Modern Mining

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers at the company’s Motherwell facility in Scotland. Around 160 customers and dealers from around the world, as well as a small media contingent which included Modern Mining, attended the event.

Guests got their first glimpse of the new machines – the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 100-ton R100E – on Tuesday April 10th. The star of the show was the R100E, a completely new rigid hauler that – says Volvo CE – combines a wealth of market and customer knowledge with proven components, new technologies and a striking new design.

Customers and dealers pictured at the launch of the R100E (photo: Volvo CE).

As well as having the chance to inspect the new machines, guests at the launch event – which was held over three days – also got to the opportunity to test drive the flagship R100E, see how the rigid haulers are designed and manufactured and watch them in action at a nearby quarry.

With customer input key to the development of the new range of rigid haulers, the machines have undergone extensive field testing – at mining sites in both Sweden and South Africa. The R100E under test in South Africa has been – and continues to be – operated by mining contractor Trollope Mining Services at Manungu Colliery in the Witbank coalfield.

The R100E is put through its paces at a Scottish quarry (photo: Arthur Tassell).

“The Volvo R100E is an impressive design that offers a good balance between productivity, fuel efficiency, comfort, ease of maintenance and safety,” says Sagrys De Villiers, Trollope’s Site Manager. “We are sure that this truck will be a strong competitor in the rigid truck market in the future.”

“The R100E is capable of carrying an extra bucket pass compared to other 100-ton trucks being used on the site,” notes Workshop Manager Danie van Niekerk. “This means extra productivity for the mine, which is very valuable. Speed and acceleration of the hauler on inclines compares favourably against competitor machines, even when fully loaded and carrying more material.”

According to Volvo CE, the E-Series R100E delivers stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort. With its high capacity and hauling speeds, new V-shaped body, efficient hydraulics, intelligent monitoring systems and advanced operator environment, the R100E will help customers in the mining and quarrying segments move more material in less time. Moreover, Volvo CE says it is also quick and simple to operate and maintain.

Based on the existing and well-proven Terex Trucks TR-Series, development of the D-Series R45D, R60D and R70D Volvo rigid haulers follows an in-depth engineering review, ensuring that the machines meet the standards expected from Volvo products in their target markets and segments. Improvements include greater visibility and enhanced safety systems, along with Volvo technical support and branding.

“It was great to invite customers and dealers to the site where the new Volvo-branded rigid haulers are being manufactured,” says Thomas Bitter, Senior Vice President of the Marketing and Product Portfolio (MaPP) function at Volvo CE. “We’ve been working on the new range since Volvo CE acquired Terex Trucks in 2014. The development of these machines has relied heavily on the long-standing rigid hauler expertise of Terex Trucks as well as customer input and the technological strength of the Volvo Group.”

“The proven design of the Terex Trucks rigid haulers provided us with a strong DNA on which to develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line,” agrees Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s Vice President of Rigid Haulers and Managing Director of Terex Trucks. “The R100E has been designed to meet customer demands for a rigid hauler that delivers high performance and productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and good operator comfort. It, along with the rest of the range, builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage and incorporates the customer feedback and market knowledge we have built-up over the years.”

Volvo CE is represented in Southern Africa by Babcock. Roger O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of Babcock International Group – Africa, and David Vaughan, MD of Babcock’s Equipment business, were both present at the launch.

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