Hopkinson Waste Management, based in Staveley Derbyshire was established in 1984 by managing director, David Hopkinson. The company is still a ‘family run’ business more than 30-years later with David at the helm.

The group, in addition to skip hire, specialises in waste recycling which is all processed on Hopkinson’s own fully permitted thirty acre site at Slittingmill near Chesterfield. Skips of all sizes are delivered to and processed at this site together with wastes brought in by third party commercial and public organisations, both local and national. Hopkinson’s believe that they are one of the largest privately owned waste processors in the area serving South Yorkshire, North and Central Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. A high proportion of the waste processed is bulk inert, requiring modern, reliable and efficient plant. For the mobile plant, Hopkinson’s chose a Hyundai machine some time ago, and were so impressed that they have continued to invest in the Hyundai range appropriate to their operations.

The excavators and wheeled loaders used on site are all Hyundai machines. Hopkinson Waste has recently added two more machines to its fleet – a 22 tonne R220LC-9A crawler excavator and the latest wheeled loader from Hyundai – the HL960. With the two new additions the company now has a fleet of ten Hyundai machines, which represents an investment of almost £1million.

“We purchased our first Hyundai in 2004 which was a HL760-7 wheeled loader.” Said managing director David Hopkinson. “Local dealer EP Industries, based in Alfreton, supplied us with the machine and we have continued to work with them ever since. We really liked the Hyundai product so we continued to invest. They are reliable and are good value for money. I also like the Hyundai’s quality third-party suppliers such as Cummins Engines and ZF Transmissions. Parts are also easy to get hold of and we get a second to none back up service from EP Industries.”

David added, “Our second machine purchase from EP was a 21 tonne 7-series excavator, followed by a 14 tonne 7-series and four 760 wheeled loaders. The 21 tonne R210LC-9A was the first 9 series we bought and we noticed many improvements on the previous models.

The Hyundai’s work mainly with highways waste and demolition waste so have to be robust and reliable. With business being busier than ever we decided to buy our biggest excavator yet and invested in the R220LC-9A this was coupled with our very latest purchase of the HL960.”

David bought the HL960 without even seeing it or trying it out! “We were in the market for a new loading shovel,” said David “We spoke with Adrian from EP and we read up on the spec of the machine and bought it. This was a big purchase made on confidence in the product and the dealership. So far we have been delighted with the machine the operators say that it’s more powerful than previous models. They also like the ease of operation and the ease of maintenance with the new electronic hood. Another big plus with all the Hyundai machines is the extended warranty of 2yrs/4000hrs – which shows the manufacturers confidence in the product.”