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New children’s book has landed

After some unexpected delays at the printer, the new “My Dad Drives a Digger” children’s book is finally available. Following the global success of the children’s book My Dad Does Demolition, co-authors Mark Anthony and John Woodward have reunited to produce a second children’s book: My Dad Drives a Digger. And although the story and the characters are all new, the second book maintains the central theme of the first book – To encourage children to consider a career in the construction and demolition field. “We were amazed at the…

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Turning back the tide

Cumbrian hydro-electric construction specialist Beckside Construction rode to the rescue of local village Glenridding in a fleet of JCB machines in December, to prevent catastrophic flooding caused by Storm Desmond. Heavy rains had caused landslides and a massive movement of gravel and stone down the Glenridding Beck, which runs through the centre of the village to the Ullswater Lake. The firm was working nearby on a hydro project for the National Trust at Hartsop. On the afternoon of Sunday December 6, managing director Robert Morris-Eyton and his son Patrick heard…

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Jump to the beet

The sugar beet pick-up campaign is in full swing in the fields of Seine-et-Marne in France and is due to end soon. Mauroux Transport, based in Chalautre La Petite in France, has the pleasure of performing this task for three-months of the year! This year’s beet season has given the company the opportunity to test out its latest purchase – the new Hyundai R210W-9A wheeled excavator. Specialising in goods transport – Mauroux Transport is co-directed by Joel and his son Laurent Mauroux.  Sugar beet pickup represents a significant 20% share of the company’s…

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Dumptrucks Excavators Latest News 

Island in the making

Pulau Tekong Island started life as a tiny dot on the map in the middle of the Malacca Straits, off the coast of Singapore. But that little dot is getting bigger, thanks to a huge land reclamation project. KTC Group is leading the earth-moving work, using a fleet of machines from Volvo Construction Equipment to keep the job on track. Sitting to the northeast of Singapore, Pulau Tekong Island is the largest island off the coast of mainland Singapore, covering an area of 24.43 km2. It was previously home to…

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Dumptrucks Latest News 

Stokey rings Bell

Midlands-based Stokey Plant Hire has purchased three B40D Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs) and a L2606E Wheeled Loader from Bell Equipment, continuing a successful relationship that has seen Bell machines used in a variety of mining and quarrying applications. Stokey – based at new purpose-built workshops and offices in Telford – first purchased Bell ADTs in 2011, quickly amassing a number of Bell machines as part of its wider plant hire fleet. Now, the company has ordered the additional machines to renew the fleet in anticipation of continued growth.  The decision…

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Polished performance

Granite and marble mining company Gramazini, relies on a fleet of 25 Volvo machines to help polish performance at its rock deposits in Brazil. The Volvo L350F wheel loader is used to extract the ornamental rock and place it on the truck. In a country of continental dimensions, Brazil has a large amount of natural resources. Among the most important are ornamental rocks, particularly marble and granite, which can be found in several regions but is concentrated in the state of Espírito Santo, an area covering about 40,000 square kilometers.…

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Graders Latest News Systems 

Making the grade

Caterpillar introduces a suite of integrated technologies for M Series, M Series 2 and M Series 3 Motor Graders: Cat® GRADE with Cross Slope, Stable Grade, Auto Articulation and Advanced Control Joysticks. The four technologies improve operator performance and productivity while reducing operating costs. Cat GRADE with Cross Slope: Fast, accurate grading Cat GRADE with Cross Slope is an optional factory-integrated system that requires no infrastructure, base station, design files or data radios. Simple and cost effective, this 2D system automatically adjusts the slope of the blade based on the…

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Eliminating the blindspots

Closer collaboration between all levels of the plant and construction supply chain could hold the answer to removing blind spots that cause numerous injuries and fatalities every year. This became apparent during the launch of Spillard Safety Systems’ latest objection detection system and was followed by a debate involving plant hire firms, vehicle manufacturers and major civil engineering and construction companies. More than 30 people attended the unveiling of ‘VCAS 300’ and were given the opportunity to feedback on the new technology and engage in discussion about how the sector…

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Freebies Latest News 

Thanks for the memory

There was a time when equipment manufacturers would lavish gifts upon trade journalists.   My personal collection of baseball caps, t-shirts and jackets meant that I rarely had to go shopping (good) but that I also looked like a walking advertisement for a used equipment dealership (not so good). Today, however, those same manufacturers are far more likely to hand us poor, beleaguered hacks a USB thumb drive containing photos, videos, brochures etc. Over the past few months, I have been collecting these together and I now have an impressive collection…

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Volvo keeps quarry in suspense

Quarrying company Italcave has boosted productivity thanks to the addition of a Volvo A40F-FS full suspension articulated hauler. The Volvo A40F-FS offers enhanced stability and high power making it ideal for use on challenging terrain. Set between the city of Milan and the border of Switzerland is Cucciago, a village with a population of about 3,000. Dominating its five square kilometers is a 350,000 square meter quarry – the largest in the province. Boasting an ancient history, its geology can be traced to the great Alpine glaciers, which, on several…

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