Avant Tecno USA Inc.
Avant Tecno USA continues to grow with its innovations.
Avant Tecno’s compact-but-mighty articulated loaders have already taken multiple industries by storm, including landscaping, agriculture, property maintenance and construction. With the latest release of its larger and more powerful 800 series machines and the upcoming release of its electric series, Avant continues to pioneer and pave the way in the development of internationally acclaimed and innovative compact loaders.
Jukka Kytömäki, president of Avant Tecno USA, oversees sales and distribution for Avant in the United States and recently provided some insight into the company’s quickly growing international operation.
Construction Today: Can you tell us a little about Avant Tecno USA?
Jukka Kytömäki: Since 1991, Avant Tecno has manufactured more than 45,000 loaders in Ylöjärvi, Finland and is now producing 5,000 loaders a year. The machines boast innovative design features that focus on efficiency, ease of use, safety, versatility and ergonomics.
With sales offices already established in Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom, Avant Tecno expanded operations to the United States in May of 2012. Since the beginning, the feedback from American customers was very positive: Avant is offering a completely different and distinctive solution for various customer segments including landscapers, hardscapers, arborists, property maintenance, construction and demolition. To put it another way, Avant is challenging the conventional wisdom of the market by winning hearts and minds all across the continent.
CT: What makes your company unique?
JK: We are unique in that our machines feature more than 200 different kinds of attachments and are multi-functional and versatile in design. We tailor our loaders to the size, market and weather conditions of every industry and export to every continent in the world – from Australian warmth to Siberian frosts. In other words, our machines are just as valuable to an arborist in Florida as they are to a snow removal company in Minnesota.
The cornerstone of our business has always been to put research and development, quality and manufacturing at the forefront. Every machine is thoroughly tested and documented first in Finland, then again when it reaches our U.S. headquarters outside of Chicago. Our U.S. service team helps to maintain and service the machines – as a matter of fact, we intentionally overstock parts to ensure they are readily available to customers.
In addition to delivering dependability and consistency, integrating the sales and marketing functions into the R&D and customer service side of the business has been critical in keeping up with Avant’s unprecedented rate of customer demand and innovation. These investments in sales and marketing will bolster our consultative, multifaceted approach to a business that is growing at breakneck speeds – faster and faster every day.
CT: Are you introducing any new products this year or next?
JK: Absolutely! We’re thrilled to be introducing and showcasing our new Avant 860i model to the North American market. With these larger compact articulating wheel loaders, the machines reach speeds of about 18 miles per hour and feature an increased lift capacity of about 4,200 pounds. It’s our most powerful loader series to date and yet its dimensions and articulated design make the machines very versatile and powerful. The introduction of our 800 series gives us a chance to jump into additional vertical markets looking for bigger, stronger, faster machines.
We’re also excited to introduce our e-series to the United States, which is set to launch in early 2020. These machines are battery powered and especially suited for indoor use where ventilation is limited or non-existent and there are strict noise restrictions – in the case of construction, the e-series machines will be a game-changer for indoor jobsites.
Lastly, we’re about to be releasing new attachments for asphalt patching – this has been demoed and prototyped in Europe already with very promising results. We’re looking forward to widening our offering in the construction space with these new attachments in the North American market.
CT: How does Avant specifically fit into the construction and demolition sector?
JK: In the construction and demolition market, the versatile, agile and powerful compact Avant loaders utilize many attachments in a variety of configurations including concrete mixers, soil screening buckets, vibrating plates and brick paver installation clamps for construction projects; hydraulic breakers, cutter crusher, and an asphalt grinder for demolition jobs. Avant’s backhoes, trenchers and augers are ideal tools for digging applications within construction projects. But, performing one task is not in Avant’s DNA. Operators can quickly change attachments with Avant’s unique attachment coupler and hydraulic multi-connector. In seconds, you can release the hydraulic breaker attachment and hook up a heavy-duty bucket to carry the debris away.
CT: Which machines and attachments are best suited for the construction and demolition industry?
JK: The Avant 600, 700, 800 and e-series machines are best suited for construction. Thanks to their versatility, agility and power, Avant loaders can take care of various jobs in different stages of the construction project in new building projects, renovations or demolition. On the construction site, Avant doubles as a forklift, loader, digger and demolition robot – it can even be used as an aggregate when required.
CT: Explain specific projects or jobsites where Avant machines have been used – what are the features and benefits?
JK: Because they’re lighter than typical skidsteers, the compact and light loader is made for working inside buildings. Due to its small size, it can be lifted to higher floors, and the hydraulics output allows you to make use of our wide range of attachments on the same basic loader. Hydrostatic power transmission, telescopic boom and joystick control give you full precision control for the best possible results.
CT: How does Avant take safety into consideration?
JK: On construction sites, safety is the foremost concern. Our designers take safety very seriously, and that’s why our loaders feature a certified ROPS safety frame and FOPS canopy, brilliant visibility from the cab, a sideway-fixed articulated joint and low center of gravity. The visibility is where we stand out from the competition – we offer a full 360-degree unrestricted view so equipment operators are in full control.
CT: Let’s talk logistics. How are loaders transported from one site to another? Or on the site itself?
JK: Transporting the loader from one site to another is easy and can be done with a regular trailer with brakes. On the site, Avant can access incredibly tight spots and can also be lifted onto higher floors from designated lift-up spots. Avant’s low usage and maintenance costs are a considerable advantage especially in laborious and intensive construction projects. The hydrostatic drive system and offset telescopic boom provide great visibility, and multi-function joystick give full precision control for the best possible results.
CT: Explain Avant’s dealer network and how it can best reach this target sector of your business.
JK: We have a wide and ever-growing footprint in the American market with more than 150 dealer locations across the United States. Globally, the construction segment is one of the fastest-growing segments for Avant and we are starting to see the same trend here in the United States. We will be exhibiting at the World of Concrete, CONEXPO and ARA shows in 2020 and are looking forward to further solidifying and reinforcing our growing presence in this sector.
CT: How can our magazine’s readers find out more about Avant Tecno, USA?
JK: For more information, call 855.282.6887, visit www.avanttecnousa.com or stop by our booth at the World of Concrete, CONEXPO or ARA shows in 2020.