Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2013

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BAUMA 2013 bauma 2013 Lives Up to Expectations The mining segment and the world's largest equipment fair continues to build momentum By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief When Messe München and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) announced that they expected a strong turnout, they had no idea attendance would reach record levels. More than 530,000 visitors from 200 countries passed through the fairground's turnstiles in Munich between April 15 and 21. No matter how a trade show is judged, bauma 2013 broke all previous records for visitors, number of exhibitors and exhibition space. bauma takes place every three years. In 2010, an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano prevented many people from attending the event. Had the event taken place as planned, the attendance would have been lower than that of 2007. Many economies were still recovering from the global financial crisis, which devastated the construction market. bauma 2007 was an extremely healthy fair, which took place about 18 months before the financial crisis brought the global economy to its knees. While the mining business suffered some setbacks related to the financial crisis, only now is the construction indus- try beginning to recover. The turnout for bauma 2013 is yet another signal that the clouds may be clearing. Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of Messe München, said the response this year has simply been outstanding. "This is very good for our industry in these turbulent times and it will certainly give it a boost," said Johann Sailer, chairman of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association of VDMA and president of the Committee for the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE). In total, 3,420 exhibitors (1,346 from Germany) from 57 countries presented their latest products and innovations in construction and mining machinery at bauma 2013 on 570,000 m2. The landmark for the outdoor area was the haul truck and mining class excavator on the Liebherr stand, which was an exhibit unto itself. "This has been an absolutely positive trade show for us," said Stefan Heissler, member of the Liebherr-International AG board of directors. "We welcomed customers from around the world at our booths and we A 240-ton Liebherr T 264 haul truck paired with a R 9400 excavator serve as a focal point for the outdoor exhibit. 98 E&MJ • JUNE 2013 signed lots of new orders. In some product sections we exceeded our expectations by a long way." The activity in Mining Hall C2 was brisk. Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) was the only major international mining trade journal with a stand in the mining hall. Large groups of miners from Russia, Indonesia and various African outposts stopped to visit. While E&MJ carried a number of announcements in its March edition related to bauma, exhibitors made more announcements at the show. What follows is a collection of announcements from a dozen or so vendors who support the mining sector. The next bauma will take place April 11-17, 2016, in Munich. Liebherr Takes Center Stage Liebherr returned to the 240-ton class in presenting the T 264 mining truck at bauma 2013. The company sees this as a way to synergize with mining-class hydraulic excavators. Backed by 30 years of proven design and operational experience, this fuel-efficient mining truck is built for safety and reliability, and is sized to match the Liebherr R 996 B and R 9800 hydraulic excavators, as well as electric shovels and wheel loaders for optimal performance. With a gross vehicle weight of 385 metric tons (mt) and a payload of 240 tons, the T 264 can reach top speeds of 64 km/h (40 mph). The T 264 combines an efficient Litronic Plus AC drive system and a high power engine (up to 2,700 hp/ 2,013 kW) to yield higher speeds on grade. For superior productivity, the T 264's hydraulic system offers efficient dump hoist performance that promotes fast cycle times. The T 264 is equipped with ladders designed for easy engine and alternator access from both sides of the chassis. Filling points for fuel, hydraulic oil, grease and coolant are all accessible at ground level. The hydraulic filters and the battery isolation box are also accessible from ground level. Low working

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