POLAND: A Polish company has taken delivery of the first Volvo EC750E crawler excavator sold in Europe
by Katherine Brook
The giant 75-tonne EC750E is ready for heavy dirty duties. The first to be delivered in Europe is now hard at work for Polish cement company Cementownia Warta SA.
Innovation never stops at Volvo, and the EC750E – Volvo CE’s largest crawler excavator available in regulated markets – is no exception. So keenly was its arrival anticipated that even before the 75-tonne crawler excavator had been unveiled at the Bauma exhibition in Munich last year in April 2016, Warta had already put in an order.
Warta, named after Poland’s third-largest river, which flows nearby, is based in Pajęczno County in central Poland. The company produces cement for road construction, airports and hydraulic structures, such as dams and water power stations.
“It is a privilege to be the first customer in Europe to receive the EC750E,” says Dariusz Gawlak, managing director of Warta and vice president of the Polish Cement Association. “Our machines are required to work long hours while maintaining efficiency, so operator comfort and extended uptime are key requirements. It was for these reasons that the EC750E was the perfect fit for our needs.”
The EC750E offers innovative electro-hydraulic technology, optimized to operate in harmony with the robust engine, providing greater operator control and productivity. Moreover, the industry-leading Volvo cab delivers the superior operator experience Warta is looking for, with a low-noise environment for optimum operator productivity. Ergonomically positioned interfaces – including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – and clear all-around visibility ensure maximum efficiency and ease of use.
The excavator was delivered to Warta in October 2016 and was immediately put to work in the company’s limestone quarries. At the handover ceremony in November 2016 at Warta’s headquarters, the two companies celebrated the machine’s ‘launch’ in the style of an ocean liner – by smashing a bottle of champagne over its flanks.
Although the machine had only been operating on site for a few weeks, Gawlak expressed his delight with its performance so far. “It is a pleasure to be able to present the excavator in its natural environment, doing what it does best. So far, the EC750E is living up to expectations. It’s also compatible with our Volvo A40Es, and when fitted with articulated hauler side extensions on the hauler body, gives 15% more hauled material with the same fuel consumption,” he adds.
“There is no better way to celebrate this moment than to see the machine hard at work,” says Rob Lane, business manager at Volvo CE. “Moments like this complement our customer’s purchase experience, supporting and continually strengthening our working relationship together.”
Warta is no stranger to Volvo CE. A customer for eight years, the company bought its first machine in 2008 – an L120F wheel loader, which is still working in the quarries. It now owns 20 Volvo machines in total: four crawler excavators (EC700B, EC700C, EC290C and now the EC750), five wheel loaders (L350F, L220F, L120F, L120G and BL71) and 11 of Volvo’s 40-tonne articulated haulers (models A40E and A40G).
“With so many Volvo machines already in our fleet, the decision to purchase another was obvious. Not only do the machines meet performance requirements, but Volvo has a good aftersales presence, which is essential to ensure machine uptime and ultimate productivity on site,” says Gawlak.