Volvo Construction Equipment has announced plans to enter the rigid hauler market in the second quarter of this year with a range of four Volvo-branded machines developed in collaboration with its subsidiary Terex Trucks.
The range, which will initially be launched in less regulated markets, consists of the 45t R45D, 60t R60D, 72t R70D and the flagship 100t R100E. According to a statement by Volvo CE, the development of the new rigid hauler range has relied heavily on the longstanding rigid hauler expertise of Terex Trucks using the expertise of its Motherwell facility in Scotland, combined with the technological strength of the Volvo Group.
According to Volvo CE, the E-Series R100E is a completely new Volvo CE 100t rigid hauler that combines a wealth of market and customer knowledge with proven components, new technologies and a striking new design, providing a cost-effective and productive solution to fulfil the needs of today’s mining and quarrying customers.
The other three models – the D-Series R45D, R60D and R70D rigid haulers – are based on the existing Terex Trucks TR-Series. Their development follows an engineering review to ensure the machines meet set Volvo standards in their target markets and segments. Improvements include greater visibility and safety systems, along with Volvo technical support and branding, the statement added.
Volvo CE also added that as a result of the launch of the Volvo-branded rigid haulers, production of Terex Trucks rigid haulers will cease over time.
“Our purchase of Terex Trucks in 2014 was a strategic decision that allowed Volvo to offer customers a rigid hauler option,” said Thomas Bitter, senior vice president of the Marketing and Product Portfolio (MaPP) function at Volvo CE. “Since then, we’ve been working to design a completely new rigid hauler that builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage, while also incorporating Volvo CE’s industry-leading technology and core values of quality, safety and environmental care. Today we move to the next stage, and the new Volvo machines, especially the E-Series R100E, are the outcome of this work. We’re confident that they will impress customers working in the mining and quarrying segments.”
The all-new flagship 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, said Volvo CE. With high capacity and hauling speeds, new V-shaped body, intelligent monitoring systems and operator environment, Volvo expects the R100E to help customers move more material in less time.
“Terex Trucks’ rigid haulers are known for performing well in tough conditions, while also being easy to maintain and delivering low cost of ownership,” said Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s vice president of Rigid Haulers and Terex Trucks. “Our proven design has provided a strong DNA on which to help develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line. The new E-Series R100E is a completely new machine that delivers stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort. And moreover, it’s quick and simple to operate and maintain.”
The new Volvo-branded rigid haulers will be manufactured at the rebranded Volvo Motherwell production facility in Scotland and sold exclusively through the Volvo dealer network.
Meanwhile, Terex Trucks’ articulated hauler range will continue to be designed, built and developed at the Motherwell facility, and distributed using the pre-existing Terex Trucks independent dealer network.