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Earthmoving-equipment manufacturer Shantui has officially launched a comprehensive range of new-and-improved 2014 model bulldozers that are particularly well-suited to the rapidly-developing African mining industry.

Shantui vice general manager for equipment in Southern Africa, Garron Troskie, says the African mining industry is a key strategic market with the potential for measurable long-term growth for the company, which is already recognised as the largest bulldozer manufacturer in the world.

“We are extremely proud to be introducing a total of 12 new Shantui bulldozer models to the African marketplace during the course of the next year,” says Troskie.

The new models for 2014 include: SD90-5, SD52-5, SD42-5, SD32-5, SD24-5, SD20-5, SD18-5, SD16-5, SD16YE, SD13YE, SD10YE and SD08YE.

All new models comply with Tier III low-emission standards. In addition to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Tier III compliant engines also result in better fuel consumption, thereby ensuring long term operational savings.

Advancements to the 2014 range include a cooling system with hydrostatic fans and pilot operating hydraulic systems. Improvements have also been made to the track frames, transmission, planetary final drives and steering clutches and brakes to ensure greater reliability and improved ease of operation.

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