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Sandvik Crushing and Screening Machines Work Around-the-Clock

First published in the October 2015 issue of Quarry Management as Round-the-Clock Service

M.A.C. Contracting working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, recycling waste materials into valuable products

Family-owned bulk excavation and recycling company M.A.C. Contracting, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, have grown rapidly since they were established in 1998 and are now considered to be one of the major service providers of their kind in the Midlands, with a turnover in excess of £12 million a year.

Employing approximately 100 people and running a fleet of eight-wheel tipper trucks and self-loading grab lorries, the company prides itself on being a one-stop-shop offering a variety of services including tipper haulage and plant hire, specialist muck-away and waste-management services, as well as the supply of road planings, hardcore and recycled aggregates.

Over the last three years M.A.C Contracting have started to focus their attention more closely on the supply of recycled aggregates. Recognizing this as an area of major growth, the company now sees recycling as its key business activity. It says the reason for this is simple: in the construction and demolition industries, items such as concrete, sand, bricks etc comprise 70–95% of waste material arising from a residential or commercial site development. Often discarded, these materials are now regarded as valuable commodities that can be recycled into new products or used in many new ways, bringing financial benefits to the company’s business while also being of great benefit to the environment.

To recycle the waste material arisings from construction and demolition projects it is essential to have the right equipment, and to this end M.A.C. currently operate a Sandvik Construction QJ341 jaw crusher, a triple-deck QA451 Doublescreen, and one QE141 and two QE341 scalping screens. Designed with the needs of the customer in mind, Sandvik say these latest crushing and screening machine developments offer user-friendly solutions with optimum fuel economy and low operating costs.

‘Having previously used a variety of equipment from various manufacturers, changing to equipment from Sandvik Construction was a relatively easy decision,’ explained M.A.C. Contracting’s managing director, Marcus Clay. ‘All the machines have performed exceptionally well, they are reliable and we have never had any issues with service or support.’

Mr Clay went on to explain how the crushers and screens fit into his operation: ‘The QJ341 crusher is feeding the QA451 screen, which is working in a four-way split separating the material into various different aggregates, including pipe bedding, 6F2 crushed concrete, concrete fines and 10mm pea gravel. The QE341 scalpers predominantly screen road planings back down to 20mm.’

Efficiency is key to the operation, with no machine ever remaining idle in order to ensure that end products are always readily available for customers. M.A.C. Contracting’s site now operates seven days a week and, when heavy workloads demand, even operates during the night, providing a 24h service. Demonstrating this level of commitment to serving the growing demand of their clients has paid dividends for M.A.C., who have recently won a three-year contract to supply recycled materials for use on a major road project in the Midlands, the A46 Toll Bar End near Coventry, which is due for completion in 2016. 

Explaining how the growing reputation of his company had helped win such valuable contracts, Mr Clay said: ‘Our customer base is a mixture of loyal customers and new contacts that are constantly being added to our database on a monthly basis. We rely on word of mouth, website referrals and repeat customers coming back.’

In an industry where quick response times are essential, M.A.C Contracting say Sandvik Construction have contributed to their success by ensuring that the machines supplied and the after-sales support is of the required quality to provide such levels of service, thereby helping to meet the needs of construction and associated industries in the Midlands.

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