Blue Mail Spring 2023

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SPRING | 2023
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Blue Scotland install seven new wash plants Doosan construction equipment becomes Develon We’re giving away a FREE Rammer Hammer

Blue Spares hold their end of year review

Back in January Blue Spares held their end of year review for 2022. Managing Director, Ian Webber, took employees through a performance review of the previous year as well as discussing goals and targets for 2023.

The team at Blue Spares put in a huge amount of work and effort to ensure the business continues to succeed. Congratulations to all the colleague of

Hannah France shortlisted for ‘Health and Safety Manager of the Year’ at the 2023 Safety & Health Excellence Awards

Our Group Health & Safety Manager, Hannah France, has been shortlisted for ‘Health & Safety Manager of the Year’ at the upcoming Safety & Health Excellence Awards! Hannah has made the shortlist of 12 from over 200 entries. This is another fantastic achievement for Hannah and is a testament to the hard work and commitment that she shows every day across all the Blue businesses.

We look forward to supporting Hannah at the awards evening which takes place on the 26th April at the VOX, NEC Birmingham. Good Luck, we are all rooting for you!


the year award winners which included – Dean Barlow (The Ray Thomas Colleague of the Year), Jonathan Dennan (Sales Colleague of the Year), Kieran Setchell (Finance Colleague of the Year), Nick Lowe (Procurement Colleague of the Year), Dale Fletcher (Warehouse Colleague of the Year) and Wayne Bennett (Support Services Colleague of the Year).

All the latest news from Blue 2 Blue Scotland install seven new wash plants 4 FDS purchase their third Warrior 1400X 6 Doosan Construction Equipment becomes Develon 8 Fuchs MHL 380F – Well equipped for scrap and port handling 10 Blue Spares Meet the Team 12 Singleton Birch boost efficiency with Doppstadt AK 315 14 Andy Day appointed as Westeria Sales Manager 15 Record breaking Con-Expo trade show 16 Register for the Blue Technical Open Day 18 Blue Group at a glance 19 Win a FREE Rammer Hammer 20 In this issue For general enquiries or queries about Blue Group, please contact us: 0345 130 0669 @blue_machinery @BlueMachinery @BlueGroup @bluemachinerygroup @BlueGroup @bluemachinerygroup news
Central Karl Timmis Field Service Engineer Connor Taylor Field Service Engineer Dan Brown Doosan Parts Advisor Tim Couzens Yard Operative Martin Hall Commercial Finance Manager
Southern Brian McNabb
Sales Manager
Administrator Spares

Danny Dootson to take part in the Cateran Yomp

On the 3rd-4th June 2023, Danny Dootson of Blue Spares will be taking part in the Cateran Yomp. This is a 54-mile hike in just 24 hours, spread across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity, which is an army veteran charity. Danny will be taking on this challenge with his brother who is an army veteran.If you would like to contribute towards his goal of £400, you can donate via the link below.

Work Anniversaries

Congratulations to Sean McGeary (Sales Director at Blue Central) and his wife Aisling on the arrival of Grace Erin McGeary. Grace was born on 16th March 2023, weighing 8lbs.

Everyone at Blue wishes Sean, Aisling and baby Grace all the best!

Lee and Liz join the Blue Spares 20-year club!

Blue Spares welcome two members into their 20-year club as Lee Holman and Liz Culshaw both celebrate 20 years with the company in 2023. Both Lee and Liz joined back when the company was operating as Spares UK Ltd. Before joining the Spares business, Liz worked for Pat McGeary at Powerscreen Sales UK (now Blue Central), Liz is now an integral part of the Blue Spares finance team.

Lee has worked within a variety of sales and operations roles throughout his time with Blue Spares. Lee brings a huge level of knowledge and experience to the business and if you ever have a question, just ask Lee! 20 years is a tremendous level of service from two individuals that have given so much during their time working for the company.

Kirsteen Marke Celebrates 10 years at Blue Scotland

Back in February 2013 Kirsteen joined Blue Machinery (Scotland) as a Sales and Marketing Assistant. In 2018 she progressed to become Office Manager and now plays a vital role in the day to day running of the business. Austin Carey, Managing Director at Blue Scotland, commented “I’m delighted to have been able to share the journey with this young lady as part of our senior team for the last 10 years”.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the last decade. Here’s to the next 10 years!

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The newest Blue baby is a McGeary!

Supplying Industry leading Wash Plants with a localised Scottish Service

In 2022 Blue Machinery expanded their Terex Washing Systems (TWS) agreement across the UK, meaning that Blue Machinery (Southern) and Blue Machinery (Central) would join Blue Machinery (Scotland) in representing one of the market’s leading brands.

Over the course of the last 18 months, Blue Scotland have installed 7 new wash plants across Scotland and the North East of England. Whilst there are many companies out there supplying wash plants, very few can provide a local quality back up and support service like Blue Scotland can.

Through the Terex Washing Systems products, Blue Machinery can offer customers modern mobile washing equipment to offer greater flexibility over the older static plants. Here are a few examples of the washing solutions recently supplied by Blue Scotland.

Miller Plant

Established in 1968, Miller Plant operate within earthworks, plant hire, demolition, aggregate supply, contract crushing as well as heavy haulage and tipper hire across the North East of Scotland.

As a by-product from their crushing and screening operation the company were producing crushed rock fines, a nonsaleable material. Blue Scotland helped their customer identify that by washing the product they could turn this into a concrete spec sand.

Blue Machinery Scotland supplied Miller Plant with a Terex M1400 and a Terex FM120C.

The Track mounted M1400 comprising of a feeder, reject grid, feed conveyor, inclined screen and on-board conveyors, offers an excellent entry level robust washing unit with maximum flexibility for integration into a larger plant. The FM 120 Compact is a sand recovery unit designed to process up to 120tph and produce up to 2 grades of sand. Following the installation of the M1400 and FM120C, not only have Miller Plant have been able to turn their by-product into a concrete spec sand for the production of concrete products, but they have also been rinsing their aggregate to make a much cleaner product.

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A&L McCrae

A&L McCrae have been established for over fifty years having grown from a one-man owner operator to a multi-disciplined civil engineering firm, haulier and quarry operator. The company recently acquired Clachan quarry, a sand and gravel quarry based in Cairndow. Blue Scotland worked with A&L McCrae to help them get started with their first ever washing operation.

Similar to the set up at Hoddam, A&L McCrae purchased a TWS mobile washing plant and bucket wheel. Following some help, guidance, and testing from the team at Blue Scotland, the customer was able to land on the right specification straightaway. The setup which consists of an M1400 and FM120 BW allows A&L McCrae to produce high quality washed building sand, high quality washed concrete sand, decorative washed gravels for landscaping, 10mm gravel, 20mm gravel, 40mm gravel and bulk bagged aggregates. From having never washed before, their new high output plant has meant that A&L McCrae are now able to produce the highest quality product available in Argyll.

Hoddam Contracting

With a head office located in Ecclefechan, Hoddam Contracting operate two sand and gravel quarries in the South of Scotland with a third to open soon.

The company were previously running an old static wash plant that was coming to the end of its life and took the view that the mobile tracked equipment would suit their long-term requirements, giving them the flexibility to move the plant across their various sites if needed.

Blue Scotland installed a Terex M2100 and a Terex FM120 BW which Hoddam are using to process natural sand and gravel to make two aggregate products and two sand products.

The M2100 is a tracked mobile washing plant designed for medium to large scale operations that require large volumes of high specification products. It incorporates a fully hydraulic folding on-board conveyors and can produce up to 5 products.

Terex’s FM120BW bucket wheel is a classification plant that removes silts, slimes, and clays from sand to produce up to 2 saleable products. It is capable of working in applications such as concrete, mortar and asphalt sands, quarry dust/crushed fines, lake and beach sands, silica sand, golf course sands, filter bed sands, recycled materials and iron ore.

Blue Machinery (Scotland) have secured orders for two large multi-million-pound static wash plants with full water treatment process due for delivery in Q4 2023.
Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

FDS purchase their third Warrior 1400X

FDS (Cambridge) Ltd first established back in 2001 when they were trading as FDS Building Services.

Mainly operating in the construction of commercial units and house building, the company were sub-contracting their muck away to local tipper and grab lorry companies. FDS soon identified that it would be beneficial to bring in their own truck and plant equipment to deal with their waste materials and to import their recycled and primary aggregates from other suppliers in bulk.

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Click here to watch the first bucket being loaded into the new Warrior 1400X.

2007 saw a turning point for the company when they purchased a site in Ely (Cambridgeshire) following the arrival of their first wagon and small plant. They initially brought in several external companies to process their material for them, before deciding to invest in the equipment to carry out this work themselves. This transition has moulded FDS into the business that they have become today which focuses less on building and construction work, and more on plant hire, muck away, aggregate processing and supply services.

In 2017 FDS purchased their first new Powerscreen Warrior 1400X scalping screen to work on their topsoil operation. In 2020 the company decided it was time to swap out their previous machine with another brand-new Warrior 1400X. Then in February 2023 FDS expanded their fleet to bring in a second Warrior 1400X (their third purchased from Blue Machinery) to work alongside their existing 2020 machine.

Franco De Simone, Director at FDS (Cambridge) Ltd explains his reasoning for sticking with the tried and tested Warrior 1400X: “Having initially trialled a number of screeners prior to the purchase of the first machine, we had excellent feedback from the operators on the Warrior 1400X, the price has always been right, and the residual value is there. We see Powerscreen as the market leader and have received an excellent service from Blue Central, so we have never been interested in looking elsewhere”.

The Powerscreen Warrior 1400X is a flexible scalping screen aimed at operators who require a high performing, heavy duty, versatile machine that remains easy to transport. The newest model offers improved performance, lower operating costs, and easier serviceability whilst building on the reliable foundation of Powerscreen’s previous class-leading Warrior 1400.

Designed with economy in mind, it has reduced fuel consumption which is achieved through a lower engine running speed of 1800rpm and enhanced hydraulics. A variety of media solutions means that the Warrior 1400X is extremely efficient in scalping, screening and recycling applications, and it can process a number of materials including greenwaste, soil, concrete, wood and asphalt. Powerscreen have also produced a Warrior 1400XE which has been designed to meet the needs of customers looking to use electricity as a preferred power source and creates the possibility to run the machine indoors. The 1400XE has a variety of power options available including a self-powered 72kVA generator, electricity generated by other Powerscreen machines (such as the Premiertrak 600) or it can be connected to a mains electricity supply for even further reductions in cost of ownership.

Since the transition of the business in 2007, FDS has grown substantially with a large fleet of tippers, grab wagons, low loaders, bulkers and a number of Develon/Doosan excavators and wheel loaders. Franco adds “We are proud to see how much the company has progressed and evolved since our inception in 2001. We appreciate the service and support that Blue Machinery have provided since the purchase of our first Powerscreen machine back in 2017, and it’s been a pleasure to deal with the sales, aftersales and spare part teams”.


Doosan Construction Equipment becomes

Back in January it was announced that Doosan would be changing its name to DEVELON. The company then officially launched the new brand in Las Vegas at the CONEXPO event on 14th March 2023.

The Korean company’s Chief Executives were on hand to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the new livery for their machines were revealed for the first time.

Click here to see the newly branded machines being demonstrated at Con-Expo.

The work began to identify a new brand name to replace Doosan following the sale of Doosan Infracore to HD Hyundai in August 2021. The name DEVELON was chosen to highlight the company’s continued efforts to ‘develop onwards’ and to bring innovative solutions to the construction equipment industry though technological transformation and the development of exceptional equipment and services.

Keeping their strapline of ‘Powered by Innovation’, Develon will continue to innovate in a market which is currently going through a rapid paradigm shift with electrified, eco-friendly and automated products. With a number of innovative solutions currently in the works including Concept X-2, XiteCloud, the DX20ZE-7 electric mini excavator and the development of a battery pack and hybrid engine, Develon aims to become a global top 5 player by 2025.

Develon will continue to focus on manufacturing construction equipment to build critical infrastructure for the betterment of communities and societies around the world. Develon products and services will help customers and partners become industry leaders in construction, demolition, rental, recycling, mining, agriculture and many other industries. Efforts will also be placed on advancing sustainable development through alternative energy sources of power for construction equipment.

Develon will continue as a subsidiary in the Hyundai Genuine group alongside Hyundai Construction Equipment. However, the Develon and Hyundai brands will remain as two separate independent construction equipment companies.

Blue Machinery Central were appointed as the Doosan dealer for the North West and North Wales back in January 2022 and now look forward to representing the company under its new identity. Our customers will see the newly branded machines starting to arrive towards the end of Q2 2023.

For more information on the Develon product range get in touch with Blue Central on 01606 261262 or


Well Equipped for Scrap and Port Handling

Regardless of whether you are operating within the heart of a busy scrap yard or a harsh coastal climate, you have the right tool for the job with a Fuchs MHL 380.

Thanks to Fuch’s modular design principle, the MHL 380 can be individually adapted to meet the needs of the customer, meaning that this machine can excel in both scrap and port applications. Banana booms for unloading ships, wide undercarriages from minimal ground pressure or pylons for increased visibility, Fuchs can offer all of this and more to ensure that your MHL 380 is the perfect fit.

The MHL 380F has a maximum reach of 22 metres and a maximum operating weight of 71.8 tons (without attachments).

The machine has a Stage V 328hp Deutz engine or comes as a fully electric alternative which has a 220kW engine. The second largest machine within the Fuchs line-up is also available in several configurations included Wheeled, wheeled with pylon, tracked, tracked with pylon, stationary with static legs or stationary with pylon. Blue Machinery (Scotland) recently installed two new MHL 380s, one into a long standing scrap customer and the other into a first time customer that specialises in crane-hire and ship to shore stevedoring.

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Scrap Application – J Denham Metals

J Denham Metals are the largest independent metal recycler in the North East of England with over 60 years of experience, specialising in Ferrous and Non-Ferrous metals. The company have extensive knowledge of the secondary metal markets which allows them to compete at the very top of both domestic and international markets, supplying material to consumers all over the world.

Operating out of their 6-acre site in Bishop Auckland, J Denham Metals run an extensive fleet of metal processing and handling equipment. Blue Machinery (Scotland) have been supplying the company with Fuchs material handlers for many years now and they currently run three blue handlers in their fleet. Murray Plant (A Blue Scotland Company) also recently supplied J Denhams with a Fortress FS-95R mobile shear which has allowed the company to process larger items more efficiently. The MHL 380F is the company’s latest handler in the fleet and is being used to load their static shear, as well as the loading and unloading of trailers. The new MHL 380 is the largest Fuchs handler that J Denhams have run and is fitted with a Fuchs five tine scrap grab.

John Joe Denham, Director at J Denham Metals comments “We have a great relationship with the guys at Blue Scotland, they provide us with great service and quality material handlers. We decided to go for a larger Fuchs model this time as the amount of material arriving onsite is always increasing and the handler is feeding the largest shear baler in the country. We buy the best to stay ahead of the rest.”

Port Application

Hugh Simpson Contractors

Starting off as a two-man operation in 1964, Hugh Simpson Contractors are now Northern Scotland’s leading lifting and crane-hire company. From harbour bases in Wick and Scrabster, the 3rd generation family business specialises in contracting lifting, crane and plant hire, heavy haulage, and ship to shore stevedoring.

As part of their port handling operation the company run a number of material handlers which includes a 2003 model Fuchs MHL 360. After deciding it was time to replace one of their existing handlers, Blue Scotland brought in an MHL 380F on demo. David Simpson at Hugh Simpson explains “We weren’t initially looking to bring in a handler as big as the MHL 380, however, once we spent some time using the machine it soon became the obvious choice for us. With vessels getting bigger and deeper, it made sense for us to go with a larger machine that could keep up with the larger volumes that we are dealing with”.

The machine was fitted with a 3.6m3 clampshell grab which the company will use for the unloading of materials such as fertilizer and limestone. However, they have also several other attachments for the handler which will be used to handle timber and piping projects.

David went on to discuss the performance of their new handler: “We know how reliable the Fuchs handlers are as our old MHL 360 is now over 20 years old and has served us well with no major issues. However, we have been blown away with the performance of this new machine. Its power, stability and ease of use is miles ahead of any handler we have ever operated.”


Meet the team

Blue Machinery (Spares) Ltd are a leading supplier of spare parts for materials processing and handling equipment. They are committed to providing continued customer support long after any plant or equipment has been delivered, installed, and commissioned.

A big reason behind the company’s continued success within a highly competitive marketplace is the people working within the business. The Blue Spares team now has a combined experience of over 250 years, with two employees celebrating their 20th year and another three in their 18th year with the business.

With one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams within the industry, Blue Spares go above and beyond to help increase the uptime of their customers. Using a combination of their own expertise and a large database of machine manuals, the Blue Spares account managers can help their

customers identify required parts via a variety of communication platforms. They also have portal access to all the manufacturers parts systems for rapid response on availability and pricing so they can deal with enquiries swiftly. Within the first month of joining the company, all account managers go out on the road shadowing a Field Service Engineer from one of the regional Blue businesses. This gives them the best possible insight into how the machines work and how they are maintained. The account managers also go out on monthly site visits to maintain relationships with their customers and get a feel for their demands.

Leading from Experience

The sales department is led by highly experienced Sales Director, Chris Thomas. Chris has worked at Blue Spares for 18 years, starting off as an Account Manager before being promoted to Sales Manager, and in more recent years becoming Sales Director.

Chris has extensive experience in dealing with every type of machine in Blue’s portfolio and has received training from all our OEM brands including Powerscreen, Doppstadt and Fuchs.

In addition to the main HQ in Warrington, Blue Spares have a separate satellite team based out of Blue Scotland’s Stirling depot. With a large stock holding the Stirling team work closely with Blue Scotland to offer a localised service to bring the parts closer to our Scottish customers.

The Blue Spares sales department has recently seen a restructure which mirrors the setup of the procurement team and the wider sales teams within the regional Blue businesses. The new setup consists of several teams which specialise in the areas of crushing & screening, recycling, attachments, internal sales and sales support.

Sales Support Team

The sales support team features both office and field based support functions. Wayne Bennett is a Customer Support Engineer for the Fuchs brand. Wayne is Blue Machinery’s ‘Fuchs guru’ and supports customers to ensure that their machines are productive as possible. He does this by constantly monitoring telematics for every machine in the field to eradicate faults by flagging errors, advising the Blue regional businesses where visits are required and supporting the Blue Spares account managers with part identification.

The office-based support team is comprised of Sap Riley and Ben Dickson. These two individuals are tasked with making sure that all Blue Spares customers receive a best in class customer service.

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Crushing & Screening Team

As well as being the UK’s authorised supplier of OEM Powerscreen Parts, Blue Spares can also supply parts for all crushing and screening brands. Alongside this the team supply parts for Terex Washing Systems and MDS.

The crushing & screening team has over 12 years of working experience at Blue Spares. The team based in the Warrington HQ is headed up by Andy Shaw (Senior Account Manager), who works alongside Zak Astley (Account Manager) and Tom Harper (Account Manager).

Ricky Miller (Senior Account Manager) is based out of the Stirling satellite depot and supports customers in Scotland with parts for crushing, screening and washing equipment. Before joining Blue Spares, Ricky worked for Powerscreen as a helpdesk advisor. As well as covering Powerscreen he also supported Terex Washing Systems, Evoquip and Finlay. As a result, he is well equipped in machine specifications and the identification of parts through technical faults and descriptions.

The team have completed the full online Powerscreen university training courses, as well as receiving training on the MDS and Terex Washing systems products.

Recycling Team

With a combined service of nearly 15 years, the recycling team support customers with genuine OEM parts for brands including Doppstadt, Fuchs, Morbark, General Kinematics and more. They also cover any spare part requirements for any brand of material handler, shredder, grinder, trommel, chipper, baler, static recycling plant and everything in between.

Jonathan Dennan leads the team with over 11 years of experience at Blue Machinery, and having spent 8 of those years at Blue Central as a Service Manager he appreciates the demands and urgency around reducing machine downtime for customers.

This team also includes Chris Ducker and Thomas Dean who have had extensive training on both the Doppstadt and Fuchs range of machines during trips over to the facilities in Germany With Blue Machinery acquiring the Morbark dealership last year, the team recently did some training on the range of grinders and chippers.

Internal Sales Team

The Internal sales team consists of Dean Barlow (Intercompany Sales Team Leader) who supports the Blue Central and Blue Southern regional businesses and Ryan Richardson (Intercompany Sales) who takes care of Blue Scotland and Blue Ireland.

Dean and Ryan supply parts to the regional Blue businesses for when they are carrying out servicing work and they play a vital role in keeping the cogs turning across the entire group.

Attachments Team

Following the restructure of Murray Plant in 2022, Blue Spares became the authorised supplier of genuine OEM parts for Rammer, Fortress, Allu, Xcentric, Pladdet and more recently VTN. The attachments team covers customers that are running breakers, demolition tools, mobile shears, grabs, crushing buckets, screening buckets, rippers, quick coupling systems and any other type of excavator attachment.

The team is split between the two locations, as Jim Stewart operates out of the Stirling satellite depot and Dominic Roberts is based at the Warrington HQ. Jim joined Blue Spares from Murray Plant on the back of the restructure and Dominic has previous experience supporting customers with crushing and screening equipment before making the move over to cover attachments.


Singleton Birch boost their efficiency with new Doppstadt AK 315

Singleton Birch Ltd have been operating for over 200 years and have established themselves as the UK’s leading independent lime supplier. In more recent times, the company has diversified into various different sectors through the creation of Birch Lime, Birch Energy, Birch Chemicals, Birch Solutions and Birch Waste.

Birch Energy is an expert in anaerobic digestion, specialising in the design, construction and operation of anaerobic digestion plants, and developing renewable energy projects.

To maximise the gas yield of the product going into their anaerobic digestion plants they shred the material to increase the surface area. The company were previously using an older tub grinder to process this material, however, following a successful demo of a Doppstadt AK 315 high-speed shredder from Blue Machinery (Central), Singleton Birch were able to improve their operation significantly.

The company are using their new high-speed shredder to process a variety of materials including potatoes, sugar beet and horse manure. The 315 is the smallest mobile shredder in the AK series, featuring a Stage V 310 hp MTU engine. This state-of-the-art engine features electronic torque optimisation for high torque coupled with low fuel consumption. Its large slow running fan ensures a low noise operation.

The AK 315 is a highly versatile compact machine that is suitable for use on a wide range of materials including waste wood, green waste, organic waste, tree stumps, root wood and fine shredding of SRF (solid recovered fuels). Singleton Birch’s machine is fitted with free-swinging hammers to ensure that any contaminants such as tramp material does not cause damage to the machine, which is essential in this application. The free-swinging hammers have individual easily replaceable tips that can be adjusted to suit the type of materials that needs to be grinded.

The Doppstadt high-speed shredder has allowed the customer to improve their efficiency through increased tonnage and lower fuel consumption. Alistair Forman, Contracting Sales Manager at Singleton Birch Ltd comments “We have known Sean and the guys at Blue Central for a number of years now following on from our previous purchase of a Doppstadt DM mixer. We decided it was time to bring in a new shredder to process our material and although we looked at a few options, we knew that the Doppstadt machines are reliable, and Blue had one readily available so it worked out very well in the end. Since we have been using the new AK 315 we have massively increased our throughput, when compared to the old machine this new shredder is getting through four days’ worth of material in just a single day.”

An example of the type of material being processed by the AK 315
Click here to see the AK 315 in action

Andy Day appointed as Westeria Sales Manager for Blue Central

The Westeria brand is well-known in the industry for their class-leading windsifting technology and over the years Blue Machinery has had great success in supplying Westeria technology into their turn-key systems.

Blue Central has now taken-up the gauntlet of having a greater push of the Westeria product range to highlight the advantages of adding individual machines in to existing lines to further enhance material recovery. To this end, they have appointed Andy Day as Sales Manager for the Westeria brand in their territory.

Andy comes with 7-years experience with Blue Central, having dealt with Project Management and Technical sales of their turn-key systems. Andy says, “We’re excited to now focus on the full, Westeria product line – some machines people may not be fully aware of. Westeria’s build quality is wellknown, and their approach to R&D in product development is refreshing, offering benefits our customers truly need, rather than ‘bells and whistles’ gimmicks.”

As well as the AirStar range of windsifters, the Westeria range includes the AirBasic mobile windsifter, offering the same patented air nozzle technology, with 60% more ‘puff’, allowing the machine to slot-in anywhere on site or be used on a batch basis for different materials.

This range extends in to the AirLift and AirLift Move (the latter a mobile machine) offering a patented suction hood separation system, ideal for many materials, especially with small density differences between the light and heavy fraction.

Another patented product, the DiscSpreader, offers uniform feeding on to optical sorted acceleration belts, eddy currents, screens and secondary shredders up to 3,000mm width. The beauty of this system is the advantage of feeding with just a 500mm wide conveyor, from any side of the machine, without affecting performance.

The innovative WeKea range of modular belt and chain conveyors offers conveyors on short lead-times, to suit any application with the added option of supplying flat-packed. We can fit over 100 metres of conveyor in one shipping container. Finally, Westeria offer a range of conveyor and moving floor bunkers from the MultiFeeder and MovingFloor series at capacities from 10 – 441m3! With many options to suit a wide range of applications and materials, they also come with a 7-year warranty on the moving floor wear strips.

Andy is looking forward to promoting the Westeria brand and welcomes enquiries from any sector and application to advise how Blue Central can help.

You can reach Andy on: M: 07876 884 230 E:

RECORD BREAKING Con-Expo/ Con-Agg Trade Show

Con-Expo/Con-Agg 2023 drew in a record breaking 139,000 visitors to the Las Vegas event, making it the largest trade show in North America. Visitor numbers were 6% higher than the COVID-19 effected 2020 show, with attendees travelling from 133 countries. A number of our industry leading suppliers were exhibiting at the show, with some impressive booths and exciting new products on show.


Morbark debuted their next generation 6400XT WoodHog horizontal grinder with a dolly transport system. As well as the addition of the dolly transport system, the new 6400XT has had a few other updates including, an automatic hammermill drive belt tension system and a PT Tech hydraulic torque limited which provides driveline protection while allowing ease of setting adjustments based on grinding application.

Alongside the 6400XT Morbark displayed the popular 3000XT Wood Hog and the 1821 and 1415 brush chippers.


Alongside the launch of the new branding (read more on Page 8), Develon also showcased a range of new innovative machines and solutions. This included demonstrations of the 2nd generation Concept-X2 fully autonomous DX225-CX excavator and DD100-CX dozer. They also exhibited a range of static machines including the 100-ton DX1000LC-7, the -7 series of mini excavators with zero tail swing and a new DD130 Dozer which will arrive in Europe soon.


One of the latest brands to join the Blue Machinery product portfolio, VTN celebrate their 50th anniversary this year and were in Las Vegas showcasing their range of demolition tools and grabs. Their booth included the CI3200R and CI6500R scrap shears, MD210 and MD45 grabs, CK21 combi kit and a FP18 rotating pulveriser. We look forward to seeing some of these tools working across the UK this year!

Here is an overview of what was on display...
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Terex had a large booth outside in the Silver lot which showcased the range of Terex MP brands which included Powerscreen, Fuchs, MDS and Terex Washing Systems.

Powerscreen had a Gladiator MT1150SR, a wheeled crushing and screening plant which has been tailored to the US market, alongside a Titan 2300 screener and the popular Premiertrak 330 jaw crusher.

Following the launch of the new MHL 320F Battery+ at Bauma, Fuchs had a focus around sustainable handling technology at this year’s Con-Expo event. The brand also displayed their popular MHL 331F material handler which is a proven machine in a variety of applications where space is confined.

MDS unveiled their revamped M515 heavy duty rock trommel at the Terex booth.

The M515 is the flagship model in the MDS range and one that is ideal for creating RipRap and recovering rocks mixed with clay and other sticky materials. The updated model has been redesigned to include new features that will improve transportation, access, and stockpile heights. Terex Washing Systems used the show in Vegas to launch the new FM Pentium to the North American market. The FM Pentium is an innovative and versatile washing solution that has the unique capability to wash one grade of sand and one aggregate on a single chasis. Set to make a big impact in the quarrying and recycling sectors, the FM Pentium is a workhorse with a small footprint and high throughput rate.


Rammer exhibited an extensive range of breakers from their impressive stand located in the central hall. This included the 3.3 ton 4099E and the 1.3 ton 2166E, as well as the launch of the new range of small breakers which will arrive onto the market soon.

The company also had a Rammer simulator on the stand so that visitors could test their breaker operating skills.


Allu have been a market leader in screening buckets for over 35 years and used Con-Expo to launch several new innovations. This included the new Allu Variable Drum which enables you to replace fixed TS blades without the need to open the chain-box. Enabling a variable drum setup means that individual drums or blades can be changed quicker, saving you time and money.


Shearcore had a presence both inside in the north hall and outside in the festival grounds on the OilQuick Americas stand. Inside they displayed the 9.8 ton FS-95R and the 7 ton FS-75R. On the OilQuick stand they showed a working FS-25R.

There is also talk of a new model coming to market soon which will be even bigger than the FS-145, so watch this space!





12th - 13th September 2023

Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd would like to invite you to come to our head office premises for an open house on Tuesday September 12th and/or Wednesday 13th September.

We will have multiple product offers to show you from all of our OEMs as well as our own in-house products including our Blue Spares Parts team, Blue Care Service team, our Retail Finance team and some of our trusted Field Technicians.

The aim of this event is to showcase the technical ability of the Blue Central inhouse team and demonstrate the support and technical competence of our OEMs.

Register by 1st June for a chance to win an



Blue Group at a glance


Blue Machinery Group is a specialist provider of market leading materials processing and handling equipment across a number of industries within the UK & Ireland. We offer total solutions, from single equipment specification and supply, to bespoke design and installation of complete integrated processing systems.


Blue Group is comprised of six strategically placed locations situated throughout the UK & Ireland.

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Scrap Demolition


We help to serve many customers operating within the demolition sector across the UK & Ireland. We supply a vast range of equipment including Develon excavators, Fortress shears, Rammer breakers, VTN grabs and demolition tools, Powerscreen crushers and Xcentric crushing buckets.


We supply world leading crushing, screening and washing equipment through brands such as Powerscreen, MDS and Terex Washing Systems. Blue Machinery (Central) also supply a range of excavators, wheel loaders and dump trucks from Develon.


Our Fuchs material handlers are very popular within scrap applications and we can supply a number of models to suit the customers requirements. Alongside our Fuchs handlers and Develon excavators, we offer a range of scrap attachments including shears, five tine grabs, magnets, vehicle dismantlers and more.



Ports Construction Recycling


Fuchs have six models in their port handling line up. These handlers are highly flexible and customisable to ensure you have the right machine for the job. As well as our Fuchs material handlers we also supply a range of conveyors and attachments that can be used to boost productivity within port applications.


Our customers can benefit from a number of mobile recycling equipment solutions which include our Doppstadt shredders and trommels, Fuchs Material Handlers and Powerscreen screeners, which are suitable within a number of recycling applications. We can also supply fully integrated waste recycling facilities and materials processing systems.


Blue Machinery (Central) are the Develon dealer for the North West and North Wales. They supply the full range of mini excavators, wheel excavators, crawler excavators, articulated dump trucks and wheel loaders.


• Network of field service engineers covering the UK & Ireland

• On-going support throughout a machines lifetime

• 1,522 customers served in 2022

• 9,662 service jobs carried out in 2022 across the UK & Ireland

• 19,354 spare part orders delivered in 2022

• 8,673 line items stocked at Blue Spares

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