Do you remember our latest blog article; Volvo Penta provides diesel engines suitable for forestry, about Volvo Penta’s comeback within forestry? In this blog post, I will describe our successful collaboration with Eco Log, and why Volvo Penta’s diesel engines are suitable for Eco Log’s newest generation of harvesters.
Eco Log manufactures harvester models and forwarder models for forestry
Eco Log is a manufacturer of forestry machines, situated in Sweden. Eco Log is the result of an acquisition of Caterpillar’s cut-to-length product line, in February 2004. The company consists of 100 staff members and offer world-class products in form of six harvester models and four forwarder models. They have an annual capacity of over 200 units, with Sweden, Germany and France as their most important markets. Eco Log has a long experience in the forest industry. They are committed to creating a safe future for their customers, manufacturing sustainable and high-quality products for forestry.
Stable, reliable and effective – tough requirements on forest machines
Forest machines need to live up to high standards. They need to be stable, flexible and reliable. Therefore, uptime is of highest importance in forestry, which requires effective machines, but yet environmentally sustainable. It is also important that the machine operator feels safe knowing that the risk for engine breakdown is minimal, even under tough conditions. In addition, an accessible service network is highly valued, decreasing downtime.
Eco Log’s E-series harvesters are powered by Volvo Penta
In spring of 2016, Eco Log’s newest generation of harvesters were launched, powered by Volvo Penta. Eco Log’s harvesters are known for their innovative pendulum arms, and for their ability to tilt 25 degrees sideways and 17 degrees to the front or rear – allowing them to work in rough terrain. In order to work at such tricky angles, Eco Log needs advanced engines, enabling the harvesters to operate safely and at maximum capacity. The harvester is designed like an excavator, where the cab swing along with the head and can turn 350 degrees. This enables the machine to move less frequently, which means lower fuel costs.
“When we design our harvesters, we don’t have the luxury of lots of space under the hoods. Volvo Penta has been instrumental in helping us fit the engines with the other components, optimising space and promote longer engine life,” says Philippe Wion, Sales and Marketing Director at Eco Log. “The power and responsiveness are fantastic, the fuel consumption to output ratio is excellent – which is something we deeply care about as an environmentally conscious company. It’s nice to receive such personalized attention to our needs. Volvo Penta very obviously cares about the applications of all its customers, whether they work in the marine world or in forestry.”
Wood – a renewable material with big development potential
Volvo Penta sees an increased interest in wood as a renewable raw material. The application possibilities are many and the development potential is almost endless. To take advantage of this, we believe it is time for the technology development to take a big leap within the Swedish forestry to gain increased profitability also for the smaller actors.
When operating in forestry, it is key to have equipment that can handle the industry’s rough environment. The market puts high demands on production efficiency. However, there are few industries where production efficiency can be connected so tightly to the companies’ machines as in forestry. We strongly believe in the industry and are currently participating in an exciting development among engines designed for forestry. Stay tuned for what’s to come!
We, at Volvo Penta, are very proud to be back in the forest industry. Starting with the fruitful collaboration with Eco Log. Are you curious and want to know more about our engines that are suitable for forestry? Visit our website or contact me directly! Don’t forget to visit us on social media.