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Concrete spin-off for Jones Bros Civil Engineering

Christopher Bennett

Established industry insider heads up new concrete support brand Cambrian Services

A WELL-known figure in the sector has joined a new concrete and quarry services business spun off from a leading civil engineering firm. Christopher Bennett (pictured) is heading up the concrete division of Cambrian Services Ltd, which has been founded by UK contractors Jones Bros Civil Engineering.

The family-owned firm, which has a turnover of £90 million and employs 350 people, owns mobile batching plants whose services it has been providing internally to its own construction sites for 10 years. Now it has decided to spin off the business into a separate company, wholly owned by Jones Bros Ruthin Co. Ltd, to further support external partners.

Cambrian Concrete Services provide concrete plant rental and site batching services, and have just been appointed as sole UK suppliers of SIMEM equipment and spares. They are also an authorized sales and support partner for Dorner Electronic control systems.

Thanks to existing technical and operational experience within the Jones Bros business, Cambrian are understood to be the first company in the UK to offer a complete batching plant delivery system from civils to placement. Their diverse skill set means they can also provide decommissioning and relocations, upgrades and modifications, servicing, maintenance and spare parts.

Jones Bros managing director John Dielhof, who is also managing director of Cambrian Services, said: ‘We’ve been installing, operating, servicing and relocating our own batching plants around the UK for a decade. In that time we’ve amassed a lot of knowledge and expertise, and we know how to operate them commercially for the best margins.

‘Now that Chris has joined us, we have one of the UK’s most knowledgeable mixing technology specialists heading up our new venture, which is backed by the financial strength and stability of the established, privately owned Jones Bros business.’

In recent years, Christopher Bennett has worked on behalf of Italian concrete plant manufacturers SIMEM, globally supporting sales and on-site service, and he is currently completing a Concrete Technology course at the University of Derby.

Commenting on his new role, he said: ‘Cambrian Services Ltd are set up perfectly to meet the demands of construction firms for efficient on-site batching and technologically advanced equipment. They don’t need to have the expertise in house as we can provide the knowledge and advice to deliver their specific production requirements.’

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