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Intermat preview: French flair

The 2012 construction equipment show season gets under way next month, as Intermat opens its doors in Paris. NCE offers a sneak preview of what’s on offer.

Intermat 2012 boasts 375,000m2 of exhibition space and around 1,500 exhibitors, including leading names like JCB, Caterpillar, Bomag, and Case. This year for the first time the show also includes a 30,000m2 outside demonstration area, where exhibitors can showcase their equipment in action.

At the last Intermat, in 2009, the largest single class of equipment on show was earthmoving kit, which accounted for 38% of the total stand space. Also on show was equipment for lifting and handling, concrete, scaffolding and formwork, drilling and boring, roads and recycling.

New launches

Despite the recession the exhibition organiser is anticipating that at least as many companies will be demonstrating their equipment this year, with many firms using the event to launch new machines onto the European market. For many visitors this will be the chance to see how the equipment manufacturers have dealt with new EU engine emission legislation, as the new Stage IIIB-compliant models are revealed.

Case Construction Equipment will unveil seven models in its Stage IIIB-compliant C-Series crawler excavator range. The combination of the low emission engines and a new “intelligent hydraulic system” gives a 10% fuel efficiency improvement over the firm’s previous B Series models.

Also on the stand will be backhoes and wheeled loaders, as well as a demonstration of the company’s telematics technology.

Korean construction equipment giant Doosan Infracore will use Intermat to launch a wide range of new products, including the company’s first Stage IIIB-compliant excavators and wheel loaders.

Bobcat is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Intermat by showing its complete range of new generation compact loaders and mini-excavators

They will be shown alongside two new articulated dump trucks, which are being unveiled for the first time at the show. Included in the range is a 40t model, which boasts a 22% increase in torque over its predecessor.

Bobcat is marking its 25th anniversary in the compact excavator market this year, and will be celebrating at the Intermat by showing its complete range of new generation compact loaders and mini-excavators for the first time.

Visitors will also be able to see the company’s new high horsepower TL470HF telescopic handler, which has a maximum lift capacity of 3.5t and a maximum lift height of 7m.

The firm’s move into compact excavators was originally a diversification from its core skid-steer loader business, but 25 years on, Bobcat now has 13 different compact excavator models, ranging in operating weight from 1t to-8t, including both conventional and zero tail swing designs. Visitors to Intermat will see the latest models, which include the E26 2.6t zero tail swing compact excavator.

Bomag range

Bomag will have a range of new equipment on show in Paris, including the unveiling of its BM600/15 compact planer, a lightweight 600mm wide planer with an 8t.

It will also be presenting a “networked construction site”, in which all rollers carrying out compaction on a site are connected by a network, allowing individual measuring data to be shared with each other and the site manager.

The company is also using the show to launch new tandem rollers in the 3.9t to 4.3t weight classes, after the successful launch of the first models in the Dash-5 range at Ascot last year. UK customers who are not able to make the trip to Paris can see the new models at the UK launch at the Hillhead show in June.

  • Intermat 2012 takes place from 16 to 21 April at Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre.

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