technology A The A60H and the EC950E are brand new machines that are being seen by many regional customers for the very first time.” According to Roger O’Callaghan, CEO of Babcock’s African operations, “While the A60H was displayed at bauma, the Middelburg event was the first launch of an operation-ready machine that customers can actually use. I’d like to say that when the A60H was launched at bauma, it was a worldwide visual launch, but tonight is Volvo’s first operational launch. Because of our opencast operations, South Africa has also been chosen as the site for the filming of the worldwide marketing video.” The first order for the A60H was placed through Babcock last year at the bauma exhibition, by South African company Burgh Plant Hire, which ordered three of the mammoth machines. Vaughan confirms that prior to this launch, Babcock had already received a second order, also for three of the 60-tonners, from another South African customer. “The interest in the A60 has been phenomenal, and we can see that from the number of customers who have travelled incredibly far to be here tonight.” First orders for the EC950E crawler excavator have also been placed. “The A60H and EC950E are eminently suitable for local mining operations, as their robust drivelines are designed specifically for challenging applications such as those found in the southern African mining environment,” says Vaughan. Superior digging power With the significant increase in hauling capacity offered by the A60H over Volvo’s previous largest ADT, the A40G, the company needed to design an excavator that would complement the A60 and provide efficient loading capability. Prior to the launch of the EC950E, Volvo’s largest excavator was the 75-tonne EC750, which has a standard bucket of 4m 3 . “The obvious step was then to design a machine that would complement the A60, and the 90-tonne EC950 is the result,” says Vaughan.