Volvo EC200D prepares land for 300-ha housing project in Indonesia

A growing middle class and rising levels of urbanisation has fuelled rapid residential real estate growth in Indonesia, according to research firm Oxford Business Group. Indonesian property developer PT Bumi Mapanget Asri is currently building a 300-ha housing complex in Manado, north Sulawesi, to meet the housing needs of over a thousand families in the city. To assist with this project, the company is relying on a Volvo EC200D crawler excavator to prepare the land for the first phase of construction.

“With the challenging tropical conditions in Indonesia, we needed a machine like the EC200D which could handle large workloads while remaining weatherproof,” said Maik Pesot, director of PT Bumi Mapanget Asri. “With high load-bearing buckets, a powerful Volvo engine and an all-weather cab, our EC200D excavator helps us to perform rain or shine.”

For the past six months, PT Bumi Mapanget Asri has deployed the EC200D to carry out a wide range of tasks, including clearing debris, levelling the ground and moving materials to and from the site. Working up to 16 hours daily, the excavator is helping the company stay on track to meet its target of completing over a hundred houses annually.

“The EC200D has brought a slew of productivity improvements to our site. Its low fuel consumption coupled with short cycle times and a large bucket capacity has helped us to reduce the costs on-site,” said Mr Pesot.

The EC200D excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is powered by a Volvo D5E Tier 3 engine that delivers 123 kW at 2,000 rpm. Coupled with compatible hydraulics, the machine is designed to operate quickly and with short cycle times. It is configured with a 5.7-m boom, 2.9-m arm and 0.8-cu m bucket, while its maximum breakout force is 116 kN.

PT Bumi Mapanget Asri bought the EC200D from a local dealer, Intraco Penta Prima Servis (IPPS), one of Volvo’s two distribution partners in Indonesia. This machine was launched into Indonesia in the first quarter of 2018. With its flexibility to carry out a wide range of general construction tasks and excellent performance, the EC200D is proving especially popular in the country, with orders continuing to grow, said Volvo CE.

“One of our reasons for purchasing the EC200D is the excellent aftermarket support IPPS offers,” said Mr Pesot. “We have developed a close relationship with the dealer and are confident that they will fully support us with their expertise as we continue to use the machine for years to come.”

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