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Tarmac leads new research project on lower carbon asphalt production
An industry group, led by Tarmac Ltd, has embarked on a two-year research initiative to develop a unique approach for more sustainable asphalt production

No sloping off for Wacker Neuson’s Vertical Digging System
The benefits of Wacker Neuson's Vertical Digging System (VDS) are being expolited on a major contract to up-grade the motorway communication network alongside the M6 in Lancashire.

Costain win Silver Considerate Constructor Award
The Costain team working on the AMP4 Welsh Water Framework has won a Silver Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2010 National Site Awards.

Top quality for A-Plant with accreditation to ISO 9001
A-Plant has received accreditation to ISO 9001:2008 quality standard, the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses.

Liebherr at Vertikal Days 2010
Liebherr-Great Britain Limited is exhibiting at Vertikal Days 2010 (16th and 17th June) on Stands Numbers 101 and 102.

Balfour Beatty extends its use of Greenroad
Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS) is to extend the use of GreenRoad’s 360TM to its fleet of 1400 commercial vehicles over the next six months.

Kubota Live! 2010
Kubota Live! 2010 is taking place at Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough on 18 and 19 May and is the only event that gives visitors the chance to put the complete Kubota range to the test.

Waiting list opens at fully subscribed JCB Academy
THE JCB Academy has opened a waiting list for places at the unique £22 million regional centre of learning after becoming fully subscribed months ahead of its September opening.

Kubota introduces largest tractor to date
In the firm’s 120th anniversary year, Kubota has launched the M130X, its biggest tractor to date,

Finning sells Hewden, its UK equipment rental business
Finning International Inc. has announced the sale of Hewden, its UK equipment rental business.

Sold! Mastenbroek M3500 trencher at Bauma
Mastenbroek reported keen interest in the stand’s main exhibit as visitors overcame travel chaos after volcanic ash grounded flights to the event’s earlier days.

Lafarge launches cement collection and recycling service
Lafarge UK is to introduce a groundbreaking cement collection and recycling service, in a move to help the construction industry cut waste going to landfill.

Speedy increases reach with exclusive access investment
Speedy has invested over half a million pounds in a new range of low-level access equipment from specialist manufacturer, Custom Equipment.

HSS teams up with JLG to launch Liftpod
HSS Hire and JLG has signed an exclusive agreement to offer a new portable access solution to the UK market.

Bachy Soletanche ‘access all areas’ with restricted mini-piles
Bachy Soletanche demonstrate the use of the restricted mini-piles technique in a project to construct a mezzanine floor within an already constructed industrial unit.

Norfolk company specialises in Avant hire
A Norfolk based hire company has specialised in Avant mini loaders and attachments, after realising their potential as a self-drive hire tool.

New Volvo Immingham Customer Support Centre opens
The expanded Volvo Construction Equipment facility in Immingham has been officially opened by Chris Rees, the President of Volvo CE in Europe and Anders Barreng, the VP of Sales in Europe.

Tailor made JCB models on show at Hillhead
At Hillhead 2010, JCB will showcase a vast range of models from its heavyline range of equipment for the quarrying, demolition and recycling industries.

Hilti invests £1.5 million in demonstration van fleet
Hilti has invested over £1.5 million in 55 purpose built demonstration vans to visit sites across the UK.

New European campaign on safe maintenence launched
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its new Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011, promoting safe maintenance across Europe.

Worry-free operation on construction machines with GRAMMER AG
GRAMMER is continually engaged in extending its “Services & Parts” business to deliver greater comfort and convenience for vehicle operators as well as developing accessories to meet the needs of users around the world.

JCB takes court action to stop product copying & patent breaches
JCB has taken tough action against three Far Eastern manufacturers for product copying and patent infringements.

Construction minister backs Hewden's 'NASE' team
In a recent visit to his local Wrexham depot Construction Minister Ian Lucas expressed his support for the new Hewden NASE team.

Positive results for Liebherr at 2010 Bauma despite travel difficulties
Liebherr has announced positive results from Bauma 2010, despite the fact that many visitors from abroad could not attend due to flight cancellations.

Liebherr wins two Bauma Innovation Awards
The leading trade associations within the German Construction Industry have awarded the 2010 Bauma Innovation Prize in two of the total of five categories to new developments from Liebherr.

Speedy launches biggest ever handbook
Featuring over 2,000 products, Speedy has released its biggest ever catalogue.

Secure future for innovative JCB hitch
JCB Attachments has developed an innovative double locking quickhitch that features independent locking of the front and rear pins.

Blue Group at Hillhead 2010
As a main distributor for Powerscreen® crushing & screening plants and Telestack conveying equipment, Blue Group is exhibiting at the Hillhead quarrying and recycling show and is on Stand.

Morrison Utility Services’ supervisors awarded Energy & Utility Skills qualification
Morrison Utility Services is celebrating the recent success of 15 gas contract supervisors in achieving Energy & Utility Skills’ ‘Utility Network Construction Supervisor’ qualification.

West Nurseries grows its Kubota tractor fleet
West Nurseries, which specialises in vegetable seed production, has replaced its existing Kubota B2110 tractor with the latest 22hp B2230 model.

Historic 3½ year pay deal & 3% rise agreed by JCB shopfloor employees
JCB shopfloor employees have voted to accept a three per cent pay increase from the company as part of an historic wage deal which covers the next three and a half years.

Liebherr at the Plant & Waste Recycling and Futuresource Shows
Liebherr-Great Britain Limited is exhibiting at both the Plant & Waste Recycling Show (June 8-10) in Paignton Green, Torbay as well as Futuresource in London’s ExCel (June 15-17).

A new twist to JCB Academy Project
A modern-day version of one of the world’s oldest engineering wonders has been installed at the new JCB Academy and will be responsible for generating the majority of the centre’s electricity.

Hewden scoops industry awards for supporting construction supply chain
Hewden has scooped the Institute of Credit Management (ICM) 2010 awards in both the Performance Improvement category and Credit Professional of the Year award.

Success story for Volvo Group UK Ltd at Scot Plant 2010
Despite appalling weather conditions, Scot Plant 2010 proved to be a 100% success story for Volvo Group UK Ltd with a record number of high quality enquiries and deals done on the stand.

SDMO appoints two diesel generator specialists as it goes for gold
SDMO has begun strengthening their UK distributor partnership with the appointment of two diesel generator specialists – Advanced Diesel Engineering and the Icel Group Ltd - as their latest Gold Dealers.

GRAMMER AG present Primo XL / XXL high-comfort aftermarket seats
At bauma 2010, GRAMMER AG will present two high-comfort aftermarket seats, the Primo XL and Primo XXL, for compact construction machines and forklift trucks.

Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane is Bronzeshield’s “flagship” lifter
Bronzeshield Lifting Limited continues its 20 years’ association with Liebherr and has taken delivery of a 500 tonnes capacity LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane.

Finning adopt CESAR to safeguard Caterpillar® Machines
Finning is now fitting the official CESAR plant registration and security system to all new Caterpillar machines, with a retro fit service available to its existing customers.

Liebherr at Hillhead 2010
Liebherr-Great Britain Limited continues its allegiance to the Hillhead Show and is exhibiting at its usual location - Stand Number Z6 by the North Face of the quarry.

A-Plant wins prestigious RoSPA award
A-Plant has once again won one of the prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards in 2010.

JCB finance and equipment aids DuBye’s impressive growth
A Scottish Plant Hirer is bucking the trends of the economic recession by demonstrating startling growth and fleet expansion - with its latest purchase being 24 new JCB models including the first 8085 midi excavator sold in the UK.

Grammer present new high-tech seat at Bauma 2010
GRAMMER AG will present a new high-tech seat at bauma 2010 for extreme mining and forestry applications.

Hilti offers complete tool service offering
Hilti has stated that it recognises the importance of cost effective measures in relation to repairs and after-market service packages.

A-Plant wins new £10 million contract with Vinci and Ringway
A-Plant has announced a five year Framework Agreement with VINCI Construction UK and Ringway Group, estimated to be worth circa £10 million per annum.

Hewden signs second national agreement with Hanson
Specialist rental firm Hewden has signed a second nationwide deal with Hanson, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of construction materials.

New venture kicks off with a Volvo L150F
A new L150F wheeled loader has been supplied to Balcas Ltd for its newly commissioned Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant at Invergordon, Cromarty.

First Liebherr industrial rehandlers for Munro’s
Munro’s, the specialist recycling company, has taken delivery of their first Liebherr Industrial Rehandlers, specifically designed and built for waste handling.

Speedy announces 5 year Strategic Supply Agreement with Connaught plc
Speedy has announced that it has entered into a new 5 year Strategic Supply Agreement with Connaught plc ("Connaught"), the UK's leading integrated services provider.

Applying evironmental science to wheel washing
DF Ecology, a division of the Italian construction equipment manufacturer, TowerLight s.r.l., has produced an advanced, entirely self-contained, automatic wheel washer system.

New Kubota G23 ride-on mower joins the Wisley team
Wisley – the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - has extended its Kubota fleet with a 23.3hp G23 professional ride-on mower.

Speedy launches manifesto for ‘World Class Construction’
Speedy has launched its first ever pre-election manifesto – ‘Positive change through leadership’.

More Volvo minis added to HireMee’s fleet
Hiremee Limited in Hertfordshire continues a long standing relationship with Volvo Construction Equipment as it adds more Volvo EC27C and EC15B mini excavators to its fleet.

Hewden secures national agreement with British Waterways
Hewden has secured an estimated £500,000 deal with British Waterways to provide equipment for projects across the UK canal network.

JCB invest £80m to come clean
JCB has made one of the biggest investments in its history to develop what it claims is the off-highway sector’s cleanest engine in readiness for incoming emissions legislation.

MT Bryan Contractors tempted by high spec Volvo ECR88
MT Bryan Contractors of Caputh, near Perth has added a new Volvo ECR88 Plus to its plant fleet for its general contracting and ground works business.

GRAMMER AG secures three-year 110 million Euros line of credit
GRAMMER AG, automotive supplier and manufacturer of seating systems, has agreed with a group of six banks, supported by a program of the German KfW-bank on a new medium-term working-capital facility.

Powerful new Kubota T1880 petrol ride-on mower launched
Kubota’s new T1880 ride-on mower includes a wider cutting width and a mulching facility to put an end to emptying grass boxes.

Volvo EC240C joins Les Taylor Contractors’ piling division
Les Taylor Contractors Ltd, Aberdeenshire, has added a new Volvo EC240C excavator to its piling division, equipping it with its own design of piling head for contracts nationwide.

Speedy launches online sales channel
Speedy has launched a new online sales channel – – allowing customers to purchase consumables, accessories and small tools.

Cordless, low vibration and dust free: Safe drilling from DeWalt
DEWALT has designed a low vibration cordless drilling system and integrated dust extraction with the DC234KL 36v rotary hammer.

Kramer launches eight new machines
Despite the financial crisis, Kramer has announced the release of eight new machines, ensuring the company will be well placed to take maximum advantage of an up-turn in business.

Speedy opens its first Superstore in Stoke-in-Trent
Speedy has opened its first ever Superstore - designed to complement the company’s traditional network of smaller depots, as well as its Multi Service Centre.

JCB pledges $100,000 worth of support for Chilean quake victim
JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has pledged assistance worth $100,000 to help in the rebuilding efforts in the wake of the Chilean earthquake disaster.

New Mastenbroek for Bauma
Mastenbroek has sold its first of a new generation of drainage trenchers, adding to an already impressive line-up from the European machinery manufacturer.

Kramer compact loader helps streamline a horse bedding business
A Wiltshire farmer recently took delivery of a Kramer 350 compact loader to help streamline the manufacturing process and meet increasing demand for its high quality, dust extracted products.

Kramer compact loader helps streamline a horse bedding business
A Wiltshire farmer recently took delivery of a Kramer 350 compact loader to help streamline the manufacturing process and meet increasing demand for its high quality, dust extracted products.

New power steering on JCB’s 4X4 Groundhog UTV
A new bespoke electric power-assist steering option (EPAS) is now available on the JCB Groundhog 4x4 UTV.

Kubota STV36 compact tractor for Gloucester Rugby Club
A sponsorship deal has secured a Kubota STV36 compact tractor for Gloucester Rugby Club.

New road/rail plant & vehicle testing service from Liebherr-Great Britain
Liebherr-Great Britain Limited has installed a 110 metres section of embedded rail for brake testing of Road Rail Vehicles at their Biggleswade headquarters in Bedfordshire.

Good after market support prompts another Volvo ECR88 Plus for Agriwork
Agriwork proprietor John Edwards has chosen Volvo once again based on his experience of good after market support.

Hewden appoints top graduates to meet national demand
Hewden has recruited nine graduates as national account sales executives (NASEs).

A-Plant helps young people through Prince’s Trust initiative
A-Plant has made a firm commitment to help disadvantaged young people across the UK by joining the Prince’s Trust Construction and Business Services Leadership Group (CBSLG).

Speedy delivers all-in-one biometric site access control solution
Speedy has signed a partnership deal with leading biometric and identity management consultancy Human Recognition Systems (HRS) to offer MSite - an all-in-one biometric site access security solution.

Liebherr L 514 PK Stereo wheeled loading shovel is 'Jack of all trades'
Independent ready mixed concrete and aggregates supplier Tor Multimix Ltd of Glastonbury has taken delivery of a Liebherr L 514 PK Stereo wheeled loading shovel.

JCB Finance Ltd celebrate its 40th anniversary
JCB Finance Ltd is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, tracing its origins back to the formation of JCB Credit Ltd in February 1970.

Blue Scotland debuts four new machines at Scotplant 2010
Blue Group company, Blue Scotland is continuing its long-standing allegiance to Scotplant and will be launching four new machines to the UK marketplace at the event.

Liebherr at Scotplant 2010
Liebherr will once again be exhibiting at this year’s Scotplant (Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh - 26th to 27th March), displaying a representative example of its high-technology equipment.

Hewden invests in new products for hire
In the last quarter, Hewden has invested in excess of £1.5 million to increase the size and availability of its plant equipment portfolio.

Speedy launches “next generation” customer extranet
Speedy is rolling out the next phase of its extranet service - My Speedy – to help customers better manage all of their hire needs online.

Volvo CE launches ECOOPERATOR in Great Britain
Volvo Construction Equipment Division has launched ECOOPERATOR as part of its strategy to raise awareness on environmental issues and promote better operating efficiencies.

Hilti's new muscleman with tremendous punch
Hilti's new TE 1500-AVR breaker delivers outstanding hammering power with exceptional reliability.

JCB and Volvo CE sign framework agreement on loaders
JCB and Volvo Construction Equipment have entered into a framework agreement under which they will co-operate on the engineering and manufacturing of skid steer loader and compact tracked loader products.

Forestry Services Ltd chooses Volvo for the 1st time
Forestry Services Ltd of Machynlleth, Powys has purchased a Volvo EC240C excavator and converted it to a bespoke, highly specified timber harvester for its thinning and clear fell contracts.

Four new Terex® Finlay models launched at Terex annual conference
Terex® Mobile Processing Equipment (Terex® MPE) launched four exciting new models at a four-day conference in Ireland.

Speedy Managed Services hits £25m milestone
Speedy has announced that its managed services division – which sources equipment from other suppliers on its customers’ behalf – has reached the landmark turnover figure of £25M.

DeWalt get the job done faster with all new XRP™ cordless drill
DeWalt has recently launched its best ever cordless drills, the ALL NEW XRP™ range.

Kubota launches new B2420 compact tractor
Kubota has extended its popular B20 series with the launch of the affordable new B2420 compact tractor.

A-Plant lights the way with significant investment in new equipment
To meet huge demand for temporary lighting requirements, A-Plant has invested in 60 new Vertitower Lighting Towers manufactured by ArcGen Hilta, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of on-site power equipment.

Lowmac Alloys takes UK’s first “next generation” Doppstadt shredder
Lowmac Alloys Limited of Irvine has invested in the UK’s first “next generation” Doppstadt DW-3060K Bio Power shredder, sourced from distributors Blue Scotland.

JCB donates diggers to Haiti quake disaster
JCB is donating diggers worth $150,000 to help the disaster relief effort in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that is feared to have killed tens of thousands of people.

Doosan introduces new in-cab monitor for its excavators
Doosan Infracore (UK) has announced the introduction of a new in-cab monitor for its range of 14 tonne and upwards wheeled and tracked excavators.

Eight Volvo wheeled loaders for Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd
A total of eight Volvo EW160C wheeled excavators rigged specifically for rehandling duties have been delivered to Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd for deployment into selected household waste recycling centres.

Quantima compressors chosen for world’s tallest performing fountain
A package of 11 CompAir compressors, including four Quantima units, is powering water jets up to 50 storeys high at The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain.

Key local authority contract win for A-Plant
A-Plant is celebrating a key local authority win after securing a three year Framework Contract with Hull City Council.

JCB forklift hits milestone with production of 7,500th Teletruk
JCB is celebrating a major milestone with its unique JCB Teletruk industrial forklift – the production of the 7,500th machine.

DeWalt launch new impact ready accessories
DeWalt have announced the eagerly awaited launch of their unique impact ready accessory range, designed specifically to withstand use in an impact driver.

Avant machines ideal for snow clearance work
An Avant mini loader, equipped with a dozer blade or snow brush attachment, is an ideal combination for snow clearing in smaller areas such as car parks, pedestrian precincts and footpaths.

Liebherr-Rental loaders in timber handling role
Pontrilas Timber, Herefordshire, shows a continuous investment in the most modern processing plant and machinery with Liebherr wheeled loading shovels now playing an important rôle in materials movement at their sawmills.

JCB veteran bows out after almost 47 years
Roger Bree, Manufacturing Manager of JCB’s Loadall Division, has retired after almost 47 years with the company.

JCB launches two new specialist compact models at EHS 2010
The Executive Hire Show 2010 will see the first public appearance of two new JCB models – the 515-40 Loadall telescopic handler and a Utility version of its 8018 mini excavator.

JCB offers new demolition variant of the 36-tonne JS360
Building on the success of its recently launched JS360 tracked excavator, JCB now offers a tailor-made demolition specification version – the JS360XD.

Successful overseas sting operation thanks to A-Plant tracking system
A-Plant’s A-Trak GPS satellite tracking and security system has been at the hub of a successful sting operation to recover plant stolen in the UK and transported to Germany.

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions brings innovation to road safety work
Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS) recently hosted an innovative road safety seminar at the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester as part of the company’s support for Brake’s Road Safety Week.

A-Plant awarded public sector framework agreement
A-Plant has announced it is an approved Buying Solutions supplier, having been successfully awarded a Buying Solutions Framework Agreement for the provision of Plant Hire Equipment, PPE and Training Services to the public sector.

Volvo back in the frame at PP O’Connor Ltd
PP O’Connor Limited, Manchester has renewed an acquaintance with Volvo Construction Equipment products purchasing a range of demolition equipment including a 70 tonne EC700C and a 36 tonne EC360.

Hewden scores with FIFA Club World Cup hire
Hewden, a specialist equipment rental company in the UK has supplied equipment to White Horse Contractors, a design and construction company of natural and artificial sports turf facilities, for this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.

Vögele Pavers: In Guernsey, small is beautiful
Having already bought five new Vögele 1803-2 pavers recently, Aggregate Industries had no hesitation in opting for a smaller, 1302-2 machine for its subsidiary, Ronez on Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Kubota tractors and mowers have the cutting edge in Maidstone
A combination of Kubota tractors and out-front mowers have been chosen for all the grass cutting work carried out by Maidstone Borough Services.

David McCulloch Groundworks Contractors adds new Volvo EC27C to fleet
“I’m glad they listened……” says the proprietor of David McCulloch Groundworks Contractors, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire as he adds the new Volvo EC27C to his plant fleet.

Beating the recession with some reindeer and JCB Loadalls
Christmas has come early for Rudolph and his friends thanks to a very special delivery of JCBs that will help a recession-beating herd of reindeer keep feeding during the winter months.

New Blue waste recycling plant for Willshee’s
As part of their 2009 expansion plans Willshee's Skip Hire Ltd recently acquired a bespoke recycling system from Blue Central.

Liebherr wins accolades at the Demolition Awards event
In a hotly contested competition for the new and prestigious Demolition Awards, Liebherr has won the Service and Support Award and achieved a “highly commended” in the Innovation category.

A-Plant achieves Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation
A-Plant has undergone a rigorous procedure to achieve the Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation.

JCB honoured with Queen’s award for export success
JCB Heavy Products has been honoured with the presentation of a Queen’s Award for successfully growing exports of its range of tracked and wheeled excavators.

New mini loader from Avant
Mini loader specialist Avant Tecno of Thetford in Norfolk has announced the introduction of its all-new 400 Series.

Important spine research for seat development at Grammer
For over a decade, Grammer has supporting the work of spine researchers, gaining many new insights and ideas that the company has channeled into developing new seats.

Speedy launches ‘industry first’ green initiative
Speedy has launched a new campaign to help its customers meet their environmental goals and reduce costs by addressing green issues at site level.

A-Plant powers Europe’s largest travelling fair
A-Plant has won a prestigious three year contract to provide power generation equipment for the largest travelling fair in Europe.

World leading petrochemical company Sabic chooses A-Plant
A-Plant has secured a prestigious sole supply two year rolling contract win with SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation), one of the world’s fastest-growing petrochemical companies and the most profitable non-oil company in the Middle East.

Volvo remains supplier of choice at Commercial Recycling Limited
A further two Volvo EC210C excavators and a Volvo L60F loading shovel have been supplied to Dorset based Commercial Recycling Limited.

Speedy Envirocabin wins national environmental best practice award
Speedy has been awarded a prestigious award by The Green Organisation for its environmentally friendly on-site accommodation unit, the EnviroCabin.

JCB unveils two year/2,000 hour warranty on all mini excavators
JCB has doubled its standard warranty period on the full range of compact excavators, to two years or 2,000 operating hours.

JCB unveils utility specification for popular 8018
JCB has been working with leading utility contractors to develop a special industry-specific version of its popular 8018 mini excavator.

Speedy makes heavy-duty generator investment
Speedy has invested almost £800,000 in a new fleet of 1250kVA Generating Sets from specialist manufacturer, Cummins Power Generation.

Volvo’s dedicated machine solutions win prize at Demolition Awards
Volvo Construction Equipment’s Standard Demolition machine package has been presented with the Innovation Award in the Series Product category at the industry’s gala awards dinner.

JCB academy hailed 'magnificent by Lord Baker
Given a glimpse behind the scenes of the new £22 million JCB Academy, Former Education Secretary Lord Baker hailed it as a magnificent training opportunity for youngsters.

A-Plant MD sleeping out to support the homeless
Mark Pudney, A-Plant’s Managing Director for Sales, has volunteered to give up his bed for the night to help raise funds for the care of homeless young people.

JCB enters construction site security market
JCB has entered the construction site security market with the introduction of a Mobile CCTV Tower.

HSS Hire responds to customer demand for plant equipment
Traditionally known for its expertise in the provision of small tools and equipment and related hire services, HSS Hire is now adding a range of plant equipment to its hire fleet.

Skene Group Ltd sees Blue with Volvo
In a decisive move to streamline its maintenance costs on mobile plant, Glenrothes based Skene Group Ltd has signed up to Volvo Construction Equipment’s Blue customer support agreements for all their Volvo machines.

M & I B Services Ltd continue family tradition with a new Volvo ECR88 Plus
Continuing a tradition of operating Volvo Construction Equipment products, family run business M & I B Services Ltd of Leighton Buzzard has opted for a new ECR88 Plus compact excavator.

Irish nursery grows Kubota compact tractor fleet
The highly successful Irish wholesale nursery Nangle & Niesen, which specialises in the production of semi-mature trees, has made the work of its staff easier with a fleet of five Kubota compact tractors.

JCB shines with three star Thatcham security rating
JCB has become the first excavator manufacturer to achieve a three star Thatcham security rating in the agricultural and construction machinery sector.

Doosan pushing Bobcat to Chinese construction machinery market
With already the largest market share in the Chinese mid-to-large size construction machinery market, Doosan Infracore is now seriously targeting the Chinese small construction machinery market with Bobcat.

Liebherr wheeled loader is worth its salt
Having operated Liebherr wheeled loaders at their rock salt processing facilities for a number of years, Cobra Middlesbrough Limited has taken another on a three-year equipment supply and maintenance contract.

Hewden appoints Kevin Parkes as new director
Specialist rental company Hewden has announced the appointment of Kevin Parkes to the position of director with responsibility for the Hewden business.

Tough decisions ensure JCB remained profitable during 2008
JCB has announced that the company remained profitable during 2008 despite the sharp deterioration in market conditions in the global construction equipment industry.

Volvo to install ice screen for Stockholm film festival
Volvo wheel loaders have been used to harvest ice for the construction of a giant movie screen to help celebrate Stockholm's 20th film festival.

Thorworld yardramp plays a key role in JCB Teletruk demos
For the third consecutive year, JCB Industrial has chosen to use a Thorworld mobile yardramp as it is the perfect partner for its live Telescopic forklift demonstrations to VIP customers and dealers.

JCB donates diggers to help Indonesian quake relief effort
JCB is donating equipment worth $250,000 to help the disaster relief effort in Padang, West Sumatra following the recent, devastating earthquake.

Hallmark Plant Hire buy first Volvo EC27C sold in Great Britain
Hallmark Plant Hire have taken delivery of the first Volvo EC27C compact excavator to be sold in Great Britain.

HSS launch confined space training tank
HSS Training has invested in a state of the art, custom-built confined space tank to add a practical element to the Confined Space Awareness training course.

C A Blackwell invests in more medium sized excavators from Volvo
Essex based C A Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd has invested around £1.1m replacing part of its medium sized excavator fleet with eight new Volvo EC210C and three new EC290C excavators.

Smallest ever JCB compact loadall unveiled
JCB has unveiled its smallest ever Loadall telescopic handler model which has a height less than two metres.

Wacker Neuson introduces new high quality cab for wheeled dumpers
Wacker Neuson Linz has announced the introduction of a new low-cost, fully equipped cab option for its 3, 6, 9 and 10 tonne wheeled dumper models.

A-Plant wins new tier 1 supplier contract from Costain
A-Plant has signed a new Strategic Partnership Agreement with Costain Group, one of the UK's leading construction companies.

Doosan introduces high-tech DL350 wheeled loader
Doosan Infracore (UK) has announced the introduction of the DL350 wheeled loader which extends the current range to a total of eight models from 1.5 to 5 cu m.

Kubota agricultural tractors are highly versatile all-rounders
The latest Kubota M40 Series tractors have received the coveted Silver medal in the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Machinery Awards 2009.

CHC invests in Volvo Construction Equipment products
Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd (CHC) of Bury Lancashire has taken delivery of eight new A30E articulated haulers and an EC460C Mass excavator.

Tube Lines signs £6 million sole supplier agreement with Speedy
Tube Lines, the company upgrading three of the busiest lines on the London Underground, has signed a two-year £6m sole supplier agreement with Speedy.

HSS Hire scoops Contract Journal's 'Plant Hire Company of the Year' award
HSS Hire has been singled out as 'Plant Hire Company of the Year' in Contract Journal's prestigious Hard Hat awards.

New Liebherr Waste Handler for Alex Smiles Ltd
Alex Smiles Limited has continued the company’s long allegiance to Liebherr-Great Britain Limited with the purchase of a specialist L 5382plus1 PK-HL high-lift wheeled loading shovel waste handler.

Liebherr-Great Britain adds another depot to national network
The Earthmoving Division of Liebherr-Great Britain Ltd has opened a new depot at the Liebherr Group’s Sunderland site.

Tarmac turns to JCB for backhoe and lowest vibration breaker
Tarmac National Contracting has purchased 41 new 2CX Streetmaster backhoe loaders with HM25LV handheld breakers fom JCB.

Kubota fleet above par at top Irish golf club
One of Ireland's finest golf parkland complexes, Headfort Golf Club, in Kells, Co. Meath, is moving towards an all-Kubota groundcare fleet.

First time Volvo for Alex Beaton Haulage and Plant Hire
Father and son partnership has been persuaded to opt for their first Volvo branded excavator, moving up in size from their previous mini excavators and a backhoe loader.

HSE prosecutes Port company following death of employee
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to employers following a fatal incident where a dock worker was struck by a reversing vehicle.

A-Plant wins preferred supplier contract from Morrison Utility Services
A-Plant has announced that the company has won a new three-year preferred supplier agreement from Morrison Utility Services (MUS), the leading service provider in the UK and Ireland utilities sector.

Savage Plant Hire launches a double assault on the recession with JCB
Birmingham-based Savage Plant Hire is launching a double assault on the recession by updating its fleet of diggers – and investing in a brand new JCB product to generate new business opportunities.

Kent animal parks wild about Kubota groundcare equipment
Two animal parks in Kent owned by the Aspinall Foundation have chosen Kubota tractors and mowers for their grass-cutting and other outdoor tasks.

Ladder exchange climbs the agenda with Speedy
Speedy has teamed up with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of its annual campaign to reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe ladders.

Mastenbroek hooks a prize in Holland
A LASER-controlled, British-built Mastenbroek 10/12D trencher is helping Dutch plant growers turn a 6 hectare (14.8 acre) glasshouse into one of the most advanced and productive of its kind in Europe.

Volvo minis are working well at Hire Direct Plant & Tool
Three ECR48C Volvo compact excavators are the first compact excavators from Volvo to join Hire Direct’s mini digger fleet of some 85 machines.

A-Plant wins preferred supplier for all Spice Group
A-Plant has won a new preferred supplier contract from Spice plc, a provider of outsourced infrastructure support services principally to the utilities sector.

Hewden goes 'walking with dinosaurs'
Specialist rental company Hewden is taking a walk on the wild side by providing access equipment to support the UK tour of Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular.

Augean PLC takes four Liebherr
Augean PLC, one of the UK’s leading waste management groups, recently took delivery of four Liebgerr LR 634 Litronic fully hydrostatic crawler loaders, which are specifically designed and factory-built for landfill operations.

Volvo EC210C has a heritage to look up to
Isle of Skye contractor Ewan (Yogi) Grant has high expectations for his new Volvo EC210C excavator – and rightly so! It joins a vintage Volvo BM 860TL dumptruck circa 1968!

Hilti offer free services to reduce downtime
Hilti have developed a range of free-of-charge services that include laser and Lithium-ion battery checking, tool maintenance and a full tool inspection at the point of repair.

Lafarge sustainability report highlights progress on reducing carbon footprint
The UK’s leading cement manufacturer, Lafarge, has launched its annual sustainability report and statement, which highlight the company’s strong environmental performance in 2008.

Kubota strengthens agricultural tractors dealer network
Kubota has enlarged its UK agricultural tractors sales network with the appointment of Cradock Tractors as its dealer covering North and West Wiltshire and North and East Somerset.

New HAVS initiatives from Speedy
Speedy is renewing its focus on Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) with the launch of a number of new initiatives designed to limit workers’ exposure and cut the number of cases reported each year.

Kramer loader ideal for Lancashire paving contractor
Following the theft of its Kramer 350 4-wheel steer/4-wheel drive compact loading shovel, Pavertec had no hesitation in replacing it with the larger, more powerful Kramer 280 model.

UK's first Doosan DX170W wheeled excavator delivered
The first Doosan DX170W wheeled excavator in the UK has recently been delivered to Long Eaton Plant Hire of Ilkeston in Derbyshire .

New Kubota ZD326 zero turn mower is a cut above the rest
Superseding the popular ZD Series, the new ZD326 zero turn mower from Kubota is a state-of-the-art machine which sets new standards in quality, performance, reliability and comfort for the commercial operator.

JCB Torquelock helps customers combat credit crunch
Increasing numbers of customers are specifying JCB’s unique TorqueLock system on new backhoe loaders as they recognise the cost savings it offers during the current economic downturn.

Taylor Woodrow acquisition expands Vinci contract for A-Plant
Well into the second year of a five-year framework agreement between the two companies, A-Plant’s preferred supplier contract with VINCI PLC has grown into one of the most diverse in the company’s portfolio.

Doosan futuristic concept excavator wins 'Best of the Best' award
Doosan Infracore has announced receiving the Best of the Best Award at '2009 Reddot Design Award' for the futuristic concept excavator, 'CX'.

A second batch of Volvo ECR88’s for Flannery Hire
Flannery Hire of Castleford, West Yorkshire has taken delivery of a second batch of four Volvo ECR88 Plus midi excavators increasing the product portfolio for its operated and non operated supply business.

Hilti tools carve stone in the name of art
Hilti are supporting the ‘Edinburgh Art Festival 2009’ with a range of Hilti tools that are currently being utilised as part of a unique arts event, known as the Milestone carve that is taking place at the festival until the end of August.

G.T. O’Kane shouts 'Timber!' with Volvo
G.T. O’Kane Timber has purchased a Volvo EC210C excavator and converted it to a bespoke, highly specified timber harvester for its thinning and clear fell contracts in and around Northumberland.

A-Plant is preferred supplier for M25 project
A-Plant has been awarded the highly prestigious contract to supply general plant, equipment and tools to Skanska Balfour Beatty on the M25 DBFO contract.

A-Plant launches new insurance package for hire industry
A-Plant has launched a brand new insurance package which enables the company's customers to insure hired A-Plant equipment against loss or damage for up to £100,000 for any one incident.

First Volvo EC55C’s go to Brain Plant Ltd
Stratford Upon Avon based Brain Plant Hire is the first company in the UK to take delivery of Volvo Construction Equipment’s latest update to its highly successful 5½ tonne mini digger - the EC55C.

Rugged Kubota RTV900 is tops for performance in the Highlands
A Kubota RTV900 four-wheel drive all-terrain utility vehicle is proving a valuable workhorse on the 14,500 Ceannacroc Estates, mainly mountain land to the west of Fort Augustus, in the Scottish Highlands.

New 2404 compact excavator from Wacker Neuson
With the new 2404 tracked excavator, Wacker Neuson has extended its range in the 2.5 tonne class...

New Avant mini loader every year for Derbyshire contractor
Derbyshire based Paul Hudson Civil Engineering (PHD), specialising in road, sewer and heavy landscaping contracts, is now waiting to take delivery of its fourth unit, the very latest 750 model launched at the beginning of the year.

HQC adds more Volvo Construction Equipment products to the fleet
Blue chip contractors, Highlands Quality Construction Ltd (HQC) continues to augment its plant fleet with Volvo Construction Equipment to fulfil more prestigious contracts in Scotland and the north of England.

D J Laing “sticks” with Doppstadt!
D J Laing has recently taken delivery of their fifth Doppstadt, a Doppstadt DZ-750 Kombi combination slow- and high-speed shredder from Blue Scotland.

RASE machinery award for Kubota M40 Series tractors
The Kubota M40 Series tractors range has been awarded a Silver medal in the 2009 Royal Agricultural Society Of England (RASE) Machinery Awards. The award was presented at the Royal Show 2009.

Lafarge Health and Safety Month reinforces commitment to safety
Lafarge Cement UK's logistics teams around the UK have reinforced the company's year-round commitment to safety with a range of activities as part of Health and Safety Month.

Speedy secures £3m deal with Works Infrastructure UK
Speedy has signed a three-year £3 million sole supplier agreement with Works Infrastructure UK, a leading engineering group operating in the infrastructure, facilities management, civil engineering and rail sectors.

A brace of backhoes for York Consortium of Drainage Boards
The York Consortium of Drainage Boards has broken with tradition favouring two Volvo BL61 Plus powershift backhoe loaders for its mobile plant fleet.

Exciting new addition to Kubota standard tractor range
The new Kubota L4100 mid-range tractor now joins the well established L3200 standard tractor model that has proved so popular with a wide variety of customers.

May Gurney signs £4 million preferred supplier agreement with Speedy
May Gurney has signed a two-year £4m preferred supplier agreement with Speedy, who will provide a comprehensive package of tools and equipment to the infrastructure services company.

OPERC Summer Conference 2009
The 2009 OPERC Summer Conference will be held on Thursday 16th July 2009 at the Hatherton Hotel, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5QP.

Scottish plant hirer goes back to school with help from JCB
Scottish plant hirer, Lomond Plant Hire, has invested in a fleet of seven new JCB excavators, including three 8045 mini excavators, two 8025 mini excavators and two 13-tonne JS130 models.

Volvo excavators find a niche with the Armstrong Group
Four new Volvo excavators have been supplied to the Armstrong Group, of Horwich, Bolton for its aggregates and environmental divisions.

New Redrock 3 tonne TH320 telehandler
The Northern Ireland based machinery manufacturer, Redrock Engineering Ltd, has introduced a new 3 tonne lift capacity pivot steer telehandler - the TH320.

Doosan zero tailswing mini perfect for recycling job
A Doosan DX27z zero tailswing mini excavator is proving to be the ideal tool for loading waste cardboard and polypropolene bags into a baler.

Liebherr delivers the first MTC 78000 heavy lift offshore crane
At the end of June, Liebherr delivered the first heavy lift offshore crane type MTC 78000 straight from its manufacturing plant in Rostock.

JCB machine gives lift to living London art project
In early July a JCB machine gave a lift – literally - to one of the UK’s most inspirational art projects as a living monument was created in the shadow of one of London’s most famous landmarks.

Towerlight launch new Gladiator range of mini-dumpers
TowerLight, the Italy based global supplier of construction equipment, have launched a new line of mini-dumpers ideally suited for landscape, light agricultural and building contracts.

First time Volvo for Beaven Contractors
A good finance package and a successful demonstration persuaded Tim Beaven, proprietor of Beaven Contractors of Haslemere to opt for his first Volvo branded excavator.

Kubota groundcare fleet is top of the class
Two more Kubota tractors have joined the extensive groundcare equipment fleet at St George's College in Surrey, bringing the total roster of the versatile orange machines to six.

Volvo A40E passes the test at E & JW Glendinning
A Volvo A40E articulated hauler purchased twelve months ago has passed the rigours as prime mover at E & JW Glendinning Limited’s Linhay Hill Quarry.

Rocket Rentals To Standardise On Martin's Latest Quick Hitch System
Rocket Rentals has decided to equip its entire fleet of mini and midi excavators with the recently launched fully automatic hydraulic quick coupling system developed by MARTIN of Braz in Austria.

“The arrangement has worked, our partnership is sound…”
Says Ken Dunn, UK mobile plant manager for Sibelco UK as he reviews the last four years association and looks forward to a continued future.

Unique JCB machines keep Tyne Tunnel project on target
Leading North-East contractor, Holystone Ltd, has bought two purpose-built JCB tracked excavator models with unique boom and dipper configurations, to carry out specialist groundworks on the new Tyne Tunnel Project in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

New fleet of Doosan diggers for Lancashire based excavating specialist
Specialist civil engineering contractor J K Guest of Wigan has decided to standardise on Doosan machines for its general purpose digging fleet and recently took delivery of five new units from local dealer - a DX80, DX225, DX255, DX300 and DX340.

Kubota gets on track with modified RTV900 utility vehicles for Network Rail
Kubota RTV900 utility vehicles modified for rail use are helping Network Rail and railway support service company maintenance staff to operate more efficiently.

First Volvo L50F in GB is purchased by Hitchcock Farms
The first Volvo L50F wheeled loader to land in Great Britain has gone to work handling and blending animal feeds at Hitchcock Farms, Ringshall near Stowmarket Suffolk.

Hassells exhibit new Sennebogen Greenline machines at FutureSource.
Hassells the UK dealer for Sennebogen machines will be exhibiting at Futuresource, stand number N10 in the Silver zone of the ExCel exhibition centre June 9-11th 2009.

JCB wins major order from international hirer
One of JCB’s newest business ventures is celebrating its biggest ever order after securing a deal from a leading international hire company worth almost £500,000.

First Avant Tecno 700 series loader in UK
The first Avant Tecno 700 Series compact articulated loader to be sold in the UK has been delivered to Ayrefield Plant of Chorley in Lancashire and was chosen principally because it can be easily transported by a 3.5 tonne truck.

Speedy secures £1M deal with Holloway White Allom
Speedy – has signed a two-year circa £1 million sole supplier agreement with one of the country's leading specialist contractors, Holloway White Allom (HWA).

KKB 3R Ltd invests in four Powerscreen Chieftain 1400 Screening Plants
KKB 3R Limited of Rochester, Kent, has taken delivery of four Powerscreen Chieftain 1400 mobile screening plants from Blue London.

JCB knucles down to develop the ‘ultimate’ backhoe loader
JCB – the world’s number one backhoe loader manufacturer – is launching a machine for the European markets which is even more versatile and productive.

JCB secures £14 million French military order
JCB has won a £14 million order from the French military for a fleet of its market leading backhoe loaders.

First ever Volvo for London based contracting company Cappagh
A brand new Volvo L180F loading shovel has been delivered to Cappagh and was ordered for a specific contract, feeding a large concrete batching plant in the south west of London.

C&G approved with flying colours for Driver CPC training
Transport and industry training specialist C&G Services has won Government approval to provide training under the new Driver CPC scheme.

Speedy wins top international safety award
Speedy has scooped the prestigious International Safety Award from the British Safety Council.

JCB secures major deal for wheeled loading shovels
JCB has won a multi-million pound deal to supply one of the UK’s leading vehicle remarketing companies with a fleet of 42 wheeled loading shovels.

Walkers have a blast at Lafarge Quarry
A group of walkers got more than they bargained for when they signed up for Lafarge Cement’s Limestone Quarries walk.

New Volvo ABG pavers for Toppesfield
Surfacing contractor Toppesfield have recently replaced their first two Volvo pavers, after three years of almost constant service, with the latest Volvo ABG 6870 models.

On target with Kubota RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicles
Two Kubota RTV900 four-wheel drive all-terrain utility vehicles have been voted 'top of the class' at the West London Shooting School, one of the oldest in the country.

Kubota blooms at Chelsea Flower Show
Kubota, the world leader in compact tractors and diesel ride-on mowers, showcased a selection from its extensive tractor and groundcare product ranges at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

Speedy helps reduce generator emissions and cut fuel costs
Speedy has launched the ‘Emission Buster’, an exclusive new product to help cut generator carbon emissions and fuel costs.

Halomec launches at SED 2009
SED provided a flying start in more ways than one for new company, Halomec Ltd, specialists in the supply, installation and technical support of after-market systems for heavy plant and machinery.

More Kubota tractors for top Dublin golf club
Elm Park Golf & Sports Club in Dublin has expanded its Kubota equipment fleet with the purchase of a second STV36 compact tractor and an L5740 mid-range tractor.

After sales support cliches the deal for Volvo
Several determining factors including a sound after sales support have led Hertfordshire based utilities specialist B Mosley Groundworks and Plant Hire Ltd to purchase three new Volvo EC15B XR mini excavators.

JCB Groundhog is premier league club Stoke City's latest signing
JCB’S Groundhog utility vehicle has scored a hit with Premier League team Stoke City’s grounds staff after the Club invested in the machine for use at its training facility.

JCB enters portable lighting tower market
JCB Power Products is entering the portable lighting tower market with a new nine-metre model.

Kubota introduces new B20 series compact tractors
The launch of the new B20 Series compact tractors from Kubota hails a new era in this horsepower sector which Kubota has dominated since introducing its first B-series tractor, the B6000, in the mid 1970's.

Bunton prepares for the upturn with a £½m investment in Volvo products
R Bunton Plant Hire Ltd of Harecroft near Bradford has made a further substantial investment in purchasing Volvo excavators as its plant hire and contracting portfolio increases.

Doosan DX160W for quarry and waste solutions specialist
A Surrey based dry waste recycling company has recently taken delivery of a Doosan DX160W wheeled excavator for use in a new recycling and materials recovery unit.

World’s first Liebherr R 984 C high-rise industrial rehandler goes to S. Norton & Co
S. Norton & Co, the Liverpool family-owned secondary metals processor and major exporter, has continued its 25 years of allegiance to Liebherr by investing in the remarkable R 984 C Litronic High-Rise Industrial Rehandler.

New JCB backhoe launch signals greater operator benefits
JCB has launched the new 3CX Contractor Pro which has been tailor-made for UK owner-operators to give the ultimate in backhoe loader performance.

Kubota machines pass Chessington Adventure with flying colours
A fleet of Kubota machines, consisting of three RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicles, an L5240 tractor and an F80 outfront ride-on mower, has boosted efficiency at the famous Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo.

Jackson Building Centres reaches impressive century with latest JCB order
The leading chain of builders’ merchants, Jackson Building Centres Ltd, has celebrated the delivery of its 100th JCB machine.

More Volvo minis added to Didcot’s fleet
Didcot Plant Limited continues a long standing relationship with Volvo Construction Equipment as it adds more Volvo EC55B Pro mini excavators to its fleet.

Bespoke kit aids diversification at QTS
QTS Plant, a division of the QTS Group located near Drumclog, South Lanarkshire has taken delivery of more Volvo compact excavators for its uniquely diverse fleet of equipment.

Spot-checks highlight danger of unrestrained vehicle loads
More than three quarters of vehicles stopped during safety checks in England and Wales were not loaded safely – putting motorists and loading staff at risk.

British-made Mastenbroek drainage trencher is 'pitch perfect'
A British-made Mastenbroek drainage trencher weathered the worst of the winter to help contractors finish extensive outfield improvement works at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s Bristol ground in good time for the new season.

Speedy secures four year Environment Agency contract
Speedy has been awarded a preferred supplier agreement with the Environment Agency to provide tools and equipment across the Agency’s network of depots including safety, survey and lifting gear.

P.J. Carey Plant Hire invests in site safety with Hill Auto-Loc 3
The Board of Directors at P.J. Carey Plant Hire have taken action to deal effectively with the extremely important issue of site safety, particularly in connection with excavator quick couplers.

Speedy partners Camwatch to provide site security solution
Speedy – the UK’s largest equipment and support services provider - has partnered with Europe’s largest CCTV monitoring company Camwatch to supply its new CCTV surveillance system.

OPERC/HSE Annual Update 2009
The 2009 OPERC/HSE Annual Update will be held at the HSE offices at Rosecourt, London on Tuesday 28th April 2009.

Lafarge sustainability report highlights progress on reducing carbon footprint
The UK’s leading cement manufacturer, Lafarge, has launched its annual sustainability report and statement, which highlight the company’s strong environmental performance in 2008.

Thoughtful design wins the business
According to Norjen Plant Hire LLP of Witton, Birmingham the thought that has gone into the design of the Volvo EC140C was the deciding factor in their decision to purchase.

New 6 tonne mobile yard ramp from Thorworld
A 6 tonne (6000kg) capacity mobile yard ramp has been added to the extensive range available from loading and unloading equipment specialists, Thorworld Industries Ltd.

Rousing welcome for Prince William as JCB marks machine milestone
On 24th April HRH Prince William paid his first ever visit to JCB to help the company celebrate a major milestone – the production of its 750,000th machine.

Powerscreen named one of the most successful UK businesses
Powerscreen International Ltd. has been granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category by Her Majesty the Queen.

TowerLight Set to Spotlight New Products at SED
TowerLight, a leading European manufacturer of construction products, have booked their space at this year’s SED and are ready to showcase a number of new products.

GenQuip Will Be Hogging the Show
GenQuip, the UK’s leading supplier of mobile welfare solutions will once again be exhibiting at SED with their strategic partner, Groundhog.

JCB Eyes Growth With Excavators As It Opens World’s Largest Backhoe Plant
JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has officially opened the company’s newly extended $60 million (Rs 300 crore) backhoe loader factory in India – the largest plant of its kind anywhere in the world.

Irish Grass Machinery Provides Improved Customer Facilities
Move to bigger Dublin site for Kubota tractor & groundcare dealer irish grass machinery provides improved customer facilities

New Kubota G Series Professional Diesel Ride-On Mowers Provide Outstanding Comfort And Performance
Replacing the popular G21 model, the new G Series ride-on mowers provide effortless operation, combined with outstanding productivity, for day long mowing operations.

Thorworld Becomes A Sponsor For The British Materials Handling Awards 2009
Leading loading and unloading solutions equipment provider Thorworld Industries Ltd has agreed to sponsor the Technical Innovation category at the British Materials Handling Awards 2009.

JCB Celebrates 40 Years Of Queen’s Awards Success With New Honours
TWO JCB companies producing heavy construction equipment are today honoured with Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to mark substantial growth in exports.

Kubota To Repeat Its Unique 'Hands On' Event
Kubota To Repeat Its Unique 'Hands On' Event At Rockingham Castle At The Same Time As SED

Gold JCB Is Demolition Contractor’s Route To Beat The Recession
Scottish demolition contractor Alan Beattie is proving he has the Midas touch when it comes to beating the recession by buying a £50,000 JCB – and having it painted gold.

Liebherr at Futuresource and the Plant & Waste Recycling Shows
Liebherr-Great Britain Limited is exhibiting at both Futuresource in London’s ExCel (June 9-11) on Stand Number P14 as well as the Plant & Waste Recycling Show (June 15-17) in Paignton Green, Torbay on Stand Number M15.

£40 Million Excavator Plant Takes JCB Quality To New Heights
JCB’s £40 million investment in the Heavy Products plant has taken quality standards to new heights and given the company the capability to produce 8,000 excavators a year.

JCB Launches New 36 Tonne Tracked Excavator
JCB is launching the brand new JS360 Auto tracked excavator to compete in the global market for excavators in the 33-40 tonne market sector.

“Our customers request them by name…”
Says Angus Campbell, Proprietor of Campbell Plant Hire (Lochaber) Ltd, as he takes more Volvo mini excavators into his fleet.

GenSet Get Set for SED
GenSet, the South Wales based supplier of power generation equipment are getting ready to display their latest crop of rental-quality generators and welders at this years SED.

“Reliability and the back up that’s second to none….”
That’s the continued sentiment of Tom Blackwood, proprietor of Ayrshire plant hire company Blackwood Plant Hire Ltd as he takes additional Volvo excavators into his fleet.

Kubota Mini Sails Through Naval Base Work
The first new Kubota 3.3 tonne U30-3 zero tail swing mini excavator to be sold in Scotland is helping with maintenance work at naval bases on the River Clyde.

Good performance prompts repeat business at Raymond Groundworks
A family run groundworks and plant hire company based on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent has taken delivery of a twenty one tonne Volvo EC210C based on the exceptional performance of an EC140BLC purchased eighteen months ago.

Kubota Celebrates 30 Years In UK
Kubota (UK) Ltd is celebrating a major milestone with the 30th anniversary of the company's arrival in the UK and Ireland.

Wacker Neuson excavator for weed clearing work
Wacker Neuson wheeled excavator chosen for weed clearing duties by the environment agency

Volvo loaders mulch in demand at CML
A new L120F is the latest in a quick succession of deliveries of Volvo wheeled loaders ordered by County Mulch Ltd

4fire see enhanced productivity and safety with Hilti Firestop products
Hilti is working with fire protection specialists 4fire to establish a winning formula for Firestop installations.

Kubota Strengthens Its Dealer Network...
Kubota strengthens its dealer network with the appointment of Rod Gaskin (farm equipment) ltd to cover North Hampshire and West Sussex

Continued Success Leads To Expansion For Kubota Tractor & Groundcare Dealer GGM Groundscare
A new showroom and offices for Kubota tractor and groundcare equipment dealer Gibson's Garden Machinery Ltd (GGM Groundscare) of Colne, Lancashire, has been officially opened by the managing director of Kubota (UK) Ltd, Mr T Omote.

Smart Pressure range launched successfully throughout Europe and Americas
Following on from the highly successful UK launch, Sullair are now pleased to give information about the further launches throughout Europe and America.

Tool Hire industry support HAV Solution
The HAVmeter has gained recognition across industry for its ability to control exposure to hand arm vibration.

World's only black JCB diggers boots NSPCC appeal by by £58,000
JCB customer Grade A Groundworks Ltd has dug deep to help the NSPCC by buying the world’s only black JCB digger built specially to raise money for the children’s charity.

"The most expensive time is downtime...
that’s why we choose Volvo compact excavators for our fleet,” says Trevor Wright, Managing Director of AWH Utility Services Ltd as he takes delivery of another batch of Volvo mini diggers.

LRD Plant Hire Ltd choose Volvo once again
LRD Plant Hire Ltd, based at Morrilow Heath near Stoke on Trent, has added another EC210C excavator to their increasing fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment products.

HQC’s dam fine digger work in Glendoe
Despite the economic downturn Highland Quality Construction Ltd is busy working on a number of civil engineering, quarrying and construction projects, one of which is the Glendoe Hydro Project at Fort Augustus, overlooking Loch Ness.

Successful Americas Open Day event for Pegson & Powerscreen
More than 250 dealers and customers of Terex Pegson & Powerscreen attended their Americas Open Day, held in San Diego, California during February 4-6.

Liebherr excavator plays major environmental role
Liebherr-Great Britain has recently supplied another specialist hydraulic excavator to The Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board in Lincolnshire.

Special Thorworld Ramp Simplifies Loading For Lely
Loading large grass cutting machines on to low-loaders at turf care equipment distributors Lely (UK) Ltd has been made quicker and easier with a purpose-built Thorworld mobile yard ramp.

CPI kicks of 2009 with Volvo package
Chepstow Plant (International) Ltd kicks off 2009 with a significant package of equipment from Volvo

New Website Provides All You Need To Know About Yard Ramps
Thorworld Industries has developed a highly informative specialist website covering everything a potential purchaser, hirer or user needs to know about mobile yard ramps.

Unique Liebherr Concrete Mixing Plant for CEMEX
Liebherr’s very first mixing plant for pre-cast concrete production in the UK is providing CEMEX with a dedicated and virtually continuous chute-fed ouput for their long-term customer Centrum Pile Limited.

Setting The Standards In Loading & Unloading Equipment
Thorworld Industries provides a one-stop, single source for a comprehensive range of high quality loading & unloading equipment.

30,000th Kubota Mini Raises £33,000 For Construction Industry Charity
The Lighthouse Club, the Construction Industry Charity, is £33,000 better off after a Kubota mini excavator was raffled in aid of its Benevolent Fund.

Kubota Raises The Standard With 3 Year Warranty
Kubota announce that all their new machines, in the UK and Ireland, now carry a full 3 year warranty as standard.

New 1.6 Tonne U17-3 Zero Tail Swing Kubota Mini Excavator
Kubota has introduced the U17-3, an advanced 1.65 tonne zero tail swing machine that supersedes the existing U15-3 model.

Kubota Again Steals The Lead On Its Rivals
In 2005 Kubota became the first and is still the only mini excavator manufacturer to offer a complete security system as standard equipment on its machines.

The Kubota now arriving at platform 6...
A Worksite version of the Kubota RTV900 all-terrain utility vehicle has played a key role in a major civil engineering project to install Europe's largest suite of ticket gates at one of London's busiest railway stations.

Volvo Ultra High Reach manages for Cope
A brand new Volvo EC360C Ultra High Reach machine has been delivered to demolition contractors H Cope & Sons of Grimsby

Volvo L90F’s continue a tradition at Taylormade Timber
Two L90F wheeled loaders carry on a long tradition of Volvo products being operated by Taylormade Timber Products Ltd

KCM Takes Doppstadt Shredder For Green Waste Processing
Increasing volumes and varieties of recyclable materials coming into KCM Metals & Skip Hire’s recycling plant in Rotherham has seen a significant growth in green waste, which has necessitated an addition to the company’s range of processing machinery.

Talented Jcb Apprentice Scoops Top Regional Award
JCB Transmissions apprentice Paul Howard has been hailed as one of the most promising young engineers in Wales after being crowned regional champion of a competition which tested his full range of skills and knowledge.

Terex Materials Processing To Create 'Centres Of Excellence' For Crushing & Screening
Terex Materials Processing is proposing to revise its global operational footprint, creating dedicated “centres of excellence.”

Plant Hirer's Operators Hail 'Most Comfortable Excavator'
A specially modified JCB JS220LC – fitted with extra width tracks – is performing mulching duties at the Border Mires restoration project in Northumberland on behalf of the Forestry Commission.

New JCB Loadalls Help Prepare Highways For Hazardous Weather
Arctic weather conditions across the UK have given 13 new JCB Loadall telescopic handlers the chance to shine for highways maintenance specialist – Ringway.

Enercon takes two Liebherr LTR 1100 telescopic crawler cranes
At the beginning of December, Enercon, one of the leading pro-ducers of wind power generators, took delivery of two Liebherr LTR 1100 telescopic crawler cranes.

JCB Excavator Installs Pipeline For Scottish Hydro Electric Scheme
The machine was purchased by Chic Kippen & Sons, a Perth-based firm, which offers plant hire and contracting services to central and southern Scotland.

Volvo CE Ltd achieves full certification of its management systems
Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd is pleased to announce that it has achieved full certification of its management systems and processes against the ISO9001: 2008, ISO14001: 2004 and BS OHSAS18001: 2007 standards.

Another Volvo heads toward David Smith Contractors Ltd
Fraserburgh based David Smith Contractors Ltd has added another EC210C excavator to their increasing fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment products.

Volvo A40E’s haul Black Gold for Banks Mining
Banks Mining, has renewed an association with Volvo articulated haulers with the delivery of two A40E coal haulers.

DTC take another BL71
"It’s the BL71 for us – ‘plane’ and simple..."

Kramer loaders for Welsh wholesale nursery
Kramer loaders prove perfect for a welsh wholesale nursery business.

Ten Doosan rail/road machines for Paul John Group
Paul John Group Places Major Order For Doosan Road/Rail Machines

More Volvos move in at Leiths (Scotland) Ltd
Leiths has taken delivery of a further selection of Volvo Construction Equipment products.

A-Plant Announces New Training and H&S Initiatives
A-Plant will be launching new customer training and health and safety initiatives on the company’s Stand No 84 at the Health and Safety 09 Exhibition, taking place from 24th - 25th February 2009

Dealer Qualified Komatsu works in Antarctic
Following a stringent tender and selection process, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has taken delivery of their first Komatsu, a PC130-6 tracked excavator, for use at its Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

BT Jenkins opts for Volvo once again
B T Jenkins takes delivery of a new Volvo EC160CLC and an EC240CLC, along with two A25E articulated haulers from Volvo Construction Equipment.

Plantmasters enhances its profile with Volvo
Dunstable based Plantmasters Ltd has taken delivery of its first Volvo EC15BXR compact excavator as it expands its equipment and hire portfolio.

Barnfield Construction expands fleet
The new additions, which total over £300,000, join the fleet for major design and build instructions from industrial, commercial and residential clients from both the Public and Private Sector.

H.E. Services receive a Royal call
Boasting a fleet of over 2000 machines and an impressive range of attachments, H.E. Services (Plant Hire) Limited is used to having their machines hired for a variety of interesting projects.

Doosan Acquires Moxy
Doosan Infracore has purchased Norwegian articulated dump truck manufacturer Moxy Engineering AS for €55 million (around £44m)

New Volvo lands at West London Waste
A new Volvo EC240C LC has been delivered to West London Waste, Park Royal, NW London continuing a long standing tradition of operating Volvo Construction Equipment on site.

New Volvo L220F for Bathgate
A brand new Volvo L220F loading shovel has been delivered to Bathgate Silica Sand, Arclid, Cheshire and takes over as the prime mover at the Company’s quarry extracting high quality silica sand for a variety of specialist markets.

DW Haulage opts for more Volvos
Berkshire based ground works contractor D W Haulage and Groundworks Ltd has opted for more Volvo excavators as it expands its plant portfolio.

A-Plant Scoops ‘Business Oscar’ And Is Selected As UK Entrant At European Finals
Leading hire company A-Plant has won what has been described by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a ‘Business Oscar’

Volvo loaders go to New Earth Solutions
New Earth Solutions Ltd has selected two Volvo L110F wheeled loaders for its recently commissioned composting facility

Ashridge Construction opts for Volvo once again
Ashridge Construction Ltd has taken delivery of a new ECR145CL reduced swing excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment.

A-PLant Wins Preferred Supplier Status
A-Plant Powered Access, part of A-Plant Specialist Products, has been awarded preferred supplier status by All Mass Cladding Systems Ltd of Bishopsworth in Bristol.

Major Construction Waste Recycler Switches to Geith Automatic Hitch
Geith claw automatic quick hitches increase productivity and Safety at construction waste recycler in Leicester

Val Ledden appointed MD of Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd
Val Ledden has been appointed as Managing Director of Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd

Volvo pavers make inroads at Barr Surfacing & Civil Engineering
Barr Surfacing & Civil Engineering has opted for two Volvo ABG6870 wheeled pavers for the first time as part of a fleet replacement programme.

A-Plant Lux Wins Traffic Management Contract For 4-Year Tower Bridge Refurbishment
A-Plant Lux Traffic Control & Management has won a prestigious four year contract to provide traffic management services during refurbishment work on Tower Bridge in London, one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Lynch goes large with new Volvos
L Lynch Plant Hire Ltd is expanding its plant hire activities with major investments in new facilities and heavier Volvo excavators being added to its fleet.

A-Plant Offers Customers Even More Through New Additions To Industry-Leading Extranet
A-Plant has announced two new industry firsts with the addition of Extranet facilities for Damage and Loss of Hire Equipment and Pre-Authorisation of Hires.

A-Plant Power Generation And Lighting Support World’s Biggest Half-Marathon
At this year’s BUPA Great North Run A-Plant equipment was present from start to finish to ensure that the race went well for the enormous entry of 52,000 runners.

“It’s a good size of machine to handle the job...”
Declares Scott Smith, the Managing Director of A & M Smith Skip Hire Ltd of Portlethan, Aberdeenshire as he takes delivery of his first Volvo excavator.

A-Plant Wins Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Contract For Skanska UK
A-Plant, one of the leading non-operated equipment rental companies in the UK, has been awarded a new two-year supplier contract by Skanska UK for the supply of plant, tools and equipment.

A-Plant Environmentally-Friendly Accommodation For Very Prestigious Stratford Site
A-Plant has supplied a complex of Eco accommodation units to Norwest Holst Limited for use on projects at Stratford in East London.

New thoroughbreds for Greyhound Plant Services
Blue chip plant contractors Greyhound Plant Services has taken delivery of a package of thirty four items of new Volvo Construction Equipment products.

Beech Takes The Driving Seat At DEUTZ UK
DEUTZ AG – UK Branch has appointed Alan Beech as its new Operations Director – UK and Ireland.

Electro-Services Expansion Sparks Record £1.2 Million Kubota Minis Order
Electro-Services Ltd has added mini excavators to its growing roster of specialist equipment.

DEUTZ Motors Ahead In First Half Of Year, But Strikes A Note Of Caution
DEUTZ AG, manufacturers of diesel and gas engines, boosted its global revenue and unit sales in the first six months of 2008, compared to the same period last year.

New venture chooses Volvo products
QRS has purchased a twenty one tonne EC210CL from Volvo Construction Equipment as it develops its new recycling hub at Scratchwood quarry.

Royal Visitor Presents Queen’s Award To JCB Service
HRH The Duke of Gloucester today honoured the JCB company when he presented a Queen’s Award marking export achievement.

Kubota Raises The Standard With 3 Year Warranty
Kubota has again outstripped its competitors with the announcement that all their new machines will now carry a full 3 year warranty as standard.

Massive Jewson Order For Mini JCB Machines
Jewson Tool Hire has purchased over 300 JCB compact machines as part of an extensive upgrading of its fleet.

Another Volvo moves in at Tong Farm
Sound performance and reliability has prompted Tong Farm Quarry to purchase a third excavator for its operations near Bacup, Lancashire from Volvo Construction Equipment.

An old acquaintance is renewed at Road Equipment Ltd
Road Equipment Ltd of Ashford Middlesex has renewed an acquaintance with Volvo Construction Equipment as it adds eight new compact excavators to its hire fleet.

A-Plant Crowned Supreme Champion Of The Construction Industry
Leading hire company A-Plant has been singled out as the outstanding company in the UK construction sector by being declared the winner of the Contract Journal Supreme Award.

Good backup brings repeat business from J Dickinson
Good back up and reliability brings repeat business from J Dickinson & Son

‘C’ stands for comfort...
Is the opinion of Fraser MacLennan as he takes charge of a new Volvo EC160C and the first EC140C to be delivered in Scotland.

New Volvo’s for Wheeldon Brothers Waste Ltd
Wheeldon Brothers Waste Ltd has taken delivery of a new Volvo EC210C excavator, complete with a hydraulically adjustable telescopic cab for its recycling facility located at Bury.

Stolen A-Plant Machine Tracked To Middle East And Recovered In Sharjah
The incredible recovery record (nearly 98%) of A-Plant’s A-Trak GPS satellite tracking and security system used to protect the machines in the company’s hire fleet has been more than amply demonstrated this month.

ROSPA Gold Award Winner A-Plant To Exhibit At Health & Safety 08 At The Reebok
The RoSPA Gold Award winner, A-Plant, will be appearing on Stand No 124 at the Health & Safety 08 exhibition, taking place from 8th - 9th October 2008 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

A-Plant Makes New £800,000 Investment For Increased Share Of UK Groundworks Market
A-Plant Acrow has made a major expansion in the UK groundworks market with an investment worth over £800,000 in new trench shoring equipment from LTW Tiefbauvertriebs GmbH of Germany.

A-Plant Makes New £800,000 Investment For Increased Share Of Uk Groundworks Market
A-Plant Acrow, a division of A-Plant Specialist Products, has made a major expansion in the UK groundworks market with an investment worth over £800,000 in new trench shoring equipment from LTW Tiefbauvertriebs GmbH of Germany.

DEUTZ Introduce World's First Hybrid Power Unit For Construction Equipment
Leading engine manufacturer DEUTZ has developed a unique hybrid power unit for construction equipment that is designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Hill Newsletter Focuses On Excavator Attachments
Hill Engineering Ltd together with a range of top quality buckets, has published the first issue of Attachments Focus, a newsletter about the company’s specialisation in the excavator attachments sector.

GAP Group Hits A Century With Kubota 8-Tonners
The GAP Group has bought its 100th Kubota KX080-3 mini excavator for its rapidly expanding plant hire fleet.

Hill Sign Auto-Loc Quick Hitch Deal With USA Distributor
Hill Engineering Ltd signed an agreement to supply its unique 'Safety First' Auto-Loc excavator quick hitch to Woods Equipment Company.

DEUTZ Launch Groundbreaking Engine Telematics Monitoring & Diagnostics System
DEUTZ has unveiled a new telematics system for the remote monitoring of engines and fleet management - the first from an industrial engine manufacturer.

Double Success For Kubota 'ANTI-THEFT' System
Premier Plant Hire is a huge fan of Kubota's unique key-based 'ANTI-THEFT' security system after it helped prevent the theft of two of its mini excavators.

Genset Engines Generate Sales Rise For DEUTZ
Diesel engines from leading manufacturer DEUTZ are increasingly being specified by generating set manufacturers.

Loads More Handling Solutions In New Thorworld Catalogue
Loading and unloading equipment specialists, Thorworld Industries Ltd has published its new 2008/9 product range catalogue.

Why More People Choose Kubota Than Any Other Mini Excavators
A useful 'Investment Information Pack' has been put together by Kubota to highlight the benefits of buying or hiring its market leading mini excavators.

New Kubota 3.3 Tonne Zero Tail Swing Mini Excavator
Kubota, the UK, European and world leader in mini excavators, has introduced a new 3.3 tonne zero tail swing machine in the UK and Ireland.

Second time around for Ceannacroc Estates
Ceannacroc Estates, located to the north west of Fort Augustus in the Highlands of Scotland, has just taken delivery of a Volvo ECR88 Plus reduced swing compact excavator for its road building and maintenance programme.

"Volvo minis tick every box for us..."
So says Dave Hazell, Operations Director for Blythewood Plant Hire Ltd as the Company replaces a total of 30 compact excavators for its hire fleet.

New venture – New Volvos
Les Taylor Contractors Ltd, situated at Mintlaw, near Peterhead Aberdeenshire, has expanded its quarrying and contracting interests by moving into waste recycling with the addition of new C series Volvo excavators.

Thorworld Ramps Up Its Mobile Yard Ramps Range
Loading and unloading equipment specialist Thorworld Industries has revamped its market leading mobile yard ramps range in order to fully meet differing customer requirements.

New Thorworld Website Provides Loads More Handling Solutions Online
The all-new website for Thorworld Industries, a leading manufacturer and supplier of loading and unloading equipment, has now gone live at

Beech Takes The Driving Seat At Deutz Uk
DEUTZ AG – UK Branch, which provides sales, service and product support for the German produced range of diesel and gas engines, has appointed Alan Beech as its new Operations Director – UK and Ireland.

Volvo EC290C deep cleans for ERS
Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd (ERS) of Bishopbriggs, Glasgow has taken delivery of a new Volvo EC290C for its bespoke ground remediation contracts throughout Scotland and the north of England.

Petersfield company fined £10,500 for health and safety breaches
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging companies to assess the risks to their employees from exposure to vibration, after a Hampshire company was fined £10,500 for ignoring the safety of a worker.

More Volvos for Tom Prichard Contracting
Tom Prichard Contracting Ltd of Llantrisant, South Wales has taken a further selection of Volvo Construction Equipment products for its plant fleet.

The key to any successful business is service...
Kayleigh Plant Hire, of Tottenham North London, takes delivery of fourteen Volvo compact excavators and one fourteen tonne EC140C crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment.

GBM Demolition buys from Volvo
Providing an efficient backup and service has prompted GBM Demolition of Louth, Lincolnshire to order two more excavators for its fleet of demolition equipment from Volvo Construction Equipment.

First Volvo EC140C's go to Gracelands Ltd
Gracelands Ltd of Highbridge near Eastleigh, one of the largest groundworks contractors on the south coast of England, has taken delivery of the first Volvo EC140CL's to arrive in Great Britain.

Triple Success For A-Plant At The Uk’s Number One Business Awards
In a remarkable run of success, leading hire company A-Plant has scooped the CMI Customer Focus Award for the third year running at the UK’s ‘Business Oscars’.

Doug Sprout takes the helm at Hewden
Doug Sprout, Finance Director of Finning Group (UK) will take over the lead management responsibility for Hewden Stuart Plc with immediate effect.

Wheeled Loader in Composting Application
Custom Compost recently added a new Liebherr L 5502plus2 articulated wheeled loading shovel to its fleet of materials handlers.

JCB Excavators Retrieve Wreckage From Swansea Sea-Bed
Two JCB tracked excavators working on the sea bed at Swansea Docks – retrieving the remains of a dilapidated vessel on behalf of specialist demolition and waste contractor, Stenor Environmental.

Durability and good service prompts repeat business
Having experienced a high level of performance and after market support, Veolia Environmental Services in Birmingham has taken delivery of the first of six replacement Volvo L90F loading shovels for its waste transfer stations located around Birmingham.

Liebherr-Rental Aims at Forestry and Biomass Production
Liebherr-Rental Aims at Forestry and Biomass Production with New Specialist Excavator Attachment

Volvo ticks all the boxes for Wooldridge Demolition
So says Director Nick Anderson as he takes delivery of a further two EC210C and two EC290C excavators with demolition specification for Wooldridge’s fleet of sixteen predominantly Volvo branded machines.

SM Plant Sales Ltd extends its territory
SM Plant Sales Ltd, Volvo Construction Equipment Limited’s compact equipment dealer has expanded its sales territory to include Leicestershire and Northamptonshire with immediate effect.

2nd time around for Andrew Williamson
Having originally taken delivery of the very first BL71 sold in Scotland back in 2003, Andrew Williamson Contractors has purchased a replacement machine for their contracting business.

A.G. Plant Hire adds A25E’s to its fleet
A.G. Plant Hire Ltd of Cellarhead, Stoke on Trent has added two new Volvo A25E articulated haulers to its fleet.

A-Plant wins prestigious Gold Award from RoSPA
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has presented leading hire company, A-Plant with the prestigious RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety.

Good reliability and performance leads to more orders
Stockport based M T Kaill (Plant Hire) Ltd has taken delivery of twenty two Volvo compact excavators as part of a package including rollers and site dumpers from Volvo dealer - PPS Construction Plant Sales Ltd.

Volvo L70F is ‘clean and green’
WJ & AJW Ryman of Wall near Lichfield, Staffs has opted for a Volvo L70F for its green composting division and continues a long association with Volvo that’s lasted for over twenty five years.

A-Plant Opens New Customer & Technical Training Centre
A-Plant has opened a new National Customer & Technical Training Centre in Nottingham.

Bardon Contracting selects five more ABG pavers
Bardon Contracting, the contracting division of Aggregate Industries UK Ltd and one of the largest road paving companies in the U.K. has opted for five more ABG 6870 wheeled pavers as part of its annual fleet replacement programme.

New C series Volvos for Embassy Demolition
Embassy Demolition Ltd of Edmonton north London has taken on a new lease of life with the delivery of new C series Volvo excavators for its fleet.

A-Plant Does The Double At Top Hire Industry Event
A-Plant celebrated a double awards success at Hire Association Europe’s (HAE) Hire Awards of Excellence 2008 in recognition of the great strides forward the company has made over the past 12 months in relation to Health and Safety and Training.

EC25’s hit the mark at Target Plant & Sales
Colchester based Target Plant & Sales Ltd has taken a first time delivery of ten EC25 compact excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd for its expanding hire fleet.

Job Vacancy at Shepherd Construction
Shepherd Construction Ltd are looking for a Company Health and Safety Advisor to cover the North West region, to provide safety support and advice to sites.

JCB Donates $600,000 Worth Of Diggers To Aid Chinese Quake Region
JCB, the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment, is donating a fleet of diggers worth $600,000 and sending a team of drivers to help with relief efforts in the south west region of China devastated by an earthquake.

“We’re offering our customers a quality brand”...
So says Andy Bunton, Co-Director of R Bunton Plant Hire Ltd, Harecroft near Bradford as he takes delivery of a further ten Volvo excavators for his plant hire and contracting fleet.

More Volvos for J O'Doherty Haulage
J O’Doherty haulage Ltd of Edmonton north London increases its plant fleet with more Volvo Construction Equipment products.

A-Plant helps customers reduce their carbon footprints
To meet increasing demand from customers looking to reduce their carbon footprints, A-Plant is now offering for hire a fleet of new Eco Accommodation Units from Thurston Building Systems worth over £500,000.

World Beating Backhoe and Customer Support Businesses Honoured
Two JCB companies - one manufacturing the world’s best-selling backhoe loader and the other providing aftermarket support to global customers – are today honoured with Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

A-Plant Announces £30 million+ investment in hire fleet
A-Plant, one of the leading plant and tool hire companies in the UK, has placed orders for new equipment for the company’s hire fleet worth over £30 million.

First Volvo shovel for Stonegrave Aggregates
Stonegrave Aggregates Ltd, a division of the John Wade Group of companies has taken delivery of its first Volvo L150F loading shovel for rehandling duties at its Aycliffe Quarry located near Darlington Co. Durham.

Two, two-piece ducks for Seymour
Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd has broken with a long standing tradition and taken delivery of two Volvo EW180C rubber ducks for its plant fleet.

Drayson-Barwell Announces Technology Partnership With JCB
Partnership aims to develop cutting-edge energy-saving technologies Drayson-Barwell to contest 2008 ALMS with JCB sponsorship

Kubota UK Mini Sales Top 30,000
World leading mini excavator manufacturer Kubota has achieved a major milestone, with UK sales of their machines now having topped 30,000; becoming the first manufacturer to do so in the British market.

New Innovations From DEUTZ At SED 2008
Leading diesel and gas engines manufacturer DEUTZ will be showing their new D2011 L4 Hybrid Drive - a pioneering hybrid power unit for construction equipment - for the first time in the UK

Clear Focus Sees DEUTZ Engines Drive Ahead
DEUTZ, one of the world's leading independent diesel and gas engine manufacturers, has enjoyed a period of consistent growth over the past 12 months.

Kubota Puts On A Big Show At Rockingham Castle
Kubota Live! At Rockingham Castle, 13th, 14th, 15th May 2008, 8.00am to 6.30pm, will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to put a range of world leading Kubota machines through their paces.

Clements puts Volvo minis to the test
Coventry based Clements Plant and Tool Hire Ltd has taken delivery of its first Volvo compact excavators and rekindles an old association when they helped pioneer the Midlands mini excavator revolution.

Falls from height shatter lives says HSE following prosecution
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is highlighting how falls from height can shatter lives after an incident in Norwich lead to a company being prosecuted.

1st Volvo excavator for Thompson’s of Prudhoe
Thompson’s of Prudhoe, Northumberland has purchased its first Volvo excavator which takes charge of prime extraction duties at the company’s Bishop Middleham Quarry located in Co. Durham

SED 2008 - Preview
Security A Key Feature As A-Plant Shows Wide Range Of New Products At SED 2008

Safety & Health Expo 2008
At Safety and Health Expo 2008, A-Plant is showcasing a series of new initiatives and products aimed at improving health and safety within the hire industry.

A-Plant Preview Release for ScotPlant Exhibition
Demonstrating the company’s comprehensive service covering all parts of the Scottish market, A-Plant will have a strong presence at the ScotPlant 2008 Exhibition.

Volvos – recycled at Wastecycle
Celebrating ten years of trading, Wastecycle has made a substantial £2m investment at its two licensed facilities at Colwick on the outskirts of Nottingham.

AH Plant Hire invest with Volvo
Situated just off the busy A55 at Alltami near Mold, AH Plant Hire completes a phase of significant investment with the addition of seventeen Volvo compact excavators.

Shepherd Construction Job Vacancy
Shepherd Construction Job Vacancy - Quality & Environmental Advisor based in Manchester/York

A bespoke Volvo for CEMEX
Part of a procurement package of some forty Volvo loading shovels and excavators by CEMEX UK, during 2007 included a thirty six tonne EC360CL for its sand and gravel operations at their Attenborough Quarry, Beeston, near Nottingham.

A-Plant Announces Shattered Lives Campaign
The A-Plant ‘Be Safe, Be Competent, Choose A-Plant’ campaign promotes the importance of competency when working at height.

First Volvo liveried rollers go to CRH
Cotswold Roller Hire Ltd has bagged the first available SD122DX soil compactors in the new Volvo livery to be delivered in Great Britain, for its self propelled roller fleet.

Dig yourself out of a hole
So says David Enstone as he takes delivery of another Volvo EC25 compact excavator from SM Plant Sales Ltd.

Bigger Is Not Always Better!!
Dewalts New 18 Volt Nano Technology Definitely Punches Above its Weight!!

DeWALT – a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, launch an extensive range of plunge saws, tracks and attachments to the market.

Raymond Brown Group rings in the New!
The Ringwood based Raymond Brown Group has kicked off the New Year with the delivery of five Volvo A25E articulated haulers.

Scanlaser Open Days
Scanlaser offers a complete end-to-end service through consultation, specification, evaluation, installation and training with dedicated after sales support.

ECA Toolfast enhances its profile with Volvo
Coventry based ECA Toolfast has taken delivery of its first Volvo EC15BXR compact excavator with a further two units on order as it expands its equipment portfolio.

A-Plant lights up York Minster
A-Plant Power Allows Public To Light Up York Minster In Fantastic Interactive Light Show.

IOSH Managing Safely
C & G Services (Europe) Ltd are delighted to announce the following addition to our training portfolio: IOSH Managing Safely

Machines - Delivered with a Silver lining
The Tudor Griffiths Group based in Ellesmere, Shropshire has added another piece of Volvo Construction Equipment to its fleet for its many faceted business operations at Wood Lane Quarry.

HSS Hire Ireland Becomes Country's Biggest Kubota Hirer
HSS Hire Ireland has taken delivery of 23 Kubota mini excavators, making them the largest hirer of the market-leading machines in Ireland, with a total Kubota fleet of 48.

Trelawny To Launch a New Grinder Range at the Executive Hire Show
Trelawny SPT Limited, will be launching a new range of the latest floor grinding machines and diamond systems at the forthcoming 2008 Executive Hire Show.

Don’t Procrastinate, Attenuate!
Castle Group Limited has developed a Sound Level Meter that incorporates advanced software to provide in-built hearing protection data as defined in the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

Volvo introduces a new top coat
The eagerly awaited unveiling of the ABG range of pavers in the new Volvo livery has co-incided with the delivery of the 6870 wheeled model to Derek Lewis (Plant Hire) Ltd.

ECR88 grabs Weaver Demolition’s attention
A superior build quality and strength of equipment were the deciding factors in purchasing the Volvo ECR88 Plus according to Mike Weaver, Managing Director of Weaver Demolition Ltd.

New Health & Safety Appointment at A-Plant
A-Plant, one of the largest non-operated equipment rental companies in the UK, has appointed Douglas McLuckie as the company’s new Director of Environment, Health and Safety and Performance Standards.

A-Plant preview for Health Safety 08
Leading hire company, A-Plant, will be using the Health and Safety ‘08 exhibition, to put the spotlight on the company’s major ongoing campaign in the Health and Safety market.

CN Plant 2008
Construction News’ Plant conference is now in its fifth year, and is established as the leading forum for the plant industry.

A-Plant wins Wates Contract
A-Plant Wins Company’s Biggest Ever Plant And Tool Hire Contract From The Wates Group

Farewell my Friends and Colleagues
After a decade presiding over the plant desk at Construction News, Andrew Gaved has taken the big decision to step up and away to take up the Editor's position at RAC on February 18.

Volvo BL61 – a 1st for W & G Owen
Breaking with tradition, W & G Owen of Criccieth North Wales has opted for a Volvo BL61 Plus for its farming and leisure activities.

More contracts – more Volvos
Since establishing his business four years ago Simon Richardson has substantially increased his contracting portfolio in the Borders forestry industry using excavators supplied by Volvo Construction Equipment.

A-Plant acquires Norwest Holst Accommodation
New 5-Year Agreement for Sole Supply of Site Accommodation agreed with Norwest Holst

New A-Plant initiative to reduce Falls from Vehicles
A-Plant is enhancing the existing safety features on new vehicles added to the company’s transport fleet to reduce the possibility of falls from height by staff working on the vehicles.

Postcard from Talybont...
E G Evans & Sons Ltd, of Talybont near Barmouth, North Wales has taken delivery of the first Volvo EC35C compact excavator to be retailed in Great Britain.

A-Plant Announces Xmas Card Competition Winner
Leading hire company A-Plant has hosted a family-friendly competition to produce this year’s Christmas cards for the company’s customers.

GenSet On-Line to Distribute Sullair
GenSet, the expanding South Wales based supplier of power equipment to the construction industry, have announced a deal to become the sole principal dealer of Sullair air compressors in the UK.

McGee Group puts Volvo to the test
The reputation Volvo Construction Equipment has gained over many years for its after sales service and support was the major deciding factor for Wembley based McGee Group Ltd to put Volvo to the test for the first time.

New F series loaders land at Day Aggs
Day Aggregates Ltd of Brentford Middlesex has taken delivery of five new F series Volvo wheeled loaders for its aggregates and recycling centres across London and the south east of England.

Lumsden & Carroll gear up with Volvo
Lumsden & Carroll Construction, part of the Esh Group of Companies based at Bowburn, County Durham has augmented its growing plant fleet with a selection of C series Volvo excavators.

Wirtgen Group paves the way
UK contractor F M Conway has used predominantly Wirtgen Group plant to bring the Race of Champions to London’s Wembley Stadium on 16 December.

A-Plant Plugs In To Electric Vehicles
Leading equipment rental company, A-Plant, is introducing the world’s first high performance electric van into its delivery fleet.

Volvo A40E’s spearhead a list of new equipment for Thorne Environmental
Thorne Environmental Ltd of Doncaster South Yorkshire has made a significant investment in Volvo Construction Equipment products and is one of the first U.K. contractors to take delivery of the all new Volvo A40E articulated hauler.

Volvo’s my first port of call...
Micro Plant Hire operates a total of twelve Volvo compact excavators from 1.5 tonne EC15’s up to the 8.8 tonne ECR88 reduced swing machines. More recently another EC25 has been added to the fleet along with a second hand fourteen tonne EC140B.

Job Vacancy at Shepherd Construction
We are looking for a Company Health and Safety Advisor to cover the Midlands and Southern Regions in providing safety support and advice (on topics such as hand-arm vibration) to our divisions and sites.

Volvo EC160C takes up residence on Royal Deeside
Castle Plant (Deeside Ltd), Plant Hire Contractors to Her Majesty the Queen, has taken delivery of a new Volvo EC160CLC excavator for its contracting activities in and around the Balmoral Estate on Royal Deeside.

Volvo minis prove a great success at Alloa Hire Centre
Moving in to mini excavator hire with a Volvo EC15BXTV in March has proved to be a great success for Alloa Hire Centre as it takes delivery of a second unit for its expanding hire fleet.

A-Plant Preserves Environment With New Protective Products And Initiatives
A-Plant has introduced a number of initiatives and products designed to preclude against any negative impact on the environment. The new developments are the result of an environmental campaign implemented by the company’s Performance Standards team.

A-Plant Further Enhances Utilisation
With the deployment of the company’s hire equipment at an all-time high, A-Plant is looking to further enhance utilisation with £13 million+ worth of new fleet orders placed with JCB, Terex and Ingersoll Rand.

A-Plant To Show New Investments In Hire Fleet Equipment At Construct Equip 07
With an annual spend of over £70 million in 2006/7 in new plant and equipment, A-Plant can confidently claim that the company has the youngest hire fleet in Great Britain, providing a lead for the market in innovation and guaranteed service levels.

JB Sales Brings A Taste Of New Zealand To The UK
JB Sales International Limited, a known New Zealand based company are pleased to announce that they will be distributing a new innovative fully automatic light weight coupler to the UK market place from August 2007.

Health and Safety 07 Exhibition Preview for A-Plant
Leading hire company A-Plant will be putting the limelight on its Health and Safety drive at the ‘Health & Safety 07’ exhibition, taking place on 10th - 11th October 2007 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

Launch of new health and safety campaign at A-Plant
Demonstrating the company’s continuing focus on health and safety in the workplace, A-Plant has launched a new campaign to increase safety levels in the wide range of industries served by the company.

A-Plant wins North West Business Awards
Leading hire company A-Plant has been declared North West Business of the Year at the UK’s ‘Business Oscars.’

Power tool performance: research into drill bits
Since the launch of HAVTEC, thousands of power tool and appendage combinations have been tested at Loughborough University and the data published on OPERC’s website with the permission of manufacturer who support the work.

New Stihl Ts 410 Cut-Off Saw. ***Advertisement Feature from Stihl***
The legendary STIHL TS 400 is regarded by many as the ultimate cut-off saw for professional use in road and building construction. Indeed it has been the world’s No.1 cut-off saw for more than ten years.

New Brake Testing Guidance Published
OPERC, HSE and EPIC release guidance on the brake testing of rubber-tyred vehicles. The publication is free to download from OPERC's online bookshop or via the members area.

EMP Press Release
On 21st March 2007, Dr David Edwards, Founder of OPERC and Mrs Carol Pillinger, Director/General Manager EMP met to discuss how the two bodies could work closer together. Much of the discussion focused upon the OPERC-Safetynet test system.

Screening For Havs
No longer will you have to allow your employees to take a substantial part of the working day off to attend regional test centres. The financial saving and working hours from screening your men on site will be a vast benefit to your company.

New EziSYSTEM Press Release
The new Cable Detection EziSYSTEM, digital cable locators are now available across the UK. With automatic pinpointing and no manual tuning required, the EziSYSTEM is a step up from the older more traditional CATs in the marketplace.

New Construction Health and Safety DVD
Please see below for a press release from the MCG regarding a new multi-lingual DVD they have released entitled 'Health & Safety - UK Construction standards'.

Construction News - PLANT 07
Operc members will be interested to know that Trevor Gamble, Chairman of the CPCS Management Committee and a member of CPA Council, is to launch a wide-ranging review of the CPCS scheme at the Plant 07 conference on March 22 in Birmingham.

New OPERC Executive
Each year, OPERC Executive changes to provide an opportunity to leading industry practitioners and OPERC members to become more involved with the running, administration and promotion of the association.

Job Vacancy at Shepherd Construction
We are looking for a Company Health and Safety Advisor for the North West to provide Health and Safety support and advice to our Divisions and sites (on topics such as hand-arm vibration).

Spillard Release New Safety Harness
Spillard Safety Systems Limited introduce a new safety harness for mobile construction equipment.

OPERC Press Release
Following the release of the EU's Physical Agents Directive and the UK's Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, 2005, OPERC has noted the huge surge of interest in the vibration magnitude and productivity performance values of power tools;

Major Hire Companies Group (MHCG)
A new industry body called the Major Hire Companies Group (MHCG) has been launched, after a Loughborough University academic called upon the hire industry to work together to help solve the growing problem of hand-arm vibration syndrome.

New OPERC Publication
Working in conjunction with Thiefbeaters and Anvil Hire, OPERC have released the first comprehensive professional guidance on plant and equipment theft.

HAVTEC Expands Testing Capability
Following a recent agreement with Belle, OPERC and Loughborough University are building a new vibration compaction test track that will be used to measure both vibration magnitude and compaction rates for a wide range of compaction equipment.

New OPERC Members
Over the past twelve months a significant number of major industry players have joined the OPERC association.

Plant Theft Action Group (PTAG)
Following a recent meeting of the Plant Theft Action Group (PTAG) in London, it was decided to launch a new identification scheme to combat the growing problem of plant theft in the UK.

Hand-arm Vibration Conference 2006
Executive Hire News are holding their second annual conference on hand-arm vibration at the The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on the 12th October 2006.

HAVTEC News Bulletin
Since its launch in March 2006, the OPERC HAVTEC Register has received overwhelming support and interest from industry and government bodies alike.

OPERC Spring Meeting 2006
The HSE have kindly offered (for the fourth year running) to host an annual OPERC event at Rosecourt, in London.

HAVTEC Badge Scheme
Following the requests of several large contractors within the UK construction industry, OPERC has launched the HAVTEC badge scheme which aims to alert on-site operators to the dangers of hand-arm vibration.

OPERC Awards 2006
This year's prize presentation saw a record number of nominations from members and industry for leading manufacturers, construction contractors and scientists.

OPERC Lifelong Learning Zone
On the 21st March, at the HSE offices in Southwark, London, OPERC Executive launched the new Lifelong Learning Zone to members.

Plant 2006 Conference
A cracking event for our UK members. Plant 2006 is designed specifically for those working in the construction plant and equipment sector.

New OPERC Members
It is with great pleasure that OPERC welcome its two latest members, the major contractors Costain and Morgan Est.

OPERC Chief Examiner Awarded MBE
Mr Barry Robinson, OPERC past President and current Chief Examiner, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours list.

OPERC Plant Safety Award
Mr Chris Jones, Training Express is well known in industry as a former Chairman of NPORS and leading plant training and equipment provider.

VINCI employee wins top award
Mr Duncan Summers, an employee at the major contractor Vinci, has recently won OPERC's 'outstanding contribution to plant safety' award for his work on the safe use of cranes in and around airports.

Wacker Join HAVTEC
Wacker today confirmed that they are the latest major equipment manufacturer to support the HAVTEC vibration test centre.

Makita and Heller Join HAVTEC
Mr Andrew Bowden at Makita and Mr Albert Hodder recently confirmed that they are the latest major manufacturers to join the HAVTEC centre.

OPERC Autumn Raffle
During the meeting at JCB on 24th November, Mr Mick Norton, OPERC President raffled a Hilti TE6-A battery Rotary Hammer Drill and raised £270 for Children in Need.

OPERC Autumn Meeting 2005
The next OPERC meeting is sponsored by, and will be held at, JCB's ITC centre Rocester.

Support for Vibration Test Centre
Mr Kevin Brown today confirmed that Milwaulkee Kango are the latest major equipment manufacturer to support OPERC's new vibration test centre.

Undergraduate Course Prize
Following a series of meetings with Mr Peter Franklin of DeWalt, a hand-held power tool prize has been kindly donated.

Hilti Sponsor OPERC Charity Raffle
As a result of recent vibration testing conducted by OPERC/Loughborough University, Dr Paul Langford, Mr Walid Hussain and Mr Dan Stringer, Hilti have very kindly donated a TE6-A rotary battery hammer drill.

MCG offer OPERC support for the Vibration Test Centre
The Major Contractors Group (MCG), who account for approximately 7.5-8% of UK GDP have offered their support for OPERC's new vibration test centre.

New Plant Theft Publication
Plant theft is a major issue for industry and each year millions of plant and equipment items are stolen and sold on the black market.

New Vibration Test Centre
Following the release of the EU's new Physical Agents Directive, OPERC have launched a new vibration test centre at Loughborough University.

New Health and Safety Textbook
OPERC has recently commissioned a new health and safety textbook which will complement the new on-line life long learning zone.

New DVD on Hand Arm Vibration
OPERC are to publish a DVD on Hand Arm Vibration; this being the second DVD commissioned in recent months.

HSE Launch New Helpline
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recently launched a new advice line for industry practitioners who require assistance with workplace transport health and safety.

New DVD on Whole Body Vibration
Mr Duncan Summers, Vinci and Post Graduate (Ph.D.) Researcher at Loughborough University recently presented the very latest OPERC guidance document on Whole Body Vibration to a packed audience of manufacturers and practitioners from around the Far East.

Mobile Technology
Great news! Working in partnership with Mr Chris Jones at Training Express, OPERC have successfully tested the use of mobile technology.

CIOB Prize
Mr Duncan Summers, an undergraduate student at Loughborough University and the lead author of the Cranes and Planes Code of Practice (a publication supported by BAA), has won a commendation award from The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB}.

New DVD to be Produced
OPERC are to publish guidance on Whole Body Vibration and members will have an opportunity to preview the DVD at OPERC's AGM at the HSE, London, on the 18th March 2005.

OPERC-Safetynet Test Fees Reduced
Following a recent surge in the number of members using the OPERC-Safetynet test system, OPERC's Executive Members have decided to reduce the cost of OPERC-Safetynet to a mere £15 per test (reduced from £20 previously).

Hand-arm Vibration Field Trial Results Released
As part of its ongoing research programme into hand-arm vibration (HAV) and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), OPERC carried out vibration and performance tests on a range of construction tools.

OPERC Commission New Research into Hand Arm Vibration
Hand-arm vibration (HAV) is concerned with the transmission of vibration into operatives hands and arms (HSE, 2003A, p27). Typically, though not exclusively, this results from using - emitting hand-held tools at work such as drills, saws and grinders.

HSE Host the Next OPERC Meeting
The next meeting of OPERC will be held at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) central London offices at Rose Court, Southwark, London (Just off Southwark Bridge).

Construction News Event 2nd March, 2005
On the 2nd March, 2005 Construction News will be hosting the Plant 2005: Protect your Assets Event, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

OPERC Sponsor RNLI Prize
An RNLI volunteer crew member from Sheringham has been awarded 100 per cent in a health and safety examination. He is the first person ever to receive full marks.

HSE Call for OPERC Support
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recently called for the support of OPERC members to review and comment upon the revised workplace transport guidance document HSG136.

Whole Body Vibration
Whole-body vibration (WBV) is concerned with the transmission of vibration into the human body.

OPERC Commission New Research into Plant Theft
Plant theft is a major cost issue for both plant owners and insurance companies as each year, theft costs millions of pounds in the UK alone.

A practical guide to on how to use Safetynet
OPERC (2003) A practical guide: how to use Safetynet, Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC), in association with Volvo Construction Equipment, Loughborough University Press.

Dr Jim Smith Visits OPERC
In a recent meeting with OPERC representatives, Dr Jim Smith and his team agreed to collaborate with OPERC on future research initiatives.

G. Winch - Book Review
Graham, M. Winch (2002), Managing Construction Projects, Blackwell Publishing, London. ISBN 0-632-05888-9. 458 Pages, Cost: £29.99 paperback.

OPERC Sponsor RNLI Prize
An RNLI volunteer crew member from Sheringham has been awarded 100 per cent in a health and safety examination. He is the first person ever to receive full marks.

BAA PLC Sponsor New Code of Practice
Cranes and other tall temporary structures used during construction activities on or near aerodromes, pose a significant risk to aircraft and airport security.

New Research Work into Site Safety is Launched
Bovis Lend Lease have always been considered to be one of the more forward thinking 'international' construction contractors and therefore, it is no surprise to hear of their new strategy to promote site safety chemistry amongst the project workforce.

JCB Host the Next OPERC Meeting
JCB are widely regarded as one of the leading plant manufacturers and have supported the OPERC association since its inception back in January 2003.

The Problem with Research
Research work is an active ingredient within the OPERC Association and indeed, OPERC leads the world in producing the very best plant and equipment management research work.

New Plant Manufacturers Support OPERC
As many members know, a non-profit making association does struggle to produce good quality educational materials because these cost not only in terms of production and writing but also dissemination activities once produced.

It is a great pleasure to announce that the RNLI have applied to join OPERC.

HSE Host the Next OPERC Meeting
On the 11th March, 2004 the Health and Safety Executive Host the Next OPERC meeting

New MSc For Plant Managers
The UK Ministry of Defence and OPERC co-develop a new MSc award for plant managers

CMPE Launch New Website
Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers release new website.

New OPERC ARA Publication
OPERC will shortly publish guidance on All Round Awareness (ARA)

Top University Student 2003
Mr Alex Hillman at Finning (UK) Ltd has very kindly offered to sponsor the top three students in the Plant Management module by awarding them a prestigious prize "Top Plant Management Student 2003".

Finning (UK) Ltd Host Next OPERC Meeting
8th OPERC Event to be Held at Finning Leeds on 21st November 2003.

OPERC Release New Plant Management Textbook
Management of Off-highway Plant and Equipment by Edwards, D.J., Harris, F.C. and McCaffer, R. (2003). This book will be beneficial to students and practitioners of civil engineering, construction, agricultural, mining, forestry and building.

OPERC Meet With the HSE
New Practical Guidance Sought on All Round Visibility from the Experts

Top Bucket Competition 2003
Each year, the Royal School of Military Engineering at the UK Ministry of Defence hold a 'Top Bucket' competition to determine the finest and most able operator in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

New International Standard Released
The 7th OPERC Event Heralds the Publication of the New International Standard for Plant and Equipment Instructors

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