Hillhead 2014 the ‘perfect show’ for Anaconda
Anaconda have returned from an incredible Hillhead show in Buxton, Derbyshire. The show was a tremendous success for many reasons – orders received, enquiries to follow up on, brand building, dealer relations, new dealer opportunities, and, of course, the launch of the J960 ‘Eco’ Crusher as a premier showcase product. The J960 created a real ‘buzz’ at the exhibition and was extremely popular with many of our visitors.
The J960 ECO jaw crusher is the first mobile crusher product from the company and indicates a clear intention to provide customers with a complete solution for materials processing. The unit promises to be popular globally, especially in urban areas.
The J960 ECO represents everything that is good about contract crushing – compact, transportable, fuel efficient and above all, robust! Anaconda are very proud of their first step into the crushing arena and are extremely pleased with the reception at Hillhead. Technical director, Martin Quinn highlights this bold step from the company:
‘I guess people have been wondering when we were going to get into crushing as it is a natural step after screening but we didn’t take this decision lightly. Crushing is not for the faint hearted and we have spent considerable time on the J960 ECO project to get it right. A lot of time was spent understanding the features that would really make a difference to potential customers and we have designed this machine with standard items that others would consider ‘options’.
‘Fuel is a considerable running cost no matter where you are so the dual power option was the first ‘standard’ feature to go on the page. We also looked at reducing the level of noise on this unit and the result has been that we have managed to produce one of the quietest crushers on the market. With the help of our dealer network, the other features were quickly established and designed into the product. It’s an exciting time for us and the feedback over the few days at the show has been both complimentary and positive.’
The J960 ECO offers a 900 x 600 (36in x 24in) jaw opening, a dirt belt, magnet and dual power as standard. There is also an auxiliary power socket to run a separate stockpiler or to run a small generator. The feeder has a grizzly section to remove ‘dirt’ and a diverter chute which can either remove the dirt completely out the dirt belt or transfer it onto the main discharge belt and mix with the crushed product. The fuel consumption is 6-8 litres/h which is a substantial saving when you consider that 25-30 litre/h is not uncommon for some crushers of this size.
As well as launching the crusher, Anaconda also exhibited the recently re-designed DF512 with enhanced features and the SR514 two-deck finishing screen. All three products represent a distinct up-sizing of Anaconda’s range of products and put them firmly in the ‘main league’ when it comes to equipment suppliers from the crushing and screening sector.
Concluding on the overall success of the show, Mr Quinn added: ‘Hillhead is one of the best trade shows around. It is small enough to get around yet the visitor type is exactly what you are looking for. The show was a great success and there is a definite change in the mood from two years ago. There were certainly more buyers around and the feedback on all our products, especially the crusher, was extremely pleasing. Coming off the back of the Conexpo in Vegas a few months back, we are set for a fantastic year and we still have the Steinexpo in Germany to come.’