Shantui has displayed its commitment to expansion in the African mining and quarrying sectors, following the official launch of its new 48-ton SE480 excavator.

Shantui vice general manager for equipment in Southern Africa Garron Troskie notes that the SE480 excavator was launched by the company at the bauma Africa Trade Fair in September, in response to increasing demand from the local market for a larger and more powerful machine.

“The Shantui SE480 excavator is powered by a Cummins QSM11 254 kW engine, and boasts a heavy duty boom and short arm with a 2,3 m3 double radius bucket for an increased breakout force of 256 kN – making it ideally suited for moving large loads,” he explains. “What’s more, it comes equipped with segmented roller guards, a deck guard, window guard and belly plates to ensure that it is able to withstand the most hostile terrain and operating conditions.”

Troskie points out that an adjustable track frame allows for the extension of the track width by up to 600 mm, thereby ensuring increased stability during operation in more challenging conditions. “This feature also ensures savings on transportation costs, as the track width can be reduced to such an extent that the excavator can be transported on a standard lowbed truck, as opposed to a specialised and more capital intensive transportation vehicle.”

Another major benefit of the Shantui SE480 excavator is its highly competitive price. “The SE480 features all the specifications required for mining applications, with performance meeting and even exceeding that of better known brands,” states Troskie. “This robust and high quality production machine is available at a substantially lower price than its competitors, which is a considerable factor for operations seeking maximum productivity in challenging economic conditions.”

Troskie reveals that the Shantui SE480 excavator has been well received by the local market since its official launch at bauma Africa. He continues: “I believe that the introduction of the SE480 excavator will result in a measurable growth in market share in the mining sector for Shantui, especially considering the overwhelmingly positive response that we have received from the industry to date.”

Africa has already proven to be a fundamental contributor to the continued success of the Shantui brand, which currently has a total machine population in excess of 5 500 units throughout the continent, of which more than 550 units are in Southern Africa.

Although current market conditions are challenging, Troskie is optimistic of the long-term future outlook for the local industry and for Shantui. “Growth plans for Shantui in Africa are expansive and calculated. We are currently in the process of implementing a long-term strategy of building a mature distributor network on the continent via our three principal local subsidiaries,” he concludes.