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CITB calls on employers to take on ex-Carillion apprentices

THE Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has called on construction employers to ‘rally round’ and take on apprentices of fallen construction giant …

Eco-friendly product lights up landmark Aberdeen project

A new lighting tower is helping to brighten up the construction site of the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). Taylor …

A-Plant recognised for apprenticeship commitment

A-Plant has cemented its status as one of the nation’s top apprenticeship employers. The hire giant, who currently have 166 apprentices, was named in …

Concern for SMEs following Carillion collapse

THE Scottish Government has been urged to ‘learn lessons’ over the procurement of large-scale construction projects in the wake of the Carillion collapse. …

TSL swings into action with new Volvo

2018 is off to a swinging start for Argyll-based TSL Contractors with the purchase of a new Volvo ECR2353. The reduced swing excavator represents a “new …

Volvo targets rigid hauler sector with Motherwell-built range

VOLVO Construction Equipment is to enter the rigid hauler market with its own four-model range of machines, manufactured in Motherwell. As a result, the …

New units pave the way for road success

A road planing business has become the first in the UK to utilise the new Cat PM620 cold planers. DP Cold Planing has taken delivery of the new …

Kubota mini poised for EHS launch

KUBOTA UK has described next month’s Executive Hire Show as the “ideal platform” to launch its new KX030-4 mini-excavator. The machine …

Group encouraged by progress on cash retentions

THE Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group said it is optimistic that the issue of cash retentions in the construction industry will be …

Materials trader GRS snaps up S Walsh & Sons

GRS Group has acquired S Walsh & Sons Ltd, which it described as “one of London’s most successful and diverse companies serving the construction, …

JCB staff receive 3.9% pay rise as Lord Bamford predicts bright future for sector

JCB has announced a 3.9% pay rise for shop floor employees, with chairman Lord Bamford stating the industry is doing “very well” at the moment. The …

Surplus A-Plant kit to go under the hammer

RITCHIE Bros is set to host its first ever one-owner auction in the UK, selling hundreds of items for A-Plant. The one-day auction, being held on February 8 …

Jarvie kit helps to create landmark homeless village

  JARVIE Plant equipment is playing an important role in the creation of Scotland’s first homeless village. Situated in Edinburgh’s Granton …

New app provides flexibility boost for depot managers

MCS is set to launch its latest RM Mobile app to help rental depot managers offer a more flexible way of working. Using their mobile phones, they will be able …

Power equipment specialist helps shoppers get their skates on

TEMPORARY power equipment specialists Mather+Stuart recently brought some Christmas cheer to revellers in Gloucester and Derby by supplying generators to …

Christmas bonus ain’t half grand for JCB employees

JCB has announced it is to reward its workforce with a festive bonus of £500. The plant giant is awarding over 5,500 of its UK employees the bonus, its …

‘Beefed up’ Volvo fits the bill for Borders firm

A Borders-based earthworks and civil engineering specialist has acquired a new Volvo excavator for a long-term crushing project. RJT Excavations Ltd of …

Breedon to buy four Tarmac quarries and divest 27 ready-mix concrete plants

BREEDON has agreed to acquire four quarries and an asphalt plant from Tarmac in a £16.5 million deal. The move will be satisfied by the transfer to Tarmac of …

Family business extends fleet with new Doosan machines

NEW Doosan crawler excavators and a wheel loader have been snapped up by Inverurie-based Miller Plant for the busy Aberdeenshire market. Supplied by Balgownie …

Keltbray Group launches rail electrification UK-first

Keltbray Group has invested £3 million in six “unique concept” mobile elevating work platform (MEWPs) road rail vehicles for use in the rail sector – a …

A-Plant division makes £1m investment in winter warmers

Rental firm A-Plant’s specialist division has invested £1.1 million in new packaged boilers and energy efficient heating equipment. Rapid Climate Control, …

Bathgate haulage firm crowned king of the road

BATHGATE-based haulage firm D&J Sibbald has scooped a prestigious award at the Transport News Scottish Rewards event, held recently in Glasgow. The …

New safety guide launched for suction excavators

A good practice guide has been launched for the safe use of suction/vacuum excavators. Produced by the Suction and Vacuum Excavator (SAVE) special interest …

Kubota invests in UK facilities to ‘future-proof’ the business

KUBOTA has invested £1.2 million on its UK headquarters in Thame. The spend includes expanding office and meeting room space by renovating a storage building. …

Union delivers stark training warning to construction sector

UNITE has called upon the UK construction sector to spell out its training plans to avoid a “calamitous” Brexit for the industry. With fears growing over …

GAP climbs 28 places in Sunday Times Top Track 250

GAP Hire Solutions has jumped 28 places to 142 in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table. The business has enjoyed a record year, with …

Compact excavator shows touch of glass in Alloa

A Volvo compact excavator has been put through its paces at a glass manufacturing plant in Alloa. The 1.8-tonne EC18D model was supplied to W T Paterson …

New guidance issued on lifting operations with excavators

THE Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has released new safety guidance around lifting operations with excavators. A document called ‘Lifting …

Finger on the pulse: Pitlochry firm adds Rototilt-fitted excavator to fleet

A Perthshire plant hire firm has recently taken delivery of a Doosan DX170W-5 wheeled excavator fitted with a Rototilt R5. Pitlochry-based R.A Laird …

ScotPlant 2018 to welcome a mix of old and new

SCOTPLANT 2018 is on track to be the biggest event in the show’s 20-year history, with a string of new exhibitors joining familiar faces in a sterling …