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JUN 2013

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bauma 2013 continued full-coverage after-sales program, Bell Assure," Bell said. The company also announced Bell Trucks America (BTA), which has been established in Houston, Texas, as part of its strategy to re-enter the Americas with the Bell brand following 10 years of supplying product to these markets under another brand. BTA is a joint venture by Bell and major investors that will serve as Bell Equipment's American headquar- ters, responsible for setting up a comprehensive network of regional dealers and service partners across this territory. This important decision regarding the manufacturer's global market coverage follows the cooperation agreement with the nationwide Canadian dealer, Wajax, the first ADTs for which have already left the Bell factory in Eisenach, Germany. In the Americas, Bell will start by introducing the larger D-Series trucks, which Atlas Copco Backed by 140 Years of Innovation Now entering its 15th decade, Atlas Copco can trace its mining roots deep into the latter quarter of the 19th century. Founded in 1873 as AB Atlas, the company manufactured its first drill driven by compressed air in 1898. More innovation was soon to follow, as Atlas manufactured its first piston air compressor in 1904, and its first portable air compressor in 1905. In 1936 Atlas introduced a one-man pneumatic rock drill that could be equipped with a pneumatic pusher leg. This became the basis for the "Swedish method," a modern and lighter The Atlas Cyclop drill from 1910. drilling technology. In the same year, the company pioneered the use of "down-the-hole" (DTH) drilling. And in 1937, Atlas manufactured a rock shovel loader, driven by compressed air, for the mining industry. Today, Atlas Copco is the world's leading manufacturer of air power equipment. Over the years, the Atlas Copco legacy continued to grow with more innovations and acquisitions. In the 1970s, Atlas Copco introduced a series of pneumatic rubber-tired shovel loaders that became the market leader in small to medium mines, and in 1989 Atlas purchased U.S.-based Wagner Mining Equipment to be able to offer a full range of loaders and underground trucks. The '80s also saw the introduction of the Swellex rock reinforcement system, which still commands a leading position in rock bolting today. Today, the Atlas Copco mining product range includes: • Blast hole drilling rigs • Exploration drilling equipment • Ground engineering equipment • Rock reinforcement equipment • Large rotary and DTH blast hole rigs • Portable and stationary compressors • Raiseboring equipment • Rock drills and drilling tools • Underground vehicles The new Atlas Copco Electric Scooptram EST 1030 electric loader. Atlas Copco has an impressive 140-year heritage of innovation and service. However, rather than rest on their laurels, they continue to develop new ways for their mining customers to work more safely and more productively. For More Information, Visit Company Profile—Paid Advertisement 40 will see the "heavyweights," the B45D and B50D, available in the North American markets for the first time. The full Bell range, with the new E-Series small trucks will be available from the beginning of 2014. All Bell Equipment activities in North America will be monitored through its own company, Bell Equipment North America. This includes the exclusive supply of Tier 4i-compliant trucks and parts from the Bell facilities in Germany, namely the Eisenach production facility and the European Logistics Center in Alsfeld. "We're extremely focused on this development, as this will generate important sales through all the truck classes, as well as secure our European production and parts activities in the long term," Bell said. Bell Equipment will also intensify its South American business through cooperating with strong partners and being active in several Latin and South American markets. The supply and support of respective units will be managed by Bell Equipment International Operations. Hydraulic Hybrid Concepts Dana introduced the Spicer PowerBoost System, a new line of integrated hydraulic-hybrid powertrain concepts for the off-highway market, at bauma 2013. Deployed through series or parallel hybrid configurations that fit into existing vehicle designs with minimal adaptation, Spicer PowerBoost supplements all types of transmission architectures. The system captures kinetic energy otherwise wasted throughout the drivetrain and working hydraulics, and then uses this recuperated energy to help power the vehicle, which can reduce fuel consumption by 20% to 40% compared to conventional drivetrain concepts, depending on vocational application and duty cycle. It can also reduce total owning and operating costs by increasing productivity, reducing maintenance, and allowing for the use of a downsized engine. Functional prototypes demonstrating the performance of the system will be available for field testing by OEMs in the second quarter of 2013. "Dana has pioneered powertrain innovations for more than a century, and Spicer PowerBoost exemplifies an ongoing commitment to research and development that leverages our extensive systems knowledge and increases value to both our OEM customers and end users," said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off- June 2013

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