LiuGong has major plans for future corporate development

LiuGong unveiled new machines as well as its plans for the future at the BICES 2015 construction equipment show in Beijing recently. Trading conditions are tough in China at the moment, but LiuGong is performing better financially than many of its local rivals according to the firm. LiuGong’s vice-president, Dave Beatenbough said that the firm is particularly well known for its wheeled loaders, a product line for which the firm is a market leader in China. However, he explained that the company is actively
Earthmoving & Earth Compaction / December 10, 2015
LiuGong CLG509A paver
LiuGong has a joint venture partnership with Metso producing crushing equipment
LiuGong unveiled new machines as well as its plans for the future at the BICES 2015 construction equipment show in Beijing recently

Trading conditions are tough in China at the moment, but 269 LiuGong is performing better financially than many of its local rivals according to the firm.

LiuGong’s vice-president, Dave Beatenbough said that the firm is particularly well known for its wheeled loaders, a product line for which the firm is a market leader in China. However, he explained that the company is actively broadening its product portfolio. The one important part of this process is the creation of product families, adding that the introduction of the E Series excavators three years ago was a significant step. He added, “we have been expanding this line-up.”

“We develop machines differently to our competitors. We share technology between models. This has several benefits and we use the same parts so these fit several models. The reliability is also improved because we have technology we can test very thoroughly rather than having several different technologies.”

The 46.5tonne, 298kW CLG950E excavator represents a key launch for LiuGong and was developed on a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform in accordance with the LiuGong Development Process (LDP). The machine is equipped with the most up-to-date components and integrates a number of advanced technologies according to LiuGong and Beatenbough commented, “The 950E is perfect for quarry applications.”
He continued, “Wheeled loaders continue to be a strength of LiuGong and last year we introduced the H Series.” He continued that the 30.6tonne 890H will be highly suitable for use in the extraction industries, due to its 9tonne load capacity and high performance, giving the firm a greater presence in this segment. He said that the machine benefits from a driveline that is optimised for performance, with its 261kW 196 Cummins diesel running at low speed and well matched to its ZF automatic electro-hydraulic transmission for good traction in all conditions. The 890H also has a new cab and is said to be easier to maintain, with grouped service points and an engine canopy that lifts well out of the way.

In addition the company is now offering the LM J106 mobile crushing unit, manufactured as part of its joint venture with Finnish firm 6934 Metso and also intended for the extraction market. The machine is said to offer relatively low operating costs and is being introduced into the Chinese market with a view to offering more versatile solutions for crushing than were previously available.

He continued, “LiuGong is focusing on the future and not just for wheeled loaders and excavators. We’re also showing our road surface machinery. This is a market that is really going in China.”

He explained that the company is investing in its road machinery range as well as its smaller products, with paving and milling equipment having been prioritised. Beatenbough said, “We also have a complete line of rollers.”

The CLG509A paver is aimed at use on projects for roads, parking lots and airports. The firm said that it is suitable for bituminous concrete, stabilising soil, lime-ash soil and all kinds of road materials and it can handle paving widths of up to 9m and has a maximum throughput of 700tonnes/hour. It has four closed-loop working modes (paving forward and backward, moving forward and backward), which the firm claims improve stability, while it also features high performance when paving on the straight or on curves. The machine’s systems also control the mixing of materials with the help of a load sensor, proportioning value and reducing segregation.
Meanwhile the CLG5100-2 cold planer is powered by a Dongfeng Cummins diesel delivering 153kW, the highest for its class in China. This machine can mill widths of 1m to depths from 0 to 180mm. The high torque reserve allows it to handle milling of both asphalt and concrete pavements and the firm claimed that the machine incorporates advanced technologies and is one of the first in China to use all-hydraulic walking and all-hydraulic milling systems.

Also new from the firm is the TC550A truck crane, which offers a 55tonne maximum lifting capacity and a 60.5m boom. The crane has an H-shaped outrigger chassis for stability while hoisting with lifting powered by separate engine in the upperworks. Variable displacement hydraulics help optimise performance and reduce fuel consumption while the U section jib offers increased strength. The crane features a sophisticated monitoring system with remote fault diagnosis.

The company said it has repositioned itself and refined its operating strategy. Earlier this year, LiuGong opened its Global Research and Development Centre in Liuzhou, China. This initiative will boost LiuGong’s research and development (R&D) to a level comparable with leading global construction equipment manufacturers. The company’s commitment to innovation and investment in research and development is paying off with its new machines coming to market and other models due to launch in the future.
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