Two-day dealer event in Rome from Socage

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Two-day dealer event in Rome, on 14 and 15 September Italian manufacturer Socage showed new products and announced a company acquisition and a new manufacturing partnership.

Dealers from all over the world attended and were shown, the first version of the E Series, (E stands for Electrical) mounted on 3.5t trucks and a new van mounted platform, models from the 4 Series were on show, mounted on the company’s patented X-chassis and examples of the company’s big truck mounts.

Socage formalised the acquisition of the company Catt srl, which specialises in fabrication, laser cutting and robot welding, which will give Socage control of the whole production process, Catt has about 140 employees who will continue in their roles.

A partnership with the Austrian company Welser was also described, this organisation produces special profiles through roll forming – a technology which produces repeatable and reliable results. This allows Socage to create complex profiles with materials such as DOCOL SSAB. The forSte 28D, was the first machine to result of this work and has been the basis for the entire E Series.

There are nine models in the E series ranging from a 16 to 28m working height: five are double articulating models with working heights of 21 to 28m, four are telescopic models from 16 to 23m working heights, jib options are available on some of the models. They have a 300kg basket capacity and have been designed to be to be mounted on a 3.5t vehicle.

The light structure is achieved through by the use of 1.5mm thick high strength Docol 1200M steel for the booms, the welding, carried out by Welser, contributes to added strength and weight reduction.

Socage launched its 15 m van mount at the event, which joins the 12m version, which was introduced at SAIE in October 2014. The 15VTJ has a telescopic boom with a jib and two outriggers. The machine has a 225kg basket capacity with a 360deg rotation

The Series 4 has seven models ranging from 15 to 24m working heights and includes three double articulated machines and four telescopic units. Socage says that the series has improved performance with reduced weight and dimensions and anticipates that the range will be completed in 2016.

Socage also took the opportunity to display some models from the big truck mounts range. There are eight machines in the series, with working height up to 75m. Mounted on a 32t truck the 75m model has a 40m outreach, previewed at SAIE 2014 the production model is now ready.

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