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Garic appoints new Scottish sales chief 

GARIC has appointed Jim Connolly to head up its Scottish sales operations, working out of the welfare specialist’s distribution hub in Falkirk. In his role as regional account manager, Jim will be tasked with developing client relationships across Scotland. He was previously business development manager at Jarvie Plant and before that he worked for Sibcas, Wernick […]
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End of an era as Brian Young retires 

MOLSON Young Plant Sales is marking the end of an era with the retirement of MD Brian Young. Brian, whose parents Tom and Bridie founded the Doune-based business more than 40 years ago, is one of the most respected names in the Scottish plant sector. Current head of sales, Mark Proudfoot, is taking on the […]
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Murphy’s law 

ADRIAN Murphy was appointed CEO at Blue Group last year, tasked initially with bringing increased coordination across the various businesses. Having held senior role at the likes of Hewden, Speedy and Hilti, Adrian was seen as the right man to help grow the Blue business, which reported a turnover in excess of £100 million in […]
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Optimum bearing selection for mines and quarries 

Mining and quarrying are among the toughest of industrial environments, with dust contamination posing a real threat to plant and machinery. David Oliver, channel and platform development manager, bearings and units at SKF, focuses on quarrying and describes how bearings can be protected to enhance machine life and reliability QUARRYING and aggregate processing are high-volume […]
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Innovation is “part of JCB’s DNA” 

Project Plant editor Gary Moug recently visited a JCB factory in Uttoxeter to see the manufacturer’s latest excavator developments. Afterwards, he spoke to Nick Grills, JCB’s General Manager, Excavator Global Business Growth, about the division’s major offerings INNOVATION is “part of JCB’s DNA”. That’s the view of Nick Grills, General Manager, Excavator Global Business Growth, […]
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As good as gold: Taylor & Braithwaite mark 50 years in business 

TODAY, Cumbria-based Taylor & Braithwaite services the north of England and Scotland, with a Hyundai excavator dealership for the north of England and crushing and screening dealerships for Scotland. Founded in October 1967 by Harold Taylor and Trevor Braithwaite, both of whom had previously worked for Johnson’s in Kirkby Stephen repairing agricultural machinery, Taylor & […]
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A powerful partnership 

Kubota UK joined forces with engine and transmission specialist Mitchell Powersystems (MPS) in 2016 in a strategic partnership that established MPS as the official national distributor of Kubota’s Industrial diesel and dual fuel engines in Scotland.  Six months later, based on the success in Scotland, the partnership was extended into new territories to include distribution […]
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Getting to know… Henry Brain 

HENRY Brain’s career has seen him work for numerous attachment firms up and down the country, culminating in his current role as managing director and co-owner of Yarwoods Excavator Attachments. Henry recently told Project Plant’s Fraser Rummens about how he ended up going into business with industry stalwart Peter Yarwood, the attachment he’s keeping an […]
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Five benefits of going green on-site 

SITES in the construction sector are turning green in order to combat the challenges climate change presents to our society. Alongside the environmental concerns of global warming, there are many solid reasons for construction  companies to do this. In particular, on-site accommodation represents a unique opportunity for temporarily housing staff that work on a construction project. […]
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Ellon firm invests in 21 Liebherr cranes 

ELLON-based crane specialist Whyte Crane Hire has ordered 21 new Liebherr cranes for its expanding fleet. The firm, which operates in the renewable energy, oil and gas and general construction sectors, has already taken delivery an LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane and an LTC 1050-3.1 compact mobile crane. A second LTC 1050-3.1 is due to be delivered […]
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Are you really ready for winter? 

Brendan Aherne, GRITIT’s regional director for Scotland, explains that taking on adverse weather conditions in increasingly litigious times takes careful planning and meticulous execution. It’s just before 6am on Sunday when Steve arrives at the first of his sites, stopping at the gate and leaning out of the window of the gritting truck to tap […]
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Demolition man 

David Skillings, founder of Skillings Crushing Company speaks to Project Plant about his long-standing relationship with Rammer breakers and Rammer UK dealer Murray Plant OVER the last 20 years sub-contract demolition works firm, the Skillings Crushing Company, has been involved in a range of high profile and challenging projects. Founded by Dave Skillings, the company […]