Archive for April, 2010

The new Scania V8 truck range – power and style

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The world’s most powerful – Scania’s R-series is now gaining an even more high-powered V8 as its flagship model.

With a torque level of 3,500 Nm and 730 horsepower, Scania’s new V8 is the most powerful truck engine in the world − built to meet the toughest emission standards and handle the most demanding tasks. Given its power, the new engine will also enable hauliers to meet the future need for higher transport capacity – longer and heavier trucks − thereby providing benefits for the environment and the climate.
Meanwhile Scania’s entire V8 truck range has received both exterior and interior upgrades in order to emphasise and amplify the special V8 sensation that is receiving praise from drivers and hauliers worldwide.

R Series Power and Style

Xenon headlights (option) with dark surrounds

Distinct front grille in Black Brilliant with special mesh pattern

Scania, model and V8 badges in chrome at the front

Specially styled exhaust tailpipe on left-hand side and V8 symbol on sideskirts

V8 symbol on dashboard, in central instrument display and on remote control. Black wooden and stitched leather steering wheel with light grey seams (option)

Fluted black leather seats with light grey stitched seams and embossed V8 symbol (option)

High torque at low engine revs

  • All Scania V8 engines meet Euro 5 standards and the most powerful also meets the stricter EEV standard, without compromising performance.
  • In addition to the new 730 hp engine, Scania’s V8 platform consists of engines with output steps of 500, 560 and 620 hp. All four engines are based on Scania’s philosophy of high torque from low revs, making the engines fuel-efficient across a broad rev range.

Between economic crunch and longer-term talent gap – MINT initiative warns of growth setback

Monday, April 19th, 2010

As a technology base, Germany is increasingly missing growth and innovation opportunities because it lacks a new generation with MINT (mathematics, informatics, the natural sciences and technology) qualifications. This was the message delivered by the “Creating a MINT future” initiative today at a conference in Munich. Jörg Schwitalla, Chief Human Resources Officer of MAN SE, explained that for every ten people employed in the fields of natural sciences and technology who leave their professions nowadays, only seven succeed them. “As a technology-driven company in Germany, encouraging young talented individuals in the MINT fields has long been more than just an option for MAN - it is a must.”

Thomas Sattelberger, Chief Human Resources Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG and Chairman of the Initiative, referred to German technology products and services of high quality as the backbone of  the German economy, saying: “We live off the art of engineering here in Germany. Yet structural and demographic change mean that we are sorely lacking technology professionals in all disciplines.” According to a current Prognos study, the situation will only get worse. It found that the German job market will be short of almost three million professionals in 2015.

“We have to go to great lengths, persistently and effectively. We have now gathered more than 900 activities, offers and continuous campaigns together on our “Creating a MINT future” platform. The MINT ambassador network now has over 1,900 dedicated ambassadors. It offers great potential, actively helping to make a positive difference. The MINT Meter shows a pleasing trend: every third graduate of a MINT course is female. A very sharp increase in the percentage of female graduates to just under 41% can be seen in the fields of mathematics, informatics and the natural sciences (MIN) in particular,” said Sattelberger.

The initiative aims to increase the quantity and the quality of classes and teaching in MINT subjects at schools and higher education institutions. The second Germany-wide MINT day, at which over 200 practitioners, experts and students are to meet, is taking place today in Munich in cooperation with MAN SE. Sustainable links will be established between more than 400 “Creating a MINT future” partner initiatives and strengthen the interchange between schools, higher education institutions, business and politics. The “Steaming MINTward” slogan will set the tone for discussions about how to stay on course in order to turn the positive signs into something more substantial.

Both managers agree that things are moving in the right direction but that all parties involved must remain consistent and persistent in their commitment, gain additional ambassadors and initiatives, and put in a lot of grass root work across all target groups. More attention also needs to be paid to the issue of young migrants. Continuity in the midst of change and a long-term approach are the very keys to sustainable success.

Irish contractor Conor O’Neill & his top dressing tractor

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Irish contractor Conor O’Neill of Waterville in Co Kerry bought the first new John Deere 5R Series utility tractor from dealer Seamus Weldon of Killarney in 2009, and it made an immediate impact on his fledgling business.

Conor set up Rubber Pitches Ireland in 2008 after several years’ research into pitch management systems throughout Europe, and uses his 100hp 5100R tractor to top dress sports pitches with a special material made by Crumb Rubber Ireland in County Louth. Made from recycled tyres, the rubber pellets are used instead of sand to help relieve compaction and improve drainage and root density on natural grass playing surfaces throughout Ireland.

The material has been the subject of a report by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in the UK, and has been shown to improve problem areas on sports pitches and enhance their overall performance. Treating one pitch uses the equivalent of around 6000 to 8000 tyres; the system is already established in Europe and the US, but is still relatively new to Ireland.

“I wanted to expand the operation of my landscaping company, and this developed from our existing top dressing business,” says Conor O’Neill. “It’s an effective use of a waste product, with obvious environmental benefits. Rubber has advantages over sand, which will aerate the soil but can be abrasive at the crown of the grass, whereas the rubber material will do the same aeration job, but can also cushion the grass against impact and wear.”

In work, the John Deere 5100R tractor carries an Acuspread top dresser and a Wiedenmann Terra Spike XP8 high-performance aerator. “I specified the tractor with a front linkage, which is ideal as I can carry both implements to the work-site at the same time and do both jobs with one machine,” says Conor. “The tractor carries about 7 tonnes with ease when the spreader is full, and it’s very well put together. There’s lots of space in the cab, which is very quiet, all the controls are at your fingertips, and it has great visibility.

“The landscaping business has used John Deere mowers and other machines for many years, so we already had a good relationship with Michael Weldon from the dealership,” he adds. “When I wanted to replace my previous make of tractor, I did look at other manufacturers, and some machines were certainly cheaper, but I was sold on John Deere’s technology and reliability. The dealer service is just fantastic, parts are available on demand and if anything does go wrong, they’re here quickly to sort it out. I’m very happy with the tractor and the back-up I get from Weldons.”

Conor O'Neill 5100R B

Conor O'Neill 5100R for industry news

Same Deutz-Fahr UK announces marketing agreement with Brown & Co

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Same Deutz-Fahr UK has announced a marketing agreement with agricultural consultants Brown & Co which is designed to strengthen its presence in the important East Anglia and East Midlands areas.

The agreement will draw on Brown & Co’s established and respected agricultural consultancy business which serves a broad client base from ten offices stationed throughout the east.

Exclusive for Deutz-Fahr – a previous arrangement with Case has now been cancelled – the agreement will be available to all Brown & Co clients and enables them to benefit financially from the purchase of Deutz-Fahr tractors.

According to SDF UK’s General Manager, Ken Hamilton, this agreement represents a major development both for Deutz-Fahr and the growing number of Deutz-Fahr dealers now operating in the East Anglia and East Midlands areas.

“The agreement with Brown & Co will clearly help raise Deutz-Fahr’s profile with key customers in this important arable area,” he says. “It will also generate new business for our dealers who excel in providing first class after-sales support and trained parts and service engineers.”

Brown & Co founding partner Richard Levin comments: “We are delighted with the new agreement between our company and Same Deutz-Fahr. We believe it will forge strong links between our organisations and also offer Brown & Co clients an opportunity to benefit financially through a tractor group purchase scheme.”

John Deere Mannheim factory celebrates 50 years of green & yellow

Monday, April 12th, 2010

John Deere’s Mannheim tractor factory celebrates a memorable anniversary in April 2010: the roll-out of the first green and yellow John Deere Lanz tractors from the assembly line, 50 years ago this month.

The new John Deere Lanz 28hp 300 and 36hp 500 tractor models not only ended the era of the technically outdated Lanz Bulldog, but also marked the start of a completely new approach to the requirements of European customers… and of a manufacturing success story.

Since April 1960, the John Deere Werke Mannheim (JDWM) factory has assembled over 1.335 million machines, including several thousand wheel and crawler loaders up to 1983. Starting at just over 5,000 units per annum in the early 1960s, and driven by a high demand for mechanisation in agriculture, production at Mannheim rapidly increased to a peak of 41,000 units in 1977.

Following structural changes in European and worldwide agricultural markets, tractor production at Mannheim then decreased in the 1980s and the early 1990s, to bottom out at 21,200 units in 1993. Thanks to innovative product design, the opening up of central and eastern European markets and increased overall demand worldwide, Mannheim’s production subsequently recovered to reach an all-time high of 45,700 tractors in 2008.

Having started a new era in the 1960s with just the two 300 and 500 tractor models, with few features, JDWM today offers 29 basic models from 70 to over 200hp, with a wide range of transmission options, specifications and accessories. These tractors are marketed in more than 80 countries worldwide, with approximately 50 per cent of production sold in Western Europe.

Accounting for two-thirds of German tractor production in total, the Mannheim factory has been Germany’s largest manufacturer and exporter of agricultural tractors since 1972, and represents John Deere’s largest asset outside North America.

Within just 10 tractor generations, John Deere’s market share in Western Europe has grown 10 times to reach almost 19 per cent, with market leading positions in Germany, the UK, France, Spain and 10 other European countries. One of the main contributors to the success of Mannheim tractors has been the modular steel frame design introduced on the 6000 Series models in 1992. This enabled customers to ‘custom design’ their tractors, and provided a new level of flexibility in the manufacturing process.

Today, the Mannheim factory’s flagship model is the 200hp 7530E Premium, a hybrid tractor which produces up to 20kW of electrical power, with a generator to supply components such as the cooling fan and the air brake and air conditioning compressors. This not only contributes to fuel savings of up to 13 per cent, but also provides the user with two electrical sockets of 230 and 400V for external tools. The 7530E Premium concept was awarded a gold medal at Agritechnica 2007, and has received numerous other international awards for its progressive design.

John Deere 500 tractor 1960

John Deere 300 & 7530 tractors for industry news and used machinery


Monday, April 12th, 2010

A modern-day version of one of the world’s oldest engineering wonders was today (Mon) installed at the new JCB Academy… and will be responsible for generating the majority of the centre’s electricity.

An environmentally-friendly Archimedes Screw turbine was lowered into place at the Academy, which is based at the historic Grade II listed Tutbury Mill in Rocester.

The pump, shaped like a giant corkscrew, was first used over two thousand years ago to move water to higher ground to irrigate farmland in ancient Greece.

This latest version – weighing 13.5 tonnes and measuring 36ft by 10ft – uses the reverse principal of harnessing water power from the adjacent millrace to turn a turbine to create power.

It will generate up to 85 per cent of the centre of learning’s electricity needs when it throws open its doors to students for its inaugural term in September, and will save up to 64 tonnes of CO2 compared to using mains electricity.

The innovative hydropower pump was developed in Germany to JCB’s specification, before being shipped over to the UK ready to be installed at The Academy.

JCB Group Property Director and Academy Trust Director Alan Thomson said: “When we designed The JCB Academy we wanted to be as green as possible and the Archimedes Screw turbine embraces the very latest technology to generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way.

“It also complements other methods of power generation that will be used which include installing a wind turbine and photovoltaic cells to harness solar power.

“When the turbine starts operating it will be the first time the millrace will have been used to generate power at the site since 1946, when a mill wheel was replaced by a steam engine.”

Alan added: “We have also ensured it is wildlife friendly, having installed a gate and ladder to allow fish to pass freely.”

A total of 170 young people from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Derby have enrolled at The Academy which will specialise in creating Britain’s engineers and business leaders of the future.

These will include 120 Year 10 students (14-year-olds) who over two years will study for the new Diplomas in Engineering and Business as well as GCSEs in the core subjects of Maths, English, Sciences, a modern foreign language and ICT.

In addition, 50 Year 12 Sixth Form students have been awarded places to study for Advanced Engineering and Advanced Business Diplomas.

As well as classroom working with the most sophisticated IT and equipment, students will benefit from unrivalled hands-on experience with JCB’s blue chip Academy partners such as Rolls Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and Harper Adams University College as part of their exciting industry-orientated curriculum.


JT10-095 for industry news


Monday, April 12th, 2010

By actively involving more areas of the company, Volvo Trucks has further strengthened its position on quality. The work carried out in the ‘Quality Bridge Plan’ project is being hailed as a shining example for the entire Volvo Group, winning it the Volvo Group Internal Quality Award.

Volvo Trucks’ ‘Quality Bridge Plan’ involves a cross-functional drive, calling upon the organisation to take its commitment to quality even further. Instead of focusing mainly on the quality of the manufactured vehicles, Volvo Trucks wanted to work in a much more structured and focused way with its entire value chain, so, for instance, aftermarket products and services are given equal important.

“In order to maintain and strengthen our leading position, we decided to reinforce our quality-enhancement work on a broader front throughout the company. For our customers, perceived quality is about much more than just the product itself,” says Karin Strömberg, Chief Project Manager for the Quality Bridge Plan.

“Everything makes a difference, from how each part of the truck is designed and assembled to how well the customer is received at service visits and how the visit as a whole is handled. We wanted to ensure that the entire organisation adopted this approach in a more concrete and measurable way,” Karin explained.

The customer in focus

The ‘Quality Bridge Plan’ was developed with this holistic view of quality as its very foundation and more than 20 sub-projects were initiated that put the focus firmly on quality and customer satisfaction. Each sub-project had clear-cut targets and these were continuously followed up by the cross-functional steering committee. The goal was set for three years down the line and, by the end of 2009, Volvo Trucks was able to confirm both through its own and others’ assessments that most of the targets successfully had been reached“’Quality’ is one of our core values. Now we have found a way of working that both reinforces and secures our leading position. However, this does not mean that we can afford to relax; instead, the ‘Quality Bridge Plan’ now moves from being a project to becoming part of our daily work,” says project owner Sven Wallström, Director Service & Product Quality.

The ‘Quality Bridge Plan’ project has attracted attention throughout the Volvo Group and it recently received the Volvo Group Internal Quality Award for 2010. The aim of this award is to spotlight quality issues in the Group and to pick out good examples to inspire even better quality-enhancement work within the Volvo Group.

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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Which fuels will replace oil ? Of course, nobody yet knows the answer. However, in order for the manufacturers to be able to offer vehicles that the market will want in the future, strategic decisions have to be made today. Volvo Trucks is investing in a solution that is financially sustainable and that may form a bridge between fossil and renewable fuels – diesel engines running on methane gas.

“We have chosen a route where we combine the diesel engine’s superior efficiency rating with the benefits of gas. This gives us a truck that is significantly more energy-efficient than traditional gas trucks,” says Mats Franzén, Manager Engine Strategy and Planning, Volvo Trucks.

This innovative approach is bound to attract attention in the transport sector, where the gas-powered trucks currently in use have spark plug internal combustion engines adapted for gas operation. “There is a simple logic behind Volvo Trucks’ decision to slightly modify its proven diesel engines,” argues Mats Franzén, Manager Engine Strategy and Planning.

“A diesel engine has a 30 to 40 per cent better efficiency rating than an ordinary spark plug engine running on petrol or an internal combustion engine. Whatever fuels either engine type runs on, the diesel engine is always far more energy-efficient. That’s why all heavy vehicles have diesel engines,” he explains.

One example: With compressed methane gas in the tanks, a gas-powered truck with an internal combustion engine can drive 150-200 kms without refuelling. With the same amount of gas in a truck with a methane diesel engine, the range is twice as long.

Volvo Trucks’ aim is for its trucks to operate on 75% methane gas and 25% diesel in the initial stage. Optimum efficiency is achieved if the methane gas is chilled to -160ºC as, at that temperature, the gas becomes liquid, the volume is reduced and you get twice the amount of fuel. With liquid methane gas in the tank and a fuel consumption of 75% methane gas and 25% diesel, it is now possible to drive more than 500 kms before refuelling.

This means that for transport companies performing long daily transport jobs and returning to the same filling station, Volvo Trucks’ methane diesel technology is already an attractive, environmentally compatible fuel option.

“The technology is constantly developing. We’ll be able to drive 1,000 kms on a tank of liquid gas in the near future,” says Mats Franzén.

At present, the network of filling stations that distribute liquid methane gas is unevenly developed in Europe. There are plenty of filling stations in the UK, while some countries, such as Sweden, have none at all. However, filling stations will soon be built in Sweden’s three largest cities, partly as a result of Volvo Trucks’ drive, which is taking place in close cooperation with gas suppliers in Sweden.

“We’re currently in a transition stage. We’re moving from decades of dependence of oil to a society based on renewable fuels,” explains Lars Mårtensson, Volvo Trucks’ Environmental Director. “During this transition period, gas trucks with a methane diesel engine have an obvious advantage. They can run on only diesel, which is practical and safe when filling stations are few and far between.”

A common argument against methane gas is that natural gas has to be used because not enough biogas is produced. Critics argue that replacing one fossil fuel with another is unsatisfactory.

“Using natural gas is one way of getting through this transition period until biogas production has been fully developed. We’d prefer our engines to run on both biodiesel and biogas. That would reduce carbon emissions by almost 80% compared to traditional diesel operation,” explains Lars Mårtensson.

Field testing of methane diesel engines will start in the UK and Sweden during 2010. Potential customers are showing high interest, not least in the public sector, which already makes strict environmental requirements during procurement and plays a key role in driving development forward.

“Our focus on a combination of methane gas and diesel makes it possible to capitalise on all the benefits of a diesel engine, while lowering both costs and emission levels by using methane gas as our main energy source,” concludes Mats Franzén

Methane Diesel truck for industry news


Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Campey Turf Care Systems, one of Europe’s largest independent machinery suppliers, is hosting a series of pitch preparation demonstrations at a number of stadium venues this Spring. See the latest renovation and maintenance machinery at work including the Koro TopMaker, aerators, harrows, topdressers and seeders from major manufacturers including Imants, Raycam, Vredo and Dakota.


Wednesday 7th April
Demonstration Day,
Paradello Green, Via Paradello
9, 25050 Rodengo Saiano,

Thursday 8th April
Demonstration Day,
Venue TBC, Italy
Monday 12th April
Demonstration day, Golf
Course Trnovo Ljubljana,
Wolfova 12, 1000 Ljubljana

Thursday 15th April
Full renovation day/job
of works, FC Augsberg
Rosenaustadion, Stadionstr.
21, 86159 Augsberg

Monday 19th April
Full renovation day/job of
works, F.C. Nurnberg
90480 Nurnberg

Thursday 22nd April
Full renovation day/job of
works, FC Köln,
Franz-Kremer-Allee 1-3
D-50937 Köln

Tuesday 27th April
Full renovation day/job
of works, The Netherlands –
Kozakken Boys
v.v. Kozakken Boys
Nieuwe Kozakken Stoep 1
NL-4251 XZ Werkendam

Thursday 29th April
Full renovation day/job of
works – Belgie –
KVC Westerlo
De Merodedreef 189
B-2260 Westerlo

For further details,
please contact
Julia Campey on
+44 (0)1260 224568
or email

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