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Finning secure £15 million order from Flannery Plant Hire

Cat 336EL hydraulic excavator

Plant hire firm orders over 200 new Cat machines including first Tier 4-compliant excavators in Europe

FLANNERY Plant Hire have continued to invest in Caterpillar equipment by ordering 204 new machines in a £15 million deal. Supplied by Finning, the units will help meet increased demand for environmentally friendly equipment across the construction industry, as emissions regulations tighten.

The order includes: 15 Cat M313D and 15 Cat M315D wheeled excavators; 50 Cat 308E2 mini-excavators; and four Cat D6T LGP track-type tractors. The deal also includes 60 Cat 312E; 30 Cat 320EL, 30 Cat 305E and five Cat 336EL hydraulic excavators; as well as 10 Cat 311F LLR hydraulic units, which will be the company’s first Tier 4-compliant excavators in Europe.

All of the machines produce low emissions and will help Flannery Plant Hire and their customers reduce their emissions even further.

Pat Flannery, director of Flannery Plant Hire, said: ‘With the construction industry growing, we have experienced a significant demand for environmentally friendly plant equipment from customers who are looking to reduce their emissions. To meet this demand we have continued our investment in premium equipment, following the purchase of specialist Cat 308D SB RT mini-excavators in 2013.

‘Our customers require the latest plant equipment at the most competitive prices, so we have to ensure that any units we purchase are cost-effective. The build quality and robustness of Cat machinery, coupled with the economic performance and operator comfort, gives the business a product that it can rely on in today's challenging hire market.

‘A high number of our customers are working on projects where emission standards are essential, such as the Crossrail Project in London. These new machines will allow us and our customers to play a bigger role in its construction.’

Adding to their 1,600-strong plant hire fleet, Flannery Plant Hire are now in a prime position to provide Cat equipment for customers working within the London low-emission zone, and this major investment by the company represents a significant vote of confidence in Finning and Cat equipment, and the importance of machinery that meets European emission standards.

Matt Revell, Finning key account manager, said: ‘Businesses across the industry are becoming more environmentally aware and looking at ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint as well as their costs.

‘With the plant hire market being extremely competitive, we must ensure that any equipment we recommend can help the customer achieve this without compromising on their productivity. The vast range of low-emission machines we have certainly supports the flexibility of the value-based solutions we are able to offer.’

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