Training machine operators is a family business at Staffordshire Operator Training. Based in Endon, near Stoke-on-Trent, the business is headed by Frank Williamson, a former JCB demonstrator.
Since Frank started the business in 2002, more than 1,000 trainees have passed through his doors. Working alongside him are his eldest son Ben as an instructor/tester and Ben’s partner Sarah Addison who is company secretary. There is also Frank’s son-in-law, Tom Cowley, who is an instructor and an NVQ Assessor. That's them in the photo above, left to right, with Frank Williamson himself on the right.
Frank, Ben and Tom have all worked for JCB in the past and have just bought a 13-tonne JS130 tracked excavator made at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter. This is the fourth JCB machine they have bought in the past three years.
Here’s the new Liebherr R 960 Demolition crawler excavator on its very first job.
The excavator is made at Liebherr’s Colmar factory in France. Fittingly, therefore, it was launched at Intermat 2015 in Paris and the first customer was French demolition and earthmoving contractor Helfaut Travaux.
Our picture shows Helfaut using its new R 960 to demolish a silo near Frévent last December.
Bauma 2016 will see the premier of Doosan Construction Equipment’s new mid-size dash-5 series excavators and wheeled loaders, meeting the Euro Stage IV emissions regulations.
The arrival of the mid-sized machines follows on from the larger -5 models and they share the same kind of styling.
Of the new mid-size machines, Doosan plans to have these ones on display in Munich in April:
Abba Plant Hire, based in Lincoln not Sweden, is full of praise for its new 10-tonne JCB midi excavator.
Abba has bought one the first 100C-1 machines in the UK and says it is proving to be a versatile piece of kit with bags of potential.
The JCB 100C-1 model is based on the frame of the 8.6-tonne 86C-1 midi, with H-shape undercarriage, but with a more powerful Kohler engine, a larger dig end and beefier hydraulics.
Among the various lifting, shifting, digging and materials processing machinery that Terex is planning to exhibit at Bauma 2016 in Munich in April is an assortment of excavators from factories in both Germany and the UK.
Terex Compact Germany, based in Crailsheim, is what we used to know as Schaeff. It is launching an entire menagerie of mini excavators at Bauma – six new models, in all, from 1.4 to 3.7 tonnes – in what the company calls its biggest ever new product development push.
This new line-up includes the TC14-2, TC16-2, TC19-2, TC22-2, TC35-2 and TC37-2 models. Additional Dash-2 models are promised over the course of the next two years to further expand the series. These machines are being marketed as having “XL digging performance, XL workstation and XL operation”.