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Bell Equipment has signed an agreement with Kobelco Construction Machinery Co. Ltd (Kobelco), for the exclusive distribution and support of the Kobelco range of excavators in southern Africa.

Bell and excavator allianceAccording to Bell Equipment Group Marketing Director, Stephen Jones, the company is looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with Kobelco that aims to provide both companies with the stability needed to realise their growth potential in the excavator market.

A division of Japanese-based Kobe Steel, Kobelco is a leader in excavator innovation, having developed Japan’s first construction machine in 1930, followed in 1963 by Japan’s first wheel-mounted hydraulic excavator. In 1967 the company launched the first crawler type hydraulic excavator to be produced using Kobelco’s proprietary technology, and in 2006 introduced the world’s first hybrid excavator. With an equally proud history in manufacturing, the company has 10 production centres located in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, the United States and India.

“The Kobelco focus on product innovation and efficiency resonates with our own ideologies and the company also shares our passion for customer support, making it a great fit for our business. We share a number of dealers around the world and we are fully aware of how impressive these machines are and the name they have made, specifically through the choice of premium components, overall reliability and low fuel consumption delivered by the Toyota Group’s Hino engines,” says Jones.

“We are fortunate to have teamed up with a leading capital equipment distributor in southern Africa, and also a like-minded company that believes in listening to its customers and reacting quickly,” says John Boyd, MD of Kobelco Construction Machinery Middle East and Africa. “With Bell Equipment’s broad product range, extensive distribution network and strong reputation for strong customer support, we believe that we have found the right partner for our products in this region.”

Commenting on the Kobelco machines, Boyd says: “Key to the Kobelco value proposition is our philosophy of pursuing the enhancement of performance capacity and improved cost efficiency with due care for the environment. For this reason all Kobelco excavators have two digging modes – H mode for heavy duty and higher performance and S mode for normal operations with lower fuel consumption. Real life situations show that the S mode can deliver around 20% reduction in fuel when performing the same tasks as like-sized machines while engagement of the H mode delivers 8% more productivity at the same fuel burn as competitor machines.”

Bell will be complementing its extensive product range by developing the full range of Kobelco excavators, from the small 1 t mini excavators through to the largest 85 t units. This will offer customers options for the smallest applications as well as competitively priced and perfectly matched loading tools for Bell articulated dump trucks in the construction, quarrying and mining industries.

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