Terex Trucks has announced it is to reinforce its interest in France with the expansion of its articulated hauler operations in the country.
With improving economic conditions, as well as a number of large-scale infrastructure projects confirmed, the company is keen to take a bigger share of the national industrial vehicle market.
Terex has this year signed three new dealers: Promatex International, Framateq Sud-Est and Manu-Lorraine.
“We’ve identified the key territories we want to cover, and we’re thrilled to add three reputable French dealers to our growing network,” said Paul Douglas, managing director of Terex Trucks. “We are currently expanding our operations in France and plan to sign more dealers in the near future.”
Terex Trucks offers two articulated haulers in France: the TA300 and – the biggest hauler in the company’s range – the TA400. These machines are typically used on large-scale construction projects as well as in quarries and on infrastructure developments.
The TA400 is a 38 tonne (41.9 tons) machine that’s fitted with a six-cylinder Scania DC13 engine and an Allison HD4560 transmission, which delivers high performance and a fuel-efficient operation.
The 28-tonne (30.9 tons) TA300 is equipped with independent front suspension as standard to enable traction control and operator comfort, ensuring maximum productivity in the challenging conditions. The hauler’s five-cylinder Scania DC9 engine meets the requirements of EU Stage 4/EPA Tier 4 Final emissions without a diesel particulate filter.
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Douglas added, “With so many big projects in the pipeline, France is a key market for Terex Trucks. Historically, France has been one of the industry’s strongest articulated hauler markets, with around 300 machines sold in a good year.
“However, due to the geopolitical climate, volumes have dropped over the last couple of years to about 140 units. But now we are starting to see the demand for articulated haulers pick up again, with a total of 60 machines (across all brands) sold in France in the first quarter.”