The Most Popular Heavy Equipment Brands in 2013
2013 has shaped up to be a great year for heavy equipment manufacturers. Essential for a wide variety of construction-related tasks, these solidly-built and exceedingly rugged vehicles are used in anything and everything from civil engineering applications to infrastructure development. Here are the top heavy equipment brands of 2013.
The venerable Caterpillar Inc. has been a familiar name in the construction industry throughout the latter part of the 20th century, and the company is still very much alive to this day. Recognizable for the distinctive “CAT” logo painted on its yellow vehicles, the U.S.-based company manufacturers a wide range of heavy equipment including standard tractors to hydraulic-powered excavators. The largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world, Caterpillar had an estimated $70 billion in assets in 2013.
The second largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world is Komatsu. Also offering a wide variety of mining and military equipment, the Tokyo-based Komatsu was established in 1917. The company currently provides a variety of military and industrial equipment to the Japanese military. They also produce a wide array of trucks, excavators, bulldozers, and loaders to the public and private sectors.
The U.S.-based Terex produces a wide variety of construction and mining equipment for a global clientele. The company was established by Gerald Williamson in 1925, and its equipment is sold in over 170 countries. The Terex product line is comprised of cranes, aerial platforms, mining equipment, and road building machinery. To date, there are more than fifty Terex product facilities around the world.
Founded in 1927, The Swedish company Volvo is one of the most familiar names in the global automotive industry. Arguably best-known for their remarkably well-built automobiles, Volvo is also a noted manufacturer of heavy equipment including trucks, buses, and a full range of mining and construction equipment. The company also offers a wide selection of attachments, and provides service and part distribution around the world.
The Switzerland-based Liebherr has been around since 1949, and its reputation remains intact in the 21st century construction industry. The company offers a wide range of heavy machinery, with particular focus on mining and excavation equipment. Its product line consists of everything from cranes to excavators, to loaders, and even huge mining dump trucks, and it has offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and the United States.
One of the most venerable names in the construction equipment industry is Hitachi. Established in 1910, the Japanese company manufacturers a wide range of construction and mining equipment including excavators, dump trucks, loaders, and cranes.
Officially known as Deere & Company, John Deere one of the foremost manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment in the world. The company was established in 1837, and it offers a wide and varied array of heavy machinery including tractors, bulldozers, loaders, excavators, and harvesters of various kinds.
The China-based Sany Heavy Industry Co. Ltd was founded in 1986. The company manufacturers a wide selection of construction and mining equipment including concrete machines, hoisting equipment, coal mining equipment, pile drivers, and road construction equipment. The company also produces a range of wind-driven machinery.
Zoomlion is another equipment manufacturer based in China, and it has been in business since 1992. The company is best known for its line of sanitation equipment, which is marketed all over the world. However, Zoomlion produces several lines of heavy equipment as well, including cranes, garbage trucks, bulldozers, loaders, excavators, pavers, rollers, snowplows, and many more.
The Sweden-based Sandik was established in 1862. The company’s inventory of heavy equipment is grouped into two distinct lines: construction equipment and mining equipment. The company is especially known for its crushers, drill rigs, excavation tools, and material handling equipment.