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Contrak’s construction contortionist!

Contrak Construction of Newcastle under Lyme has taken delivery of its first ‘large’ Volvo excavator in the guise of a reduced swing ECR145E for its groundworking and general construction activities. The ECR145E has been supplied complete with the two-piece boom option, dozer blade and a Steelwrist tiltrotator which ticks all the boxes for proprietor, Phil Cookson. “We needed a slightly larger, more productive machine in our fleet, yet the compactness offered by the reduced swing counterweight coupled with the two-piece boom and of course the Steelwrist tiltrotator, makes the ECR145E…

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SMT’s Successful Demonstration!

B&W Plant Hire and Sales Ltd of Blackburn, Lancashire, has taken delivery of ten Volvo EC140Es and four larger EC220Es following a successful demonstration and an overall competitive package offered by SMT GB. The new Volvo additions join a mixed fleet of some 550 excavators in B&W Plant’s arsenal of equipment ranging from three quarter to thirty-five tonnes in operating weight. “We were impressed with the recent demonstration, finding the Volvo to be very responsive, smooth to operate and productive,” says Managing Director, Will Whitwell. “Our operators appreciated the all-round…

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NEW Volvo for Grundon

Grundon Waste Management Ltd has taken delivery of a new Volvo EW240E materials handler for its Colnbrook operation following a successful demonstration and evaluation. Replacing a competitive model, the new Volvo EW240E MHE takes up residence at the company’s Waste Transfer and Material Recovery Facility at Colnbrook handling segregated waste destined for the nearby incineration plant or for landfill. Whilst Grundon has operated Volvo equipment for many years on the aggregate side of their business, this is the first Volvo materials handler the company has purchased. “We were looking for…

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In with the New!

East Lothian based A M Dagg (Plant Hire) Ltd has opted for another Volvo excavator – this time a fourteen-tonne EC140E, thanks in part to the good service and reliability of an older EC140B it replaces after 17,000 trouble-free hours. “We’ve had a good experience operating all of our Volvo machines over a long period of time,” says Plant Manager Scott Gordon. “Our operators certainly appreciate the Volvo machines in regard to the comfort in the cab, the controllability, digging performance and overall build quality. In addition, Volvo has provided…

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Volvo impress in Georgia

A fleet of Volvo EC210B crawler excavators is helping to erect power line towers in the high-altitude, mountainous terrain of southern Georgia. Georgian construction company Caucasenergo is currently engaged in a challenging project to construct power line towers in the most remote, mountainous regions of the country. The high-voltage transmission towers are being erected 2,500m above sea level in Beshumi, a particularly rocky, hard-to-reach region with very limited access to roads. This mean all Caucasenergo construction equipment is required to be extremely reliable and proficient in off-road mobility. Caucasenergo is…

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Michael Henry chooses Volvo

Ickenham based plant hire and civil engineering contractor has opted for a new Volvo EC220E to coincide with a move to raise its profile in the Greater London plant hire market and expand its client portfolio. Michael Henry Civil Engineering is no stranger to owning and operating Volvo branded equipment, already running an EC220D in its mixed fleet of equipment. “We were in the market to add another twenty-tonne machine to the fleet and our decision to purchase the new Volvo coincided with an EC220E available together with an attractive…

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Volvo power pipeline productivity

Equipping construction machines with a digital voice has brought a new level of productivity to an international energy project piping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe. The project; TAP, is scheduled to cost 4.5 billion euros and covers 878 km both onshore and under the sea, from Greece to Italy. French-based international pipeline contractor SPIECAPAG is carrying out the onshore work of 187 km across Greece and 215 km through Albania. When complete, the pipeline will open up a huge new source of natural gas to markets across the…

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Quarry goes emission free!

On the 29th August, Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska began testing the viability of its Electric Site concept at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, will run in a real production environment for 10 weeks delivering an anticipated 95% reduction in carbon emissions and 25% reduction in total cost of operations. Volvo Construction Equipment and Skanska are turning the quarrying industry upside down in a groundbreaking study to create the world’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry. Drawing on the electromobility…

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L90H for Robins

Robins of Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex has opted for a new Volvo L90H loading shovel which joins existing Volvo L90s at its Newtimber chalk pit located at Pyecombe on the outskirts of Brighton. “We’ve been operating Volvo L90s since 1998 here at Newtimber chalk pit and have been extremely satisfied with their performance and reliability. They are the optimum size of loading shovel for our operations and are definitely our machine of choice,” says Quarry Manager, Gary Robins. “In fact, one of our older machines has clocked up around 15,000…

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Bespoke Volvo in Russia

The introduction of a modified Volvo EC250 crawler excavator and L120 wheel loader into Arkhsplav’s timber rafting operations has cut loading costs by five times while dramatically increasing productivity. 1,500km north-east of St. Petersburg, Russia’s Arkhangelsk region is characterised by vast coniferous forests of pine, spruce and larch. Along with fishing, forestry has been the province’s main economic driver since the late 1800s – but its traditional timber transport methods are struggling to keep up with today’s demand. Arkhangelsk Oblast is notoriously remote, with many areas unreachable by road. Instead,…

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