AB2000 in Highland fling

By Mike Travers


Plant hirer AB2000 is continuing to expand its operations in the north with completion of a move to a larger Highlands depot and the acquisition of new equipment.

The Glasgow-based business opened its first depot in the north, near Inverness, in 2013 and quickly followed up with the acquisition of Ellon Plant which it relocated to a new site near Aberdeen. The company now employs more than 60 people in the north and north-east.

Recent fleet additions for the two depots have included five Cat 730 articulated dumptrucks, compaction rollers, 9t forward-tipping dumpers and a HIAB-equipped lorry.

Northern area manager David Christie said recent growth and significant new contracts in the area had seen the business outgrow the previous Inverness depot. The company has had equipment on hire to major infrastructure projects including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme. “Finding larger premises was a must to efficiently service our operations here in the north of Scotland,” he added.


The new premises are on the Balmakeith Industrial Estate in Nairn and will include purpose-built workshops and offices.



AB2000’s headquarters in Glasgow was also in the spotlight recently when Rutherglen MSP James Kelly visited to meet managing director Adam Bruce and some of the trainees and apprentices employed by AB2000 and associate company Walkerweld Engineering.

He congratulated Bruce on the company’s achievement in reaching No. 2 (up from 44) in Business Insider magazine’s Scottish SME 300 rankings and for providing training opportunities for young people.


Adam Bruce (right) with the MSP at the Cambuslang HQ.

The MSP is a member of the Cross-Party Committee for Construction and has a particular interested in the rail network, a sector to which AB2000 supplies specialist plant.






Article posted 28/9/2015