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From Red Rhino to Angry Bear

Former Red Rhino owner and designer Colin Campbell is back with a new combination crusher and shredder, in the form of the Angry Bear Combo 6. Andrea Lockerbie finds out more

Spotting an opportunity in the marketplace is clearly something Colin Campbell does well. He is the brains behind and managing director of new company Angry Bear, which is launching an innovative compact crusher and shredder, designed to facilitate on-site recycling for material that is usually placed in skips on building sites.

The slim design means it can go through doorways and alleyways, making it suitable for small building projects and sites. It has also been designed to be lightweight and affordable, while still being durable.

The concept is to recycle building material on-site, so users can reduce and reuse their waste or potentially generate an income from selling on the material rather than having to pay for its removal and disposal.

The crusher section of the machine substantially reduces the volume of material such as building rubble, bricks, concrete, tiles and kerbstones, while the shredder section can handle materials such as heavy plastics, plasterboard, wood, slate and even glass.

A number of attachments can also be used with the machine, such as a breaker, screen separator, magnet for steel separation, barrel screens and a ‘big bag’ handling system, so that all the reduced material can be collected for ease of handling. 

Campbell is no stranger to crushers and the recycling market. An engineer, he set up Red Rhino crushers in 2001, which was a pioneer in the mini-crusher market. He built it up to a multi-million pound business which won 22 awards.

But unfortunately he developed throat and lung cancer which meant he had to step away from the running of the business. Campbell no longer owns Red Rhino, though he is unwilling to discuss why.

Now better, he is clearly passionate about the Angry Bear Combo 6 and its potential. His son, James, is the sales director and the hope is that he will take on the helm in the future.

The machine was well received at its first public showing at the Plantworx construction industry exhibition held in May. “The amount of people at the stand was phenomenal,” he says. “The response I have had in the marketplace has been incredible, better in fact than 12 years ago when I launched Red Rhino.”

He is enthused about the equipment’s potential for currently neglected materials such as plasterboard: “It’s an all-purpose machine that is for hire companies, landscapers, small builders. Large developers are also interested.”

Campbell is proud of the all-British machine and its all-purpose nature. He sees a large overseas market for it and is determined Angry Bear will do well and make its mark.

For more see this week’s product focus.

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