With demand for building materials on the rise in Indonesia, one company has turned to the new Volvo EC200D crawler excavator to provide the reliability and productivity needed to cope with a growing order book. Guy Woodford reports – in our sister title Aggregates Business.
The aggregates industry in Indonesia is experiencing a boom, with over US$104 billion invested in road infrastructure in the country. Providing the building materials to satisfy this huge level of investment is a challenge for many companies, but one contractor based outside Yogyakarta, has found the perfect machine to help: the EC200D excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment.
PT Berdikari Putra Perkasa was one of the first in Indonesia to receive an EC200D, with deliveries starting only a few months ago. However, the unit is already proving its worth, replacing an older machine and significantly boosting production for the company, which delivers building materials to projects around the local area.
The EC200D is based at the stockpile facility, playing a central role in operations where it works up to 20 hours a day moving over 300m³ of sand and gravel from quarries to the stockpile. From here the material is moved for processing before passing on to the construction projects where it will be used. Situated at an important bottleneck between extraction and transport, the excavator’s work is vital for the successful delivery of aggregates to customers.
“We really like our Volvo EC200D’s speed and fuel efficiency,” said Haji Mujiyana, owner at PT Berdikari Putra Perkasa. “The D-series machines have a great four-cylinder engine, which offers best-in-class performance and we’ve seen that translate to tangible productivity gains at our facility.”
The Volvo EC200D is a solid performer that offers excellent fuel efficiency and productivity in a range of general construction applications. In addition to material handling, the versatile excavator is also perfect for road construction, building, landscaping and utility work. The excavator features the powerful Volvo D5E Tier 3 engine that delivers 123kW at 2,000rpm. Coupled with compatible hydraulics, the EC200D is designed to operate quickly and with short cycle times. It is configured with a 5.7m boom, 2.9m arm and 0.8m³ bucket, while maximum breakout force is 116kN.
Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, four Volvo EC210D crawler excavators are delivering much needed protection to Filipino villagers living near the Mayon volcano. The heavy-duty units are building spillways to direct lava, debris and rain away from populated areas, while simultaneously preserving valuable aggregates resources.
The EC210D has a Volvo D5E engine, which combines with the machine’s proven hydraulics to provide high torque at low rpm for superior performance and fuel efficiency.