Case eyes Tunisian road construction focus
Case has identified significant opportunity in Tunisia which is gearing up for a large rollout of road construction projects. The country’s government has allocated 3,5-billion Euros to developing the country’s road infrastructure up to 2020.
The country’s infrastructure development projects are also attracting funds from international donor financing institutions. In July 2015, the World Bank granted 180-million Euro for the refurbishment of 146 km of roads in some of the least developed regions in Tunisia. This was later followed by a 150-million Euro load from the European Investment Bank signed to modernise main arteries in the south of Tunis to relieve traffic congestion.
Case is represented by Sotradies in Tunisia, supplying an array of road construction-related gear. This includes the CASE 865B 18-ton, 220 hp grader. It is one of three models in the B Series, featuring a powerful, fuel-efficient, turbocharged FPT engine. For higher performance, the Variable Horse Power on the 865B model maximises operation thanks to the triple horsepower engine curve.
The transmission combines the torque converter typical smoothness for fine grading with the direct drive solution for full power transfer. The hydraulic system with load-sensor offers balanced ﬂow for all applications. The front A-frame drawbar provides outstanding stability, while the heavy duty boxed frame design increases the life of the components. Ground-level access to the checkpoints means daily maintenance is easy and quick.
“We’re in a position to supply the best grader for the African market. The range is perfectly sized for road building and road maintenance jobs. Case graders have been tested throughout the years on challenging North African jobsites. The upgraded cabin, improved design and weight-to-power ratio make them the best-in-class solution for the market and value for money for the customer. We look forward to challenging the competition in the field,” says Massimiliano Sala, CASE product marketing manager of road building equipment for Europe Africa and Middle East.
This is complemented by a 35 ton, 271 hp CASE CX350B crawler excavator, a 230 hp 821F wheel loader, T Series backhoe loader models and radial loader SR Series skid steer loader.