Volvo targets rigid hauler sector with Motherwell-built range

VOLVO Construction Equipment is to enter the rigid hauler market with its own four-model range of machines, manufactured in Motherwell.

As a result, the manufacturer confirmed production of Terex Trucks rigid haulers will cease over time.

The new range, which will initially be launched in less regulated markets, consists of the flagship 100-ton R100E, 72-ton R70D, 60-ton R60D and 45-ton R45D.

The R100E is described as combining a wealth of market and customer knowledge with “proven components, new technologies and a striking new design” to meet the needs of the mining and quarrying sectors.

Based on the existing Terex Trucks TR-Series, development of the R45D, R60D and R70D Volvo rigid haulers follows an engineering review. Improvements are said to include greater visibility and safety systems, along with Volvo technical support and branding.

Thomas Bitter, senior vice president of the marketing and product portfolio function at Volvo CE said, “Our purchase of Terex Trucks in 2014 was a strategic decision that allowed Volvo to offer customers a rigid hauler option. Since then, we’ve been working to design a completely new rigid hauler that builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage, while also incorporating Volvo CE’s industry-leading technology and core values of quality, safety and environmental care.

“Today we move to the next stage, and the new Volvo machines, especially the E-Series R100E, are the outcome of this work. We’re confident that they will impress customers working in the mining and quarrying segments.”

Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s vice president of Rigid Haulers and Terex Trucks added, “Terex Trucks’ rigid haulers are known for performing well in tough conditions, while also being easy to maintain and delivering low cost of ownership.

Paul Douglas

“Our proven design has provided a strong DNA on which to help develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line. The new E-Series R100E is a completely new machine that delivers stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort. And moreover, it’s quick and simple to operate and maintain.”