Issue#22
Features in this issue:
  • X-Way therapy
    AM Phillip Trucktech eyes up new Iveco boost
  • Walking the walk
    Kraker Trailers set to take the floor
  • Tanks a bunch!
    Crossland's liquid tankers focus
  • The body beautiful
    BP Mitchell builds its own tippers
  • Breedon confidence
    Aggregates firm sets its bar high
CoverStory
Waste-land wonder
Gavin Griffiths Group demonstrates why waste transport and recycling are key to achieving sustainability.

COVERSTORY: WASTE, ACED

FOR SOME, WASTE IS A DIRTY WORD. BUT FOR OTHERS, LIKE SOUTH WALES FIRM GAVIN GRIFFITHS GROUP, IT'S THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR MODERN DRIVE TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE – AND TRANSPORT IS THE KEY ENABLER. BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.

The process of recycling waste materials has become more complex and sophisticated in recent years. The range of materials that can be recovered, processed and reused is expanding all the time, and the equipment and technology involved have developed considerably in a relatively short time, as new ways are found to separate large quantities of different materials.

While it was once just a question of screening and crushing materials to create basic hardcore and reusable soils, the equipment has become far more sophisticated, with complex washing and grading processes to separate stone, sand, soil and other materials and create a range of products that can be given the same classification as new ones.

South Wales-based Gavin Griffiths Group, which was formed 17 years ago, has embraced all the changes in the waste disposal, material supply and construction industries in recent times, investing in the latest technology, restructuring itself…

Gavin Griffiths Group

MOVING IN

KRAKER'S RANGE OF MOVING‐FLOOR TRAILERS OFFER AN INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO MAXIMISE LOAD VOLUMES WHILE RETAINING THE ABILITY TO MOVE ALL SORTS OF CARGOES. AND THE UK IS ONE OF ITS KEY TARGET MARKETS, AS BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.

The flexibility, capacity, safety and ease of operation of the moving‐floor concept make it a natural choice for many operators looking to move bulk cargoes in the most cost‐ effective way. But there is more to moving floors than just shifting bulk cargoes; many operators use them for general cargo, too. Be it palletised goods, self‐supporting goods like paper reels, or even a mix of different cargoes, the moving floor can cope with it. And the ability to load and unload through the rear doors or roof gives great flexibility.

This ability to cope with such a wide range of cargo increases vehicle utilisation and helps reduce empty running. And the size of full‐length moving‐floor trailers makes them a natural choice to maximise the volume of bulk materials while retaining the ability to discharge loads inside buildings where height restrictions rule out the use of tippers.

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MAKING A MATERIAL DIFFERENCE

BULK & TIPPER VISITS THE SCOTTISH DIVISION OF AGGREGATES SUPPLIER BREEDON TRADING TO GET ITS REFRESHINGLY PROFESSIONAL TAKE ON DEVELOPING PEOPLE, INVESTING IN SITES AND USING THE SAFEST POSSIBLE EQUIPMENT.

Breedon Group plc is a leading vertically‐integrated construction materials group in Great Britain, Ireland and the United States, with more than 100 quarries, over 50 asphalt plants, over 160 ready‐mixed concrete plants and two cements plants. In GB their aim is to continue to look to grow through organic means and acquisition.

Breedon operates its own fleet of trucks and runs a franchise haulier/owner‐driver scheme for operators to run their own trucks in Breedon livery. There are some variations across the UK in the truck fleet, but in Scotland it consists primarily of DAFs and Renaults, with a small number of Mercedes‐Benz vehicles including urban‐ focused Econic concrete‐mixers.

In Scotland there’s roughly a 50/50 split between Breedon’s company-owned trucks and those of contract hauliers, including those running Breedon-liveried trucks as part of the franchise scheme.

Breedon Group

LIQUID ASSETS

KICKING OFF OUR NEWLY BROADENED COVERAGE OF THE LIQUID TANKER MARKET, BULK & TIPPPER VISITS THE LANCASHIRE MANUFACTURING FACILITY OF CROSSLAND TANKERS TO TAKE A LOOK AT ITS PRODUCT RANGE AND PRODUCTION METHODS.

In the last edition of Bulk and Tipper we said we intended to broaden the scope of the magazine and include bulk liquid tankers as part of a mix that already covers tippers, moving floor, ejectors, powder tankers and silo tanks. And to set things running, we’ve paid a visit to one of the major players in the bulk liquid market: Crossland Tankers, in Burnley.

The company has two production plants – the Lancashire factory and another at Swatragh, in Northern Ireland, with a total of 80 staff at the former and 65 at the latter. Each site produces a range of products and also has its own area of specialisation, supplying components and fabrications to the other. All of the tanker barrels, for instance, are produced by Burnley, while trailer chassis are manufactured in Northern Ireland.

Crossland Tankers

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE

LOTS OF FIRMS LIKE TO BE SELF‐RELIANT WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE, BUT FEW TAKE THEIR SELF‐RELIANCE QUITE AS FAR AS HERTS VEHICLE OPERATOR BP MITCHELL HAS, AS BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.

You don’t have to look far to find companies that still carry out their own vehicle maintenance. But Brendan Mitchell, founder and director of Hertfordshire-based BP Mitchell, has taken his penchant for self-sufficiency even further.

The company offers services including site clearance, demolition, and building materials supply, including a range of recycled and washed materials. It also supplies readymixed concrete, concrete pumping, plant hire and transport. A large fleet of 8-wheel and artic tippers is central to its activities, along with skip-loaders, hook-loaders and tipper grabs. The firm also runs its own bulk powder tankers to move cement and other materials, plus lowloaders to move the heavy equipment about.

The company’s Welwyn Garden City base, one of six locations it has north of the M25, is home among other things to a new high-capacity mobile asphalt plant. The recycling facilities there include material sorting, crushing, screening and washing to separate, grade and process the large quantities that come in daily from the firm’s own demolition…

BP Mitchell

IN SHORT ORDER

WITH ITS BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES AND ITS COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMER SERVICE, BERKSHIRE FAMILY FIRM SHORTS GROUP LIKES TO GET THINGS DONE ON TIME, EVERY TIME, AS BULK & TIPPER REPORTS.

If a building needs to be demolished in south east England or if you want waste removed and processed, then Shorts Group and its 182 employees can help. The business can also assist if you want half‐a‐dozen portable toilets for an open‐air festival, or simply need some big bags of topsoil. And if you are looking to hire some bulky pieces of plant for a construction project, then the Bracknell, Berkshire‐based family company is ready to fulfil your requirements.

“The business was started by my grandfather David Short in 1957,” says operations manager Bryony Morten‐Short. It was involved in tree‐felling and removal initially, then in clearing land ready for the construction of the burgeoning motorway network. “We were involved with the M2, the M4, and in later years the M25,” she says.

From there the firm went on to demolition work, waste transport and renting out plant when it wasn’t using the items concerned itself.

Shorts Group

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A FILLIP FOR PHILLIP

HOT ON THE HEELS OF ITS SUCCESSFUL S-WAY, IVECO'S X-WAY LOOKS SET TO PROVIDE A FURTHER SHOT IN THE ARM FOR BOTH THE ITALIAN MANUFACTURER AND ITS VARIOUS DEALERS, INCLUDING SCOTTISH DEALERSHIP AM PHILLIP TRUCKTECH, WRITES BULK & TIPPER.

One of the great comebacks in transport has been the resurgence of Iveco since 2019. The Italian marque has enjoyed a major revival since the launch of the S-Way range, and this has more recently been complemented by the construction-oriented X-Way. The X-Way offers a wide variety of options from a lightweight mixer chassis scraping in at under 9 tonnes, partly due to its 8.7-litre Cursor 9 engine which, despite its size, produces 400hp. There’s a range of cabs to suit operations that come back to base every day and those that are away all week.

There are plenty of power take-off (PTO) options, as well as a choice of single or hub reduction axles, a 12 or 16-speed TraXon auto box and three different ride heights: ON is for on-road applications and ideal for trucks working in urban environments or those that are unlikely to venture far off- road, like insulated body tippers engaged on aggregate and asphalt duties; ON+ is a best-of-both-worlds…

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