The French manufacturer of material lifting equipment Haulotte announced the acquisition of all shares of the Turkish distributor Acarlar Makine. This company, created in 2003 and located in Istanbul, has 34 employees in four agencies, throughout the country. “This acquisition is in line with the participation taken in 2014 in a market that has now confirmed its potential of growth. Despite recent variations of the Turkish lira, we believe that the long-term perspectives in Turkey remain attractive for Haulotte Group,” stated Alexandre Saubot, Deputy CEO of Haulotte Group.
The Australian sales and service company of the Liebherr Group has announced the acquisition of the business activities, including all the employees and locations of Morrow Equipment in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington on the 1st of January 2019. Liebherr will continue to support all existing contracts and customer relations as well as all Morrow employees can become part of the Liebherr team. Thomas Schröder and Craig Jones, the new managers of the tower cranes division at Liebherr-Australia, have declared their impatience to consolidate and develop the brand’s activity in the region. They will benefit from the know-how of the staff and the rental fleet of about 100 tower cranes and 40 hoists.
P&L Machine Moving and Rigging, based in South Africa, has recently added a new 6-axle MultiMAX semi-trailer from Faymonville to its fleet. The fully steerable trailer on hydraulic suspensions is equipped with timber floor, outriggers and hydraulic double ramps, which reduce the drive-on angle for any type of machinery. Thanks to its extendedly loading deck, the MultiMAX semi-trailer will be used for P&L’s abnormal transport and rigging activity.
“We are looking forward to putting this trailer to work and excited to keep building a strong partnership with Faymonville,” said Gareth Lucas from P&L Machine Moving and Rigging.
The Spanish rental company Grues Aguilar, based in Madrid, announced the acquisition of seven new mobile and crawler cranes. The purchase includes one LTC 1050-3.1 compact crane, one LTR 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane, two LTM 1130-5.1 mobile cranes, one LTM 1230-5.1, one LTM 11200-9.1 as well as one LR 1600/2-W narrow track crawler crane.
Among these machines, the LTM 11200-9.1, with nine axle lines, a 1200t maximum capacity and a 188m maximum height, is the biggest telescopic crane sold in Spain since 2009. These new machines will enhance their fleet which includes fifty mobile cranes with lifting capacities between 40 and 1200t.
Photo from left to right: Tobias Böhler (Liebherr Ibérica), Luis Aguilar (Gruas Aguilar), Alvaro Hueso (Liebherr Ibérica)
During the press conference held at this year’s IAA exhibition in Hannover, Wielton Group, the Polish manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and bodies, has announced the acquisition of the English company Lawrence David. In the first stage of the transaction, the Group will acquire 75% of its shares, with the remaining 25% within the next 4 years. The transaction was valued at GBP 26 million and will increase Wielton Group’s sales to approximately 20,000 vehicles a year.
Lawrence David is a British manufacturer of transport solutions with over 45 years of experience and a total capacity of approx. 23,000 vehicles a year.
“Thanks to the acquisition of Lawrence David, the Wielton Group is entering a stable and receptive market. For us, this acquisition is an opportunity to enrich the Group’s offer with the company’s unique products. Particularly noteworthy are the products from the last mile/home delivery line, which are widely used in the FMCG industry and the rapidly growing e-commerce sector. Another interesting product are the pillar-less curtain trailers that allow more efficient loading and faster transport. We expect that on more demanding markets, this product may partially replace traditional semi-trailers,” said Mariusz Golec, CEO of the Wielton Group.
The groupe Kiloutou just announced the acquisition of the rental public works specialist Seralfe. This firm, based in Madrid, has 20 employees and a fleet of more than 1600 machines, mostly wheeled loaders, excavators and small equipment for craftspeople, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as national key accounts of Construction and Industry and public works. That’s the fourth Spanish acquisition for Kiloutou after Rentecnika in 2015, Alvecon in 2016 and CTC de Maquinaria in 2017.
According to the Kiloutou’s CEO Olivier Colleau, « this acquisition is in keeping with Kiloutou’s worldwide development strategy, which particularly aims to consolidate our position on high growth potential markets. It allows us to reinforce our presence on Madrid’s dynamic market and illustrates our capabilities to bring together quality-assured regional stakeholders with a strong local base around our development project ».
The Blackpool Zoo, located in the seaside resort of Blackpool in the north of England, has purchased a Bobcat T590 compact track loader for its new Project Elephant, a state-of-the-art pavilion that has been built to house a breeding herd of Asian Elephants. Thanks to the low ground pressure and stability of the tracked undercarriage, the new T590 has proved to be the right machine for working on the deep fine sand that covers a large part of the floor surface of the new elephant enclosure.
“The machine will be used for hay and straw unloading, feed deliveries and moving animal crates, grounds work in the animal paddocks and clearing out animal bedding as well as maintenance work around the Zoo ground,” says Zoo’s Head Keeper, Luke Minns.
Crane service provider Wiemann, based in Dortmund, has expanded its fleet with a new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane for its location in Gierstädt. This machine, with a capacity of 100 t and a main boom of 60 m (with a boom extension of 19 + 8 m), is one of the most compact cranes in its class. “With a width of only 2.55 meters, the AC 100-4L is the most compact crane in its category, making it ideal for work sites where space is tight,” explaining his purchase decision General Manager Martin Wiemann, who has received the crane together with employees Georg Ruhe and Mario Bley at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken.
Legend: Left to right: Helge Prüfer (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes), Georg Ruhe (Crane operator, Wiemann), Mario Bley (Technical Field Service, Wiemann), Martin Wiemann (General Manager, Wiemann) and Christian Kassner (Senior Manager Sales, Terex Cranes)
The Eiffage part, Eiffage Construction just acquired the Swiss construction firm Priora AG. Created in 1992, it made an annual revenue of nearly 340 million euros. The company works in new building and refurbishment on the residential market, in service sectors as well as public infrastructures. This purchase is a part of the Eiffage development strategy at European level and will allow Priora AG to grow in the future.