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Balfour buys own plant

Balfour Beatty is to spend nearly £10m on plant this year as it develops its own in-house earthworks team. The group has just taken delivery of 22 Volvo, Komatsu and Caterpillar machines.

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JCB has the X factor

A double excavator ‘first’ was among the highlights at JCB’s annual roll-out of new equipment to the European trade press this week. The 220X is the first machine to result from a four-year, £104m investment

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First Volvos at McCrae

An Argyll company has taken “a leap of faith” in buying the first-ever Volvo products in its 40-year history. The two A30G articulated trucks at A&L McCrae will earn their keep across various operations.

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Hyundai’s new 13-tonner

Hyundai has launched the HX130 LCR, the third compact-radius excavator in its HX series. The 13-tonner is also available in a standard configuration with dozer blade'

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GAP fills the gap

GAP has added 13 Wacker Neuson dumpers after buying one for evaluation. It has also confirmed its “easy decision” to sign a four-year extension with HAMM for the sole supply of tandem rollers.

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Liebherr can handle it

Liebherr materials handling machines are playing a major role in a drive to take timber off Scotland’s roads and transport it by waterways. The initiative could see three million fewer lorry miles on the country's roads.

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Intermat: The countdown continues

Journalists from around the world assembled last week to get advance news from exhibitors on their plans for this year’s Intermat show. Scottish Plant was invited to Paris by the organisers to get the latest updates.

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JCB’s first dumpers ready

JCB’s new dumpers ­– including a Hi-Viz model that is said to bring new levels of safety – have started coming off the production line. The company was previously involved in the sector with re-badged Terex vehicles.

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Active is fit for growth

Scottish hirer Active Access has declared its intention to become a major player with deals for more than 100 machines and another 150 to follow next year. JCB, Genie and Hinowa models make up the latest batch of orders.

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Better late than never

The 10-year-old advice for operators using excavators for lifting has been updated in recognition of the “prolific use” of the machines. Additions are so wide-ranging the guidance has increased from seven pages to 72.

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