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Banks Plant Solutions secure new partnerships

Stephen Banks

Plant maintenance and management business ties up new relationships with two leading industrial customers

THE plant maintenance and management arm of The Banks Group has secured new partnerships with two well-known industrial businesses as it continues to grow its range of commercial relationships.

Banks Plant Solutions have been awarded supply partner status by FUCHS Lubricants, the world’s largest independent lubricant manufacturers, and are now supplying and installing premium-quality lubricants to customers operating plant and equipment in the quarrying, construction, demolition, plant hire, waste and recycling sectors.

The business has also been appointed as an authorized distributor for Oil Analysis Laboratory Services, who provide detailed fluid analysis to allow plant and equipment owners to get optimum performance from their machinery, identify any mechanical issues that need addressing before they worsen and so help them avoid unnecessary and costly downtime.

Banks Plant Solutions were launched last year by The Banks Group to build on more than 44 years’ experience of owning, maintaining and managing a diverse fleet of heavy plant, construction and ancillary equipment.

Banks’ highly skilled plant and equipment maintenance team has extensive experience of maintaining, servicing, repairing and managing compliance control of machinery from a wide range of industry-leading manufacturers, and works on equipment ranging from small ancillary vehicles up to 500-tonne hydraulic excavators

Rob East, head of business development in the Automotive Division at FUCHS Lubricants, said: ‘We have been suppliers to the Banks Group for the past three years, and since the launch of Banks Plant Solutions, we have partnered with the team to become their lubrication advisors, offering technical recommendations and solution products.

‘The vision and experience of Banks Plant Solutions within the plant sector is second to none, and the expansion of the business in difficult times is testament to their knowledge and experience.’

Adam Cutler, owner at Oil Analysis Laboratories, added: ‘Oil Analysis Laboratories are pleased that Banks Plant Solutions will now be offering our fluid analysis to all of their customers.

‘Each sample will be receiving OAL’s exclusive Lube Wear system that can detect abnormal wear in machinery much earlier than before, meaning they have confidence for when failure is not an option. This is a win-win for Banks Plant Solutions’ customers as they are getting the support of a full laboratory setup in addition to Banks’ existing range of services and maintenance packages.’

Banks Plant Solutions work with a range of clients in the quarrying, construction, civil engineering, earthwork, demolition, waste and recycling sectors, and are active across the North East, North West and Yorkshire.

Stephen Banks (pictured), business development manager at Banks Plant Solutions, said: ‘Securing relationships with industry leaders like FUCHS and Oil Analysis Laboratories is recognition of the quality of service and depth of knowledge that we offer, which is helping us grow quickly within our key target markets and locations.

‘Our experience of both operating and maintaining equipment of all sizes gives us a clear insight into the needs of both sides of the plant business, and the practical knowledge that our expert team offers is second to none.’

Founded in 1976 in Co. Durham, The Banks Group are now one of the UK’s most successful surface mining companies and also have significant interests in commercial and residential property and renewable energy.

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