Features

It’s all under control

An Aberdeen company has become the Scotland’s largest operator of Trimble machine-controlled plant after increasing its connected fleet to 14. And it's helped secure two multi-million pound contracts.

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It’s all about the operators

Plant operators in Scotland will have the opportunity to give their verdict on card schemes at a meeting in Stirling in January. A series of events will seek clarification on the passport schemes.

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Splash is a smash hit

A wash bay for construction plant cleaned up at a recent environmental awards presentation. Trime UK’s X-Splash product competed against more than 800 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards.

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World award for Safedem

Scotland’s sole contender in a scheme for the world’s best demolition companies has won an award for its work on Glasgow’s Red Road flats. Safedem was the only Scottish company to reach the shortlist...again.

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New look for Cat

Caterpillar is launching a new look for its machines, engines, generators and work tools. The latest branding colour echoes the graphics used on the company’s first crawler tractors in 1925.

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‘Plant is not transport’

European MPs this week rejected proposals to include construction plant in ‘clean’ vehicles legislation. “...not an appropriate instrument to cover mobile machines such as those manufactured by CECE member companies”.

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Operator cards set for shuffle

A major shake-up could be on the cards for the future of plant operators’ ‘passports’ as the CITB presses ahead with its sale of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme.

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Scot JCB’s new depot

JCB chairman Lord Bamford was in Scotland last week to officially open the new Edinburgh depot of dealer Scot JCB. Six times bigger than the previous site, it represents “a massive investment” by the dealer.

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Volvo charges ahead

Volvo Construction Equipment has shown off its electric compact wheeled loader at an event in Germany. It also demonstrated its electric compact excavator prototype.

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Adam Bruce: A life in plant

It began in the 1960s with a second-hand excavator bought for £1,000 and ended when Adam Bruce sold his plant hire empire and 450 machines in a multi-million pound deal. Scottish Plant looks back on his career.

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