New Bell B60D to debut at Bauma Africa
The inaugural Bauma Africa is on the doorstep of South Africa's leading heavy equipment manufacturer, Bell Equipment, and the company plans to make a strong impact locally by showcasing its strides in innovation with the debut of its 60-tonne Articulated Dump Truck, the B60D.
Following in the footsteps of the company's flagship, the B50D, which was coincidentally released for export at Bauma Germany in 2004, the B60D takes ADT design and innovation into a new league, opening up opportunities for the company in a domain that was previously only contested by rigid haulers.
The B60D has full articulation and oscillation steering but differs from a traditional ADT in that it has two driven axles, giving it 4x4 capability. With a 60-tonne payload the company believes it will be able to move considerably more dirt than a regular ADT, at a lower cost per tonne than comparative rigid haulers. At the same time the truck offers much better off-road capability than a rigid hauler and has the ability to work in worse underfoot conditions to increase days in production.
Bell Equipment Marketing Manager, Stephen Jones, said: "We're excited to be able to showcase our cutting-edge products at a show of this magnitude on the African continent. Apart from our B60D, we will also be displaying our new B50D Ejector as well as the E-series ADT and upgraded Fleetm@tic fleet monitoring system, which were very well received at Bauma Germany earlier this year."
According to Jones, the company will also use Bauma Africa to introduce the new Bomag MPH 600 soil stabilizer and asphalt recycler as well as to announce the expansion of its Liebherr range of equipment in Southern Africa to include three larger dozers, the Liebherr PR744, PR754 and PR764 models. "Our stand is alongside that of our newest partner, Finlay, who will display their range of mobile material processing equipment that Bell distributes in Southern Africa, thereby giving visitors to our stand a holistic view of our extensive product range," said Jones.
Commenting on the importance of Bauma Africa, Bell Equipment Chief Executive, Gary Bell said: "The African continent, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, is on a growth path with various governments and business placing strategic focus on infrastructure and related economic development. As a company we aim to be the equipment supplier of choice by offering a one-stop shop for equipment solutions backed up with world class product quality and technical support. Therefore a trade show, such as Bauma Africa comes at an opportune time to bring together the various role players. An international exhibition of this stature in our region has been long awaited and Bell Equipment looks forward to the positive spin-offs for the region, the construction industry and our customers."