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17 June 2014

Breedon Aggregates adds seven new Cat machines in £1.7mn deal

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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A Breedon Cat 740B being loaded by a Cat 336E hybrid
A Breedon Cat 740B being loaded by a Cat 336E hybrid
The UK’s largest independent aggregates business, Breedon Aggregates, has purchased five new Cat K-Series wheeled loaders from Finning to support its quarrying and aggregate production in northern Scotland.

The latest investment from the company, worth £1.7 million (€1.25 million), also includes a new Cat 336EL hybrid excavator and a Cat 740B articulated dump truck.  

Three Cat 972Ks, a Cat 938K and Cat 980K wheeled loaders will help with the production of aggregates including limestone, granite, basalt, sand and gravel to the construction industry. Additionally, the Cat 336EL Hybrid excavator and Cat 740B articulated dump truck will assist Breedon Aggregates at its Tom’s Forest quarry, Aberdeenshire.

Alan Mackenzie, chief executive of Breedon Aggregates Scotland, said: “We have over seventy applications throughout our operations in Scotland, including quarries, asphalt plants and ready-mixed concrete plants, and a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of these sites. To support that, we need a robust and reliable fleet of equipment that will give us the capacity to reduce emissions and increase our productivity.
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Caterpillar 972K wheeled loaders
One of Breedon Aggregates three new Caterpillar 972K wheeled loaders at work
“Our operators have a decisive input to the purchasing decision of any machinery, and it’s key to our operations that they are comfortable and happy working with a machine before any investment is made. We have received some great feedback on the Cat machines we already have on our fleet, so it was an easy decision to invest further in Cat equipment.”

The Cat K-Series wheeled loaders are said to be renowned for delivering great fuel efficiency, combining technology and components that optimise performance, service life and operating costs. Each new machine has a performance series bucket, which has a “unique shape” that fills quickly and retains material, so Breedon Aggregates can benefit from faster and more fuel-efficient loading.

John Middleton, territory account manager at Finning, said: “Breedon Aggregates’ stature as the UK’s largest independent aggregates supplier means that it requires machinery that can complete tasks quickly and more economically. This is a further endorsement of Cat machinery and the trust Breedon Aggregates places in Finning’s ability to provide total equipment solutions. Each machine will be supported with a service and maintenance package, backed up by a five-year premium warranty.”

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