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35 Topical Commentary Can Demolition Be the Eco Friendly Option? Kate Hutchison explores the eco-friendly side of the demolition industry.

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63 Interview

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70 Topical Commentary The Hands Free Future: Autonomous Machinery in the UK Quarrying Industry

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Group, Britain’s leading lifting solutions specialist, welcomed more than 300 visitors to its sector-leading facility in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire on 22nd July, for its first major open day of 2021. Beginning with an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art depot, the event also included keynote addresses from leading names across the cranes and lifting technology sector, alongside an introduction to some exciting recent updates from across the GGR range. With a focus on developing innovative and sustainable lifting solutions, GGR unveiled a host of new plant at the event. These included a new range of articulated crawler cranes (the TMC 25, TMC 25 100% electric and TMC 525), designed to provide the perfect combination of reach, capacity and flexibility to the market. In addition, the business also introduced a new family of glass vacuum lifters (Hydraulica 6000, Fin Lifter 18000 and Hydraulica 2100 Curved), as well as the announcement that the popular Electric Telehandler, the UK’s first 100% electric telehandler, is now Stage V* compliant. Other new plant introduced at the event included: • GRC Panel Lifters (MRTA611 GRC Lifter and GRC Panel Lifter)

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• Cladding vacuum lifters (CladKing Intelli-Grip, Slimline Mini-Clad and Clad-Man) • Floor cranes (Slewboy 500, GML800+ Manipulator and Atom 800) • Trolleys and transporters (GGR Launch Tables, Glass Transporter 3000 and TMC 060 Tracked Carrier) • Libro Overhang Beams (Libro 3D Head Manipulators, Libro Corner Lifter and Libro 20000) • Stage V-compliant Mini Crawler Cranes • Battery powered Pick & Carry Cranes • Battery powered Glazing Robots Outside of introducing new solutions to market, GGR Group also announced at the open day that it has been officially confirmed as the UK retail partner for Italy’s Almac, Europe’s leading specialist manufacturer of tracked carriers. GGR Group also talked guests through it’s all-new Green Lifting Range, which will see all of the business’s diesel powered transport vehicles and plant technology ‘go green’ with enhanced hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). As part of the open day, guests also sat in on a number of seminars taking an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges currently facing the lifting and cranes industry. Introduced by Sat Dhaiwal, chairman of GGR Group,

key speakers throughout the day included: • David Borley and Steve Leyton, representing the Industry Lifting Lead and the New Industrial Tier 1 Lifting and Horizontal Transportation Group respectively, who discussed the need for standards and safety within the industry • Peter Gibbs, who shared the latest updates from the Construction Plant Association and Crane Interest Group • Keith Silvester, who looked at the benefits of the Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) • Chris Carter Rowlands, of NOCN Group, who looked at the importance of training and development across the industry • GGR Group’s Janus Britz, who shared all of the latest developments from across the business Gill Riley, Managing Director of GGR Group, said: “It was a genuine pleasure to welcome so many faces to our Haddenham facility for our first open day of 2021. After a challenging 18 months for the sector, the open day was a fantastic taste of normality, giving us the opportunity to showcase some of the latest, innovative additions to our range, alongside taking a wider look at upcoming trends

Latest news and opportunities for the industry at large. “It was a particular honour to welcome a number of leading figures from across the lifts and crane industry as keynote speakers. From the importance of securing the right accreditation, to the role of sector-wide collaboration in promoting innovation, the seminar sessions from across the day provided much food for thought.” The open day crowns what has been a productive and successful first half of 2021 for GGR Group. In addition to the new retail partnership with Almac, the business has also supplied products to major infrastructure projects including the Crossrail expansion and Thames Tideway upgrade in London. For more information on the full range of products and solutions, please visit: https://www.

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For filters, holm is where the part is ANNOUNCING

the launch of a new business, Holm Filters, dedicated to the sourcing and supply of filters for construction, plant and agricultural equipment.

A division of HTS Spares, the new service embraces filters of all types, brands, shapes and sizes, including both Holm and manufacturer branded, for a broad range of equipment.

The culmination of over three years of research, the new Holm business and brand is the result of close cooperation between the company and a leading European filter manufacturer to develop the largest range of credible filters available. With the specification of Holm filters matching or exceeding that of original manufacturer parts, the quality of Holm filters is assured.

The New Holm for Filters In developing the new service, intensive discussions were held with buyers, fitters and users across the construction, plant and agricultural industries. The feedback on their needs led to the development of new and unique facilities, aimed at simplifying the filter ordering and replenishment process for customers. The company has implemented an innovative service →

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Latest news supply system to assist specifiers in sourcing filter parts, at the heart of which is the unique Holm Filter Finder. An online application accessed via, the Filter Finder makes it easy to locate and select replacement filters for any make or model of plant machinery. Simple to understand filter part numbers are based on Holm’s own nine-digit reference system which provides a unique identifier for individual filters. To further assist customers with

equipment management and maintenance tracking, Holm can also label parts with a client’s own reference numbers if required. Holm maintains a comprehensive stock of thousands of filters which are available direct from their warehouse, also facilitating supply on a call-off basis. The company has also developed a selection of filter kits, designed to reduce downtime and costs, which come complete with everything needed for a service filter change.

All Holm filters are underwritten by the Holm Guarantee which provides an extended level of cover. Holm will not only supply a replacement part but will cover all associated costs of restoring the vehicle back to the condition it was in prior to the filter change

For more information on the Holm filter service please see, where you can also try out the filter finder facility, or phone Holm on 01403 914400.

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New Excavator Models from J MAC and they are:


Ltd based in Solihull in the West Midlands continue to add new models to their ever- expanding line up. This time it is two excavator models which have been built to their detailed specification: The JME 25Z which is a 2.5 Tonne tracked excavator with zero tail swing and with the following standard specification: Powered by a Stage V Yanmar 14.7 Kw. diesel engine, complete with dozer blade, servo controls and hydraulically operated quick hitch

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with 3 buckets. The JME 28Z which is a 2.8 Tonne tracked excavator with the same standard specification as the JME 25Z but this model is powered by a more powerful 15.2 Kw. Yanmar Stage V diesel engine and has an increased flow hydraulic system making it a faster machine for digging and when fitted with attachments. Both machines also feature an offset boom which is ideal for when the machine is digging in confined spaces and adjacent to existing structures. Both machines come with a 3 year warranty ( 1st year parts

and labour 2nd & 3rd Year parts only). And one other very important feature in these difficult to obtain machine times – THEY ARE IN STOCK NOW!

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Right: the JME28z 2.8 tonne tracked excavator Below: the jme25z 2.5 tonne tracked excavator

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Trac360: the technology protecting your plant WE

don’t need to tell you that theft within the Plant and Construction industry is on the rise.

With the disbanding of PANIU and the establishment of The Opal ACE (Agricultural and Construction Equipment Unit) in 2019, it’s likely that all industries will be interested in the 2020-2021 statistics. With thieves savvier than ever before, in most cases a part of organised crime; they come prepared with signal jammers, tools to disconnect GPRS hardwired devices, and knowledge of how to rewire and counteract individual theft reducing measures. This leaves everyone feeling vulnerable, even if they’re going the extra mile in protecting their machinery.

What are you doing to protect your assets and reduce theft? Are you using every available method to increase your vehicle and asset security? How many of the Trac360 Ltd advised checklist can you tick? Of these options, tracking can be the most expensive, but it is also most effective in terms of overall use; and it doesn’t come close to the cost of stolen plant, expense of a replacement buy, or the cost of lost work. →

The Trac360 Ltd Advised Checklist: Vehicles put into garage or storage at night Keys locked away when not in use Fitted GPRS Tracking technology Security Cameras and Lighting

Lock and alarms on your vehicle or asset. With additional measures, Steering / Handlebar locks, wheel clamps, lockable towing hitches as applicable.

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Latest news What does Trac360 Ltd offer clients in the way of Technology to safeguard their assets? Trac360 has been in the vehicle and asset tracking business since 1994, providing bespoke tracking solutions to businesses all over the UK. When working with a Construction or Plant company, Trac360 advise the use of a combination method: hardwired devices with immobilisation to set control over the working hours and covert battery devices which are unaffected

by wiring cuts. The company also advise additional measures such as adding distinguishing identification. In their experience, not only do clients gain the benefits of location safeguarding, working time / payroll assistance, and reduction in unapproved usage; through GPRS Technology they also have the increased chance at recovery in the event of theft. Now, that’s a good investment.

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What might urban construction sites look like in 2030 – and what are the forces for change? Increased competition, the advent of new technology, and an ongoing drive for improved air quality are creating new challenges for city developers and construction firms. What’s the outlook for the coming decade and how can businesses find a crucial competitive edge? CEA member Perkins reports…


a year of social restrictions that has seen many previously bustling cities fall empty, the evolution of urban life has come under increased debate. Despite this enforced transition, the majority of the global population continues to choose city life. With more than 55 percent of people living in urban areas, and the top 780 cities accounting for 60 percent of the world’s economic activity1, the trend for urbanisation shows no sign of decline.

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In fact, according to a study by Oxford Economics2, urban construction is expected to grow 35 percent – or by $8 trillion – by 2030. The boom will be largely fuelled by relentless development in developing nations across Asia and Africa. And that’s good news for a construction sector that sometimes has the odds stacked against it. The challenges facing the construction industry have been building for some time; including poor productivity and profitability, rising costs, and the need to prepare for a digital future. But among the biggest obstacles is the need to cut emissions on construction sites,

particularly from construction machines. With building and construction responsible for 39 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, according to the World Green Building Council – combined with a push to reach net zero across many continents by 2050 – construction sites need to dramatically evolve.

The global picture on construction emissions Emission requirements for construction machinery depend on where in the world they are operated. Businesses delivering projects in the UK and Europe must meet the most highly

Latest news regulated standards of EU Stage V, while the U.S. EPA has Tier 4 Final emission standards. In the rest of the world, Japan and South Korea are committed to similarly high standards, followed by China, India and Brazil. Several other countries enforce equivalent standards. And while unregulated territories still exist, many are working to introduce standards in the near future. Emissions initiatives like these provide extra impetus for the construction industry to reduce its environmental impact as demand grows for making cities ever greener. “There is a clear green agenda imbuing the operations of most enterprises, and none more so than in construction – and the sector is making strides forward,” says Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), a British trade association representing the construction equipment sector. “For example, while cement production has long been identified as a source of CO2 – estimated at some four percent of the total – technology is developing to address this. With construction equipment, too, there is likely to be a continuation of the good work already started.”

A vision for the future of urban construction sites Against this backdrop, urban construction sites and construction building work will look very different in the next 10 years.

According to a recent study by McKinsey3, construction projects will need to change due to a combination of “sustainability requirements, cost pressures, skills scarcity, new materials, new industrial approaches, digitization, and new breeds of players look to transform the value chain”. Clearly, the construction business will need to find ways to stay on pace with all these changes, and improve its competitiveness, productivity and profitability. Possible measures to achieve this include expanding into new industry segments, engaging staff in revenue generation, investing in technologies such as telematics to automate the management and modelling of projects, and boosting emissions performance and efficiency with a new breed of electric off-highway machines.

‘Wealth of opportunities’ for forward-thinking firms With relentless urbanisation set to continue, opportunities will exist for businesses willing to adapt to todays and tomorrow’s challenges. According to Oxford Economics2: “a pessimistic short-term outlook will be replaced by a wealth of opportunities in the next decade.” Alongside conventional projects to build homes, business premises, infrastructure, utilities and services for an increasing number of city dwellers, new construction projects in the form of larger $1bn+ megaprojects will also explode. Think industrial complexes and megacity developments, such as Al Maktoum International Airport in

Dubai or Jubail II in Saudi Arabia, which offer big rewards for firms ambitious enough to go after them. Taking advantage of these opportunities will require companies to be agile and innovative. Luckily, many global governments do offer grants and tax reliefs to provide construction firms with the incentive to meet future construction needs, with less risk. Depending on your territory, incentives may be available for using modern construction methods and technologies that bring safety benefits or support the green agenda. In many cases, benefits are also available for making machinery fleets greener. In Malta, for example, firms can access grants of up to 40 percent of the total cost of any low-emission site equipment they purchase4. But, of course, current market conditions and future prospects aren’t set in stone. “It is projected that two-thirds of the world’s population of 10 billion in 2050 will be city dwellers and they will all need somewhere to live within a secure and healthy environment,” says Rob. “However, there is debate about how the pandemic will affect future plans. Will today’s office blocks be tomorrow’s apartments? Will today’s retail outlets be tomorrow’s workshops as more people choose to work at home in non-urban locations in the more developed world?” →

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Latest news Which Countries are leading the way on a new era of urban construction? In countries that have both the resources and motivation to transform urban construction, major change is already under way. “Certainly, there is a clear drive to nurture sustainable cities – and initiatives in Stockholm and Copenhagen show this,” says Rob. “Countries with the policy and funding to ‘go green’ will demand

high standards in construction. These should be the breeding grounds of innovation and early adoption of budding technology.” Rob believes the advent of new technologies and global drive for urban expansion means a bright future for construction and the off-highway industry. “There is a clear policy echo around the world, which is Build Back Better,” he says. “In the UK, U.S. and beyond there are twin drivers that will influence future policy after the virus emergency. First, construction produces jobs and

national wealth and, second, that climate change dictates we have to adopt the best technology and practices to reverse the change. Off-highway machines can play an important part in this future.” For construction companies, it seems vital to adjust to the changing environment, and reinvent themselves to take advantage of changes in the industry. By doing so they can meet the demands of their shareholders and planet – and protect their futures.

1 Source: Study: Global cities: the future of the world’s leading urban economies to 2035 2 Source: Oxford Economics: Global Cities 2030 3 Source: McKinsey: the next normal in construction 4 Source: Times of Malta

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LiuGong’s New 95 Tonne Excavator, 995F, sets the new standard in mass excavation. THE

new 995F again proves that LiuGong are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to industrial design and smart engineering. With a strong design language that appeals to customers’ needs, this all-new excavator is a great example of LiuGong’s Tough Equipment for a Tough World promise. The New 995F is the result of thorough analysis of customer performance requirements and LiuGong’s extensive testing in demanding mining and quarry applications.

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“The New 995F is the first model of our large excavator F-Series range and delivers the toughness and reliability you would expect from LiuGong. It’s tough but it also excels in controllability and comfort, so it is perfectly matched to the demands of customers and operators in the European market,” said Harry Mellor – Excavator Product Manager for LiuGong Europe. LiuGong are targeting the 995F at heavy-weight jobs in mining, quarrying and demolition where cost per tonne, reliability, operator safety and comfort are the key considerations. Powered by an 18.1-liter Perkins engine

producing 447kW of power with low engine speed and high torque, the 995F delivers class leading tear out forces. To further improve cycle times, operating precision and fuel efficiency, the 995F is equipped with 3 operating modes: Eco, Standard, and Power. 10 engine speeds allow the operator to balance power and efficiency to meet the application’s requirements. The 995F also features an Advanced Variable Electro-Hydraulic System, which adjusts the flow distribution according to the operating conditions. The 995F comes with increased functionality, including the boom float assistance. With 2 operating modes for loading and

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breaking, the boom is allowed to lower under its own weight, which reduces fuel consumption, prevents damage and increases operator comfort. The 995F is no exception when it comes to LiuGong’s well-deserved reputation for toughness and is fully armed to face the toughest operating conditions. Its heavyduty, variable gauge undercarriage features high strength forged sprockets and large diameter idlers with thickened wearing layers. Deep profile double grouser track plates provide longevity and higher traction when travelling. The 995F also has a specially tailored Demolition Package version - 995FDM complete with bucket cylinder guard, swing open Level II FOPS

guard, plus rotation pipework and an attachment drain line. Justin Ffrench from J. Ffrench Ltd. in Bedfordshire, UK is clearly pleased with his first 995FDM. “Very impressed with the way this machine delivers. It’s got the power you want but with the controllability you need. It’s put together very well. I think LiuGong have a very credible machine here for heavy applications,” commented Justin Ffrench. With an all-new spacious cab design, the 995F provides excellent protection, visibility, and comfort. Storage for large drinks bottle, backpack, hard hat and a phone, all-round climate control and the fully adjustable

luxury heated seat creates the perfect operator environment. An 8” LCD touchscreen display with additional jog dial offers simple and intuitive access to all of the machine’s functions and key data. Howard Dale, Chairman of LiuGong Europe, is confident that LiuGong have given customers in the heavy-weight sector something to think about. “We see the launch of the New 995F as part of our commitment to add value to our customers’ businesses. With this new heavyweight model, we can now offer them a wider range of top quality, tough machines designed for Europe. The 995F is proof that we are not just listening to our customers, we are delivering for them too,” mentioned Dale.

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UK Construction equipment sales were more than 70% above 2020 levels in the first half of the year RETAIL

sales of construction and earthmoving equipment showed further strong growth in June, and were 75% ahead of the levels seen in the same month last year, when sales were still recovering from the impact of the first lockdown. As a result, sales in Q2 were more than double the levels seen last year, and reached over 10,000 units during the quarter. For the first half of the year, sales were over 18,000 units, and are 73% ahead of the levels seen in the first half of last year. Comparisons with sales in earlier years indicate how buoyant the market has been in 2021, with sales are ahead of both 2018 (by 4%) and 2019 (+7%) in the first half of the year. Like many other industries, the sector is still experiencing supply chain shortages and price rises for many products and materials. High levels of equipment sales in the face of this demonstrate the underlying strength of current demand in the construction market.

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The pattern of sales for the major equipment types in the first half of the year is shown in chart 2. This shows that the strongest growth in sales has been experienced by Telehandlers (for the construction industry), with sales more than double last year’s levels in the first six months. This is a welcome bounce back after showing the weakest performance amongst the major equipment types in 2020, when sales were over 40% below 2019 levels. Mini/midi excavators (up to 10 tonnes) have had the opposite experience, after being the strongest performing product last year. Sales in the first six months of this year have shown 58% growth compared with last year, and lag behind all the other major equipment types in % growth terms. However, Mini/ midi excavators remain the most popular equipment type by a significant margin. The construction equipment statistics exchange covers sales on a regional basis in the UK and N Ireland. The map shows the percentage differences for sales in the main regions in the first half of 2021 compared with the same period last year. This shows that sales have been strongest in the North West of England and in Scotland, where sales have been more than double the levels

seen in the first half of 2020. In contrast, weaker sales have been experienced in the West Midlands and Wales, where sales have been less than 35% above last year’s levels. Sales in the Republic of Ireland are also recorded in the statistics scheme, and like the UK, showed further strong growth in June. As a result, sales in Q2 were more than double last year’s levels, and in the first half of the year are 56% above sales in the same period last year. * The construction equipment statistics exchange is run by Systematics International Ltd. This scheme is run in partnership with the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the UK trade association.

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Can Demolition be the eco-Friendly option? Kate Hutchison explores the eco friendly side of the demolition industry


people question whether to demolish an existing structure, with the demolition sector possessing both advantages and disadvantages. On the surface, demolition appears to be harmful to the environment, with some arguing that it should be stopped altogether, and structures should be developed and renovated instead to further reduce carbon emissions. In some instances, demolition is unavoidable. This can be due to potential structural

safety hazards, including when toxic chemicals such as asbestos, mercury, or lead are found in the building. These toxic chemicals can cause irrevocable damage, leaving a structure to be beyond repair and demolition as the only solution. In order to resolve concerns around the demolition sector, the industry now looks at ways to improve and continue demolition with environmentally friendly practises. Demolition of buildings and other structures generates a

large volume of waste, and construction and demolition materials often contain heavy components. Materials such as concrete, brick and cement are the main components released after demolition takes place. Material recycling is just one example of eco-friendly practises that has been in place within the demolition industry for a long time. Materials that are salvaged from demolition sites are often reused in future projects. At present, 75% of construction and demolition waste in the EU is being landfilled. In the United Kingdom, the →

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can demolition be eco-frienldly? • Topical Commentary disposal of construction waste accounts for more than 50% of overall landfill volumes. Debris from demolition sites can be salvaged and put to use in further projects. This debris can be crushed to a suitable size and once contaminants have been removed, these products can then be reused as valuable aggregate, which is vital for the production of concrete and also further prevents wasted materials and debris from ending up on landfills.

in the uk, the disposal of construction waste accounts for more than 50% of overall landfill volumes. Deconstruction is another method that the demolition sector has adapted in order to maintain more environmentally friendly practises. Deconstruction is a process which can take place before material recycling. This is the process of carefully dismantling buildings to salvage components for reuse and recycling. Deconstruction can be applied on several levels to salvage usable materials and significantly cut demolition and construction waste. Deconstruction has many benefits, which include maximizing the recovery of materials, conserving finite, old-growth forest resources and diverting demolition debris that otherwise would all be bound for disposal on landfill sites. The reuse of such materials results in fewer natural resources being harvested for use in new buildings, preserving trees that would potentially be cut down for wood, alongside other natural materials. →

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Topical Commentary • can demolition be eco-frienldly? The demolition industry heavily relies on the use of heavy machinery and heavy-duty equipment in order to demolish such large structures. The key players in demolition sector have now adopted electric machinery in an attempt to lower the industry’s CO2 contribution. Companies such as Volvo, Caterpillar and Komatsu are just a few of the big players in the industry who have taken the plunge into electric machinery.

Electric machinery is not a completely new revelation; with the continued development and increasing popularity of electric cars, electric machinery is the next step forward and each come with many benefits. Most notably, electric equipment is a safer option for the environment, with such machinery producing zero or significantly reduced emissions. Electric equipment can also help drastically reduce the level of noise pollution and danger created by dieselpowered equipment.

The key players in the demolition sector have now adopted electric machinery

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Between recycling, decreasing the need for natural resources, and adopting electric machinery, the demolition industry is much more environmentally friendly than it may appear at first glance. The sector is actively taking charge to limit the environmental impact that comes alongside the process of demolishing large buildings and structures. There is still a long way to go before the industry can recycle a fully demolished building or structure, but the demolition industry is making proactive progress every day.

Rebecca Bryson • interview

Rebecca Bryson: Country girl turned construction queen Rebecca Bryson is Commercial Director for BTE Plant Sales. She talks to Rachel Lambert about her impressive career achievements and the importance of “knowing your stuff” if you want to be taken seriously in the industry!


Bryson is, without doubt, a very driven individual. She has already achieved so much in her career, holding some highly responsible positions for manufacturers such as Kubota and JCB, before taking on her current role as Commercial Director for BTE Plant Sales.

Talking to her, I am not surprised. Rebecca is bubbly, enthusiastic and has a real zest for success. It quickly becomes clear that she has built-up a great deal of knowledge about the industry and the machinery she represents for BTE. She is also Chair of the Hire Association Europe Suppliers Board. A farmer’s daughter, Rebecca laughs when she says she is a real tomboy at heart and grew

up around farm machinery. She was brought up on her parents’ farm in Middleton in Staffordshire. Horses have always been, and still are, a passion for Rebecca. Her mother and younger sister both ride, and Rebecca was introduced to the saddle on a Shetland pony when she was just a toddler, going to horse shows from an early age. That love of ponies grew, so →

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Interview • Rebecca Bryson much so that Rebecca originally set her sights on producing and competing horses when she left school. She had been competing at a high level, but at the age of eighteen, she had a bad fall which resulted in her breaking her shoulder. It changed her perspective.

finance running a yard. I turned to ‘Plan B’ and promised my parents I would go to university on the basis of me having a gap year to work while my shoulder repaired.” During this gap year, Rebecca duly started her first job working for OSS Group, a waste management company, where she was involved in all sorts of tasks supporting the Sales team and its Sales Director, until they got relocated to Liverpool.

“My First Major Project was when they redeveloped spaghetti junction on the m6” “When I left school, I had this idea that I would go to college to study hospitality and catering. I had it all planned in my mind. I would compete and produce horses as my main career, and support it with catering for private parties. My fall made me seriously rethink. When you have an injury, you can’t compete, so you’re basically without an income to

Rebecca originally set her sights on producing and competing horses.

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Rebecca soon realised that she really enjoyed being in a salesorientated role and having her own income, and her desire for going to university waned. With university cancelled, she then went on to work for portable storage site accommodation

company, Mobile Mini, in what was her first external sales role. She absolutely loved it. “It suited me down to the ground because I have a creative eye and it involved turnkey project management. I always felt it was rather like LEGO and I could visualise the finished result that people wanted for their sites. Through Mobile Mini, I got involved with some very well-known names working on large complexes. “My first major project was when they redeveloped Spaghetti Junction on the M6. I remember setting up at night, which was quite an experience. I was, after all, a country girl who hadn’t done anything like this before. Being on site, under the M6 in the middle of the night was a real eye-opener for me. I loved it though, and Mini Mobile was a great company to work for.” Rebecca was then approached by Reactec following a recommendation from a mutual customer, BAM Nuttall. Reactec is primarily involved in technology and analytics for health and safety risk management in construction and manufacturing. At the time, they were looking for a National Hire Accounts Manager in respect of Hand Arm Vibration technology (HAVTec), which was part of a project that had

Rebecca Bryson • interview

Rebecca made ‘Corporate history’ at kubota by being the first woman from europe to host a VIP trip to japan. Dragon’s Den backing. Rebecca really enjoyed the work and in particular, the meetings in Edinburgh, where the Head Office is located.

remit was more constructionfocused and it struck me then, that despite my love of farming, I am very much more a ‘construction girl’.

Her real break came when she was approached by Kubota UK in 2012. David Roberts, then MD of Kubota UK, asked her if she would like the job of Key Account Manager.

“Moving to Kubota was a really smooth transition because I was working with the same customer base as Reactec. Kubota had not previously been involved with national accounts, and wanted to be more aligned with the likes of JCB. It was a fantastic opportunity for me, and I got to know many people in the industry, who have

“Kubota was a great fit because of my farming background. To be honest, I thought initially it was very much about returning to agriculture. I soon learnt the

become real friends.” Her performance in this role wasn’t just being noticed in the UK. Rebecca was invited to the factory in Japan, following approval from the Head of Kubota. In fact, she made some “corporate history” by being the first woman ever from Europe to host a VIP trip to Japan, and to this day “feels hugely honoured”. “It was so fascinating. I was made to feel so welcome, and I completely respect the culture. I have so many happy →

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Interview • Rebecca Bryson memories from that trip, which involved some great characters in the industry. I remember taking them to a Geisha house. The dancers were so beautiful but looked so shocked to see me, as I was not only female, but so extremely tall compared to them. It was a fantastic trip.” During her time at Kubota, Rebecca got more involved in marketing and remembers persuading them to attend The Executive Hire Show for the first time for a product launch, where they won Stand of the Year. Rebecca did a lot to help raise Kubota’s profile, through events and press days, and getting involved with industry associations.

the remit of supporting national accounts and the growth development of new products at the mini-excavator factory. “I was very fortunate to have a great boss in Dan Thompstone, as well as being exceedingly privileged to have worked with Graeme Macdonald and members of the Bamford family. The training and mentoring I had with JCB was second-tonone and has given me a skillset that I am truly grateful for.” Rebecca worked in UK sales for three years getting involved in a wide range of projects, including some memorable product launches. Graeme Macdonald then asked her if she was willing to travel. This marked the start of her relocation to America working in JCB’s newly opened West Coast Office, which would base her in Los Angeles for 12 months. She was promoted to General Manager (National & Key Accounts) for the West Coast and North America.

“The training and mentoring I had with JCB was second-to-none and has given me a skill set that I am truly grateful foR” It wasn’t just the powers that be in Japan that were noticing Rebecca Bryson. A certain British manufacturer in the form of JCB had been watching closely; they had been asking for a while for her to come to the headquarters for a chat. “JCB is such an icon in Great British manufacture, and a company that I always admired, and still do. Of course, I was tempted!” she laughs. She joined JCB in September 2014 in UK Sales as the National Excavator Sales Manager with

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“It was a fantastic experience. I was tasked with setting up new key accounts and supporting developing dealerships, but it was hard work because unlike the UK, people in America just hadn’t heard of JCB. Each state had its own legislation. This meant there were a lot of differing machine specs, which was quite challenging in itself, and there was extensive

travelling too. It was a real learning curve for me, for which I am so grateful.” Rebecca was also missing home, and after one year and one month, started to think about coming back to the UK. She had accomplished her 12-month mission for JCB. That is when serious conversations with Dave Hawley at BTE Plant Sales started in 2018. By August 2018, she had moved back to England and started as Commercial Director for BTE. She hasn’t looked back. “It was a hard decision to leave JCB, but the opportunity I had at BTE Plant Sales, being the largest independent dealer in the UK, was something new and exciting, so I couldn’t wait to join the team.” BTE Plant Sales celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2020, selling leading brand machinery and equipment. The company has three depots in Leicester, Leeds and Leyland, employing 60 people across the locations. BTE’s head office, where Rebecca is based, is at its Leicester facility. Her role as Commercial Director absorbed both the Sales Director and Operations Director responsibilities. “Like others, we were uncertain about how the pandemic would affect us when lockdown first hit us in March 2020. But, around April and May, business soon ramped up again, and by June last year we were back to full capacity. We have had a fantastic twelve months and being such a strong business, we

Rebecca Bryson • interview have been able to adapt quickly to support our customers in the most effective way.” Rebecca also explains that it gave the management team time to review the business. They used the time effectively to restructure Parts and Service, saying they are now in the best position they have been for thirty years. “Sometimes you need to take your foot off the gas to be objective. We have reviewed so many elements across BTE Plant Sales and have very clear goals of what we want to achieve. As a business, I think we are stronger than ever before, both in terms of how we support our customers and in our relationships with manufacturers. We are fortunate to offer the best products in the world.”

have my sights set on qualifying him for Horse of the Year Show in 2022, in the Mountain & Moorland Working Hunters. He is really versatile, and I have been doing some eventing with him this summer. All credit has to go to my sister, Zoe, who produces horses and to my mother. I wouldn’t be able to compete at this level without them because of my job and I am so thankful. It’s a real family team effort.” It’s not all horses. Rebecca spends a lot of time in Scotland with her partner, and has developed a keen interest in shooting, which has led to

her being asked to model for Brownings. She laughs about her catering training, and says she loves nothing more than to throw a dinner party and can’t wait to “socialise properly” again. When quizzed about the secret to her success, Rebecca says: “I don’t claim to be especially academic, but I have common sense and a very strong work ethic. I have also been fortunate to make some fantastic friends in the industry and I love what I do.”

Rebecca clearly has an appetite to take the business further, and her energetic approach is evident as we talk. For someone who says she is such a tomboy, she is also very feminine. Yet for anyone who may doubt her technical knowledge, think again. She evidently knows her stuff and isn’t worried about getting her hands dirty if necessary to learn about it. Rebecca is a grafter through and through, so I am curious about how she relaxes. “I adore horses and have gone back to competing. I bought a lovely Connemara when I moved back to the UK, and I have been taking part in some competitions. Freddie is still a novice but is going well, and I

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connect with Hitachi • Event Review

connect with hitachi success for company’s first virtual event Hannah Bounford unearths the details from Hitachi Construction Machinery UK’s Connect with Hitachi event.

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Event Review • Connect with Hitachi


June of this year, Hitachi Construction Machinery UK hosted their first-ever virtual event. Connect with Hitachi was packed with new releases from the subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe, including the highly anticipated launch of the 1320 tonne class Zaxis-7 crawler excavators. This issue, Plant Planet unpacks the virtual event, taking a look at just some of the machinery and solutions unveiled by Hitachi.

the machine is the ECO gauge, shown on the machines updated monitor, allowing operators to control fuel efficiency. The in-cab monitor also features the enhanced attachment support system. This system gives the operator the ability to quickly change attachments, adding to the versatility of the Zaxis-7 excavator range.

Enhanced Cab The sleek design of the zX135US-7 Cab is ultra-spacious, offering enhanced levels of comfort and quality. The cab of the ZX135US-7 has a 15cm wider door opening and an enlarged interior, with increased legroom for greater comfort.

the zx135us-7 excavator delivers up to 9% less fuel consumption than previous models Up first on the bill was the launch of the second phase of Hitachi medium Zaxis-7 excavators. This exclusive reveal of the range featured an in-depth look at the ZX135US-7 Stage-V model, with a virtual walk around hosted by Product Training Manager Stephen Dobson.

Improved Profits The ZX135US-7 delivers up to 9% less fuel consumption than previous models with the help of Hitachi’s industry-leading HIOS V hydraulic system. The new Stage V-compliant engine does not require an SCR system, allowing for lowered life-cycle costs and eliminating the need for urea, filter replacements and associated maintenance. New to

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Easy operation comes from the new ergonomic design of →

zx135US-7 at a glance Engine




Operating Weight

13800 - 16000 kg

Backhoe bucket iso heaped

0.19 - 0.66 m3

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8050 - 8850 mm

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5070 - 5980 mm

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Event Review • Connect with Hitachi the console and switches, and convenient access to controls. The synchronised motion between the seat and console ensures operators feel less tired at the end of the working day. The improved pedal layout and ample head clearance help to make this the most spacious Hitachi cab yet.

Increased Safety The Zaxis-7 excavators offer a better view of the jobsite, with an Aerial Angle camera system allows for a 270-degree bird’s eye view. Operators can choose from six image options to view the machine’s surroundings. In

addition, new LED work lights and the increased sweeping area of the windscreen wiper enables operators to work safety in all weather conditions.

Aftercare & Fleet Management Besides the launch of the Zaxis-7 range, Connect with Hitachi highlighted the vast range of after-sales services the company provides, aimed to ‘help owners feel in total control of their fleets and workloads’. Remote monitoring systems Owner’s Site and ConSite send operational data daily via GPRS or satellite from the excavator to Global e-Service. In addition, ConSite summarises the information in a monthly email and the ConSite Pocket app

connect with hitachi highlighed the vast range of after-sales services the company provides

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shows real-time alerts for any potential issues. Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV Product Manager for Excavators, Wilbert Blom said: “The latest Zaxis-7 medium excavators have been designed and engineered to help operators and owners to create their vision. We are proud to present them to our customers, as we want to empower them to take control of their world, not only with our products, but also our people, solutions and services.” This article covers only a fraction of the 30 minute virtual event from Hitachi Construction Machinery UK. The full Connect with Hitachi virtual event is available to watch online now at: watch?v=cDkf1nPIGXs&t=1151s

Cover Story• one million tonnes with mccloskey

One million tonnes with mccloskey Plant Planet hears about the one million milestone acheived with 15 McCloskey machines

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One Million tonnes with McCloskey • Cover Story

BROOKLAND Sand and Aggregates Limited has, for the first time in its trading history, delivered more than one million tonnes of product in a twelvemonth period. Behind the milestone achievement are 15 McCloskey machines, integral to the delivery of more than 40 separate products.

Operating from Littlejohns China Clay Pit, the largest China Clay pit in the world, the Saint Austell-based company takes vast quantities of granite, rock and sand (a by-product

from the process of extracting Kaolin) from the quarry’s operators. The material is highly abrasive and varies greatly in size, ranging from fine sands to 25-tonne boulders. Processing this material are fifteen McCloskey machines, including three J50H Jaw Crushers, with the fourth joining the fleet imminently, a C2 Cone Crusher and ten McCloskey screeners.

in its class, the J50 provides class-leading throughput and capacity with the largest stockpile height, essential for Brookland’s operation. When McCloskey Equipment

The 15 mccloskey machines on site include three j50h jaw crushers, a c2 cone crusher and 10 screeners

Brookland Sand and Aggregates’ primary crusher fleet is made up of McCloskey J50H Jaw Crushers. With the widest jaw

deliver a fourth J50H this summer, Brookland Sand and Aggregates can increase its overall productivity by a further 50%, with a target of 1.5 million tonnes of product delivered per annum in 2021/2022. →

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Cover Story• one million tonnes with mccloskey Throughput and capacity are only part of the story for Brookland Sand and Aggregate; the J50’s aggressive pre-screen sets the machine apart from its rivals. By separating the huge amounts of sands and fines ahead of the jaw, Brookland Sand and Aggregates is able to extract fines for processing with a single machine. This method also increases the longevity of the jaw by removing abrasives and producing a cleaner product from the main conveyor.

in the UK by McCloskey Equipment, or into one of ten screeners on site, depending on the final product required. Two R155 High Energy Screeners, which are some of the most versatile in the McCloskey R-Series range, are used to produce clean gabion stone or feed into the C2 Cone crusher to produce 803 or similar, single-size aggregate. Brookland’s two S190s work daily to deliver coarse concrete sands, one of the company’s biggest selling products. The S190 has proved to be one of Brookland Sand and Aggregates’ best performing machines. Until recently, the company was still using one of their original S190s, one of their very first McCloskey machines, which had provided eleven years of

“to reach one million tonnes of product in the midst of a pandemic is incredible” From here, material can be further processed by either a McCloskey C2 Cone Crusher, which was one of the first of the new-generation McCloskey Cone Crushers to be delivered

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service and processed more than two million tonnes of sand and gravel. The main classifier on site is a McCloskey S250, one of the world’s largest track mobile screeners. The class-leading screening area is essential to Brookland Sand and Aggregates’ throughput, delivering clean aggregate, 10mm and 20mm product from the high-energy screening action. Completing the fleet are five McCloskey S130s, each with an individual role in the operation. Two machines support the S190s in the production of concrete sand. The other three machines are used to create single size aggregate, add lime to product, or to reclaim stone from scalping operations. Marshall Cleave, Director of Brookland Sand and Aggregates commented: “To reach one million tonnes of product in 12 months is an achievement, but to do it in the midst of →

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Cover Story• one million tonnes with mccloskey a pandemic is incredible. At the heart of it are our McCloskey machines – they have consistently out-performed rivals producing clean, readyto-use end products. “We have worked with McCloskey Equipment since 2010 and they have always been a fantastic partner for us; from the provision of new

machines to providing technical support and supplying service and wear parts, they have always delivered. Being down in Cornwall, we are a long way from anybody, but whenever we’ve needed something, they have been there. Put simply, without these McCloskey machines and the support of McCloskey Equipment, we wouldn’t have been able to deliver this amount of quality product or grow as we have.” Tim Watson, Marketing Manager of McCloskey Equipment added: “We are delighted to hear of Brookland

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Sand and Aggregates’ milestone achievement and proud to have been an integral part of their success. When we delivered the first McCloskey machine in 2010, an S190, the business was operating at 250,000 tonnes per annum. That S190 was still in service until recently, supporting Brooklands Sand and Gravel’s growth for more than a decade. With their new J50 Jaw Crusher, they can continue this trend, turning what would otherwise be waste material into consistent, clean, shaped, saleable product that meets every standard and is utilised across the UK.”

Company Profile • The MHM group

The Mhm Group: pioneering an eco friendly industry Plant Planet learn about the MHM range of equipment and the company’s eco friendly ethos.


MHM Group are a dynamic, forward thinking company supplying a wide range of quality equipment and services to the UK and Ireland rental markets. The company designs, develops and manufactures an extensive range of power generation machinery, solar-hybrid-generators, fluid storage tanks, site lighting towers, alongside an exhaustive line of product related accessories.

the attributes of standard site generators, with the exception that they run almost exclusively from non-fossil initiated fuels. MHM are also pioneering the use of ‘intelligent’ automatic start-stop power generators. The MHM MG SSY-ECO range has a built-in ECO auto stop/ start modules that instructs the generator to automatically start when power is needed. Conversely, the engine stops when the demand for power finishes. This means that the set only runs when required which results in a significant lowering of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

MHM are pioneering the use of ‘intelligent automatic startstop power generators. Environmental issues are at the heart of the MHM Group. They currently offer 3.5, 6 and 10kVA Solar-hybrid generators, with advanced plans to extend this range up 100kVA. The MHM Solar-hybrid sets have all

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For ultra-low emission power, MHM have introduced a line of ‘Batpacks’. The MHM Batpack range is heavy-duty, robust and delivers a reliable power source from a Lithium iron phosphate battery. They are recharged in three hours via a solar panel or diesel generator. They have Batpack

sets from 0.75kVA/1.5kWh up to 24kVA/60kWh. For site lighting that is completely fossil fuel-free, MHM currently has two products: The first is titled the ST-9 which is powered via a Lithium iron phosphate battery and charged via a solar panel. This combination renders the ST-9 noise, emission and fuel free. ST-9 has a 9-metre vertical mast with four LED lamps and is fitted onto a road tow trailer. The second lighting set is called the STREET LITE. The unit is very simple to use and set up. It features an integrated Lithium iron phosphate battery and has no complicated wiring or fixings. Uniquely, the STREET LITE is fitted with an automatic movement sensor which dims the light when it detects no movement and increases the light coverage when motion reappears. The battery is charged via its’ high efficiency solar panel which will operate in most weather conditions. The STREET LITE is designed to work with zero CO2 emissions, zero noise levels and zero fuel →

The MHM group • Company PRofile

The mhm st-9 on site with nixon hire

Managing director mat llewellyn with mhm solar-hybrid generators.

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Company Profile • The MHM Group consumption. Illumination is from an energy saving 50-watt LED lamp fitted onto a 5-section manual vertical tower.

engines and energy-saving LED lamps. All MHM diesel powered machinery is fully compatible with HVO fuel. However, HVO fuel used in MHM equipment must adhere to BS EN 15940:2016. MHM recommend HVO from the fuel specialist, Crown Oil.

the company is regarded as one of the most progressive firms in the marketplace. Although MHM have set a target to become net zero by 2025, they nevertheless still provide a line of diesel powered machinery, with ‘eco-friendly’ fuel-efficient

The MHM fluid storage range encompasses; standard diesels,

The MHM eco products range

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HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), exhaust fluid (AdBlue®), water storage and pressure washer bowsers. MHM fluid storage products are fully certified and compliant with all current regulations. They have been designed and built exclusively for the rental markets, incorporating all the features and benefits that an end-user expects. They are available portable, stackable and for site or road towing. Incorporated in 2010, the MHM Group has three distinct divisions: MHM New Equipment Sales, MHM Used

The MHM Group • Company Profile Equipment Sales and MHM Rehire Division. Each of these new divisions has their own individual identities and logos whilst remaining under the umbrella of the MHM Group. The development of these divisions is part of their overall business objectives to continue to grow by adding environmentally focussed new products and expanding their services. These three divisions will feature across all of MHM’s online and offline channels with separate websites and social media platforms. They will each be managed by experienced personnel and fully supported by all the MHM sales managers and company directors. The company is regarded as one of the most progressive firms in the marketplace. Currently, 44% of the workforce is female, and not only confined in the more accustomed roles of accounts and administration. MHM has a woman hire desk and contracts manager, an aftersales support officer, and Leonie Morris was crowned ‘Workshop Apprentice of the Year’ at the Hire Association Europe (HAE) Awards in 2019. MHM plays an active role within the construction rental markets. They are members of several trade associations including the HAE, CPA (Contractors Plant Association) and the unique Supply Chain Sustainability School which promotes the reduction of onsite emissions to air that are harmful to human health and the wider environment.

Above: MHM’s female staff Below: Leonie morris, workshop apprentice of the year 2019

For quality and safety support, MHM have been accredited with HAE SafeHire, HITS (Hire Industry Trusted Supplier), and they are members of the Road Haulage Association (RHA). The complete MHM product line-up is available to purchase brand new or quality used and a full scope of finance and lease options are on offer. Their rehire service is also available right across the range but it is strictly restricted to bone fide rental firms operating in the UK or Ireland.

MHM’s st-9, 950 steel fuel cube, and power gen ready for use

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james covell • Interview

James Covell: ‘Boxing clever’ at king’s lynn construction James Covell of King’s Lynn Construction Ltd talks to Rachel Lambert about growing up on diggers, the ups and downs of working in a family business, and the moment he realised he needed to go it alone.


is not easy going out alone and starting a new business, especially in challenging times and without any financial backing behind you. But James Covell of King’s Lynn Construction Ltd has done exactly that, and his business is going from strength to strength. James started trading as a Norfolk based company - King’s Lynn Construction Ltd - in September 2018. Construction, and especially ‘digging’ is in his DNA. An award-winning excavator operator (James has won multiple accolades in the UK and overseas), he has been in the cab ‘digging’ since the age of four, when he recalls many

happy memories driving with his father. If his name ‘James Covell’ sounds familiar, he won his first CASE operator challenge at Norfolk showground and has frequently found himself on the podium in other challenges since then, at events such as PlantWORX and Hillhead. “We used to have a lot of fun as kids. There was a plum tree at the bottom of our garden, and I remember I used to put my brothers in the bucket to take plums off the tree. I was on site by the age of nine digging house footings, which of course raised a few health and safety eyebrows at the time!” James has always had a strong work ethos and used to work

weekends and school holidays. This has enabled him to be very particular and pay a lot of attention to detail. “I loved doing the work. After all, I was getting paid for it, and none of my mates were earning money at the time.” Upon leaving school, James went to college and studied bricklaying and then went on to several work placements with a variety of builders, before going to work in his father’s business. “Dad didn’t take any prisoners and I was dropped in at the deep end, really. I had no option but to get on with it but in many ways, that was good for me. “Due to personal reasons and bumps along the road, I went →

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Interview • James Covell James was born to dig

me, and a wife and five children to provide for. I borrowed my first van from a mate, a Mercedes Sprinter, who said ‘pay me back when you can’. So, I grafted for seven days a week, got some cash together and paid for the van. Yes, it was a tough start, but all the hard work and persistence has paid off.” Today, King’s Lynn Construction Ltd has a fleet of immaculate, fully liveried vans, with James saying that he wished he had taken the plunge many years earlier. James is quick to admit that he has learnt a lot of lessons about business and says it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

to work for Matthew Williams Digger Hire as an operator for about three years.” James then returned to work with his father’s company. Sadly, this put a lot of strain on their relationship and did not work out. This was the moment he decided for his career, he needed to “go it alone”. He started King’s Lynn Construction virtually straight away.

“I have made mistakes, but it’s important that you learn from mistakes. An excolleague wanted to join me as a shareholder of the business which I welcomed at the time, but I ended up having to buy him out just as we were getting on our feet. I was disappointed because my main motivation was seeing others succeed and I had hoped he could be a part of our success story. It wasn’t to be, so you move on and learn from it.”

“It suddenly became clear that I had to start my own business” “Word was spreading, and the phone kept ringing with offers of work here, there and everywhere. It suddenly became clear that I had to start my own business. It was a big step, because I had no money behind

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James is quick to recognise those people who have supported him along the way, not least his wife and children. He talks about the wonderful mentor he had in the late Ron Leadley, who was a successful businessman whom he had known since he was a child. →

James Covell • Interview

King’s lynn construction now offer a nationwide crushing and screening service

James has previously won the case rodeo operator challenge

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James Covell • Interview “Ron helped me in so many ways. He coached me and assisted me in preparing a business plan, helped me find an accountant and taught me a lot about the importance of having a business strategy, which is something I had no previous experience in. It was a far cry from my dad’s way of running a business.”

One of king’s lynn construction’s latest additions

Ron commissioned James and the team at King’s Lynn Construction to build a bespoke property, which he believes is still one of the projects he is most proud of. Sadly, Ron passed away just two weeks after he had moved in. “I felt devastated because he had done so much for me, and I was so proud of what we had achieved together, building this amazing property. His passing was all very sudden and extremely sad for his family. Having known Ron since I was a child, I remembered we had a photo of him lifting me up above his head. When we built the house, we re-enacted the photo but this time, I picked him up! Happy memories.”

However, James (a self-confessed JCB man) has had other support in the setting up of King’s Lynn Construction, not least from Watling JCB.

end of the phone and keen to help.”

James has ordered a new jcb19c-1 and a jcb 6 tonne dumper to strengthen the fleet at king’s lynn construction.

“Richard Telfer and Andy Raine at Watling JCB played a massive part in getting me started. When they heard that I was going it alone, they helped me with my first JCB, and arranged the finance which really gave me the push I needed. They are always at the

the late ron leadley was a mentor for james

That first machine was a JCB 8026 mini-excavator equipped with a Steelwrist. There have been more added since to strengthen the JCB fleet at King’s Lynn Construction. At the time of the interview, James had ordered a new JCB19C-1 and a JCB 6 Tonne dumper. “We want to be a one brand company and we are really pleased with the reliability →

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Interview • James Covell and the performance of the JCBs we have in our fleet. I am a big fan of their LiveLink too. It’s so useful, not just for monitoring problems, but it tells me where the machines are working, how they are working, what the fuel levels are like and so on. You don’t have to worry about service intervals because JCB calls when they are due.”

screening it ready for reuse on site, making it more sustainable too.”

this year has been “blown out of the water”. He is certainly proving himself to any doubters.

Groundworks and Civils still account for the majority of King’s Lynn Construction’s work. The company is both Highways Approved and Anglian Water Approved, and has a number of other accreditations to its name.

And speaking of water, James and his family are very keen on water sports, especially jetskiing. He spent a lot of time on his dad’s sea boat when he was young, and his love of water has never waned. The family are keen caravanners too.

“We don’t want to be confined to doing just footings and roads, we are progressing the business to offer a total solution, so we have a whole arsenal to our credit.”

A ‘gentle giant’, James is not just ‘king of the dig’, he has tried his hand at boxing too, to quite a high level where he was known as ‘James Hulk Covell’. He took part in three white collar fights and some charity boxing events, where he says modestly, that “he earned a few quid out of it and was a bit skinnier in those days”! Sporty by nature, he also used to be into motor-cross and rugby.

The company provides a complete groundworks solution for industrial, commercial and private customers As for business, James is delighted with how it is going, even in the midst of the pandemic and other economic factors. King’s Lynn Construction currently employs nine people, including James’ right hand man, Site Manager, John Dye. The company provides a complete groundworks solution for industrial, commercial and private customers throughout Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and parts of Lincolnshire. They have also recently set up a dedicated Crushing and Screening Division, which is a service that is offered nationwide. “Buying the screener was a bit of a risk, but it is really paying off. The prices of materials and muckaway are going through the roof. We recently had a customer who had about £40,000 worth of muckaway. We managed to halve that by

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James is quick to stress, that while he wants the business to be profitable (and indeed it is), he isn’t money-driven by nature. “We pride ourselves on quality over quantity and I never want to change that. My dad used to say, ‘there’s a right way or there’s no way’, and that mentality has stuck with me. I don’t want the business to grow too big on the Civil side of our work because I always want the company to be a manageable size. I certainly would never compromise on quality and would never want to lose touch with what we’re doing. Attention to detail and quality of workmanship is what we want to be remembered for.” This ethos is certainly working, with James explaining that they are so busy that the business plan and projected turnover for

James evidently loves what he does, saying: “The day I don’t want to get up and go to work is the day I’ll pack it up.” He says he owes a lot to his wife Laura, who has stuck by him throughout all the hard times. And, of course, to Ron Leadley who would say to him, “some people would like it to happen, some people wish it to happen, and others make it happen.” James is making it happen. So, with such passion for what he does, I asked if he had ever considered another career. He laughs and says that it would have to be something around machinery, but he does have one quest on his bucket list – “to get in the Dancing Diggers display team”. JCB, are you listening?


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Topical Commentary • The Hands free Future

The HAnds free future: autonomous machinery in the uk quarrying industry Hannah Bounford explores the current developments that could lead to an autonomous revolution in UK Quarrying


quarrying industry is one of the oldest in the UK. For centuries, it has supplied the country with essential minerals from coal to building aggregates. With such an established history, it’s no question that quarrying is an industry that has seen its fair share of change and technological advancements. In the 21st century, the most anticipated of these advancements is the use of autonomous solutions.

environments are controlled, spacious and the work itself often repetitive. These conditions are ideal for autonomous and self-driving machinery, such as dumper trucks and even wheel loaders. Furthermore, quarrying can be a dangerous industry with a higher fatality and incident rate than the construction industry. In the future, the hope is that the use of autonomous machinery would reduce the rate of incidents within the industry by reducing the required manpower. The drive towards autonomous solutions in the mining and quarrying industries has grown over the past couple of years, with a plethora of companies investing resources into the development of machinery. One such company is

the drive towards autonomous solutions in quarrying has grown over the past few years The use autonomous machinery in quarrying is logical. Working

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Volvo CE. In January 2020, Volvo Group created Volvo Autonomous Solutions, a new business area dedicated to developing and commercialising autonomous transport solutions for the whole of the Volvo Group. One of the key aspects of Volvo Autonomous Solutions is to “support customers with solutions to autonomous machines’ other challenges, namely the supporting infrastructure, control towers, repair and maintenance, virtual drivers and even run the operations if needed”, as the move to autonomous sites will not be as easy as replacing manual machinery with autonomous plant. Alongside this, Volvo Autonomous Solutions have been working on the development of autonomous machinery such as the TA-15 hauler, which was the winner of a Red Dot Award for product design last year. →

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Topical Commentary • The Hands Free Future

Above: caterpillar 789D command trucks on site Below: the cat 789D command truck

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The Hands Free Future • Topical Commentary In March 2021, Volvo Autonomous Solutions announced a partnership with Foretellix, a company focused on safety within the autonomous vehicle industry. Together, the two companies hope to address the challenges of large-scale verification of autonomous driving solutions on highways and confined areas. For the quarrying industry, this partnership marks a step towards the wide scale use of autonomous plant. The companies will jointly create a Coverage Driven Verification solution, enabling “massive scale testing of millions of difference scenarios, which will validate auto validate autonomous vehicles and machines dealing with anything they might encounter within their specified Operational Design Domain.” In the UK, trials of a safety framework for off-highway autonomous vehicle deployment developed by Oxbotica and TRL started taking place in May 2021. This code of practice is intended to help organisations “transition

to new working practices and harness the potential benefits with no impact on safety”. These trials indicate that industries such as quarrying and mining could well see an autonomous future on the horizon.

hauling report significant gains in productivity of up to 30%, as well as truck utilization rates with lower costs per tonne.

Trials of a safety framework for off-highway autonomous vehicle deployment started in the uk in may 2021

In other countries, autonomous machinery is already in established use. In May, around the same time that Oxbotica and TRL started trials of their code of practice, Caterpillar announced that their autonomous trucks using Cat® MineStar™ Command for hauling have surpassed the 3 billion tonne milestone. Fleets using the Command Autonomous Haulage System are located across 17 mine locations in North America, South America, and Australia. Commodities mined using the Cat Command include iron ore, oil sands, copper, coal and gold. Customers using Command for

The volvo ta-15 autonomous hauler won a red dot award for product design in 2020.

“We continue to decrease the time between our major milestone targets because, from initial contract to full deployment, we constantly improve Command implementation efficiency. Consistent with previous milestone trends, we anticipate crossing the 4 billion tonnes threshold at even a faster pace than achieving 3 billion tonnes,” says Marc Cameron, vice president at Caterpillar Resource Industries. “Looking forward, we are planning the expansion of Command for hauling to include our 140-tonne (150-ton) class Cat® 785 mining truck.” At this point, the UK industry has some time to go before seeing a fully autonomous quarrying site. However, with autonomous machinery trials underway, established machinery resulting in improved productivity, and new machinery prototypes constantly being introduced, it may not be long until autonomous sites are a reality on our shores.

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Construction Sport • company profile

construction sport: Building teams, saving lives Kate Hutchison investigates the work being done by one charity to tackle poor mental health within the construction industry.


construction industry lifestyle is undoubtedly challenging, both mentally and physically. With long and demanding working hours, working on site for weeks at a time and the lingering unease within the industry due to the pandemic. 26% of construction industry professionals have thought about taking their own lives in 2019, even before the COVID-19 pandemic had hit the industry, and these

statistics have only risen since then. Construction Sport is a registered charity committed to improving the serious issue of poor mental health within the construction sector, founded by experienced construction operatives who understand the demands in this challenging industry. Factors such as the long working hours, working away

from home and physical fatigue which all take its toll, not only on the operatives work life, but also on their family life too. Construction Sport attempt to tackle these issues applying the power of sport to improve the lives of the construction →

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company profile • Construction Sport industry workforce and through it, drive a positive change. With hazards lurking around every corner, construction workers are exposed to a range of health and safety hazards, meaning that workers put themselves at risk every time they step foot on site. Hours upon hours are invested into on and off-site health and safety training, with regular updates, safety hazard signs and guidance to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible. Yet despite the multiple physical safety measures in place, mental health precautions are less commonly considered due to the social stigma surrounding the issue, with 1 in 5 workers fearing they will lose their jobs if they speak out about their mental health issues.

1 in 5 workers fear that they will lose their jobs if they speak out about their mental health Currently, the industry loses one construction worker every day to suicide. The mental health benefits of sport participation and general exercise are endless, promoting the release of endorphins and reducing stress hormones in the body, to name a few. By implementing an opportunity for operatives to let off some steam, Construction Sport benefit both the worker and the employer by enhancing existing HSE policies through creating a motivated and positive workforce. →

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company profile • Construction Sport Construction Sport use sport and exercise as the conduit to elicit change and to provide the further education needed to take the next step in improving the issue of mental health within the construction sector and further raise awareness of the problem, working alongside professional health services to ensure that the education around mental health is carried out professionally, in a way that supports and protects the individual.

and long-distance treks are just a few ways that Construction Sport support the industry in its mission to improving mental health within the industry. These events allow industry operatives to take part in sport and let off steam, while providing the employer with an opportunity to support the wellbeing of their workforce. Using their professional sports ambassadors, they are able to ensure professional sporting experiences to all participants across a variety of sports.

Construction sport are currently partnering with campaign against living miserably (CALM) Bespoke sporting events such as football, rugby, cricket matches, golf days, cycling challenges

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Construction Sport are currently partnering with Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM),

a leading a movement against suicide and its devastating impact. CALM provides a free confidential helpline and webchat in order to challenge stereotypes and empower people throughout the country to get help before they reach breaking point through activities such as art, music, sport and comedy, encouraging positive behavioural change. A recent survey suggested that 64% of construction workers require better mental health and wellbeing support from their employers. The numbers have been increasing, and it is time the construction industry did something about it. To show your support and for more information about Construction Sport and their events, check out their website: https://

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Show review • Rail Live 2021

RAIL LIVE 2021: A visual tour of the show David Chuck guides us through a visit to the largest outdoor rail exhibition in the UK.

Coombes exhibited this self contained Diesel powered gws 50 series vacuum unit

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Rail Live 2021 • Show Review QTS displayed their vegetation compactor, the newest innovation in the QTS fleet


Live 2021 took place on the 16th and 17th June at its traditional venue which is the Quinton Rail Technology Centre near Long Marston in Warwickshire. Since the arrival of COVID-19 it was one of the first outside exhibitions featuring rail construction plant to take place as a physical event. It is, in actual fact, the largest outdoor rail show in Europe. Blessed with beautiful weather (it was ideal on the first day), it was little surprise that attendance was good too. In this feature, we share a pictorial tour of some of the highlights of the show taken on the first day. The organisers have called the show “an overwhelming success” and it brought the rail community together ‘in person’ for a celebration of everything the UK rail industry has to offer after such a long time apart. It made for a truly special couple of days. It is now full steam ahead to next year’s event which will be held again at the same venue in June – exact dates to be announced.

The Latest rail vactor truck - rail cyclone 2 (left), has been designed and manufactured in house by ajh plant.

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Show Review • Rail Live 2021 The GKD Technology stand generated interest in the company’s sensorzone system & the newly upgraded series 3 Rated capacity indicator system.

The Naming Ceremony of the Class 66 locomotive to celebrate the life of Major John Poyntz who was the last of a long line of Royal Engineers officers to be appointed an H M Inspecting Officer of Railways.

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Rail Live 2021 • Show Review

The Readypower group designed and built the superbug 300, which can lay 14 sleepers at a time!

Left: The Network rail village entrance Middle: Rail live took place in a covid-19 secure venue Right: Spearhead at rail live

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FutureWaste SENNEBOGEN A material handler tough enough to sort out any site.


The UK’s leading live show for the recycling & sustainability sector is back with a flourish


With the return of the RWM Show this September

Viridor pioneers new approach to methane measurement using drones Viridor is demonstrating its ambition to tackle climate change by supporting the development of new technologies for measuring and reporting methane emissions across its UK landfill sites. Using the latest UAV laser sensor technology, Viridor will gain timely and insightful information to enable the business to meet the industry specific challenges identified by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in respect of landfill.

continuing innovation across Viridor sites, but

Viridor has recently published the report:

decarbonisation commitments.

Decarbonising Our Waste: Viridor’s Roadmap to Net Zero and Net Negative Emissions. This details the company’s commitment to reach net zero by 2040 and net negative by 2045.

it will also become an invaluable methodology for meeting the company’s own commitments and the requirements of the Paris Agreement (2015) as applied by the Environment Agency and government departments, such as DEFRA and BEIS. Viridor’s Director of Sustainability Tim Rotheray said the project would provide invaluable information and help drive Viridor’s He said: “Viridor has a history of investing in new technologies designed to improve our environmental performance. This project will improve our ability to identity and solve any

The company has established a project team to

local methane emissions as soon as they occur.

plan a series of methane measurement surveys

Methane is a product of the waste we receive

across several UK sites. These surveys will take

and outside of our control. We strive to drive

place from the summer of 2021 and will utilise

this down through better monitoring and this

an innovative UAV-based methane measurement

project is a major boost. Viridor supports a ban


on methane-producing waste to landfill to drive

With significant investment from the University of Manchester, their project members will

down climate change causing greenhouse gasses from waste.”

work closely with Viridor’s UAV partner, High

The project is an industry partnership with

Compliance, to master the flight characteristics

Viridor’s technology and service partners

required for effective methane emissions surveys.

including High Compliance, SPH Engineering, FT

It is hoped that this approach to measuring

Technologies, Pergam-Suisse, and JB Unmanned

methane releases will not only support

Aerial Systems (JBUAS).







Volvo Makes a Winning Return Burton-based Willshees Waste & Recycling has added three new Volvo trucks – two FM 8x4 rigids and one FH Globetrotter 6x2 tractor unit – to its rapidly growing fleet. The trucks are the first Volvos the business has put into service for several years. They will be joined at the company by two new model FMXs – Volvo’s most robust construction truck to-date – and one new model FH tractor unit later in the year. Dean Willshee, Owner of Willshees Waste & Recycling, says: “Business is booming and we are having to put more trucks on the road in order to keep up with demand. I have run Volvos in the past but not for many a year now. “The bulk of the fleet is with a rival manufacturer but I liked the look and feel of these Volvos; we took them for a test drive and were very impressed. With the FH and two FM eightwheelers we already have in service, plus the new model trucks to come, Volvo will have a good share of the fleet.” Supplied by Brett Howton, Area Sales Manager at Hartshorne Motor Services, all three trucks are powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, with the FH producing 500 hp and 2,500 Nm of torque, while the two FMs produce 460 hp and a top torque figure of 2,300 Nm. 88


The 6x2 FH is specified with Volvo’s long-haul fuel package – with the latest generation I-See predictive cruise control and 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission with long haul optimised software – while the interior of its Globetrotter cab benefits from drive plus and single bed living packages. The interior also features a leather steering wheel, luxury sleeper control panel and 33-litre under-bunk mounted refrigerator. The two FMs, built on a 5,100mm wheelbase, come equipped with I-Shift transmission with construction and off-road software, and are fitted with Boughton Engineering hooklift bodies. They are protected with a two-year Volvo Gold Contract, covering all repair and maintenance. “We’ve specified all three trucks with a high chassis to help ground clearance when they’re working off-road,” adds Willshee. “The eightwheelers will be collecting and delivering skips from various companies around the local area – while the FH will be doing more mileage, towing a walking floor trailer moving waste out of transfer stations onto other sites. “All three have hit the ground running. The drivers are very happy and we are looking forward to the new model Volvos joining them in the coming months.”














It has been two years since RWM, the UK’s largest Recycling, Resource & Waste Management Event, last took place at the NEC in Birmingham. This year, the show returns with over 100 expert speakers and 500 visitors from across the waste management, resource and recycling industries set to ‘join the resource revolution’. Set across two days and six dedicated zones, the RWM 2021 event promises to include a high quality content programme to ensure an unmissable event for anyone in the recycling and waste management industries. Taking place from 22-23rd September at the Birmingham NEC, The six dedicated zones include:

Collections & Transport Zone An area ‘focusing on the equipment and technology for the collection of recycling



and resources’. This zone is a must see for street sweepers, refuse collection vehicles, and solutions for local authorities and private waste management companies.

Recyclers & Reprocessors Zone This zone is dedicated to the ‘innovative handling of waste’, including construction and hazardous materials recycling. The recyclers & reprocessors zone will focus on the goal of diverting waste from landfill.

Data & Digital Transformation Zone From IoT to Payment Solutions, this zone is committed to streamlining the Recycling and Waste Management industries with exhibitors presenting a growing range of digital solutions and services to advance the sectors’ efficiency.

Energy from Waste Zone This zone will highlight alternative uses and → FUTURE WASTE


solutions for materials that

to dispays and working

cannot be diverted from landfill.

demonstrations of heavy

Machinery & Equipment Zone The latest machinery available within the sector will be exhibited within this zone, allowing attendees to view a




range of solutions from fire safety to safe handling of wase and recycling.

Future Resource This year, the RWM will feature Future Resource, the UK’s leading sustainability event. The show ‘addresses the most vital practices in the world water & energy efficiency, sustainability & zero emissions’. New for this year is the RWM arena, an outside area dedicated

equipment. In addition to these exciting zones, the RWM show will feature 10 theatres and a main Keynote stage. With approximately 100 free seminars set to take place, the RWM Show looks to be a promising place to gain valuable insight into the future of Recycling and Waste Management. The speaker list for the 2021 show has not yet been published, but will be available at https://www. speakers soon.

Free registration for the RWM show 2021 is open now at: https://www.rwmexhibition. com/

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LETSRECYCLE LIVE IS BACK WITH A FLOURISH THE SHOW RETURNS WITH OVER 100 EXPERT SPEAKERS & 500 EXHIBITORS September will see the return of the all-encompassing UK show for the recycling and waste management sector on 15-16 September 2021 at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. After a testing 18 months, with the waste sector’s performance and suppliers’ equipment shining through the pandemic, Letsrecycle Live offers the opportunity to revisit the world of waste and resources.



Big on seminars, equipment and demonstrations, the outdoor and indoor event is perfectly timed as the economy recovers and legislative drivers sharpen to ensure higher levels of recycling performance, both in the municipal and commercial sector.

Conference The two-day showcase event features headline conference sessions on policy developments and the move to a net-zero circular economy as well as advances in machinery and

processing. The five theatres allow speakers to deep dive into key topics across the different material streams as well as address practical issues facing operators such as fire, safety, and employment.

Live Demonstrations The now fully booked live demonstration area will highlight innovation in material processing presenting more than 18 different machines, including shredders, trommels, material handlers and more. Visitors can also see developments in waste and recycling collection vehicles in the Trucks in Action Arena. Demonstrators include; Boughton Engineering, Dennis Eagle, Scarab Sweepers, Munihire, Hiab, Vehicle Weighing Solutions and sponsor,

Atmosphere, Networking, Social However, Letsrecycle Live is more than just a traditional sterile exhibition. Grab a drink from the Inn on the Green, pick up something tasty from the Street Food Market and take part in one of the many unique

On the evening of the first day of the event, The Reunion Dinner offers a wonderful chance to participate in an evening of networking with colleagues from across the sector, hopefully with a glassful of optimism and enthusiasm for future months and years.

networking events that are

To explore everything that is

taking place over the two days.

going on over the two days and

Visitors can make the most of

to register for your FREE ticket,

their time at the event by taking


part in, or hosting their own, on site meeting. A number of associations and organisations are coordinating meetings in the free to use spaces including the Wood Recyclers Association, Environmental Services

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Association, UROC, Biffa and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

Refuse Vehicle Solutions.





Stand: LD7 SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain.

Stand: DE4 (Demo Expo) Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) is a leading name in the construction equipment market, servicing the UK and Irish construction industry with national coverage from its 12 depots and appointed sub-dealer in Ireland.


Stand: A6 (Plant & Machinery Zone) Tyre Boss is a specialist tyre supplier that sources pneumatic and solid off-highway tyres for the widest range of industrial machinery.


Stand: DE6 (Demo Expo) Cabcare is the leading manufacture of Vandal Guards, Demolition Guards & Handrails for all types of construction, demolition, and forestry machinery.



Stand: B1 & OUT 13 Blue Group are a provider of market leading material processing and handling equipment into the Quarrying & Demolition, Recycling, Scrap, Ports and Energy sectors across the UK and Ireland.

Stand: OUT10 Kaizen Recycling provide leading solutions to the Waste and Recycling sectors. They have a huge amount of experience covering both mobile and static recycling technology as well as a proven track record of delivering state of the art turnkey sorting plants.


Stand: B2 (Plant & Machinery Zone) Our stand at Let’s Recycle Live will showcase waste, recycling and excavation equipment that is at the forefront of technological development, using advanced engineering and design that sets us apart from the rest of the market.

RED KNIGHT 6 LTD (RK6) Stand: OUT 16

RK6 are distributors of world leading crushing, screening and recycling equipment to the quarrying, demolition and waste recycling industries throughout the UK & Ireland.




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design allows mobile travel

a strong mobile undercarriage,

with integral or external

with 4-point outriggers and

power pack unit. The machine

optional bulldozer blade. The

is modified with a diesel

Mobile model has a lifting

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capacity of 23.9t, while the

rear ballast, remaining more

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agile than a stationary electric

The machine’s operating weight

facilities in Germany. The

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mobile-configurated version

a maximum reach of 9 to 13

features a 90-kW electric

metres. The 821E Mobile and

motor and boasts 50% lower

Mobile HD versions offer a

operating costs thanks to low



The Machine in Action The Sennebogen 821 E material handler is the star of the show at Hufnagel Service, one of the most modern waste sorting

solution. See the machine work inside the facility here: https://youtu. be/b4jaBzsO9nQ

Fit For Purpose Inside the facility, the material handler is connected to the power supply via a permanently installed cable on the ceiling of the hall. The

line with a demolition sorting

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trips around the company

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use, can call up its full power

Sennebogen 821 E works by feeding the shredder directly in front of the waste sorting

immediately after the engine is started, and promises a much longer service life. It also benefits from requiring less frequent maintenance, as oil or fuel filters do not have to be changed.

Leading safe waste management with the right equipment Together with his brother Oliver, Marc Hufnagel has been running the family business founded 25 years ago. The company can confidently be considered one of the thought leaders in the recycling industry, regularly investing in future-oriented technologies. Marc Hufnagel highlights the safety reasoning behind choosing the 90-kW electric motor, classified according to IP65 enclosure protection: → Marc & Oliver Hufnagel, Managing Directors of Hufnagel Service (front), know that their employees like machine operator Peter Berg (back) need excellent working conditions to do an even better job. FUTURE WASTE


On 12 Hectares, Hufnagel Service takes care of the environmentally friendly processing of recyclable materials with several Sennebogen material handlers in sizes 817, 821 and 825E

“You can’t imagine what a big

in Germany and handles

problem the fire hazard caused

around 125,000t of waste per

by lithium-ion batteries has


grown into in our industry. Batteries and rechargeable batteries are now installed almost everywhere, from children’s toys to electric bicycles and power tools. When these have not been properly removed before disposal and are subsequently damaged in the shredder, the heat generated usually leads immediately to minor or major fires that are difficult to extinguish.”

Maximising environmentalism and productivity Since 2020, the economical electric material handler has been part of one of the most modern waste sorting facilities 102


The 821 E material handler is made for challenging environments, thanks to a reversible fan for dust discharge at the cooler and more. Featuring a highly responsive joystick control, it makes grabbing work in sorting precise. With an elevated driver’s cab for optimal focus on the work area, the 821 E has an ideal viewing height during loading work. Sennebogen’s compact and versatile material handlers emphasise higher operator safety thanks to various equipment options, including a protective front guard and bulletproof glass.


Plant Planet Careers

Multi Skilled Groundworker x 5

Multi Skilled Groundworker x 3

@The RTL Group Ltd.

@The RTL Group Ltd.

£17- £18 per hour

£17 – £18 per hour

Wandsworth, London

City of London

360 Drivers x 2

Roller / Dumper Drivers x 2

@The RTL Group Ltd.

@The RTL Group Ltd.

£19 per hour

£16.50 – £17.00 per hour



Pavers x 2

Forklift / Telehandler Driver

@The RTL Group Ltd.

@ The RTL Group Ltd.

£18 – £19 per hour

The RTL Group Ltd.



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Plant Planet Careers 360 Driver


@The RTL Group Ltd.

@The RTL Group Ltd.

£18 – £19 per hour

£18 – £18.50 per hour

Bishop’s Stortford


Groundworkers x 2 @The RTL Group Ltd.

Gas Safe Qualified Engineer / Plumber @ The Construction Collective

£18 - £19 per hour

£180-200 per day



Property Maintenance Operative @ The Construction Collective £160.00-£190.00 per day Barnet

Multi Trader @ The Construction Collective £150.00-£180.00 per day Barnet

Contracts Manager

Design Manager

@ SSA Ltd.

@ SSA Ltd.





Quantity Surveyor @ SSA Ltd. Competitive London

Project Manager @ SSA Ltd. Competitive Buckingham

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Plant Planet Careers Graduate Engineer

Health and Safety Advisor

@ SSA Ltd.

@ SSA Ltd.


£45k per annum



M&E/MEP Manager

Senior Quantity Surveyor

@ SSA Ltd.

@ SSA Ltd.

£70-£85k per annum


Camden, London

Brent, London

Associate Structural Engineer

Senior Civil Engineer

@ Construct People

@ Construct People

£50,000+ per annum Manchester

Party Wall Surveyor @ Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors Flexible Kingston upon Thames

Accounts Assistant @ Upfold Construction Competitive London

£40,000-£45,000 per annum Camden, London

Building Surveyor – Bristol @ Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors Flexible Bristol

Lead Estimator @ Plant Planet Careers Competitive Brent

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JMT1500 £27,950

• Towable 2.8 Ton • Perkins engine • Bucket Included • Joystick controls • Reversing camera • Load Indicator • Adjustable Hydraulic Forks

JME135 £74,950

• 13.5 ton • Cummins engine • No AdBlue • Hydraulic quick hitch • Five Buckets

JME25Z £21,950

• Hydraulic quick hitch • 3 x Buckets • Servo Controls • Swing Boom • Blade Included

QUALITY RANGE OF EXCAVATORS, TELEHANDLERS, BACKHOE LOADERS AND WHEEL LOADERS Our products offer a range of Engines including Yanmar & Perkins to Suit your needs. Tel: 01564 336622 Email: Website: White House Farm, Malt House Lane, Earlswood, B94 5DX

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C.J. GRAY PLANT HIRE LIMITED Tel: 01435 873737 Mobile: 07786266990 Email: Web:

ON-SITE AUCTIONS, NATIONWIDE EQUIPMENT MARKETING SPECIALISTS Recycling / Construction / Quarrying / Road Transport We have 40 years’ experience in operating and Marketing all types of road transport, recycling, construction, Quarrying and farm equipment. Our services consists of company and fleet VALUATIONS and the option Of marketing your equipment on your own premises, Using our ONSITE AUCTION FACILITY, or entering Equipment into an existing auction. Our customer base covers the whole of the UK and Ireland Together with a strong international following, enabling us to Obtain the best possible results for your equipment. HEAD OFFICE: TADGEDALE QUARRY, LOGGERHEADS, MARKET DRAYTON, SHROPSHIRE TF94DJ TEL:01630674326

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The UK’s No.1 supplier of specialist plant spares to the Plant Hire, Civils and Construction industries since 1989. Supplying genuine and quality after-market parts for Dumpers, Rollers, Excavators and more. With stock management systems available to streamline your parts supply, minimise machine downtime and keep your fleet moving.

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