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Flannery invests £35m in tech-filled Cats

6 May 16 Flannery Plant Hire has signed a £35m deal with Caterpillar dealer Finning for 380 new Cat machines with high tech back-up.

Finning said the deal represented “the largest and most diverse single EMSolutions technology and equipment package” that it had sold in the UK.

The order comprises 265 Cat excavators, 90 Cat articulated trucks, rollers, backhoes, compactors plus D6N LGP Slope Assist and D6T LGP Accugrade ready dozers.

The new machines will take the total of Flannery’s technology-supported Caterpillar fleet to more than 800 units.

Managing director Patrick Flannery said: “We were one of the first plant hire businesses in the UK to embrace technology a number of years ago, recognising the commercial advantage that the Finning EMSolutions bundled services could give us.

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“Since then we have been able to provide a compelling proposition to all our customers across the UK, using technology to have confidence to tender and win increasingly large and complex projects, like the Aberdeen Bypass.

“We now monitor the health and productivity of over 800 Caterpillar units, with the help of the Finning Finsight engineering team, which through VisionLink GPS technology can run reports and pinpoint any machine in need of attention, at any time.

“This means that no matter where our equipment is working, Finning can contact us, explain the problem and dispatch an engineer, who can be onsite in a matter of hours. Equally from an operations perspective they can produce reports, highlighting everything from fuel burn to asset utilisation, mapping future servicing requirements. This allows us to make informed and strategic logistics based decisions as to when, where and for how long specific equipment should be dispatched, to ensure we maximise uptime, through informed service and maintenance.”  

To date, £26m of the new fleet has been delivered and the rest will be delivered to Flannery branches and projects across the UK in the weeks ahead.

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