The Competition and Markets Authority is investigating the proposed deal between Breedon Group and Tarmac that would see one of Scotland’s best-known quarries change hands. Comments deadline is next week.
Patersons Quarries, a long-time user of Volvo dumptrucks, has now added its first loading shovel from the manufacturer in a move that signalled a break with its usual loader supplier.
Leiths (Scotland) has started the search for an executive to look after 14 quarries. The planning and development manager will take responsibility for estate management including planning, licensing and permitting matters.
A Scots customer has given its latest Bell dumptruck an unequivocal thumbs-up: “It’s a cracking machine that we’ve used every day since delivery without a hitch.” It has joined a seven-year-old vehicle from the same stable.
Borders contractor RJT Excavations Ltd has taken delivery of another Volvo excavator, this time to service a long-term crushing contract. It's equipped with mass excavation rig.
Aberdeenshire’s Miller Plant has added a further three Doosan machines. Two have been earmarked for its quarry and contract crushing and screening operations with the third joining the hire fleet.
The Malcolm Group has taken its Powerscreen fleet to nine machines with three new acquisitions for quarrying and waste applications. Two have gone to quarries in Ayrshire, the third to Malcolm's Glasgow recycling facility.
A reduction in road construction projects in Scotland has contributed to a UK slump in demand for aggregates and ready-mixed concrete. The Mineral Products Association says the situation has declined “markedly”.
Major road jobs including the Aberdeen bypass and the dualling of the a9 helped shield aggregates business Breedon from a “generally subdued” market in Scotland according to its interim results to June.