Sany to launch graders in North America
By Murray Pollok15 October 2013
Sany’s Road Machinery group is to market its motor graders in North America next year as a first step into the market, with compaction machines to follow later. The three models will be assembled at Sany’s plant in Atlanta.
Around 15% of Sany Road Machinery’s revenues are generated by export sales, although so far this has been exclusively to emerging markets like South America, the Middle East as Asia Pacific.
Xie Zhixia, chairman of Sany Road Building, told International Rental News (IRN) that the intention was to increase export sales to 30% of the total within three years and 40% within five. Much of this growth will be in developing markets, but the move into North America is indicative of Sany’s ambition to compete also in mature construction markets.
The three units to be produced for North America, and featuring Tier IV Cummins engines, will be the SMG 160, SMG 200 and SMG 230 models. Sany will show two graders at the Conexpo-Con/Agg show next March.
The Road Building division produces graders, asphalt plants, single and twin-drum compactors and milling machines, all made in Changsha, with some compaction models and graders also assembled in Brazil.
Mr Xie told IRN that the division’s sales have continued to grow despite the slowdown in China’s construction sector. He said export sales has expanded strongly and that although the road building sector in China was seeing lower levels of growth than in previous years, it had experienced more ‘normal’ growth and not the explosive rises in demand experienced for excavators and wheeled loaders.