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Terex fills the gap

Scottish manufacturer predicts dump truck will be a success with operators

SCOTTISH manufacturer Terex is seeking to build on its current success in the truck market with the launch of a 32-tonne payload articulated dump truck (ADT).

The 3566 goes on sale in January in a bid to fill a gap between its existing 3066 and 4066

machines. It aims to combine the reliability of the smaller hire machine and the performance of the larger production model.

According to sales support manager Allan McNaught, the target customer is the large hire company which also gets involved in production contracts.

The 3566 includes a range of features that Terex hopes will provide low costs and high reliability.

The firm has taken a number of characteristics from the 37-tonne 4066C, including high-capacity axles and oscillating front suspension.

It also offers ground-following rear suspension, which Terex claims is unique for the truck sector.

The truck can reach speeds of 45 kph and uses six-speed automatic transmission with Porsche-designed 'smooth shifting sequential control', as featured on the 3066C.

Motherwell-based Terex's research claims to show that up to half of the buying decisions for ADTs are made by the operator.

In response to this, the firm has planned the cab environment with a high visibility screen and

ergonomic controls.

'I think the operators are going to love the truck. It's had a great reaction in the pre-production model,' said Mr McNaught.

Terex has been bullish on the back of high sales volumes for its rigid trucks and 27-tonne ADTs.

Its stock price has risen over 400 per cent over the last two years to £11.90 per share while

operating profit up to the end of September has doubled to £30.7 million on the previous year.

And the firm plans to pump £5 million into its factory over the next two years, including a planned extension which will enable it to produce up to 1,000 units a year.