There are many anniversaries that are considered milestones worthy of celebration. Ten years, 20, 25, 50 and of course 100 are commonly celebrated with due fanfare.
Less common is 45, but that it the anniversary that plant hire firm GAP Group has decided to celebrate. It is 45 years since Gordon Anderson opened his first depot in Linwood, next to Glasgow Airport, in 1969. Today the company has close to 100 locations across the UK and 2013/14 revenues are expected to be up around 20% from £98m last year to something close to £120m.
Apparently 45 is a sapphire anniversary and so, to celebrate, GAP has specified a bunch of new machines in sapphire blue livery. A Kubota KX080-4 excavator, Terex TA9 dumper, Bomag HD12 VV Roller, Atlas Copco XAS-47 DDG Compressor and Rammer BR777 Pecker will be travelling to construction sites across the UK throughout the year.
This just in from Hewden. Roy Hodgson might have picked his 23-man squad for Brazil just a day early. Looks like there may be some hidden footballing talent on the construction sites of Britain.
With more and more construction taking place off-site or at ground level, bigger and bigger machinery is required to lift and shift these giant components into place.
One of the leading producers of heavy transportation machinery is TII Group – Transporter Industry International – created by Otto Rettenmaier by bringing together the German companies Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik and Kamag Transporttechnik, and Nicolas Industries of France.
Five expert operators, five Cat machines and an eight-tonne tower of wooden blocks... it's ultimate Jenga.
They’ve produced this video, below, showing how the operators worked together to raise the height of a huge block tower using Cat machines.
Cat 320E and 349E hydraulic excavators, a TH514C telehandler, a 277D skid steer loader and a M316D wheel excavator were all used to reposition wooden blocks each weighing more than 270kg.
Bernard Appleton has been loading lorries for more than 50 years so he knows a thing or two about loading machinery.
Bernard established his company back in 1963, securing a contract loading lorries with grit in the hard winter of that year, and buying a new tractor with the proceeds. His company continues to serve the local Essex highways authorities to this day.
These days BG Appleton Contracts Ltd, based near Maldon, also screens soils, has a concrete crushing division and has developed an interest in green waste recycling.