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Kent contractor heads for all-hybrid

Digger Blogger | 09:40, Wed February 20 2019

Rochester-based KKB Group provides niche services to the construction, remediation and recycling sectors.

KKB has recently taken delivery of three Komatsu HB365LC-3 hybrid excavators and put them straight out to work. It plans to buy eight more as it moves to an all-hybrid excavator fleet.

“We have vast experience of operating large recycling contracts for blue chip clients,” says chief executive. Colin Basi. “Not only do we pride ourselves on providing high quality recycling solutions and products, we want to be as efficient as possible during the process. To that end it is vital for us to maintain a relentless level of investment in the latest plant and technology and that is why we have chosen the HB365LC-3 as our hybrid excavator of choice.

“The three we have recently taken delivery of have gone straight out onto our recycling site operations where they are loading crusher screeners with Asphalt to produce a clean range of recycled aggregate product (RAP).”

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KKB clients include the likes of Hanson, Tarmac and Aggregate Industries, so its kit has to cut the mustard. KKB first trialled Komatsu’s hybrid technology with the purchase of an initial HB365LC-3 machine two years ago.

“We are responsible for recycling around 1.5 million tonnes of asphalt (RAP) a year and not long into the original trial it became apparent that the hybrid technology was a real positive for us and our customers,” Colin Basi says. “It is now our business objective to run a complete fleet of hybrid excavators and diesel/electric crushers and screeners by 2020.”

He continues: “Having been impressed with the fuel and emissions saving from our trial machine we have invested in these three HB365LC-3 machines, with a plan to invest in eight more by the end of this year.  Being able to go to our customers with the first Stage IV hybrid is fantastic for us, the fact that we can also show that these machines offer up to 20% fuel savings makes our proposition even stronger.”

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