BTB 42: EXPOCORMA 2015
Published on: Monday 4th April 2016
The Chilean forestry industry has been a strong performer for the past two years. Tigercat and dealer, Latin Equipment Chile have established themselves as marketshare leaders. The Chilean forest industry has had a strong focus on improving safety through mechanization especially when it comes to harvesting on steep slopes, which Chile has plenty of.
The need for a reliable felling machine capable of working on steep slopes and handling large radiata pine trees with authority initiated the demand for the Tigercat LS855C shovel logger equipped with the feller director boom and Tigercat 5195 directional felling head. The LS855C allows for much safer felling and shovelling of trees to facilitate the extraction process.
Ground based extraction using shovel logging techniques with the LS855C in combination with the Tigercat 635D and 615C six-wheel skidders has allowed contractors to eat into a large portion of their harvest previously only possible with more dangerous manual felling systems with cable yarding extraction. Getting people off the ground and into safe machine cabs is the ultimate objective for Chilean forestry companies.
Tigercat showcased its focus on these same goals at Expocorma by bringing a large contingent of engineering staff as well as owner and CEO, Ken MacDonald. Field visits followed to gather feedback from customers. With Latin Equipment’s recent investment in its Los Ángeles (capital of Biobío province) branch and plans for the same treatment in Valdivia to better support the growing population in this southern region, it is clear that the strategy to remain market leaders is well intact.
The New Zealand trend of tethering tracked machines on steep slopes has also caught the attention of Chilean forestry companies and their contractors. The presence of a number of New Zealand suppliers of tethering technology at the show was a clear indication that this trend is going to be part of the Chilean forest industry as well. Tigercat and Latin Equipment Chile will continue to take part in these important industry events to better understand evolving customer needs.
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