Aaron Evans (right), managing director of AK Evans Earthmoving and James Daniels, regional sales manager for CJD Equipment, in front of the new Volvo EC350D excavators painted in blue to support better mental health awareness in the workplace
Australian firm AK Evans Earthmoving has bolstered its equipment fleet by purchasing four Volvo EC350D excavators.
And the machinery and plant hire company has partnered with Volvo Construction Equipment’s exclusive Australian distribution partner, CJD Equipment, to paint the excavators blue in support of better mental health awareness in the workplace.
“We recruited CJD Equipment to paint the new Volvo EC350D excavators in blue to support better mental health awareness in the workplace,” said Aaron Evans, managing director of AK Evans Earthmoving.
The company has committed to donating $1 per hour the machine works to Beyond Blue, an Australian organisation that offers information and support on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention to people across the country. In addition to painting the EC350D excavators blue, Beyond Blue’s logo and contact number are also listed on the machines to help spread awareness.
“I know it doesn’t sound like much, but when you count the amount of machines that will be painted and they all work approximately 2,000 hours per year then it starts to add up to a generous donation,” Evans said. “In addition to this, we will be asking the hirer of the machine to price match the $1 per hour worked which will double the donation to Beyond Blue.”
EC350D crawler excavators have an operating weight of between 34.3tonnes-38.7tonnes, depending on configuration. Power comes from a fuel-efficient Volvo D8 engine with a 210kW rating, while bucket capacity can be up to 2.53m³. The excavator delivers fast cycle times, high digging power, and low fuel consumption.
AK Evans Earthmoving has a fleet of 16 Volvo earthmoving machines, all purchased from CJD Equipment, and expects to add more in the future.
“We have a great working relationship with CJD Equipment,” Evans said. “The team are very helpful and provide assistance where needed in a timely manner.”