Finning Take the High Road & Morning Ferry…to Deliver for Aggregate Industries 


When Aggregate Industries decided to bring operations at Europe’s largest granite quarry in-house, they challenged Finning to supply a fleet of Cat® machines and complete full operator training, to enable the company to take over operations in just eight months…All without impacting production on site.

The location of the site at Glensanda Quarry posed its own set of logistical challenges. Situated off the Western Coast of Scotland, Glensanda Quarry is a unique site where any machinery being delivered must first navigate the Highlands roads complete with police escort before finally reaching the site via barge. 

Finning, the world’s largest dealer of Cat machines parts and services, sourced, fully prepared and managed the delivery of 18 Cat machines to the site, as well as delivering full operator training, already for a go-live date on January 3rd 2023.

Mick Leonard, Strategic Account Manager, from Finning UK & Ireland said: “We’ve had a long relationship with Aggregate Industries having supplied them with new equipment many times over the years. However, the solution we recommended to meet their short time frame and to ensure production could continue without any interruption, involved purchasing used equipment. All to ensure they were able to meet their mobilisation deadline and support their sustainability ambitions as used machines use less energy through manufacturing than new”. 

“We sourced a fleet of three Cat 992 large wheel loaders, 12 Cat 777 off-highway trucks, a Cat D9 dozer, a Cat 16-motor grader and a Cat 966 medium wheel loader. All the equipment was then transported to the Finning workshop in Glasgow to have any component repairs carried out, before being fully prepped and all the necessary safety features added so they could operate on site. 

“Having sourced the equipment, we next needed to overcome the logistical challenge of getting them to the site – which is only accessible via the sea. All the equipment was first transported by truck to Oban, before being loaded onto barges and taken to site. 

“Once delivered, we then arranged for our internal equipment operating training team to go to site, to facilitate training for more than 30 of Aggregate Industries’ operators”. 

Calum Carnie, Works Manager at Glensanda Quarry said: “A changing and challenging set of circumstances led to a very demanding timescale and delivery schedule for Finning and Aggregate Industries to ensure the Super Quarry was able to continue producing uninterrupted.  

“Working toward this shared objective, the management teams of both companies worked closely to plan and coordinate everything from repair work, tyre fitting, road movement orders, barge bookings and sailings right through to machine assembly, commissioning and operator training. While the capability of Cat equipment is well known, the condition and reality of a used fleet is not, so the Finning team worked hard to make sure inspections were carried out, available machine history was shared and an overhaul and component replacement programme was understood for both pre and post-delivery”.  

Mick concluded: “Our on-site support at Glensanda and work with Aggregate Industries continues, as our team are now assessing their site operation and will be providing technology solutions and data reporting so they can maximise their cost per tonne, and increase their output, which is a priority for them over the next five years.”