Category: UK

Blue Group Secures Multi-Million Pound Finance Package from HSBC

• Equipment finance facility will help company expand its services to customers

• Funding is part of HSBC’s £700m commitment to supporting SME growth in the South West

The Bristol business, Blue Group, that sells heavy plant equipment to the waste and quarrying industries has secured a multi-million pound equipment finance facility from HSBC, helping it further support its customer base by offering a rental option on its products.

Blue Group, which sells almost £2 million worth of equipment to businesses across the UK each week, is using the funding to purchase its own stock which can be hired by companies that need instant access to machinery.

BlueMAC Spreads Its Wings!

Since early 2014, when Blue Group and Dmac Engineering combined their expertise and resources to create bespoke MRF manufacturing specialist, BlueMAC Manufacturing, the company has gone from strength to strength and seen a remarkable level of growth. Building on this success and looking to further its expansion programme, BlueMAC is now pleased to announce that it has appointed SKALA Australasia Pty Ltd as the exclusive distributor of BlueMAC products and services throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

This partnership heralds new exporting opportunities into sophisticated and discerning markets for BlueMAC in partnership with SKALA – already a well-established equipment supplier and solutions provider for the recycling, mining, bulk materials and industrial processing sectors. Even at this early stage in the relationship, BlueMAC already has two plants in build for SKALA customers and when these are commissioned later in the year they will be two of Australia’s largest C&D processing facilities.

JCB wins £36 million order for 1,044 machines

JCB today announced it had won a deal for 550 machines worth £16 million from one of the UK’s leading rental firms – with the promise of more orders to follow. The deal has been struck with A-Plant and is part of a phased investment programme which has now seen the plant hirer buy a total of 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.

The latest order for 550 machines includes more than 400 mini and midi excavators, including 50 JCB 8085 eco midi excavators, which are 27% more productive and more than 20% more fuel efficient than the model it replaced. The deal also includes Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklifts and is one of the biggest to be secured by JCB this year. The machines will be supplied through dealer Greenshields JCB.

UK: CEA Director of Global Programmes, Joanna Oliver, awarded MBE

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognised the construction equipment industry in a very direct way with the award of an MBE to the Construction Equipment Association’s (CEA) Director of Global Programmes, Joanna Oliver. She is one of a select few of recipients recognised for their services to industry – and is rewarded for a 16 year plus effort in promoting UK exports.

Joanna has organised British exhibition groups, trade missions and research visits to over 20 countries, on six continents, in that period. In recent times she has cultivated trade links with countries as diverse as Turkmenistan and Algeria. Campaigns are planned for Brazil, Mongolia and China this year, so there will be no letting up her efforts on behalf of the construction equipment industry.

Jennifer Deeney appointed to the new position of fund raising ambassador for the Lighthouse Club

The Lighthouse Club, the construction industry’s foremost charity, has named Jennifer Deeney as its fund raising ambassador. Jennifer has been involved in raising the profile of safety in the industry since 2004, following a tragic accident which killed her husband Kieron. Jennifer will `champion` fund raising efforts at The Lighthouse Club as part of a major re-brand and promotion drive the organization is undertaking in 2011.

Steve Barnett, chairman of The Lighthouse Club, said Jennifer was an inspirational figure:

“There are few people in our industry who know more about the impact of accidents on the lives of families than Jennifer,” he said. “We are truly excited to have her in this new role and we’re getting a very positive reaction to her appointment. Her knowledge, passion and drive make her a valuable team member and her first initiatives are progressing well.”

Jennifer lost her husband Kieron in a construction accident in August 2004, just 13 weeks after the two had married. Understandably the devastation caused by the accident had a huge impact on Jennifer and gave her the motivation to highlight safety in the construction industry and to ensure proper support is available to those affected by accidents.

DASH 5 Series rollers from Bomag

BOMAG has today announced a new generation of vibrating tandem rollers-the ‘Dash 5’ series. The new generation are a significant improvement on the market leading Dash 2 machines that BOMAG has been selling in the UK for over 10 years.

Three new conventional modes are available, all in the 1.5t to 1.7t class. These new models are the BW 80 AD-5 (operating weight 1,550kg), BW 90 AD-5 (1,600kg), and the BW 100 ADM-5 (1,650kg).

Latest issue of Contractors World features greater interactivity

The latest issue of Contractors World is now available with new features. The issue now includes video embedded into the pages plus option to download interactive PDF of the issue to enable viewing of videos and other content off-line.

By further developing the formats, Contractors World Magazines publisher, VVV Ltd, is redefining trade publishing for the digital age.

The latest issue also has a separate ‘At the Shows’ supplement looking at what’s new in products and services at the various shows taking place and a preview of some of the new products to be unveiled at ConExpo 2011 in March.

Hong Kong: Laing O’Rourke JV wins major rail infrastructure

Laing O’Rourke, the international engineering and construction group, has announced that in a three-way joint venture with leading Chinese contractors Hsin Chong and Paul Y, it has secured a £260m rail infrastructure contract as part of the construction of the Express Rail Link for MTR in Hong Kong.

The joint venture has been awarded Contract 810B for the construction of the southern portion of the West Kowloon Terminus, adjacent to Kowloon Station and Austin Station.  Laing O’Rourke led the joint venture bid team with key company personnel now leading the project delivery, estimating and planning.

UK: Launching today – UK & Ireland edition of Contractors World

Today see’s the launch of CONTRACTORS WORLD – UK & Ireland Edition.
Readers can register for free copies (by email) here

The publishers of Contractors World Magazines have taken this decision because of the closure of important magazines over the past 2 years – free to subscribe magazines such as Contract Journal, Plant Managers Journal, SEM – Site Equipment Manager, PHE – Plant Hire Executive in the UK. The loss of these magazines means that until now, there was virtually no FREE to read publication for the construction and related industries written specifically for the UK and Irish markets.
Readers can register for free copies (by email) here

UK: JCB launch new range of Toughphone

Originally launched in December 2007 and still listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s Toughest Phone’, the JCB Toughphone was an immediate success.

JCB has just announced a new range of Toughphones. Now available in a choice of four handsets to suit a range of budgets, all with unique strengths.