Construction Plant Sales supports industry journalist on double marathon charity run.
LiuGong and Construction Plant Sales are supporting construction journalist Dan Gilkes, as he tackles two marathons, in two cities, in two countries this year, in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Dan, who writes for magazines including Earthmovers, Construction Plant News and Equip, completed the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon in April and is currently training for 26.2 miles of the BMW Berlin Marathon in September.
He signed up to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK this year after his father-in-law was treated for the disease at the end of 2017. Dan also discovered that both his own father and one of his uncles had suffered with Prostate Cancer in the past. Prostate Cancer effects 1 in 8 men in the UK at some point in their lives. An incredible 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with the disease every year and, unfortunately, 11,000 will die from the cancer. That’s one man in the UK every 45 minutes!
In his efforts to raise funds, Dan approached many of his contacts within the construction business and Construction Plant Sales, along with LiuGong, were only too glad to help, providing sponsorship and support. Dan has had a running shirt printed up with his main sponsors on the back, including CPS and LiuGong, though he says there is still space on the shirt for Berlin if anyone else would like to contribute.
“I’d like to really thank CPS and LiuGong, their support has been fantastic,” said Dan. “Construction is a very male business and it is really encouraging to see so many companies keen to look after their workers and support Prostate Cancer UK.
“Paris was a really tough run, as the temperature was much higher than it had been in winter training, but I managed to get around in just over 5 hours. Now I’m into my 16-week run-up to Berlin in September and I’m hoping to get closer to 4 hours 30 minutes.”
Donations can be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanGilkes
LiuGong 909ECR Excavator Is here!
Have you seen the BRAND NEW LiuGong 909ECR Excavator?
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The BIG interview at Trafalgar school
Earlier on this year Construction plant & machinery sales were approached by Trafalgar school in Portsmouth to help with their careers day. The day is designed to give the students a taste of how recruitment works in the real world.
The students all had to create their own CV and apply for a job role in the area of which they would like to progress a career into.
I arrived at Trafalgar school and was welcomed to the school by the careers manager Kim. Kim briefed myself and the other volunteers from local businesses on what to expect and we were given a brief guideline of what to ask- although we were asked to ask questions that were different should we feel it was relevant.
We were asked to enter a separate room opposite the interview area and to call each nervously waiting student through for interrogation!
I was pleasantly surprised at how organised and prepared each student was. All of the students were impeccably dressed and came with a copy of their CV and application form. It very interesting to see how each of the students took this exercise so seriously and nearly all of them had questions to ask about the business that we are involved in and how we work.
I met various students that were intrigued in the construction and plant industry with many of them interested in mechanical and engineering roles. Construction plant sales are very proud to say that we will be working with Trafalgar school in the future to help mould the workers of tomorrow.
Feedback from Trafalgar school following the careers day has proven to have had a very positive effect on the students with 98% of Students said that they found their interview experience with us an extremely helpful exercise preparing them for the future.
Construction Plant & Machinery sales are extremely happy to announce that we will be working with Trafalgar school going forward and offering apprenticeship schemes for interested local students in the future.
Liugong looks North with a new depot in Manchester England
Having recently established a new depot in Manchester to serve the area, UK Liugong dealership Construction Plant & Machinery Sales (CPMS) are now expanding sales and service into the North West of the country, with a number of high profile deals already being completed.
One for the first to join the ranks of Liugong ownership in the area was Stockport based M.T. Kaill (Plant Hire) Limited. The business was founded some 42 years ago by the current chairman Tudor Thomas, having initially set up shop with one machine and a lorry. The company has expanded greatly over the years and today operates a fleet of over 170 machines covering the North West, in addition to specialist rail machines which operate on a nationwide basis, building a reputation along the way for providing a top-class service to the industry.
The company have taken delivery of six 22 tonne class Liugong 922E hydraulic excavators with a further two on order. Talking about the decision to purchase the machines Kaill’s Managing Director Steve Thomas said, “We had the Liugong on demonstration and we were impressed with what we saw, as were our operators out in the field who all commented that the machines offered excellent performance, smoothness in operation and good comfort levels. We were impressed with the dealer’s level of service and customer care, whilst offering us a very good and competitive package; as such we thought the machines would be a good product for us going forward”.
Salford Excavations was established 5 years ago by Wes Lawrence, Owner, who is assisted in the day to day running of the business by Operations Director Simon Saxon. The company engages in excavation works, civil engineering and small demolition works and is experiencing steady growth. This growth see’s the company bidding for larger jobs and with that in mind they are investing in more modern kit and attachments.
The business currently runs a fleet of 12 machines ranging from sub-one tonne micro excavators up to 40 tonne excavators, with additional kit including crushers and tipper lorries with grabs. The excavator fleet features a mixture of brands, with the latest to join them being a 30-tonne class Liugong 933E, which will be supplied with an OilQuick attachment by ECY Haulmark.
Talking about the Liugong addition Simon Saxon said, “We took a Liugong on demo and ran it beside two other brands in our fleet, all of our experienced operators spent time in it and all were impressed with the way it performed. We had a good look at all the key components that are fitted into them and quickly realised they are all top name and well proven parts from blue chip suppliers, all in a very competitive package”.
Wes Lawrence commented, “We were very happy with the lads at CPMS who have been extremely helpful all the way through, nothing has been too much trouble or bother and for us that level of personal touch means a lot, its something a lot of the major manufacturers have lost these days”.
Another local business investing in Liugong excavators is Bagnall Demolition, who have been trading in the area for some 35 years. This company runs a fleet of 8 hydraulic excavators from a number of other manufacturers including Komatsu and Hyundai.
These machines will now be joined by two Liugong excavators consisting of 30-tonne class 928E and a 50-tonne class 950E model, both of which will be supplied with time saving OilQuick systems supplied and fitted by ECY Haulmark.
Bagnall Demolition’s Director Andrew Fisk said, “When we first started looking at LiuGong, we talked to people in the industry about them and we were impressed with what we heard, so we made contact with CPMS discussed a deal which was extremely competitive and went for it! The main questions for us were, are they are strong and do they have good build quality as demolition is hard work on machines, our operators said they tick all the boxes and that’s why they are joining the fleet”.
North Wales based Family owned business Thomas Plant Hire was established in 1999 and initially started out with a second hand JCB 3CX. Today the fleet totals 1200 machines from a wide variety of manufacturers including Hitachi, Komatsu, Volvo and Caterpillar. In addition to its Holywell base, the company now has a second depot in Widnes.
The company has recently added two 40 tonne class Liugong 939E hydraulic excavators to the fleet, talking about the latest acquisitions Managing Director Wyn Thomas said, “We have heard good things about the Liugong products from others in the industry and we were also very pleased with the availability of the machines, we are confident they will be a good fit for our fleet”.
The Lighthouse Charity Dinner
The event held in Bury St Edmunds was very successful with 126 attendees and it raised £4000.00 for the construction charity. Rory J Holbrook, David Huckstep,Peter Colby and Lee Spurgeon also joined us at the dinner. The event was a roaring success with LiuGong's contribution being raffled off for the first prize spot. LiuGong raised a fantastic £600 towards this fantastic charity.
Lighthouse Club - The construction industry charity.
We are so proud to be awarded the Lighthouse Day fundraising champions of 2017. The team at LiuGong raised a fantastic £600 for The Lighthouse Club.
The Lighthouse Club are the only charity that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families who have suffered an injury, long term illness or simply need a helping hand. The Lighthouse charity receive no public funding and rely on the generosity of those within the construction industry.
M.T Kaill's 922E Machines
M.T Kaill have had their first 4 machines out of 6. M.T Kaill's 922E machines have been fitted with hammer, shear, rotation and drain circuits so that they can carry any hydraulic attachment. How great do they look sign written and ready to go?
H.E Services and LiuGong
We like to think our 922E's are the best machines on the market, but don't take our word for it.
This is H.E Services second order of a whopping 10 additional LiuGong 922E Machines.
LiuGong 933E machine fitted with hydraulic cab and clam shell
Our client requested for a few modification's to our brilliant Liugong 933E excavator- Here's some excellent action shots!
Liugong 933E machine fitted with hydraulic cab and clam shell
LiuGong- Tough World, Tough Equipment
LiuGong at Ipswich Rugby Club
Check out this amazing story written by Nick Drew
East Side Story
At around 19,100 square kilometres the East of England is the second largest English region and is only beaten to the top spot by the South West. The region covers 15% of the total area of England and 8 per cent of the UK. It’s a part of the country which is often overlooked by those of us who have no business interests in the area, but having spent some time there recently it’s clear to see that the area is booming with plenty of work going on all over the place.
It is projected that the region will have a higher population growth than most other UK regions over the course of the next 20 years, with a significantly large increase in the older age groups who are relocating to the area for their retirement years. Of course all these people need somewhere to live and in many cases somewhere to work too and this is in many ways driving on the economy in the area.
The construction, quarrying and demolition sectors are all helping to drive growth in the area and many of the companies involved in these sectors are gearing up with new plant and machinery to meet the demands of their customers. One company that are having sales success in the region is Portsmouth based LiuGong dealership Construction Plant & Machinery Sales under the watchful eye of regional sales manager Simon Tobin.
One long standing family business in the area is Anglian Excavations which is run from their base in Bury St Edmunds by Managing Director Chris Lee. The company was initially founded as an agricultural contracting business by Chris’s father back in the 1950’s before moving into the road construction business in the glory days of the 1970’s. The business has grown steadily since and with a team of dedicated long term staff today the firm is primarily engaged in providing a service to the quarrying industry. They also take on earthmoving works forming agricultural reservoirs running machines equipped with GPS control for the more technical projects and bulk earthmoving works in sand and gravel pits in the area. They are also one of a select bunch of contractors who are still running Caterpillar tractor and scraper box combos in their fleet alongside a 25 strong fleet of Volvo ADT’s and excavators from the Caterpillar and Volvo stables.
Bucking the fleet brand trend somewhat is the latest excavator to join the ranks in the shape of a 25 tonne class LiuGong 924E model. The 924E, which has an operating weight of 24 tonnes, takes its power from a Stage 3B emissions compliant 6 cylinder Cummins QSB6.7 engine rated at 119kw (162kw) @2,100rpm. The machine was sourced from LiuGong’s massive stock holding of Stage 3B machines which it imported into its Dutch distribution hub in Almere previously.
Talking to Earthmovers about the new machine Chris Lee said, “We have always used Cat and Volvo excavators in the past, but CPMS offered to put a demonstration unit into us so after the demonstration period we thought we would give it a go. I have to say my first impressions of it have been very good, it’s a quick machine but very smooth to operate with no savage jerkiness on the controls, has top quality components under the skin and was of course very competitive on price, we really cannot fault the machine thus far to be honest”.
The machine is only operated normally by one operator Brian Flack who has been with the company for around 9 months, Chris said, “Brian’s a great operator who looks after the kit he’s running as if it was his own, he really rates the LiuGong in the short period he’s been running the machine”.
Chris’s 924E came supplied with all the extras that now come as standard from the factory including foam filled side skirt impact protection, boxing ring (fall from height protection) and bucket ram guard protection. In addition to those items Chris has had a very useful cab door side step fitted, a popular fitment on machines in Central Europe.
Another East Anglian company who are getting into the Chinese way are Norfolk based Anglian Demolition who have recently set up a new earthworks division to run alongside the well-established and respected demolition arm.
Talking about the new venture Anglian Demolition’s Business Development Manager Gary Yabsley said, “Our demolition business has been established for a long time now, but our new bolt-on earthworks division will give us another dimension, offering brownfield site development, so in effect our demo side will go in and take down the buildings, pull up the slabs and footings etc, then our earthworks division moves in to cut the site formation, put in temporary haul roads, create compounds, deal with any contaminated soil if required and even erect protective hoardings around the site, we see it as a natural progression to what we as a business already offer, a kind of “one stop shop” solution”.
The company operates right across the East Anglian region and has gained an enviable reputation which in turn generates persistent repeat business. “Whatever our clients want or require we provide the service to the best of our ability” said Gary.
Historically Anglian Demolition has always run machines from the Volvo, Hyundai and Hitachi stables but for this new earthworks venture the company has turned to LiuGong through their dealer CPMS. In this instance the company did not take a machine on demonstration, instead opting to do their own research on the machines both from what they had read in the trade press and by attending some demonstrations of the product. As a result of this research and feedback from other end users Anglian Demolition put in an order for 3 x 24 tonne class 924E’s and 1 x 8 tonne class 908D.
Talking about the machines Gary said, “We have been really pleased with them and we have had no negative feedback whatsoever from our operators. The 924E’s in particular are proving to be extremely good, they are powerful machines and smooth on the controls, they come as standard with “all the toys” in the cab, which keeps the operators happy, they have a surprisingly good level of build quality and represent fantastic value for money, add into the equation the level of back up and support and its proven to be a great business decision for us”.
Operating one of Anglian Demolition’s 924E’s on site was Robert Campbell Jones who is affectionately known on site as “Badger”. Commenting on the machines Badger said, “I’ve been on machines for over 32 years and have driven them all over the years. In all fairness I can’t really find a fault with these LiuGong machines and can really see them taking off over here. I was recently operating one on the demolition side of the business and was well impressed with the stability of them even when working with a 2 tonne muncher on the end of the arm it still remains well balanced”.
Badger continued, “Ok it’s a little bit on the basic side in the cab, but it does have everything you could need as an operator in there. In all honesty basic is a good thing these days as some machines have just become so complicated, so it’s good to go back to basics with these. My biggest gripe has to be the fact that you cannot adjust the lever consoles independently, but I’m sure that is something that will be addressed in future models”.
While North East based manufacturer Miller remain CPMS’s preferred supplier of quick couplers, this machine was actually fitted with a Strickland S-Lock quick coupler branded as LiuGong.
In addition to all the standard factory fitments that LiuGong machines come fully loaded with, Anglian Demolition have also specified an “All Around” camera safety system which offers the operator a great view around the machine via an additional colour monitor in the cab and LED lighting to the front and rear of the cab.
Whether you love them or loathe them, LiuGong are certainly making inroads with some highly respected companies now and I predict more of the same to come this year.
Nick Drew 24/01/2017
Again another fantastic show PlantWorx 2017. We showcased the new excavator range the 'E' series starting from 922E sold to the UK'S largest specialist excavator hire company who boasts an impressive fleet size of 3000 H.E Services Plant Hire LTD ,924E sold to Tippers R US a massive hire company based in Ipswich who has a fleet size of 100 , 928E sold to one of the UK Leading specialist business , Keltbray group who has a fleet size of 130 and the newest of the range the 950E sold to JfFrench Plant Hire LTD a massive plant hire company based in London with an impressive fleet size of 75.
LiuGong stood out from the crowd again with an impressive marquee, live Irish music by Hungry Grass, free Hog roast and the massive 950E showcasing its abilities in the demonstration area!
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Keltbrays LiuGong 925E Long Reach
Here at Construction Plant Sales we are excited to announce the first LiuGong Long Reach to be released in the UK. The amazing conversion carried out by Kocurek is owned by the loyal and successful customer Keltbray.
The LiuGong 925E is the first LiuGong in the UK to be modified to enable the high reach arm which is perfect for any type of demolition work .
Here are some amazing shots of the LiuGong 925E High reach working on site !
Here is a sneak peek of the machine in action , full video to be released soon
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