Steinexpo 2017 : Live machinery demonstrations in Germany

The 10th Steinexpo took place from 30th August to 2nd September 2017 in the Nieder-Ofleiden quarry near Homberg in Germany.

Along with the UK’s Hillhead trade fair, Steinexpo – or Stone Show in English – is one of the few European expos that demonstrate machines operating in real-life conditions, at an actual live site. Nieder-Ofleiden is Europe’s biggest basalt quarry.

But while the earthmoving machinery sector is booming in Europe at the moment, quarrying and minerals processing machinery makers have been having a harder time.

Germany’s VDMA Construction Equipment & Building Materials Machinery Association reports that in the first six months of 2017 their members’ sales of earthmoving machinery were up 19% on 2016. In the first half of the year, growth was 20% worldwide, 18% in Europe and 14% in Germany compared to 2016.

Mineral processing technology sales were slow in 2016 – 16% down on the record level of 2011 – but things are starting to look a little better and an upturn is expected in 2018.

It was against this background that machinery manufacturers brought their latest equipment to Steinexpo 2017.

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There were 275 exhibitors for the four-day expo, including 72 from outside Germany, with companies from as far away as China and New Zealand. The exhibition area covered 180,000 m² of quarry floor.

Many of the big names were there, of course, including Caterpillar, Volvo, Case, Doosan, Sandvik and Terex.

Among the new machines at the event was the Metso MX cone crusher with multi-action crushing technology. The Metso MX4 at Steinexpo operates in the 315 kW power range. With a maximum feed opening of 254 mm, the crusher can reach capacities of up to 600 tonnes per hour.

It was launched in the USA in March, since when more than 20 MX crushers have been sold around the world, but Steinexpo represented its European debut. “We believe that interest in MX will be high in Europe, too, after Steinexpo,” said Jouni Mähönen, Metso sales vice president.

Metso also showed two of its Lokotrack mobile crushing plants as well as screens, pumps and conveyors.

Crushing and screening equipment was also exhibited by the Terex companies, Powerscreen and Finlay. Powerscreen demonstrated its new Premiertrak 400X jaw crusher and Chieftain 2200 three-deck screen, while Terex Finlay used the event to introduce its new 684 tracked inclined triple-decker screen and its J-960 jaw crusher.

Terex Trucks, now owned by Volvo Construction Equipment and not part of Terex at all any more, was represented at Steinexpo by its official partner in Germany, Klarmann-Lembach. Together they showed the Gen10 TA300, a 28-tonne capacity articulated haul truck.

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Liebherr’s booth featured two of its large wheeled loaders: the L 580 XPower and L 586 XPower, specially equipped for use in heavy-duty quarrying applications.

Komatsu attracted attention with its new PC700LC-11 hydraulic excavator, shown alongside a WA600-8 wheel loader and the new HM300-5 and HD605-8 dump trucks.

Also making its debut at Steinexpo was Komatsu’s 50-tonne PC390HRD-11 high-reach demolition excavator, which I have written about before here.  It is one machine that can do the job of several. It can be configured in six different working arrangements, can carry a 2.5-tonne demolition tool up to a height of 26 metres, and can also work with a four‐tonne demolition tool up to 15 metres.

The Steinexpo Facebook page makes clear how well the event was received by visitors – ‘wonderful show’, ‘just awesome’, ‘super event’ ‘unique’ and ‘great location’ were among the many rave reviews.

Steinexpo returns in 2020.

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