Samoter and Asphaltica breaking news
A tour behind the scenes reveals what some
of the major exhibiting companies will put on display
Verona, 23 April 2014 – With just a few more days to Samoter and Asphaltica scheduled 8-11 May in the Verona Exhibition Centre, all exhibiting companies are hard at work defining the details of their attendance at most important event in Europe for the industry in 2014.
We took a glimpse behind the scenes to steal some previews. Komatsu explains that 2as machinery builders with a factory in Italy, it is important for us to give a signal to the market and to the country.” The Japanese company has scheduled an exclusive preview of the new PC170 Series 10 track-laying excavator built in the Este factory (near Padua) and first presentation in Italy of the new version hybrid HB215-2 excavator. The set of innovations is completed by the new WA320-7 wheel loader. During the show, Komatsu will also hold in Verona its annual Supplier Day, which brings together about 100 of the company’s leading Italian suppliers.
Mercedes is also making a strong appearance, with a stand measuring around 500 sq.m. The German giant will exhibit three vehicles in its new Arocs range, especially a 8×4 site vehicle, a 6×4 tractor with rear air suspension and a twin axle 4×2 model. An innovative aspect is that visitors, after booking on the stand during the show, will be accompanied by minibus to a nearby quarry where they can test drive these vehicles. Man is also setting up a stand of about 500 sq.m. and will exhibit at least a couple of vehicles.
The outdoor area, on the other hand, will highlight an 8×4 vehicle equipped with a Cifa hybrid concrete mixer. More generally, the German vehicle builder is focusing on its range of new Euro 6 engines. Isuzu and Takeuci are represented in Italy by Midi Europe and will focus attendance on commercial vehicles with Euro5BT and Euro 6 engines and the range of excavators and skid steer loaders. Talking of Cifa: the company is synonymous on many markets with cement mixers and presents the MK28L mixer pump for the first time at an Italian exhibition characterised by pipes with a diameter of 5 inches rather than the conventional 4 inches.
Otherwise, attendance at Samoter will focus on business services and training through the by-now famous “Cifa Academy”. Terex has announced that the various machines on display at the Show will feature the TL 120 wheel loader, a latest-generation product, although the emphasis this year is primarily as an opportunity to promote the new dealer network. VF – Venieri, a 100% Italian company and consequently even more proud to be taking part in Verona, will present six machines in the hydrostatic range, especially including the VF18.63 articulated hydrostatic wheel loader providing power 225 HP. Vermeer focuses on several areas: earth-moving, horizontal drilling and more generally on non-invasive excavations and terrain levellers, i.e. machinery for quarries management and open-cast earthworks without using explosives. The latter are truly gigantic machines and far from easy to transport given their size and weights, so that Vermeer will set up a full-scale home theatre where visitors can watch these “monsters” at work.
Samoter is joined this year – in a logic of reciprocal complementarity – also by Asphaltica. And the specialist companies taking part seem to be competing very will, in terms of exhibition impact, with their “cousins” in the earth moving and construction sector. The Swiss group Ammann specialises in road-building machinery and will display mobile asphalt production plant at the show mounted on two large semi-trailers, as well as the range of rollers and pavers. Earlier this year, the company acquired German outfit Elbe specialising the construction of concrete mixing plant and consequently completes its show attendance with concrete mixing machinery. ENI is attending with two companies belonging to the huge group: Versalis, specializing in polymer chemistry, and Refining for bitumen. Atlas Copco will exhibit various machinery at the show, with two latest-generation pavers and rollers with single and double drum models. Yet even road-building machinery can have a “facelift”. While still named Dynapac, the company has changed its livery – abandoning its traditional red and yellow combo to yellow and grey, similar to that of construction machinery with the Atlas Copco brand.