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Issue 05.2012

Blue have two successful shows 02 Cotswold Recycling continue to grow 03 Demonstration days a great success! 04 Doppstadt “Blue” away the competition 06 Blue Spares Birthdays 06 Blue Spares new addition 07 A Riddel & Sons celebrate Diamond Jubilee 07 3 Shires buy AK 435K 08 Blue Group support Blood Bikes 09 Rastrum 10 3 Peaks Challenge completed 11 Get the latest news instantly 12 Is it Vettel? No its Kilo! 12

Blue have two successful shows We are delighted to report that both PAWRS and Hillhead were fantastic shows for us and that they both emphasised the vibrancy in our industry at the minute. The two exhibitions were extremely well attended and deals were completed on the stands at both. At PAWRS, Pat James sold a Terex Fuchs MHL 320 to Colchester Skips, while at Hillhead Kieran O’Kane sold a Powerscreen XA 400s jaw crusher to John Gunn & Sons and Reuben Stapells secured two large export deals. 


We look forward to seeing you all at RWM from September 11-13th. Additionally, P&L Barton agreed a deal at Hillhead for a new 1000 Maxtrak cone crusher to add to their contract crushing fleet. Father and Son, Peter & Richard are pictured right at the show with Blue Central’s Martin Loughran

Cotswold Recycling continue to grow with Blue & Powerscreen Strategically placed in the Bristol area, Cotswold Recycling are perfectly located to service the entire country with their fleet of the very latest Powerscreen equipment. From their inception in 2001, owner Richard Cooper has developed his business on offering tailored solutions for all types of crushing and screening contracts. With the ever changing marketplace and legislation, Richards extensive fleet of crushers and screens gives flexibility for all types of aggregate and recycling type work. Cotswold Recycling’s most recent additions to their portfolio are 2 new Powerscreen Warrior 1400’s and a Powerscreen XH 320 SR impact crusher. These 3 machines take Cotswold Recycling’s total Powerscreens to 16. With many long term contracts on the go and others on the horizon, Cotswold Recycling’s recent additions have gone straight out to work on various contracts. A recently completed job involved creating rail links for the Olympics, a contract which utilised 2 Powerscreen Warrior 1400’s, a Powerscreen Powertrak 800 and a Powerscreen XR400S Jaw Crusher.  

Talking of his loyalty to Blue and Powerscreen, Richard commented “In order to be successful in our business, the machines need to be reliable and versatile. Our clients are looking for the latest equipment to go in and work consistently in order for them to get their job done. With Powerscreen’s range of equipment, I feel I can provide the very best crushers and screeners available on the market to my clients, with all the latest advancements along with the peace of mind that in Blue I’m going to receive unrivalled backup to minimise downtime.” Richard continued “Downtime is inevitable in our industry, but with Blue’s first class Spares backup and exceptional service department, we can have our equipment back up and running with minimal fuss, ensuring our clients are operational and making money againmarket to my clients, with all the latest advancements along with the peace of mind that in Blue I’m going to receive unrivalled backup to minimise downtime.”

The companies steady growth has seen Cotswold Recycling established as one of the leading contract/hire providers in the UK. Their reputation for keeping their fleet fresh and offering a tailored service were contributing factors to the hugely successful 2011 performance which saw their turnover double.

Talking about their recent success, Richard added “We pride ourselves on keeping our equipment up to date and fresh as this ensures better productivity and reliability. We have worked extensively with the Blue Chips in recent years and look forward to continuing in this area, however are open to any type of work, no matter the scale. We are extremely flexible with our contracts and are happy to offer a price per tonne or direct hire options depending on the clients preference.”


Demonstration days a great success! Blue Scotland recently held a recycling demonstration day in partnership with Fife Council, which was held at the Council’s superb facilities at Lower Melville Wood Landfill Site, Ladybank, Fife. Aimed at promoting the range of plant and equipment Blue Scotland offers to the waste management and biomass markets and clearly demonstrating the environmental and economic benefits, the event was an undoubted success with over 150 guests attending over the two days in what, at best, could only be described as inclement weather! Eight recycling and materials handling machines were brought to the site, all of them demonstrating on a wide variety of materials handling and processing tasks. Alongside the demonstration area, Blue Scotland’s customer Scot Heating Co, leaders in turnkey biomass solutions, showcased one of their biomass burners, with recycled and virgin woodchip being produced on site and blown directly into the working boiler, which produced some muchneeded warmth at the event!


This impressive demonstration was yet another in Blue Scotland’s open days programme, reinforcing the company’s position as one of the leading equipment distributors and solutions providers in the Scottish recycling sector. Information on further planned open days and some exciting new Powerscreen products being launched at the Hillhead show can be found on the Group’s website

Machines on Demonstration From Doppstadt The DW-2060K Bio Power revolutionary slow-speed shredder processed a range of recyclables, including MSW, green waste, woodwaste and rootballs, showing its mobility and versatility by being regularly tracked to different locations on the site. The SM-620 Star Screen was fully occupied tromelling compost, while the AK-530 high-speed mobile shredder concentrated on

processing woodwaste. The DH-810 Chipper was put through its paces chipping virgin wood down to G30 specified biomass chips, which created a great deal of interest due to the growing number of biomass outlets. Blue Scotland offers a comprehensive range of Kiverco static and mobile MRFs and picking stations which can be customised to virtually any size and configuration to suit customers’ applications. On demonstration was a static MRF which treated skip and C&D waste, removing all pickable and blowable materials from the incoming waste streams to maximise recyclables and minimise landfill volumes at the site. The Powerscreen XH 320 Mobile Crushing Plant is designed and built for primary crushing and is ideal for both recycling and quarrying applications, featuring a highly aggressive impactor crushing action with hydraulic setting adjustment. On demonstration, this powerful machine produced an excellent and consistent quality of Type 1 recycled aggregate from the incoming rubble waste stream. The Marathon Gemini-Xtreme is a midcapacity, closed-end, multi-material baler with a vertical tie system and

conveyor. Ideal for baling light alloys, paper, plastics, PET and similar waste stream materials, the baler produced a standard sized bale of cardboard, cans and paper in an average cycle time of only 34 seconds. The Gemini-Xtreme was also programmed to demonstrate production of an SRF bale for export again, creating considerable interest during the open days.

handling tasks. Four hydraulic outriggers provide stability for static loading work and the infinitely variable hydraulically height adjustable cab gives the operator a raised line-ofsight, which is a distinct advantage for processor feeding and contributes to operational safety with enhanced visibility during the working process.

Chris Ewing from Fife Council Waste Management operations said “We were happy to support this event, which provided an excellent networking opportunity and showcased our first-class operations at the Ladybank site. We were impressed with the machinery on demonstration and the professionalism of the Blue Scotland team. ”

Commenting on the Open Days event, Blue Scotland’s Managing Director Austin Carey said “We are grateful to Fife Council for their much appreciated co-operation in staging these demonstration days at their Lower Melville Wood Landfill Site, which was ideal for the event with plenty of material available for processing through our varied machines on display.

Blue Group was recently appointed UK distributor for the TEREX Fuchs range of materials handlers. The MHL331 fed the processing machines and carried out stockpiling duties during the open days, clearly demonstrating its speed, mobility and versatility in a variety of materials

The excellent visitor turnout, despite the weather, once again confirmed our belief that the kind of equipment technology Blue is able to provide to professional recyclers is creating considerable interest and shaping the future of this important industry. ”


Blue Spares birthdays It’s safe to say that there have been plenty candles blown out at Blue spares in recent weeks! Firstly, Stores Manager Ray Thomas celebrated his 60th, then Scottish Parts Manager Jane Craig reached the big 40. Congratulations to you both.

Doppstadt “Blue” away the competition Having operated Doppstadt high speed shredders a number of years ago prior to Blue Group being the distributor in the UK, Nutramulch have since ran a variety of competitor high speed shredders. However with escalating wear and running costs, Managing Director Rob Lewis decided it was time to look at a change in their process, and explored a wide range of slow speed options. Nutramulch, the Yorkshire based Organics and wood waste recycling specialists, have recently bought a Doppstadt DW 3060k from Blue Central  for their Arthington Quarry operations. The new tracked slow speed DW 3060 has been purchased primarily for the processing of their wood waste but will also be utilised on their oversize green waste material. The tracked option gives versatility and exceptional manoeuvrability which is crucial for their composting operation which is situated in an old quarry.   


Commenting on his desire to buy a slow speed shredder, Rob said “With metal contamination becoming a problem in our incoming wood, the cost of running our high speed shredder was going through the roof. This combined with the vast improvements in slow speed shredders in recent years meant I decided that a primary shredder was a more viable option to reduce down time and wear costs.”

To ensure maximum removal of ferrous metals, the DW 3060K is fitted with comb extensions which ensures the material is reduced small enough for removal. Rob added “We demoed a wide range of slow speed options from a variety of manufacturers and the Doppstadt came out on top by some distance. The robust design coupled by its high throughput capabilities made the Doppstadt DW 3060 the clear winner.” Commenting on Blue Group, Rob said “I’ve heard a lot of good stories about Blue from within our industry and have to say that I have been very impressed with their professionalism and after sales support to date.”

Blue Spares new addition Blue Spares are delighted to welcome Nicola Roaden to their team as Business Development and Key Account Manager. Nicola joins Blue Spares with several years experience of both the recycling sector and business development. Nicola’s role will be to get a lot closer to our key customers and maximise the service and offering that we provide them. Additionally she will head up the export arm of Blue Spares and our sister company Wear and Spare Parts.

Commenting on the new appointment, MD Sean Warburton said “In an ever changing market place looking after your customers and adding value to their business becomes paramount. Blue Spares have recognised that our customers need premium after sales support and in reaction to this we have employed Nicola to provide a level of service not previously available within after sales. I believe Nicola will add value to all of our key customers and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to her and wish her all the best in her new role.”

A Riddel & Sons celebrate Diamond Jubilee with new Fuchs MHL 350E Long standing Fuchs operators A Riddel & Sons recently took delivery of a Terex Fuchs MHL 350E. Based on Hemingby Lane, Horncastle, the company are a family-run skip hire and scrap metal merchants that have been established for over 50 years.  As one of the leading scrap merchants in the area, A Riddel & Sons are very much a forward thinking business who continue to invest in the latest technologies to ensure they offer the very best service to their customers. Their latest investment sees the addition of the new Terex Fuchs MHL 350E which is TIER 4 compliant and offers unrivalled processing characteristics.  From lifting capability and improved cycle speeds to incredible fuel savings and the new state of the art control panel, the new E series MHL 350 is proving to be a fantastic investment for the company.

With the delivery coinciding with the Queens Diamondw Jubilee celebrations, their new machine was done out with commemorative decals. Pictured right is Andrew and Blue Fuchs salesman Chris Gee.

Commenting on their new machine, owner Andrew Riddel said “I’ve had Fuchs machines onsite for the past 20 years due to their reliability and robust design which is vital in the scrap environment. Our new Fuchs 350E is an unbelievable piece of kit. As well as the excellent lifting capabilities, the fuel savings are remarkable with up to 30% less fuel than like for like machines we looked at .”


3 Shires buy AK 435K to cope with growing demand Luton based Waste Recycling specialists, Three Shires, have recently taken delivery of a new Doppstadt AK 435k high speed shredder from Blue London.

The AK 430 shredder is extremely versatile and it suited to shredding a wide variety of materials including wood waste, processing green waste and other fine shredding applications.

With the volume of wood being recovered from their Toddington Road transfer station increasingly dramatically in recent months, owner Bob Wallace decided the time was right to upgrade his existing Doppstadt AK 230 for the bigger tracked model.   

For greater flexibility, the new AK 430 is the kette, tracked version, which has dual speed offering greater manoeuvrability on site. The AK 430 is the next model up in the range, weighing in at 28.5 tonnes with a Mercedes Benz 428hp engine. The Doppstadt AK 430 wood shredder is capable of a high throughput rate and is fitted with a patented load-sensing material feed. Thanks to the heavy gyrating mass(2.5t), the flail drum with 1000 rpm and the free-swinging flail holders with replaceable flail tips, this high speed shredder is unrivalled.


Commenting on his new machine, Bob Wallace said “Our Doppstadt AK 230 was a fantastic machine so when our volume of wood increased beyond its capacity, the obvious machine for me to upgrade to was the next model up, the AK 430k.” He added ”The specification of our end product needs to be extremely high, and for me the Doppstadt high speed shredders are unrivalled.  They are extremely reliable machines and Blue London service department do a fantastic job when it comes to servicing the machine for us.”

Blue Group support Blood Bikes Blue Group are delighted to support Blood Bikes, a charity that is close to all our hearts. Blood Bikes are an Emergency Hospital Courier Service that rely entirely on volunteers and fundraising. Last year Blood Bikes extended their service to help premature and sick babies by collecting breast milk from donor mothers to deliver it to Neonatal Intensive Care Units. This year Blood Bikes goal was to form another new NICU Support Service which will transport mothers to and from the Special Baby Care Units to enable them to spend as much time as possible with their babies whilst in care. 

Brian Maxwell commented “Blood Bikes - NICU Support is a charity which is not necessarily well known to all of us all, but play a huge part in saving the lives of others every single day. Everyone at Blue Group is delighted to support the fantastic work that they do and are pleased that our recent donations will help them to continue to provide this wonderful service.”  If you would like to join Blue Group in supporting this great charity, please  send cheques to your local Blue office made payable to ‘BLOOD BIKES’ alternatively you can donate direct online using the following link

As a result of a recent visit to a NICU ward, Brian Maxwell, Blue Southern director has donated an Audi A1 to the charity (pictured) with Eugene Donnelly, Blue London Director also having completed a sponsored Bike Ride from Cambridge to London and back to Turnbridge Wells in aid of this great cause. Eugene has also committed to up to do 2 shifts a month as a voluntary rider after learning about their incredible work, see


Rastrum Situated in the ancient cinque port of Rye, Rastrum Ltd have brought back the hive of activity once known to this historically important community. Established almost 17 years ago Rastrum Ltd have been a major force in the re-development of Rye wharf and now occupies almost 24,000m2 of storage and office space at the facility. With a quay over 180m in length Rastrum Ltd are able to berth two 80m vessels simultaneously and are able to handle virtually any incoming or outgoing cargo. With prospects of an increase in the amount of cargo passing through the port, Rastrum Ltd recently invested in a newly released Terex Fuchs MHL360 E series material handler from the Blue Group. The new E series MHL360 has been highly specified to handle the wide variety of bagged and loose products transiting the port. To enable the


operator to get an optimal view across and into the holds of a variety of different vessels the MHL360E is fitted as standard with an hydraulically adjustable operators cabin. Lifting the operators eye line to 6.10m above the ground and forward by almost 2m enables bulk cargoes to be placed

into the ships hulls negating the need for prolonged trimming of the load prior to sailing. Comfort is a major plus point of the Terex Fuchs cabin with an orthopaedic supportive air seat, automatic air conditioning and with all controls ergonomically placed to relieve stress the operator benefits

Commenting on his company’s recent purchase Rod Chapman, Rastrums Managing Director said “We are amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Fuchs is able to perform compared to our previous handler! The machine is also very quiet, something which is important to us as we have to accommodate vessels at any time of the day or night. Our operators love the improved cabin compared to the last machine and we are also benefiting from improved fuel consumption with the Deutz engine. We have had a couple of minor issues with the air conditioning system but the timely way in which Blue responded and with their large stock of parts readily available, makes us confident that should anything serious happen in the future, we need not worry about any prolonged length of downtime. Suffice to say we are so happy with the performance of the MHL360E that we are already talking about taking a second machine for our operations.”

from a productive working environment. The newly released E series cabin comes complete with a new full colour user freindly display panel. With an operating weight of between 43.5 t – 48.8 t the MHL360E is powered by an economic Tier 4 Deutz diesel engine delivering 249hp/190kw and with precise, load sensing hydraulics the accurate placing of cargo is guaranteed. This new engine

configuration has improved production capabilities by 20% on the MHL 360E. Front end equipment on Rastrums MHL360E comprises of a 9.7m universal boom coupled to a 7.8m dipper stick giving a pin height and reach of 18m and a depth of 7.6m. Such a great working envelope ensures that Rastrum are able to handle any cargo quickly and efficiently.

Stability when operating at full reach is of paramount importance and when handling eight, 1tonne bulk bags full of material the MHL360E stands steady thanks to the wide stance afforded by the four point hydraulic stabilizers. With all four stabilizers on the ground the machines footprint measures almost 6m by 5m and aided by the large counterweight operations at full stretch can be performed in total confidence.

3 Peaks Challenge completed Blue Southern salesman Brian McNabb completed the treacherous 3 Peaks Challenge on June 30th this year. Brian was joined by a team from Derwen Aggregates and Rob & John from Central Crushing. Their efforts were rewarded with money being raised for 3 deserving charities – Dreams and Wishes, Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. Brian wishes to thank all the team for all their help and support throughout.


Is it Vettel? No its Kilo! Blue Scotland Salesman Kieran O’Kane pictured left at the most recent stage of the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championships. He is currently lying 2nd overall and leading the class 6 category. Keep it up Kilo!

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