JCB Hint at Possible New World Record Attempt

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has indicated a fresh attempt on the world diesel land speed record could be made in the future – if the one set by JCB exactly a decade ago is ever broken.

He was speaking at an event last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the JCB Dieselmax car – powered by two JCB engines – setting a diesel land speed record of 350.092 mph on the Bonneville Salts Flats, USA on August 23rd 2006. Lord Bamford joined members of the record breaking team at the World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, ahead of a special dinner to mark the milestone.

Groundforce appoints European sales director

Groundforce appoints European sales director – Nigel Robbins rejoins Groundforce in a new role.

Specialist ground engineering and equipment supplier Groundforce has further stepped up its focus on Europe by appointing a new sales director for the region.

Nigel Robbins rejoins the company after almost four years in Australia setting up a new division of top-end hydraulic ground shoring solutions for a company he had also worked with previously.

As well as this, he brings to the European sales director role for Groundforce a total of more than 12 years’ experience with Vp plc in positions ranging from business development manager for ESS Safeforce, regional sales director for Hire Station, and regional sales director and national technical sales manager for Groundforce.

Caterpillar To Build Own Range of Mini-Excavators

Caterpillar has announced that following the ending of the alliance with Wacker Neuson, that the Building Construction Products Division will design and manufacture a new range of machines, building on the proven attributes of the larger Cat mini excavators.

Five of the current models (301.4C, 301.7D, 301.7D CR, 302.2D and 302.4D) manufactured by Wacker Neuson will phase out in mid-2018, and the 302.7D CR will phase out at the end of 2019. The 300.9D will also phase out at the end of 2019 or later if mutually agreed by both parties.

Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar to end strategic alliance for mini hydraulic excavators under three tons operating weight in 2018

Wacker Neuson has today announced that it has been agreed to terminate the strategic alliance for mini-hydraulic excavators that it has with Caterpillar since 2010 under a joint agreement. In 2010, Wacker Neuson and Caterpillar entered into a strategic alliance which saw Wacker Neuson developing and producing mini hydraulic excavators under three tons operating weight exclusively for Caterpillar.

They do not give any reason for the ending of the alliance. However, Roger Lindley, editor of Contractors World International has commented on what appear to identical products presented in each company’s corporate colours. However, the statement says Wacker Neuson will produce models ‘exclusively for Caterpillar’. (See article “Are Power Packs the Future for Compact Equipment?” page 46 where mini-excavators with a power pack are featured with virutally identical photographs for Caterpillar and Wacker Neuson.)

Keltbray Group Launches Reinforced Concrete Frame Division

Keltbray Group, which is a UK leading specialist business that offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail and environmental services, today announced that the company has launched a reinforced concrete frame business named Keltbray Structures.

Keltbray decided to launch the business after acquiring some of the assets of Dunne Group from the Administrators of the Dunne Group, which went into administration in July and has ceased trading.

Dunne Group specialised in reinforced concrete foundations and superstructures for buildings. While Keltbray has not taken over Dunne Group as a going concern, or taken on any of its former contracts with clients, by acquiring some of the Dunne Group assets, Keltbray is strengthening its capability and services portfolio to provide demolition, groundworks, piling and concrete structures solutions as integrated or standalone services.

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.