Author: James Morgan

Lintec & Linnhoff, PMSA, Columbia Machine Engineering and FABO discuss demand and future opportunities within Africa’s burgeoning concrete equipment segment. According to analysis conducted by MarketWatch, the global value of the concrete plant and equipment industry is expected to reach approximately $18.4 billion by the end of 2022, growing to an estimated $22.2 billion within five years. In fact, the segment looks set to achieve a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% during the period 2017-2028. Of course, the requirement for concrete and its associated equipment tends to be highest in developing geographies, where large-scale real estate developments…

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IVECO, UD Trucks, GORICA Group and Goldhofer Transport Technology speak to James Morgan about the latest innovations within the Middle East’s long-haul transportation segment. Commercial vehicles represent the backbone of most economies’ transport markets, but the Gulf – with its vast desert expanses and fledgling rail sector – is particularly dependent on lorry and body manufacturers to transport its goods from A to B. Analysts from Future Market Insights (FMI) predict that the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) truck market will grow from its current value of approximately $6.57 billion to reach $8.55 billion by 2027, representing a solid…

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Although the fundamental design and applications of motor graders have remained largely unchanged over the years, manufacturers the world over are continuously striving to enhance productivity, efficiency and operator comfort through advanced technology. “Caterpillar always starts with the best in efficiency, effectiveness and power, and then makes its models even better with upgrades that enhance their most popular features,” explains Al-Bahar’s Ismail. “From the latest generation of advanced control joysticks to satellite-linked telematics, Caterpillar is constantly working to make the connection between operator and equipment more intuitive, responsive and flexible.” “In addition to road construction, civil engineering and mining activities…

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TABE Hammers, Galen and MB Crusher tell James Morgan how they are capitalising on the vast untapped potential within Africa’s equipment attachments market. From road construction to mining, and pretty much every segment in between, attachments represent an attractive option for operators and contractors looking to achieve the best possible value from their existing fleet of machinery. It’s therefore no wonder that so many manufacturers are keen to grab a slice of this multibillion-dollar industry – especially in African markets. Researchers at Fact.MR anticipate the global market for equipment attachments will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4…

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Al-Bahar, Powerplus, SDLG, Shantui and Masaha Global talk to James Morgan about renewed demand for the latest motor grader models across the Gulf and beyond. With the GCC’s road-related pipeline standing at more than $76 billion as of Q1 2021, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the development of  transport infrastructure represents big business across Gulf. However, as was the case for many industries, this sector was adversely affected by strict national lockdowns and global travel restrictions introduced to combat Covid-19. It’s therefore unsurprising that demand for motor graders took a hit during the pandemic. Fortunately, things appear to be looking up for…

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Plant & Equipment travels to Dobříš in the Czech Republic to attend Doosan Bobcat’s first Demo Days for MEA dealers and customers in almost three years. The global pandemic caused myriad challenges for companies operating across the entire spectrum of industry, not least the plant and equipment sector. Strict local lockdowns coupled with wide-ranging international travel restrictions meant that projects of all sizes had to be put on hold and, in many cases, the acquisition of new equipment was placed on the backburner. But manufacturers’ bottom lines were not the only thing to take a hit during this period. The…

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While IC models continue to account for the lion’s share of forklift demand in African markets, manufacturers are also noticing a growing appetite for electric units among end users. Hangcha’s 3-tonne diesel model, for instance, remains the company’s best seller in Africa. However, with warehousing, logistics, ports and factories driving demand for forklift trucks across the continent, Zhang emphasises that innovation continues to represent a key focus for the manufacturer. “Hangcha has introduced lithium-ion forklifts that enjoy the same great performance delivered by IC models, while benefitting from reduced noise, zero emissions and low total cost of ownership,” he tells…

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Representatives from Hyster, Manitou, Doosan, Hangcha and Heli tell Plant & Equipment why Africa’s expanding material’s handling sector is driving demand for simple and easy-to maintain forklift trucks across the continent. In the context of the global equipment sector, few regions boast the same level of untapped potential as Africa. As nations across the continent continue to invest heavily in infrastructure and industry, manufacturers the world over are working hard to strengthen their dealer networks and deliver machinery that is equipped to meet regional requirements. The forklift and materials handling segment is displaying particular promise, with a 2022 report published…

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Keestrack and Sandvik tell James Morgan how they are capitalising on rising demand for crushers across the Middle East’s mining, quarrying, construction and infrastructure sectors. While the Middle East has long since been a global hub for mining and quarrying operations, these sectors appear to be playing an especially important role in the region’s post-pandemic recovery. Home to several industry giants, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, for example, was forecast to register economic growth of 3 percent in 2021 according to analysis from S&P Global, thanks in no small part to rising mining volumes. The report highlighted various drivers…

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Gaby Rhayem tells James Morgan why the ongoing expansion of Bobcat’s MEA product offering is transforming the manufacturer from a compact specialist into an all-round heavy hitter. While it is not always advisable to begin a feature with a history lesson, it is occasionally necessary. Given the tumultuous few years that US-headquartered Bobcat has witnessed, this is just such an occasion. In 2018, after seven years of joint operations, the brand’s South Korean parent company took the decision to split Doosan and Bobcat into independent outfits. Last year, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings (HHIH) acquired a controlling stake in the former,…

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