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Product News Round-up - 11 January 2013

Recycled asphalt wins innovation award

New York state company Cold Mix Manufacturing (CMM) has won a global award for its environmentally friendly road repair product GreenPatch. CMM received a NOVA award from the Construction Innovation Forum for the product, which uses 50% recycled asphalt.

GreenPatch was developed in 2007 and promoted for commercial, municipal and private use as an eco-safe, biodegradable, high-performance and cost-effective asphalt repair. It uses zero petroleum solvents and eliminates harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

GreenPatch is approved for use in the US and Europe as a VOC-compliant, permanent road repair product.

CMM sales manager Michael Milano said: “We are proud to be part of an era where governments and end users are finally on board about cleaner and safer products. We are also able to prove in many ways that green is more affordable.”

PHS takes second Aries baler for shredding

Shredding and recycling firm PHS Datashred has taken delivery of an Aries twin-ram baling unit from Ken Mills Engineering at its Manchester destruction centre. This is the second Aries baling machine purchased by PHS, with the other installed in Kent last year.

Also installed at the Manchester site was Ken Mills’ new universal tipping device. This type of tipper was requested by PHS because it needed to handle a range of bin sizes from 120 to 1,100-litre.

The tipper ensures a smooth and simple process for preparing confidential material for destruction.

Stewart Bowles, operations director at PHS Datashred, said: “The new baling unit and tipper at our Manchester depot have enabled us to provide a more efficient destruction service for our clients.”

The baling unit is designed and built in the UK by Ken Mills.

Farid RCV

Farid RCV range is choice of truck hirer Gulliver’s

Bristol-headquartered Gulliver’s Truck Hire has invested in a range of Farid refuse collection and recycling vehicles (RCVs) for its contract hire and spot rental vehicle fleets. 

Gulliver’s has a full range of 7.5 to 26-tonne RCVs with a choice of chassis and bin lift options, including 70/30 split, automatic split and trade bar lifts.

Other features include under-body on-board weighing systems, narrow track options and a variety of bin lifter operational equipment options.

Neil Jeremiah, Gulliver’s sales director, said: “We have been investing in quality reliable equipment for some time. Coupled with specific requests made by some of our contract hire customers, our own exacting evaluation of the RCV equipment currently available was the main driving force behind the decision to purchase these Farid vehicles.

“As part of our contract with Farid, it has developed a fleet partnership programme and carried out intensive training of our technicians to enable them to carry out in-house warranty repairs on our fleet.”

Fleet maintenance deal is awarded to SFS

Northampton Borough Council has awarded the contract to provide and maintain its new fleet of property services vehicles to local contract company Specialist Fleet Services (SFS).

Councillor Mary Markham said: “Our property services team relies on their vehicles to ensure high levels of productivity. SFS met all our requirements, including out-of-hours servicing and delivery and collection of vehicles to ensure we can deliver the level of service our tenants expect and deserve.”

SFS, which has been supplying and maintaining the authority’s existing housing fleet since 2004, is to begin phasing in around 80 vehicles soon.

Dave Sheppard, SFS technical support manager, said: “We are delighted to have won this tender. We always strive to go the extra mile for our customers and this is no exception. The contract offers value for money and will improve the efficiency of the property services division.”


Tyre deal lowers costs for sita

Recycling and resource management company Sita UK is switching to Michelin tyres across its fleet of 1,400 vehicles thanks to an innovative shared-risk pricing model.

The three-year deal not only lowers the up-front cost of Michelin fitments to Sita, but it is structured to give both companies a shared financial incentive to reduce tyre damage over the longer term. This is particularly relevant at the waste firm’s operations on landfill sites and in waste collections where tyre damage is more likely to occur.

Michelin will assume financial responsibility for a proportion of any damage to Sita UK’s rubber, and any damage beyond that will be the waste firm’s responsibility. The deal is structured around a policy used successfully by Michelin and Sita France, where it has already proven to reduce tyre costs.

Sita UK general manager for fleet Paul Shipman said: “This deal with Michelin not only lowers the initial cost to us, but it also fits with our sustainability vision by giving us an added financial incentive to look after our tyres over the long term.”

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