Quarries & Processing

BAA tax victory

The Scottish and UK governments will work together on the future of the controversial ‘stone tax’ following the announcement that the British Aggregates Association has reached a settlement with Westminster.

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Aggregate result for Cat

Caterpillar has launched a loading shovel for aggregates that it claims will handle up to 25% more payload than a standard wheeled loader. It enables users to load trucks faster and move more material in load-and-carry jobs.

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Kleemann’s big day

Wirtgen Group’s new UK headquarters was the venue last week for the inaugural Kleemann Technology Day. The mobile crusher and screening business welcomed more than 100 industry guests to see its latest products.

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Banks’ big clean-ups

More than six million tonnes of rock and soil were excavated and re-shaped to restore two of Scotland’s biggest abandoned opencast sites which were left abandoned when Scottish Coal went into administration.

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Hitachi ‘leads in safety’

Extensive research among European quarry operators influenced the design of Hitachi’s latest wheeled loader, the ZW330-6. The company said improvements have resulted in “industry-leading” safety.

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Higher spec on Terex hauler

Terex Trucks has updated its TA300 articulated hauler with a new transmission that it says will improve fuel efficiency, performance, and operator comfort. It becomes available this month in Europe.

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Going up in the world

Europe’s biggest Hyundai dealer has joined forces with a specialist equipment company to modify a standard excavator for waste recycling applications. A two-metre hi-rise cab was added to a standard HX140L.

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Lovie likes Liebherr

Sales of Liebherr’s latest generation truck mixers are gaining momentum with north-east business Lovie Quarry & Concrete Products leading the way in Scotland. It's “more than capable” says partner Michael Lovie.

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Bucket list

William Hamilton & Sons of Larkhall has bought a 25-tonne Volvo loading shovel with a 12 cub. metre bucket as it gets ready to start work on a long-term waste contract for a local authority.

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Breedon’s Borders buy

Breedon Group has acquired its first quarry in the Borders. Its acquisition of Blinkbonny Quarry gives it access to 2.8 million tonnes of hard rock reserves and includes a ready mix operation.

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