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Case 521F XT in Brickworks Recycling Plant

The GDC Group, part of global heating products manu-

facturer Glendimplex, is using a new CASE 521F XT waste

configuration wheeled loader fro recycling work at their

brickworks manufacturing plant in Brierley Hill, West


Supplied by CASE dealer Warwick Ward ,the CASE

521 FXT will be used in the only plant of its type in

the UK.

It produces 2 million bricks per year for use in the

Glendimplex range of electric storage heaters. During

production any bricks that are cosmetically damaged,

which equates to approximately 3% of production, are

recycled at the site and used in the production of new


The main task of the 521F XT is to load the bricks into

the plant’s crushers and move the iron ore from the

storage area into the plant, so a robust, fuel efficient

machine was required.

Replaced Expired Leased Unit

Previously, the GDC Group had always leased machines

for this task at Brierley Hill, but when their current lease

was up they decided to look into purchasing a


As part of this process they approached several well-

known construction equipment manufacturers. After

careful evaluation and testing they decided to purchase

an F Series 521 FXT wheeled loader.

“After looking at and comparing various

machines from several manufacturers we

thought the CASE wheeled loader offered the

best value for money against similar machines

in this class,”

said Paul Taylor, operations manager.

“We also really liked Warwick Ward and CASE’s

proposition, to let us trial the machine on-site

before we purchased.

“We originally went to several of the other

leading manufactures, and CASE was the only

one prepared to let us have the machine on trial.

This was a major factor for us, as we had not

used CASE machines before. One manufacturer

would only let us trial their machine if we agreed

to purchase it! “

The company was also impressed by

the aftersales service and maintenance

package offered by Warwick Ward, as

well as the extra advice they got regard-

ing buckets and teeth.

“Warwick Ward also advised us to

take a Hardox hardened bucket as

we are working with and moving

such abrasive material – broken

bricks and iron ore, so we have

decided to go with that option.”

adds Paul Taylor.

Warwick Ward

Case CE

cinema and welfare facilities. The building’s ex-

isting services will be reconfigured to suit.

The fit out incorporates a new design scheme

provided by Tigg Coll Architects, which, similar

to all Chapter sites, has a unique look and feel

with a distinctive personality and character.

The building will remain operational through-

out the project programme, including its 24-hour

reception area with working areas segregated

throughout the construction period.

Project completion is expected in August



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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 4