are delighted to welcome the following companies
into CEA membership:
LTD - Into production with the M8-35 - The New Generation
Ltd was formed by its Managing Director, David J B Brown,
as a division of the Brown Group of Companies - which also
included BDE Ltd, Artix Ltd and DJB Ltd.
the exception of Multidrive, the companies, along with designs,
were sold to Caterpillar Inc in 1996. Multidrive was retained
by David Brown to fulfil his vision of developing a ground-breaking
range of commercial and military vehicles which would provide
leading-edge on/off highway solutions to 21st century requirements.
from a four-year research, development and testing programme
the robust M8-35 tractor/trailer unit and the 35 tonne capacity
Multi Load Ejector (MLE) body, capable of a 15 second safe,
controllable ejection, are just two of the results.
55mph and 8hp/tonne M8-35 with MLE has entered production
after extensive trials and testing at home and in South
Africa. BulkMech, the country’s leading coal discard contractor,
has proved that productivity increases of over 40% are sustainable,
derived from the lighter weight MLE and its on-the-move
spreading capability, eliminating the need for spreading
vehicles. The huge versatility of the complete unit from
rock to concrete, combined with its fuel efficiency, low
operating costs and highway legal dimensions add to its
Multidrive to arrange a demonstration: Tel:+44 (0)1845 521500
RESEARCH ON THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
construction equipment industry analysts Off-Highway Research
have reported to the DTI on Sector Competitiveness in the
UK Construction Equipment Industry. This supports the CEA
Promoting Performance initiative in looking at ways in which
we can encourage and facilitate competitive improvements.
OHR Director of Research, Chris Barrow-Williams, presented
the key findings to the Promoting Performance conference.
The report backed a CEA involvement in an Industry Forum
style initiative together with a list of other projects
which the Association could tackle. These included, the
development of new market strategies, training for SMEs
in market development, web-based marketing, publicity of
SME support services, improved market data and encouragement
of foreign language skills. The CEA Management Council and
supporting Committees will be assessing the recommendations
and preparing an Action Plan.
RESEARCH HAVE MOVED
wish David Phillips and his team at Off-Highway Research
every success in their new premises:
Great James Street London WC1N 3HB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 1128 Fax: +44 (0)20 7404 1129 E-mail:
CEA’s web address is www.coneq.org.uk
- however, www.fmcec.org.uk
can still be used for the time being.
Bridge Alert Warning Detection System
Technik Ltd, well established designers and suppliers of
electronic safety systems for commercial and passenger vehicles,
launch an innovative device to advise bus drivers on approaching
a low bridge. The system, known as BridgeSafe detects a
low bridge automatically from a considerable distance, then
automatically gives an initial warning by a light and audible
intermittent sound to inform the driver that the bus is
approaching a low bridge.
Edward Spiteri Tel: +44 (0)1202 861961 - Fax: +44 (0)1202
Suppliers need to elect a new representative for future
CEA Council meetings after Terry Hawthorn, Prolec Ltd, stepped
down at the 2001 AGM. Thanks are extended to Terry for his
contributions over the years. A meeting will be held shortly
to increase Council representation.
to Paul Ross for being promoted to Caterpillar (UK)’s Backhoe
and Small Wheel Loader Product Manager