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Liebherr at the double

After experiencing problems with his wheeled loaders, James Greenwood needed something more reliable to cope with higher production levels. Liebherr provided it…twice Greenwood is managing director of Ready Mix Tees Valley and, with a move to a new yard on the banks of the River Tees enabling a step-up in production, keeping the batching plant supplied with material was crucial. But there was a ‘but’. “We had used a number of shovels for stocking the plant since we started operations,” he explained. “Both manufacturers’ products had caused us some issues…

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Johnson Plant goes electric

Leading hirer Johnson Plant is celebrating after its purchase of a new JCB electric mini excavator helped the company secure a host of new contracts. The Esher-based firm, established to supply plant to sister company Landmark Groundworks, became one of the very first customers to buy the pioneering, fully electric excavator soon after it was launched by JCB. The zero emissions, ultra-quiet 19C-1E model – supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB – has helped Johnson Plant to win several contracts and continues to impress with its powerful performance. Johnson Plant’s Director,…

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Following in father’s footsteps

Paragon Bank is enabling three Leicestershire-based sisters to follow in the footsteps of their father by providing funding to establish their plant hire business, FinniGroup Ltd. Paragon has built a long-standing relationship with Paul Finnegan, owner of Leicester-based plant hire firm, Joinpoint Ltd. After years of supporting Paul to finance dump trucks, Paragon has now been able to support daughters, Hollie, Jade and Ruby in establishing their own businesses. After Hollie and Ruby had already established their own plant hire businesses, they decided to form FinniGroup Ltd alongside Jade, a…

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More changes at Manitou

Manitou has announced the appointment of Robert Coates Plant Sales, Stoke-on-Trent, as its construction product dealer for Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Manchester effective 1st January 2021. Thew news follows hot on the heels of another change in the Manitou dealer network yesterday. Robert Coates Plant Sales is a family owned business which was started as a service business in the early 1980’s by Robert Coates. Like many successful service businesses, customers asked Robert to source machines for them. He started with the supply of used machines before becoming the…

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Size Matters

For M. Michel Bau of Garbsen in Lower Saxony in Germany, the Doosan DX255LC-5 crawler excavator is the ideal all-purpose machine for all the different types of demolition and earthmoving work the company undertakes. The Doosan DX255LC-5 crawler excavator is also used in many ways by the associated recycling company, Michel Recycling. The high available power combined with cost efficiency and high driver comfort make the machine very popular with operators and management alike. This explains why Michel has just placed an order for a fourth DX255LC-5 to expand the…

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On their trolley

At Bauma 2019, VA Erzberg and Liebherr concluded a development contract for a Trolley assist system for the 100 tonne mining truck. Since then the iron ore mine has been testing the diesel-electric truck in Austria. The truck was modified to operate with an overhead line connected through a current collector with bars on a 500 m long test track. The groundbreaking ceremony for the extended 5 km trolley line took place on September 29, 2020. VA Erzberg stated: “Up to now, the transport of more than 13 Mt of…

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Manitou parts company with dealer

Ben Burgess and Manitou formally announce their mutual decision not to renew their Dealership Agreement when it expires on 31st December 2020. Ben Burgess has promoted, sold, and supported Manitou agricultural and construction machines since 2007. Both companies agree that this has been a very successful working relationship whereby Manitou customers have been professionally supported by Ben Burgess throughout their trading area. However, Ben Burgess has made the decision to promote Kramer telehandlers as from 1st January 2021. “We will continue to sell and support Manitou machines up until the…

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Trucking towards Canadian cold

Terex Trucks has signed Headwater Equipment Sales Ltd. as its new dealer in Alberta, Canada, to bring its articulated haulers to even more customers in the province’s construction, mining, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. Terex Trucks articulated haulers can handle rough terrain and tough conditions and perform reliably during Canada’s coldest months of the year. In Alberta, a variety of tasks await Terex Trucks’ TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers. The company’s new dealer, Headwater Equipment, will sell and rent the TA300 and TA400, as well as provide aftermarket support,…

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Liebherr trucks destined for Down Under

Five 240 tonne Liebherr T 264 off-highway haul trucks were commissioned in early 2020 for use at Dawson Mine in Queensland, Australia. Liebherr Mining provides five new trucks to MacKellar Mining, a loyal contractor customer since 2016. Although MacKellar runs Liebherr excavators and dozers at other sites, these 240 tonne trucks are the first Liebherr mining machines at Anglo American’s Dawson Mine, and MacKellar’s first fleet of Liebherr trucks. Located in Central Queensland, Dawson Mine is an open cut metallurgical coal mine, and a joint venture between Anglo American (51%)…

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Hitachi and Engcon couple up

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) has announced a new partnership with Engcon to supply and fit their range of tiltrotators at HCMUK’s state-of-the-art preparation centre in the North East.   L Lynch Plant Hire are the first to receive two Hitachi ZX130LCN-6’s with Engcon tiltrotators installed by Hitachi-trained technicians. Merrill Lynch, Director at Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage, commented, “As the scope and scale of our work increases, so to must the diversity of our excavators. Having considered incorporating tiltrotators into our fleet for some time, partnering with Engcon, one of…

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