26 January, 2017
Premiere for MAN's logging trucks at Elmia Wood's new exhibition area
The MAN TGS looks like an ordinary logging truck but has
hydrostatic drive on the front wheels and a tag axle with steerable wheels.
The German truck manufacturer MAN
sees Europe's forestry sector as an increasingly important market. That's why
the company is exhibiting at the world-leading forestry fair Elmia Wood 2017 in
the new Load & Transport area, which brings together everything to do with
logistics en route from the forest to the industrial consumers.
"Our focus is on better economy for timber hauliers,"
explains John-David Schnackenberg, manager of the forestry segment at MAN.
Innovations on show
While this is the first time MAN is exhibiting at the
fair, the brand is not unknown in the Nordic forests. Back home in Germany the
trucks are a common sight. And now the company has decided to focus more on
"The big news at the fair will be improved powertrains,"
Schnackenberg reveals. "One product we're exhibiting is an engine that meets
the very latest environmental demands, Euro 6 C."
MAN is bringing three or four vehicles to Elmia Wood.
Another one will be on show at the stand of crane manufacturer Epsilon. There
are three models: the heavy trucks TGS and TGX, and the new family member TGE,
a van in the 3.5 to 5 tonne category. It is built on a Volkswagen Crafter,
which was chosen as Van of the Year 2017, but in a more professional execution
with more applications.
GPS-controlled transmission and upgraded
MAN will present two improved engines. They are the D26,
which now meets the toughest European environmental demands, and the D38, a
15-litre six-cylinder inline with 640 HP and 3,000 Nm torque. The upgrade has
given both models an additional 20 HP each.
The trucks come with either manual or automatic
transmission, the MAN TipMatic® TX. The design aims to reduce the haulier's
costs and improve the work environment. One of the innovations is
"The trucks know in advance that a slope is coming and
switch to the correct gear for optimal engine speed," Schnackenberg says, as an
example of the benefits of GPS-controlled transmission.
Real-wheel, front-wheel or all-axle
At Elmia Wood MAN is also exhibiting a three-axle truck
with HydroDrive® and a controllable tag axle. MAN introduced HydroDrive ten
years ago and other brands have recently followed. It involves hydrostatic
front-wheel drive, which can be selected as required at speeds up to 28 km/h.
Normally the drive is on one wheel pair, which gives optimal fuel economy, but
when accessibility requires, the front-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering can
be brought into play. Another innovation is that HydroDrive can be offered in
combination with automatic transmission.
New area at the fair
Elmia Wood 7-10 June 2017 is the premiere of the Load
& Transport exhibition area, which focuses on the construction and
maintenance of forest roads, the transport of forest raw materials, and timber
handling at terminals and woodyards.
MAN is presenting its innovations there with the aim of increasing its
share of the timber and forestry truck market in the Nordic region, Germany,
France, the former Eastern Europe and Russia. And the message is the same
everywhere: more efficient vehicles mean more money left over for the haulier.