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Technology Fuels Era| Set Ambitious Ideals and Climb to the Highest Peak Zoomlion's Thirty Years of Research and Development of Concrete Machinery

2022-09-15

In recent years, Chinese concrete machinery has firmly dominated the global market. In 2021, 8 out of every 10 concrete machines coming off the production line worldwide were produced in Hunan, China. However, 30 years ago, the concrete machinery market was dominated by a large number of foreign equipment in China's infrastructure project sites. It was not until Zoomlion's first concrete pump HBT40 came off the production line that a new era of localization of concrete machinery was opened.

Over the past 30 years, Zoomlion, as a pioneer in the concrete industry, has created a series of star products that have reached the pinnacle of the global industry. From the HBT90.48.572RS ultra-high pressure concrete pump, which is known as the "King of Pumps in the World", to the world's longest 62m pump, 67m pump, 80m pump and 101m pump developed one after another, Zoomlion has been setting new world records on the road of development.

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Zoomlion's "Pump King" pumps C120 ultra-high performance concrete to a height of 417 meters during the construction of KingKey 100 Tower

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Zoomlion's 101m carbon fiber boom pump

This series of achievements are inseparable from Zoomlion's technological innovation and technological breakthroughs. In 2014, Zoomlion launched the Product 4.0 project. It starts from product intelligence, realizing product self-diagnosis, self-adjustment and self-adaptation, so that the equipment can "sense, have brain and think". In 2020, it has achieved iteration and breakthrough on this basis, and finally entered a new stage of 4.0A innovation project. In recent years, Zoomlion has made breakthroughs in the key technologies of concrete equipment boom vibration damping technology, intelligence and greening, and its lightweight technology has also continued to break through and upgrade. In particular, its hollow boom has overturned the industry's perception and reached the international leading level.

With the support of a series of advanced technologies, the first localized carbon fiber boom pump, the world's first purely electric pump, the first 60-meter hybrid pump, and the "Lingyun II" series 70-meter pump were born in Zoomlion, leading the "intelligent, digital, and green" change of the industry.

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Zoomlion's new 70m pump truck

Due to its profound accumulation and outstanding achievements, Zoomlion's concrete machinery has been highly recognized by the Chinese government. On November 2, 2009, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China approved the establishment of the Chinese National Engineering Research Center of Concrete Machinery with Zoomlion as the supporting unit. This makes Zoomlion the only company in the industry with such a research center.

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The Chinese National Engineering Research Center of Concrete Machinery

On the strength of technological innovation and breakthroughs, Zoomlion has not only replaced foreign products in the Chinese market with its continuously launched hot new products, but also actively responded to the "The Belt and Road" initiative by actively laying out overseas, thus dominating the global concrete machinery market.

Especially worth mentioning is that in 2008, Zoomlion acquired CIFA, the world's third largest concrete machinery manufacturer at that time, which changed the world competition pattern of the industry in one fell swoop. The good and systematic integration of Zoomlion and CIFA since 2014 is a sign that this groundbreaking acquisition in the Chinese construction machinery industry has stood the test and won the affirmation of the world.

With years of technical precipitation and product development, Zoomlion has always ranked among the top two in the field of concrete machinery, and the sales of long-boom pump trucks have been always in the first place in the industry.

First-class enterprises make standards. As the industry leader, Zoomlion has also led or participated in the formulation and revision of 3 international standards, 14 national standards and 11 industry standards in the field of concrete machinery. In June 2017, the international standard ISO19720-1 "Building Construction Machinery and Equipment: Concrete and Mortar Preparation Machinery and Equipment Part 1: Terminology and Commercial Specifications", mainly prepared by Zoomlion, was officially published and released. This is the first international standard in this industry that was officially published and released, in which China played a leading role.

In the future, Zoomlion's "troika" of products, technologies and standards will continue to lead the way with a steady pace and perseverance, and write a new chapter of high-quality development in the concrete machinery industry.

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