As the recent MINExpo fades into memory, Europe has begun to prepare for its own massive machinery exhibition – Bauma.
The world's largest trade show has gotten even larger, with managing director of the company running the exhibition, Messe Munchen's Eugen Egetenmeir, explaining that the show will cover a record level of space.
The exhibition will run over 570 000 square meters and feature 3300 exhibitors, attracting an expected 450 000 visitors.
Speaking to a number of companies that plan to exhibit, ranging from Atlas Copco; Sandvik; Bauer; Vermeer; and Cummins through to smaller mining and manufacturing business they mostly plan to use the show to launch new equipment.
Mining will play a large part of the exhibition, with Bauma's exhibition partner country Indonesia featuring during a full Indonesian focus day.
Australian Mining was at the pre-event and managed to speak to a number of companies that will be launching new equipment at the show.
One of the main focuses for most of the machinery manufacturers at the event will be their latest developments in compliance with the latest European emissions standards – the Tier IVi /Stage IIIB standards.
Scania will be highlighting its new "complete solution" approach and its greater focus on remote area services.
Scania's regional manager for marketing for Scania Mining's Oceania division, Daniel Bergqvist, told Australian Mining "we are focusing not just on what we produce, but also on customer needs, and working with the customer to improve production; we want to be more of a partner".
Vermeer will showcase its massive T1655 surface excavator which "is the biggest machine we've ever built", the company said.
It added that four are already in operation in Australia.
The excavation company will also be showcasing its T1255 surface excavator, which is used for more precise excavation.
Terex will show a number of different pieces of machinery on its stand, including crushing and screening equipment and aerial/elevated work platforms.
It went on to say that new models of crane will be launched at the show, adding that "the exhibit will feature the new, greatly anticipated Terex TLB890 backhoe loader which delivers high breakout force".
"Powerscreen products on display will include the new XA400S jaw crusher with Pre-Screen, the Powerscreen XH320X impact crusher and the Powerscreen Warrior 1400X high-capacity mobile screening plants. Also on display will be a Terex Finlay J-1170 jaw crusher and the new Terex Finlay I-100RS mobile impact crusher."
It will also unveil its new business segment – Material Handling and Port Solutions.
Caterpillar will focusing on its new hybrid excavator – the 336E H, which will be officially launched at Bauma.
The Cat 336E H uses a new hydraulic hybrid technology developed by Caterpillar.
“A hybrid is independent of any particular technology—it doesn’t have to be electric,” Ken Gray, global product manager for large hydraulic excavators for Caterpillar’s Excavation Division said.
“There are many ways to store and reuse energy, including our patented hydraulic hybrid system featured on the Cat 336E H.
“We can’t wait to see the reaction of our customers to the 336E H,” he said.
“We’re confident they will be delighted. No other commercially available technology has higher power density than hydraulics, and that’s why we selected a hydraulic solution to help our customers achieve substantial fuel savings."
Element 6 is taking a different tack and highlighting the uses of manufactured industrial grade diamonds.
It has developed new processes to replace tungsten carbide in picks to provide longer operational life by "increasing the wear resistance, right now we have managed to increase its usage by 40 times but we are planning to increase it by 50 times," Australian Mining was told.
It is also showing its new percussion diamond inserts for drilling, in particular down the hole and percussive drilling, which are slated to replace tungsten bits.
Topcon will be looking towards greater connectivity and precision on mine sites as it highlights its HiPer V and new network communication tools.
It features Vanguard Technology; 226 GNSS Channels; a rugged, magnesium alloy construction; integrated RTK and static receivers; and fence antenna advanced performance.
MAN trucks and bus will display its new a heavy-duty TGS dump truck for gross weights of 50 tonnes especially for the mining industry at Bauma 2013.
"Tailored to the requirements of Chilean copper mining [and in turn Australian mine sites] the new TGS 50.440 8×4 BB chassis and body are matched to these operations. In conjunction with a reinforced subframe, the four-axle rear tipper is designed for a permissible gross weight of 50 tonnes. The tipper trough has a capacity of 20 cubic metres. Floor plate and walls are made from highly wear-resistant steel," the company explained.
Liebherr will showcase a number of new machines on what will be the largest exhibition site at the show, covering 14 000 square metres.
"It is the largest exhibition at the largest show in the world," Liebherr's Kristian Koch said.
Bauma will be the world premiere of its TA 240 articulated dump truck, as well as its HS 8300 HD Duty Cycle crawler crane in hybrid design.
It will also showcase rotary drills, components and hydraulic cylinder position measurers.
Australian Mining was also told that the machinery company will launch a surprise machine at the event.
Bauma will run from April 15-21, in Munich, Germany.
Australian Mining attended courtesy of Messe Munchen