New from Shantui this year is a range of concrete equipment, which it has added to its portfolio following the acquisition of Wuhan, Hubei Province-based Hubei Chutian Construction Machinery in 2008. Following the acquisition, Shantui entered into a joint venture with Japanese concrete equipment specialist Nikko and local Shantui dealer Zhongnan, which has seen the product potrfolio grow.

Deputy General Manager of Shantui Chutian Wang Ding Hong said, "We used to have just a single 8 m3 mixer range, now we have 8,9, 10, 12 and 14 m2 machines. With concrete booms we just had 27 m and 42 m reach models, but with the technology from Nikko our range now goes from 26 m to 51 m."

Products on display at BICES will be the HZS180 mixing plant, again developed by Japanese technology partner Nikko. The plant can handle a variety of mixes, including high-strength and self-levelling concrete, which the company says makes it suitable for booming areas in China such as high-speed railway, high-rise and power plant construction.

Also new is the 52 m reach HJC5391THB -52 truck-mounted placing boom. This features a range of premium components, such as Rexroth hydraulic pumps, a Stiebel transmission and Weldox high-strength steel for key structural parts.. The pump itself has a 600 litre capacity hopper and a mixer that will automatically switch into reverse if there is a material jam.

But not forgetting what it is most famous for, the Shantui stand will also feature several models from its dozer range. Among these will be the SD52-5, a 67 tonne machine, which the company says is the largest dozer built in China. The dozer is fitted with a low emission, fuel efficient Tier 3 engine.

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