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Bringing down the old Kodak factory

Digger Blogger | 08:00, Tue November 06 2018

Few companies have had to adapt to changing technologies more than Kodak, a name synonymous with a technology hardly anyone uses anymore.

Kodak’s first facility to open outside the USA was on a seven-acre plot in Harrow, north London. Opening in 1891, the site was originally used to develop photographs. They kept around 100 hens on site to produce the egg white required to coat the paper.

As the factory expanded, production of film rolls started, along with the manufacture of photographic paper. By the 1950s Kodak was the largest manufacturing plant in the British Commonwealth and employed around 6,000 staff.

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Cat celebrates 40,000 large dozers

Digger Blogger | 10:00, Wed October 31 2018

There were celebrations across Peoria in October as Caterpillar marked the production of its 40,000th large dozer.

The landmark machine was handed over to Canadian coal mining company Teck Resources, via dealer Finning Canada.

“The legacy of the Cat large dozer began a little more than 40 years ago with a revolutionary elevated sprocket and new undercarriage design that looked unlike any dozer of its day,” Caterpillar tells us. “The groundbreaking suspended undercarriage with high drive design conformed to the ground better than standard oval tracks, helping to improve machine traction, extend undercarriage life and enhance operator comfort.”

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Digging with the Dolphster

Digger Blogger | 12:00, Mon October 29 2018

He was He-Man in Master of the Universe, Drago in Rocky IV and Nikolai Rachenko in Red Scorpion.

In the 1980s, six-foot-five beefcake Dolph Lundgren was quite the Hollywood action hero.

Now Sweden’s answer to Sylvester Stallone is starring in a corporate video for Volvo excavators and never before has construction machinery been made to look quite so camp.

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Scrap-handling Liebherrs in metal recycling yard

Digger Blogger | 10:00, Tue October 23 2018

In the steel district of Hamilton, about an hour’s drive south of Toronto around the shore of Lake Ontario, is one of Canada’s biggest and busiest scrap yards.

Here, American Iron & Metal (AIM) recycles approximately a million tonnes of scrap metal every year, crushing old cars and construction demolition waste into compacted cubes of raw material that is shipped back to steel companies for reprocessing back into new finished goods or building materials.

According to the USA’s Steel Recycling Institute, “steel is the most recycled material on the planet, more than all other materials combined. Steel retains an extremely high overall recycling rate, which in 2014, stood at 86 percent.”

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Goody's high-reach clears the way for Medway flats

Digger Blogger | 10:05, Wed October 10 2018

The former Colonial Mutual Life headquarters on the Chatham waterfront in Kent is being demolished.

Built in the 1990s at a cost of around £35m, Colonial House in Chatham’s Quayside has been empty for the last few years and is now making way for new flats.

Developer of the new Colonial Wharf waterfront development on the south bank of the Medway estuary is Persimmon Homes, which has entrusted the site clearance to Goody Demolition.

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