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PLANT PLANET Issue 16, June 2021

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A Packed six months for plant planet While it’s hard to believe that we’re already half way into 2021, Plant Planet has already had a busy year. Last month saw the launch of our ongoing online conference series, as we hosted ‘Plant Planet: The Digital Future’. We are thrilled with the excellent feedback we have received from attendees on the day and those who have since watched the recording, which is available to watch on our Facebook and YouTube Channels. For a full run down of ‘The Digital Future’, turn to page 73. The Digital Future is just the first in a series of online conferences coming to you from Plant Planet. For more information, visit On top of this exciting news, I am pleased to present the largest issue of Plant Planet to date. As ever, this issue is packed with features on some of the industry’s biggest names - as well as some up and coming ones.

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

39 Topical Commentary

Telehandlers: The Best of All Worlds Akvile Peckyte explores the development of one of the most popular pieces high reach equipment on the market.

45 Interview

Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa

Leigh Tholet talks to Rachel Lambert about why it is the perfect time for women to join the industry.

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63 Company Profile

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85 Topical Commentary Caring for Our Coastlines David Chuck follows the coastal protection work being carried out at Hengistbury Head in Dorset.

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Written by the industry for the industry David chuck @KingstonPR David Chuck has worked in the Construction Plant industry for over 50 years. As well as being a contributor to Plant Planet magazine, David is a social media and website management consultant, and a Partner of Kingston PR.

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Rachel Lambert is a PR consultant and the founder of Kingston PR, a business she started over 28 years ago. A former magazine editor, she is also a freelance writer covering a range of sectors.

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Consensus consultation on Levy Proposals to start next month


Construction Levy rates will remain the same for 2022-25 under proposals confirmed by the CITB Board on 21 May, with industry support to be measured this summer. CITB consulted with construction employers and industry representatives earlier this year on draft Levy Proposals agreed by the Levy Strategy Committee of employers and experts and signed off by its Board. The final proposals are that the Levy is assessed at the prepandemic rates of: • PAYE at 0.35% • Net paid (Taxable) CIS Subcontractors at 1.25% Approximately 40,000 employers with a wage bill below £120,000 will continue to be exempt, with 14,000 seeing a 50% reduction due to having a wage bill of between £120,000 and £400,000. It is anticipated that due to the pandemic more construction businesses could qualify for exemptions and Levy reductions due to lower wage bills. The final stage of CITB’s threeyearly statutory consultation takes place between 14 June and 15 August on the Levy proposed to fund CITB support for construction skills over the next three years. The following Consensus question will be

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asked: do you agree that the Levy Proposals are necessary to encourage adequate training in the construction industry? Steve Radley, Director of Strategy and Policy at CITB, said: “To support employers, Levy bills were cut by half for 2021, with the Consensus process delayed by a year to focus on supporting immediate skills needs. “We have since had clear feedback from industry, including the 14 Prescribed Organisations, that CITB should proceed with Consensus this year. “We now expect significant growth in construction output and its skill needs over the next three years. We have recently agreed a plan to help meet these needs and we are now asking industry whether it supports the Levy Proposals to finance it.” Of 33,000 Levy-paying employers, around 7,000 have declared they are represented by Prescribed Organisations, so their views will be gathered through their Prescribed Organisation. Of the remaining 26,000 employers, a representative sample of 4,000 will be surveyed by telephone by IFF research Ltd, an independent research company. In 2017, the last time the Consensus process was undertaken, there was agreement to the Levy Proposals from 76.9% of construction industry respondents.



new STEYR Selekt programme, which ensures the highest standards are met for approved used tractors held by the brand’s dealers, is being introduced to allow buyers of pre-owned machines to benefit from many of the same advantages enjoyed by customers of new STEYR models. STEYR Selekt, which can be applied to all STEYR tractor models up to five years old and with a maximum 4,000 hours, is designed to ensure used machines prepared by the brand’s certified dealers meet the highest possible quality standards. At its heart is a 100-point check of key service and quality areas, performed by trained STEYR service technicians, plus a service history check. Selekt units also undergo the next engine/transmission

Latest news maintenance due, meaning customers of Stage V tractors do not need to return for further servicing until 600 engine/750 transmission hours have been completed. A voucher for a 10% next-maintenance parts discount is also included, as are the latest software upgrades and a dynamometer test to ensure performance meets the expected model standards. All parts used are genuine approved STEYR items. The reassurance this provides is backed by a dealer-supported six-month breakdown warranty, which can be extended by further dealer warranty, while STEYR Selekt tractors are included in the Uptime

programme for one year from the sale date. This means that, in the case of a breakdown, STEYR Premium Service will support the customer by interacting with the dealer to minimise downtime via complete processtracking, from parts orders to technical requests and the repair follow-up. A STEYR Premium Service toll-free number can provide additional support if required. Under STEYR Selekt, customers can also benefit from the same retail finance schemes enjoyed by buyers of new STEYR tractors. This is designed to help bring the premium quality and technology for which STEYR is renowned within the reach

of a broader group of potential customers. “STEYR tractors have long held a strong reputation for the highest levels of quality,” says Peter Friis, Head of STEYR Europe Commercial Operations. “Now, via the Selekt programme, customers of pre-owned STEYR tractors can benefit from many of the same advantages as buyers of new models. This will bring them the all the benefits of STEYR quality and technology at a pre-owned price, but with the guaranteed premium standards expected of a new STEYR tractor. For customers, that means cost-planning benefits and reliability reassurance.”

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Construction equipment hire business aims to Wow with new name


of the UK’s leading providers of hire equipment, waste services, temporary accommodation and tools to the construction industry has changed its name from Nationwide Hire to WowNow Hire. The commercial hire company, which supplies everything from heavy plant to handheld tools says the new WowNow

Hire name reflects its focus on providing its wide range of commercial customers with exceptional choice and service - the “Wow” - and same day or last-minute delivery - the “Now”. In addition to better reflecting the customer experience, the new name is also tied to the company’s future aspirations and distinguishes the brand from the many other companies using ‘Nationwide’ in their name.

Speaking about the rebranding, WowNow Hire’s CEO Jonathan Holley said: “Changing our name makes perfect sense. We still cover the entire United Kingdom and the new name amplifies what we are all about, our WowNow DNA.” “Our ongoing business development includes digital transformation that will bring the benefits of digital services to our customers and suppliers. Access to all our products and personal support is now

CEO Jonathan Holley with the new WowNow Hire branding and website. 16 • June 2021 • Plant Planet

Latest news just a fast click away at www., order updates are more frequent, more information is available and the accounts process is being further streamlined.” Established 26 years ago, the company has built a network of 9,000 locations capable of supporting any size construction operation across the UK, Ireland and Europe and offers five million items of equipment from five main product areas – namely Powered Access Hire, Plant Hire, Tool Hire, Temporary Accommodation Hire and Waste Disposal Services.

Alongside its broad range and geographical coverage, WowNow Hire says another feature making it popular with the construction industry is its off-hire guarantee with which it strives to protect customers from off-hire losses while helping them stay focussed on their core job. The off-hire guarantee sees WowNow Hire sharing the responsibility so a hirer can request a pre-booked offhire date or, if they don’t have a firm date, they will be reminded on an agreed expected date so the hire can be terminated or extended as appropriate. Without such

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Chepstow Plant International stays loyal to SMT GB with an order for 71 new Volvo machines


part of a large fleet renewal programme, Chepstow Plant International has signed a deal with SMT GB for a range of Volvo machines, including 52 articulated haulers, 12 wheeled loaders and 7 excavators. Amongst the newly ordered articulated haulers are 25 A40Gs, which are split between a major earthmoving project in the north of England and substantial clay mines located in the South. The remainder of haulers ordered are 17 A30Gs and 10 A25Gs. In addition to the high level specifications found on all of Chepstow’s Volvo machines,

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the company has opted to have Haul Assist installed on all of their new articulated haulers. This brings the number of machines in their fleet featuring this addition to above 100, making Chepstow’s hauler fleet by far the largest equipped with this haul cycle optimising software.

them to view live traffic flow, speed limit notifications and avoid potentially dangerous situations. All of this information allows the operator to proactively adjust their driving according to the traffic conditions, even when visibility is at its most restricted.

Powered by the Volvo Co-Pilot touchscreen fitted to each machine, Haul Assist is an efficiency-boosting software that provides an on-board weighing system, ensuring that the optimal amount of material is hauled with each load.

The 12 new wheeled loaders included in this order from SMT GB comprise an L60H, 3 L120Hs, 5 L150Hs and 3 L180Hs. Chepstow have opted to include Load Assist on all of their new wheeled loaders, which provides most of the features included with Haul Assist, as well as a note taking app, a unit conversion calculator and a weather monitoring app.

Haul Assist also provides realtime site maps that not only give operators an improved orientation of their working environment, but also allows

Latest news Chepstow Plant International have also opted to purchase as part of this order 3 EC380EL, 2 EC480ELs and 2 EC750ELs. The operators of these new excavators benefit from the inclusion of spacious and comfortable cabs, as well as ergonomically designed and ideally placed switches and controls, which serve to boost efficiency and productivity. The 8 inch full-colour LCD monitors found in these excavators also provide operators with the ability to check essential information at a glance, such as machine status and the rate of fuel consumption. Furthermore, a customisable joystick-mounted shortcut switch provides excavator operators with the ability to control an essential machine function, without having to let go of the machine’s joysticks. The wide list of functions that can be assigned to the shortcut switch include activating the

windshield wipers, cycling through the machine’s 360° cameras or selecting the power max function. All of the new machines are powered by Volvo’s latest generation of Stage V engines, which brings around 85% of Chepstow’s plant fleet up to this environmental standard - a landmark moment for the company, who are placing decarbonisation at the forefront of its company-wide objectives in 2021-2022. The new machines are all covered by SMT GB service agreements whereby they will be regularly maintained by highly trained SMT service engineers. They are also all equipped with a comprehensive list of additional safety features, such as premium guardrails, inclinometers and extra safety lighting. HEPA air filters are also fitted to all of the new machines, offering Chepstow’s operators protection against

all manners of airborne pollutants. Based in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, Chepstow Plant International is a privately owned national contracting company with over 50 years of experience. With a plant fleet of over 400, of which 70% consists of Volvo machines, the company operates within the mineral, aggregate and earthmoving sectors, as well as providing plant hire services and used equipment sales. SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products, together with K-Tec articulated hauler scraper boxes, in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed Customer Support Centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers, to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

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Bobcat Launches New Generation of Telehandlers BOBCAT

is launching the company’s new generation R-Series telehandler range, providing a choice of 12 models with Stage V engines. The new telehandlers cover lifting heights from 6 to 18 m with maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.1 tonne. This is the latest phase in Bobcat’s revolutionary ‘Next is Now’ programme, combining innovative product development and diversification with more intelligent, user friendly technologies and services that reshape how work gets done.

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Latest news Commenting on the R-Series launch, Gustavo Otero, President, Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “Telehandlers are a fundamental asset of our business strategy and key pillar of our Next is Now initiative. Our new ground-breaking R-Series range offers high performance, robust machines for maximum uptime with a focus on accurate controls and intuitive operation for tackling any job on the construction site. With these new models and the increased investment in our telehandler business, we are aiming to double the production of Bobcat telehandlers by 2025.” The new R-Series range of telehandlers from Bobcat comprises the models below: Compact telescopic loaders TL26.60, TL30.60 and TL30.70 Middle range telehandlers TL35.70, T35.105, T35.105L and T36.120SL High lift telehandlers T35.130S, T35.130SLP, T35.140S, T41.140SLP and T40.180SLP Gustavo Otero continued: “Bobcat telehandlers are popular all around the world. We want to further improve our presence and accelerate our growth in the construction market with this new generation. Leveraging from the ease of use, safety and reliability of our equipment, we aim to be present on every job site, where this kind of equipment is needed.” The new R-Series telehandlers offer agility on demand, with a newly configured transmission system providing enhanced smoothness to carry out the

trickiest jobs at height with surgical precision. These operations are also facilitated by the combination of the Boom Positioning System, the new updated, ultra-accurate joystick, the inching function and the improved visibility from the cab. An enhanced inching pedal design is easier to use and reduces fatigue. A higher engine brake provides a shorter stop distance and increases safety on construction sites. Turtle/ rabbit speeds are standard on all models and operated from the joystick. There is a new DYNAMIC mode for applications requiring rapid transmission response and the new optional hand throttle with FLEX DRIVE function allows for the control of travel speed independent from engine rpm. Bobcat R-Series telehandlers feature a new cab with unmatched ease of use, designed around the operator, offering a unique central control panel for optimized 360° ergonomics. The new high quality, contemporary interior of the cab features stand-out R-Series branding, colours and textures that clearly reflect Bobcat’s DNA. In the ergonomic design, all surfaces have been optimised to offer increased space and visibility. It is based around a new 5-inch LCD display providing interactive and streamlined information, including the feed from the rear camera for easier and more precise operation.

with the features below: • All-in-one joystick with improved ergonomics • Intuitive automotive-style controls (backlit keypad, jogshuttle, levers under steering wheel) • Interactive 5-inch LCD display • Semi-automatic wheel alignment • Automatic transmission and parking brake Uptime is key in construction. Bobcat telehandlers have always had an extra tough design and the new R-Series models build on this reputation, thanks to protective shielding of all vital components in key areas, and the robust frame and boom for working in every possible environment. The shielded design provides protection for hydraulic and electrical components (including the pipes, harness and transmission) and a steel plate protecting the base of the machine. All Bobcat telehandlers have a rigid boom structure and a robust frame with box section layout.

Bobcat has made it a very simple process for operators to start working immediately on the company’s R-Series telehandlers

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Magni srl. launch new range of fixed boom telehandlers A

new range of telehandlers has recently been launched by Italian company Magni Srl. The Magni TH range consists of 9 fixed boom telescopic handlers from 5 to 6 tonne capacity and 8m to 19m lift height. These machines join the 20m and 24m lift height machines that were launched a few years ago. Powered by a Deutz 55 kW or 75 kW Stage V engine, all the machines conform to the latest emissions regulations. The hydrostatic transmission of the TH range offers precision and manoeuvrability. This

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machine is compatible with a wide range of attachments. It is equipped with the R.F.ID system which allows for automatic recognition of attachments and the creation of the relative load charts. So, what sets the Magni range apart in an already crowded market place. Magni have used their expertise gained in the production of Rotational Telehandlers, where they have become known for their innovation and quality and, transferred this technology into their telehandlers. What does this mean in real terms? It means that Magni have real time load information with the

safety systems of a Rotational handler. The machines also have the same cab with unmatched visibility and integrated air condition on the higherpowered models. CanBus electrical circuit, Load sensing high pressure hydraulic system and touch screen display are also features lifted straight from the company’s range of Rotational telehandlers. Low boom pivots and compact dimensions give the machines a small profile that belies the lift height and capacity. The Magni machines are built with heavy duty axles It also means that the TH range can be fitted with attachments such as winches,

Latest news man platforms and hooks as standard with no additional hydraulics or electrics required. Alex White, Director of Magni UK explains. Telehandlers have been built to the same basic design for years and although the introduction of EN has brought in greater safety they are principally still working with basic strain gauge overload systems that are not accurate and easy to override. At Magni, we have introduced advanced safety systems to the standard telehandler. The Magni machine calculates the length of the boom, the angle of the boom, the position of the stabilisers and the weight on the forks and from this gives the operator dynamic real time load information. We believe this system is the safest on the market and the future of telehandlers that can be used now in every new Magni TH Telehandler.

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Odour & Dust Solutions From ODS Environmental Group ODS Fresh Filters


are the sole distributors of fresh filter systems for over pressure systems in the UK. Working with the best available technology, BAT, we are able to filter incoming air to the cab and create an over pressure inside to stop the ingress of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), asbestos, and silica dust, thus protecting the cab operator and ensuring compliance with health regulations.

Our systems can be factory fitted or retrofitted to older machinery already in your workforce. We can supply filters for our equipment and for many other systems too. With our new advancements we are able to let an operator remotely monitor the condition of each cab and have a record of what the working conditions inside the cab are. The operator can also keep on top of the due servicing dates and requirements. Air is passed through the filtration box with a selection of filters to suit the applications, P1, P2, P3< specialized activated carbon filter. The filters are the first barrier in the protection of the operator, so keeping them in working order is essential. 24 • June 2021 • Plant Planet

ODS Washrack ODS have just brought to the market our new washbay systems with closed loop recycling system, ideal for the washing down of equipment and plant . Designed to allow the pressure washing of equipment and machinery, the washoff materials drop through the grid area and into the sump. From the sump we can pump the material and liquid into our recycling plant where we then remove the solids and oil, before disinfecting the water to be reused through the pressure washer to continue washing down. Through our system we can save our customer and the environment thousands of litres of fresh water. Further, with the option to add a rainwater system to the equipment we can further reduce the use of freshwaster. The equipment is designed to be a modular build to allow us to supply a range of sizes to suit our customers and type of equipment to be washed down. We can supply fit new units, all compliant to UK regulations and offer service plans for customer’s existing equipment. We can also offer a breakdown service.

Designed and built in the UK, we control build quality and availability. Find out more about our system at:

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WINGET become Export Champions and that’s in Concrete SINCE 1908 WINGET have been setting high standards in the manufacture of quality Concrete Mixing equipment respected in many countries around the World. Originally established as the Winget Concrete Machine Company with UK rights to a ‘moulded concrete block machine’ developed in America, it thrived and survived unlike its American forefather, now part of the Seddon Engineering Group since 1991. Winget have enjoyed a global presence for over 90 years supplying both quality Site Mixers and Hopper Fed Concrete Mixers from 100 litres to 500 litres mixed batch output to territories that include the UK, the Caribbean and Africa. “It seems fitting that in the 30th Anniversary year of WINGET’s manufacturing facility in Greater Manchester, that we’ve become ‘Northern Powerhouse Export Champions’ to help encourage other companies grow their international business through exporting” Says Commercial MD Phil Winnington.

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Next Generation Powertrains Specialist powertrain consultants and CEA members, Knibb Gormezano and Partners, share their vision of the evolution of powertrains.


in a Post-COVID recovery worldwide has created a sharper focus on climate change and the shift to Net Zero. Although the industry had slowly started to decarbonise we see the trend rapidly accelerating and the impact on Construction Equipment, and specifically the powertrains installed in its machines, will be even more significant than reducing noxious emissions over the next decade.

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Internal combustion engines (ICEs) that currently run over 95% of machines worldwide will see a further evolution through the ‘20s but will increasing compete with zero tailpipe emission machines. The high energy demands of many machines mean OEMs will need to consider low carbon liquid and gaseous fuels to continue running the cleaner and more efficient ICEs. In the short term this will be a minor incremental change, but over this decade could see the diesel engine replaced in many sub-segments and end uses.

Commercial Vehicle Electrification is accelerating In the commercial vehicle segment (heavy trucks and buses) global CO2 and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) regulations, combined with the introduction of Zero and Low Emission Zones (ZEZ/LEZs) in many cities, is seeing steadily increasing volumes of fully electrified trucks. Several heavy truck OEMs in Europe have indicated they will pivot away from fossil fuel ICEs by 2040. This will pull Construction Equipment OEMs, which are

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Corporate Social Responsibility and CO2 targets will drive electrified CE demand Many end customers are having to set higher CO2 reduction targets in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidelines. Without specific CO2 legislation the driver for non-road machine electrification is very dependent on these end users for demand of zero emission machines. With a high share of rental and sub-contract machine use, most purchases of new machines are not made by the operator. Construction companies will increasingly need to be driven by CO2 reduction across their job sites, with the end customer for construction demanding zero emission or reduced CO2 emissions. This is increasingly important and driving electrification in various segments. The complexity of job-sites and the wide range of machine usage cycles will make it difficult to legislate out CO2 from Construction Machinery in the short and medium term. However, where machines are used indoors, in cities or where noise limits restrict usage hours electrified machines are increasingly being adopted.

Total Cost of Ownership is still the primary buying factor For the broader market, where CSR is not a priority, Total Cost of Ownership →

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(TCO) is most often the prime consideration when buying a new machine. To create a representative sample KGP is currently researching TCO across 30 segments in 15 major markets as part of its Fuels 2030 programme for Commercial Vehicle and NonRoad machinery. Whilst early adopters will pay the ‘green premium’ for low carbon machines, for larger fleets and those that are more cost sensitive the adoption will be slower and depend on various factors. Fuel cost remains the largest single operating expenditure (OPEX) for many fleets, and electrification and low carbon solutions will have to be competitive here, in lieu of Zero Emission Zones covering entire countries. In many commercial vehicle segments, especially medium duty urban delivery, the TCO will favour battery electric trucks in midlate 2020s. The additional cost of charging infrastructure for machines in remote locations, plus demand charges for high power rates, means that the tipping point for non-road machines could be later, closer to 2030. However it is likely to be influenced by the additional cost of any shift to Stage VI noxious emissions. Future noxious emissions legislation is expected post 2026 and may tip the balance in favour of zero and low carbon fuels.

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Economies of scale may be a challenge for fuels, infrastructure and powertrain components A key issue that faces the industry is that there are currently many economies of scale for powertrain across automotive segments. Depending on their size, nonroad machinery engines share some technical commonality in the supply chain with commercial vehicles and in some cases passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. There will be some cost benefit from sharing electrification technologies. However, the costs of cleaner diesel powertrains are inevitably going to be shared across a smaller volume than in the past. With China and India shifting closer to Stage V and having a net zero target of 2060, rather than the 2050 in Europe and the US, there will be a period where ICE remains in the majority. Shifting to lower carbon diesel will be required as the hydrogen and electricity network may be suitable for on-road automotive applications, but less resilient and accessible for non-road machines. eFuels, promoted as a possible lifecycle extension for ICE are possible, but need scale to increase availability, much in the same way low hydrogen prices will not be achieved without a massive increase in investment. The debate

therefore is which segments will use what fuels. It is argued in many circles that hydrogen is not sensible as green hydrogen has lifecycle efficiencies much lower than battery electric driven machines. Nevertheless, it is clear there are usage cases where electric will be a major challenge. The high load factors of machine powertrains are an order of magnitude greater than passenger cars, for example. With a 100kW tractor at 50% load factor an all-electric shift would require a battery of the order of 500kWh, with a similar fast charger at 1MW. This may be possible, albeit expensive, in the farmyard, but it is not practical for a tractor to return to base, charge for an hour then return to the field. Therefore in the construction equipment industry we really need a systems approach to energy and energy usage for these machines, not necessarily a solution optimized for lowest fuel cost or CO2 based on fuel and infrastructure cost alone. Without optimizing for machine type the solutions from government and other stakeholders might not be the most efficient in terms of productivity, capital investment and usage for farm, construction, and related applications.

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Power Meets Portability in New I4C Compact Impact Crusher

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International has unveiled the I4C, the latest entry into McCloskey’s impact crusher line. In a class of its own, it brings the power and productivity of an 1125mm (44.3”) impactor to a compact footprint for maximum maneuverability. Taking the original impact crusher design and transforming it into a heavy duty compact product that is even more flexible and productive, the new mobile crushers maximize the efficiency of any project site. Built to the same high standards as full-size crushers, the new I4C delivers additional convenience

and choice to suit every customer’s needs. McCloskey engineers have adapted the design to meet the evolving requirements of today’s projects and operations by developing more compact products while maintaining the same high standard of McCloskey durability, reliability and quality.

speed rotor, and three crush zones with an optional fourth strike, the I4C can be set up as a primary or secondary crusher in some of the toughest materials.

The 44” compact crushers has been designed with a deeper chamber, creating a deeper tramp release space

The I4C compact impact crushers have a number of features that enhance their operation. The 44” impact crusher has been designed with a deeper chamber, creating greater tramp release space. With an aggressive blow bar and apron design, 4 bar variable

A new asymmetric feeder reduces bridging that can occur in some applications and, combined with the single unit feeder-hopper construction, delivers better motion and vibration for the material as it moves into the impact chamber. Maximum efficiency of material flow is delivered end-to-end with the I4C - from the →

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Latest news feeder to the new curved belt on the main conveyor that better manages material delivered to its impressive 4m high stockpile. With quick release and ground level access, the conveyor belt is also easy to maintain and service.

bars all contribute to the safe operation and maintenance of the equipment. Simplicity is key, with ease-ofuse and safety considerations built into the low voltage electrical system, hydraulics and control panel. Higher engine power delivers cost efficiency by delivering maximum production levels and is, size-for-size, McCloskey’s most powerful impact crusher.

Higher engine power delivers cost efficiency by delivering maximum production levels As with all McCloskey equipment, safety is paramount, and the I4C is equipped with a number of features to ensure the workplace and the operator are secure. A chamber door safety sensor, built in safety shutdown functions, chamber safety arm and an innovative platform for changing blow

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“Listening to our customers is a core element of our design engineering across all product lines. The I4C is an exciting solution for customers who require a heavy duty, high production impact crusher with high mobility and

enriched safety features.” said Toni Laaksonen, Senior Vice President, McCloskey International. Tim Watson, McCloskey Equipment, added: “The new I4C is well suited to a wide range of applications, including construction and demolition recycling, asphalt recycling and aggregates. With ability to nimbly move around in tight spaces, this crusher’s small footprint is uniquely suited to heavy duty applications where mobility and high production are key.” For maintenance ease the vast majority of components are identical between models to simplify spare parts. Ground level access allows for quick service and maintenance, reducing the downtime for the operation.


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Telehanders: the best of all worlds • Topical Commentary

Telehandlers: The Best of all worlds Akvile Peckyte explores the development of one of the most popular pieces of high reach equipment on the market.


one of the most versatile types of plant machinery on the market, telehandlers can be found both indoors and outdoors. The ability to interchange attachments means the telehandler can be used for tasks like earth moving, cleaning, material transportation in warehouses and construction sites, and even for lifting workers. This

makes the machine a staple investment in any project requiring lifting.

Standard fixed boom telehandler The original type of telehandler features a cab which cannot be rotated, with the telescopic boom pointing forwards. Although they are less mobile than their rotational counterparts, historically, they

have been able to carry heavier loads due to the counterweight technology being limited to just one part of the machine. They are best used for operations where heavy loads are in constant movement, with most standard fixed boom telehandlers being able to lift between 5 to 7 tonnes, with a reach of around 10 metres. This type of telehandler is most commonly used in construction and agriculture and is nimble on rough terrain. →

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Topical Commentary • Telehanders: the best of all worlds From the beginning to now The one of the very first telehandlers was JCB’s 520 Loadall Telehandler, joining the production line in 1977. Ingeniously, JCB combined the utility of a forklift with the reach of a crane. The JCB 520 had two-wheel drive, combined with a maximum lift capacity of 2.25 tonnes and a 6.4-metre lift height. The machine was promoted to the public with a banner confidently displaying ‘Obsolescence Day is Coming’, asserting that the new invention would replace the masted forklift due to its versatility. JCB continued to expand their range of telehandlers to great success, now boasting one of the most expansive telehandler ranges in the world.

One of The very first telehandlers was jcb’s 520 loadall telehandler, first introduced in 1977 In November 2020, JCB introduced their first electric telehandler: the 525-60E. The electric model delivers the same performance as the popular diesel counterpart. The 525-60E uses a 96V lithium-ion battery pack with an onboard charger, recharging the telehandler overnight from a standard 230V 16-amp outlet. In recent years, more companies have focused in expanding their electric →

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Topical Commentary • Telehanders: the best of all worlds ranges, and telehandlers are no exception.

Rotating telehandler Increasingly popular in construction sites due to their versatility and range in movement, rotating telehandlers emerged into the market in the late 20th century. The design allows for easy 360-degree rotation of the cab and boom, whilst the body stays stationary. Rotating telehandlers are more specialised to working in tighter spaces than carrying heavy loads, yet they are still able to lift far more than forklifts. Bobcat have recently released a new rotational telehandler range in collaboration with Magni TH. The range includes ten Stage V compliant models for the European market, with lifting heights from 18 to 39 m and lifting capacities from 4 to 7 tonnes.

the theme of reinvention that is at the core of our ‘Next is Now’ philosophy. As a result, they offer enhanced 360° performance to create the ultimate tools for even the most complex site handling jobs. A big choice of over 20 attachments and various options also ensures that working at height has never been so versatile, efficient, comfortable and safe.” Rotational telehandlers are growing in popularity. In Europe, the market has increased over the last five years by 23% and, in 2019, it reached over 3000 units for the first time.

Versatile attachments Telehandlers are uniquely transformative pieces of machinery, and their attachments can change the way the machine functions. Telehandlers are suited to many uses, from agriculture to construction, and sometimes even snow ploughing.

Bobcat have recently released a new rotational telehandler range in collaboration with magni th Olivier Traccucci, Bobcat Telehandler Senior Product Manager, said: “Our new rotary telehandler range offers an expanded model selection and increased lifting heights and lifting capacities. The new range offers cutting-edge technology that continues

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Forks and carriages are the most popular telehandler attachment and come in different types, such as a side swing carriage, which allows the telehandler to transport the load in tight working spaces. Lift hooks are well-suited to heavy duty construction,

allowing the operator to move unpalletised loads which are unsuitable for conventional forks. Buckets come in many different variations and allow for an easy lifting of loose material. Telehandlers can have many more attachments, such as shovels, earth drills and snow blades to name a few, providing endless combinations depending on the required use.

Onwards, Upwards and More Compact The market trend for telehandlers in the UK is for machines with bigger payloads and more reach. At the other end of the scale there is a growing demand for smaller road towable units that can be quickly transported from site to site. The continued introduction of digital systems, some with touch screens, into the modern telehandler is continuing to make it a safer and more user friendly machine. Telematics are also becoming the norm which again help to make the Telehandler an even more efficient and essential machine on today’s construction sites. Digitalisation in the industry has lead to the development of safer and more efficient telehandlers. For more on the latest telehandler developments from Merlo UK, turn to page 57.

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Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa • Interview

Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa Leigh Tholet is Hire Fleet Asset Manager at Hirebase. She talks to Rachel Lambert about making the leap from South Africa to the UK, and why it is the perfect time for women to join the industry.


Leigh tholet hire fleet asset manager, Hirebase

Tholet has been working for Hirebase for the last fourteen years, where she started initially as a Hire Manager before being promoted to the role of Hire Fleet Asset Manager in 2013. Hirebase is a division of Buildbase, owned by the Grafton Group. There are currently 100+ branches of Hirebase in the UK, hiring anything from small power tools to larger plant and equipment, such as dumpers and excavators from flagship brands.

Born and raised in Durban on the East coast of South Africa, it was love that first enticed Leigh to come to live in the UK. Leigh had met Dene, her then husband-tobe in South Africa, who although born in Rhodesia, had Scottish grandparents. At the time, Dene was in the process of applying for an Ancestral Visa and had his mind set on living in Britain. “I am very proudly South African. However, my mother was British and so were my grandparents, so I have strong British roots,” says Leigh, who explains that her father still lives in South Africa, although both her siblings have also emigrated to the UK. She laughs about how Dene had →

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Interview • Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa his mind set on leaving South Africa. He basically gave her an ultimatum saying, “this is the path I’m taking so if you want to carry on seeing me, you’d best get your passport in order!”.

stayed there for three years and then went on to work in sales for a family run company called Machinery Mart, which she “absolutely loved”, staying part of their team until 2002. On moving to the UK in 2002, Leigh did some temping in the HR department at Wembley Centre for Health & Care, before spotting a sales job vacancy at Hewden Hire Centres, also in Wembley. Keen to get back into hire, she went for the interview. However, due to her experience in the Tool Hire Industry, Leigh was appointed as Hire Manager instead. Leigh went on to work for Hewden Hire Centres for four years and recalls some “very happy times”, and a place where she has met so many dear friends in the industry.

When leigh came to the uk she already had experience of working in the plant hire industry Arriving in the UK in 2002, they had their dream wedding in 2003 back home in South Africa, and have since welcomed two sons into the world. Rather heartwarmingly, both boys come to say hello during our Zoom interview fresh out of school. It is reminder that Leigh is not only a full-time businesswoman, but a full-time mother too. She isn’t fazed, but shudders at the thought of any further home-schooling. The family is made complete with their latest addition, Milo, the Shih Tzu dog, who—not to be outdone—also joins our meeting. Apparently, he has the nickname ‘Furlough Traitor’, because he switched his affections from Dene to Leigh during the month she spent at home in furlough at the very start of the pandemic. When Leigh came to the UK, she already had experience of working in the plant hire industry. She had been working as a sales rep for a Durbanbased plant hire company called Wack-Em Plant & Tool Hire, a position which she describes “as a lucky break that happened quite by chance” in 1996. Leigh

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“I’m a believer that things happen for a reason, and I was actually on maternity leave when Speedy Hire bought Hewden Hire Centres in 2007. In hindsight, the timing could not have been better for me, because the daily commute from where we live in Stevenage into Wembley was a nightmare.” At around the same time, one of the ex-Hewden Hire Managers, Andy Burrows who was working at Hirebase in Welwyn Garden City had just made the move to Lynch Plant. He recommended Leigh as the perfect candidate to fill his role as Hire Manager at Hirebase back in September 2007. Leigh has been →

Hirebase have recently ordered dumpers and excavators from jcb’s e-tec range for their hire fleet

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Interview • Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa working at Hirebase ever since, initially as Hire Manager at Welwyn Garden, before her promotion to Hire Fleet Asset Manager in 2013. Today, she reports directly to the Managing Director of Hirebase, Adrian Watts.

the Regional Team, and liaises with the hire managers in branch on a daily basis. She explains that at one point, they were up to 130 branches, but have streamlined the business slightly in recent times.

“Hirebase went through a massive expansion programme in 2013” “I was fortunate to run a successful hire branch at Welwyn Garden, which stood me in very good stead for progression in the company. Hirebase went through a massive expansion programme in 2013, almost doubling the number of branches we had, and the new role of Asset Manager was created to oversee the fleet. Adrian asked me if I wanted the position, and the rest as they say, is history.” Leigh’s role as Asset Manager oversees all aspects of the Hirebase fleet, which includes purchasing, disposals, utilisation as well as overseeing the team of Area Fitters and the Central Workshop. She has weekly faceto-face meetings with Adrian and

When asked about how the pandemic has affected Hirebase, Leigh says:

“Like most hire businesses at the start of the first lockdown, not all our branches were re-opened straight away, so we were running on skeleton staff and of course, trying to keep our customers happy. They were, and still are unprecedented times. But the easing of social distancing and the boom in home renovation, DIY and gardening projects as people concentrate more on improving their properties has boosted our hire business to a level we haven’t seen before. Hirebase has never been so busy, and we are outperforming our budget forecasts across the board.” Working with core re-hire suppliers, Hirebase can re-hire virtually anything, making

them a customer favourite ‘One Stop Shop’ for all their site requirements, including building materials from Buildbase. “If we haven’t got it, we can get it,” says Leigh, laughing as she goes on, “We take great pride in just saying yes to every order, providing a service to support our customers, and worrying about the rest afterwards!”. Business is certainly booming for Hirebase, but one frustration that is being felt throughout the hire industry is the delay in the supply chain, caused by the pandemic and other global economic factors. Hirebase is clearly a forward-thinking organisation, and if it means placing orders now for 2022 delivery, then that is what they are doing. “Manufacturers are asking for as much lead time as possible for their production planning, so we are having to place orders earlier than ever, which means trying to predict what 2022 and beyond has in store. It is a challenge, but it is one that is facing the entire industry, so we are not alone. We are seeing unprecedented price increases that we have never experienced before. There has also been a steep hike in the price of containers coming from abroad,

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Leigh Tholet: Out of Africa • Interview which have left our suppliers no choice but to pass on these costs.” Despite these universal challenges, Leigh is buoyant about how Hirebase is performing and expects this to be sustained. Leigh pays enormous credit to the Hirebase Marketing team for launching their online ordering system. “Our Marketing team has done a superb job because our online ordering system has really taken off. They used the time really constructively to concentrate on developing our online offering, and it has proved a resounding success.” The online ordering system was launched at a perfect time to support Hirebase customers, providing another option to the Hirebase sales offering, covering a huge range of tools, plant and equipment. Customers can hire anything online, from a simple hand drill to a 5-tonne excavator or 3-tonne dumper, at any time or day of the week, through either a cash or account payment system. It involves paying a deposit, and the branch then has 48 hours to deliver that order. “I think it’s great that people are spending their money on their properties rather than holidays abroad, whether it is DIY or gardening projects as it’s helping to boost the UK economy. We are lucky to be in this industry, which has been identified as a key driver to get us out of this crisis.” On a personal level, Leigh is full of gratitude for their own circumstances during the pandemic. “I feel so blessed

that as a family, we have stayed well, stayed busy in our jobs, and had precious time with our boys.” While being an astute businesswoman, Leigh is without doubt a very warm and compassionate person, and her positivity and gratitude really shine through as she shares this. She, like many other Grafton employees, was given the option to work from home, or go back to the office.

person for the job, you will be given the position irrespective of gender. In fact, around 50% of our Senior Leadership team at Hirebase are women, and we have a number of women on the Buildbase board. I think we bring a different, possibly a more personal and caring dimension to the business, and we work well together as team with all our male colleagues.”

around 50% of our senior leadership team at hire base are women

“I am a people’s person through and through, so I was quick to get back to more normal office life. Technology and video conferencing has been a lifesaver, but for me, there is nothing like meeting people faceto-face. We South Africans are very social people! I can’t wait for physical exhibitions and industry events to re-start. I am desperate to hug people again!” When asked about whether it has been difficult rising through the ranks of a male-dominated industry, Leigh says ‘absolutely not’. “In all my years in the industry, I can honestly say I have never had any negative experiences. There are no heirs or graces about me, so I get on with everyone! I have been fortunate to have some very supportive male mentors throughout my time in the industry, who have helped me so much in my career. There is certainly no gender gap at the Grafton Group. Our former CEO of Buildbase was a woman. If you are the right

Leigh has some very sound advice to any young women wanting to enter the industry. “If there is a career in the Construction sector or Plant Hire industry that really interests you, then don’t let anything prevent you from following your dream. We live in such exciting times where gender no longer determines your profession. Hard work, determination and passion will pay off!” “As an industry, we should perhaps be targeting more young girls in schools to overcome the mindset that this is just a ‘job for the boys’. I think apprenticeships are a fantastic way forward for getting young people into the industry, and Grafton and the government have some really good schemes to offer.” Leigh is certainly a shining role model for any young person, female or male, who may want to pursue a career in the construction industry.

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Is Your Fleet Safe? • Company Profile

CONSTRUCTION SET FOR ECONOMIC BOOM – BUT IS YOUR FLEET SAFE? Plant Planet hear from the experts at Brigade Electronics Ltd about the importance of vehicle safety



set for a boom in construction equipment purchases thanks to ambitious UK Government plans to kickstart the economy – but this could lead to a rise in vehicle and worker related collisions warns a leading vehicle safety company. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a super-deduction tax break that means that businesses can claim 130% of what they

spend on equipment against taxable profits. The £25bn tax break is intended to spark investment by providing 25p off company tax bills for every pound of qualifying spend on plant and machinery. But experts at pioneering Brigade Electronics says the expected explosion of construction projects sparked by the tax break could be matched by a rise in on-site collisions. Construction is a hazardous occupation and research has

shown that on average, 7 workers are killed and 93 are seriously injured each year after accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant. Driver visibility is often compromised due to the sheer size and weight of mobile plant equipment, which poses a very real danger to site workers. Blind spots on vehicles are a major contributing factor to collisions and are often the main reason ground workers are killed or injured. Poor visibility due to low light and overnight working, dusty environments and →

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Company Profile • Is Your Fleet Safe?

Work sites present a number of challenges when it comes to visibility

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Company Profile • Topical Commentary difficult weather conditions all exacerbate this issue. Meanwhile hearing defenders, often worn by ground workers, can also reduce the ability to clearly hear approaching vehicles.

Vehicle safety systems are helping to address the issues related to vehicle and worker safety Vehicle safety systems are helping to address the issues related to vehicle and worker safety. While passive systems, such as mirrors and cameras, assist drivers by enabling them to see objects in a vehicle’s blind spot, active systems, including operator alerts and reversing alarms, ensure that both drivers and pedestrians receive an immediate, audible warning that a danger is present. Emily Hardy of Brigade Electronics, a global leader in vehicle safety systems, explains the importance of active systems in addition to traditional passive devices.

Brigade’s radar obstacle detection system can detect stationary and moving objects even in the harshest of environments

“Work sites present a number of challenges when it comes to visibility. Not only are they dusty and dirty places to be, but when this is combined with nighttime hours or difficult weather conditions, it can become increasingly dangerous for ground workers to be spotted by those operating →

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Company Profile • Is your Fleet Safe? Brigade’s safety systems can withstand the challenges of construction sites

moving vehicles. Active safety systems are therefore crucial to assisting drivers and enhancing safety for workers operating in these environments. This is why we always recommend that a combination of both passive and active systems, such as cameras and alarms, are fitted to vehicles for the ultimate safety solution.”

on the monitor, meaning drivers can clearly see people and objects as they manoeuvre their vehicles.

sensor system onto its fleet of shovel loaders, tele-handlers and trucks.

Active technology such as Brigade’s radar obstacle detection system can detect stationary and moving objects even in the harshest of environments, including in darkness, giving the driver an audible and visible warning when objects are within a certain distance. Heavy duty radar systems, which are waterproof and smoke resistant, can even operate in high or low temperatures, and can easily be heard in noisy environments, making them ideal for construction sites.

In the last few years of recording incidents, which are split by ‘damage’ and ‘near miss’, the company has reported that this technology has been key to reducing incidents and improving safety.

“We always reccomend a combination of both passive and active systems” - Emily Hardy This includes Brigade’s awardwinning Backeye®360, designed to assist low speed maneuverability by providing the driver with a real-time surround view of the vehicle in a single image. The system combines images from ultra-wide angle cameras, presenting a ‘bird’s-eye view’ of the vehicle and surrounding areas

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One construction company which has benefited from installing safety technology on its vehicles is Day Aggregates. It fitted Brigade’s Backsense heavy duty radar

Operator Darren Harfield agrees. He said: “The radar is an extra back up when looking in numerous mirrors and using reversing aids. If you’re distracted, for example because someone suddenly asks you a question on the radio, you can be trying to take in too much at one time. The radar system prevents this. There’s an in-cab display that presents different colours and beeps when anything comes within a certain distance of the vehicle, so it’s not just visual prompts, but audible alerts too.”




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Cover Story • New Horizons: Merlo UK

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New Horizons: The Past Six Months at Merlo UK Plant Planet catch up with all the new developments from Merlo UK Ltd.


the past six months, Merlo UK have seen the introduction of new leadership, initiatives, pricing schemes and, of course, machinery. This issue, Plant Planet take a look at the company’s development over the first half of 2021 and what’s in store for the future.

New managerial team provides stable leadership in turbulent times Earlier this year, Merlo UK LTD announced the appointment of both Shaun Groom, the new Merlo UK General Manager and Charlie Lane, Merlo UK’s first Network Development Manager.

Six months later, we hear from both of them regarding working in their new roles at Merlo UK LTD. Shaun Groom expressed: “It has been a time like no other time to join Merlo UK. The midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the post-Brexit transition period have certainly ensured I have been kept busy in my first few months. Thanks to the great work done by the whole team at Merlo UK, we have managed to seamlessly steer our way through the aforementioned challenges, ensuring we remained fully operational throughout. Our focus has been and will always be that of supporting our customers nationwide, even in the most difficult of times. →

Above: Charlie Lane, Network development manager Below: Shaun Groom, General manager

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Cover Story • New Horizons: Merlo UK We have an exciting year ahead, with major investments in our Merlo UK offices, parts warehousing and training facilities. The further expansion of the Merlo construction equipment dealer network during 2021 will allow us to increase our support to customers nationwide. Being able to offer the most innovative range of telescopic handlers and attachments on the market just makes being part of the Merlo team all the more enjoyable!” Reflecting on his time at Merlo UK, Charlie said:

Uplifting women with Agriculture and Construction Campaign Merlo UK LTD started off the New Year by announcing new campaign spearheaded by Merlo UK’s Emily Traverse. Once a month on social media, Merlo publish a profile of a woman who works in either the agriculture or construction industry. Currently on profile number five, the campaign has already highlighted the important roles of women in the industry and sparked conversation about gender inequalities that women face on a daily basis. Merlo UK’s idea behind the campaign is to encourage young women and girls to pursue careers in male dominated industries, and for them to know that they can do anything. “I am so proud of this campaign and would like to thank all the women who have agreed to take part,” Emily concluded. “We stand together and hope to encourage the new generation of women engineers, farmers, contractors and sales managers”.

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“The first six months have flown by. It’s been very impressive to see where we were at the beginning of the year and where we are now. I have been very encouraged by the interest in the brand from the get-go, and Merlo continues to invest its staff and people to meet the next challenge. I have also

New Horizons: Merlo UK • Cover Story been blown away by the efficient Brexit transaction the team put in place, ensuring no disruption to our customers during the start of 2021.”

Trailblazing in a fair pricing initiative for customers Merlo UK LTD have recently introduced a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) list for its complete range of Merlo Genuine spare parts – a first in the UK. Listening to customer feedback, it was apparent that occasional inconsistencies could occur with the re-sale pricing of Merlo spare parts. As a result, Merlo UK launched a year-long project headed by National Parts Manager, Robin Cooch to analyse and develop a structured and

competitive RRP spare parts system. Manufacturing around 95% of all Merlo machine components in-house at their factory in Cuneo, Italy, Merlo are able to retain control of the quality, supply and pricing of all Merlo Genuine spare parts.

value for money and excellent availability thanks to the UK based parts warehouse, further enhancing the #betterbeinggreen Merlo ethos.

“We are determined to offer the very best in after-sales support, enhancing our customers’ experience” - Robin cooch

After analysing all possible competitive sources of Merlo spare parts, Robin and his team developed a RRP list structure that is designed to offer competitive prices with genuine quality assured. This approach offers all Merlo users great

“Standardising the re-sale price of our genuine spare parts ensures consistency in pricing and service for Merlo user’s right across the UK. We are determined to offer the very best in aftersales support, enhancing our customers’ experience,” stated Robin. →

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Cover Story • New Horizons: Merlo UK “I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to lead this project. Together with our nationwide Merlo dealer network, backed up by the fully stocked UK parts warehouse, the Merlo UK team is ready to deliver on our pledge to ensure we keep our customers operational,” concluded Robin.

Expanding Merlo’s heavyweight range with TF65.9 telehandler Merlo UK LTD have also introduced the all new TF65.9TCS170-HF telehandler, marking a significant addition to its heavy-duty range of telescopic handlers. This new model is well suited for those handling a high volume of materials in the largescale agricultural, aggregate, renewable energy, timber and waste sectors.

producing a maximum of 170hp, operators can be sure of having sufficient power for the most demanding of tasks. The Stage V engine is equipped with both Diesel Particulate Filter technology and a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. The renowned Merlo hydrostatic transmission is fitted as standard along, with the innovative EPD TOP (Eco Power Drive) electronic transmission control. This feature allows the operator to select an automatic engine response whilst using the hydraulic functions, giving an efficient amount of power for all actions. Furthermore, the operator can activate the Eco and Speed Control functions in order to maximize ease of use and overall performance, all whilst minimising fuel consumption. Naturally as you might expect from Merlo, a maximum transport speed of 40 km/h is standard.

The heavy duty tf65.9 telehandler offers class leading performance The TF65.9TCS170-HF has been developed specifically with these demanding applications in mind. Offering a maximum lift capacity of 6.5 tonnes and a maximum lift height of 8.8m, this new heavy-duty handler offers class-leading performance. The introduction of this new model complements and expands the offering from Merlo in the growing high-capacity sector. Fitted with a 4-cylinder, 4.5 litre FPT turbo diesel engine

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The new TF65.9 is also equipped with the brand new ASCS (Adaptive Stability Control System). This system comes as standard with an in-cab 10.1’’ LCD colour screen that displays the load dynamic and capacity chart, updated in real time. The system showcases information from the load being lifted, attachment in use, as well as the machine stability index. This feature also allows: • Adjustment of the reaction and speed of hydraulic functions • Setting and defining of

possible load capacities for each attachment • Recording and storing the load cycle data A new load sensing and flow sharing hydraulic system HF (High Flow) is fitted as standard. Utilising a high capacity 160 l/ min variable displacement, this heavy-duty hydraulic pump offers responsive and high output hydraulic for the most demanding of tasks. Additionally, the new model can be specified with the MCVTronic CVT transmission. This Merlo-designed and built feature increases wheel torque at low speeds for maximum pushing power, whilst optimising efficiency at higher speeds, such as those used for transport. As ever, the Merlo-designed and manufactured cab is of a modular construction type with a roomy overall internal width of 1,010mm, making it one of the largest on the market. Operator comfort is further enhanced with the patented CS cab suspension fitted as standard. The Merlo pioneered hydro-pneumatic cab suspension system maximises comfort for the operator by reducing vibration, shock loads and fatigue helping maintain operator safety. The TF65.9TCS170-HF is available to order now from your local Merlo dealer. For further details or to locate your nearest Merlo dealer visit the Merlo UK website at www.

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A Global Debut for new mecalac dumpers

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Topical Commentary • a global debut for new mecalac dumpers

MECALAC has announced the launch of its all-new 3.5MDX cabbed site dumper – the latest addition to its state-of-theart portfolio. Designed from the ground up to set the standards in performance, safety and comfort, the innovative model offers all the benefits of the Mecalac MDX range in a 3.5 tonne capacity.

Perfectly blending stylish design with ‘rental tough’ build quality, the new 3.5MDX is powered by a Stage V-compliant Kubota D1803 1.8L turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel engine, delivering 50hp (37kW) at 2700rpm and a peak torque of 150.5Nm at 1600rpm. Thanks to the integration of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), emissions are minimised, while fuel economy is optimised.

The New 3.5MDX is powered by a stage v-compliant kubota d1803 1.8l turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel engine

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Available with either swivel tip skip with 180° rotation (to enable precise lateral unloading without manoeuvres) or front tip skip, the new model is designed with an articulated and oscillating chassis to ensure excellent manoeuvrability and off-road

capability. The 3.5MDX uses high and low range gearing for both forward and reverse, as well as permanent hydrostatic four-wheel drive. This means that operators have torque on demand to effortlessly move loads in even the most challenging site conditions. This, combined with a maximum travel speed of 12.4mph (20kph) makes the unit quick and easy to move around site. An operating weight of 2990kg, length of 3.8m, width of 1.9m and height of 2.8m make the 3.5MDX highly compact and manoeuvrable, providing an effective solution to carry high payloads in confined spaces and for a large variety of applications. The 3.5MDX prioritises the highest levels of operator comfort by adopting Mecalac’s proven MDX cab, with optional air conditioning to provide outstanding operator well-being in all weather conditions. Like all MDX models, the unique

a global debut for new mecalac dumpers • company profile isolated cabin layout minimises vibration and noise, while ergonomic controls and an adjustable seat provide a relaxed environment when working for extended periods. Alongside featuring front and rear LED work lights as standard, the fully enclosed cab provides class-leading operator visibility thanks to large glazed areas and a curved windscreen, ensuring all-around natural visibility. With safety prioritised throughout the design process, the new Mecalac cabbed dumper incorporates MDX design characteristics, resulting in easier and safer access to the machine thanks to high visibility and easy reach steps and handrails, as well as an excellent engine access enabling all servicing operations from ground level. In order to ensure a higher level of operator protection

in any situation, the certified ROPS/FOPS MDX cab has been additionally designed and tested by Mecalac to withstand impacts while loading the dumper skip. The Mecalac MDX cab impact test video is available by clicking on the following link:

suit different applications where these are not required.

The new 3.5mdx is the latest addition to mecalac’s pioneering mdx range.

For additional safety, the 3.5MDX features Shield – Mecalac’s package of safety-critical operator features – as standard. Key technologies include start & drive interlock, handbrake warning, digital speedometer, front-facing camera, fuel loss warning sensor, automatic idle shut-off, park brake test and Stop-Start Control™. All Shield safety features are adjustable to

The new 3.5MDX is the latest addition to Mecalac’s pioneering MDX range, which also includes the six-tonne 6MDX and ninetonne 9MDX. The range offers construction professionals with a suite of high-performance options to suit their specific requirements. For more information about Mecalac’s industry-leading MDX range, or to find your nearest dealer, visit en. →

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a global debut for new mecalac dumpers • company profile Last month, Mecalac Contruction Equipment UK launched a suite of new site dumper models at an exclusive event at its Warwickshire demo ground. The eagerlyanticipated 3.5MDX cabbed site dumper made its global debut, alongside all-new hydrostatic versions of the highly popular 6MDX and 9MDX. Alongside providing VIP guests with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of each new model, the event comprised a number of informative presentations and a technology showcase. For the first time ever, Mecalac’s AX1000 articulated wheel loader was also showcased on UK soil.

6MDX and 9MDX (hydrostatic) An evolution of Mecalac’s renowned MDX site dumper range, the six- and nine-tonne hydrostatic 6MDX and 9MDX bring smooth, uninterrupted power and the addition of dynamic braking. The allnew models offer improved performance and traction – particularly on inclines where gear changes can often result in loss of drive. Removing the gear stick allows for a more spacious operator environment, increasing comfort and minimising fatigue. With fewer parts, the hydrostatic models ensure lower running costs, thanks to lower maintenance requirements and fewer wear items. →

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Company Profile • a global debut for new mecalac dumpers 3.5MDX


Durable, dependable, versatile and highly capable, the 3.5MDX site dumper is the latest addition to Mecalac’s world-acclaimed cabbed portfolio. The efficient, low-emission engine works through a four-wheel-drive system that features low-range in both forward and reverse, giving operators peace of mind on challenging terrain.

With outstanding power and stability, Mecalac’s AX1000 articulated wheel loader is a true market leader. Its sleek but rigid monoboom combines high tear-out forces with protected hydraulics, delivering maximum safety and impressive cycle times. The model’s self-stabilising system uses an articulated pendulum joint to make carrying heavy loads across uneven terrain significantly easier and safer. Visibility and operator comfort are excellent thanks to a panoramic cab and intuitive control layout. Available with a range of attachments, from buckets to pallet forks, the AX1000 is an incredibly versatile on-site asset.

mecalac’s ax1000 articulated wheel loader is a true market leader. Available with either swivel tip or forward tip, the new model guarantees class-leading power, performance and durability and includes Mecalac’s Shield safety pack as standard.

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Paul Macpherson, Commercial Director at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK, commented: “With lockdown restrictions slowly easing, we thought hosting a secret VIP event was the perfect opportunity to officially launch a number of exciting new additions to our MDX site dumper portfolio. The event was a huge success – and the glowing feedback on our new models was a really positive outcome. “Alongside the new dumpers, attendees had the first opportunity on UK soil to get behind the wheel of our versatile AX1000. The articulated loader is an excellent product and we’re experiencing ever-increasing demand for the range.” To learn more about Mecalac’s range of industry-leading equipment, visit www.mecalac. com/en.




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Trade Plant Hire Ltd • Company Profile

Trade Plant Hire: Equipment & Tool Hire at your fingertips Plant Planet learn about how the new Trade Plant Hire app is making tool and equipment hire easy for the industry


many, 2020 was a gruelling year. The aftereffects of the UK’s initial lockdown in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic has had lasting ramifications across the plant equipment sector. Despite this, construction in the UK has remained near constant since summer last year, with the demand for equipment

set to steadily grow. Now, a new app is set to hit the UK market, offering a simple and efficient way to hire construction equipment. Trade Plant Hire is a simple pocket solution which will enable trade professionals to hire a range of equipment. Kit such as mini-diggers, skips and mid-sized machinery are available at the push of a button on →

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company profile • trade plant hire ltd smartphones and tablets. The straightforward design allows users to quickly search for the specific equipment required on site, with the added ability to compare prices and book the kit through the app.

hire companies to offer the wider market a simpler and more competitive option when hiring equipment and tools. Listing available stock on Trade Plant Hire is completely free. With no joining fee and no monthly subscriptions, hire companies need only sign up to the platform and load their stock. Their easy to configure inventory management solution allows stockists to keep track of hires, offer dynamic pricing, and check whether payments have been made. On top of this, Trade Plant Hire do not take a cut from the hire price, instead a commission fee is added to the hire through the App and reinvested into its development and promotion, making it nice and simple for the hire companies and giving them more →

The key aim of trade plant hire is to make tool & equipment hire simple. The app developers behind Trade Plant Hire, including Birmingham based CEO Dr. Ivan Yardley, have first-hand experience in the construction and trade sectors. This experience has provided the team with the knowledge of how Trade Plant Hire can fill a key gap in the market: a free to use platform to help industry professionals find and hire the right equipment at a fair price. The key aim of Trade Plant Hire is to make equipment hire simple. With a service based on their needs, budget and location, the app offers tradespeople a large pool of suppliers and equipment to choose from. This eliminates the need for tradespeople to spend valuable time on the phone or trawling through multiple websites in search of available equipment. In addition, Trade Plant Hire is currently signing up equipment

CEO Ivan Yardley (right) with director & former england rugby player tim stimpson (left)

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The trade plant hire app is open to almost all stockists in the construction trade

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company profile • trade plant hire ltd opportunities to potentially hire in the future. With the option to take preauthorised deposits on any hires and upfront payments on the day of hire, even the payment process through Trade Plant Hire is built with simplicity in mind.

with the supplier, allowing them to maintain their standard working practice. This means that anyone looking to list their machinery on the Trade Plant Hire app can be confident that everything is in place to ensure a successful and safe experience whilst loaning hire equipment. The team behind Trade Plant Hire have put their efforts into creating an industry hire service fit for the 21st Century. Dr. Ivan Yardley, CEO says: “Listening to both hardworking people in the trade and the challenges from the stockist,

stockists can be confident of a successful, and safe, experience whilst loaning hire equipment As for machinery safety, the hire agreement exists between the customer and supplier. Control over security procedures remain

we designed, and are constantly improving the Trade Plant Hire app. Because it is simple and effective to use, we believe that the app will become the essential tool you’ll want to have on your phone or device”. Dr Yardley said he wanted to create the app so it would offer a one stop shop for SME builders, tradespeople, and construction site managers. He said: “This gives users instant access through their smartphones to a huge network of stockists in their area, allowing them to see in an instant the type and quantity of equipment available.” Former rugby union international Tim Stimpson, from Leicester, is also part of a consortium of investors behind the app. He said: “This app is a disruptor and completely built around the needs of local tradespeople by simplifying and streamlining what can be an incredibly time consuming and frustrating process. “At the moment you might have to visit several different websites for quotes on a variety of hire equipment, only to find an item either unavailable or at a depot 50 miles away.

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“This platform is a real gamechanger as it allows users to source equipment at a competitive price via their mobile phone.” The Trade Plant Hire app is free and downloadable via the website. Find out more at https://

Event Review • The Digital Future

Success for Plant Planet’s first online conference

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the robomag autonomously adjusts the compaction force depending on sensor feedback


Tuesday 11th May 2021, Plant Planet hosted their first online conference: The Digital Future. The two-and-a-halfhour event featured a host of speakers from across the construction plant sector, discussing the future of technology in the industry. From autonomous machinery to the importance of mental health, the event highlighted a range of central topics for the industry to focus on. This issue, we unpack some of the key points made by the speakers of Plant Planet: The Digital Future.

Giles White - BOMAG GB Ltd Giles White, Key Account & Technology Sales Manager for BOMAG Ltd opened the conference as the first of our industry-leading line-up of speakers at The Digital Future. BOMAG is the world market leader in the field of compaction technology with stabilizers/ recyclers, milling machines

and pavers rounding off their portfolio.

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Giles Giles White led showcased a discussion BOMAG’s on the road to technology autonomy and which is the journey making this so far. This goal a reality. included BOMAG’S the benefits innovative fully of higher autonomous productivity tandem roller Giles White rates of both ROBOMAG uses GPS, Bomag GB Ltd autonomous and LIDAR and other semi-autonomous sensors to compact construction machinery, alongside autonomously to demonstrate interconnected sites, and the the concept of bringing together realities of the job site today. tomorrow’s technology today. The ROBOMAG autonomously Giles White suggested a promising adjusts the compaction force and bold possibility: to have depending on sensor feedback autonomous sites as the norm and can be remotely controlled or within the UK by 2035, a goal directed to follow predetermined the industry is striving towards lines. Autonomous brake following the autonomous systems also featured within roadmap published in 2020. Giles’ presentation, as they Semi-autonomous or autonomous demonstrated the use of RADAR machinery can address the lack of sensors and LIDAR with AI skilled and experienced operators assisted cameras to help in as the industry struggles to keep reaching the milestone of a safer up with the lack of workers in the site. → workforce while the number of

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Event Review • The Digital Future Giles White’s presentation concluded with the key ideas; utilise today’s technology, plan for tomorrow, and realise the future. He expressed that technology moves at an incredible pace and the industry always needs to look to the future while having an understanding of what is available and achievable within today’s technologies before we can adopt the ideas of the future and make real progress towards the roadmap’s key milestones of more efficient, higher quality and safer sites. We should use autonomous technology as a stepping-stone for the plan for tomorrow.

The urgent need to decarbonise is well-known; ridding the world of carbon pollution is no longer a pipe dream, but a job to get done. Green Power Systems are the exclusive distribution partners throughout the UK and Ireland for the Xelectrix power range of electrical and battery storage, manufactured in Austria. No electrification project can succeed without appropriate battery storage. Green Power Systems help businesses assess what is key to suiting each business and assist in choosing the right solutions for their site. Showcasing the company’s diesel generator hybridising and construction equipment charging technology, Green Power Systems’ vision of the construction site of the future included:

Ridding the world of carbon pollution is no longer a pipe dream, but a job to get done. Aidan McGeary Green Power Systems Ltd

• CO2 Reduction Leading the • Environmental discussion with Responsibility ideas about the • Diesel move towards Generator electrification Hybridisation, and a which is decarbonised massively future, Aidan positive for McGeary Aidan mcgeary, environmental explained how key green power systems sustainability electrification is to the ltd and cost of industry. The affordability operation as this of renewables makes leads to 50% fuel burn reduction direct and indirect electrification and massive emission and of heating, transportation and maintenance reductions some industrial processes possible.

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• Ability to utilise under-powered grids to meet requirements The plug-and-play technology is scalable, making it essential to providing power at peak times in the transition from dieselpowered to electric equipment. The wide product range ensures Green Power Systems can provide the correct size for any application, and the modularity allows the product to grow with sites as their own capabilities in electrification develop. Among many benefits, the Xelectrix power box with onboard inverter provides reduced maintenance costs; the power box takes over the generator during low-demand times. The power box works to reduce and eliminate peaks in consumption, ensuring the consumption curve is always in optimum range. In the Q&A session, Aidan McGeary shared that as the requirement for charging more electrical machinery continues, the grid isn’t large enough to cope with that in certain locations. This is where the Xelectrix technology steps in, providing off-grid and on-grid solutions and facilitating availability for construction operators to have more electric machines. With this, it is possible to create a micro-grid on a site where it can be combined with generators or renewable energy sources, which opens new realms of possibility for remote construction sites. Green Power Systems are trailblazing in providing adaptable green energy solutions for the construction site of the future, specialising in both off-grid and on-grid environments. →

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Event Review • The Digital Future Rob Oliver - CEA The Chief Executive of the CEA shared his expertise on the construction equipment market today, tomorrow, and the consequences of Covid-19. Rob Oliver began by outlining what digital means in the context of the industry: it is the use of digital technologies and digitized data to impact how work gets done, transform how customers and companies engage and interact. From things like AI to virtual and augmented reality, the digital landscape is vast.

2019 levels. Rob Oliver continued with an analysis of two important intertwined drivers in future sales. Build Back Better is a key idea in greener infrastructural investment campaigns both in the UK and North America. Carbon Neutrality is heavily driven due to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) scheduled in Glasgow later this year, in conjunction with the UK government ramping up their own decarbonisation targets since the announcement.

ONS estimate that construction accounts for 6% of economic output. CIOB report the real figure at “close to double” Circling back to the construction industry in the present, Rob Oliver presented data displaying the impact of the pandemic on construction contracting output in 2020. All construction output fell by 41% between March and April 2020, and over the course of the year, output fell by an estimated 12.5%. However, the Construction Products Association predict construction monthly output would return to pre-Covid levels in late 2021 with a predicted 26% upturn, under the scenarios of main (V-shaped) and W-shaped recovery. The latest figures of the previous quarter show a 30% uptake; the market has rebounded very strongly, and sales may top

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Construction is yet again chosen as a way of stimulating the economy for multiple reasons: • ONS estimate is that construction accounts for 6% of economic output. However, CIOB report the real figure at “close to double”. • £1 of construction output generates £2.84 in total economic activity (LEK). The data reflects how vital the construction industry is vital for the economic recovery of the country in the wake of the pandemic. The construction sector

is fortunate, as the government was supportive of keeping construction sites open and investing in infrastructure going forward. Further discussing roadmaps to recovery from both the UK government Rob Oliver and the European the cea Committee of Construction Equipment, pressures to decarbonise across the board demonstrate the need for the construction and plant sector to embrace digital technologies, as well as alternative energy sources. Due to predicted labour shortages of at least 10% as a result of fewer European guest workers, an increasingly digital site with new technologies filling the gaps will be essential to continue the positive trajectory of the construction landscape.

Owen Buttle - Merlo UK Ltd Owen Buttle, National Sales Manager for Merlo UK, discussed innovation and safety at Plant Planet: The Digital Future. Owen Buttle opened his presentation with a brief history of Merlo as he guided us through from when the company was initially founded in 1911 to Merlo’s first machinery products, a concrete mixer and dumper, to their first telehandler produced in 1981, which then developed into the first rotating ROTO telehandler in 1991.

The Digital Future • Event Review Focusing on innovation and safety horizon load within the construction sector, charge, in Merlo’s evolution continued addition to with their panoramic roto range, a 360-degree featuring 24 new models all with a birds eye new concept and design, upgraded view. The with Merlo’s mobility system. machinery also Amongst all the new technology demonstrated in these machines there is the an updated and James Ashford, Adaptive Stability Control System newly designed key account (ASCS): a complete attachment control panel, manager recognition system equipped with constructed to at Brigade an in-cab 10” digital screen that reduce setup Electronics Ltd displays the machine’s stability and time with an James Ashford spearheaded adapts the machine parameters automated Brigade Electronics his presentation at to the attachment fitted and system. The panel The Digital Future the working conditions. Using was divided into ltd conference with the genuine Merlo attachments, the three functional company motto: ASCS system demonstrated the groups, stabiliser Robust products for robust terrain. new multi-functional digital managements, cab lift He expressed the concern that display, which not management the phrase “come home safe” is only automatically and basic truck all too familiar to those working adjusts the management within the construction industry visual load chart covering brake workforce. according to the activation, load centre of the alongside steering On average, about 7 workers die attachment, but and activation each year as a result of accidents also in accordance and an upgraded involving vehicles or mobile with the Merlo mobility plant on construction sites, and EN1500, has load system providing a further 93 are seriously injured. bearing capacity geolocation Such incidents occur due to indicators. The and telemetry a variety of factors that pose presentation of machines. real dangers to the machinery showcased a Owen Buttle operator. Factors that compromise feature that is concluded his the visibility of the operators, unique to Merlo: presentation with including the size and weight owen Buttle as the machinery a sneak peek of of mobile plant equipment, low approaches potential their new all-electric merlo uk ltd lighting and adverse weather instability, the Merlo Telehandler: conditions can also cause hydraulic system the E-worker. The significant damage to plant restricting any aggravating new E-worker, designed in two equipment. movements will alert the operator distinct models: a two-wheel drive which movements are still models (2WD) and four-wheel James Ashford demonstrated accessible in accordance with the drive (4WD), has a lift capacity Brigade Electronics vehicle safety machine and operator safety. of 2.5 tonnes which can also be systems, which provide a solution recycled at the end of life. With through the fitment of both active Merlo continue to further advance over a century of expertise, Merlo and passive safety systems. These their technology within their line continue to look for new solutions systems provide benefits such as of roto range machinery, shown in the industry. giving all-around → through their new vertical and

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Event Review • The Digital Future visibility, allowing for the reduction in incidents on site, as well as the reduction in costs of insurance claims due to such incidents and the damage caused to plant machinery. Brigade exhibited their elite range of vehicle safety systems such as their passive safety monitors and cameras, along with their active safety equipment. The Backsense radar system demonstrated effectiveness through the optical detection systems and frequency modulated continuous wave radar technology, allowing the systems to give a more accurate detection of any potential danger ahead. In addition to this, Brigade’s white sound reversing alarm is dubbed the safest in the world due to its instant locatable and directional sound. Brigade Electronics focuses on selling a solution rather than just a product: their philosophy of “fit and forget” provides construction plant operators more peace of mind as the technology is

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Bill Hill - The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity concluded The Digital Future with a thought-provoking and touching call for the industry to support the mental, physical, and financial health of its workers and their families. Bill Hill spearheaded his presentation at The Digital Future conference with an introduction into the Charity including who they are and what they do. The Lighthouse Charity was designed to be a beacon of hope to everyone within the construction industry. Back in 1956, it was reported that the industry lost over 200 people a year to construction site fatalities, and whilst construction safety has come a long way, every year the industry still loses 3040 people to fatalities on site. Shockingly, the construction industry is the number 1 for suicides. Every working day in the UK and Ireland, 2 construction workers take their own lives. Bill Hill demonstrated the alarming statistics that dominate the industry, including major accidents, new or long-standing cases of work-related illnesses and even stress, anxiety, or depression accounts. Alongside this, Bill Hill presented the 70% growth in complex cases, alongside the number of accidents that

incapacitates workers rises to 2,000 every year, highlighting that the need for support within the industry is vital. Their mission is the ensure that “no construction worker or their family should be left alone in a crisis”, and that they should always have somewhere or someone to turn to. Last year, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity helped 2,400 families in crisis, as well as delivering an astounding £400,000 in helpline support and emergency financial aid, plus £562,000 leveraged benefits. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity also deliver three different services. Their 24/7 Construction industry helpline is an anonymous, confidential, and non-attributed phoneline to receive help and support. The latest Lighthouse Industry Helpline app has just been launched featuring various helpful guides to improving wellbeing and resilience. With a free suite of wellbeing courses that look into stress management, work/ life balance as well as mindfulness and building resilience, to develop employee wellbeing. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity was as very wellsuited presentation within The Digital Future as the conference took place at the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, highlighting that even simple technology can be used to assist and save lives within the construction industry. See just some of the feedback we received from this event overleaf.

The Digital Future • Event Review “The concept of discussing the future in a time that some may see no end to with COVID-19 still very prominent in the world, it was great to hear positive messages from people in the industry regarding innovation and future developments”

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caring for our coastlines • Topical Commentary

Caring for our coastlines In a previous edition of Plant Planet, we covered coastal protection work being carried out at Hengistbury Head in Dorset. The work along this coastline continues. David Chuck has been following the project. →

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CONTRACTOR Mackley Civil Engineering has started work on beach material redistribution, rock groyne repairs and rock armour reinforcements on Christchurch beaches in Dorset.

Rock groynes are being reshaped and groyne beacon posts are being repaired The work has been commissioned by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) and is scheduled to continue over a period of six weeks. It is quite a project ahead of the key tourist season. It involves beach recycling in four groyne bays between the popular Avon and Friars Cliff beaches, stretching to Highcliffe beach. Rock groynes are being reshaped and groyne beacon posts are being repaired across all beaches. The project also involves reinforcing the Steamer Point path with additional rock armour. Groynes were originally installed along the coastline in 1915. Groynes control beach material and prevent undermining of promenades and sea walls by interrupting wave action and protecting the beach from being washed away by longshore drift. Longshore drift is the movement of material along the shore →

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Topical Commentary • Caring for our coastlines by wave action. This happens especially when the waves approach the beach at an angle, which is why the continued maintenance of groynes is imperative in the process of controlling beach erosion. The six-week (estimated) project is being divided, allocating three weeks on the Highcliffe to Avon Beach areas, and a further three weeks to Mudeford Sandbank. Whilst the work is carried out, all beaches remain open to the public and the contractor can operate at any time of the day or night in order to be able to work with the most suitable tide levels. These beaches are some of the most popular and picturesque in Dorset, as can be seen in these images. To carry out this work, the contactor is using a variety of machines including a Hitachi Zaxis model 350 LC 35.3 Tonne excavator, which is fitted with an overload alert. Working with this excavator is a Bell model B30E 30 Tonne capacity 6-wheel dump truck, as the images show. For the rock repair operations to the groynes, the team are using a Komatsu model PC360 LC 36 Tonne crawler excavator fitted with rock grab. There was certainly a lot of action, and whilst on site, a 10 tonne Ausa dumper arrived, towing a fuel bowser to join the fray. Beach maintenance is very important and it is good to see BCP taking good care of these valuable assets to our British coastline, especially in times when ‘StayCation’ is King!

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Above & Beyond • Topical Commentary

Above & Beyond: Training for a career in high reach Kate Hutchison unpacks the qualifications required for operating high reach construction & demolition equipment.


demolition industry is a growing sector around the globe, driven by the need to modernise and reestablish communities. In recent years, the capabilities of high reach machinery alongside ultra-high reach demolition machines have increased dramatically, allowing for the increase of hazards among the demolition industry. Plant machinery can be subject to complex loading and various site conditions, and as a result, often requires specialised equipment and techniques, such as high reach machinery.

A great benefit of high reach forklifts, such as reach trucks and turret trucks, is their ability to safely and efficiently lift and retrieve heavy loads from extreme heights of up to 18m, which traditional counterbalance forklifts are unable to access. When used to their full potential, high reach forklifts can reduce costs by accommodating for narrower aisle widths. Obtaining a high reach forklift licence is an effective way of improving your career and advancing within the demolition industry. As a high reach forklift operator, you will need the classification of a Load-Shifting Order Picker: an LO license. This license requires separate

specific training. An LO license does not singularly apply to high reach machinery. Other LOclassified vehicles include turret trucks, load shifting order picker trucks, as well as high reach forklifts. Training on the safe and effective use of high reach machinery is delivered throughout all industry sectors across various uses, for example: multi-directional, outdoor use and high bay working with CCTV. LO licensed operators are also high in demand. Employers across the demolition industry actively seek out candidates with a readied LO licence due its potential to increase work efficiency, productivity and company profit, alongside →

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Topical Commentary • Above & Beyond the significant safety impact of reducing the probability of forklift-related accidents on site. Due to the extensiveness of the additional education required to operate this certain type of machinery, there are few who have acquired the skills and qualifications to operate LO classified machinery, meaning less job competition for the role.

range of structures. LO training covers a range of education such as fundamentals of admin and record-keeping, machinery operational controls, the physics behind its operation, proper loading and stacking procedure as well as the machinery’s maximum load capacity and limitations. The training will also tackle vital health and safety legislation regarding preventive maintenance and equipment inspection alongside the current government regulations and responsibilities related to forklift and high reach operation.

high reach machinery training can last as little as eight hours or up to a couple of days In 2011, the UK’s National Federation of Demolition Contractors joined forces with the National Demolition Training Group to offer the world’s first high reach excavator training course. The new course was said to bridge the obvious gap within the industry training provision. High reach machinery is almost universal on UK demolition sites today and training has failed to keep pace with the growing popularity. High reach machinery training can last as little as 8 hours or up to a couple of days, due to the extensive knowledge that must be educated regarding proper safety and operational practises. It is important that any new industry workforce employees are educated in being able to identify structural awareness and hazards such as falling debris or structural failure, as well as the procedure such machines follow when dismantling and demolishing a

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The most vital aspect of any machinery operation is safety. Working at height, particularly from high reach machinery which can reach heights of 15-30m, presents numerous risks. Falls from height account for 49% of fatalities and 18% of non-fatal injuries within the industry. Trainees must be educated about fall protection and prioritise the use of safety harnesses at all times to prevent accidents when operating a high reach forklift. High reach excavators are excellent solutions for tall structures. It is vital that high reach operators should be trained to an essential level of skill to ensure high reach machinery is operated efficiently, ensuring the industry is becoming safer and more productive in the process.

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