Shanghai Show Guide

29 April 2008

Although it is only being held for the third time, Bauma China has already established itself as the biggest and best attended construction equipment exhibition in Asia. First held in 2002, at the newly constructed Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), in the city's Pudong business district, the inaugural event saw 558 exhibitors take 40000 m2 of space.

This leapt to 738 exhibitors and 100000 m2 of space the second time Bauma China was held, in November 2004. This year's event has grown again, to 140000 m2 (gross), which is the maximum exhibition space available at SNIEC. The show will fill four exhibition halls, as well as a large outside area, with 1000 companies taking part.

International

The exhibition is of course primarily for the booming Chinese market, however, its size means it attracts significant numbers of visitors from outside China, particularly the neighbouring Asia-Pacific countries.

In 2004 there were 50000 visitors to the exhibition, 78% of whom were from China. The remaining 22% - 11000 people - were from outside the country, with Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong being most strongly represented. About 70% of the non-Chinese visitors came to Bauma China from elsewhere in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The remaining 30% - 3300 people or so - came from further a field, with Germany, the US, Russia and Italy being among the largest.

This international flavour is also reflected in the exhibiting companies, with all the major players from Europe, the US and other parts of Asia taking substantial stands. However, there will be some notable absentees this year, following the ConExpo Asia show in Beijing in May, which was organised by the US Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Several of the key US companies, including Caterpillar and Ingersoll Rand, have decided to make ConExpo Asia the only Chinese exhibition they participate in, and will not therefore be at this year's Bauma China.

Although the absence of some of the large US manufacturers - and it should be said that some, most notably Terex, has booked space at Bauma China - is a disappointment, the event is set to be the largest construction equipment exhibition ever held in China.

Show launches

China does not have the same stringent exhaust emissions laws that have driven the launch of new machines in Europe, Japan and the US this year. This means that rather than the there being an emphasis on new equipment and new technology, the machines launched at Bauma China tend to reflect the needs of the Chinese and wider Asian market.

Several Kobelco excavators will be on display at the Chengdu Kobelco stand alongside wheeled loaders built by its Chinese partner, ChengGong. New to the Chinese market will be two ACERA GEOSPEC Series excavators, the 20 tonne class SK200 and 30 tonne class SK350LC.

Kobelco says these are more fuel efficient and powerful than their predecessors, as well as being more durable and easier to maintain. The company will also be exhibiting machines from its short radius range of excavators range, the 5 tonne class SK55SR, 7 tonne class SK70SR and 13 tonne class SK135SR and graders. In terms of new machines, its G930 grader will be seen for the first time in Asia at Bauma China. The smallest model in Volvo's grader range, the G930 has a 145 kW engine and weighs in at 15.6 tonnes.

At 2000 m2, the Liebherr stand will be one of the larger displays in the outside area. The display will include a European built 48 tonne R 954 C crawler excavator with Tier 3/Stage IIIA compliant engine, alongside two excavators, an R 944 and R 914, manufactured at the company's factory in Dalian, Jiangsu Province, China. The R 914 weighs around 25 tonnes and is driven by a 112 kW Liebherr four-cylinder diesel engine, while the R 944 is a 37 tonne machine fitted with a 180 kW Liebherr six-cylinder inline diesel.

Excavator attachments on display at Bauma China will include the Rammer S 27 hydraulic hammer and RD19 cutter crusher, on the Sandvik stand. Ideachip, which like Rammer is based in Finland, will show a range of Allu attachments, including the company's crusher/screener bucket and soil stabilisation system.

Lifting

Cranes on display will include Liebherr's LTM 1200-5.1, a 200 tonne capacity machine with a 72 m boom, the longest in the 5-axle chassis class. Also on show will be the LR 1400, a 400 tonne crawler crane, and the HS 855 HD 90-tonne duty cycle crawler crane. Products for the concrete sector will include a Liebherr Betomix 2.25A-R/DW batching plant, a DW 3.0 mixer, and the two Liebherr truck mixers - the HTM 804 and HTM 1004.

Hitachi Sumitomo will have two cranes on display - the 70 tonne capacity SCX 700 and 275 tonne capacity SCX 2800-2. The SCX700 is manufactured in China, and features a Tier 3/Stage IIIA Isuzu diesel engine. Other features include a drum speed sensing system for precision operation, constant swing speed and variable boom speed controls for precise operation. The SCX700 has a comfortable operator environment, with low-effort controls, and easy to read display and a cab mounted on shock absorbers.

The SCX2800-2 meanwhile has a 272 kW Mitsubishi engine and offers a 110 m/minute line speed with 25 tonnes of pull. The crane is designed to be set up and taken down quickly, and packs down to less than 45 tonnes, and less than 3 m wide for ease of transportation.

Haulotte Group will display a representative selection of machines from its powered access range. These include the Optimum 8, 8m working height electric scissor lift and Compact 12 scissor lift. Boom lifts on show will be the 15 m working height HA15 IP and 20 m HA 20 PX rough terrain articulated models, alongside the 25 m telescopic boom H 25TPX, which is also a rough terrain lift. In addition to these machines the company will have models from its compact electric mast Star range on the stand, as well as its push-around Quick UP lifts.

Fraco's outdoor stand will include two mast-climbing platforms, the FRSM-8000 and FRSM-1500, which is new to the Chinese market this year. The platform has a 680 kg capacity, and can be assembled by one person, by hand in just 30 minutes. Fraco has already made a name for itself in China, with its products being used on several Olympic projects in Beijing, including the main stadium.

Road building

The star attraction of the Bomag stand is likely to be its new 22 tonne class single drum roller, the BW 222 D-4, which is manufactured in China to meet the specific needs of the domestic market. In addition to this, Bomag has upgraded its machines' on-board software systems (such as BTMprof and BCM 05), so they now display Chinese characters and audible information is given in the Mandarin dialect.

Also new for the Asian market are the MPH 122-2 recycler/stabiliser and the BM 1300/30 cold milling machine, which were launched in Europe in May at the Intermat exhibition. Both celebrated their worldwide debut at this year's Intermat in Paris. Alongside these highlights, Bomag will also show a representative cross section of its product range, including four-stroke tampers and plates, light-weight tandem rollers and heavy tandem and single drum rollers.

Power Curbers will be exhibiting the 5700-SUPER-B, a slipformer for curb, gutter and highway safety barrier applications. The machine is fitted with a 99 kW engine - +50% more than the previous model which increases its trimming and pouring capabilities.

The machine's auger is fully enclosed and holds enough concrete to get through a tight radius without delays caused by re-positioning the ready-mix truck. The auger's increased mixing power results in a strong, smooth product. The hydraulic mold offset allows the operator to hydraulically adjust the mold vertically 406 mm vertically and 610 mm horizontally for rehabilitation work or pouring around catch basins. The machine stays on line while the mold moves, resulting in no delays.

Italian concrete equipment manufacturer Cifa is one of the companies exhibiting at Bauma China for the first time. The small booth display will be used to illustrate the company's range of products, which includes equipment for the production, handling, pumping and forming of concrete.

Serviplem - Baryval and its Joint Venture in China, North Baryval, will launch its new Benz - Baryval Mixer at Bauma China. The truck mixer has a capacity of 9m3, and the company says it was designed with the needs of the Chinese market in mind. North Baryval manufactures over 500 units per year at its factory in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

Drilling & quarrying

Sandvik's display will include its H3800 cone crusher, which features hydraulic adjustment as standard, with an automation option and a choice of seven different crushing chambers. The company will also show its P- and S- series horizontal shaft impact (HSI) crushers, which feature a robust rotor and numerous advanced features.

Sandvik's stand will also include a Fintec 1107 tracked primary jaw crusher. Fintec is a joint venture between Sandvik and Finlay BME of the UK. The company began by producing mobile screening units and is now expanding into mobile crushers. The 1107 is equipped with Sandvik's J11 single toggle jaw crusher. Its throughput ranges from 80 to 400 tonnes per hour, and the feed opening is 1100mm x 700mm.

Italian manufacturer Lafer will be displaying a selection of its anti-clogging screening media for the aggregates and mining industries. The company makes a range of products, including square, diamond and triangular shaped meshes, for a variety of screening applications.

In the rock drilling sector, Sandvik will exhibit its Axera T11S-315 tunnelling jumbo at the show, while surface drill rigs on display will include the Ranger 700 Rock Pilot, a top hammer machine which is one of five models in the Ranger family. A key feature is the Rock Pilot drilling control system, which automatically adjusts drilling power according to the rock conditions and guarantees smooth collaring and straight holes.

The Sandvik Titon 100 meanwhile is a crawler-based down-the-hole (DTH) rig designed for 2“, 3“ and 4“ (51, 76 and 102 mm) holes. It has a swivel head which allows a wide range of drilling angles, while its low centre of gravity and weight distribution give it excellent stability.

Sandvik will also display its range of complementary rock tools, which includes systems for top hammer, DTH and rotary drilling, raise boring and a large range of tools systems of soft rock and minerals.

Robit Rocktools, a Finnish manufacturer of rock and ground drilling will display its full range, covering button bits, reaming equipment, ground drilling tools, grinding tools and accessories. Of special interest is its 'DTH-RoX 3 in 1' casing drilling system. Robit's concept incorporates a pilot bit that is compatible with three different ring types, which is the first such solution by a drilling tool manufacturer in the world. The new concept offers financial savings, while improving efficiency.

Ground work

Canada's Foremost Industries will be showing a rotary drill rig developed specifically for the foundations and piling market in Hong Kong. The DR-610C will drill and case holes up to 610 mm in diameter and the company claims it offers numerous productivity and economic advantages over the under-reamer systems currently used in Hong Kong. It uses two independent rotary drives - the top drive handles a drill string, while the lower drive simultaneously rotates and advances casing, and is mounted on a Caterpillar carrier.

Other foundations equipment manufacturers at the show will include Germany's Bauer, PVE Asia, BSP International and Junttan. The latter two companies will have booths at the exhibition, with information on their machines available from knowledgeable company representatives.

Vermeer's stand will feature machines from its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) range. On display will be the D50x88, which is fitted with a 129 kW engine for 22.7 tonnes of pullback force, and the larger D80x100 with its 32.3 tonnes of thrust/pullback. An option on both rigs is Vermeer's RockFire Ready System, which allows directional drilling in rock.

Also on display on the stand will be the HammerHead HydroBurst HB80, a static pipe bursting system offering 80 tons (72.7 tonnes). According to the company, this powerful system is designed to cover 85% of the pipe replacement market. It can work in sewer, water and gas applications, bursting and replacing pies ranging from 75 to 300 mm in diameter. Pipes to be replaced can be made from a variety of materials, including steel and ductile iron.

Normet will be launching the Spraymec 7110 WPC, the flagship model of its concrete spraying equipment line. This machine is designed for use in medium size tunnels with variable cross sections, and can reach roof heights above 11 m. The carrier has a new rigid frame design to help it cope with the difficult conditions often found in tunnels, while the spray pump is a double piston unit with maximum output of 40 m3 per hour.

The 7110 WPC's features an accelerator dosing system, which monitors the actual concrete delivery to make sure the right quantities of admixture are being added. It is also equipped with a screw compressor, telescopic spraying boom which folds for transportation and fully enclosed multi-disc brakes.

Components & engines

Perhaps mindful of Chinese equipment manufacturers' desire to export to Europe and the US, Cummins will display its full line of Tier 3/Stage IIIA diesel engines at Bauma China. The range spans a massive power bracket - 21 to 2611 kW - with engines ranging from 1.4 to 78 litres.

In addition to this latest technology, Cummins also offers Tier 1 and Tier 2 engines. The company manufactures 5.9 to 19 litre engines in China, spanning the 112 to 229 kW power band. In addition to these, it will have the 23 to 45 kW Cummins A series engines on display at Bauma China, alongside the 45 to 63 kW B3.3, which are aimed at the fast-growing Chinese compact equipment market.

Deutz will be at Bauma China for the first time this year, and will be introducing its 1013, 2012 and 2013 engines to the market. The newest unit is the six cylinder 2013, which has four valves per cylinder, compared to two on the previous models. This allows it to reach power outputs up 243 KW.

Other features of the 7.2 litre engine include the Deutz Common Rail (DCR) fuel injection system, and cooled exhaust gas recirculation for compliance with Tier 3/Stage IIIA emissions standards.

Comer Industries will be exhibiting a range of compact planetary track drives and slew drives for compact excavators (up to 7 tonnes). The company also produces a compact wheeled loader drive system that combines rigid drive axles with an axial piston and variable displacement motor, and an automotive electronic control unit.

PSM-Hydraulics will be at Bauma China exhibiting its range of hydraulic components, which includes axial piston pumps, integrated pump and motor units and hydraulic valves.

Next month

Don't miss our Bauma China 'Stop Press' in the November edition of iC. This special feature will round up all the last-minute news about new machines being launched at the show.

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