BJ CROWTHER HAS BEEN A RESPECTED NAME IN THE NORTH-WEST SINCE THE 1960S. AND UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS SECOND GENERATION, THE BUSINESS HAS RETURNED TO ITS ROOTS, GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AT THE SAME TIME. BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.
In recent years, there have been many developments in and around Manchester, both commercial and residential, as it continues to expand and take on Birmingham for the mantle of England’s second city. And BJ Crowther has had a hand in many of them, says MD Phillip Crowther.
The Oldham-based company provides a range of services for the construction sector, from muckaway to aggregates and tipper hire. “We’ve been all over the place,” Phillip says. “There’s no one project that stands out that we have worked on, though, as we have been involved with so many important ones over the years.”
That’s indicative of the reputation the company has and how it has grown under Phillip’s stewardship – something he has achieved by taking the firm back to its roots. BJ Crowther was started in 1966 by Phillip’s father Bernard James Crowther, hauling aggregate and coal.
SMARTPHONE-BASED PACKAGE CRATE DIGITISES THE ADMINISTRATION INVOLVED IN WASTE TRANSPORT. AND WITH THE GOVERNMENT LOOKING TO MAKE THE DIGITISATION OF WASTE TRANSFER NOTES MANDATORY IN 2025, ITS ARRIVAL ON THE MARKET IS CERTAINLY TIMELY, AS BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.
Many businesses engaged in transporting waste still use a pen-and-paper-based system or a manual one of some other kind to keep track of where loads are being collected from and where they are going to. So says Graeme Wicks, founder and product director at My Data Crate. But this is a situation he is determined to change.
My Data Crate enables companies in the sector to digitise their waste movements and material transactions with electronic proof of delivery and collection. It covers such areas as waste transfer notes, CL:AIRE-compliant soil movements, aggregates and other product collections and deliveries, as well as service driver collections and deliveries. Adopting this approach, which relies on smartphones, ensures compliance and boosts operational efficiency, Graeme contends.
KNOCKING DOWN OLD BUILDINGS REQUIRES CAREFUL PLANNING AND THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT, NOT LEAST TO TAKE THE DEBRIS AWAY FOR RECYCLING. BUT CENTRAL DEMOLITION HAS THE JOB DOWN TO A FINE ART, AS BULK & TIPPER FINDS OUT.
If you thought knocking down old buildings was a simple task, you’d be wrong. The process actually requires a host of specialist knowledge and equipment. And demolition is just part of the job; transporting, recycling and reusing the resulting materials also needs taking care of. But Central Demolition and its sister company Central Skip Hire provide everything you’ll ever need, with a large fleet of trucks including tippers, hook-loaders, skip wagons, bulkers, walking floors and heavy-haulers.
Central Demolition is one of the largest and most diverse companies in the demolition sector. It and Central Skip Hire are together a one-stop-shop for everything to do with the removal of old buildings and land remediation. It includes a specialist asbestos removal team, a state-of-the-art recycling facility at its Bonnybridge HQ near Falkirk, in Scotland, and all the associated plant required, like excavators and heavy haulage trucks.
FOUR NEW VOLVO FM 430 8x4 RIGIDS ARE HELPING DAVIDSONS ANIMAL FEEDS DELIVER IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE WAY POSSIBLE TO FARMS ACROSS SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN ENGLAND, AS BULK & TIPPER DISCOVERS.
Davidsons Animal Feeds has built itself quite a reputation in Scotland and northern England. Founded by Billy Davidson in 1969, the family-run company has grown organically over the years, evolving from grain merchant and haulage contractor into the largest manufacturer in Scotland’s animal feed sector. These days, Bill’s son William is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company as operations director, though of course, his dad’s input is still valued highly. “My dad may well now be into his fifth decade here, but – to his credit – he remains a consistent presence,” William says. “He is still here on site every day and is always ready and available to share his expertise and advice.”
One vital piece of learning Billy has passed down to his son has been the value of technology in helping to grow a successful business. And these days, Davidsons Animal Feeds has access to gadgets and gizmos that many of its competitors would envy.
ONCE RENOWNED FOR ITS FLEET OF FODENS, TIPPER OPERATOR DW & EE CONLEY HAS RELUCTANTLY DIVERSIFIED ITS FLEET IN RECENT YEARS WITH THE CANNY ADDITION OF SOME USED SCANIAS AND A PAIR OF NEW MAN TGS 8-WHEELERS. BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.
One of the longest established tipper firms in the north of England, located just south of Hadrian’s Wall, DW & EE Conley began work in 1974, when Dennis Conley and wife Edith set to work and gradually built up things up, their son Andrew taking the reins more recently. Today, the Stocksfield, Northumberland-based company still runs tippers, alongside a fleet of plant and the associated trucks. For many years, Foden was its marque of choice, the firm running them for over a decade after the Sandbach-based manufacturer was retired by parent company Paccar. “We loved our Fodens, and we would still be buying them now if it was possible,” says Andrew.
Foden was an 8-wheeler specialist and when it took on the DAF CF cab to create the two generations of Alpha, it remained a popular choice with tipper and mixer operators until 2006, when the manufacturer ceased operations.
ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF IVECO'S X-WAY IS AN UPGRADE OVER THE OUTGOING STRALIS EQUIVALENT. BULK & TIPPER GIVES THE NEW RANGE'S 8-WHEEL TIPPERS THE ONCE-OVER TO SEE HOW THEY COMPARE.
The S-Way tractor and rigid range has turned out to be something of a turning point for Iveco in the UK. After a delayed start due mainly to the pandemic, the S-Way has become a familiar sight out on the road, appearing in fleets that would perhaps not have considered Iveco previously. Many are now taking delivery of their second and third batch of trucks after being impressed by the performance of their initial ones, and the range has gone a long way towards changing operator and driver perceptions of the brand. Previously, the Stralis had a poor reputation, though this was somewhat undeserved as Iveco had steadily improved the build quality and reliability of the product, and most would agree that the drivelines were robust.
Iveco UK is now looking to the tipper market to promote the X-Way range of rigids and tractors, which is aimed at specialist applications where a degree of off-road operation is required. The X-Way shares its basic cab design and many of the driveline components with the S-Way, and virtually every aspect of the X-Way has been revised and upgraded over the outgoing Stralis X-Way it replaces.