More than 170 Chinese companies have showcased their latest digital, green and intelligent construction technologies at one of the world’s largest trade shows for the sector in Las Vegas. Among them, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG) has attended the ConExpo 2023 for the tenth time, displaying 50 products in nine categories, all specially designed for the US market. According to Liu Jiansen, vice-president of XCMG, the company’s presence at the event this year is the largest by any Chinese company in the history of the exposition.
XCMG has been building up local R&D teams to develop products in response to increasing demand for green and smart technology in the US market. Its exhibits include electric counterbalanced forklifts, electric off-road widebody dump trucks, and an unmanned single-drum roller. Liu noted that electrification, intelligence and digitalization are becoming new growth points for the intensely competitive construction machinery sector.
The US market plays a crucial role in XCMG’s international business, accounting for a quarter of the global heavy-equipment industry. The company’s products have been used in construction work in the Texas oil basin, on interstate highways in Florida, and for laying pipes in Houston’s oil-production area, with the quality of its products and delivery ability widely recognized by US customers. XCMG has received single orders for more than 200 machines, and Liu said that the company is confident that it will steadily grow in the US and provide more high-end products and localized service to its customers.
Also showcasing its green construction machinery technology at the event was Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co, which has been developing electric-vehicle battery technology for the US market. The company is showcasing 19 machines in five product lines, including wheel loaders, excavators, bulldozers and rollers. Liugong’s world-leading technology in electric vehicles is represented by the electric-battery wheel loader 856H-E MAX. Capable of 10 hours of light work and eight hours of heavy work, the loader features an intelligent battery management system that can be rapidly charged in 90 minutes. The company announced at the event the sale of an 856H-E MAX to Los Angeles County for sanitation work. While the sale is the first of its kind in the US, the company said that around 2,000 of the units are already in operation worldwide.
According to Luo Guobing, vice-president of Liugong, US customers have higher requirements for operating safety and comfort, and demand fast response and support services. Therefore, Liugong products being exhibited are tailor-made for the US market. The company has launched a Liugong finance program and a support system as part of its efforts to localize its service in the US. The US market is an important part of Liugong’s strategy for global expansion, helping it better understand industry trends and advance its international business. The company’s engineers in China and the R&D team in the US will continue working together to meet the specific needs of its US customers, while its service teams improve support levels.