Archive for June, 2012

6 JCB JZ140 For Bison Plant

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Cirencester-based Bison Plant – a pioneer of zero tailswing in the UK market – has now taken delivery of six of the 14-tonne JCB JZ140 machines from dealer Holt JCB, which it believes to be the perfect specification for the rental industry.
Plant Manager at Bison Plant, Guy Tomblin said: “We were one of the very first major hirers to appreciate the full potential of zero tailswing on house building sites – where space is at premium but safety and minimal damage are of paramount importance. We have seen that once our customers use zero tailswing, they will not go back.
“Traditionally we have operated competitive equipment but when we tested this latest JCB JZ140 we quickly recognised it was set up just right for our business and a machine we could truly put our faith in. Furthermore, we are delighted to support a British manufacturer and British jobs in the testing financial climate. The model has a really robust undercarriage and the performance and operator environment are perfect for a zero tailswing excavator in the UK rental market.”
JCB’s UK & Ireland Sales Director Yvette Henshall-Bell said: “The 14-tonne excavator market is a highly competitive one and we know that Bison Plant has been extensive in its evaluation of the machines available. Therefore winning a major deal such as this is great testament to the quality and reliability of JCB’s machines. We are absolutely delighted to have secured the business and hope it can signal the start of a longstanding relationship between the two companies.”
JCB has seen a growing trend towards zero tailswing excavators purchased by those hire firms with a high proportion of house builders in their client base. The JCB JZ140 model brings the high performance and operation of the regular JCB JS range but in zero tailswing configuration. It enables powerful and safe performance in confined areas where operation may be restricted – as typically found on modern housing developments.
Bison Plant has provided operated and self –drive excavators for over 20 years. Offering exclusively zero tailswing models, it works with customers including: local builders, ground workers, landscapers, archaeologists and main contractors across Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Bristol, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Bison Plant

Deutz-fahr Appoint Dealer Development Manager For The UK And Ireland

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The SDF Group’s decision to appoint Dealer Development Managers in key European countries has resulted in such an appointment now being made in the UK.
Rob Edwards, who has held several senior management positions within Same Deutz-Fahr, now takes up the role of Dealer Development Manager UK & Ireland.
“It’s a new strategic position which the Group clearly feels is now essential if the expansion of our business is to continue in line with our expectations,” he says.
“There are two parts to it – one is to establish new dealers, particularly in areas where we do not, as yet, have adequate coverage, and the other is to ensure our existing dealer network is well supported in terms of branding, machinery, servicing and parts.”
Commenting on the new position, Same Deutz-Fahr’s CEO, Mark Casement says: “Rob Edwards’ appointment as Dealer Development Manager UK & Ireland is a key role for us. We will now be in a position to provide an even greater focus on the management of our existing dealer network and, in doing so, help their businesses expand and succeed. We shall also be able to increase our UK coverage by continuing our policy of bringing well established dealers into our network.
Rob Edwards

Mercedes-Benz Has A New SL

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Sixty years after the first SL was launched, the latest version of this iconic roadster has arrived in Ireland.
With its longer, wider body, restyled grille and headlights and a passenger compartment set well back to accentuate its sporty look, the new SL comes in two direct injection petrol versions – a 3.5-litre, 302bhp, V6 SL350 version and a 4.7-litre, 429bhp, V8 SL500 twin-turbo version. Prices, which should be confirmed at time of order, begin at EUR140,000 for the SL350. Road tax vastly lower than the four-figure cost that applied before, begins at EUR481.
Lower fuel consumption forms a big part of the new SL story. This is due, in part, to a standard ECO start/stop function on both versions. A 125kg weight reduction on the SL350 helps cut fuel use by 22 percent, this despite a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds. Equally frugal is the more powerful SL500. Despite a ‘faster than its predecessor’ 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds, fuel consumption still shows a 12 percent drop. Transmission on both versions is 7-speed automatic.
One innovative option is a retractable panoramic sunroof that switches from light to dark at the push of a button and converts the SL from roadster to coupé in seconds. Another is a windshield washing system that applies fluid just ahead of the wiper blade with channels integrated into the wiper that ensures that no water is splashed on to the screen and visibility is not disrupted when in use.
Commenting, Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales manager Ciaran Allen described the new SL as ‘a worthy bearer of a sixty-years old tradition and a car destined to become a classic from the day of its introduction.’
New Mercedes-Benz SL Class (3)NEW Mercedes-Benz SL Class (4)

Patchwork Launch WebTrack 3

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Patchwork has launched WebTrack 3 – a new generation of data management and field mapping technology. The system will be launched with three modules available from the outset: Data Sharing, Yield Mapping and Asset Management.
The system brings together different pools of data into one central store. Launched from, it makes it easy to manage and share records relating to any field or job and view them in an easy to interpret visual format using Google Maps.
Available from just £100 per year, WebTrack 3 is a modular system that can be upgraded for additional functionality. The standard package enables field data management, record keeping, multi-user operation and the ability to share data with different stakeholders. Through a rule-based system, WebTrack 3 enables the user complete control over which stakeholders – be it the grower, advisor or contractor – can view which information.
With extensive functionality delivered by additional modules, WebTrack 3 is set to become the ultimate field management tool – providing users with accurate, live information to make informed business decisions.
Patchwork  WebTrack 3 Demo

Same Deutz-Fahr Reduces Its Shareholding in Deutz AG

Monday, June 18th, 2012

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR (SDF), one of the world leaders in the production of tractors, farm machinery and diesel engines, and AB Volvo has reached an agreement on the transfer of 22,117,693 shares of DEUTZ AG.
The resulting shareholding structure will give AB Volvo just over 25% and SDF 8.44%.

“DEUTZ AG has been and remains an important supplier and a strategic partner for us,” says Lodovico Bussolati, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Chief Executive Officer. “The new shareholding structure reflects the reinforcement of AB Volvo’s commercial cooperation with DEUTZ AG while also confirming the existing long-term cooperation with SDF. We are very satisfied with the agreement reached with AB Volvo, one that will open excellent development opportunities to DEUTZ AG.”
The SAME DEUTZ-FAHR (SDF) Group of Treviglio (BG) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tractors, harvesters, diesel engines and farm machinery. The company’s products are manufactured and marketed all over the world under the SAME, DEUTZ-FAHR, LAMBORGHINI, HÜRLIMANN and GRÉGOIRE brands.
The Group makes tractors ranging from 25 to 270 HP and harvesters from 100 to 366 HP.
In 2011, SDF employed 2500 people worldwide and recorded sales turnover of €1,115 million, generating an EBIT of €62 million.

JCB At Cereals 2012

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Agriculture Minister Jim Paice was
given an insight into Britain’s biggest agricultural equipment manufacturer
when he visited JCB at Cereals 2012. The Minister of State for the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was welcomed to JCB’s
stand by Group CEO Alan Blake.
Making its UK debut was the highly
successful 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall telescopic handler, which was developed
in direct response to customer demand for a machine with even greater lift
performance at reach. It has an 8.1 metre lift height and 5.0 tonne maximum lift capacity
Joining it on show for the first time
in the UK were the Fastrac 3000 Series tractors. The two models in the
range, the 3200 Xtra and 3230 Xtra, offer customers even more productive
and fuel efficient machines.
JCB Cereals 12

Jaguar and Landrover increase Sales

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Jaguar Land Rover Ireland has achieved significant growth in 2012 with combined sales of
over 800 vehicles up to the end of May – an increase of 39.7% versus the same
period last year.
This growth is extremely encouraging given that new car sales for the industry as a whole
are down by 8.7%.
The sales increase is mainly owed to the phenomenal response received from
customers and media to the two award-winning models on offer from each brand –
the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel and the all- new Range Rover Evoque.
Commenting on the positive sales figures, Gerard O’Farrell, Managing Director of Jaguar
Land Rover Ireland
said: “The increased demand for both Jaguar and Land Rover demonstrates the unique
desirability and strength of our products. And with pricing starting from just
€39,000 for the Range Rover Evoque and €44,820 for the Jaguar XF, there has
never been a better time to consider Jaguar and Land Rover.”
Jaguar XF 2 2 DieselRange Rover Evoque 2

New Claas Tractor Test Centre In Trange Near Le Mans

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

As part of its ongoing investment in its tractor product range, CLAAS has built a new Tractor Testing and Validation centre near Le Mans, which in addition to tractor testing and prototype evaluation work, will work in conjunction with the CLAAS Tractor product development, industrialisation and after sales departments. The new centre will also work closely with outside universities and other organisations with regard to future tractor developments.
Following major investment in the new Cab assembly line (€5 million) in 2008, and the new Painting Unit in 2010 (€10 million), the new Testing and Validation Centre represents a new era in the development of CLAAS tractors. It will provide a further step on the road to excellence 100-CLAASA

Caterpillar Update the M313D And M315D

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The four-cylinder Cat® M300D Series Wheeled Excavator models—M313D and M315D—have earned a solid reputation for reliable performance, long-term durability, versatility, fuel efficiency and low operating costs. Recent engineering updates have further strengthened these qualities with refinement of the operator’s station and undercarriage, along with new technical features and fleet-management systems. The new models provide a more-flexible design, greater operator comfort, enhanced serviceability, and more effective asset management.

New for the M313D and M315D is a welded undercarriage that allows a blade to be used either front or rear, with or without outriggers at the non-blade end. Or, the machines can be fitted with outriggers front and rear. This versatility allows customers to tailor machine configuration to typical applications.
The M313D and M315D can be equipped with the Cat Product Link system, which is deeply integrated into machine systems to allow remote monitoring of such data as location, event codes, diagnostic codes, hours, fuel usage and idle time, as well as allowing mapping functions, such as geo-fencing. Using a powerful telemetric system, Cat Product Link transmits this information to the customer and the dealer via a secure, web-based application, VisionLink™.
The Cat Machine Security System (MSS) is another asset-management tool available for the new excavators (standard in North America and EU). The MSS, which uses special keys with an electronic chip, controls who can operate the machine (and when). The MSS, using a small antenna around the key switch to read the user’s identity, then checks if the operator is authorized. Master Access Level keys allow using the Caterpillar Electronic Technician system to configure the security system.