Plant Planet - June 2022

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Issue 22, June 2022

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11 Latest News

63 Event Review

24 Commentary

75 Event Review

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

There’s An App For That!

Plant Planet round up five apps set to streamline workloads within the construction industry.

28 Commentary

Improving Site Safety: Can Telematics Be The Answer? Akvile Peckyte takes a look at the telematics services helping the industry to drive up safety standards.

40 interview

Service Counts at Clee Hill Plant

While traditional values for customer service remain at the heart of the business, all eyes are firmly on the future. Rachel Lambert talks to its owner and managing director, David Hargreaves to find out more.

54 interview

L Lynch: Inspiring the Industry In the last issue, Rachel Lambert talked to Merrill and Rob Lynch about the company’s sustainability strategy. The L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage interview continues …

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Concrete Show 2022: Where Construction Meets the Concrete Industry LAMMA 2022: Highlights From This Year’s Agricultural Event David Chuck takes Plant Planet on a tour of just some of the machinery on display at LAMMA.

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Reaching New Heights at Vertikal Days 2022

David Chuck takes Plant Planet on a tour of the high reach event of the year.

85 Product Focus

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

100 Latest News 104 Fleet


The Secret Tool of the Waste Industry

108 How can

technological advancement aid safety in quarrying?

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Company Profile



Ferraro Group Continues To Expand Growth Strategy With SENNEBOGEN

120 How Technology

Can Unlock the Value of Waste On Site Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer of Advetec

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Engcon Becomes Partner in Electric Venture in World Rallycross Championship


the leading global manufacturer of tiltrotators, hitches and smart accessories for excavators, will be one part of the partnership behind the Construction Equipment Dealer Team, CE Dealer Team, competing in the electrified World Rallycross Championship series in 2022. It will be the first time the World Championship will be determined with fully electrified cars, which is a major step towards sustainability in the world of motorsport. “It suits us very well in the shift to electrification. We are currently launching our third generation of tiltrotators, which, among other things, have been developed for the growing market of electric excavators”, says Engcon’s CEO Krister Blomgren. We are also pleased that we are doing this together with several of the leading players in our industry and that Volvo Construction Equipment has become an official supplier to FIA World Rallycross, which makes our investment even stronger”, says Blomgren.

Stronger support network for Hiab customers RESPONSE

times for Hiab customers are to be further reduced with the introduction of 11 fully-bespoke service vans for repairs and maintenance assistance. The new vans are equipped with smart tracking technology to locate the nearest Hiab trained engineer, meaning support to keep cranes and handling equipment running safely and effectively will arrive in rapid time. The investment in new vehicles follows a similar investment just one year ago, pushing the fleet size up to just under 40 vans in total. Furthermore, an order has been placed for another eight vans.

Ashley Dallow, Depots Manager for Hiab, said: “After a challenging period, we are still seeing increased demand for our products which is testament to the strength of UK industry to bounce back. The last thing any business now needs is for More information on the upcoming series and the CE Dealer further downtime so we are making this investment in our support Team can be found here: www. fleet to help companies remain

operational. These vans will be at the frontline of our service network. “After all the ups and downs of recent years, businesses need to keep moving so its equally as important to select the right after-sales service as it is to buy the right product. We have a range of ProCare service agreements that can be tailored to Hiab equipment and business needs which includes repairs and maintenance services.” In recent weeks, Hiab unveiled a second ASC in South London and has further plans to open official service centres in the coming months as it steps up efforts to make trained engineers even more accessible for customers. Stuart Goodeve is depot manager at Hiab North, Northallerton, and he added: “The best way to protect your investment in Hiab equipment is to have it maintained by a Hiab-trained engineer. Our teams can repair equipment at the point of breakdown and the smart technology on board means we can get customers back to work as soon as possible.”

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Latest News SMT GB’s commitment to industry-leading products and service support has enabled the dealer to earn Collins’ loyalty along with the company’s trust in the new Volvo technology. “The team at SMT GB have given us a professional service for many years, ensuring high uptime and productivity from our Volvo equipment, and in effect helping to keep the company running. We want to stay at the forefront of the industry and so it means a lot to us to be the first in the UK to have the new Volvo EC300E Hybrids,” Warner said.

Collins Earthworks cuts emissions with UK’s first HVO Volvo EC300E Hybrid excavators


modifications were required for the excavators to accept this alternative taken delivery of the UK’s first Volvo fuel and they behave the same as if EC750E and EC950E excavators they were powered by diesel. and L25 Electric wheeled loader “Sustainability is an integral part from SMT GB, Collins Earthworks of our company ethos and profile, has added two more pioneering machines to its fleet, a pair of Volvo and so it is important to us to invest in hybrid and fully electric EC300E Hybrid excavators. solutions. We want to be the Featuring Volvo’s novel hydrauliccompany paving the way for other hybrid technology, these machines contractors towards carbon neutral harvest ‘free’ energy generated by the construction,” said Nathan Warner, downward movement of the boom site supervisor at Collins. to achieve 17% greater fuel efficiency Collins works nationally on some than conventional models – with of the country’s largest contracts, no trade-offs in controllability or operating more than 1,000 items of performance. plant. Around 85% of this equipment To further reduce their is Volvo as the earthmoving environmental impact, Collins specialist runs exclusively Volvo is running the EC300E Hybrid crawler and wheeled excavators, excavators – the first of their kind in articulated haulers, and wheeled the UK – on hydrotreated vegetable loaders, supplied by the brand’s oil (HVO) fuel, which decreases net distribution and service partner in CO2 emissions by up to 90%. No Great Britain SMT GB.

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Collins has put one of its EC300E Hybrids to work in a team of 10 Volvo crawler excavators and 23 articulated haulers – with more to come – on the SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton Gateway project next to the M1 Junction 15. Over three years, Collins will move 4,500,0003 of earth around the 480 acre site at a rate of 100,0003 per week in peak times to create plots for distribution buildings and a lorry park, a strategic rail freight interchange, acoustic bunds, and landscaped areas. The project also involves widening the dual carriageway and the construction of a by-pass around the village of Roade to minimise traffic congestion, along with the planting of 60,000 trees. “We have a lot of work to do, and everything has been precisely calculated at the tender stage, so productivity and fuel efficiency are crucial to us. Any small gains that we make cumulatively add up to a lot helping us to keep on schedule and within budget and to minimise our impact on local residents and the environment,” Warner explained.

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STRABAG relies on LIKUFIX® from Liebherr ONE

of Europe’s largest construction service providers, STRABAG SE from Austria, has been successfully using the fully hydraulic quick coupling system LIKUFIX® from Liebherr for several years now in addition to several Liebherr construction machines and attachments. STRABAG uses the fully hydraulic Liebherr quick coupling system LIKUFIX® for all existing and new Liebherr machines, as well as for most machines from other manufacturers. Apart from its comprehensive portfolio of earthmoving machines and material handlers, LiebherrHydraulikbagger GmbH also provides numerous attachments appropriate for the respective application, as well as different configuration levels of quick coupling systems.

been used successfully for several years at STRABAG. LIKUFIX®: Integral component of future machine equipment

The use of a hydraulic excavator together with a quick coupling STRABAG SE is an international system is a basic prerequisite European group, whose for economical, efficient and comprehensive range of services competitive use, says Rudolf includes structural and civil Arnold, Managing Director Sales engineering as well as road at Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger construction. In addition to GmbH. Liebherr offers three deep foundation machines and different configuration levels of tower cranes, the company also quick coupling systems: Apart uses various machines from the from mechanical quick coupling earthmoving division. Due to the systems for infrequent changes complex and versatile range of of attachments, the hydraulic services at STRABAG, a frequent quick coupling system is perfect change of attachment is generally for frequent changes. The quick unavoidable especially with coupler can be operated at the hydraulic excavators. Machine touch of a button; however, the operators regularly change the hydraulic lines must be manually attachment in day-to-day site work. connected and separated. With Therefore, for productive, efficient the fully hydraulic quick coupling and safe construction site operation system LIKUFIX® the attachment the fully hydraulic quick coupling change can be conveniently realised system LIKUFIX® from Liebherr has from the operator’s cab. Thanks

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to the combination of hydraulic quick coupler and LIKUFIX® coupling block, both mechanical and hydraulic attachments are quickly combined with the machine to create a powerful and highperformance unit. According to Martin Philipp, Head of Investment and Procurement at STRABAG BMTI GmbH & Co. KG, the majority of the wheeled and crawler excavators in new investments are equipped with the fully hydraulic quick coupling system LIKUFIX®. This concerns both Liebherr machines and machines from other manufacturers as the quick coupling systems from Liebherr can be used with machines from all manufacturers. For STRABAG it is a worthwhile additional investment as the efficiency of hydraulic excavators is boosted significantly thanks to the quick change of attachment.

On show at hillhead: The RK6 Stand - j8 Komplet Komplet build a range of crushers and screens that will work in any size of yard, ideal for those who might be tight for space, need high degrees of manoeuvrability or are looking to build an accessible hire fleet. The Krokodile shredder has been enjoying incredible success in the recent months and will be one of the lead machines on the stand. Weighing 14 tonnes, this twin shaft shredder is highly compact and flexible and is capable of producing up to 200 tonnes per hour (material dependent). RK6 have sold a number of these machines in the last few months and customer feedback has been very positive.

Alongside the Krokodile will be the Kompatto 221 the most compact and flexible screen in the Komplet range and is ideal for processing soil, compost and C&D waste. With a rapid set up time and

ease of use the Kompatto 221 is ideal for small scale operations or hire fleets. The Kompatto 221 has a 2200 x 1100mm screen box and is capable of producing 80 tonnes per hour (material dependent).

Nordmann RK6 offers the 19 tonnes jaw crusher, the T-750 from Irish manufacturer, Nordmann. With a 700 x 500 jaw and a diesel over electric power source. With a robust frame the T-750 can be ready to get to work just 10 minutes after being unloaded. The tracks offer high manoeuvrability, and the T-750 is capable of processing between 40 and 100 tonnes per hour, depending on the material.

CMB International CMB International produce the RC150 Rubble Crusher, a trailer mounted jaw crusher that can be towed by a standard 4x4, meaning it offers the highest flexibility in terms of sites it can be transported to and used on. Weighing just under 3.5 tonnes, the RC150 is fully road legal and allows for the processing of material directly on site, ideal for construction works and small scale C&D waste. This means reduced costs and greater recycling opportunities by re-using materials on site, reduced skip hire and extra aggregate costs and lower landfill costs. The RC150 has a jaw size of 650 x 350mm and is capable of outputting between 5 and 50 tonnes per hour, depending on material.

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environmental concerns at the top of the agenda, a leading provider of operated vehicle hire for the waste management sector has turned to Hyundai’s new generation A-series wheeled excavators to streamline processes at its waste recycling facility. Bristol-based PMG Services is committed to alleviating the environmental impact of its customers’ operations, from cleaning, to removal and safe disposal of waste, through to recycling of materials wherever possible. Last year it processed 18,000 tonnes of road sweeper and gully waste, diverting it away from landfill. The company purchased the Hyundai HW210A wheeled

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excavator for loading its recycling plants and lorries with the stone and sand that is produced from the plant for reuse in the construction industry and tidying up the yard – and it is a proving a vital tool for the company so far.

technology to make the operator feel in total control on any job site and in any application.

PMG Services Assistant Operations Manager, Paul McGuinness continues: “The cab in the new A-series is a lot As PMG Services Assistant more spacious and offers great Operations Manager, Paul visibility. You’re higher up so you McGuinness said: “We’ve become can see more. You’ve also got the highly dependent on the Hyundai 360-camera system with the radar HW210A wheeled excavator, it’s a which helps you to see who’s crucial cog in the wheel. Without it, around you. And it pings up when we would be lost!” someone comes into your space. With the bigger windows and more From its upgraded, low emission, glass, you can see further so you Stage V engine to its new, cuttingdon’t have to rely on the cameras edge cabin design, the HW210A but they provide great reassurance is the heavy-duty excavator that when needed. will help your operators achieve new heights of productivity. The “The controls in the Hyundai are HW210A has been designed with really smooth and sharp which is state-of-the-art features and great for when you’re operating.

Productivity is also really good with the machine. It’s a bigger machine and the bucket is bigger so you can carry more, load faster and it’s more powerful which makes the job a lot easier and quicker. “We’ve taken out the service package with Molson Group and they come and do the maintenance on the machine, and we do daily checks and make sure that the machine’s safe and operational. To do the data checks on the new machine is a lot easier. I would strongly recommend Hyundai; the brand was recommended to us and I would pass that on as we’ve had great service. To us Hyundai stands for reliability and user-friendly machines.” Joining the revolutionary Hyundai A Series excavator range, the HW210A is equipped with a fuel efficient Cummins B6.7 Stage V engine. Its compact 6-cylinder configuration delivers impressive power and performance with 31% more peak torque and 5% more peak power than its predecessor. Hyundai’s EPFC hydraulic system, in conjunction with variable power control, allows the machine to deliver the exact performance needed. The HW210A is the right machine for heavy-duty applications where manoeuvrability matters. Established in 1990 PMG Services is the largest provider of specialist operated vehicle hire in the SouthWest. Its impressive fleet of modern road sweepers and tankers provide the best possible provision for waste management services. With its own waste recycling facility at the heart of its operations in Bristol, PMG Services recycles all the waste it collects – from gullies to construction sites and industrial landscapes to domestic settings.


Hillhead 2022, Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe will showcase its comprehensive range of heavy line equipment that has been purpose built for the Quarrying sector. Headlining is the HX480AL 48-tonne crawler excavator which makes its first UK public appearance and will be at work in the demonstration area. Powered by a fuel-efficient Stage V Cummins engine, the new machine boasts the highest engine power and hydraulic flow on the market. Its increased pump size enables the machine to work at lower rpm for greater

fuel efficiency and there is no EGR valve requirement. 4-way proportional piping is available with hydraulic pressure and flow customisable on the cluster while the HX480AL’s stacked cooling system delivers improved cooling capacity. A reversable fan for automatic cleaning is a further boost in the demanding quarrying environment. Showcased on the stand will be a series of further products from Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe’s heavyduty wheeled loader, wheeled excavator and crawler excavator ranges – including the latest A Series models.

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New McCloskey C2C Compact Cone Crusher coming to Hillhead McCLOSKEY

will introduce the new C2C Compact Cone Crusher at Hillhead 2022, on the McCloskey International Stand, L1. Making its UK public debut at the show on 21-23 June 2022, visitors will have the unique opportunity get up-close to the latest addition to McCloskey’s cone crusher line up.

The new C2C offers operators a highly manoeuvrable, highly portable cone crusher, packed with features to maximise productivity. The new machine brings the power of the full-size MC200 cone to a compact footprint, with quality components, unrivalled ground level access, powerful engine, efficient conveyor design, and continuous load and material monitoring all standard features on the new model. Innovative material flow features ensure the new McCloskey C2C delivers high production rates; the large 6.2m3 (8.1yd3) capacity, Hardox® lined hopper, the

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unrestricted feed opening, the cone’s long stroke and high speed action, and the larger gap between the crusher discharge and main conveyor feeder all contribute to the C2C’s high productivity. The highest-quality end product is ensured from the multi-layer crushing action, which provides great capacity, better reduction and shape combined with less liner wear. Material can be stockpiled up to 3.3m (10’ – 10”) in height from the 48” wide main conveyor. Available from McCloskey Equipment, the C2C is designed to deliver maximum uptime for operators. The machine is highly mobile, both on-site and between locations, with remote control tracks providing maximum manoeuvrability for operators. Transporting and positioning the crusher is easy, and with the ability to be setup and ready to work in less than five minutes, the C2C maximises the efficiency of any project site.

Toni Laaksonen, Senior Vice President, McCloskey International commented: “We listened to producers who needed the power of a full-size cone, but also the ability to move their equipment easily on and around their sites. There has been no compromise in power or productivity with the C2C; it is a perfect example of leveraging the best features from our existing cone crushers, and adding mobility based on how our customers use the equipment every day.” Tim Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager, McCloskey Equipment, added, “We are excited to bring the new McCloskey C2C to the UK, and look forward to delivering this new machine to customers. We are confident our customers will immediately benefit from the C2C’s innovative design and class-leading feature set.” The C2C cone crusher will be formally introduced on 21-13 June 2022, on the McCloskey International Stand L1, at Hillhead 2022.

HILLHEAD 2022 The latest SMT Efficiency and Productivity boosting solutions

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Displaying for the first time in Great Britain

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BRAND NEW ELECTRIC VILLAGE Featuring the all-new Volvo EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric compact excavators and the L20 Electric compact wheeled loader.

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First Time for New Doosan Products at Hillhead 2022 DOOSAN

will be featuring a wide range of new products for the first time on the company’s Stand Number Z4 at the Hillhead 2022 Exhibition in Hillhead Quarry in Buxton in the UK from 21-23 June 2022. They include the latest versions of the company’s large crawler excavators from 36 to 53 tonne, the next generation of Doosan miniexcavators, the new DX100W-7 10 tonne wheeled excavator and a new range of compact wheel loaders, Alongside these products, Doosan will show the latest DL-7 wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks for the quarrying, mining and construction industries.

Increased Comfort and Controllability A number of new standard and optional features are now available on several large Doosan crawler excavators, including the DX350LC-7, DX380LC-7, DX420LC-7, DX490LC-7

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and DX530LC-7 models. The main changes are in the new cab, which takes operator comfort and ease of operation to the next level. Standard features include: • Keyless start (Doosan Smart Key) & remote door lock/unlock • Parallel wiper system covering a larger window area • Operator ID/Password functionality (setting operator authorization to modify parameters) • Remote diagnostics functionality • New Heating & Cooling seat (cooling is optional) • DAB audio + hands-free call system • 11 LED work lights as standard with 2 more optional • AVM - Around View Monitor with 360° cameras (Ultrasonic sensors are optional) In all the excavators, the Main Control Valve (MCV) has also been changed as standard to a Doosan

Mottrol MCV with no change in performance.

Next Generation Doosan MiniExcavators Hillhead provides the first look at selected models from Doosan’s next generation mini-excavator range, which currently includes the new DX27Z-7 2.8 tonne, DX35Z-7 3.9 tonne, DX50Z-7 5.4 tonne and DX55R-7 5.7 tonne Stage V compliant models. The zero tail swing design of the DX27Z-7, DX35Z-7 and DX50Z-7 and the reduced radius design of the DX55R-7 models make them ideal for confined space work. The DX27Z-7 and DX35Z-7 are powered by the Doosan D17 Stage V compliant diesel engine providing 18.4 kW (24.7 HP) of power at 2400 and 2200 RPM, respectively. The DX50Z-7 and DX55R-7 are powered by the Doosan D18 Stage V compliant diesel engine providing 36.4 kW (48.8 HP) of power at 2200 RPM. As a result, all four models offer the highest power and torque in their respective classes

and cover a wide range of applications including heavy duty work. A novel platform design featuring new upper structures has increased durability/robustness and this is complemented in all four new miniexcavators by a larger working range than other equivalent machines on the market, coupled with higher lifting capacities and digging forces.

between compactness and agility, complemented by excellent productivity and high-end comfort. It is very important that this type of machine can operate in very restricted areas, so the DX100W-7 can be equipped with the option of four wheel steering and a crabbing mode, with two wheel steering as standard.

As well as agility in confined spaces, the DX100W-7 offers the New High Performance 10 tonne highest safety and specifications on the market. The integral 1.35 Wheeled Excavator tonne counterweight ensures the Also featuring a new look design, highest stability for lifting work in the DX100W-7 10.7 tonne wheeled combination with the articulated excavator from Doosan make its debut boom and long arm, which together at Hillhead. The 10 tonne weight provide a larger working range than class represented by the DX100W-7 other machines in this class, despite is new to the Doosan range and the having similar boom and arm lengths. DX100W-7 offers a high performance The counterweight also has a novel solution for customers looking for a design, offering the best maintenance wheeled excavator designed primarily access in the industry, from the rear of for urban and road maintenance the machine and from ground level. applications. The articulated boom ensures that For this type of work, the DX100W-7 the operator is able to position the offers the best compromise machine as close as possible to trucks during loading. In addition, the

DX100W-7 offers maximised lifting capacities and digging forces, as well as satisfying a requirement in some countries for a wheeled excavator with a travelling height of under 4 m.

New Compact Wheel Loaders Doosan has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Netherlandsbased Tobroco-Giant, a leading manufacturer of compact wheel loaders for materials handling, construction, rental, agriculture and landscaping. Under the new agreement, selected compact wheel loader models are being manufactured by Tobroco-Giant in the orange colours of Doosan and being sold under the Doosan name through the brand’s European dealer network. As featured on the Hillhead stand, the partnership covers a total of five new Doosan compact wheel loader models, the DL60, DL65, DL80, DL85 and DL80TL, with operating weights from 3500 to 5000 kg. Just like their much heavier versions in the Doosan range, these new compact wheel loaders set the industry standard for productivity, flexibility, comfort, safety and reliability, with powerful Stage V engines, hydrostatic 4-wheel drive, 100% differential lock on both axles and versatile and powerful hydraulics.

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Modern and refreshed new look company logo and branding for Mr Plant Hire MR

Plant Hire, London based company specialising in the rental of equipment to the M&E industry as well as Lifting, Powered Access, safety at height training and Construction Plant and Tools, announced a new look and refreshed company logo and image today. The company felt that having undergone a change of leadership following the retirement of Martin Lawrence and the appointment of Steve King as the new Managing Director, the time was right to refresh its look and modernise its company image in readiness for the ambitious expansion growth plans that lay ahead. Established in 1981 Mr Plant Hire has long been seen as one of London’s leading independent hire companies operating from several locations in and around London. The company has grown from a single location focussing on traditional plant and tool hire, into a specialist hire company, adding powered access, specialist M&E equipment and specialist lifting solutions to its

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original offering. The company was acquired by AER Rents Group in 2014 but continues to operate as an independent hire company giving its customers the service, flexibility and care associated with a smaller business alongside the availability of an increased fleet holding supported by the AER Rents investment. The refreshed branding is centred on a new, more contemporary logo and updated colour palette which feature in our new website and will be seen over the forthcoming months appearing on our vehicle liveries and hired equipment as well as merchandise and signage across London. Steve King, Managing Director of Mr Plant Hire said “One of the big areas of improvement we identified when I joined the business was the image we portrayed to our customers, competitors, and prospective employees. Mr Plant Hire is a long-standing traditional business with a bold forwardthinking attitude and while the vision of the business and desire to serve our customers has moved well with the times the image and

branding hadn’t quite kept up. For this reason it was felt that the time and effort required to refresh our look was a good initial investment so that we could develop the right platform from which to take the business forward.” We are stepping forwards from our previous look, developed over several years, which had grown dated with the colour scheme feeling harsh and unsophisticated, the font not reflecting the type of business we wanted to be and the various logos confused and difficult to apply to our delivery vehicles and hire equipment. The updated brand follows the principle that less is more - simplicity and clarity lead to good design, reflecting the consistency and reliability of our service. We are extremely happy with the new look for our business and feel it demonstrates the solid, dependable, reliable business we have been for over 40 years… and aim to be for at least the next 40. Visit to explore the new website and see our new brand for yourself.


There’s an app for that!

There’s an app for that! Plant Planet round up five apps set to streamline workloads within the construction industry.


construction industry has increasingly been looking towards technology to solve problems that arise across all aspects of projects undertaken. In the past ten years, the number of mobile apps aimed at construction industry professionals has been steadily rising. This month, Plant Planet delves into five apps that can streamline work within the industry.

Reaching Heights: RAYCOnnect, Raycowylie RAYCOnnect by Canadian based RaycoWylie Systems is an app aimed to provide relevant and accurate information to optimise maintenance and operation of heavy equipment. Available with all RaycoWylie Systems products, RAYCOnnect allows users to access vital statistics and information about their cranes from a single, easy to use dashboard. The system allows for quick identification of issues, leading to avoiding unnecessary maintenance costs that may arise in the

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future, as well as accurate information to optimise operations. With features such as Live View, Diagnostics, GPS Location, and Preventative Maintenance, operators can be sure that running costs, safety, and plant maintenance are all under control.

A One Stop Shop for SME Builders: Trade Plant Hire The Trade Plant Hire App is designed to make equipment hire simple. With a service based on the needs, budget and location of tradespeople, the app offers a large pool of suppliers and equipment to choose from. Listing available stock with Trade Plant Hire is completely free. With no joining fee and no monthly subscriptions, hire

companies can simply sign up to the platform and upload their stock. The easily configurable inventory management solution allows stockists to keep track of hires, offer dynamic pricing, and check whether payments have been made, all under one platform. 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 app development and promotion.

Hubstaff’s scheduling features allow workers to see when and where they will be working by checking the app Time Efficient Timecards: Hubstaff Hubstaff is a start-up aimed at helping teams work smarter. With many construction companies working across multiple work sites, the task of keeping track of where workers are, what specific jobs they’re working on, and how these aspects impact your business can be time consuming. With an app that each member of a team can download, site managers can keep track of each worker’s time and location using GPS technology. With the option to Geofence job sites, workers can automatically be clocked in and out when they enter and leave a created site. Alongside this, Hubstaff’s scheduling features allow workers to see when and where they will be working by checking their Hubstaff timecard within the app. As for the admin, the app can create automatic timesheets that are sent to manager’s email daily, as well as breaking down how much time is spent on specific apps to aid accurate budgeting for labour costs. →

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Improving site safety

Improving Site Safety: Can Telematics Be the answer? Akvile Peckyte takes a look at the telematics services helping the industry to drive up safety standards.


recent years, the use of telematics on construction sites has sharply increased, but how can it act in maximising the safety and performance of a fleet? In this article, we consider how a safer site is a connected one, and what role telematics can play in this.

Improving operator habits According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on average, each year, about 7 workers die as a result of accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites, and a further 93 are seriously injured. To minimise the risk of serious accidents on site, improved visibility of all staff and vehicles on site and the reduction

of unnecessary movement can be achieved through the utilisation of telematics. A centralised telematics management system provides detailed insight into vehicle and driver performance, which can improve driver safety by preventing collisions. Furthermore, a computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) can reduce breakdowns by alerting operators on when it is time to perform maintenance, which leads to decreased vehicle downtime and improves productivity.

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Improving site safety

which allow fleet managers to keep track of any potential problems that may arise, and encourage operators to undertake safe procedures.

HSE and the Department for Transport commissioned a report into the use of vehicle safety technologies, and found that telematics systems have significant potential safety Their systems alert fleet managers benefits, although rigorously tested about potentially dangerous data in the field is still limited. They persistent driver behaviour, such as suggest that to have an impact on speeding or harsh braking, allowing safety, the adoption of telematics for greater transparency. Teletrac “relies on procuring systems Navman introduces driver scorecards, that match needs, managing the

with the use of telematics data site managers can point out positive change, such as saving fuel.

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potential for data to overwhelm and embedding monitoring and driver feedback within good management systems and strong safety leadership”.

Introducing technology to help, not to hinder It is important to consult both workers and managers when introducing new telematics technology, as having everyone on site on board with the change will result in higher usage rates and consequently, improve safety. Telematics exist to assist vehicle operators, rather than just punish undesirable behaviour; with the use of telematics data, site managers can also point out positive change, such as saving fuel, or an ongoing streak →

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Commentary → without injuries or accidents. Change begins with culture - every person on site wants to finish the day without injury, which is why the use of telematics can make it easier to keep safety at the forefront.

Theft and misuse of equipment Telematics can hinder unauthorised access to equipment, as many solutions now adopt individual use codes, which allow only trained personnel to access a vehicle or a control system. GPS tracking and geofencing, which are increasingly commonly used in construction plant, are also vital to ensuring the

Improving site safety safety of both people and plant on site. If a vehicle is not where it is expected to be, management can be immediately alerted and take action.

Automating data collection for compliance and management Insuring a construction site is costly, but the adoption of telematics can simplify administrative dealings. Fleet managers can track exactly where an operator was at a given time, as well as their behaviour. This granular data can be actioned into coaching to improve driver behaviour, and it can also prove that risk has been actively minimised to insurers. By documenting

Fleet managers can track exactly where an operator was at a given time, as well as their behaviour.

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everything that occurs on the construction site, fleet managers can devise action plans to improve specific behaviour and identify potential shortcomings. Insurance companies will look positively towards this, and it can lead to lower premiums. Furthermore, being able to access separate streams of data under a singular umbrella of site telematics allows management to stay on top of multiple ongoing projects, meaning that all workers, materials, and plant are managed efficiently. Prediction of behaviour and prevention of human and machine error are all key to safety, and telematics make them easier to put into action than ever before.










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Hillhead 2022

Hillhead 2022: Let the show begin Hannah Bounford unpacks just some of the upcoming action at the UK’s largest show of its kind.


21st – 23rd June 2022, Hillhead Quarry in Buxton will once again play host to the UK’s largest quarrying, construction, and recycling exhibition. Hillhead 2022 is one of the most anticipated returns to the heavy machinery and plant exhibition calendar, following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. With three days of live demonstrations,

over six hundred exhibitors and thousands of products on display, there’s a lot to unpack before the show begins. This issue, Plant Planet explores some of the unmissable action that’s promised at the event of the year. The show really is bigger than ever, with record numbers of exhibitors attending for the first time since the show began. This year’s event sees the return of all the major construction industry players, including: SMT GB, Wirtgen, Case,

The show really is bigger than ever, with record numbers of exhibitors attending for the first time since the show began

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JCB, Kubota, Marubeni-Komatsu, Rubblemaster, Finning, Liebherr, Bomag, Yanmar, Doosan, McCloskey International, Hyundai, Terex Finlay, Bell Equipment, and Hitachi. Joining these big names, newcomers including Liugong, Sany, Hidromek, and Global Recycling, will be exhibiting at Hillhead for the first time.

Four dedicated demonstration areas will host companies showing off their range of equipment for visitors to explore up-close Four dedicated demonstration areas will host companies showing off their range of equipment for visitors to explore up-close. Over thirtyfive of these impressive machines will be located within the Quarry Face demonstration area. As one of Hillhead’s biggest attractions, this area has been carefully prepared following EPC-UK drilling and blasting two sections of the quarry face in April. →

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→ This process has produced around 30,000 tonnes of run-of-quarry stone for equipment demonstration purposes at the show. In this area, a range of machinery will be put through their paces, from large excavators, and face shovels over 40 tonnes, hydraulic breakers, large wheel loaders, rigid and articulated dumptrucks, and crushing and screening buckets, all from the likes

of Case, SMT GB, Doosan, Hitachi and Liebherr. In the Rock Processing demonstration area, also known as ‘Crusher Alley’, visitors will have the chance to witness a range of tracked and skid mounted crushers and screens, scalping grids,

and stockpiling conveyors. These demonstrations from companies such as McCloskey International, Powerscreen, and Terex Finlay, will be fed by material extracted from the Quarry Face demonstration area. →

In the Rock Processing demonstration area, also known as ‘Crusher Alley’, visitors will have the chance to witness a range of tracked and skid mounted crushers

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Commentary → Meanwhile, over in the Recycling demonstration area, construction and demolition waste will be imported onto the site to feed a range of specialist crushers, shredders, and screens. These, alongside a selection of excavators, wheeled loading shovels, site dumpers, breakers, and screening buckets, will be supplied by companies such as Barford, Warwick Ward, and Herbst Machinery.

Hillhead 2022 areas and has been further developed ahead of this year’s show. As the largest show of its kind in the UK, Hillhead has continued to grow and evolve since it’s inception 40 years ago. The organizers of Hillhead 2022 have confirmed an ambitious site-development programme for this summer’s event, which will see hardwired fibre-optic broadband installed strategically across the showground. The new solution will deliver three times the bandwidth provided at the last event, increasing capacity from 300mb to more than a gigabit.

As the largest show of its kind in the UK, Hillhead has continued to grow and evolve since its inception 40 years ago. Finally, the Registration demonstration area features rock processing and recycling equipment being put to the test under the most demanding conditions. This is the newest of the four demonstration

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Event director Richard Bradbury explained: ‘The application of digital tools in quarrying and construction

is becoming increasingly prevalent, so it’s important that Hillhead keeps ahead of the curve, enabling our exhibitors to showcase the latest technology available to the industry. ‘This investment will allow exhibitors to book more powerful internet packages at a lower cost than before. Free Wi-Fi hotspots will also be available around the site for visitors to download their e-mails and go online.’ ‘We would also like to thank our Wi-Fi sponsor for 2022, Spillard Safety Systems who will be launching their next generation Spillard.Live, a video telematics and management platform built from the ground up for the industries they support’.

Hillhead 2022 runs from 21-23rd June 2022 at Hillhead Quarry in Buxton, UK. Be sure to pick up your own copy of Plant Planet’s 2022 Hillhead Map with our must-see companies from stand E21.


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Service Counts at Clee Hill Plant Clee Hill Plant Ltd has a 50-year heritage behind it. While traditional values for customer service remain at the heart of the business, all eyes are firmly on the future. Rachel Lambert talks to its owner and managing director, David Hargreaves, to find out more.


Hargreaves is not one to put himself in the limelight. A modest man by nature, the former chartered accountant is almost apologetic for being the subject of this interview, saying that he normally keeps a low profile in the industry. But, David Hargreaves has some interesting eco-friendly innovations in the pipeline, a selection of which are being showcased on the Clee Hill Plant stand at Hillhead 2022. It is one of the reasons we have pressed him to come out of his ‘comfort zone’ and ‘share all’ in this interview with Plant Planet.

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David says, “I suppose the honest answer is that I didn’t want to be a bean counter anymore! I wanted to be in a profession that influenced change for the future, rather than accounting for actions in the past, so I moved into industry instead.”

David Hargreaves, managing director, Clee Hill Plant Before we explore that in more detail, we rewind the clock back to 1984; the year that David qualified as a chartered accountant. I’m curious to know what made him leave that profession and enter the world of construction plant hire.

His accounting and economics background has stood him in good stead. David made his industry debut as Group Financial Accountant with a Chesterfield based company called Anglo United PLC, which was involved in open cast coal mining through a subsidiary business called Coal Contractors. Following Anglo’s asset swap in 1986 with Northern Strip Mining (NSM PLC) which was also involved in open cast coal mining, there emerged an enlarged

having made the move from Hewden Stuart. David and Derek quickly formed a business relationship, and over the next few years became good friends.

meant we needed support from banks and venture capitalists. I have to say, the likes of Dunedin, Lombard and NatWest were very supportive in helping us with the MBO.”

The coal industry at the time was declining and David recalls how it became increasingly difficult to obtain planning permissions, sell the coal produced, and stay profitable. In 1989, NSM had acquired Clee Coal Contractors and Clee Hill in Hill Plant from the Plant family. the UK were both staying afloat, but Clee Hill, whilst incorporated as a ultimately it was NSM’s American limited company in 1965, can trace operation together with an ill-advised its roots back much further; to 1876, purchase of a South Wales deep in fact, when it started as a haulage mine in 1995 which placed the PLC contractor using steam traction in financial difficulty in 1996. Always engines and progressed in 1922 into plant hire and contracting and became fascinated by plant and machinery, known as The Clee Hill Transport and and with a firm belief they could take Clee Hill Plant to “the next league”, Rolling Company. One of the open David and Derek discussed the cast coal mining sites happened to be possibilities of a management buyout. behind the site where Clee Hill was The MBO of Clee Hill Plant was based in Ludlow. At the time, Clee completed nine months later, in May Hill was operating nationally but on 1997. a much smaller scale and employed about 30 people. This was when David “Clee Hill had a long trading history, says he first became aware of Clee Hill but the new Plant. entity effectively made us a In 1990, Derek McSwiney joined ‘newco’ which Clee Hill Plant as Managing Director

At the time of the acquisition, Clee Hill Plant had a turnover of £2.5 million operating out of one depot in Ludlow. Fast forward to 2022, and the company now turns over in excess of £20 million, employing 190 people in nine depots across the UK, with the head office in Chesterfield.

Coal Contractors Ltd. David, moved from the holding company to Coal Contractors to become Financial Controller in that same year, and in 1991 was promoted to Financial Director & Commercial Director to Coal Contractors and several other companies in the Group; a combined role that continued until 1996.

When Derek, the senior of the two partners by 15 years, decided to retire from Clee Hill Plant in 2006, it left David with a dilemma. “I don’t mind admitting I was at a crossroads. We had three, maybe four depots at the time, and were much smaller than today, so it did raise the question as to whether I should bow out too. It felt quite daunting to take it on myself, without Derek in the frame. But thankfully, I decided I →

with a firm belief they could take Clee Hill Plant to “the next league”, David and Derek discussed the possibilities of a management buyout.

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Interview → would go for it, and then started the building the dream of taking Clee Hill Plant to the Premier league. We’ve come a long way since then. I haven’t done it single-handed; we have a great team in place, many of whom have been with the business for a long time and together, we have achieved a record turnover.” It has certainly been an upwards and onwards journey. Today, Clee Hill Plant is recognised as a leading construction plant hire company, and the largest hire company in the UK of non-operated compaction and surface dressing equipment supplying customers in construction, civil engineering and road maintenance.

Clee hill plant and markets that we understand, and explore opportunities within those markets. It is how we have earned the reputation we have today in the industry. Customers know they can rely on us.” Indeed, the company ethos is “Committed to Service in Everything We Do”. This has extra credence for Clee Hill Plant given the specialist customer base.

“If a customer has a whole lot of asphalt to put down, they need to know that the plant they are hiring is reliable, or if they do encounter an issue, that they have the reassurance of a quick response. It could be a major motorway project, with penalties for late completion. The David is a firm believer that demands for our customers involved “specialism pays”. in surface dressing are also much “I have learnt over the years that it’s greater, and more critical, than the best to stick to what you know best, expectations for say a housing site. which is why I have been keen for Clee It is essential that we are always on Hill Plant to focus on the customers standby in the event of a breakdown, and geared up

the company ethos is “Committed to Service in Everything We Do”. This has extra credence for Clee Hill Plant given the specialist customer base

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to react without delay. It is a different type of pressure.” David concedes that there is always room for improvement, describing himself as the kind of person who never rests and always striving for better. He has great respect for his loyal team, many of whom have evolved their careers within the business. David gives an example of Steve Gilbert, who is now Operations Director, but worked his way up the company ladder having started as a hire controller. He also has much gratitude for Mel Hunt, Business Excellence and Strategy Director, describing him as a very good strategist with a lot of business experience, whom he considers a mentor and is very supportive. Completing the senior team is Paul Coxon, Sales Director who joined the Company from a national plant hirer in 2019, just prior to covid but is already making his mark. “I have always been a great believer in apprentices (we’ve currently got about 20) with the same number again

clee hill Management buy out in may 1997

who have completed apprenticeships. They have been fundamental to our company growth” This leads him on to talk about some of his frustrations in the industry. “Recognition of our industry deserves a much higher profile than it gets. I have always campaigned for apprenticeships, and more support and incentives to recruit, train and develop people in the industry. There is a general lack of support, stemming from the government and education system. Not everyone wants to go to university and be academic, but equally they are not encouraged to look at apprenticeships and construction plant either. Some people are much more suited to more practical professions, and they deserve encouragement, with a much greater choice of training courses that are specific to our industry. We’re moving on in the industry and have made great strides with much more to come but try for example finding training courses for our engineers with an electrical or electronic emphasis, there is nothing, the closest is automotive. The CITB has not moved with the times. “I have challenged the CITB and the CPA in the past to do more. It frustrates me when people say, ‘why did you give up your chartered accountant profession to go into construction?’ as if it was a foolish move. I may be an accountant by training, but that doesn’t make me any better than for example my brother who is a skilled builder. Skilled people should be encouraged, recognised, and rewarded in whatever profession they are in.” Of course, there are other challenges too; supply chain issues and cost pressures feature highly. David believes that we, as a nation, should have done more in terms of security

of supply, saying that “we have been too reliant on other countries as our dependence on Ukraine and Russia is currently highlighting.” This was also raised by him in the 1990’s with Government and civil servants in relation to coal and the Energy market but sadly this fell on deaf ears and it was left to market forces at the time. The move from red diesel, everincreasing customer expectations, and Health & Safety demands, especially so with Highways, are cited by David. He describes “plant as being the whipping boy when it comes to cost and that more pre-planning and forward thinking in the industry is required.”

Intelligent battery management ensures level charging and monitors each battery unit, and minimises any power wastage through lighting, idling, or heating, to maximise running time.

“We’ve converted the Hamm to run on batteries and made some other modifications to improve the design, such as accessibility to the roof, giving the ability to work from within the cab, removing the dangers from working at height from outside. Front view visibility from the cab was always a problem, but we have sloped the nose, which improves this considerably Also we have improved the steps to the rear which makes “We need to learn from past mistakes getting into the machine easier. so we can prepare for the future. Local supply chains surely have to come into the equation to shore up security of supplies, while Also being launched at Hillhead also reducing our carbon footprint. from Clee Hill Plant’s stand is a Brexit and the current conflict in redesigned TEX Bristowe chipper, Ukraine should be a wake-up call equipment traditionally used for restarting manufacturing and alongside the deadweight roller. engineering in the UK so we can be more self-sufficient.” David explains that they have been

“Skilled people should be encouraged, recognised, and rewarded in whatever profession they are in.”

Environmental issues and sustainability feature highly on Clee Hill Plant’s agenda. So much so, they have some exciting innovations to unveil from their ‘green-themed’ stand at Hillhead displaying a variety of machines that have been converted to zero-emission battery power. David and his colleagues have been working with a team of experts in this field, and it’s something he is very proud to have been involved in. Taking centre-stage is a batterypowered Hamm HW90 deadweight roller which can run for an 8-hour day and be fast charged in 3 or 4 hours.

working in conjunction with TEX to develop an improved hopper set-up, with a reshape that provides better all-round vision. Enhancements have been made in other areas including secondary braking modifications, hydraulic gates adjustment, new engine and pump cowling for easier servicing, and a servo activated clutch. There will also be a selection of other eco-friendly products on show including a ‘green’ welfare unit from Boss Cabins a battery powered excavator and dumper from JCB as well as a solar powered tower lights and a Kubota RO70 wheeled loader. →

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Clee hill plant

Clee Hill Plant has been, and continues to be, a successful company driven by its commitment to service → So, what does David do when he isn’t working? He laughs as he says, that 95% of this time is spent in the business but goes on to say, that he is an avid supporter of Chesterfield Football Club. David’s other interest is property, and he and his wife Rhonda who also works in the business is in the process of renovating a 19th century house which is steeped in history. Failing this he has always got the grand children who live next door to bring him down to earth! “I’m a Chesterfield man and have always lived locally. I like to travel, and have recently been to Egypt and Lanzarote, but I’m always keen to get back to my roots. There’s nothing flash about me!” Clee Hill Plant has been, and continues to be, a successful company driven by its commitment to service,

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Hamm deadweight in final stages of prep for Hillhead 2022 which David attributes to ‘the people who

work in the business’. “It is a team effort, without a doubt. We like to be fair and reward those who work for us, so we can all benefit. We want good, likeminded people to stay with us, and I think it’s why we have so many longstanding employees.

David sums up by saying of the industry: “I like the people inside and outside the business; our customers and our suppliers. I also like plant – a lot! Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked, and I have the same level of enthusiasm now as I did when we first acquired Clee Hill Plant. I’m excited for its future.” Clee Hill Plant Ltd will be exhibiting at Hillhead 2022, 21st to 23rd June, on Stand S4.

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Merlo Group:

A focus on Family, fast service, & the future Hannah Bounford catches up with Shaun Groom, General Manager at Merlo UK Ltd, to discuss all things Merlo; from their investment in employees, to the £750,000 Investment in the UK Parts and Training Development


has already proved to be a busy year for Merlo Group. This is not news for the Ringwoodbased UK branch — although the Covid-19 pandemic saw many businesses within the construction sector put projects on hold, resulting in a drop in demand for machinery, agriculture was very much still running. As a result, Merlo UK have remained operational over the past two years, continuing to supply clients with machinery and

Shaun Groom, General Manager Merlo UK unparalleled aftersales care. This issue, Hannah Bounford learns more about the focus of the family-run business: the customer aftersales journey, the investment the Merlo family puts into its workforce, and what’s in store for this year and beyond. For many businesses, the last two years saw a decline in demand

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for machinery, with many entering ‘survival mode’. On the contrary, Merlo UK has been moving full steam ahead with investments in sustainability, machinery, and aftersales care. Shaun Groom, General Manager at Merlo UK Ltd, says “the investment in infrastructure, particularly in the last 12 months or so has really come to bear. The demand for equipment and the demand for support has gone on to grow from there.” Shaun joined Merlo UK during the pandemic. Since then, he and his team have been overseeing the improvements to the UK Parts and Training departments. In 2021, a £750,000 Investment in Merlo’s UK Facilities took place, seeing a brandnew training centre built on the grounds of the company’s head office in Ringwood. Shaun comments:

“We started literally from the ground up, it’s a completely new build. It’s a big commitment and investment for the family in the UK facility, which really underlines their commitment to the UK for the long-term. Our principal aim is to train our technicians and our dealer networks. We’ve got over fifty dealers across the UK, and we’re scheduled to have around more than three hundred technicians through the facility in these first 12 months. We run up to around a dozen technical courses for our technicians.”

Above & Below: Before and after the building of merlo’s uk parts & training facilities

He adds, “We are also looking to bring customers in, particularly for operator training on some of our more complex models. It will give us the opportunity to present new models and the technology in the right kind of environment. As we move into the realms of telematics and remove vehicle monitoring, the connected world is a new space for all of us.” →

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Cover Story → Training within the facility commenced on 10th January 2022, with UK Training Manager Nigel Perrin at the helm of operations. The facility lends itself to both in person and virtual training, with options available for remote learning and hybrid training. The current training calendar offers a wide range of courses, ranging from Machine Installation to Electrics and Diagnostics.

Merlo Group Alongside the training facility, Merlo UK has invested in and expanded their parts department with the view to provide the best possible customer service to their dealer network. The investment saw the facility become a Customs Bonded Warehouse. This allows Merlo UK to use CFSP (Customs Freight Simplified Procedures) to bring spare into the UK without experiencing any delays in customs at the ports and airports. Shaun explains:

Merlo UK has invested in and expanded their parts department with the view to provide the best possible customer service to their dealer network

“We’re shipping close to 90% of our daily parts orders out of

our UK warehouse. Someone today can order a part as late as 5:30pm and have it before 8:00am the next morning. We’re focused on trying to give the very best in after sales support.” The launch of Merlo’s Generation Zero range of equipment has generated a greater need for this kind of training within the UK dealer network. As Merlo UK extends its range of new electric machinery, the need for training to ensure customers are delivered the utmost in aftersales and care will continue to grow. Shaun explains: “At Merlo, our exciting new venture is Generation Zero. Going

Shaun Groom, Mr Paolo Merlo (Merlo Group CEO), and Massimo Biei (UK Area Export Manager) formally open the Merlo UK Training Centre, alongside Training and Product Development Manager Nigel Perrin (far right).

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fully electric requires a great deal of training and initial support because it’s a new way of powering vehicles. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it’s the biggest change since introduction of the internal combustion engine. There’s a very clear move from Merlo Group to introduce a range of machines in the next few years that will be completely emission-free.” This move towards emission-free vehicles from Merlo is no doubt in response to the ever-growing climate crisis. Many companies are looking to incorporate machinery that is zero emissions at the point of use, especially given the UK Government’s goals to become net-

zero carbon. However, for family-run Merlo Group, this drive is motivated from a much more personal position. As Shaun puts it: “I think we’ve all got to have an eye on the future. We owe it to the next generation. We can’t just stick it in a hole and bury this stuff. We can’t be in a situation where we’re greenwashing for the sake of here and now.”

driver comfort, reduce the impact on the surrounding environment, and increase the safety of Merlo’s Generation Zero range: ZERO emissions, ZERO noise, and ZERO use of fossil fuels. Since then, customer feedback on the machine has been positive, Shaun explains:

“I think we’ve all got to have an eye on the future. We owe it to the next generation.”

Launched in December 2021, the eWorker is the first machine in Merlo’s Generation Zero range, based on three key pillars to enhance

“I think there’s a perception that an electric machine will never perform as well as a diesel one. But everyone’s been quite taken aback →

The Merlo eWorker

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Cover Story → by the eWorker; by how adaptable, powerful, agile, and resourceful our machines are. If you put it on a typical eight-hour charge overnight, it’s going to give you an eight-hour cycle time the next day, before you need to recharge, which is practically unrivalled in the industry at the moment. The demand and the interest are phenomenal - I don’t use that word lightly.” “There are very motivated people investing in environmentally friendly technology. And from our point of view is great, it’s very encouraging. But this won’t be a one-off for Merlo, that’s why we call it Generation Zero. The eWorker is just the first step in that journey.” Investing in the future is not a new concept for Merlo Group. 87-yearold Amilcare Merlo, known widely as Mr Merlo, prides himself on the company’s investment in its staff. Despite his age, he can often still be found speaking with engineers inside of the Merlo Factory in Cuneo, Italy. Shaun reflects on the benefits of a family-run business: “Our customers appreciate that it’s a business that can be quite agile and can respond. As for our staff, they feel valued. When we had a visit from the family earlier in the year, they knew everyone on first name terms. That goes a long way. When we’ve come through a period like Covid, the →

Main image: Merlo Telehandlers at MERLO HQ in CUNEO Top Right: Mr Amilcare Merlo in front of Merlo’s first telehandler, the SM30 Centre Right: National Sales Manager Owen Buttle speaks to UK Press about the ROTO range Lower Right: Nigel Perrin celebrating 25 years with Merlo 50 • June 2022 • Plant Planet

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Cover Story → family do all they can to support and ensure our staff remain employed and fully utilised.

Merlo Group of being relatively agile as a family business, to respond to trends and changes in the market.”

“At Merlo, we’re only limited by our own thinking. We’re always keen to explore new opportunities, and new areas of the market” We are probably one of the most automated factories in our sector in Europe, with a big investment in robotics, particularly for welding. But if we implement a robot to carry out a process, we don’t make anyone redundant. Those employees are redistributed in the business — that’s a family view. When your family owned, the family can make a decision one day and act on it the next. So that’s one of the big benefits

As for what’s in store for the second half of 2022 and beyond, Shaun explains:

“We’ve reorganised our dealer network and are committed to having a dedicated construction network. We’ve certainly seen an immediate growth in our construction business, and we look set to see that continue through the latter part of this year. We are very encouraged by what we’re seeing in terms of some of the big infrastructure projects going on. There is demand for equipment. There’s certainly demand for

technology, with telematics and connected equipment. We live in a world today where with those kinds of devices, we can drive efficiency from our products. For us right now, the very exciting part is Generation Zero. We’ll be looking forward to launching more elements of that later this year. With Bauma coming up later this year, we’ll be launching to the international market. At Merlo, we’re only limited by our own thinking. We’re always keen to explore new opportunities, and new areas of the market. Already, the launch of the eWorker has brought us into new spheres of the market like holiday parks and campsites, where a zero emissions, zero noise machine really has got a place.” To see more from Merlo UK, visit:

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L Lynch: Inspiring the industry In the last issue of Plant Planet, Rachel Lambert talked to Merrill and Rob Lynch about how the family business has evolved and the company’s ambitious Net Zero Carbon 2040 sustainability strategy. The L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage interview continues …


spent several hours in the company of Merrill and Rob Lynch for our first feature, I find myself smiling inwardly, because I am sure our second session will be filled with the same enthusiasm and positivity that was so abundant when I met the two brothers for the first time. I’m not disappointed. While we covered Lynch’s Net Zero 2040 sustainability strategy in detail in the last issue, one initiative that is supporting this eco-journey is the Sustainability and Digital Alliance. →

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Interview → “We are so delighted with the uptake and success of this alliance,” says Rob. “We invite customers and tier one contractors to join suppliers of digital and sustainable solutions for a whole day to discuss a variety of topical issues specific to our industry. It’s a small group, but it works very well.” Merrill and Rob explain that digitisation is transforming the way they work on site, from reducing fuel emissions to improving safety, saying that Lynch is always driving innovation. “Our Sustainability and Digital Alliance is all about collaboration. It’s about linking likeminded peers, sharing knowledge, discussing challenges, and gaining different perspectives from people who are

L Lynch: Inspiring the industry the real ‘doers’ in the industry, the people who understand what is important on a practical level. The challenges are great, and we believe together we can make a difference, by collaboratively addressing the complexities of digitalisation and sustainability and finding tangible solutions.”

This foresight and commitment to digital innovation is serving Lynch Rob explains that the ‘small meeting well. It was announced in May that room format’ is proving much more L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage has effective than larger conference been shortlisted for this year’s Digital style events, which are less personal Construction Awards, due to take with fewer opportunities for group place on 12 July. Lynch is a finalist discussion. Machine control, in both the ‘Digital Innovation alternative fuels, electric and hybrid in On-site Productivity’ category technology are just a few examples of for its role in the Black Potts Weir some of the subjects that continue to Flood Alleviation Scheme with BAM be discussed by Lynch’s Sustainability Nuttall, and the ‘Delivering Net Zero and Digital Alliance. with Digital Innovation’ category for carbon reduction exercises with SCS “We are so excited to have created JV. this alliance. We are At the time of our interview, Lynch bringing was also busy with a Sustainability

“We believe together we can make a difference, by collaboratively addressing the complexities of digitalisation and sustainability.”

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people together on a regular basis to talk about the huge challenges in a setting that allows quality time, with the right people who can really make a difference in developing industrywide solutions. This is where real change happens.”

Roadshow, which started in April and continued into May.

We are now rolling out the same ecodriver training model to the rest of our customers. There is no financial gain to us, we are doing it because it is the right thing to do.”

people who want to work in “a high-achieving environment where excellence in the only option”. “There are so many exciting That may be so, but they are very developments at the moment,” supportive of any individual who says Merrill. “We have been shows ambition, or a willingness presenting our Net Zero Carbon Similarly, Lynch also co-hosted to work hard and learn. It is one of 2040 plan to our customers a workshop with SCS JV in May the reasons why training and career through a series of Sustainability involving 50 SMEs working on development plays a huge role in Roadshows, collaborating with their the HS2 project. The event – SCS the strategic direction of the Lynch environmental teams to reduce Railways Supply Chain Enterprise business, especially when it comes to fuel usage and on site emissions, Academy - was focused on ‘One Team operator training. through a blend of telematic data Spirit’, talking and enhanced driver training. about equality, Earlier this year, we worked on inclusion, eco-driver training with SCS. We diversity, and took 16 machines with 16 operators the value and managed to cut the machine of having a idling from 41% to 21% On top of behavioural this, there was a CO2 reduction of statement. 46% on average per day. The process Lynch opened the doors to its “Again, it comes down to sharing saved the customer £15,000 in fuel Training Centre in Brampton, knowledge and experiences. Our over three months, proving there are near Cambridge in 2020 and the people at Lynch are our greatest both economic and environmental facility, which offers a whole range assets and it is something the Lynch benefits to be gained by making small of training, is being part-funded family firmly believes in. Our core changes to the way we work on site. through a partnership with the values — can-do, passion, respect, CITB, and is evolving at pace. Merrill and teamwork — unite us so we have and Rob explain that significant a ‘one team’ mentality. We are proof investment has been made in their that our culture works,” says Merrill. training facilities, where operators can experience all the latest It is worth mentioning that L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage has also technologies and be trained to a very high standard. been shortlisted for the Inspiring

“Our core values — can-do, passion, respect, and teamwork — unite us so we have a ‘one team’ mentality.”

Hertfordshire Awards in the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ category. We talked in the previous article about Lynch only employing

“Training and upskilling people is so important to us, especially given our extensive operated plant hire and haulage services. The standards of operator training are higher →

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Interview → than they have ever been. A skilled operator is always going to get the best out of a machine, and we also have to factor in all the latest digital innovations, including machine control,” says Merrill. “We had a situation where we assessed 100 operators, but only 25 passed our rigorous regime. That didn’t mean we turned our back on the 75 who did not pass. We gave them support and encouragement, by offering free ‘upskilling’ at our Training Centre. We have the resources there to upskill operators to a very high standard. It is something we, as a company, are willing to do for the good of the industry. We are great believers in employer-led training.” The list of training options includes GPS training, deep drainage, batter formation

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L Lynch: Inspiring the industry and finishing work, utility training, eco-driver training and more. Lynch is also working on a new course for dual view dumpers developed with NOCN and the CPA. ‘The Rotating Seat Forward Tipping Dumper Training’ is going to be rolled out to the whole industry and is expected to be a real asset to other companies. “We are talking about enhancing skills. Operators can do their CPCS, which is a basic test, but what they don’t learn to do, is how to pull a batter, how to do deep drainage, how to work on a slope, how to lift heavy pipes, and so on. That’s where we come in. We can give them all those skills to bring them up to a very high standard, which is what Lynch is all about,” says Merrill. Lynch is also very keen to support both apprenticeships for young people, and the ‘Careers in Plant’ programme. The latter, for mature people, encourages those from other

industries, who have never worked in construction before, to consider a change of career. “Careers in Plant is a great initiative. Any person with a car driving licence could consider a career in plant, and we have the ideal infrastructure and resources to train them. We have ex-surveyors, ex-bus drivers, people from the leisure industry and even a doctor who left the medical profession to drive machines. It is proving yet another avenue for getting good people into our industry,” adds Rob. Rob explains how they are helping other companies with their training and upskilling requirements. Yet he stresses that the training is not just technical and is keen to add the importance of people management skills. He also talks about the training given to Lynch’s own operator foremen. “Our operator foremen play an especially important role. Long →

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Interview → gone are the days of the loud foreman! They have to problem solve for the customer, and for our own operators. They have training in a raft of areas, including people management, first aid training and mental health awareness.” Again, as we are chatting about this, I can see how passionate both Merrill and Rob are about every sphere of the Lynch business. They have quite literally grown up with it. Their father, Liam Lynch, founded the company in 1980, and remains actively involved with the business in his role of Managing Director. The brothers say their father is “as enthusiastic and committed as ever.” So, I ask them about their reflections on the ‘family business’ over the years they have been involved.

L Lynch: Inspiring the industry Merrill responds: “There have been many changes. I think what has happened over the last two years has been a gamechanger for Lynch. I personally feel that because myself and Rob have such a hunger for learning, that this has resonated with our team of people who also have an appetite to learn and develop themselves. They ask questions, and they want answers, they want to be better, they want to grow personally and professionally. We are helping them to grow, and through leadership, also providing them with an environment in which to flourish. Engagement levels are off the chart. Personal development, and our ‘cando’ enthusiastic attitude collectively are helping us win in all aspects of our business. Every day I come into work is better than the day before.”

People are certainly at the heart of Lynch, and they continue to work tirelessly for a variety of charities and community causes

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The sincerity is clear to see. So, I ask about

change, and whether there has ever been a ‘lightbulb’ moment for Merrill and Rob that has influenced their business ethos and subsequent road to success. “When we launched our first management statement five years ago, I can remember turning to Rob and saying, ‘is this working?’, ‘are our people understanding this?’ ‘Is it really part of our culture’?” Merrill says they had done everything to promote it internally, from posters to mouse mats, but something wasn’t clicking. They discussed it with the HR leader to see what could be done. “We asked whose job it should be to make sure our people understood our message, and it quickly became clear to me and Rob that there was a finger pointing back to us. Both of us felt it, both of us knew it – we knew we had to live and breathe our

own corporate behaviours. So, we went on a journey to win hearts and minds, and the way we achieved this was to spend quality time with our colleagues,” says Merrill.

across the company. But we also needed to prove that these worked and we did this by winning business. It had a domino effect and now everyone is involved. I really believe that we have won business because of That led to the Board of Directors our behaviours. People enjoy working going away together and exploring for us, and customers like our people. what the company vision and They give us business because of our behaviours meant to them personally. culture,” says Merrill. They talked about their families, what kept them awake at night, their It is a formula that appears to be hopes and dreams; and as a result, paying dividends. As we go to press, formed a really close bond. They it has also been announced that L then decided to get the whole team Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage has involved. Lynch held workshops, been shortlisted in two categories carried our surveys, and asked what of the European Rental Association the company behaviours meant to Awards, ‘Large Rental Company of people personally. They talked about the Year’ and ‘Best Carbon Reduction different scenarios, and asked people Initiative’. to apply the behaviours to them. People are certainly at the heart of “It was quite remarkable how Lynch, and they continue to work consistent these answers were across tirelessly for a variety of charities and the teams. We knew our behaviours community causes. Some £3000 has were starting to have a ripple effect just been raised for The Lighthouse

Club following from the annual Tough Mudder. The countdown is also on to Lynch’s Family Day which this year takes place on Sunday 10th July at Head Office in Hemel Hempstead from 1pm. It’s the perfect time to bring the Lynch team, and friends and families of Lynch together. Merrill and Rob sum up our interview by affectionately saying, “The Lynch success story really is down to Mum and Dad. They got the wheel spinning and it’s up to us, and the whole team of people here, to keep it spinning. Lynch just gets bigger and better, and more exciting by the day.” As we conclude our interview, I feel full of respect for the Lynch family, and where they are taking the business in its exciting new chapter. Inspirational, innovative, visionary — L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage can certainly tick all these boxes.

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Concrete expo 2022:

Where construction meets the concrete industry Kate Huchison breaks down the latest from the UK’s most innovative concrete event.


Expo, the standalone event for concrete and associated industries is the first major dedicated trade show for the concrete supply chain for more than two years. The return of Concrete Expo 2022 saw this year’s event co-located with UK Construction Week as the show made its debut in its new home of London, after the

inaugural event in 2019 having been held at Birmingham’s NEC. The show took place on 3–4 May in London’s ExCeL, supported by the Concrete Society and Structural Concrete Alliance, alongside a comprehensive range of over 100 brands and organisations represented. The event saw over 20,000 visitors attend Concrete Expo & its co-located shows, with over 4,000 trade professionals

working with concrete, or in the concrete supply chain also in attendance. The show had a vast range of concrete innovations and equipment on show, with just about everything to do with concrete available to see! Including admixtures, additives, chemicals, precast equipment and accessories, batching plants, fibres, formwork, road mixers, pumps and pipelines, volumetric mixers, silt →

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Event Review

→ management and treatment of water contamination, screeds, and much more.

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business efficiency’ from Craig Allan - Abax UK, ‘Circular Concrete’ from Elaine Toogood of The Concrete Centre, and ‘Innovation in cements: can we meet future construction needs sustainably?’ led by Professor John Provis, Professor of Cement Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield.

The Concrete Expo theatre featured a variety of seminars, with a total of nine speakers The Concrete Expo theatre featured a variety of seminars, with a total of nine speakers that ran over the course of the two days of the exhibition. The featured line up of speakers included representatives from some innovative names in the industry, such as leading telematics company ABAX UK, Integrated Hydraulic Solutions (UK) Ltd, IHS UK, SANY, and Putzmeister. The Concrete theatre was packed with keen listeners, hearing from industry experts on a range of topics such as ‘How technology can improve

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Among the sixty exhibitors at Concrete Expo were some innovative demonstrations of a variety of concrete instruments, such as Integrated Hydraulic Solutions (UK) Ltd with IHS’s latest innovation, the 7.5 tonne mobile pumping unit. Alongside the SANY truckmounted concrete pump SY25 Z4, the state-of-the-art technology which is fitted with four flexible

arms and a reach height of 24.6m. Also featured were Putzmeister, who develop, produce, and sell machines for pumping and distributing concrete and mortar. Additionally, in a UK first, Concrete Expo saw a demonstration of the first on-site 3D reinforced concrete printing, which represents a major step forward in construction technology! The cutting-edge technology, known as ‘Printfrastructure’ is set to deliver multiple benefits for Britain’s new high speed rail network HS2, including benefits for their environmental, cost and community. With Concrete Expo on track to become the UK’s most innovative concrete event, they are excited for what the next year brings and are looking forward to further expanding their events and are anticipating the return of the event, welcoming everybody once again to London on the 2nd – 3rd May 2023, once again →

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Event Review → co-located with UK Construction Week. Co-located with Concrete Expo was the London UK Construction Week, the country’s largest event dedicated to the built environment and all its trades and professions. The show took place over three days, packed full of the latest innovations and products, networking, and learning opportunities. This year’s UKCW show had a key theme of culture change in construction, addressing a range of some of the most crucial issues currently affecting

Concrete Show the industry, including net-zero goals, sustainability, energy futures, digitalisation, modern methods of construction, as well as how the industry implements health and wellbeing, and diversity. The London UKCW was opened by construction industry VIPs led by Construction Sport, who use sport to tackle the issue of mental health in construction, who had trekked over 26 miles through the night, walking for over 9 hours, from Twickenham Stadium to the ExCeL to fundraise and raise awareness to help tackle wellbeing and mental health issues within the construction industry.

The London UKCW was opened by construction industry VIPs led by Construction Sport

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The event was attended by 20,643 construction professionals and 300 exhibitors showcasing more than 10,000 products, some of which were unveiled for the first time. This year’s event saw the return of a popular feature, The Innovation Zone. The zone is highlighted to be an area where visitors can explore the new ideas, learn, and be inspired! This year’s innovation zone saw 12 exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations, including environmental sensors, clean tech products, antimicrobial technology and more! UK Construction Week now anticipates another three-day show, this time taking place in NEC Birmingham on 4-6 October later this year.

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Arden Equipment to showcase latest products at hillhead 2022 The French manufacturer has been extending its range of products continuously to meet with the growing demand for technical innovation.


year at Hillhead, Arden Equipment will be showcasing the AIO — their new, fully automatic All-in-One quick coupler for excavators from 12 to 30 tons, set to boost productivity on site. This new quick coupler with automatic connections makes it possible to change hydraulic and mechanical tools in less than 10 seconds in the safety of the cab. This new All-in-One feature combines all the oil, grease, electrical and water connections that will allow you to easily install the Arden Jet technology to reduce dust on sites.

powerful equipment on the market and therefore adapts to the most demanding applications on your sites, such as those of demolition and recycling. Arden Equipment aims for total safety of their quick couplers. The company has developed the quadruple security of the AIO to make it one of the safest on the market. It features a visual tool locking indicator, two powerful springs to hold the tool in the event of hydraulic failure, a front axle safety pallet to ensure tool positioning, and non-return valves to strengthen the retention of the tool. In addition to being reliable, the AIO is environmentally friendly, thanks to the integrated waterproof system which limits oil leaks.

the AIO is compatible with the most powerful equipment on the market & adapts to the most demanding applications Compact, robust, and featuring very high pressure and flow connectors, the AIO is compatible with the most

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At Hillhead, Arden Equipment will also showcase their newly revamped Arden TiltRotor to bring even more flexibility to working sites. Since →

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Arden Equipment

Arden Equipment has continued to improve its Arden TiltRotor to make this equipment even more efficient on sites

→ its launch in 2018, the Arden TiltRotor has seen great success, both in France and abroad. Its versatile concept has become an absolute must have on working sites.

With this equipment, the bucket can rotate continuously and can tilt up to 360° and 40° in both directions. Operators no longer need to move the base of the excavator as often, which can increase productivity as well as save time and money. Arden Equipment has continued to improve its TiltRotor to make it even more efficient on sites. It is now compatible with a wider range of excavators, ranging from 2 to 30 tons.

The TiltRotor comes with 2 optional control systems, the OSCP or the 2LP, so the operator can perform precise and efficient work without moving the machine. The whole range of ATRs has been equipped with telescopic cylinders to make them more compact when put together with the coupler to be even more efficient. As a result, the Arden Tiltrotor is now one of the most compact tiltrotators on the market. The developments do not stop there. Arden Equipment has equipped the TiltRotor with a set of dedicated accessories to give →

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Company Profile → operators even more flexibility in carrying out their jobs. The gripper module can be integrated into the ATR to grab materials such as posts or tree trunks. Meanwhile, the levelling roller can be used with the ATR for alignment and compaction of material while finishing work. Alongside this, the TiltRotor can be used with Arden Equipment’s asphalt cutter, which will become essential for carrying out cutting work with precision, thanks to its hardened steel disc, which is 450mm in diameter. The ATR has its own dedicated sorting grapple to work with excavators from 4 to 30 tons, which allows for easy sorting, loading, and recycling. Finally, operators can now combine the “V” shape cleaning bucket with the Arden TiltRotor to carry out loading, levelling, and cleaning jobs with even more precision.

The ATR has its own dedicated sorting grapple to work with excavators from 4 to 30 tons The Arden TiltRotor is compatible with Arden Equipment’s latest All-inOne auto-connect quick coupler, the AIO. It also is compatible with most couplers on the market, including the S and CW quick hitches. The company has developed the attachment to simplify the job. In other words, the Arden TiltRotor is back in great shape to revolutionize sites!

Arden Equipment will be exhibiting on Hillhead 2022, meet the team on stand H4. For more info on Arden attachments visit their website www.

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LAMMA 2022: Higlights from this year’s agricultural event David Chuck shares insights from the 40th year of LAMMA, the UK’s leading agricultural machinery show


of farmers, businesses and industry leaders flocked to the NEC for the 40th year of LAMMA, the UK’s leading agricultural machinery, equipment, and technology show. After a two-year gap due to COVID, visitors and exhibitors alike were optimistic about the return of the show. This year it occupied nine halls. Nick Ewbank, Managing Director of veteran LAMMA exhibitor Lynx Engineering, said, “We have been coming to LAMMA since it first started and are very happy it’s back. I have been really impressed with

turnout and happy to have had some international visitors to our stand as well.” “There has been a good flow of people throughout the two days with a great deal of good, genuine interest in our products,” added John Christofides, Regional Sales Director at Bobcat EMEA. “Our team have been very happy with the quality of conversations we have had so far with visitors.” Visitors also took advantage of numerous show features and scheduled speakers. Event

favourites, the Farm Safety Zone and the International Export Advice Centre once again presented the latest advice and developments to help farmers protect their staff and grow their businesses. In addition to this, there were also several new additions to the line-up like the Farming 4.0 Trail, LAMMA365 Dealer and Speaker Zones and Fendt & Valtra Speaker Zone – all of which brought even →

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Event Review → more ground-breaking expertise, kit, and policy to LAMMA. “Exhibiting as part of the Dealer Zone meant all of our brands and divisions could be together, which allowed us to share what we do across the business,” said James Bird, Regional Sales Manager from Wiltshire-based dealership T H White. “The New Holland T6 Methane Power has especially drawn a lot of attention – you couldn’t get near it on day one due to the crowd!” Merlo were exhibiting their new eWorker battery powered telescopic handler, which not only produces zero emissions, but for the livestock

Lamma 2022 and equestrian markets, makes very little noise – a feature very often overlooked with battery powered equipment. Speaker sessions were popular with visitors, covering a wide range of topics, including driving license requirements, careers, farm safety, second-hand machinery and business opportunities abroad. The lively session regarding red diesel in the LAMMA365 Speaker Zone seminar gave visitors a chance to ask a representative from HMRC about the recent legislation changes and clarify uncertainties, including the definition of ‘permitted’ vehicles and ‘permitted’ usage.

“The New Holland T6 Methane Power has especially drawn a lot of attention - you couldn’t get near it on day one due to the crowd!”

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More than 600 exhibitors set up stands, and several

used the show to unveil their latest products to the industry. “Virtually every product we have here at the show is new,” said Ben Agar, Business Development Director for ARGO, which launched two new tractors at LAMMA, including the McCormick X6.4HD. ArmaTrac who had four large stands at LAMMA also launched a new tractor, the model 1004 PS which is fitted with a ZF Powershuttle transmission. Ray McNally of Armatrac was more than happy with this year’s attendance and enquiry level. LAMMA once again served as a one-stop shop for farmers and business owners wanting to compare machinery options and speak to multiple manufacturers. “It’s been my first time at →

Above: A Colourful visitor to the armatrac stand left: kubota at lamma 2022 Below: opico farn droid

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Event Review → LAMMA and it’s absolutely brilliant,” shared a Suffolk beef farmer. “There is so much choice of stands to visit, and I’ve made some new contacts that I will follow up when I get back, as I’m planning to order a new handling system.” Another farmer from Yorkshire added, “To get this many people, manufacturers and suppliers in one place is amazing. It is so nice to see so many people coming out and supporting the industry.”

Lamma 2022 The programme for day one showed visitors how their smart phone can be a useful tool in health and safety compliance. Sessions with Lucy Eardley of Safety Revolution and Anna Frick of MeritCheck demonstrated apps which help monitor and record risks and hazards, and log checks and servicing records for machinery. Day two opened with a panel discussion on LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) requirements, which place duties on people and companies who own, operate, or have control over lifting equipment.

LAMMA once again served as a one-stop shop for farmers and business owners wanting to compare machinery options Good safety management and its role in productivity was the focus of the Farm Safety Zone. Sponsored by consultancy firm Safety Revolution, a busy two-day programme equipped farmers with the latest knowledge, advice and support to help them manage farm safety with confidence.

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various industries as the Government pushes for the development of cleaner and greener alternatives. This big change applies to vehicles which are used off-road – these will no longer be automatically entitled to use red diesel. Instead, use of the rebated fuel will be based entirely on what the vehicle is used for. Fortunately, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and fisheries are among the industries which have retained the entitlement to use red diesel. However, the fuel issue gets a little cloudy for those operating mixed-use businesses. In conclusion, the event saw some very interesting and informative sessions. In 2023, LAMMA Show will return to its normal place on the agricultural calendar at the NEC from 10-11th January.

One of the biggest draws within the show was a daily session led by NAAC and HMRC on the changes to rebated In 2023, LAMMA Show will return to its normal place on the agricultural fuel which were implemented on 1st calendar at the NEC from 10-11th April. January. Entitlement for rebated diesel, or red diesel, has been withdrawn from

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Event Review

Vertikal Days 2022

Reaching new heights at vertikal days 2022 David Chuck takes Plant Planet on a tour of the high reach event of the year


first Vertikal Days event was held at Haydock Park back in 2007, with around thirty exhibitors who took the plunge to support this very new event. The event grew, and today it is the UK & Ireland’s largest lifting equipment and powered access show. This year, the show has moved back to a more traditional time of the year, following the disruption to the past two shows due to the pandemic. Although just eight months since the last show have passed, exhibitors both old and new have turned out.

This was the second time the show had been held at its new venue – the East of England Showground.

Platforms, who will market and deliver the machines to workplaces throughout the UK and Ireland.

This year more than two hundred manufacturers and service suppliers were represented, making it one of the most diverse collections of powered access and lifting equipment in the world.

Lee Crosse, Executive Strategic Officer of Metal and Modular, said that the concept for the new MEWP came from talking to powered access users who were looking for a machine that could solve some specific problems, a wider working height range, cost savings and improved safety features.

International Platforms were exhibiting a ground-breaking machine – The Navigator 6.0 push-around, which was unveiled to the public in February by UK designer and manufacturer Metal and Modular Fabrication Services. With demand expected to be high, they have teamed up with access platform specialist International

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Said Lee: “If, for example, you have a job that involves working at 3m and 6m, you will normally have to change machines to do it. We worked out a way for our machine to safely reach a working height of 6m without using batteries or hydraulics. The operative simply steps in, turns a handle which raises the platform, including the operator, materials, and tools, to their chosen working height up to 6m.”

Left: KRANLYFT exhibit at vertikal days 2022 right (upper): Raycowylie’s stand in the market place area right [lower]: International platforms display Genie GS2632 for charity auction

GGR displayed their range of telehandlers

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Event Review GGR Group were back exhibiting who are Europe’s leading supplier of complete lifting solutions, including vacuum handling machinery, restricted access lifting equipment and mini cranes, along with a variety of complementary products. Also on display was the all new Faresin 330Ah – 26.4 kw/h battery electric telehandler, which has a run time of up to 6 hours.

Vertikal Days 2022 Kobleco’s stand at vertikal days

Magni was showing its new higher capacity eight tonne RTH 8.25 SH 360 degree telehandler RaycoWylie were exhibiting in the Market Place, and they are a world leader in heavy equipment monitoring systems. Their key areas of expertise lie in the development and installation of simple indicators or complex devices, easy to use and made to help their customers get their jobs done safely, efficiently and on time. Among numerous applications, the company boasts state of the art rated capacity indicators specifically designed for offshore platforms, in compliance with classified zones. RaycoWylie excels in providing custom solutions for the ever-demanding offshore industry, a field where they have been a major global provider for decades. The Kranlyft Group is the master distributor for the innovative Maeda mini cranes, Klaas aluminium trucks and trailer cranes, and support Kato mobile crane users through an unrivalled parts and service network. They have been offering innovative lifting solutions since 1963. Kobelco is a Japanese based construction machinery manufacturer specialising in cranes, including lattice boom crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes, and excavators.

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Magni displayed the rth 6.30 roto telehandler

Over 20 years of collaboration with businesses across the hire industry has led to inspHire developing software for all sizes of business – they were also among exhibitors in the busy Vertikal Days Market Place area. Magni was showing its new higher capacity eight tonne RTH 8.25 SH 360-degree telehandler, which can handle 5.3 tonnes at its maximum forward reach of 25 metres. This is the first time it has been shown in the UK. Specialising in Telehandlers, its product range is now constantly growing and pushing the limits of versatility.

Above: bravi platforms Below: Trackunit’s stand

Yet another exhibitor in the area was Bravi Platforms, who are a key player in the low-level access sector. Their platforms are created with both the end-user and rental companies in mind; their eye for detail and Italian craftsmanship can be seen from design to production in the machines, which are made in the North-East of Italy. They now produce more than 3000 machines a year. A machine which garnered a lot of interest was the Promax RR9/200 Rail Spider MEWP, designed for the railway maintenance sector. In order to get onto the rail tracks, the rail spider lift has rubber tracks that rotate 90 degrees. This allows it to drive up on to the rail lines, before lowering its rail wheel undercarriage into place and lifting the crawler tracks free. The travel speed on normal ground is only 2km/h but it has a maximum speed of 10km/h on its rail wheels. Other features include radio remote controls, telematics and geo-location systems, a smaller one-man basket and nonmarking tracks.

the promax rr9/200 rail spider mewp

As per usual, all visitors and exhibitors were treated to the usual great Vertikal Days hospitality at lunch time, which included a choice of BBQ food or a Hog Roast.

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Scalable Electrification of Plant Machinery Until recently, the construction industry was rather sceptical about the electrification of heavy construction machinery. After all, the power-hungry machines need a lot of energy to move large quantities of earth, or to lift and transport heavy materials. Taking the challenges machine operators and owners face when looking at reducing their CO2 emissions and transitioning to electrification, companies such as Webasto have worked tirelessly to develop technology and solutions to address the complexity of needs.

Battery systems One of the main prohibitive factors to transition large machinery over to battery power is the expense. And, while the large OEMs can absorb the costs, many construction machinery and commercial vehicle manufacturers shy away. This is where Webasto comes in! The company has spent years using its expertise and technical know-how to develop the technology needed to provide high quality modular battery solutions, so they can be used in a wide variety of vehicle and machinery applications. The packs comprise 16 modules each, which are in a robust housing and include a dedicated cooling interface. “We have developed the pack so that it minimises the prohibitive cost factor,” explains David Stafford Commercial Manager, Webasto Group UK. “This allows our customers to customise their applications with a standard product.”

Another key consideration when electrifying machinery is the ability to keep the machinery working consistently and in all temperatures. The modular battery packs developed by Webasto are interchangeable therefore can be swapped over with fully charged packs when required and on site. Charging of the boxes can be done off site, meaning there is no need to remove the entire machine from site. However, the main benefit of a Webasto CV Battery System is the Thermal Management System and Vehicle Interface Box (VIB). The primary VIB controls secondary BMS units in each battery module, therefore balancing the current flow from each one. As well as enabling communication between individual hardware components and corresponding software, the VIB also serves as the interface between the batteries and the vehicle, combining the functions of a power distributor,

BMS and fuse box in a single enclosure. In addition, the modules use aluminium cooling plates on the bottom of each of two layers of packs inside the modules. This avoids having to use liquid cooling within the pack so there is no risk of coolant leaking.

APPLICATION Webasto also supports customers through all phases of the project – from conception and development to implementation and beyond with various services: “Many of our customers are smaller and are just feeling their way into electrification. We advise our customers on all aspects and do not only deliver finished product,“ says David. This approach has many advantages for Webasto’s customers: The technology is scalable; the products are of the highest quality and the total cost of ownership and time-to-market are dramatically reduced. With Webasto you are guaranteed a battery system that will ensure your machinery works harder for longer.

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Impact Testing Thwaites Cabbed Dumpers main contractors, sub-contractors and hirers.

Important Reccomendations: Watch the impact test video for yourself

As the leader in site dumper safety, Thwaites have manufactured and offered machines fitted with cabs for over 30 years. Today the 6-ton and 9-ton range are both available with cab options. Thwaites were keen however to go one step further. In a controlled environment an impact test was conducted enabling an assessment of the structural integrity of the cabs fitted, if impacted during the loading procedure by an excavator. For the test, a standard 9 tonne Thwaites Dumper was selected, the excavator used was a 14tonne machine (as it would most likely be on site) with a fully extended boom, slewing a loaded bucket at full speed. The ground conditions for the test were wet, with the environment on the Thwaites proving ground created to be consistent with those found on site. The standard fit cab on all Thwaites dumpers is compliant to ROPS (Rollover Protection System) & FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structures) ISO 3471 & ISO 3449. The test criteria, brief and execution

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were conducted by Thwaites Engineering Manager Bob McElvogue who divided the test into two sections. Test 1: This test was to assess the structural integrity of the cab by striking the unit at the ‘A’ pillar. Test 2: This test was to assess the structural integrity of the fully finished cab by striking the unit at the front via a screen guard.

The findings of test 1: No failures were observed or reported on inspection, the energy of impact was absorbed through the cab structure.

The findings of test 2: No failures were observed or reported on inspection. The screen guard performed well in absorbing the initial impact with the force being distributed through the cab frame. As a result of the test Thwaites 6-ton and 9-ton dumpers are now recommended by the Major Contractors Group for use on their projects by

The Contractors Plant-Hire Association (CPA) via a stakeholder working group produced and issued in May of 2019 The safe use of dumper guidance.

The guidance included the following section: Using dumpers safely depends on a number of factors including planning, supervision, selection of a suitable machine, competence of personnel, effective exclusion zones and keeping within the operational limits of the dumper. If any of these are deficient, the risk of a serious accident increases significantly and it is therefore essential that all of those involved ensure that dumper operations are properly planned, managed, supervised and carried out safely by competent people. Thwaites recommends that in conjunction with the CPA guidance and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) guidance that operators do not remain in the cab during loading. Always carry out your own risk assessment before operating any item of plant equipment and ALWAYS wear a seat belt.

The Hydrema 707G Range The Hydrema range of Articulated Dump Trucks are known for low ground pressure and high power to weight ratio producing maximum performance in the most challenging of environments. The 707G range sits very well in the 7 ton class and offers all of the benefits of a larger rear tip ADT.

This 7 ton range employs the latest Cummins F3.8 - Tier 5 engine in both 55kW & 90kW models and a hydrostatic transmission set up, so that the operator can be assured of enough power when driving or tipping whilst efficiently maintaining very low levels of CO2 and fuel usage across each project.

The 707G is also equipped with Hydrema Telematics providing real time data for every machine, wherever you are. For further details on the Hydrema range, get in touch with a member of the Hydrema UK team.

With excellent 360 degree visibility, feet on the ground maintenance, low level entry to cab and low noise levels in cab, the 707G is built with operator safety in mind! To create a machine with the best stability they can, Hydrema have used the proven chassis design of their larger dump trucks. With its unique articulation pivot point, impressively low ground pressure, swivel tip body as standard and particularly short turning circle, the 707G will safely go where other machines cannot operate.

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Collins Earthworks Invests In Sustainable Future With Electric Volvo Technology wet, unsuitable material into strong binding layers.

To support its CO2 reduction goals, the Midlands-based earthmoving specialist runs several pieces of hybrid and fully electric machines from SMT GB, including the UK’s first Volvo L25 Electric wheeled loader. Collins Earthworks boasts one of the UK’s largest earthmoving and stabilisation equipment fleets and is keen to remain at the forefront of the industry in all aspects, including when it comes to carbon neutral construction. Collins regularly runs environmental audits, senior management have NEBOSH Environmental qualifications, and the company is now registered with the Carbon Footprint Standard and accredited with ISO 14001 for Environmental Management – an achievement Collins is particularly proud of. To get to this point, the earthmoving specialist has invested in solar panels to power its cabins and welfare facilities, as well as electric pool cars for employees, with charging points fed by clean electricity at the head office. Collins has also established a sister company, EnviroTrac, specialising in lime and cement stabilisation to mitigate on-site waste by transferring

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As for its machinery fleet, Collins is introducing new hybrid and fully electric models from SMT GB to help curb its emissions even further. As well as the UK’s first two Volvo EC300E Hybrid excavators, SMT GB has also supplied Collins with the country’s first Volvo L25 Electric compact wheeled loader.

Quiet, comfortable, and emissionfree This 5 t compact wheeled loader with 0.9 m3 bucket capacity is powered by lithium-ion batteries that cover an eight-hour working shift of general site clear-up duties with one single charge. The Volvo L25 Electric has two electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for hydraulics. Decoupling the subsystems makes the machine more efficient. Collins’ operators’ impressions of the Volvo L25 Electric are that it functions much like a conventional dieselpowered machine but with the benefits

of electrification. “It’s quiet and comfortable and highly responsive. You just start it up and off it goes!” said Nathan Warner, site supervisor at Collins Earthworks.

Maintenance made easy Another main benefit for the company is its ease of maintenance. “The machine is easy to maintain as it has no engine – there is no need to check the engine oil and coolant every day or refill fuel. We simply charge it overnight by plugging one end of the charger into the machine and the other into a normal household socket,” Warner said. Longer term, Collins plans to invest in further hybrid and fully electric machines from SMT GB. “Investing in sustainable innovations and solutions plays an integral part within our company ethos and profile at Collins, as we seek to pave the way for other contractors towards carbonneutral construction,” Warner said. “In a few years’ time, we want every machine to be hybrid or fully electric. It will have a massive impact, not only for the benefit of the environment but also those who live and work around our projects.”

Kleenoil Micron Filtration Systems clean used mineral oils and contaminated diesel fuel to as good as new. These are useful for quick fluid transfers, but don’t expect fine levels of filtration.

New oil and diesel is rarely clean: many users don’t recognise this or know what the rating of a clean oil should be. And why should they? Surely buying a new product, you would expect it to be clean, but then how can it be; considering the multiple routes and transfers and storage involved to get to your site? So, for those who want to clean oil before use, what is the best course of action?

reuse. (rather than disposal). •

To offer rotational oil cleaning of machines from off hires and project uses.

To add as a permanent installation on a machine where OEM filtration is inadequate.

To resolve a one-off contamination or cleanse after repair work.

To clean old, stored oil for reuse — with sampling.

Kleenoil cellulose depth filtration is one of the finest levels of oil and diesel fuel filtration that removes dirt and moisture in the same natural application. Using this method as a single pass transfer will ensure good levels of cleanliness; better still, leave it to circulate cleansing in storage, whether drum or IBC to achieve levels of better than new.

And why cellulose depth filtration?

Don’t underestimate a filter cart as a permanent application.

• A finer level of filtration to remove particulate down to 3 microns.

It is all very well cleaning oil; but if it’s just to get dirty again it’s still going to cause the wear and tear associated, so why not consider a permanent install, whether it be as a self-powered system or directly on the machine using a pressure feed? A machine with constantly cleansed oil is going to outperform its counterparts.

Why the need for a filter cart? •

To clean new or used oil in transfer from storage to machine, or vice versa.

To clean oils used in test runs for

Remove water — emulsified or free.

Affordable and easy to change out replacement cartridges.

Kind to the planet — as a natural, sustainable product.

Use the same unit for mineral oils or diesel fuel.

KLEENOIL manufacture and supply the finest, most affordable cellulose depth filtration to clean and maintain your lubricants to the finest cleanliness levels. sales@

Secondary filtration, as a mobile or fixed system can save a lot of wasted time and resources, having an impact on lowering operating costs by reclaiming and extending the useful life of the oil and components and lowering yearly waste oil handling.

Not all carts are the same... An off-the-shelf cart may give a reasonably fast flow, but it will not offer a fine level of filtration — usually, a spinon filter will offer around a 20-40 micron rating at best and not remove moisture.

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SITECH® UK & Ireland Launching Dedicated Training Service Construction technology experts SITECH® UK and Ireland, exclusive dealer for Trimble® machine control systems, are launching a dedicated training facility and service for customers to enhance their existing SITECH Academy courses. New features will include online taster tutorials for clients to use as skills refreshers, a series of ‘lunch and learn’ training roadshows for new and existing clients, and the opening of a state-of-the-art training facility at SITECH’s headquarters in Norton Canes, Cannock, equipped with the latest Trimble technology site software and interactive whiteboards. SITECH UK and Ireland Professional Services & Training Manager Ben Isaac, said the drive towards improving the training offer to customers was a natural development because of SITECH’s continued commitment to

remain at the forefront as experts in machine control systems. He said: “We have always provided excellent training and technical support to our customers either bespoke with them on their site and with their machines or within a classroom environment through our SITECH Academy, but these new developments mean we can create a library of resources for them to access either online or face to face. “The tutorials originally came about following a request from a customer who needed some short refresher videos to support their operators who don’t regularly use our technology on things like how to set up their machine, how to connect it to the base station, and how to remedy some simple faults. “Part of my role is also to support internal training which our new dedicated training facility will also be

Ben Isaac, Professional services and training manager used for. SITECH has seen massive growth over the last two years with our core team rapidly expanding, and as we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people and our customer service, it’s essential everyone within the company is up to speed on all the latest Trimble technology so we support our customers effectively. “We recently had Trimble at our headquarters to take us through their new Trimble Groundworks system which is specifically for drilling, piling and compaction operations, and is a sophisticated addition to their Trimble Earthworks and Siteworks systems. “It’s this knowledge we want to share with our customers through our series of upcoming lunch and learn events which offer a unique opportunity for key customers to come together, to experience the latest technology and get up to date on all the latest products and updates which can transform their site productivity.” To find out more about the training opportunities and courses SITECH UK & Ireland offers, visit the website

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4 Ways Telematics Can Optimise Your Mixed Fleet It can be challenging to stay ahead of the rapid advancement of technology, especially when you work in a sector like construction or plant hire. However cutting-edge telematic solutions like the one provided by ABAX will help you cut business costs while maximising profits - read on to see how.

1) Technology will do the work for you Running a profitable construction company entails having the right equipment, materials and people together on the jobsite simultaneously, and the logistics to make that happen is time consuming. A connected telematics solution gives you the insight needed for optimal planning by consolidating data from all fleet assets into one single interface, meaning you know the status of every single tool, equipment, vehicle and machine in real time. Leverage your data so you can get: • Easy to run profitable projects • Cost savings – less fuel and no extra hardware • Maintenance control - less downtime for vehicles and machines • Asset tracking made easy to reduce loss and theft • Working hours verification and accurate timesheets or invoices • Overview of assets within a project • Machine data for a replacement strategy

2) Collecting data into one unified view Wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate the stress of switching between platforms and using multiple logins? By using a solution that delivers a unified view with one login, it is easier

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and faster to get an overview of all company assets in one map. Now you can get easy access to daily updates on driver performance, asset location, maintenance, fuel use and idling on all company vehicles and machinery. Brand neutral platforms like the ABAX Smart Connect can be used as an addon to the in-depth OEM data. Most operators and fleet managers will benefit by using both a brand neutral platform, for example, ABAX Smart Connect, which is ideal for a quick daily overview and user friendly reports, while machine administrators can still log into their OEM platform to gain deeper insight like error codes and diagnostics for repairs.

3) Asset tracking side by side with your fleet There are other types of assets that aren’t technically part of a fleet, but are no less crucial to projects like excavator buckets, power tools, generators and pumps. If assets like that are left behind at a site or get misplaced, it will delay your project. Fortunately, fleet managers can track these assets in the same platform as the main fleet. Depending on the size of the asset, there are multiple solutions available such as long term battery

devices and Bluetooth tags that can fit your need.

4) Data will help you keep the engines running Scheduled reports will allow you to shift from reactive fixes to proactive maintenance. The data pulled from your mixed fleet will give you a great insight to plan for upcoming maintenance and repairs, which creates a competitive advantage by keeping your largest investments fully operational. Higher availability of equipment through optimised servicing, as well as a more efficient use of the machinery, helps your operation become more productive and profitable on every project. ABAX telematics units are self-installable, provide HMRC compliant data and offer live-tracking solutions, all allowing you to access actionable location and usage data on all your assets – and via one easyto-use interface. Mixed, large and small fleets can all be tracked in an efficient and cost-effective manner, whilst also provide vital reporting data on demand. If you’re looking for your fleet to make financial and productivity savings, then ABAX could be the solution for you. Go to or call 01733 698888.

Exocet® Launch Diesel Defender Billions of litres of fuels are stored for use at various sites across the UK

Fuel has value of millions of pounds and is vulnerable to theft

Exocet® Diesel Defender is a liquid anti-theft marker dye for UK nonrebated fuel, typically known as white diesel, road diesel or DERV.

BENEFITS Billions of litres of fuel are stored all over the UK at numerous commercial sites. This fuel has a value of millions of pounds and is therefore extremely vulnerable to theft. It can be stolen from outside the organisation or more shockingly and more commonly, from within the organisation.

The fuel looks identical to fuel purchased legally for personal use

significant financial loss of operational investment.

FEATURES Exocet® Diesel Defender contains Dyeguard® 673KNF technology which has been notified to HMRC with a technical report of compliance to satisfy Regulation 14(3) of the Hydrocarbon Oil (marking) Regulations 2002 which states: “No substance calculated to impede the identification of any marker may be added to oil”

Since 1st April 2022 many businesses Therefore Exocet® Diesel Defender are no longer able to use rebated fuel, • causes no issues with known as red diesel or marked gas oil, identification, quantification, and for their operations and so the stored classification of marked rebated fuel now appears identical to that fuels within mainland UK bought for personal use and puts stocks • is notified with HMRC of white diesel at a higher risk of theft. • does not cause interference with Exocet® Diesel Defender is a liquid statutory markers blue dye that will colour white diesel • has a unique chromatic profile to produce a green fuel and act as a which is distinct from statutory deterrent to thieves. markers and does not impede their Tank stickers can be supplied on measurement request to advertise that the fuel has been dyed to prevent theft.

Fuel protected with Exocet® Diesel Defender

Until now...

Fuel containing Exocet® Diesel Defender • although visually similar to the Republic of Ireland tax rebated fuel, the roadside (Euromarker) test can be used readily to confirm that it is not ROI tax rebated fuel •

will not give false positive results on any roadside tests used in the determination of statutory markers applied to tax rebated fuels in the UK

and any statutory markers applied to tax rebated fuels in the UK will provide correct results when tested by law enforcement agencies

Exocet® Diesel Defender has been demonstrated to comply with Regulation 14(3) of the Hydrocarbon Oil (marking) Regulations 2002 and is permitted for use in non-rebated UK DERV. All Exocet® branded products are available in a range of sizes to 1,000 litres.

APPLICATION Typical applications are white diesel for use in construction equipment, cooling or heating units in road and rail transport, airport vehicles, forklift trucks, electricity generation and heating for commercial premises to deter theft of fuel and prevent

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Safety Shield Global - Constructing A New Safety Culture We know technology alone cannot eliminate every red zone incursion. But by utilising Safety Shield AI technology, autonomous breaking and the Safety Shield Vue online behavioural management system, we have seen reductions in red zone incursions as much as 75% within just a few weeks. As the site teams embrace the technology and management are given the tools to monitor behaviour, informed decisions can be made, meaning red zone incursions and risk of a collision are significantly reduced. It’s using the information produced (via Safety Shield Vue) after a series of alerts to manage, educate, train and improve the overall safety behaviour - Starting a journey to a new safety culture being adopted on site. The latest example of this is the introduction of our Safety Shield intelligent thumbs up system. Safety Shield have now digitalised this procedure by combining an external thumbs up display and audio acknowledgment from the operator to the approaching person. The intelligent system also has the option of plant disablement for safe entry into the red zone. Using the intelligent thumbs up system is the only way to ensure a safe approach towards a working machine, therefore safe entry becomes second nature to those working around plant on site. The widely used thumbs up procedure

was originally introduced to the industry by Llynch Plant Hire and Haulage. Llynch Plant have now adopted our intelligent system for their fleet and are working in partnership with us to launch this next evolution of the thumbs up system across the industry. Jonathan Guest, CEO of Safety Shield Global commented: ‘We are really proud to be working with Llynch Plant and taking their thumbs up procedure to the next level, by introducing this new system alongside our AI collision avoidance system and Safety Shield Vue we are aiming to change on site behaviour and create a new site safety culture. The Safety Shield intelligent thumbs up removes any risk of an incident by allowing a site operative to safely approach the plant if needed. Our aim is to totally eliminate incidents associated with people and plant interface and make sure that everyone is safe at work and goes home safely to their family.’ Robert Lynch, Director of L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage commented: ‘Thumbs Up is used across the industry to clearly communicate with plant operators. The new Safety Shield thumbs up system gives visible clarity and an audio thumbs up acceptance from the operator that the machine is immobilised and safe to pass or approach. We are excited to be taking the thumbs up procedure to the next level with Safety Shield helping improve behaviour on site and

creating a safer working environment for all’ Safety Shield Vue online behavioural management system comes as standard with the Safety Shield AI collision avoidance camera system, helping you monitor and manage workforce safety, associated with people and plant interface. Our cloud-based portal gives you the option to monitor safety on site remotely, anywhere in the world via web or mobile device. However big or small your site is.

KEY FEATURES OF VUE • Video capture of red zone alerts onto system hard drive. • Live & historical vehicle tracking and geo fencing. • Time, date and location of each red zone alert. • Video capture of each red zone alert. • Auto categorisation of alert video including safe entry alerts – thumbs up and unsafe entry alerts. • Reporting and behaviour management. • Remote upgrades. • Remote live camera streaming. • Fleet management. For over a decade Safety Shield has been designing and manufacturing bespoke collision avoidance systems alongside leading construction, building and rail industry leaders to help reduce collisions associated with people and plant interface. Safety Shield Global are the UK`s leading provider of AI collision avoidance, autonomous braking and behavioural management systems for plant and machinery. Providing aftermarket solutions and working with UK and worldwide plant manufacturers for OEM integration of the system within their production line. Both the aftermarket and OEM systems conform to: ISO; 13849 / 16001 / 21815 / 9001 and REG10 & EMARK WWW.SAFETYSHIELDGLOBAL.COM INFO@SAFETYSHIELDGLOBAL.COM 01606 210 340

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CIWM represents waste sector in government’s Green Jobs Delivery Group CIWM is pleased to announce that its President, Dr. Adam Read, who is also External Affairs Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, has been selected to join the UK’s new Green Jobs Delivery Group. The inaugural meeting of this Group was held on Wednesday 11th May. Leaders from business, industry, trade unions and academia have been handpicked to act on upskilling and training the green workforce of the future. The Group will prove vital in creating and supporting up to 480,000 skilled well-paid green jobs by 2030. The UK’s green industrial revolution is a key part in the government’s plan for growing the economy and creating high-skilled, high-wage jobs across the country. The Group will help ensure the UK has the skilled workforce it needs to build clean industries in our industrial heartlands and transition to cheaper renewables in the face of rising fossil fuel prices. It will also ensure that workers, businesses and local areas are supported throughout the transition in eliminating the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050. Dr Adam Read, President of CIWM and External Affairs Director at SUEZ, comments: “The creation of skilled green jobs is essential to sustainably rebuilding the UK economy and the creation of a more circular economy. The hugely diverse and innovative recycling and resource management industry is just one of the sectors that will benefit from this increased pool of talent. The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) looks forward to working on the Green Jobs Delivery Group, supporting the creation of these vital opportunities and promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding place in which to build a career as we continue our journey to a world beyond waste.” Chair of the Delivery Group and Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Greg Hands, said: “The UK’s most important asset is its workforce, and our new Delivery Group will help us ensure employers have the know-how and employees the skills to drive our transition to becoming the world’s leading green economy. Over the last 3 decades, the UK has achieved record clean growth, with emissions tumbling by 44% - faster than any G7 nation - while the green economy has grown by almost 80%. There are already over 430,000 jobs in low-carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country.” 100


More Than £100,000 Raised For WasteAid At Charity Gala Dinner More than £100,000 was raised for WasteAid at a spectacular gala event attended by some of Biffa’s largest customers, suppliers, advisors and key business partners. Celebrating the fourth year of their proud partnership, Biffa and WasteAid hosted the fundraising event at Oxford Natural History Museum on May 11. The total amount raised on the night was an incredible £104,000. The money raised from table sponsorships, along with individual donations and a raffle, will help WasteAid expand its work fighting plastic pollution in Cameroon, building a circular economy network in The Gambia, and supporting waste picker groups in South Africa. Ceris Turner-Bailes, WasteAid Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is hard to put into words how critical Biffa’s proud partnership has been to WasteAid but, more importantly, to advancing WasteAid’s mission of a world in which waste causes no harm, and where people in poverty

Komatsu Sales ‘Indicator’ of Economic Rise

A certain indicator that our economy is on the rise can be seen in recent deliveries by Irish Komatsu distributor, McHale Plant Sales. Particularly notable was the are empowered to recover its value. “Biffa have been a critical supporter since the earliest years of the organisation and their support has been central to our ability to expand our programme portfolio across Africa and into Asia. “We are delighted and very grateful to Biffa for hosting this fundraising event and would like to express our thanks to everyone who attended and made it such an unforgettable night.” With Biffa’s support, WasteAid has quadrupled in size over the last two years. Alongside fundraising and financial support, Biffa employees contribute their passion, time and technical expertise to help WasteAid deliver waste management and

recycling programmes where they are most needed. Michael Topham, Biffa Chief Executive, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of Biffa’s key partners come together in Oxford to raise such an incredible amount of money for such a worthwhile cause. “Our on-going partnership with WasteAid in parts of the world that urgently need to tackle the complex issue of how to manage waste in a sustainable manner is one of Biffa’s proudest achievements.

delivery of a giant Komatsu HD605-8 rigid dumper with its 60-tonne payload. The first in Ireland, the delivery was made to Irish Cement’s quarry in Mungret, near Limerick. Models that have also turned in a ‘good year’ performance for the Birdhill and Rathcoole distributor are the 14-tonne PC138, the 22-tonne PC210 and the 36-tonnes PC360 excavators. Other ‘top performers’ were the WA70, WA80, WA100, WA320,

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Scania Super wins Green Truck 2022 A Scania has once again – for the sixth year in a row – been named “Green Truck” for its outstanding transport efficiency and fuel performance. This time Scania entered a truck with the new Super-based powertrain. All the manufacturers of heavy trucks in Europe are invited to this prestigious comparison test that is organised annually by two German trade magazines with the aim of identifying the most fuel-efficient long-haul truck.

year, with different conditions on the different legs.

“I am extremely pleased that a Scania is ranked

as outdoor temperatures and headwinds) are

as the most transport-efficient truck for the sixth

compensated for by the use of a reference truck with

time in a row,” says Stefan Dorski, Senior Vice

well-documented performance, which takes each

President and Head of Scania Trucks. “Our Super-

test in parallel with the competitors.

based powertrain has brought a completely new performance level to the market, with our customers now benefiting from its 8% fuel savings.”

This time, 4x2 semitrailer-combinations with 500 hp and a total weight of 40 tonnes was stipulated. The Green Truck test is organised by the leading trade magazines “Trucker” and “VerkehrsRundschau”. The purpose is to identify the most efficient heavy truck by using a formula that takes both the fuel consumption and the average speed into consideration. The testing is rigorously monitored. Factors that influence the results (such

“Winning Green Truck is a testament to our achievements and a hallmark for the value that Scania offers,” says Stefan Dorski, Head of Scania

Scania’s new Super engine, a 13-litre inline six, was

Trucks. “These tractors have the same specifications

introduced in November 2021 and is available in

and fuel-saving features that we deliver to our

four power outputs for Euro 6. It took part in this

customers, which make them the real winners here.”

year’s Green Truck test, which is held in Germany on public roads. The same 340 km route is used every 102


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Fleet management services can be an incredible tool that most fleets today use to their advantage. In the Waste Management industry, managing fleet operations can become an incredibly complex task, particularly when there are multiple vehicles in use, all running to a tight schedule. Using Fleet management systems can be just one way of being able to keep on top of your fleet.


Mobile App - Connected / Informed / Reports Reduce Fuel Use Fleet management apps

Keeping fuel costs down,

give you the power to have

particularly due to current

a range of information at

supply issues and market

your fingertips. The cloud-

uncertainty, is a top priority

based data can generate

for many drivers. As waste

accurate reports based on

management vehicles typically

your fleets real-time metrics,

end up travelling for hours

such as planning complex

on end, reducing fuel costs

routes, adapting to changing

and consumption is a must

conditions, as well as vehicle

for many waste management

health, ensuring you always

fleets. The GPS tracking feature stay informed on your fleet and aids in reducing fuel costs for connected to your operators. fleets, finding an optimised Fleet management software

route for vehicles dispatched

Sensoneo allows you to review

on the road, which ensures

routes, assign drivers, and

that the fastest and most fuel-

easily create schedules from

efficient paths are mapped for

one small screen. The result?


No more last-minute frantic calls to drivers needing to change route. These reports can be immensely useful in ensuring your fleet remains in optimum service.

Road / Driver Safety Fleet management also has an impact on road and driver safety. The software detects driver behaviours such as driving styles, rapid → FUTURE WASTE


→ acceleration, speeding and irregular behaviour from allocated routes, and will send out alerts when these incidents occur. For many drivers, knowing that these behaviours are monitored will encourage to practice safe driving, helping to reduce the risk of accidents and remain safe on the road. However, driver behaviour is not the only aspect to consider in safe

Vehicle Health

Briton Ferry on the morning of

Fleet management systems can

HGV vehicles are now fitted

also help you keep on track of your vehicles maintenance. Fleetio, tracks the health of your vehicle, and allows you to view and manage every aspect of your fleet’s maintenance. You can set up scheduled maintenance reminders and reports, ensuring repairs are handled quickly, before any

Thursday, July 22, 2021. Many with anti-theft devices such as camera recording and reverse radar systems. One feature of waste fleet tracking that is found particularly useful in antitheft practices is geofencing. Teletrac’s fleet tracking system employs geofencing in their

practices. When operating

detrimental impact occurs.

systems, which allows the

HGV vehicles, there are a

Prevent Vehicle Theft

border around a specific

multitude of precautions that must be taken. GPS tracking

Vehicle theft is getting more

features analyse various

severe every year. According to

routes to calculate the optimal

the CSEW, over the last decade,

journey best suited your

vehicle-related theft has

vehicle. Factors such as road

accounted for approximately

conditions, travel updates, low

one in seven crimes. Just last

bridges, and safety compliance

year, the police launched an

are all under consideration,

investigation after a council

ensuring that drivers are as

waste refuse truck was taken

safe as possible.

while workers were on a break, and crashed into a wall in



owner to set up a virtual location. If any unauthorized use of vehicles occurs, when the vehicle crosses that border, the owner will be notified to act immediately. In the unfortunate case that the vehicle is stolen, this can also assist in vehicle recovery, and owners can locate their vehicle easily and notify authorities.


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For over a decade Safety Shield has been designing and manufacturing bespoke collision avoidance systems alongside leading construction, building and rail industry leaders to help reduce collisions associated with people and plant interface but we know technology alone cannot eliminate every red zone incursion. By utilising Safety Shield AI technology, autonomous breaking and the Safety Shield Vue online behavioural management system, we have seen reductions in red zone incursions as much as 75% within just a few weeks. As the site teams embrace the technology and management are given the tools to monitor behaviour, informed decisions can be made, meaning red zone incursions and risk of a collision are significantly reduced. It’s using the information produced (via Safety Shield Vue) after a series of alerts to manage, educate, train and improve the overall safety behaviour. Starting a journey to a new safety culture being adopted on site.



Safety in the quarrying industry is at the forefront for all. As one of the most dangerous industries to work in, since 2000, quarrying has seen over 3,500 workers suffer injuries reportable to the HSE, with 31 of those being fatal. In this article, we look into how technology can help keep workers safe in hazardous conditions

Drones Drones have been increasingly used in quarrying sites, and their potential to provide remote surveying work is vast. According to a 2022 report, by 2026, the commercial market for drones is expected to generate over 41.3 billion USD. Beyond simple imagery, drones are able to offer detailed topographical data, allowing large amounts of space to be surveyed accurately.




By utilising drones in hard-to-

people or other machines, the

reach areas, workers could be

vehicle operator is then alerted,

protected from undertaking

and in cases of remotely powered

potentially dangerous work

use, the machine is stopped.

themselves. Whilst wider issues

Many collision avoidance

such as the lack of technological

systems also work by recognising

infrastructure such as wireless

other potential points of collision

networks in remote locations,

through RFID tags or wearable

investment, and training hinder


current use, drone adoption rates worldwide are on the rise.

QNJAC has recently released a self-audit tool to help improve

Vehicle & Padestrian Safety

pedestrian safety on site. This

According to the Quarries

identify whether they are doing

National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC), around 20% of all fatalities in the mineral extraction industry involve vehicles or other mobile

guide sets out to provide a framework for site managers to all they can to prevent vehicle collisions on site. You can find this and other resources at www.


Simulation in Training

Nowadays, cutting-edge collision

Whilst the increasing use of

avoidance systems are powered

automation and technology in

by Artificial Intelligence, and

quarrying may suggest to some

work by recognising objects

workers that they are being

recorded through cameras

slowly replaced, the quarrying

placed on the quarrying vehicle.

industry will always need its

If the objects are perceived to be

workforce. Right now, under → FUTURE WASTE


→ an increasing skills shortage, the priority is to attract both new talent and to upskill those who are already working in the industry. Simulation training and in particular, virtual reality could offer up an opportunity to gain new operational skills and knowledge away from the dangers of a real quarrying site. Through simulation, learners are able to make mistakes and receive precise feedback at every step, and by using virtual reality headsets, they can familiarise themselves with the controls in a much more realistic setting than previously possible.

Automation Self-driving trucks, robot drills, and more - the past decade has seen leaps in advancement when it comes to automation in quarrying. When it comes to large-scale real-life applications, the Anglo-Australian mining giant RioTinto uses more than 130 autonomous trucks as part of their Autonomous Haulage System. With pre-filled GPS routes, the trucks do not have a driver and instead are operated via a supervisory system and a central controller. According to RioTinto, by using autonomous trucks, they have been able to operate each truck for an average of 700 hours more than conventional haul trucks. Not only boasting operational efficiency, by automating processes and utilising autonomous technology, operators are kept out of harm’s way on site. 110


RioTinto also pioneered AutoHaul - the first heavy-haul, long-distance autonomous train operation in the world, operating in remote locations in Western Australia, saving operators 1.5 million kilometres of road travel every year. Alongside this, RioTinto uses 26 autonomous drills to safely operate from a distance, removing the need for the operators to undertake manual work on-site – at the operations centre, the teams can view all operations in real-time through screens. Although such a large scale of implementation is not yet a reality for most due to financial constraints, RioTinto’s successful application of automation and remote operation illustrate how technology can aid in creating a safer site.



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Motivated, the Germany-based Ferraro Group is looking to the future: as one of the leading demolition companies, ranked 12th in Europe, Ferraro continued to invest heavily in its own growth in 2021. With five SENNEBOGEN 830 E demolition machines as well as the 6300 HD Demolition, the world’s largest duty cycle crane in demolition, the company is increasing its fleet to meet the challenges of the demolition industry even more efficiently. → FUTURE WASTE




→ Little available space, no new developments and a nevertheless booming construction industry. The overall economic situation, which is still positive, and the turnaround in energy policy, which is leading to the need to renew outdated infrastructure, are all factors for a good order situation for demolition companies. The Ferraro Group, headquartered in Neunkirchen in the federal state of Saarland, is also equipping itself for future special demolition operations: “In order to meet the diverse requirements of our customers, we develop situation-specific demolition and disposal concepts for disused structures, whether wind turbines, residential buildings or industrial buildings. That’s why we were looking for reliable technology to support us in our challenging operations in the future,” explains demolition contractor Giuseppe Ferraro, who leads the company with his father and company founder Cav. Damiano Ferraro as managing directors, about the background to the major investment in SENNEBOGEN equipment.

Show of strength for the 830 demolition machine: Premiere on Deggendorf construction site In Deggendorf, Lower Bavaria, one of the five 830 E demolition machines is currently → FUTURE WASTE


→ undergoing its baptism of

of up to 19 m depending on

of the concrete demolition

fire: Ferraro is involved in the

the attachment. The compact

is to be crushed on site and

demolition of several aging

demolition excavator specializes

recycled in new construction

school buildings there. The mega in the selective demolition of

instead of gravel and sand, thus

project has been ongoing since

building components by, among

avoiding the energy-intensive

2015 with the deconstruction

other things, easily extracting

reclamation of resources and

and reconstruction of the

masses of probationary steel

protecting the environment.

school center. With a building

and assisting in the crushing

height of around 16.5 m, the

and pre-sorting of the concrete

job is tailor-made for the 830

demolition. The latter is a key

Demolition from SENNEBOGEN, unique selling point of this which boasts a reach height



construction site: around 70%

The complex structure of the buildings and the large number of materials used require a powerful and multifunctional machine such as the 830

superlative duty cycle crawler crane

Demolition, which, thanks to

site: Because, for static

its powerful hydraulics, can

reasons, certain walls have

easily drive reinforced concrete

to remain standing at first,

shears and other attachments.

but the machine has to pull

The 300 t HD crawler crane,

Especially its stability due to

out reinforced concrete

the only one of its kind in

the crawler tracks that can

slabs or reinforcing steel

the world, now also opens up

be telescoped up to 4.5 m, its

inside the building and load

completely new possibilities

reach and at the same time

them transversely to the

for Ferraro. With the 6300 HD,

high load capacity in the

undercarriage - an enormous

which was specially designed

entire 360° working range


for demolition experts to

prove to be indispensable on the Deggendorf construction

6300 HD Demolition: the

operate at great heights, a wrecking ball can still be operated at 80 m in height. In the future, nothing will stand in the way of the demolition of high-rise buildings over 50 m high, because when longfront machines reach their limits, the sensitive intuition of the demolition experts at the wrecking ball is called for: classically and efficiently. And when it comes to lifting heavy components in crane operation, the demolition experts can also count on the 6300 HD’s enormous 300 t load capacity. →



→ The

secret of Ferraro Group’s success Asked about his company’s Italian recipe for success, Managing Director Giuseppe Ferraro smiles and says: “We have simply focused on the right industry. After around 35 to 40 years, the dismantling of industrial plants or commercially used buildings is usually more economical than the costly refurbishment, and consequently we never run out of work. With our machinery, we are also able to operate throughout Europe, and we always keep an eye on the costs: Accordingly, we regularly invest in modern machinery to work even more efficiently and economically!”





One method growing in popularity is to convert waste into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) – a high-yield source of energy for replacing fossil fuels in energy production or industrial processes such as cement production. SRF is an alternative fuel produced by refining waste through treatment processes which may include shredding, sorting and biodrying. The process will remove additional recyclates such as metals and

DR STEPHEN WISE Chief Strategic Development Officer of Advetec

wood, textiles and stable


Waste management is a crucial yet often underutilised way to boost a business’s green credentials. Now, with the Government’s plan to halve the amount of residual waste sent to landfill or incineration by 2042 – it’s time to embrace the waste technologies that stand to hasten the process of change. One way to invest in the circular economy and reduce waste disposal costs and carbon emissions is by unlocking the value of the waste an


that process on-site.

some plastics leaving a material



organisation creates and starting

that consists of non-recyclable paper and carboard, plastics, organics. Although a small proportion of these materials can be recovered for recycling most are compromised once they enter the residual waste stream. Therefore, recovering energy from these materials is currently the best environmental option for this waste. Biotechnology solutions like ours have real value here, as they can be used to create SRF by removing the organic fraction of mixed residual waste (MRW). When MRW goes through our on-site aerobic digestion process, the organic component is removed, and mass and volume are reduced by approximately 50% and 70% respectively. The material that’s left, which we call floc, is a consistent, homogenous and

high-quality material that can

with sending it for either

go on to replace carbon-emitting

blending with other materials or

coal to power a cement kiln, in

for direct use as an SRF, which

pyrolysis to mine it for useful

can be up to 40% cheaper. As all

chemicals or for gasification.

businesses brace for increasing

In giving waste greater value

costs, significant financial

through this process, the circular

savings should be a powerful

economy benefits. It reduces

driver of change to waste

waste, recovers resources and

management practices.

uses them for greater endeavour. Turning MRW into SRF is the most sustainable option after recycling.

For instances where floc is still sent to landfill rather than SRF, there is other good news to be had. Our floc has been tested

There’s a compelling financial

and proven to be AT4 compliant,

benefit to moving waste up the

which means it suits the

thermal value chain in this way.

existing landfill regulations in

The current (Dec 2021) cost to

the Republic of Ireland and the

send waste to conventional mass

planned landfill regulations set

burn EfW is approximately £130

for implementation in 2025 in

to £150 per tonne, compared

Scotland. →







→ In all of this – we mustn’t

Faced with rising energy costs,

overlook the significance of

increasing waste disposal

reducing the mass and volume

costs, the 55% price hike to red

of waste on site. For a long time,

diesel, a significant reduction

the UK’s waste infrastructure

in waste export abroad, the

has centred on waste being

war in Ukraine and mounting

taken away for processing and

government pressure – we

disposal, which means regular

must do things differently. We

collections as lorries transport

must stop viewing landfill,

waste from A to B. A solution

incineration and recycling

like ours means there are fewer

as the holy trinity of options.

collections, which in turn lessens

Instead, we must embrace the

road-related carbon and traffic

technologies that benefit the

on the roads. In our experience,

circular economy, reduce costs

on-site waste processing is

and lower CO2. It’s time to drive

helping organisations to not only

the uptake of biotechnology

take more ownership of their

and more innovative, green

waste but improve knowledge of

alternatives. Making waste have

the waste journey too.

greater value makes great sense

Technology has a tremendous role to play in driving change.

– for business and for the planet.




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Abax UK Ltd


Thwaites Ltd


Lander Tubular Products


Safety Sheild Global


Hydrema UK


Kelly Tanks Ltd




Astrak UK Ltd


McCloskey Equipment Ltd




ATE (UK) Ltd


BIG Machinery B.V


Mr Plant Hire PLC


Future Waste Magazine


RaycoWylie Systems


Kiwi Recruitment Ltd


Kubota (U.K.) Ltd


Kirkby Tyres Ltd


Merlo UK


Euro Auctions UK Ltd

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