Plant Planet - April 2022

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The industry supports ukraine The first few months of 2022 have consisted of highs and lows, both for the UK construction industry and on a global level. The biggest global news is, of course, the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Much of the focus of many UK companies has been to aid the relief efforts for Ukrainians in this immensely difficult time. As a result of Morris Leslie's involvement in the Ukraine Relief Effort, the second part of Rachel Lambert's interview The Making of Morris Leslie will not be published this issue, but hopefully in the June 2022 edition of Plant Planet. More local impacts include the introduction of Red Diesel Legislation by the UK Government from April 1st 2022, which will have a major impact on the UK construction industry (read our article on page 46). As always, this issue is packed with the latest plant machinery developments from across the industry. From Electrification at the EHS (page 40); to the success of the world's first electric piling rig (page 35); to the use of technology from one of the industry's fastest growing names, Magni TH (page 52).

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Akvile Peckyte is an English Literature graduate from the University of Exeter. She has now joined Plant Planet as a regular contributor.

Hannah has worked as the Editor for Plant Planet Magazine for over three years. She particularly enjoys writing about new advances in construction plant.

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11 Latest News

A round up of the news from the plant machinery industry over the past two months.

24 Commentary

The Realistic Eco-Friendly Construction Site

Akvile Peckyte takes a look at the equipment driving a greener environment on UK construction sites.

28 Event Preview

London's New Show for the Concrete Supply Chain

Concrete Expo is back, but with a significant difference this year. The show has moved to London.

35 commentary

Six Months on Site: The World's First Electric Piling Rig Deemed a Success

Hannah Bounford unpacks the first six months on site for Junttan’s PMx2e electric pile driving rig and what’s in store for the future of the electric range.

46 Commentary

Red Diesel Legislation: What's in Place from 1st April 2022 Kate Hutchison delves into the legislation being put in place the reaction from the Construction Plant Sector.

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59 Commentary

First Look at New Doosan Excavators at Scotplant 2022

Plant Planet takes a look at the Doosan equipment James Gordon Ltd will be displaying at this year's Edinburgh based show.

70 Interview

L Lynch: Inspiring the Industry In the first of a two-part feature, Rachel Lambert chats to Merrill and Rob Lynch, Directors of L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage.

78 Commentary

Hyundai Construction Equipment

Adding to a Growing A Series Range

82 Product Focus

A look at some of our advertisers' exciting products and services


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The Concrete Cow:

Food waste encouraging the move towards a circular economy

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Done With Diesel? Councils around the UK are making waste collection eco-friendly

103 Moving Towards Electrification:

Company Profile


Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries in the UK

108 Encouraging a

Recycled Future: The UK's Plastic Packaging Tax Takes Effect

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UPDATED JAKE BRAKE ENHANCES PACCAR ENGINE LINEUP Vehicle Systems, a worldwide manufacturer of engine retarding and valve actuation systems for the commercial vehicle industry, has upgraded the company’s engine brake on model-year 2021 PACCAR MX-11 heavy-duty diesel engines. The electronically controlled engine brake now includes a new highflow solenoid to facilitate faster, smoother gear shifting, resulting Plant Sales, one in simplified and smoother of the largest vehicle operation, as well as fuel independent plant suppliers in consumption improvements. the UK, stand with Ukraine and want to show their support. They “The high-flow solenoid allows have had many conversations for faster engine brake system activation, which when coupled with about what they can do to help and have come to the conclusion an engine brake-assisted shifting strategy, will reduce the time it takes that starting on 23rd March, the team at BTE Plant Sales took on a for the transmission to shift gears,” Peloton challenge, planning to ride said Gabe Roberts, Jacobs’ director 1,283 miles. The same distance from of product development. “Not only BTE Plant Sales head office to the is this good for the powertrain Ukrainian border. and for fuel economy, but drivers will also enjoy a smoother driving The Peloton challenge has seen experience in addition to best-inBTE Plant Sales Commercial class compression release engine Director, Rebecca Bryson, and the brake performance.” BTE Plant Sales team carry out the journey on just 1 Peloton bike, taking Jacobs’ newest engine brake is it in turns to jump on the Peloton manufactured at the company’s bike and cycle throughout the day headquarters in Bloomfield, Conn., all the way through from 7.30am to and delivered to PACCAR engine plants in Columbus, Miss.; the DAF 7pm, over a total of 8 working days. They want to raise as much money engine plant in Eindhoven, the as possible for The British Red Cross Netherlands; and Ponta Grossa, charity, who are working tirelessly to Brazil. help Ukraine in this distressing time. To learn more about Jacobs, visit The British Red Cross are trying to gather and provide food, medicines,


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basic hygiene supplies, shelter, and water to those in need. BTE Plant Sales are asking as many people as possible to get behind their challenge and show their support in any way they can, whether it is through raising awareness or donating to the cause. To find out more on how The British Red Cross are supporting Ukraine, visit their website at ukraine/donate If you wish to donate to BTE’s incredible Peloton challenge, follow the link below where they have set up a Just Giving page where you can donate today! Visit: https://www. BTE Plant Sales have set a target of £10,000 for their Peloton challenge, and, with only a few hundred miles to go at the time of writing this, any donations to the cause are greatly appreciated to help those in Ukraine.

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Introducing McCloskey Environmental and the ES-250 & ESS-300 Mobile Shredders


Environmental, a leading provider of smarter equipment to the recycling industry across the globe, announced their launch in the UK with introduction of two new mobile shredders, the dual-shaft ES-250 and single-shaft ESS-300; both tracked primary shredders are capable of effectively and reliably shredding virtually any type of material. These high torque, primary shredders are designed to reliably and effectively meet the needs of plants where the incoming materials vary greatly in size, composition and shred difficulty. Applications include, but are not limited to: bulky industrial waste, C&D, MSW, wood/green waste, scrap metal, as well as landfill mining/reclaiming. The ES-250 and ESS-300 have stated capacities of up to 100TPH and 60TPH respectively, offering cost effective shredding with one of lowest operating costs per tonne. Available from McCloskey Equipment, the McCloskey Environmental ES-250 and ESS300 Mobile Shredders join the existing range of McCloskey products, including crushers, screeners, trommels and stackers, renowned globally for their proven performance. McCloskey Equipment has already supplied several of these new heavy duty shredders into various applications across the UK, including industrial and commercial waste, stump clearance, MSW and waste wood, offering a wealth of experience from the waste and recycling sector to support customer requirements.

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At the heart of the machines are heavy duty, rotating fixed knives, fixed on dual shafts that run asynchronously in both directions in the ES-250, keeping material constantly moving, preventing bridging and maximise shredding efficiency. As standard, the machine is fitted with an eight knife Samurai cutting table, producing sub-300mm grain. Also available are 10 and 12 knife options for different end particle sizes. In the ESS-300, the single, hydraulically driven shaft processes material above a replaceable mesh, allowing the machine to perform to a number of different specifications of output material, with varying piece size. With a hydraulicoperated side opening on the chamber, meshes can be changed quickly and efficiently.

Powered by a Volvo PENTA Stage V diesel engine, the machines comply with emission requirements. As standard, both the ES-250 and ESS300 come with a Gauss overband magnet and wireless remote control, with options available for hopper dust suppression, hopper mounted camera with a wireless monitor and rubber track pads. Tim Watson of McCloskey Equipment, commented; “We are proud to bring the new McCloskey Environmental range to the UK; both the ES-250 and ESS-300 Mobile Shredders are formidable machines, capable of shredding large

volumes of waste with low processing costs. It has been designed and built with over 30 years’ experience of shredding technology and everyone at McCloskey is sure this will quickly become the recognised brand leader. We are pleased to have delivered some of the first examples of these machines into the UK.” For further information, visit, call +44 (0)1235 832407 and email Follow “McCloskey Equipment” on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for all the latest news, service updates, new machines and used availability.

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MHM Group’s eco alternatives hit the mark at the Executive Show DEVELOPING

eco-friendly equipment alternatives for the construction and plant hire sectors has paid off in spades for innovative Sales & Rehire company MHM Group, as it achieved a record number of enquiries at the Executive Hire Show.

MHM Eco, part of the MHM Group, made its first-ever appearance at the Executive Hire Show after its launch in January 2022. Its eco range offers low emission and innovative products that emit zero or reduced carbon and can be powered by renewable fuel sources. After a two-year break, the Executive Hire Show returned in early February at the Coventry Building Society Arena. A total of 2,751 visitors from the hire sector attended the event, looking to expand their fleets with new products and discover the latest innovations and launches from the diverse range of exhibitors at the show.

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One of the many products MHM exhibited at the show was the solar hybrid gen MGTP 20 SHG-5 - a 20 kVA combined solar, battery and diesel generator with a user-friendly, complete automatic self-charging hybrid system. In addition, MHM launched two new products in Coventry including the Ultra-Silent Event Ready range and the Pressure Washer Water Bowser which were showcased before their official launch in Spring 2022. MHM Group Managing Director Matt Llewellyn said: “The Executive Hire Show was a rewarding experience for the MHM Group. It was great to be back and interacting with people following the postponement of the show in 2021. “We were able to showcase our Eco brand and demonstrate MHM’s commitment to pushing the hire industry to become greener, as well as look to alternative methods of energy to power plant equipment across the UK. We have and will continue to increase our sustainable hire fleet

and promote products that improve energy efficiency and lower emissions as part of a drive towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. These products are available to purchase or rehire from MHM Group” Matt added “We were thrilled to sponsor the ‘Innovation Trail: ECO Live’ stage which was presented by construction industry specialist Peter Haddock. The stage explored new power options and introduced technologies that improved safety, security and productivity in the workplace. Boasting a unique design working with zero CO2 emissions, noise levels and fuel consumption, MHM’s Street-Lite model also featured at the Innovation Trail and continues to be a popular choice among clients. “We are delighted with the success of the show and the number of enquiries we had from the event. The whole MHM Group team have done themselves proud from start to finish, set up to breakdown.”

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MEWP auction to support mental health in the construction industry MANY

of us in the construction industry are becoming increasingly aware of the problem of mental health issues in our community. Poor mental health takes many forms, but the stark statistics from the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity show that two construction workers take their own lives every day. Shocked by these alarming facts, Vicki Allen, managing director of International Platforms, has just announced a brand-new initiative to help support the construction community and their families.

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In what could be an industry first, Vicki and the team at International Platforms are auctioning a MEWP online and donating the entire proceeds to The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only one that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction community and their families. A crucial element of its strategy is to provide a wide range of free and widely available pro-active resources to support the industry. Vicki explained: “I am fortunate to know a lot of people in the construction industry from working for almost 20 years in the access platform business. Unfortunately, I have become increasingly aware of the mental health problems some are having and had also heard about the good work the Lighthouse Club does. I decided the best way to help was to do something we are good at – selling a used MEWP - and then donating all the proceeds to the Charity! “To get the best possible price and

contribute the most we can, I decided to do an online auction. Once I had the idea, I got out my address book and made a few calls to other industry experts who wanted to help. With the generous support of Genie, PAS Powered Access Services, Hire Safe Solutions and Avalon Metal Coatings I bought an eight-yearold Genie GS2632 electric scissor lift and organised for it to be fully refurbished and serviced including a full repaint and new batteries, tyres and steps amongst numerous other parts. It’s a great indoor access platform and has non marking tyres making it ideal for second fix construction work, warehousing, cleaning jobs, electrical work, facilities management and stock taking. “Anyone interested in bidding for this machine can, if they win, be confident of getting a useful piece of equipment while supporting a very worthwhile cause.”

Vicki says the International Platforms team is hoping to raise at least £5000 for the charity that provides a 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline which offers a range of free and confidential support, complemented by their free Self Support App.

Their latest campaign, Help Inside the Hard Hat, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the construction industry and you can join the campaign for better mental health by downloading free resources and site hoardings artwork from their website.

Their free text HARDHAT to 85258 service provides yet another route to support, along with their Lighthouse Beacons who offer a safe space for people to share concerns.

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The charity also offers a variety of free construction-focussed training programmes ranging from hour long interactive wellbeing sessions through to the MHFA England approved Mental Health First Aider course.

The Genie GS2632 electric scissor lift before and During refirbishment

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction industry Charity said, "We are delighted that International Platforms have chosen to support us in this way and hope that the industry will get behind the auction and help then reach some dizzy heights with their fundraising!" To place a bid, visit the International Platforms website; where bidders can read about the machine, see the latest price and add their own bid. All the t&cs are there too – and designed to be as straight forward as possible. For a closer inspection, this special machine will be on show at the International Platforms stand (315) at Vertikal Days on 11th and 12th May, coincidentally Mental Health Awareness Week whose theme this year is loneliness.

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World’s first 100 tonne truck, an iconic Scammell model built in the UK in 1927, is being sold on a ‘Make and Offer’ basis on the Ritchie Bros Marketplace by the late owner’s son Dean Hudson. The truck, which bares the Hudson name, is the only fully working model in existence. It’s a piece of automotive history that was originally used to transport steam trains, huge boilers, heavy girders and much more. Commenting on its sale, Dean said: “I grew up helping my father hand paint, polish and restore the Scammell, which is fondly known as ‘Leaping Lena’ because it used to →

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performing the starting process in a video accompanying a full inspection, detailed history and “Since she returned to our family condition report on the Ritchie Bros in 2018, after being displayed in the Marketplace. To locate the listing, British Commercial Vehicle Museum visit and search in Leyland, Lancashire for 30 years, for 1927. we have restored her to the tip-top working condition buyers will see This is also where buyers will today. And I can safely say that she is be able to ‘Make an Offer’ for the a pleasure to drive.” machine, a process that will be managed by the Ritchie Bros team, The new owner will need two which includes Territory Manager helpers to operate’ Leaping Lena’, Laura Roberts who added: “This as it takes three people to crank really is a very special listing for the truck into action. You can us at Ritchie Bros and just like any witness Dean and his colleagues piece of equipment the Scammell

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Truck has undergone a rigorous inspection by one of our specialist inspectors. “Every detail of the inspection, including pictures and videos, is covered by our guarantee, so buyers know that the truck’s condition will be exactly as listed.” To make an offer for ‘Leaping Lena’ and give this classic Scammell 100 tonne truck a new home, visit and search for 1927 or email one of the Ritchie Bros team on eucustomercare@

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The Realistic Eco-Friendly Construction Site Akvile Peckyte takes a look at the equipment driving a greener environment on UK construction sites


could a lowemissions construction site look like, and how easy is it to achieve? In this article, we have a rundown of what you might find on a site looking to be environmentally friendly, ranging from construction plant and worker welfare, to keeping the site lit and powered. Electric plant machinery has been garnering increasing attention in

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the industry in a drive towards lower emissions, and with the innovation of companies like GGR, going diesel-free is increasingly easy. As part of the new, cleaner era in the materials handling industry, the GGR 6.26 Electric telehandler does not produce any CO2 emissions. The standard 300Ah battery boasts an uptime of up to 6 hours. The GGR Electric Telehandler is ideal for use in closed or environmentally sensitive environments, with potential to serve a wide range of industries including warehousing, logistics,

manufacturing, recycling, and cold storage. However, whilst electrifying plant is a significant step, the construction site would not exist without the operators running the equipment – yet accommodating workers on site can result in significant energy consumption and emissions. Genquip Groundhog’s Eco-Fusion welfare units do not compromise on comfort, but tackle emissions by a range of tactics. The range features various units to match the

required specifications of the site. The GPO500 unit utilises intelligent solar technology, which charges the 12V battery through panels, and the battery is powerful enough to run without a generator. In the event that the solar power is not enough, the diesel generator works as backup when required, allowing the unit to continue functioning through all conditions. The unit features recycled materials for flooring and 12V LED lighting, as well as power to charge any devices on board. EcoFusion units utilise recirculating toilets and pedal basins, resulting in less water consumed. With fuel costs and CO2 emissions both reduced by up to 80%, the environmental benefits to the Eco Fusion units are clear, and do not require any compromise on worker comfort to achieve a real reduction to carbon emissions. Alongside more eco-friendly welfare, behavioural and supervisory changes are essential to ensuring an efficient site – the organisation of fleet to reduce uptimes is vital to reducing energy use. Furthermore, it is no secret that construction produces a significant amount of waste, which is why proper disposal of materials, both from the site and welfare units, is essential to reduce environmental pollution. A construction site could not function in the dark, but is there an environmentally conscious way to keep the site illuminated? Trime provides flexible lighting solutions, ranging from solar, to fully-battery operated and hybrid. As of March 2022, Trime’s X-Eco Hybrid Lithium tower is now part of the fleet of environmentally minded Green Site Solutions, who work with the UK rail industry to supply lighting solutions. Trime’s X-Eco Hybrid Lithium LED lighting tower is powered by

Genquip Groundhog’s Eco-Fusion welfare units tackle emissions by a range of tactics

behavioural and supervisory changes are essential to ensuring an efficient site a lithium battery alongside a small diesel engine, providing lighting completely emission-free for 80% of its operating time, with the battery recharging fully in less than two hours. Similarly, TCP ECO, an Essex based plant hire and sales company, offer a range of eco-friendly mobile lighting solutions; including the EcoliteTH200 hydrogen mobile lighting tower. Powered by BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell, this portable lighting tower uses a chemical reaction to produce clean energy with water vapour as the only by-product. As the construction industry sees a continuous drive towards lowering emissions with hybrid and electricpowered machinery, more electricity is required on site, therefore making energy generation as efficient →

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The Eco-friendly construction site → as possible is vital. Green Power Systems provide electrical battery storage solutions across multiple industries including construction, partnering with Xelectrix Power to distribute their Power Box in the UK and Ireland, which can bring multiple benefits for the construction site. The Power Box connects existing power sources and electrical infrastructure to supply these sources with additional electricity through the Power Box on-board inverter. This modular solution is expandable, with single units with storage up to 140 kWh and above, with the possibility of connecting certain models together to expand both power and storage capacities. On a construction site, the

Together with Xelectrix technology, Green Power Systems are bringing energy innovation to the UK construction site.

Power Box lowers the kW peaks of power into facilities, thereby reducing running costs. For diesel generators, it stabilises the load curve, consequently reducing the consumption of fuel. At peak times, the Power Box can supplement power from other sources, and it can communicate with a generator to switch it on and off at preprogrammed loads, which also saves fuel. Together with Xelectrix technology, Green Power Systems are bringing energy innovation to the UK construction site. Whilst a completely emissions-free site may be difficult to achieve for many, the above solutions allow us to visualise changes that can add up to significant reductions in emissions. Every corner of the construction site has the potential to become more energy-efficient and less polluting.

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London’s new show for the concrete supply chain Concrete Expo is back, but with a significant difference this year. The show has moved to London after the inaugural event in 2019 having been held at Birmingham’s NEC. The show has moved to Excel in London after the inaugural event in 2019 having been held at Birmingham’s NEC.

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London’s new showcase provides the allimportant networking opportunity for visitors in the UK’s biggest construction zone.


the same time / location with the UK a number of precast concrete Construction Week event at ExCeL in exhibitors, so more to see for visitors, London’s Docklands. using their Concrete Expo visitor Expo, a standalone event for badge, with no separate registration concrete and associated industries, It provides an opportunity to have required. If time permits, the Grand with 100 brands represented, is a standalone specialist show for Designs Live event is also running taking place this year at ExCeL in concrete and associated industries, London’s Docklands (3–4 May). while providing the opportunity Why the change of location? “The to visit cosouth is such an important market located events for construction,” says Nathan such as Civils Garnett, Concrete Expo’s event and Build director. “So it makes perfect sense shows, running to put on a concrete showcase where at the same time in other halls at the same time too; again the exhibitors may have substantial alongside; similar to EuropeanCE visitor badge allows for free portions of their sales turnover style multi-events in one location entry. “The co-location provides covering London and south-east,” he at the same time. The new Offsite an opportunity for visitors who adds. Show, launched this year in UK visit UK Construction Week,” says Construction Week has also given Concrete Expo’s format is an Garnett. “These will be made up of Concrete Expo added significance event just for concrete products, buyers from the major contractors, in that the off-site event attracts equipment and services running at infrastructure projects, civil and →

“The co-location provides an opportunity for visitors who visit UK Construction Week”

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Industry-specific seminars will also be featured from a varied list of industry speakers.

→ structural engineering firms and architectural firms, adding to the mix of those who visit a vertical, niche event like Concrete Expo.” UK Construction Week, the largest construction series of events in the UK, with two annual shows now in London and Birmingham, runs at the same time as Concrete Expo also hosts fixings, power tools and accessories — an even more compelling reason to spend a working day out. Industry-specific seminars will also be featured from a varied list of industry speakers, plus some of the general business seminars in the various theatres across UK Construction Week and the Offsite Show.

What’s on show at Concrete Expo 2022 Just about everything to do with concrete will be there: admixtures; additives; chemicals; precast equipment and accessories; batching plants (fixed and portable); fibres; formwork; road mixers; pumps and pipelines; volumetric mixers; silt management and treatment of water contamination; screeds; and much more.

suppliers Fast-Form Systems, Gael Form, K-Form and Recostal. Visitors shouldn’t miss concrete batching plants with names such as Elkon, McCrory, MCT Italy, PUK Services, Sami and Semix lining up to show their latest offerings. Discover precast suppliers of products and equipment with the latest from Forterra/Bison, Creagh Concrete Products and

Just about everything to do with concrete will be there

A snapshot of just a few names in the over-100-brands London showcase, includes formwork products and technology from

O’Reilly Concrete in the adjacent Offsite Show. In Concrete Expo, there’s software for precast concrete manufacturing that can be found on the i-Theses stand. Plus, if you are →

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construction, marine and aerospace industries. IHS technology powers Mixamate, a UK provider of mix-onFor mobile concrete equipment, site concrete and screed. Its all-in-one there are mobile pumps from concrete and screed pumping truck Putzmeister (back at a dedicated delivers, mixes, and pumps from a concrete event after some years). Spare single vehicle. parts for pumps, including pipeline systems can be found on the Bormak Controls (Controls Testing) is stand. You’ll also find volumetric a manufacturer of construction mobile mixers with names such as materials testing equipment. Its range of compression testing machines satisfies all EN, ASTM and other national Standards. A Armcon, Bay-Lynx and Premier MBP. selection of accessories and upgrading Sheffield-based engineering company options makes its concrete testing Integrated Hydraulic Solutions solutions flexible and modular, (UK) takes a joined-up approach allowing each user to expand testing to hydraulic integration, providing capabilities easily. advanced machinery for clients across

For mobile concrete equipment, there are mobile pumps from Putzmeister

Just about everything to do with concrete will be there.

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BarChip EMEA, supplies synthetic fibre concrete reinforcement, will show its high-performance polypropylene fibre used as structural reinforcement in concrete and shotcrete. The BarChip reinforcement system works by distributing hundreds of thousands of high-tensile strength fibres throughout the entire concrete. New exhibitors include Utranazz who offer one of the UK’s largest ranges of new concrete equipment and Baron Mixers, an innovative company and is said to be the market leader in forced action mixers and conveyors, plus tools for pavers.

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Six months on site: the world’s first electric piling rig deemed a success Hannah Bounford unpacks the first six months on site for Junttan’s PMx2e electric pile driving rig and what’s in store for the future of the electric range.


construction industry is looking to a more sustainable future, with cleaner and greener solutions being implemented across the world. At the heart of this movement is battery powered construction plant and machinery. With the latest advancements in lithium-ion battery technology, even large construction plant can be battery-powered. In October 2021, Finnish company Junttan premiered the world’s first electric pile driving rig. Now, six months on, Plant Planet take a look at how

the PMx2e has been performing on site. The PMx2e has an average working weight of 68,000kg and can handle piles up to 20m in length. The powerful machine is powered by a detachable two battery system - each 396kw battery pack can power the machine for an average of 6.5 - 7 hours use. The detachable battery system allows for charging via a normal 63A mains outlet utilizing an external CCS2 charging unit, meaning that the packs can be charged easily overnight or during the day, if necessary. Furthermore, the same system supports quick

charging with up to 250Kw, allowing for more possibilities for charging opportunities. Junttan have been researching and developing the PMx2e for the past four years. In October 2021, CEO Pasi Poranen stated: “This new electric pile driving rig demonstrates Junttan’s commitment to helping our customers build a more sustainable future around the world,” adding, “We are bringing the future replacement of a diesel engine deep foundation machine to the market. The PMx2e will empower our clients by massively reducing their CO2 emissions and environmental footprint.” →

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six months on site

The PMx2e On one of its first jobsites

→ The first client to take a step into Junttan’s more sustainable future was one of Europe’s premier contracting firms, Per Aarsleff A/F, and its Swedish subsidiary Aarsleff Ground Engineering AB. From the start, Junttan and Aarsleff formed an alliance, known as “Junttan x Aarsleff”, working together with almost 200 years of combined expertise to improve sustainability without restrictions in performance or application. The PMx2e was introduced up close and in action in Sweden on 26th October 2021. Since then, the PMx2e has been exceeding the expectations of Junttan’s clients. This was evidenced from its first use on site. Fleet manager Morgan Sjögren, of Aarsleff Ground Engineering, commented, “The first job has been a positive experience. The rig has been working well, with less noise, and the battery capacity has met all the expectations.”

This job involved installing 176 joined piles down to about 40 metres for the construction of the New Life Science Cluster, a project with the end goal of 100,000 square meters for innovative workspaces next to the E6 in Mölndal. Following the completion of the machines part in this project, the PMx2e was moved to its second job site in the Hagaborg area, Sweden, where it was able to work from 7am until 7pm using only a single battery pack, with workers utilising quick charging of the pack during lunch and coffee breaks.

consumption has been in line with initial estimations. Junttan Sales Director, Ate Konkka told Plant Planet: “Output, energy consumption and usability of the rig has been monitored very thoroughly during the six months period and, on average, energy consumption is measured to between 40-50kWh. Typically, the customer has been able to operate 6.5-7 hours with a single charge and one battery pack, and

“The first job has been a positive experience. The rig has been working well, with less noise, and the battery capacity has met all the expectations.”

As the world’s first batterypowered electric piling rig, the PMx2e has been closely scrutinised over its first six months on site. In March 2022, Junttan confirmed with Plant Planet that energy

even up to 12 hours with CCS-based quick charging during the breaks or by swapping the battery packs.” Ate Konkka concluded, “Performance in relation to pile meters and efficiency has been at the same level as with →

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commentary → traditional diesel-powered PMx22, even when recharged during the breaks.” Junttan have also released feedback from Glenn Brorson, an operator who has worked for Aarsleff Ground Engineering since 2011. Glenn has been operating the PMx2e on site: “I like it as much as the last one I’ve driven, which was a Junttan PMx22, there is no difference between them except that you need to charge the battery-powered one.” Reflecting on the best feature of the machine Glenn said, “The PMx2e is more distinctive because it has an electric motor, there is better and more direct power compared to a

six months on site diesel-powered one which needs some time to get full power.” On the battery pack, Glenn commented: “It’s very easy to change the battery, just unplug it and then use a wheel loader or the rig itself to fit the new battery. There was a bit of a hassle with charging the battery in the beginning, there were some restarts due to error codes, but that was the software and Junttan helped us troubleshoot that. But lately, it has been working fine.” Adding that the battery pack will last a full day, “it depends a bit on the type of piling and whether it is more sluggish to drive. On the days when it’s been a little slower to drive the piles, we’ve charged

“there is better and more direct power compared to a dieselpowered Motor”

the batteries during breaks and lunch and made it through a full workday (from 7 am to 7 pm).” This feedback is particularly optimistic as Ate Konkka shared with Plant Planet that the PMx2e is the first, but certainly not the last battery powered electric piling rig in their eJunttan portfolio; the next PMx2e pile driving rigs are already on the assembly line. In the future, Junttan will be widening the selection of eJunttan models, enabling electric versions of the PMx24 and PMx25 pile driving rigs. Junttan is also heavily investing in completely new electric rig generation of models that are currently being developed. For more information on Junttan’s eJunttan portfolio, visit: https://

the PMx2e Is the first, but certainly not the last battery powered electric piling rig in the eJunttan portfolio

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Event Review

Executive Hire Show


Executive Hire Show 2022 David Chuck explores the highlights from this year’s event.


15th annual Executive Hire Show took place on the 9th & 10th February at the renamed Coventry Building Society Arena. This year’s event comprised 155 exhibitors with 42 companies making their show debuts. Visitor numbers totalled 2751 over the two-day show. Launched in 2007 the show has quickly become the unmissable national exhibition for the tools, equipment, and plant hire industry.

The last show was held back in February 2020, just as the pandemic was starting and yes, two years later it was back with a bang – a great attendance with the timing of the show coinciding with the ending of more Covid restrictions and visitors just wanting to get out and meet people face to face again, find out what was new, and catch up on industry news. This year the show was all on one level – a much better layout with a

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busy main hall, atrium area and a few stands in the outside area by the main entrance. Also featured was the usual Innovation Trail but this year as we all move towards a cleaner more sustainable future it was renamed Innovation Trail:Eco. On the first night of the show there was an opportunity for everyone to get together over a drink and refreshments by attending the Passionate Hirer Awards 2022. This year the main award: The Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company was won by Clements Plant & Access Hire. Clements Plant & Access Hire are based in Coventry and were featured on the front page of the February issue of Plant Planet. As we head to Net Zero, more and more manufacturers were exhibiting products help achieve this goal including Trime with the X Solar Hybrid lighting tower, JCB with →

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Executive Hire Show The Atlas Copco ZenergiZE modular energy stoarge system

The Faresin model 6.26 battery powered telehandler distributed by GGR Group → their E. Tech battery powered telehandler, One Tonne Dumper and a 1.9 Tonne mini excavator.

with their battery powered crawler carriers which feature a removeable battery. Hird, a representative of several Europeam manufacturers, including Winlet vacuum robots and Valla cranes, exhibited a range of machinery including the Winlet 400TL.

there were 42 new exhibitors at the show this year Atlas Copco were exhibiting their Zenergize electric energy storage system. GGR Group had their Faresin model 6.26E battery powered telehandler on display in the outside area along

Also, as previously mentioned, there were 42 new exhibitors at the

show this year including Sany UK & Ireland who were not only exhibiting for the first time, but it was also the first public showing of three new excavators – models SY18 SY26 and SY35. More new-comers to the show were: Dragon equipment with its range of concrete crushers and Lifters – C & F Mini Dumpers with its range of tracked dumpers and Toro exhibiting the Toro E Dingo 500 which is a battery powered wheeled utility loader. →

Dragon Equipment LF1000 Lifter and LF 750 Lifters fitted with attachments

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Executive Hire Show → The Executive Hire Show 2022 was definitely deemed a success on many counts, visitors were able to meet suppliers face to face again, catch up on industry news and many exhibitors reported leaving the show with a good number of enquiries, and most importantly orders. Industry confidence was definitely high. One such company was Post Pullers UK who exhibited a very eco-friendly machine – completely powered by human energy for removing fencing posts. They left the show with many orders including a deal with Travis Perkins who commented: “By adding the PostPuller to our Hire Fleet, it allows us to offer our customers a safe and quick method

Top left: PostPullers UK FenceMaster - The Ultimate Post Removal System

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The Original Multi Equipment Pocket Guide of extracting fence posts from the ground. This now allows Travis Perkins to offer equipment that would previously have been carried out by use of either an electric or petrol driven breaker. This can help our customers reduce their Hand Arm Vibration exposure, becoming as low as possible, and assist in reducing their Carbon Footprint as the machine is powered by hand. As the majority of the unit is made from metal, it will allow us to ensure at the end of the machine’s life, it can be recycled and put back into new forms of metal.” Across these next pages are a selection of images showing some of the show exhibits, high-lights, and new machines. We have also included some photographs of machines that were being exhibited at work rather than on their stands.

The dates for the next Executive Hire Show have already been confirmed as 8th & 9th February 2023 so put them in your diary now!

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Red Diesel Legislation

Red Diesel Legislation: What’s in place from april 1st 2022 Kate Hutchison delves into the legislation being put in place and the reaction from the Construction Plant Sector 46 • April 2022 • Plant Planet


the 1st of April 2022, it will no longer be legal to use rebated diesel (known as red diesel) and rebated biofuels in plant and machinery being used for construction work and instead, tanks must be filled with white diesel or alternative duty paid biofuels. While many are hoping that this decision will be deferred, here are the changes that the industry should be prepared for. This new legislation concerning the entitlement to red diesel was made when the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws guaranteeing an end to its contribution to global warming by 2050, in hopes of bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. At Budget 2020, the government announced that it would remove the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated biodiesel from most sectors from April 2022, in order to meet climate change and air quality targets, with the hope that removing red diesel will promote energy efficiency, as well as the use of alternative, cleaner fuels.

The government hope that removing red diesel will promote energy efficiency Red diesel is diesel used in the majority of the construction industry, mainly for off-road purposes such as to power bulldozers, cranes, and drills for oil extraction. It accounts for around 15% of all the diesel used in the UK and is responsible for almost 14 →

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Red Diesel Legislation → million tonnes of carbon dioxide output a year. Other fuels also affected by these restrictions include: • rebated diesel • rebated Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) • rebated biodiesel and bioblend • kerosene taxed at the rebated diesel rate • fuel substitutes However, while this legislation applies to most of the construction industry, there are some exemptions surrounding when it is legal to use red diesel. The following sectors will still be able to continue to rebated fuel: • agriculture • horticulture • fish farming • forestry • rail • non-commercial heating Rebated fuel can also be used for accepted purposes in: • agricultural vehicles • special vehicles – see a) below • unlicensed vehicles • certain machines and appliances a) Special vehicles: A special vehicle is a vehicle designed, constructed, and used as set out in Part 4 of Schedule 1 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, but without any weight restrictions. Special vehicles include: • digging machines • mobile cranes • mobile pumping vehicles

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• work trucks • road rollers While many are affected with the practicality if this new legislation, there are also financial implications to be considered. Red diesel (gas oil) attracts a rebate of 46.81 pence per litre (ppl), giving an effective duty rate of 11.14ppl. Meanwhile, white diesel (DERV) has no rebate, creating a duty rate of 57.95 ppl, resulting in a final switch expense of an additional 46.81 pence per litre used. Red diesel contains a red dye and other chemical markers to indicate that it is rebated diesel and has therefore been subject to less fuel duty than white diesel. The red

marker is the identifier that allows HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to check whether the fuel is being used illegally, who have advised the likelihood of on-site spot checks with monetary fines handed out for non-compliance. While the new legislation comes into play on the April 1st 2022, it is worth noting that operators are not expected to flush out fuel tanks of red diesel in advance of this date, but instead must not refill fuel tanks with red diesel from this date onwards, and any excess fuel in storage tanks must be disposed of

properly or given to those entitled to use it (such as the agricultural sector). Ahead of these changes, it is advised that businesses should keep evidence of any red diesel that was put in before the legislation came into play to avoid fines.

operators are not expected to flush out fuel tanks of red diesel in advance of this date The Construction Plant Hire Association has urged the Construction Plant Sector to be prepared for red diesel changes, with these main points to note: • We advise CPA members to →

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Red Diesel Legislation supplies of red diesel, along with records for when and how much red diesel, has been added to engines. In addition, we advise members to make sure they have full records for what activity the machinery and plant has been hired out for i.e., is it being used for construction, agriculture, or forestry purposes. CPA Chief Executive, Kevin Minton added:

Kevin Minton Chief Executive, CPA → work closely with their existing fuel suppliers to ensure both sides are aware of the changes and the procedures to follow. Fuel suppliers are being contacted by HMRC to

ensure they are following the new regulations. • We urge CPA members in the weeks leading up to 1st April 2022, to run down stocks and keep records/ receipts of orders of deliveries and

“We urge all construction plant owners and their clients and customers to make sure they are up to date with the forthcoming changes”

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“We urge all construction plant owners and their clients and customers to make sure they are up to date with the forthcoming changes and what it means for how they operate their plant. This applies as much to those companies looking to hire plant as it does to those supplying it.”

For further updates and information on the reform of red diesel and other rebated fuels, head to here.

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Magni TH

MAGNI TH: “Our Customers are at the Heart of our Brand” This month, Editor Hannah Bounford sits down with Alex White, Sales and Operations Director of Magni Telehandlers UK Ltd to learn more about the company.

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has been four years since Italian manufacturer Magni Telescopic Handlers established their English branch in Poole, Dorset. Since then, Sales and Operations Director Alex White has been at the helm of the company, overseeing the presence of the brand and managing sales and services in the UK. Those few short years have seen a few potential stumbling blocks for the branch, namely Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, when speaking with him, it appears that Alex and by extension, the Magni Group as a whole, have navigated these obstacles with agility to cement themselves as a global operator favourite.

Magni first launched thier own range of machinery to the public in April 2013 at Bauma Riccardo Magni set up the first Magni Telescopic Handlers factory only ten years ago in 2012. Born out of a joint venture with Manitou Group, Magni first launched their own range of machinery to the public in April 2013 at Bauma. This initial range consisted of two models: one RTH Rotational telehandler and one HTH heavy capacity telehandler. Following this, Magni Telescopic Handlers were distributed within the UK by materials handling specialists Forkway Group until 2017. The following year, the company decided to set up a direct establishment in the UK, bringing in Alex to spearhead the UK operation. Alex indicates that the rapid success of Magni both in the UK and globally is “down to a few core values” that weave through the operations of the company. The most prominent →

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Magni TH → of these is the company’s use of technology, which Magni have invested heavily in, from the manufacturing process to product diagnostics on site. The upshot of this, Alex explains, is that “in essence, we can develop a product from white paper to production line in as little as six months”. He continues, “We’re more akin to an F1 factory than a construction machinery factory, as everything is designed and tested electronically”. Furthermore, each machine produced by Magni is full production specifications straight off the production line. Alex concedes that this was a gamble, but that it set Magni up for growth. Another factor acting as the catalyst for Magni’s swift growth is an intuitive product design process. “The company is clever about its products” Alex says, “There’s a commonality between the machines. We wanted each machine to feel the same whether you’re in a

“We’re more akin to an F1 factory than a construction machinery factory, as everything is designed and tested electronically”.

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35-meter or 51-meter telehandler. The design is at the same high level.” Alex continues, “Not much has changed within the cab since we first launched the range. We introduced a single display screen into the cab and, apart from becoming larger and a higher resolution, the idea behind it has remained the same. That was to remove the dashboard, allowing for a floor-to-ceiling windscreen. It also means that where in other machines you might have 50 switches; our cabs have five.” Alongside Magni’s Combi-Touch System display screen, the technology used by Magni allowed them to decrease the number of wires used →

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→in the machine, in turn streamlining maintenance and diagnostics for end users.

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lack of training, or lack of feedback from the machine itself.” To remedy this, the intuitive screen display has the capability to display over 100 error messages and 100’s of alarm diagnostic codes. On top of this, UK or Italy based engineers can view each machine’s systems to see exactly what an operator’s problem might be. As Alex puts it, “All manufacturers focus on producing sophisticated and safe machines, but ours take the guesswork out. It also means the only thing an engineer requires to calibrate the machine is a spirit level.”

“Where other companies have filled their order books into next year, we have the capacity to deliver machines this year.” Another core value that weaves throughout the company, working hand in hand with Magni’s investment in technology, is the customer-centric approach to both new machine sales and aftersales care. Alex says, “We noticed that a lot of machine downtime is due to operator error, either because of a

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Despite the possible problems posed by Brexit and the Covid-19 Pandemic, Magni have taken measures to establish themselves as an operator favourite. Alex told me, “When things slowed down for everyone a couple of years ago, Magni took a gamble and increased its order of components. The gamble has really paid off. Where other companies have filled their order books into next year, we have the capacity to deliver machines this year.” Magni’s standing as an industry favourite is evidenced in their most recent accolade. In March 2022, the RTH 6.51 was awarded the Innovative Product Award Silver Award from American publication Rental Equipment Register. At the time, Filippo Lavelli, CEO of US

operations for Magni commented: “We have been able to show to the market, to the end user, and potential dealer what this machine can do compared to the conventional telehandler. So, the reaction from the market has been amazingly good. They start appreciating the versatility of the machine, and, with all the attachments, what they can do with one unique machine.” Alex echoed Filippo’s comments, adding: “The RTH 6.51 has been incredibly successful in the states. Mainly because it takes up less space than a traditional crane. In some states, as well as owning property, people can own air rights to the space above properties which can cause complications. Using a ROTO as opposed to a crane means that you’re not invading other people’s property when you work.”

in February 2021 to see the RTH 6.51, which is the world’s highest lifting telehandler, up close and in person. The ROTO telehandler has a maximum lifting capacity of 6 tonnes, an impressive maximum lifting height of 51 meters, and a maximum reach of 34.5 meters. The lifting height of the machine has earned it another accolade: Magni are the world record holder for highest rotating telescopic handler in the world!

At the heart of this world record holding, award winning company, is an undisputed customercentric approach. Magni is, at the end of the day, a family owned and operated Plant Planet visited the Magni business. Despite the rapid growth Telescopic Handlers UK headquarters of the nine-year-old company,

Magni aims to maintain the ethos to build machinery to the highest quality, ensuring that customers are at the heart of the brand. As for what’s next for Magni Telescopic Handlers UK, Alex reveals: “The group is always working. In the UK, our intention is to expand and grow with new partners, building a UK dealer network. Of course, Covid has slowed our plans but we’re never sitting still. You can expect to see new products launched at Bauma 2022; we’ll be expanding across all our product ranges.”

“You can expect to see new products launched at Bauma 2022; we’ll be expanding across all our product ranges.” To see the full line up of the Magni Telescopic Handlers range, visit:

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Doosan at Scotplant


First Look at New Doosan Excavators at ScotPlant 2022 Plant Planet takes a look at the Doosan equipment James Gordon Ltd will be displaying at this year's Ediburgh based show


Authorised Dealer, Castle Douglas-based James Gordon Ltd (Gordons), is showing several new Doosan products for the first time at the ScotPlant 2022 Exhibition at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh from 2223 April 2022. They include UK premieres for the new DX140LC-7 14.6 tonne crawler excavator, the next generation of Doosan mini-excavators and the new DX100W-7 10.7 tonne wheeled excavator. Gordons will also show the DL420CVT-7 wheel loader

and the DA30-7 articulated dump truck (ADT).

The New Doosan DX-7 Range of Medium-Sized Excavators The DX140LC-7 is powered by the Doosan D34 4-cylinder Stage V diesel engine providing 86 kW (115 HP) of power at 2000 RPM. The DX140LC-7 is part of Doosan’s new medium-sized ‘DX7’ range of 17 Stage V crawler and wheeled excavator models from 14 to 25 tonne. Altogether, the new medium-sized DX-7 models provide significantly higher performance in every area than the previous

generation Stage IV machines. They combine enhanced comfort, increased tool carrier capability and novel operator assist technology, with new features to boost fuel efficiency, uptime and return on investment, with a focus on increased power, robustness and agility. Maintenance of the diesel particulate filter (DPF) has also been greatly reduced.

Next Generation Doosan MiniExcavators Visitors to ScotPlant can see selected models from Doosan’s next generation mini-excavator →

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→ range for the first time at ScotPlant. Doosan has recently launched the new DX27Z-7 2.8 tonne, DX35Z-7 3.9 tonne, DX50Z-7 5.4 tonne and DX55R-7 5.7 tonne Stage V compliant models.

DX100W-7 can be equipped with the option of four wheel steering and a crabbing mode, with two wheel steering as standard.

Also featuring a new look design, the DX100W-7 10.7 tonne wheeled excavator from Doosan make its debut at ScotPlant. The 10 tonne weight class represented by the DX100W-7 is new to the Doosan range and the DX100W-7 offers a high performance solution for customers looking for a wheeled excavator designed primarily for urban and road maintenance applications.

The Award-Winning Doosan DL-7 Wheel Loader Range

As well as agility in confined spaces, the DX100W-7 offers the All four models offer the highest highest safety and specifications power and torque in their respective on the market. The integral 1.35 classes and cover a wide range of tonne counterweight ensures the applications including heavy duty highest stability for lifting work in work. A novel platform design combination with the articulated featuring new upper structures has boom and long arm, which together increased durability/robustness and provide a larger working range than all the models offer a larger working other machines in this class, despite range than other machines on the having similar boom and arm market, coupled with higher lifting lengths. The counterweight also capacities and digging forces. has a novel design, offering the best maintenance access in the industry, New High Performance 10 tonne from the rear of the machine and from ground level. Wheeled Excavator

Like all of the 11 models in the award-winning ‘DL-7’ range of wheel loaders from Doosan, the DL420CVT-7 offers a next generation design, incorporating a powerful new Stage V engine and providing higher productivity, increased fuel efficiency and a low cost of ownership, coupled with a new cab offering a superb environment and experience for the operator.

Up to 15% Additional Fuel Savings

With an output of 240 kW (326 HP) of power at 1800 RPM, the Scania DC09 engine in the DL420CVT-7 provides generous torque at low RPM. The engine meets Stage V emission regulations through the use of selective catalyst reduction, diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter (DPF) after-treatment technologies.

The DL420CVT-7 is equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the result of a permanent combination of a hydraulic technology and a mechanical technology which provides a smooth and continuous speed variation. It allows the DL420CVT-7 to automatically transition from hydrostatic power at low speed to the mechanical system to operate at higher speeds.→

as well as agility in confined spaces, The Dx100W-7 offers the highest safety and specifications on the market. For this type of work, the DX100W-7 offers the best compromise between compactness and agility, complemented by excellent productivity and high-end comfort. It is very important that this type of machine can operate in very restricted areas, so the

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Commentary → The complete driving range, forwards and in reverse, is controlled by the CVT system. Low engine speeds ensure a high efficiency and the highest driving comfort irrespective of the traction speed. The power splitting continuously variable technology facilitates moving off softly and hydraulically. Furthermore, with the CVT, a fuel saving of up to 15% can be achieved.

Doosan at Scotplant The DA30-7 is powered by the Scania Stage V compliant DC09 9 litre diesel engine providing 276 kW (375 HP) of power.

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Gordons was established in 1865 and is the premier distributor of agricultural and construction The DA30-7 ADT has been equipment in South West Scotland. upgraded with a range of features With six strategically placed depots, including a new cab, a new selfthe company is committed to levelling front suspension and a new providing a fast and efficient local tandem bogie system. The semiservice for machinery, attachments levelling front suspension adjusts and – most importantly – the best itself independently depending on possible aftersales support. the operating conditions Based in Dumfries and Galloway, to ensure a Gordons is the Authorised Dealer comfortable for the Doosan range in the working South West and Borders regions, environment Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverclyde, for the Renfrewshire, the Lothian Counties, operator. The Argyle and Bute, Isle of Mull, cab on the DA30-7 ADT has new Stirling, Falkirk, Lanarkshire and comfortable hand grips/foot rests Ayrshire in Scotland and for the and an improved layout for the county of Cumbria in Northern display which is easier to use even England. for tired eyes.

The DA30-7 adt has been upgraded with a range of features including a new cab and more The Doosan DA30-7 ADT Completing the display on the Gordons stand will be the DA30-7 ADT, offering a payload of 28 tonne.

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Have you considered making the switch to HVO Fuel as a diesel alternative? CRAGGS

Energy, a national fuel supplier has spent the past 10 years supporting the plant and construction industry with a wide range of fuel and lubricants including Gd+ HVO Fuel. This 100% renewable fuel cuts your CO2e by up to 90% and can be used as a drop-in replacement for the red or white diesel you currently use within your fleet, machinery, and forklift trucks.

This 100% renewable fuel cuts your CO2e by up to 90% and can be used as a drop-in replacement for the red or white diesel you currently use What is HVO Fuel? Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Fuel EN 15940 is a paraffinic diesel fuel, it’s FAME free, has a high cetane number (70+), reduces AdBlue consumption and has excellent cold weather →

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Company Profile → performance. Several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including, Scania and Caterpillar have approved HVO for use in heavy duty road vehicles, passenger cars and non-road vehicles. Craggs Energy have partnered with GBF Ltd to supply Gd+ HVO Fuel - the cleanest alternative diesel on the market which has been supercharged with an engineenhancing additive.

craggs energy business is competing for a piece of work, demonstrating your green credentials can help set you apart.

crowded marketplace. Going green can do wonders for your public image and profile when tendering for contracts.

Enhanced brand image and reputation.

Knowing that you are conducting business in an ecofriendly manner allows you to introduce a green angle to your marketing strategy and attract new ethically focused consumers.

Investing in reducing your carbon footprint could give you the competitive edge when it comes to standing out in a

Gd+ is certified under the UK Renewable Fuel Assurance Scheme and has proof of sustainability from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).

Craggs Energy have partnered with GBF Ltd to supply Gd+ HVO Fuelthe cleanest alternative diesel on the market The Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme is an initiative designed and managed by Zemo Partnership that aims to give fleet operators independent assurance of purchasing sustainable, low-carbon fuels which have been approved under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

What are the benefits to your business? Green credentials for tenders. Most large organisations and public bodies now have a rigorous sustainability policy, meaning they seek out and favour green partner companies over less sustainable competitors. It’s important to show your green credentials in every part of the supply chain and if your

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Better financial and investment opportunities. Green-focused businesses often take advantage of a far wider range of grants, loans and funding than a traditional business might.

Increased readiness for future legislation. Going green now could save

you a significant amount further down the line, should the government or your industry enforce specific green provisions or regulations.

Increased morale and attracting new talent. Going green doesn’t only foster positive feelings from customers. Employees feel safer working

for green businesses. Involving workers in company-wide green initiatives can boost the morale of your team. This is also a good way to reduce turnover, because employees don’t want to leave a place that makes them feel as if they are a part of a work community that cares. According to recruitment website Totaljobs, more than a →

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Company Profile → quarter of UK employees would consider taking a substantial pay cut to work at a more environmentally responsible organisation. For Millennials alone, this figure leaps up to 50%.

craggs energy country. This is the first in-land HVO distribution hub in the UK which brings greater resilience for capacity and demand. Craggs Energy’s Head Office is located in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and from this site and its large fuel terminal in Padiham, Lancashire they provide over half a million litres of storage Gd+ HVO Fuel.

"we are delighted to be working with GBF to supply this drop-in, renewable diesel." Resilience and capacity for demand Craggs Energy and GBF Ltd have invested heavily in the fuels infrastructure, including storage tanks and state of the art pumps at their depots in the North of England to be able to store large quantities of Gd+ HVO fuel to businesses and suppliers across the

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Matthew Crockett, Managing Director at Craggs Energy comments: “This is another step forward in the switch to alternative fuels and we are delighted to be working

with GBF to supply this drop-in, renewable diesel that reduces carbon emissions by up to 90%. We have already had a big uptake from our existing customers and businesses who have made the commitment to reducing their CO2 output. With the changes to who can use Red Diesel (Gas Oil) coming into effect this year it’s now more important than ever that businesses have a reliable source of an alternative diesel to keep their fleet and operations running smoothly. From our hubs in the heart of the UK we are looking to grow our coverage and supply of HVO Fuel considerably.”

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L Lynch: Inspiring the industry

L Lynch: Inspiring the industry In the first of a two-part feature, Rachel Lambert chats to Merrill and Rob Lynch, Directors of L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage. The two brothers talk candidly about the company that was founded by their father over 40 years ago, and reveal more about its compassionate culture and its ambitious sustainability goals for the future.

Left to right: Rob Lynch, Liam Lynch, and Merrill Lynch pictured outside l lynch hq


are companies that say ‘they can do’ and companies that ‘do as they say’. L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage definitely falls into the latter. Hugely benevolent, the company is involved in many charitable initiatives and community projects, with a strong set of core values that reverberates throughout the entire Lynch team. Lynch is a customer focused company in which “people come first and foremost”. It is also a company that is trailblazing the industry with its ambitious strategy to become net zero carbon by 2040. The Lynch family business that was established by Liam Lynch in 1980 has come a long way over the last 40 years. It currently employs over 900 people, across four (soon to become five) key depots with a customer base that spans the UK. With its head office in Hemel Hempstead, L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage also has depots in Bridgwater, Wigan, Rushden as well as a new depot in Birmingham which is scheduled to open early autumn. Lynch is now one of the most dynamic and high-profile names in the plant hire industry, providing operated

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and self-drive plant hire, as well as haulage and transport services to the construction sector. And it is one that is on target to reach over £100 million turnover towards the end of this year, with a fleet investment in the region of £40 million, to ensure they keep their customers happy. Liam Lynch remains at the helm of the business as founder and managing director, with his two eldest sons, Merrill and Rob Lynch, both serving as directors. Merrill and Rob have taken time out of their busy schedules to talk to me for this Plant Planet interview. They are joined by their Head of Sustainability, Paul Lynch. (We should point out coincidentally shares the Lynch name, but is not a family member.) The brothers are inspired that their father is still as driven today, as he was when he first started the business over four decades ago. They appear to be following his lead. “Dad’s enthusiasm never ceases to amaze us. He has always been extremely ambitious and determined, so we are not all surprised by this. We are in the process of opening a new depot in Birmingham primarily to support the work we are doing for HS2, and Dad’s excitement is palpable. Dad has so much belief in where we are going, as a company. He is incredible. His enthusiasm for the business he started from nothing, all those years ago, never wanes,” says Merrill. Merrill and Rob also affectionately pay tribute to the incredible support from their late mother, Celia, who was an integral part of the Lynch family business. A director of the business, Celia was a much-loved, much respected member of the family and the company, who would always “light up a room”. Sadly, Celia passed away in 2010.

“One of the most amazing things about our parents, was their eagerness for both of us to learn all about the business. They gave us so many experiences from such an early age, knowing that we would succeed on some levels, and fail at others. It helped us build resilience, and knowing they believed in us, gave us our own sense of self-belief,” Rob adds. Self-belief is something that is pivotal to the success of Lynch, which is backed up with a set of core behaviours. “We want to drive self-confidence throughout our team. By encouraging and buildingup confidence, people show initiative, and stretch themselves. And that’s how people grow. That’s how we grew in this business, so we want all our people to be self-confident and energised.”

happen for you and support you every step of the way. They push you, but they also encourage you to develop your career, which opens up so many opportunities for career advancement. You could start as a fitter and end up a director if that is your goal.” Rob talks further about recruitment and the many opportunities at Lynch, explaining how the business nurtures potential talent, reeling off examples of career development within company. (When we spoke, Lynch had not long returned from Buckinghamshire Skills Show, held in support of National Careers Week.)

“There are so many opportunities for plant operators in this industry, and especially here at Lynch.”

They are open when they say, they only recruit ‘five star’ people for the business, wanting their team to be the best, or at a minimum, for recruits to have an ambition to be the best. “We are completely upfront about our expectations. From the outset, we make it clear to candidates that if they are not comfortable being in a high-achieving environment where excellence is the only option, then Lynch is not the place for them,” says Merrill. Paul (Lynch) who is also participating in our meeting, upholds this sentiment. He has worked for Lynch for eight years and says: “The Lynch family make it clear that you decide where you want to go in this business, and if you are ambitious, they will make it

“This type of event provides a golden opportunity to talk about apprenticeships in plant with young people, as well as their parents, or carers. We actively promote careers in the industry, not just to young people, but to others who seek change in their career path. Even if only a small percentage of people have a genuine interest in construction, the quality of conversation we can have with these individuals could be lifechanging,” says Rob. He is also keen to add: “There are so many opportunities for plant operators in this industry, and especially here at Lynch. I think operators don’t always get the credit they deserve in the industry, and all too often, come under criticism for jumping ship frequently. In any other industry, this would be accepted as something that happens. We are full of praise for what they do.” As a company that offers operated plant hire, and one that does it very →

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Interview → successfully, the Lynch brothers are well placed to talk about the value of operators. We turn back the clock to how it started for the Lynch brothers, who share identical birthdays, a year apart. It is moving to see the respect they have for their parents and each other. Both say they never wanted, or considered doing anything else other than “working in the family business”, describing it as a “boyhood dream”. Liam and Celia were adamant that their sons should learn about every aspect of the business, and it wasn’t long before this grew into quite a family occasion, every Saturday. When I ask if they had any privileges in the company being the natural successors, Merrill laughs and says, “absolutely not, we had to earn our positions like any other person employed by the business.”

L Lynch: Inspiring the industry in the business which he joined at the age of 21, saying that just like his brother, “he gained experience in every area of the company, before becoming a director.” What comes over in abundance, is their shared enthusiasm for the business. They radiate passion for the company, and have a genuine loyalty to its customers, while also having huge respect for the people who work at Lynch. Merrill explains that when his father started the business, he instilled in his sons the importance of a ‘can-do’ attitude, focusing on the customer’s needs, to deliver the best possible service. He also quotes their father, Liam, who always says, “our people are our greatest asset”.

Respect is something we show our colleagues having done a great job, so we give them credit and celebrate together; and teamwork means we have a one team mentality with a lot of camaraderie to collectively make us the best plant hire and haulage company nationwide.” The way Merrill and Rob are conveying this, with so much enthusiasm and optimism, is energising and uplifting, that’s for sure. And, it is easy to see how this mindset is reaping results.

This proactive, forward-thinking behaviour is also driving a far greater change within the company. It has set itself an ambitious environmental strategy – ‘The Net Zero Carbon Strategy 2040’ - and is the first in the industry to launch such a It is a sentiment that is upheld with comprehensive zero-carbon roadmap. actions. Lynch has recently promoted It is a strategy that all the directors at an existing Lynch have collectively developed and employee to the are 100% committed to; a testament to role of Director teamwork. of People and Business Merrill and Rob are keen to give Improvement. a special shoutout to their fellow directors, saying: “Chris Gill, Steve An upbeat Bremner, Steve Sutch, Andy Vincent, positive Fabian Swampillai, Ben Cross, and attitude is one that prevails at Lynch. of course our Head of Sustainability, It is being driven by the company’s set Paul Lynch, deserve a lot of credit for of behaviours that the directors believe all their efforts. They have all been is fundamental to the future success of instrumental in helping to develop the business. this very compelling plan for the future, which we will rollout to all ‘Can Do’ – ‘Passion’ – ‘Respect’ stakeholders and suppliers this spring.” and ‘One Team’ are core values that

‘Can Do’ – ‘Passion’ – ‘Respect’ and ‘one team’ are core values that resonate through the entire customer journey. “Saturdays were spent checking levels, steam cleaning machines, and generally feeling very cold, but we loved every minute of it. I started working full-time at Lynch at the age of 19 and couldn’t have been more excited. We both had to work our way up the company ladder, and that meant getting experience in everything.” Merrill has experience out in the field as an operator and holds an HGV licence. He worked on hire desks before progressing to service manager, transport manager, operations manager, until eventually “earning his position as Operations Director”. Similarly, Rob has worked his way up

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resonate through the entire customer journey. “It’s the culture within our company that we believe differentiates us from others. We are not just about shiny new machines, it’s our people and our values that help us win business and succeed. We have a can-do, enthusiastic attitude. Passion, for us, is loving what we do, going that extra mile and getting it right first time.

Paul adds: “It’s easy to ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to climate change issues, but we wanted to set out our plans clearly, and act on them, to promote a culture of environmental change and to educate those around us. We’re focusing on our fleet, our depots and our supply chain. We want to be a role model for sustainability and environmental change for the entire industry.” →

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→ Rob points out, “I would also say, that we want to be a completely open book with sustainability, and safety for that matter. We want to share ideas and help others for the greater good. This means, that I am happy to talk to anyone, inside or outside our industry, about our sustainability and safety initiatives to share insights, and also create a productive environment for sustainable innovation.

L Lynch: Inspiring the industry

whether that’s sustainability or safety. If others want to duplicate our strategy that’s fine, but success hinges on sincerity and commitment. Put it this way, the analogy is that our strategy shows the dance moves and our aim is to fill the dancefloor with lots of likeminded people in our industry to get to net-zero. The burning question is, can you dance?!” The Lynch Net Zero Carbon Strategy means replacing machinery with either battery or hydrogen powered alternatives, which of course is a fast-evolving market at the moment. Lynch is trialling both hydrogen and electric alternatives. Merrill explains that they see hydrogen as being the most logical source of power for larger equipment, but points out the challenges involved

The Eco Driver Scheme which L Lynch introduced in 2019 is already making a difference. “We’re not seeking any sort of competitive advantage and we don’t want to be secretive about innovation that could benefit us all. We simply want to be the most open business out there to help others get to the level that we all need to achieve our goals,

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with ‘how to fuel a hydrogen machine on site’. Nonetheless, the team at Lynch are researching possible solutions. “I think we are still a little way off transitioning to hydrogen. Batteries can’t cope with the larger equipment. But, what we can do right now is to change our behaviour, by operating our existing plant better, with our existing operators. This in itself can make a significant difference to what we emit into the atmosphere,” says Merrill. This leads on to them discussing what they are doing to change ‘driver behaviour’. They are currently trying to reduce driver idling across sites by 30% for all their operated equipment, and their Eco Driver Scheme which they introduced in 2019 is already making a difference. “We have to win hearts and minds, to make people understand the

importance of it. We ask them to think about the future and imagine the world in which their children and grandchildren will grow up in if we just do nothing. So, to behave ‘better’, we have to bring the reality of the situation home to them. We must find a better way of doing things, which involves collaboration and leadership,” says Rob.

saving in fuel in just one year as a result of our scheme. In helping the environment, we are also driving savings for our customers, which is another reason why we are ultimately winning more work.”

control technology.

Research shows that machine control technology can be 46% quicker, which means 38% less machine hours reducing fuel usage by some 34%. Lynch has a designated GPS While Lynch is not the only company Machine Control Division with a to run Eco Driver Training, it is one specialist Training Centre to educate of only few. So successful is it proving, and familiarise operators, spanning Lynch is actually collaborating with both classroom and practical training, Sounds impressive, but I quiz them one of its largest competitors to helping to enhance operator skillsets further about how they can implement deliver an inhouse designed Eco Driver within the industry. Last September, this. They say that as well as spending Program, backed by NOCN. they announced a partnership with more time face to face with operators, CITB to get even more operators Paul explains that they have a they will use data management, trained using this very latest good proportion of tippers running through telematics and reporting to technology. on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil monitor ‘behaviour’. They are also (HVO) which has led to a number of “When we talk about what machine introducing incentive schemes too. customers requesting this, but for control can do for the environment, “We are going to make the top those who want traditional diesel then the results are staggering especially performers heroes within our business. that can still be provided. By 2024, where heavy excavation is concerned. We have trained 700 operators since 80% of Lynch’s HGVs will run on HVO There is a far higher percentage of 2019 as part of our Eco Driver Scheme, alternative fuel. the job being done right the first and this is paying dividends. We time, with better efficiencies and By 2024, Lynch has also set the target plan to have 100% of our operators with greater safety. Take the A14 for for its car and van fleet to be 100% eco-trained by 2024, with individual example, that was completed nine electric or hybrid, and significantly, carbon reduction plans. One customer months early, which we would say was will have 100% heavy excavators and has benefited from a £200,000 largely down to machine control → dozers fitted with 3D GPS machine

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L Lynch: Inspiring the industry

→ technology. It’s got to be the way forward on so many levels,” says Merrill. Lynch’s Net Zero Carbon Strategy 2040 extends beyond machinery, to their buildings and administrative processes too. Some 400 solar panels at Lynch HQ in Hemel Hempstead have saved 186 tonnes of CO2, generating enough energy to power five houses each month. There are more renewable energy schemes in the pipeline, across all its depots.

“We have just been award Gold CSR Accreditation. host Conservation Action Days and give people a day off to volunteer for ecological projects in the local community. We naturally focus on Hemel Hempstead, where our headquarters are located, because this is where our business has the biggest environmental impact.” All three are talking animatedly about Lynch’s environmental goals. It is impressive to witness their determination and commitment, and learn about the many projects the company is supporting.

Lynch’s Net Zero Carbon Strategy 2040 extends beyond machinery Paperless systems have also been introduced through the digitisation of many processes. They are also about to rollout a tree replacement programme, with Lynch pledging to plant a tree for every machine it buys; a sustainable initiative that Rob Lynch has been working on. As a major contractor to HS2, it is expected that some of the designated tree planting locations will be in the vicinity of the main HS2 sites. An official partner will be announced imminently to support Lynch’s plant a tree campaign.

While the environmental agenda is a top priority, there is much admiration for L Lynch and the work the company does to support the many charitable

This leads Paul into telling me how Lynch places great emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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initiatives that are close to its heart. The company has raised in the region of £140,000 for charitable causes in the last 3 years alone. The Lighthouse Club, Help the Homeless, The McCarthy-Dixon Foundation and a string of local community projects are just a taste of the organisations that have benefited from Lynch support. On 21 May, Lynch will be taking part in a Tough Mudder hoping to raise £20,000 for the Lighthouse Club. We wrap up part one of our interview, but I feel this is only the tip of the iceberg where L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage is concerned. They may be showing the industry the dance moves, but they are also proving they are talented dancers! More to follow in the next issue of Plant Planet.

To be continued …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment: Adding to a growing a-series range HYUNDAI

Construction Equipment is introducing a further two EU Stage V compliant A-Series crawler excavators, with the launch of the HX160A L and the HX180A L. These mid-weight machines are powered by the latest Cummins diesel engines, achieving Stage V emissions standards without the need for Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). Offering improved fuel consumption, the 16 and 18-tonne models deliver improved

operating speed and performance, with increased visibility and safety.

Total control Hyundai’s Electric Pump Independent Control (EPIC) system has been adopted, to make the most of the additional performance provided by the Cummins B4.5 diesel engine. Both excavators benefit from a 115kW (155hp) gross power output, with a robust 712Nm peak torque available at just 1,200rpm. Twin variable displacement hydraulic pumps deliver 160lpm of flow, providing the HX160A L and HX180A L with increased productivity when compared to

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many competitor machines. Improved control of the engine output and the hydraulic system has resulted in increased fuel efficiency, with the excavators achieving a 5% efficiency gain against the previous HX Series when levelling and truck loading in P Mode. By optimising the design of the main control valve and hydraulic hose routing, Hyundai has also minimised energy losses within the system. A new Lifting Mode improves fine control and lift capability, reducing engine rpm, activating power boost and offering improved pump flow control. The machines are also offered with an optional Fine Swing Control, smoothing the movement of the boom at the start and stop of the swing movement. An Auto Safety Lock is offered as standard, preventing unintended operation

of the hydraulic functions of the excavator.

blade, increasing versatility, while boosting digging and lifting stability.

The operator can set boom-lift speed compared to swing speed, by activating and deactivating the boom priority function. Dipper arm in speed can also be fine-tuned, by activating and deactivating the arm regeneration function. It is now possible to save machine settings through the new Key On Init work mode, to apply the settings on engine start-up. The machine owner can also restrict operator access to some functions within the menu if required.

The standard monoboom length is 5,100mm and there are three dipper arms offered, at 2,200mm, 2,600mm and 3,100mm in length. These provide maximum digging reaches of up to 9,450mm and a maximum digging depth of 6,530mm. Alternatively, customers can choose a factory two-piece boom, offering a boom length of 5,100mm with arm lengths of 2,200mm and 2,600mm. Maximum digging reach with the two-piece boom is 9,110mm, while maximum digging depth is 5,690mm.

Individual customer requirements

A host of options allows full customisation of the excavators, with buyers able to specify Hyundai’s Advanced Around View Monitoring (AAVM) camera system for maximum visibility and safety on site. Customers can also choose a mirror view camera, helping the operator to cover visual blind spots to the right of the machine.

The HX160A L has an operating weight of 17,455-19,050kg, while the HX180A L weighs in at 18,14019,985kg. Both models can be supplied with a range of track pads, from 500mm to 700mm, while the HX180A L can also be equipped with a low ground pressure 800mm wide pad. Customers can choose to equip either model with a full width dozer

Operators can specify an optional Level 2 Falling Object Guard (FOG) for the cab and there are

optional side protectors for the upperstructure of the machine for use in tight conditions or within more severe operating conditions. Other options include the provision for a three-way valve, for bucket/ clamshell operation, an engine air intake pre-cleaner and an engine coolant pre-heater.

Increased precision The A Series cab provides a 13% increase in internal space for the operator, with an improved grab handle design in the cabin door, making it easier to access the driver’s seat and improving visibility to the side of the machine from the cab. There are also wider, anti-slip steps for easier access to the cab and service areas. The interior has an 8” capacitivetype touchscreen for all major information, which can also be controlled through an automotivestyle jog/dial module. The excavators can be specified with optional proportional auxiliary controls in the Kawasaki joystick lever heads. →

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Hyundai CE

HX160a L Engine

Cummins B4.5

Max Gross Power

115kW (155hp)

OPerating weight

17,455/ 19,050kg

Max Digging Depth

6,530mm 5,690mm (2-piece)

Boom Length


Dipper Arm Length

2.2m, 2.6m and 3.1m (monoboom)

HX160a L Engine

Cummins B4.5

Max Gross Power

115kW (155hp)

OPerating weight

18,140/ 19,985kg

Max Digging Depth

6,530mm 5,690mm (2-piece)

Boom Length


Dipper Arm Length

2.2m, 2.6m and 3.1m (monoboom)

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→ Single pedal straight travel is also available. Hyundai’s HX A Series excavators benefit from a host of state-of-theart digital connectivity technologies. This includes the proven standard Hi-MATE remote management system, that delivers the highest level of service connectivity and remote diagnostic ability. The Mobile Fleet App has been updated to allow fleet owners easy access to machine operating data, including economical usage, utilisation and fault code recognition. That Wi-Fi connectivity, using Miracast, allows the operator to use many of the functions of their smartphone, directly through the machine’s 8” infotainment screen. Drivers can operate their phones hands-free, listen to music directly from their smartphone and use a number of internet-based applications through the Miracast system.

Reduced Service Cost The excavators benefit from a revised cooling package layout that contributes to improved serviceability. Engine oil and oil filter change intervals have been extended from 500hrs to 800hrs, while the fuel filter and prefilter intervals are now double, at 1,000hrs. This contributes to reduced service and maintenance costs and a cut in planned downtime, improving productivity and utilisation for the customer. Optional Engine Connect Diagnostics (ECD), which is an integrated resource between Cummins and Hyundai, allows technicians and dealers to support customers with diagnostic reports and engine performance data. HCEDT Air also allows the customer to connect wirelessly through a smartphone or laptop on site.

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Recycling Specialist Selects Sustainable Electric Valla ‘V’ Crane manoeuvrable, and uses advanced battery management technology to ensure it delivers excellent sustainable, zero-emissions and fume-free performance. “As a wireless remote controlled crane, the operator can control lifts from right under the hook to maximise safety and productivity.” The Valla V80R is part of a groundbreaking new generation of ‘V cranes’ from Valla. Larger versions in the range can also be supplied with conventional onboard cab.

Recycling specialist Viridor has given its green credentials another lift with the purchase of a new electric Manitex Valla ‘V’ crane to support a new energy recovery and recycling centre. The Valla V80R remotely-controlled pick and carry crane is being put to work on general maintenance duties at the company’s new Avonmouth polymers recycling facility (PRF) which opened in 2021. As a fume-free and low carbon battery-powered electric mini crane, the Valla V80R is aligned with the Viridor’s vision of processing waste in a way that supports the move to a zero carbon society. The crane has been supplied by Hird, the UK and Ireland authorised dealer for Manitex Valla Cranes. Hird Sales and Aftersales Manager Carl Cooper said: “The Valla V80R is the perfect pick and carry crane for Viridor’s PRF and we’re delighted that Viridor has selected it. “It’s highly compact and

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The Valla V80R pick and carry crane has a maximum working height of 9m (SWL 2,000kg) and a maximum working radius of 5.5m (SWL 1,300kg). It is just 1400mm wide and 3790mm long, giving it a smaller footprint than a standard Mini car, and is just 1999mm high, allowing it to be moved into highly constrained spaces to carry out lifts. Thanks to the built-in flexibility of the Valla V range, Viridor has been able to specify a range of additional accessories and capabilities for its Valla V80R.

It has a powerful hydraulic winch and hook block, a counterbalance fork attachment with a SWL of 3t, and a wrap-around hydraulic luffing jib – luffing referring to its ability to move up and down. The 2.3m-long jib extends the crane’s radius to 7.5m at which point it can lift 750kg, and its tip height to 11.25m (SWL 1t). The jib has a maximum SWL of 3t, and extends the pick and carry crane’s lifting capabilities in environments where space above the load is limited. Viridor’s Valla V80R industrial mini crane also has an extending chassis and a front stabiliser to maximise lifting capacities across the crane lifting envelope. The Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre has an energy recovery facility (ERF) alongside the PRF. It will generate up to 307 Gigawatts per hour of electricity per year, enough energy to power the equivalent of 84,000 households and to process over 320,000 tonnes of material every year.

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Filter Blocking Tendency (FBT) is a parameter that is part of the EN590 fuel standard applied during the winter months. The maximum value is 2.54 (no units).

exocet® Off Road Diesel Supreme is an advanced fuel additive designed to benefit both mineral diesel and biodiesel blends. It prevents deposit formation throughout the fuel delivery system, especially in the injectors and fuel pump, to keep the system clean and running at optimum performance. It also compensates for some of the deleterious effects of a higher FAME content (e.g. tendency for water pickup) and will prevent the agglomeration of biodiesel precipitates that can be the cause of filter blocking which results in fuel starvation in the engine.

A fuel sample causing severe fuel filter blocking in the field was tested for FBT with and without exocet fuel additives. The results are in the table below. The results show that the fuel causing

Our results demonstrate that a well formulated fuel additive, containing dispersants, will prevent agglomeration of precipitated FAME (biodiesel) particulates, keeping them small and dispersed in the fuel and able to flow through the fuel filters, thus maintaining equipment operability. Importantly, FAST’s fuel additives also contain a deposit control additive to protect fuel injectors and keep them clean. Exocet Off Road Diesel Supreme additive will treat and prevent filter blocking problems caused by precipitated biodiesel (FAME) particulates. FAST recommends the use of a 10μm fuel filter on all bulk storage tanks.

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Product Focus

Towmate Trailers. Built Rugged. Built For You.

With over 25 years of experience operating in the market, we know towing inside-out, and the everyday on-site challenges. Through listening to customer feedback and learning the main pain points of towing in the industry over the years, the Rhino plant trailer has been designed to ensure it will always get the job done, on any site, day-in, day-out. Unlike many trailers that trace their DNA to a domestic or agricultural manufacturing heritage, the Towmate Trailers Rhino plant trailer is designed from the ground up, and embraces the harsh environments associated with construction and building work. The tough, galvanised steel chassis, heavy duty running gear and modular design of the trailer embody the durability and strength that you have come to expect from Towmate Trailers.

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The trailer features a number of unique systems, designed to help make your fleet more efficient and cost effective and provide you with a greater return on your investment. It has five key points at its heart: • Safety of the operator and other site users • Security of your plant and machinery whilst on-site • Flexibility to be able to load and carry a range of different machinery and equipment • Ease of maintenance to ensure the downtime of your equipment is minimised • A standard package designed to give you more and provide you with a pleasant towing experience These points really encapsulate what the trailer is, and how we’ve listened to our customers to provide a trailer that

is built for purpose and maintenance friendly. The Rhino plant trailer sports some of Towmate Trailers ground-breaking innovations, such as our pivot axle system, a system that prevents wheel and axle damage and ensures that your axles never become overloaded when travelling over rough and bumpy ground. We’ve also developed a unique strapless digger system called Load Sentry. An innovation which provides quick and effective loading and security of diggers onto your trailer, and paired with our double angled ramp, takes loading of the Rhino to a whole new level. The Rhino is available in two different weight capacities; 2700kg and 3500kg, and with scope to customise your trailer specification with the features available, there is a Rhino plant trailer to suit every need.

Exciting Times for Astrak and multi-depot customers. The portal will launch fully to customers in Q2 and features the company’s entire catalogue of undercarriage and wear parts thanks to the incorporation of Astrak’s own SmartPart intelligent parts reference system. Registered users, irrespective of where they are in the world, can quickly add details of their fleet’s requirements to identify components and place orders for same-day despatch.

Delivering New Products Undercarriage and wear parts specialists, Astrak, are preparing to deliver several new exciting developments for their customers. The UK-based company has already had an innovative year with the launch of their smartphone order tracking app along with the addition of new products such as their DuraLine SP stabiliser pads for backhoes and the expansion of their wellknown DuraLine XD pad range for robotic demolition machines, and they are not stopping there.

Q2 to support customers looking to purchase their consumable products in a simple, fast, and convenient manner.

ServiceLine is an E-commerce platform where Astrak account owners can effortlessly order online whenever they wish. In line with the company’s ethos of providing high-quality Above: Duraline XD Pad products, the service will Below: Duraline SP Pad supply vital consumables such as grease, oils, filters, batteries, beacons, starter motors, alternators and cab glass.

The company has plans to expand its digital offering in 2022 to help support its customers as they face the everchanging and demanding construction industry requirements.

The range of products will continue to grow as the company develops ServiceLine to meet the needs of its customers.

ServiceLine: Ordering Made Easy!

SmartPart: Simple Parts Management

Astrak’s ServiceLine is a new service that will launch towards the end of

The Astrak SmartPart portal will meet the needs of the company’s fleet, dealer

Astrak’s unparalleled experience in the manufacture and supply of undercarriage components has been put to good use over the past 12 months. While engaging closely with their customers, the company’s research and development team have been working hard to expand and improve their range of products to give further support to backhoe, dozer and excavator operators. The new products will be announced during the coming year and promise to offer the same durability and value for money as their current offerings. You can learn more about Astrak, its services and its products by visiting astrakgroup.

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SUEZ Teesside carbon capture plans take a step forward SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s plans to develop the UK’s first carbon capture and storage plant from energy-from-waste at Teesside took a step forward today after being identified as eligible to progress to the evaluation stage of Phase 2 of the Government’s Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Cluster Sequencing Process. SUEZ first announced plans to develop a commercial scale carbon capture plant at its Tees Valley (Lines 1 and 2) facility at Teesside in November 2020 after signing a memorandum of understanding with BP. The original project envisaged capturing the carbon dioxide from the facility’s flue gas emissions and transporting this to a geological storage site beneath the North Sea. SUEZ’s plans were given a boost last autumn when the East Coast Cluster, which covers the Teesside and Humber areas, was selected by the Government as one of the UK’s first two low carbon industrial clusters to receive support for deploying carbon capture utilisation and storage at scale. The current Phase 2 process run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), looks at the emitter projects within each of the low carbon industrial clusters, with energy-from-waste plants falling under the industrial model. SUEZ made two applications to BEIS to develop carbon capture plants at its Tees Valley (Lines 1 and 2) and Tees Valley (Line 3) energy-from-waste facilities and both have today been identified as eligible for support under the Government’s industrial business model. They now move forward to the evaluation stage. John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: "At SUEZ we have a clear focus on reducing the carbon footprint of our customers’ waste. We’re investing in innovation at every stage, from ways to reduce the carbon content of the waste coming into our energy recovery facilities, such as our work on recycling flexible plastics at scale, through to capturing the carbon from flue gas emissions at the end of the process. "With a solid operational track record and the benefit of being located on the planned route of the pipeline that will transport CO2 from Teesside to the storage location, our facilities are ideally placed to become one of the UK’s first carbon capture from energy-from-waste projects." 88


Biffa’s Billion Bottle Milestone at £7m Flagship Sunderland Plant More than a billion plastic bottles and tubs have been recycled at Biffa’s £7 million flagship polymer plant in Sunderland in its first six months. Detergent and shampoo bottles, and ice cream and margarine tubs are among the 70 tonnes of postconsumer plastic packaging now recycled every day at the facility in Washington. The new plant opened last year and employs 35 people. The plastic is first processed at Biffa’s advanced sorting facilities across the UK, before being taken to Washington where it is cleaned and ground into flakes and sold to manufacturers across the UK and EU who turn it into everything from garden furniture and paint trays to

drainpipes and guttering. Other types of plastic, including milk and fizzy drinks bottles, which can be recycled back into foodgrade plastic, are handled at Biffa’s other polymer plants in Redcar and Seaham, also in the north-east, which employ a total of over 300 people. Since 2016, Biffa has invested

more than £54.5 million in plastics recycling infrastructure and now recycles 155,000 tonnes of plastic each year, with plans to increase this to 240,000 tonnes by 2030.

a series of significant investments to build a ‘circular economy’, where materials are re-used, repaired, refurbished or recycled for as long as possible.

Chris Hanlon, Biffa Polymers commercial director, said: “We’re on a mission to change the way people think about waste, and our new facility at Washington is the latest in

“It’s amazing to think that a shampoo bottle thrown away in Sunderland could be turned into part of a new garden chair in Gateshead.” FUTURE WASTE


Hiab and MV Commercial Reach New Heights with Delivery of 50th 858 Crane World leading provider of on-road load handling equipment, Hiab and leading truck rental and lorry mounted crane specialists, MV Commercial, are celebrating supplying their 50th Volvo FH 540 tractor unit fitted with a Hiab 858 crane.

combo for transporting and erecting equipment

Headquartered in Airdrie, Scotland, MV Commercial

Josh Punchard of Matlock-based Josh Punchard

specializes in the supply of high specification dry

Specialised Haulage and recipient of the 50th Hiab

freight, construction and crane trucks, with a hire

858 crane from MV Commercial, commented: “We

fleet of over 1,600 vehicles and a unique In Stock,

started working with MV Commercial in 2021 to

Ready to Go fleet of over 200 units. In the last five

secure our Hiab equipment and our experience has

years MV has supplied over 350 Hiab mounted

been nothing but positive."

crane trucks to a wide variety of sectors nationwide.

on site and the feedback we have had from our customers has been nothing but outstanding. We’ve also supplied several customers with the Hiab 858 E-6 paired with a fly jib and again, the results have been fantastic.”

Jack Cox, Hiab UK, added: “We’re delighted that

Steven Cairns, Managing Director at MV

the 858 HiPro crane has been so well received by

Commercial, commented: “Thanks to our ongoing

MV Commercial and its customer base – we really

strategic partnership with Hiab we are well-known

value our relationship with MV and the fact it has

in the industry as crane specialists. As such, the

become synonymous with selling Hiab equipment is

majority of the time we find people are proactively

a testament to the reputation and product quality of

approaching us in search of a Hiab crane and we are

both companies.”

then able to advise them on which specific model is best suited to their needs.

The 858 HiPro crane benefits from remotecontrolled operations and Hiab’s world leading

“The Hiab 858 crane is our most popular heavy

leg monitoring system, another reason why MV

crane and since we added it to our offering in

Commercial has seen a surge in demand for the

December 2017 we have fitted it to over 50 rigid and


tractor units

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The Concrete Cow:

Food waste encouraging the move towards a circular economy




The 7th of March 2022 marked the start of the second annual Food Waste Action Week, organised by UK based charity Wrap. The aim? To create lasting change that will help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste by 2030. It’s certainly a necessary cause, as the UK produces 9.5 million tonnes of food waste annually. Much of this ends up in landfill sites where it is slowly broken down into gasses which contribute significantly to global warming, such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane. In order to combat this, waste management companies across the UK are looking to utilise our waste to create fuel. This month, Future Waste investigates the question: How can food waste be recycled? The process of converting food waste into bio methane is called anaerobic digestion (AD). AD is the breakdown of organic materials by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen. AD technology is used to convert the mixture of Carbon Dioxide and Methane (known as biogas) produced in the process into green energy. The AD process can also produce bio-fertilisers, a second valuable resource that helps UK farmers enrich their soil.

AD PLANTS ARE SOMETIMES REFFERED TO AS CONCRETE COWS BECAUSE THE PROCESS MIMICS THE COW'S DIGESTIVE SYSTEM” Currently, there are over 600 active AD plants in the UK, with more in the planning stages of development. These plants are fed by waste from local farms and local councils’ collections, i.e., the organic waste from restaurants, commercial properties, and even our kitchens. According to the UK Government, in 2020, the total energy produced from AD was equivalent to 1021 tonnes of oil. Of the raw material (also known as feedstocks) that were used in AD plants in the 2019/2020 period, 29% comprised food waste. The remaining 71% consisted of manure, crops, and crop waste, among other raw material. In other words, food waste contributed to a significant amount of biofuel production in the UK. All of the above does not detract from UN’s goal to halve food waste across the globe by → FUTURE WASTE


→ 2030 is not important. On the

facility that supplies the town,

energy soon because we believe

contrary, minimising waste in all

opened in 2015 with the aim to

that locally produced renewable

sectors is imperative to aiding

‘work in harmony with local

energy provides the key to

the global fight against climate

agriculture and the surrounding

solving the current UK energy

change. The reality is that even if

communities’. Now, in 2022, the


waste is reduced, it will still exist

company have announced that

to some extent. The remaining

the facility, which utilises crop

waste must still be dealt with.

and poultry waste as feedstocks,

AD plants are a key step in building a circular economy within the UK, further helping to combat the current climate

is able to create enough renewable energy for the local town – a population of about 5000.

crisis. The hope is that by

A spokesperson from Condate

utilising AD plants, the UK

Biogas said: “Thanks to operating

might become less reliant on gas

efficiencies, we are now capable

imports. The biogas produced

of generating enough renewable

provides a proven and reliable

electricity to supply 70% of South

alternative to the use of fossil

Molton, and we could increase


our gas output to cover 3,000

This has certainly been the case for Devonshire town South Molton, who have become the first in the UK to

homes. This means we could supply a wider range of villages and neighbourhoods around South Molton.

get all of their gas supply from

“We hope to be in a position to

biogas. Condate Biogas, the AD

be able to deliver the additional



Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, commented: “It is incredible to think that South Molton’s homes are being powered by renewable gas and electricity thanks to Condate Biogas’s AD facility. “There are very few towns in the UK that can claim to be powered by renewable energy and it is something we can all be proud of. It also makes fertiliser as a side product, which goes back on the local land growing the maize which, in turn, provides the matter to help produce the gas. A truly circular form of local, sustainable energy production.”


We are seeing an increasing number of councils around the UK adopting vehicles powered by renewables and electricity, as the traditional petrol and diesel vehicles face pressure to be replaced. The expulsion of particulates and carbon dioxide from diesel-powered exhausts has been affecting not only the climate, but also resulting in significant air and noise pollution in residential areas. A special report into electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) by Eunomia found that local authority RCVs emit 330 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent per year – a significant amount of emissions that could be reduced by investing in more pollution-free vehicles on the streets.




Although electric and batterypowered vehicles are faced with the fundamental issue of the UK’s existing reliance on fossil fuels for electricity, even with the current UK grid, electric RCVs would produce significantly fewer emissions than their diesel counterparts. The most significant hurdle for widespread adoption is council budgeting, yet the demand for more electric RCVs is rising. Experts estimate that although the initial cost of purchase of eco-friendly RCVs is much higher, the lifetime operating cost including maintenance is the same, if not lower, than traditional dieselpowered waste collection trucks. This year, Exeter City Council is set to begin replacing their diesel-powered waste collection vehicles with a new, eco-friendly fleet, which will be powered by the new Marsh Barton → FUTURE WASTE


→ solar park, where construction

in some cases, deployed electric

is currently underway. During

vehicles, including the City of

a successful trial held by the

London, who are the first in the

council in October 2021, the

UK to have replaced their fleet

refuse collection workers were


able to carry out a full day’s work on a single charge. Furthermore, the new Marsh Barton solar site will produce 1.2MW of energy once complete, paving the way for Exeter to become increasingly less reliant on fossil fuels.

Aberdeen City Council is adopting a new hydrogenpowered RCV, set to be the UK’s first RCV with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. It is part of the HECTOR project by Interreg North-West Europe, where

Eco-friendly RCV adoption

hydrogen waste collection

is expanding, as Cambridge

vehicles have been deployed

City Council has shared plans

in seven sites across multiple

to replace all their current 55

countries. According to

diesel vehicles with hydrogen or

Interreg, the project is hoped

electric-powered machines by

to demonstrate that “fuel cell

2028. Manchester City Council

garbage trucks provide an

has also invested £10 million

effective solution to reduce

into 27 new electric RCVs.

emissions from road transport”.

Multiple other councils around

Aberdeen City Council combined

the country have trialled and,

a 250kW Hyzon Electric Motor



CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL HAS SHARED PLANS TO REPLACE ALL THEIR CURRENT 55 DIESEL VEHICLES WITH HYDROGEN OR ELECTRICPOWERED MACHINES BY 2028" with an Allison 3000 Series transmission alongside a 45kW fuel cell, allowing the vehicle to travel up to 155 miles (250km) – considerably more than a standard electric RCV. Aberdeen is continuously →

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→ heightening investment in the city’s hydrogen economy as part of the H2 Aberdeen initiative, and the adoption of this vehicle may pave the way for further hydrogen-powered vehicle and plant popularisation across the city. However, with most councils in the UK facing funding problems, how can we afford to prioritise replacing the still-functioning diesel vehicles? British firm Lunaz may have the answer. Lunaz has just revealed their first upcycled electric refuse vehicle, costing significantly less than a new electric RCV (which may set councils back over £500,000). The company specialising in converting existing petrol and diesel vehicles to electric has received a $200 million valuation following a round of funding, signalling that this method of electrification may garner increasingly more attention. Lunaz is planning to open a new facility to produce electric vehicles this year. The 210,000 square feet facility will house 300 technicians and engineers, who are planning to produce over 1,000 electric vehicles a year. The market’s explosive reaction to Lunaz, as well as the steep cost of new electric and hydrogenpowered vehicles both signify that in a circular economy, the road to more eco-friendly waste collection may lie in repurposing existing vehicles. Pictured Right: Councillor Jenny Laing with UK's first hydrogen fuel cell waste truck 100








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Moving Towards Electrification: Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries in the UK


The move towards net zero carbon across various industries is not new, but it is moving faster each year. At the heard of the movement: lithium-ion batteries. Look inside any smartphone, electric car, or heavy equipment and the trusty lithiumion battery can, and most likely will, be found. With this, an increasing need to find ways to safely dispose of the energy source is growing. →



ion batteries as the UK turns


reuses, when recycled using

use of battery storage systems

the right processes. The main

will lead to millions of tonnes of

barrier facing the industry is

waste is these batteries cannot

that the right processes can

be recycled. The global recycling

be costly and harmful to the

industry has been preparing,

environment with the energy

with a potential 500% rise in the

expended to recycle batteries

number of lithium-ion batteries

outweighing the use of the

available for recycling globally

process for a small quantity. It

by 2030 according to figures

is only in the last decade or so

from Li-Cycle and Benchmark

that lithium-ion batteries have

Mineral Intelligence.

grown in popularity within the

The good news is that lithiumion batteries can be 100% recycled, with each individual component going on to various



UK. As a result, the opening of UK based recycling plants for lithium-ion batteries has only recently been taking place. The increasing reliance on lithium-

towards net zero targets now warrants the need for UK based recycling centres. In 2021, Veolia announced its first electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK, which will have the capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end of life electric vehicle batteries by 2024. The plant will initially discharge and dismantle batteries before the mechanical and chemical separation recycling processes will be completed. Gavin Graveson, Senior Executive Vice-President of Veolia’s Northern Europe Zone said, “This is an important first step on the UK’s journey to create an ethical and sustainable supply chain for batteries that

will be increasingly necessary as we transition to a greener economy. “We will not reach carbon neutrality without increasing our investment and development of new technologies and recycling opportunities. As the demand for electric vehicles increases, we will need this facility - and more like it in the UK - to ensure we don’t hit a resource crisis in the next decade.” In February, Glencore announced that it has entered ‘an industry-leading battery recycling joint venture’ with strategic partner and battery pioneer Britishvolt. The joint venture will develop a worldleading ecosystem for battery recycling in the UK. This ecosystem will be anchored at a new recycling plant located


commented: “This exciting

operation (BRM-located in

project adds much to our

Northfleet), a Glencore company. existing relationship with BRM will continue with its

Glencore supplying Britishvolt

current production and trading

with responsibly-sourced


cobalt. Recycling is key to a

The facility is expected to be operational by mid-2023 with the long-term aim of being 100% powered by renewable energy. The partnership will also look to develop other recycling activities such as the refining of black mass into battery grade raw materials.

successful energy transition and has always been a major part of Britishvolt’s business model. We’ve been looking for the perfect partner to help kick start a UK battery recycling industry and FTSE 100-listed Glencore has expert historical experience in recycling. This JV will help us both to create a

Timon Orlob, Global chief

truly sustainable battery value-

Operating Officer of Britishvolt,

chain, create jobs and develop → FUTURE WASTE


→ new battery recycling

Peter Cowan, Director at

technologies. Both Britishvolt

Gigamine, said: “Building

and Glencore are fully

an automated, scalable

committed to reducing carbon

and sustainable EV battery

across the supply chain.”

recycling solution is a critical

Later in February, Gigamine, a UK start-up, announced that they are developing technology and solutions to provide lithium-ion battery recycling that will deliver a step change in efficiency and sustainability. The company expects to start construction of its first node this year. It is

requirement for the circular economy and a significant global market opportunity over the coming years. Gigamine aims to be a leading player in this domain, and its collaboration with quality partners such as seed investors 7percent is one important step forward.

exploring sites across the UK and

“We are hoping to make further

plans to make a site selection

announcements about partners

announcement in Q2 2022. In the and customers over the next next five years, Gigamine aims to

few weeks and are excited to be

operate six nodes across the UK,

attracting support from some

as well as a refinery converting

of the leading names in the

black mass into materials for re-


use in cell manufacture.








As of April 1st 2022, the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax is due to take effect. This new tax will apply to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic materials.

of plastic waste, diverting it away

announced at Budget 2018,

from landfill or incineration.

however, it wasn’t until Budget

According to the HM Revenue

plastic packaging within a given

& Customs policy paper, the

12-month period, will need to

objective of the new Plastic

ensure that they register for the

Packaging Tax was set out


in hopes of providing “a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled plastic in the manufacture of plastic packaging”, with a hope that this results in a greater demand for recycled materials, and as a result, encourage increased levels of recycling and collection

The Plastic Packaging tax will come into force on 1st April 2022 and will be charged at a rate of £200 per tonne. The tax is expected to impact an estimated 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging, and those who manufacture or import ten or more tonnes of

The tax reflects on the success of the existing plastic carrier bag charge introduced under the Climate Change Act in 2008, which saw a charge of a minimum of 10 pence a bag (including VAT) to customers for use of a single-use carrier bag. The PPT was originally

2020 that the UK government declared key decisions on the design of the tax, with the primary draft held in 2020. Primary legislation was included in Finance Bill 2021 and received approval via Royal Assent in June 2021. →



→ The two main types of plastic packaging liable to the PPT are as follows:

describe contents.

such as drink plastic bottles.

• Single-use consumer

The PPT will be payable by:

packaging, that functions in

• Products for use in the

respect of goods, commodities,

containment, protection,

or waste, e.g., plastic bags, bin

handling, delivery, or

liners, disposable cups, etc.

presentation of goods, e.g., plastic ready meal trays, film to protect food goods (yoghurt, soup pots), shrink wrap around canned goods, and labels used to



• The Producer / Business who performs the final “substantial modification”, (referring to the manufacturing process which

Plastic Packaging Tax is

significantly changes the nature

also applicable to imported

of the packaging component

packaging, including bulk

and any key feature, like shape,

orders, regardless of whether the thickness, weight, or structure) packaging is unfilled or filled,

or “disregarded processes”, (the

cutting, blowing, or forming a

documentation, unless they can

also be liable if the party in

packaging component from a

demonstrate that they are acting

question knew or ought to

preform, sealing and labelling,

on behalf of another business/

have known that such PPT

such as gluing a label to a tub)

principal who controls the goods

was unpaid. This could affect

before the packing or filling

and should instead be liable.

fulfilment businesses involved


• Any Other parties “acting

in transporting and storing chargeable plastic packaging

• The Importer of ‘finished’

in the course of a related

packaging, which is formally

business”. Those involved can

cleared by customs into the

become secondary, jointly, or

UK. The importer will usually

severally liable when a taxpayer

Businesses will need to ensure

be the consignee on the import

fails to pay the PPT. They can

they conduct due diligence

and operators of online marketplaces.

with other parties and supply chains to ensure they are not at risk. Penalties will apply for failing to comply with relevant PPT requirements, with the government advising that businesses keep up to date records. Penalty fines will be applicable at the rate of £500, plus a further daily £40 penalty cost will be admitted, as well as any additional interest on late payments that will be applied as a result of non-compliance. Ultimately, the Plastic Packaging tax is looking to see a predicted increase in the use of recycled plastic in packaging, and as a result could see an increase of approximately 40% of recycled materials being used. This is equal to carbon savings of nearly 200,000 tonnes in 2022 to 2023, based on current carbon factors. Alongside this, the tax will look to create a drive for further development of recycling technologies in the industry. For further information on the Plastic Packaging Tax and how to register head to the website. FUTURE WASTE



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Heavyweight, professional combination compaction plate designed with an emission free, Li-ion battery powered motor for all your compaction requirements, indoor usage and poorly ventilated areas. Produces low HAV values and matches the high performance compaction of its petrol powered equivalent, but without the environmental impact....Building a Sustainable Future!!