, Texas, and Florida beyond pre-disaster norms, one can infer that rebuilding efforts are responsible for at least some of the surge in construction job growth.

“That said, a strengthening U.S. economy is likely responsible for the bulk of construction job growth. Consumer and business confidence have been surging recently,” said Basu. “The recently passed tax cuts will add additional liquidity to the U.S. economy, which should translate into faster consumer and business spending growth. Positive wealth effects from housing and financial markets as well as an improving global economy are also helping to push the economy forward. Higher energy prices and bitterly cold temperatures are also stimulating investment among energy suppliers.

“Despite the recent pickup in the pace of economic growth, interest rates remain remarkably stable,” said Basu. “Among other things, lower interest rates benefit both owners and developers of real estate. This should help translate into growth in activity in a number of private construction segments. As yesterday’s construction spending data indicated, there is also growing momentum in a number of public construction segments, a reflection of improving state and local government finances in much of the nation due in part to stronger residential markets and solid income tax collections. All of this suggests that the average contractor should be eagerly looking forward to 2018. Elevated contractor optimism is consistent with leading indicators like ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index. Both of these indicators have been pointing to stronger construction spending and increased staffing levels for months.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit ABC Construction Economics for the Construction Backlog Indicator, Construction Confidence Index and state unemployment reports, plus analysis of spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index

KCMA Corporation Announces New Company Name and Corporate Structure and Logo

KCMA Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, will change their corporate name to Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America effective January 1, 2018.

KCMA Corporation has been active in the North American construction equipment market since 1962 when Kawasaki Heavy Industries built their first articulated wheel loader in Japan. As one of the largest heavy industries in Japan, Kawasaki provided a depth of engineering expertise that eventually made their wheel loader a major global player. As they introduced the wheel loader into the North American market in 1978, they found a positive reception for a productive, high-quality loader. They established a solid support system built around an extensive, independent network of dealers that were committed to providing quality support along with quality equipment.

A joint venture with Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) was entered into in 2010 to further develop the global scope of the wheel loader product. This relationship combined the technological and manufacturing resources of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to develop Tier 4 wheel loader technology. HCM completed the purchase of KCM from Kawasaki in 2016, and today, as a subsidiary of one of the largest construction machinery companies in the world is securely poised for growth in the North American wheel loader market.

“This solidifies the commitment of Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to the North American market,” states Masaaki Hirose, President Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America. Previously President of HCM’s dealer in Indonesia, and currently holding the position of Senior Office and Deputy General Manager America Business Development in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, Hirose was named President of KCMA Corporation in May 2017.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America intends to increase production and streamline their wheel loader offering in the North American market with manufacturing facilities in Banshu, Japan; Ryugasaki, Japan, and Newnan, Georgia.

The tradition of offering outstanding parts availability, an unmatched factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, flexible warranty programs, and a wide range of services and programs, will continue to expand under the Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America corporate structure.

Look for the new corporate website and updated communication materials to be introduced in the coming months. For additional information and current product offerings visit www.HitachiCM.US.

 

Atlas Copco renames Construction Equipment North America LLC to Power Technique North America LLC

Atlas Copco has announced Power Technique North America LLC as the new name of Construction Equipment North America LLC, effective January 1, 2018.

Power Technique was chosen as the name because U.S. and Canadian customers recognize power as the defining characteristic of the core product categories in the portfolio: air, power (including light) and flow.

The business area will serve multiple segments, including construction, industrial, drilling, oil and gas and petrochemicals. It will continue to comprise the Atlas Copco, Chicago Pneumatic and American Pneumatic Tools brands.

“Our commitment to the construction industry is as strong as ever,” said Scott Carnell, President of Power Technique North America. “However, we also serve customers in many other segments. The Power Technique name more accurately encompasses this and our overall product offering.”

Moving forward, Power Technique North America will offer products including portable compressors, generators, light towers and pumps along with dedicated construction products including handheld pneumatic, electric and hydraulic tools, and customized solutions.

The name change follows three 2017 Atlas Copco moves:

  • The divestment of the Atlas Copco Road Construction Equipment Division — including Dynapac rollers, pavers, and planers — to French industrial and construction company Fayat Group.
  • The announcement of a planned 2018 split into two companies, with Atlas Copco and new company Epicor focusing on mining, infrastructure and national resources customers.
  • The agreement, announced Dec. 22, to divest its concrete and compaction business to Husqvarna Group’s Construction Division. The divestment is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2018. Products include complete ranges for concrete and compaction.

“The evolution to Power Technique will enable us to focus on our three pillars — air, power, and flow,” Carnell said. “We will continue to provide on-site products and solutions that power sustainable productivity for our customers.”

The Power Technique North America corporate office remains at the company’s new facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina and continues to support customers through dedicated service centers throughout North America. For more information, visit www.atlascopco.us or call (800) 732-6762.

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.  The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2016, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 101 (BEUR 11) and about 45,000 employees. Learn more at www.atlascopcogroup.com.

Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area provides air, power and flow solutions through products such as mobile compressors, pumps, light towers and generators, along with a number of complementary products. It also offers specialty rental and provides services through a dedicated, global network. Power Technique innovates for sustainable productivity across multiple industries, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and exploration drilling. The business area is headquartered in Belgium. Product development and manufacturing units are located in Europe, Asia, South America and North America.

 

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  EPA has started to move on regulating CO2 from electric generating units (EGUs).  Recall that the Agency moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan, but it still needs to address CO2 as an air pollutant.  EPA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in December focusing on considerations “pertinent to a potential new rule establishing emission guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions from existing EGUs.” In the Notice, EPA sets out and requests comment on the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of the federal government, state governments, and regulated entities in developing and implementing such a rule, and the Agency seeks information regarding the “appropriate scope of such a rule and associated technologies and approaches.”  Pretty quick deadline for comments: February 26.
*  Department of Interior’s Advisory Committee on Water Information meets in two weeks for two days in Reston, VA.  The ACWI represents the interests of water information users and professionals in advising Federal programs working to address the Nation’s water-information needs. The ACWI’s goal is to improve access to and quality of information needed for decisions about natural resources management and environmental protection.  While the final agenda is not yet available the upcoming meeting will discuss topics relating to national water initiatives, and the development and dissemination of water information.
*  Federal Register check: The 2017 Federal Register ended on page 61,949.  2016: 97,110.  That’s a delta of 35,161 fewer pages.  You can put money in the bank from that lower number.  The Ophthalmology Association calculates that health insurance providers will save $42.5 million from avoided eyeball strain and general workplace “bad humour,” an ancient, miserable condition. *:)) laughing  Happy New Year!
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