Overview of the most important manufacturers of heavy construction equipment Here a small overview of the worlds leading brands

of heavy construction equipment, the kind of equipment they produce and a little company history: The<strong> Case Corporation </strong>was created 1842 in America and manufactured threshing machines in its beginning. From 1912 the production was extended to the sector of farm equipment and road construction machinery. In 1957, Case acquires American Tractor Corporation - manufacturer of excavators and establishes like this to a internationally well-known company in the construction machinery sector. The Case Corporation with its machinery brands Case CE (Case Construction Equipment) for construction machines and Case IH (Case Internationally Harvester, since 1985) for agricultural machinery fused in November 1999 together with New Holland to the CNH Group. Apart from Case and New Holland, O&K, Fiat Kobelco and Kobelco belong to the CNH Group as well.. <strong>Caterpillar Inc. </strong> (Illinois, USA) is the world’s biggest manufacturer of construction machines. Caterpillar’s Product ranges comprehend Earth moving Machinery and Road Construction Equipment as well as Engines: for instance: Excavators of all types, wheel loaders and crawler loaders, scrapers, graders, dozers, etc. Worth knowing: One of the founders of Caterpillar, Mr. Benjamin Holt, is considered to be the inventor of the chain drive assembly for crawler machines. The machinery production's sector of the South Korean multinational Daewoo was sold in 2005 to <strong>Doosan Infracore</strong>. Since then construction equipment, trucks and trailer are sold by the name Doosan-Daewoo. Doosan has a sales network all around the world and distributes through it the whole range of crawler excavators, wheeled excavators, wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. The Japanese <strong>Hitachi </strong> Ltd. Corporation is among the 50 biggest enterprises in the world. Known as an electronic enterprise, they produce as well construction equipment under the name Hitachi Construction Machinery: crawler and wheeled excavators of all sizes, telescopic working platforms, wheel loaders, off highway and since the uptake of Euclid as well off-highway trucks for plant and building. Hitachi became, little by little, a full line manufacturer for machinery, after ending the cooperation with Fiat (Fiat-Hitachi). <strong>Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.Ltd. </strong> is part of the South-Korean Hyundai and produces construction equipment and boat equipment. The machines are distributed in the network franchised Hyundai Construction Equipment around the world. The machines productions includes Skid steer excavators, wheel and crawler excavator, wheel loader, skid steer loader and of course as well forklift of all kind. <strong>JCB </strong> (according to its founder Joseph Cyril Bamford) it is the forth biggest machinery manufacturer in the world. JCB produces among others backhoe loaders (the 3 CX is the most successful product ), tele handler, crawler excavators and wheel excavators and under the name JCB Vibromax even rollers for compaction. JCB is active as well in the agriculture field with their Fastrac tractors. It is one of the few enterprises in this sector of machines manufacturer that still has got a family conduction. <strong><a href=http://komatsu.minutemachine.com/home.php> Komatsu </a></strong> Ltd is the second largest construction equipment manufacturer world wide after Caterpillar. Apart from construction machinery, the Japanese company with head quarters in Tokyo produces: electronics, fork-lifts, generators, compressors and

industrial robots. As a full-liner, Komatsu sells over 100 different construction machine types, from mini excavator to telehandler up to mobile crushers. In 1995 Hanomag, the German machinery manufacturer became part of the Komatsu Group and now produces under the name Komatsu Hanomag AG wheel loaders in Hanover. Interesting: Komatsu produces the largest bulldozer of the world (Komatsu D 575) with 132 tons. <strong>Liebherr AG </strong>is an international company that produces apart from construction equipment also aero space equipment and household appliances. The machinery product line of Liebherr includes excavators, Bulldozers, Wheel loaders, Off High-Way Trucks and Mining Equipment. Remarkable: At the Bauma fair in Munich in 2004 Liebherr presented the world’s largest dump truck - the Liebherr T282.The new Liebherr wheel loader series are meant to be very economical in fuel consumption. Apart, Liebherr is Specialist for Cranes of all kinds. By the way, a Liebherr Tower Crane was their first product launched in 1949. Nowadays Liebherr cranes product range goes from mobile cranes to quay cranes. <strong>New Holland </strong> belongs since 1999 to the corporation CNH. Previously they were producing farm equipment but today, a part from tractor, they sell many other types of machinery. The <a href=http://en.minutemachine.com/home.php> heavy equipment </a>line includes bulldozers, excavators, grader and wheel loader. In the light line production you can find all sizes of skid steer excavator and skid steer loader as well as telehandler. Under the name appear New Holland the previously named brand of Fiat-Kobelco, Kobelco y O&K. Roberto <strong>Perlini </strong>funded in 1957 the Italian manufacturer of construction equipment and heart dump truck Perlini. In 1961 Perlini started with the production of off-highway track for earth moving and construction equipment. Today, they produce dump truck in Vicenza, Italy and commercialize their products all around the world. The <strong>Terex </strong>Group is a traditional American producer of Cranes until in 1995 they began their acquisition history. Nowadays the Terex Group consists of a big number of traditional manufacturers – integrated as a whole or partially into the group. Here a list of the most know brands American, American Truck Company, Atlas, Benford, CMI, Demag, Fermec, Finlay, Fuchs, Genie, O&K, Pegson, Peiner, Powerscreen, PPM, and Schaeff. The <strong>Volvo </strong>Group with head office in Göteborg, Sweden, is worldwide one of the largest manufacturers of busses (Volvo Busses), trucks (Volvo Trucks) and construction machines (Volvo Construction equipment). Besides, Volvo produces boat engines (Volvo Penta) and High tech components for civilian aviation as well as jet engines (Volvo Aero). Volvo Construction equipment produces more than 100 different construction machines of models of compact wheeled loader, excavator loader, mobile excavator and chain excavator. Interesting: The unquestioned “star” under the Volvo construction machines is however the articulated Dumper in all remarks of A 25 to A 40