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Product news round-up

Viby to open UK office as attachment sales grow

Danish bucket manufacturer Viby Attachment is set to open a dedicated UK office and parts depot this month.

The new premises will be based at the Centre 500 business park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, near Stoke, Staffordshire,.

The move follows the appointment of industry stalwart Trevor Snowball as the company’s UK national sales manager. Both decisions are part of a concerted drive by the company to capitalise on its significant recent sales growth in the UK attachments market. 

UK sales director Andrew Little said: “While the sectors we deal with have all experienced challenging times due to the economic climate, Viby has continued to grow its market share here. As a result, the time is right to expand our UK operation.

“I’m delighted to welcome Trevor to the team. He has a fabulous reputation in the industry in terms of knowledge, enthusiasm and integrity, and he brings many years’ experience to the role.”

Joint bid wins Aylesbury street cleansing contract

Sita UK has joined forces with grounds maintenance specialist John O’Conner to provide street cleansing and horticultural services to Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The two companies ran the respective services for the Buckinghamshire council under previous contracts.

They will be working together on a replacement integrated contract, which started in January 2013.

The deal, which runs until 2020, will see the council make annual savings of about £180,000.

Dave Swire, assistant general manager at Sita UK, said: “We have developed a strong partnership with the council, which has ensured the streets of the district are of a high standard of cleanliness.

“We look forward to continuing this partnership, and working with John O’Conner to maintain and improve the streets and council-owned parks.”

David Thompson, Aylesbury council cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is one of Aylesbury Vale’s most important contracts that will ensure we continue to deliver the absolute best service to our residents.”

Doosan G100

Doosan compressor ranges on show in Munich

Doosan Portable Power will be showing several products at Bauma 2013 in Munich in April.

The firm will debut the 21/220 and 25/280 large Stage IIIB portable compressors, as well as the new G80-IIIA (80kVA prime power) and G100-IIIA (100kVA prime power) (pictured) generators.

These large portable compressors are used to provide compressed air for a wide range of drilling and boring machines.  

The 21/220 compressor produces a free air delivery of 21.5cu m per minute at an operating pressure of 21.0 bar. The 25/280 compressor has a free air delivery of 28.3cu m per minute at a rated operating pressure of 25.1 bar. 

On both machines, compliance with the Stage IIIB engine emission regulations has given Doosan the opportunity to provide customers with new designs.

Meanwhile, safe and easy access to operation and maintenance areas has been a priority throughout the equipment design.

JCB’s italian job reaches for the heights

JCB has signed an agreement to supply engines for a new range of rotating telescopic handlers.

The Magni Rotos will be produced from a new production facility in Castelfranco Emilia, near Modena in Italy.

The deal to supply the Ecomax engine to Magni TH is a significant milestone for JCB. It follows a £3m a year deal to provide Johnston Sweepers with the Ecomax engine.

JCB chief executive Alan Blake said: “As a family company, Magni TH shares the same core values as JCB and is driven by innovation.

“We are delighted to have secured an agreement to supply engines for this new product as it builds on the growing success we are experiencing with engine sales to third parties.”

The Magni Rotos will be powered by the fuel-efficient JCB Ecomax Tier 4i engine. There will be seven models in the range offering payloads of between four and six tonnes and with lift heights of between 18 and 30 metres.

Pictured are JCB chief executive Alan Blake (left) shaking hands on the agreement with MAGNI TH president Riccardo Magni.

Global project seeks new ways to cut waste

A cross-continent project is aiming to develop new approaches to eliminating waste and reducing the environmental impact of industry.

The five-year ZeroWIN project is funded by the European Commission and has 31 academic and industrial partners across Europe and Asia. It is bringing together companies from traditionally separated sectors in such a way that the waste from one becomes raw material for another.

Targets include:

  • 30% reduction of green-house gas emissions
  • 70% overall reuse and recycling of waste
  • 75% cut in fresh water use

Ian Williams, professor of applied environmental science at project partner the University of Southampton, said: “Zero emissions envisions a ‘second industrial revolution’, with all inputs used in final products or converted into value-added materials or resources for use by other industries or processes.”

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