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New Hercules trommel screen for Bantycock Quarry

Kevin Glasper and Andrew Banner

HT182C trommel marks next step in £7 million investment programme for Saint-Gobain Formula

SAINT-Gobain Formula’s gypsum production operation at Bantycock Quarry, near Newark, is currently commissioning a new Hercules HT182C heavy-duty trommel screen, which will be used to pre-screen rock from the quarry to remove clay and mudstone attached to the gypsum to improve quality and recovery.

Manufactured by Shropshire-based Stelex Construction Equipment Ltd, the newly installed £500,000 trommel will also help reduce airborne dust emissions from the site, having been fitted with additional spray-bar dust-suppression units and bespoke extended side-panel screens to partially enclose the unit.

The new 77-tonne machine is part of a new processing plant at the site that includes a Tesab 800i jaw crusher, a Trackstack 8042 TSL radial stockpiler, a Tesab TS2430 screen and a bespoke tracked mobile MMD sizer, all of which have been supplied new to the site by Banner Equipment.

Quarry manager Kevin Glasper (left of photo) said: ‘We are investing £7 million in new plant and equipment, in improvement to the site infrastructure, and in training and developing the inherited workforce. This means we are now well placed to meet future demands while setting the highest possible standards of health, safety and environmental performance.

‘The commissioning of the trommel represents the final piece of the investment in the whole new processing line and I am really looking forward to seeing it all in operation.’

Andrew Banner (right of photo) of Banner Contracts  added: ‘We were delighted to be awarded a long-term contract with Saint-Gobain Formula at Bantycock Quarry and look forward to optimizing the performance of this new equipment in the coming months and years.’ 

Bantycock Quarry produces gypsum and plaster for use in the manufacture of high-specification products for dentistry, food and ceramics, as well as construction-grade gypsum for the production of plaster and plasterboard products at the plants of sister brand British Gypsum in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

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