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JEWSON PLACES MULTI-MILLION POUND ORDER FOR JCB MACHINES One of the UK’s leading builder’s merchants is investing heavily in its tool hire business with an order for 500 JCB machines worth more than £8 million. Jewson is buying a fleet of JCB’s new flagship 15C-1mini excavators and JCB 8008 micro …

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FINNING’S OPERATOR CHALLENGE IS BACK IN 2018

Finning UK & Ireland will host its ‘Operator Challenge’ event throughout April 2018.  After a four-year hiatus, this year will be bigger and better than ever with the arrival of the brand new Next Generation Excavators. Operator Challenge is an international competition that encourages operators from across Europe to demonstrate …

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“Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!”

A Volvo L120H and a L150H have been supplied to Rail Freight Services on a long term contract for Lytag, handling pulverized fuel ash (Fly Ash) at Drax power station near Selby in Yorkshire. Both machines are six months into a long term contract at Lytag’s bespoke ash processing plant …

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CPA Survey Indicates that Plant Operation is a Top Five Occupation in Construction But Recruitment Remains a Key Challenge for Plant Hire Companies

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has completed a major research project to examine the supply and demand of plant operatives across the construction industry. The study engaged CPA members UK-wide, as well as training providers and contractors. A key purpose of the report was to gain clarity over the number …

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Volvo A60H pulls out all the stops for CEMEX UK

The very first Volvo A60H articulated hauler to be sold in Great Britain was delivered to CEMEX UK during November last year and has been pulling out all the stops at the company’s Halkyn Quarry, Calderdale, Flintshire. Previewed for the first time at Hillhead 2016, the 55 tonne capacity hauler …

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Engcon’s ‘Brilliant’ Big Dig Day in the Snow

Seventy five intrepid digger enthusiasts braved the Beast from the East to have a go with tiltrotator equipped excavators at an open day in Tewkesbury, Gloucester, recently. Tiltrotator digger attachments are virtually standard in Scandinavia and have grown exponentially in the UK over the last 12 months. Their popularity is …

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JCB CREATES 600 JOBS TO MEET UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

Unprecedented global demand for JCB equipment will see the company create 600 new jobs in the next three months – with 200 available for immediate start. A very healthy order book at the Staffordshire-based company means JCB needs over 200 operatives immediately; including welders, paint sprayers and assemblers. A further …

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Volvo EW60E has kerb appeal for King Construction

A new Volvo EW60E compact wheeled excavator has been delivered to Liverpool based, King Construction, for a major road-widening project in the Merseyside capital. The six-tonne machine has been supplied by SMT GB’s utility dealer for the north west of England – Howard Plant Sales – following a successful demonstration …

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