Archive for June, 2010

CAR INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE JOINS JCB AS GROUP ENGINEERING DIRECTOR

Friday, June 25th, 2010

JCB has recruited one of the car industry’s leading engineers to the position of Group Engineering Director. Michael Mohan, 44, has joined JCB, the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer, from Jaguar Land Rover, where he was Strategic Business Office Director.

Michael joined Jaguar Cars in 1990 and had a distinguished career with the company and as Chief Programme Engineer for the new Jaguar XF developed a vehicle which went on to win Car of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was promoted to the role of Jaguar and Land Rover Strategic Business Office Director, overseeing the Strategic Direction of the company.

Tim Burnhope, JCB’s Group Managing Director for Product Development and Commercial Operations, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael to JCB to one of the most senior positions in the company. As well as a deep rooted pedigree in UK manufacturing, he is passionate about engineering and has vast engineering experience and both these qualities will help drive forward our programme of exciting product introductions in the future.”

In his role, Michael will be responsible for all aspects of engineering throughout the JCB Group.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m relishing the engineering challenge that working for one of Britain’s best known brands presents. Our success in the future will be based on innovating the best products in our industry and I’m looking forward to leading JCB’s talented team of engineers in delivering this objective.”

Before joining Jaguar, Michael worked for Rolls Royce Aero. He is married with two daughters and one son.

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MAN brings more safety to the roads

Friday, June 25th, 2010

AKTIV network project presents research findings fit for field application

MAN has introduced new traffic assistance systems together with the partners of the AKTIV research project which can help to significantly reduce the risk of congestion and accidents on Germany’s roads. MAN Nutzfahrzeuge closely studied active emergency braking to avoid collisions and automatic lane control (integrated lateral assistance) as part of AKTIV. The research also focused on examination of driver conduct and driver alertness when using assistance systems.

New assistance systems that ensure increased safety and higher efficiency on the roads were developed as part of the project. This means that accidents and congestion can even be avoided to a considerable extent today. “In order for the systems developed here to be brought into production quickly, industry and politics have to work together on further implementing them. Assistance systems only appeal to customers if they offer a financial benefit in addition to the safety aspect,” explained Eberhard Hipp, Head of Pre-Development at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and Program Coordinator for AKTIV.

Active emergency braking is primarily aimed at avoiding severe collisions. The driver is also given visual and audio signals if there is danger of a collision. An MAN TGX 18.540 was equipped with radar and video sensor technology to demonstrate active emergency braking. This system also recognizes standing obstacles and automatically brakes if the driver has not responded to the previous warning signals. In order for it to be accepted as much as possible by the driver, current driver alertness and the situation in adjacent lanes is included in calculation of the timing of the warnings and of braking.

The integrated lateral assistance developed by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge automatically keeps the truck within the lane in the set position defined. A camera captures the course of the lane and the truck’s position to this end. A cross regulator prevents any straying from the set position by continuously controlling the steering and/or reducing it to an acceptable minimum. The system helps to drive the vehicle when navigating roadworks and other confined spaces, for example, and reduces the risk of congestion and accidents. The radar sensor technology also captures oncoming trucks and shifts the vehicle’s own set position over to the edge of the road.

AKTIV’s research work took four years. It focused on safety and avoiding congestion by means of vehicle communication. The 28 partners - which included car manufacturers and suppliers, electronic, telecommunication and software firms, research institutions and road and transportation authorities - have jointly developed new driver assistance systems and solutions for efficient traffic management and for suitable vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructure communication. More information can be found on the Internet at www.aktiv-online.org.

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JR Perry is the New Baler’s Choice main agent for Ireland,

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The Profitable Farming Company has appointed a new main agent for Ireland in order to better meet the demand for the Baler’s Choice automatic applicator and hay preservative system.

J R Perry Ltd of Athy has been appointed to provide sales and service support for the automatic and electronic Baler’s Choice applicators, whilst their neighbour’s, Liffey Mills, will hold and distribute the Baler’s Choice preservative for use with the applicators.

Developed and widely used in North America, Baler’s Choice is a unique preservative application system that is applied using either electronic or automatic applicators. Suitable for big square, round or conventional balers, Baler’s Choice allows hay to be baled at up to 30% moisture content without the risk of dust, mould or heating, and is also suitable for use with straw.

Previously, to make good hay relied on being able to bale the crop when the crop was below 16%MC, after which there is a risk of heating and moulds developing. By being able to bale at up to 30% with no quality penalty, Baler’s Choice widens the baling weather window and ensures maximum use of expensive high capacity balers.

The Baler’s Choice preservative uses a form of propionic acid that is buffered to be near-neutral, so is safe to handle and use. The preservative also includes citric acid to help preserve the crop’s colour and freshness.

The automatic applicator systems, which are manufactured by Harvest Tec, are ideal for use with high capacity balers and for those baling large acreages. Central to all automatic applicators is a touch screen control unit in the cab, that is used to set-up, monitor and record bale information.

Using information received from bale output and moisture sensors located in the bale chamber, the control unit automatically controls three pumps giving a range of application rates from 1.9 to 7.4 litres per tonne.

On big square balers a new modular system is available, which in addition to applying Baler’s Choice, then provides the option to record the output and application data for each bale on an electronic tag applied to the bale twine, that can then read using either a manual or loader-mounted reader. A further GPS option allows yield differences and the location of each bale to be mapped.

“The big issue about making hay in Ireland is the weather,” comments Jim Kelly of Perry’s. “So an application system and preservative that allows good hay to be made earlier than would otherwise be possible has to be an advantage. We exhibited Baler’s Choice at the recent FTMTA Grass event, where there was a lot of interest and we have been happy with the number of units already sold.”

“The benefits of using Baler’s Choice on hay for livestock and especially horses are enormous because of the prevention of dust and mould, and the ability to extend the baling season,” adds Richard Snell of the Profitable Farming Company. “The appointment of Perry’s and Liffey Mills will enable us to provide a far better level of service to both our new and existing customers in Ireland.”

David Wasp baler

Baler + Apps +Tagger 048

Class 6

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New mowers for new contract

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

New mowers for new contract

National grounds management company Glendale recently re-won a 10 year contract with Lewisham Borough Council, and has bought the first three of John Deere’s new 8400 Commercial triple reel mowers sold in the UK, to work in parks and open spaces in south-east London.

The mowers, supplied by John Deere dealer Golf & Turf of Wokingham, will be cutting around 20,000m² of grass a day during the season. They are the first 8400s to be bought by Glendale, who have been using John Deere mowers in their fleet since the early 1990s.

“We chose the 8400 after several successful trials, mainly due to John Deere’s excellent quality and customer service record with our company, as well as the attractive finance package available from John Deere Credit,” says Glendale’s commercial director Stuart Darbyshire.

“We have traditionally worked closely with our suppliers on the development of new products, and both our machinery and contract managers provided feedback to John Deere throughout the 8400’s development. Our staff also received extremely thorough installation training on delivery, as part of the deal, and operator feedback from that was excellent.

“We normally depreciate the mowers in our fleet over five years, and we are happy that the 8400s will be able to carry out the contract work to the required standards, and cope well with the demands of our commercial grass cutting operations – we’ve certainly experienced no problems at all since we started using the mowers in March,” he adds.

The 37hp 8400 Commercial mower features durable, high capacity Jumbo cutting units and a Cross Cut function for increased productivity. The 25cm (10in) six-blade cutting units provide an overall cutting width of 2.13m (84in), and the established GRIP all-wheel drive traction system allows effective mowing on slopes – both of these are firsts on a John Deere commercial triple mower.

The operator’s CommandARM moves with the seat and puts all the mower controls at the driver’s fingertips. The Cross Cut feature makes turning and switching from mowing to transport very quick and easy; a rocker switch on the CommandARM allows all the reels to be lifted just off the ground when turning and then lowered back to the mowing position. When the right hand side of the switch is pressed continually, the reels lift up from the mowing to the transport position.

Three further switches control each of the cutting units individually, which is useful when mowing in and around confined spaces. The reels are automatically engaged and disengaged when the cuttings units are lowered and lifted. Other standard features include a ROPS and deluxe air suspension seat, plus Twin Touch pedal foot controls in a spacious operator platform.

Glendale_John Deere 8400 mower

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VOLVO TRUCKS DELIVERIES MAY 2010

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Globally, deliveries of Volvo Trucks in May were 88% higher than in the corresponding month last year.

When compared to April this year, Volvo Trucks’ deliveries increased by 15 %.

The deliveries in Europe increased by 67% in May compared to the corresponding period last year and in Asia the increase was 268%. Volvo Trucks is gradually increasing production from a low level to respond to the increased demand in these regions.

In May, deliveries in South America increased by 80% compared to the same month last year.

The demand in North America is gradually improving from a low level.

Deliveries by market area :

Delivered Units

May

Change

Year-to-Date

Change

Volvo Trucks

2010

2009

2010

2009

Europe

2,290

1,375

67%

9,264

9,313

-1%

- Western Europe

1,880

1,125

67%

7,445

8,259

-10%

– Eastern Europe

410

250

64%

1,819

1,054

73%

North America

963

398

142%

3,779

3,040

24%

South America

1,382

767

80%

7,079

3,413

107%

Asia

932

253

268%

3,363

2,494

35%

– Middle East

522

79

561%

2,000

1,663

20%

– Other Asia

410

174

135%

1,363

831

64%

Other markets

321

331

-3%

1,510

1,983

-24%

Total Volvo Trucks

5,888

3,124

88%

24,995

20,243

23%

Medium duty (7-16t)

142

109

30%

776

599

30%

Heavy duty (>16t)

5,746

3,015

91%

24,219

19,644

23%

Total Volvo Trucks

5,888

3,124

88%

24,995

20,243

23%

John Deere Harvester Works builds 500,000th self-propelled combine

Friday, June 18th, 2010

East Moline, IL facility achieves nearly 100 years of manufacturing excellence while helping farmers feed the world.

John Deere Harvester Works (JDHW) recently rolled the half millionth self-propelled combine, a 9870 STS model, off the assembly line at the East Moline, Illinois manufacturing facility in the US.

The factory first began producing binders in 1910 and broke ground on JDHW in 1912. The plant initially manufactured horse-drawn grain binders, mowers, rakes and corn binders. In 1927, John Deere introduced its first combine, uniting harvesting and threshing in one operation. Twenty years later, John Deere manufactured the company’s first self-propelled combine.

“In the first 20 years the harvesting capacity of John Deere self-propelled combines doubled, and then again between 1980 and 2000,” said Katie Dierker, JDHW division marketing manager. “Within the past 10 years, we’ve seen productivity nearly double again. This means farmers can get more done in less time, and more adeptly meet the world’s growing food demands.”

JDHW exports to over 35 countries and currently manufactures four models in its 70 Series range, as well as a complete line of front-end equipment and the S690 model sold in Europe. Approximately 2400 employees are employed at the factory, which includes the John Deere Product Development Centre in Silvis, Illinois.

In addition to East Moline, John Deere produces combines in Zweibrücken (Germany), Horizontina (Brazil) and Jiamusi (China), and has recently started to produce combine harvesters in Domodedovo (Russia).

John Deere 9870 STS combine

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New Design Director at Saab Automobile

Friday, June 18th, 2010

New Design Director at Saab Automobile

· Former Pininfarina and Bertone designer joins Saab leadership team
· Will lead design for Saab’s product expansion program

Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of former Bertone and Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota as its new Design Director.

Castriota, 36, now takes the lead role in design at Saab, reporting directly to Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. He and his design company will be responsible for exterior and interior design and will lead the design activities at Saab as the brand renews and broadens its product range.
Announcing the appointment, Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jason to our leadership team. He has an outstanding track record in automotive design and will help us take the brand forward. He will play a key role in expressing all that’s best in the innovative tradition of Saab design as we carry our brand’s roots into the future.”

“I’m greatly looking forward to joining such an iconic brand,” said Castriota. “Saab has a very strong and distinctive heritage which gives it great potential to develop.  This is an exciting opportunity for me to help shape its future products.”

Victor Muller, Saab Automobile’s Chairman, added: “Bringing a young, highly-talented designer to Saab underlines the company’s determination to produce cars which stand out because of their unique aircraft inspired, Swedish identity. With Jason heading up Saab design, we will be making landmark cars for the foreseeable future.”

Castriota hails from New York and graduated from Emerson College in Boston before attending the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  In 2001, he left the college to join Pininfarina’s design studio in Turin, Italy. He took up the position of Director of Design at Stile Bertone in 2008 and then opened a design consultancy with offices in New York and Turin.

His recruitment is an important strategic step by Saab in its renaissance as a newly-independent carmaker.

MAN Latin America accesses market segment for armored trucks

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

MAN Latin America is to supply Brazilian-based Grupo Protege with 427 chassis for armored trucks, replacing a substantial part of the customer’s 935-strong fleet. In doing so, MAN will be accessing another market segment in South America. “Once again, we have succeeded in securing a key contract from a customer traditionally supplied by a competitor in the past,” said Roberto Cortes, President of MAN Latin America.

The chassis are largely based on the new VW 8.150E CE model and were specially designed by working together with the customer. Armored trucks have to fulfill particularly high standards, which primarily include the driver’s safety as well as both the robustness and reliability of the vehicles. Together with Grupo Protege’s other vehicles, the MAN trucks will clock around 2.5 million kilometers every month in transporting the valuables of banks and commercial enterprises. The contract also covers servicing of the vehicles over the next five years.

Grupo Protege offers a wide range of private security services. It has more than 16,000 employees in 14 Brazilian states

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JCB AND NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COLLEGE MEET WASTE SKILLS NEEDS

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

JCB and the National Construction College are leading the way in the waste and recycling industry by setting up special ‘JCB Wastemaster Operator Training’ courses to ensure skills training keeps pace the growth in the expanding sector.

JCB – the UK’s leading supplier of materials handling equipment to the industry – is partnering with the National Construction College, the training division of Construction Skills, to provide courses for plant operators in waste and recycling, helping them achieve Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) accreditation.

The initiative – which will eventually cover the whole of the UK – will begin in the summer with the first course on wheeled loading shovels being run at the National Construction College East London at Beckton Park, with a heavy-duty 436 Wastemaster wheeled loader, widely used in waste and recycling sector, being provided by JCB. The courses will then be held every six weeks before being offered at other regional centres from 2011 and extended to cover tracked and wheeled excavators and Loadall telescopic handlers.

James Richardson, JCB’s General Manager for Waste and Recycling, said: “The waste and recycling industry in the UK has undergone tremendous growth in recent years and with ambitious recycling targets for the future, this expansion is set to continue. It’s important that operator skill levels keep pace with this growth as the way machines are used in the demanding waste and recycling environment can have a direct impact on productivity and therefore costs and ultimately profitability.
“Delegates will come away from the courses not only with a comprehensive knowledge in using machines in a safe and competent manner, but also how to operate them with optimum efficiency, reducing damage to both machine and surroundings and keeping operating costs to an absolute minimum.”

Steve Lee, CEO of CIWM said: “CIWM is delighted to endorse the JCB Wastemaster Operator Training Course.  The course provides a way of improving health and safety and skills through training that encompasses the specific needs of the waste and resource industry.’

Christopher Blake Senior Instructor at Beckton Park National Construction College said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with JCB in providing professional and high quality training tailored specifically to the needs of the UK’s waste and recycling industry. The courses will be ideal for new or existing plant operators.”

Among the areas the courses will cover will be correct re-handling and loading techniques and driving skills to improve machine performance and output to help reduce fuel consumption and tyre wear.

The course will include both classroom and hands-on sessions and will be held over five days.

JCB-WLS436

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Mazda MX-5 Design Competition

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Mazda MX-5 Design Competition

  • Launch of an online design competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5
  • Judging  and prize categories are split into age groups to encourage everyone to enter.
  • Winner will have their design carried on the Team Ireland race-prepared MX-5

While we are all still struggling to accept the reality that Ireland is not at the Word Cup, Mazda is offering the Irish public a chance to be patriotic; to have some fun and design a new paint decal for Team Ireland’s MX-5 Race Car.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5. As part of the celebrations, Mazda Ireland has created an online design competition. The overall winner will have their design carried on Team Ireland’s car at next year’s European MX-5 Open Race.

It’s simple to enter and the competition is open for all ages – click on www.designMX-5.ie where your design could come alive on a Race track.

Mazda is offering lots of fantastic prizes including experiencing the MX-5 Race Car at Mondello Park Motor Racing School, an Apple™ MacBook and vouchers for Apple™ products.

To encourage creativity across all ages, judging and prize categories are split into three age segments: under 12’s, 12-16 year olds and 16 +.

The Mazda MX-5 representing Team Ireland has been modified it to maximise performance on track. All excess weight has been removed  from the 2.0L (163ps) soft top MX-5 . The driver sits in a carbon fibre racing seat and is  cocooned for safety by a FIA Roll cage and 6-point harness. The sport suspension can be quickly adjusted to meet the challenges of the track, while the MX-5 grips tenaciously though each corner with slick tyres.

Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s best selling two-seat sports, car, nearly a million people around the world have discovered what makes this car so special.

To honour the iconic Mazda MX-5, Mazda held a European Open Race in February 2010. Thirty cars, representing  EU nations,  competed in a 4-hour Endurance Race. Team Ireland’s Mazda MX-5 will proudly display the winning design  at next year’s Open Race.

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