Features

Excavators: The future

Excavators designed following similar principles to LEGO blocks could be the way ahead as manufacturers seek new ways to improve the efficiency of their operations.

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A matter of choice

It was 2010, the industry was deep into recession and Pat McCluskey was facing a hard choice after learning his employer was pulling out of Scotland. He decided to tough it out.

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Like father, like son

The late Ally Blyth was a plant salesman from the 1960s to the early ‘90s and was known by the nickname ‘Hymac Ally’. Now his son has entered the industry...and he's not hanging about.

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A new voice for demolition

The new organisation set up to represent Scotland’s £150m demolition industry says there has never been a more important time to make its voice heard. The industry directly employs around 2,500 workers in Scotland.

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Groundforce struts its stuff

As the Aberdeen Bypass nears completion one company is celebrating its crucial – but largely unseen – contribution. Groundforce Shorco worked with the main contractor for two years to provide temporary works.

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Chopper in pole position

VIDEO  A specialist helicopter from America has helped Balfour Beatty install 140 poles to connect a north-east wind farm to the electricity network. The composite poles have a longer lifespan than timber.

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It’s in the stars

The search has started for the young people who could become future leaders of the UK plant industry. More than 700 plant apprentices are eligible to enter the Stars of the Future awards scheme.

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More Liebherrs for Whyte

Whyte Crane Hire is taking its Liebherr fleet to new heights with a further 21 machines. Some will be deployed to Whyte’s recently-awarded contract at the INEOS refinery in Grangemouth.

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Volvo trucks: Made in Scotland

Volvo Construction Equipment is to begin selling Scotland-built rigid dumptrucks under its own branding.  It means production of Terex Trucks rigid haulers will eventually end.

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AB2000 in big Sany deal

AB2000 has bought a further nine SANY excavators in one of the biggest single orders in Europe for the Chinese equipment. 'Our first four have been some of the most reliable in our fleet,' says plant director Bill Marsh.

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