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Groundworks specialists advance construction purchase 10 new Cat machines from Finning

Apr, 18 2012


(UK) -- Finning UK has secured the sale of 10 Caterpillar® excavators, including seven Cat 312DL tracked excavators and three Cat 308D SBRT hydraulic excavators, to Scotland based, groundwork's and civil engineering specialists, Advance Construction.

The deal represents the first major fleet purchase of Caterpillar equipment by Advance Construction. Following a highly competitive tender process, that pitted the Caterpillar machines capabilities and overall running costs against rival products, Advance Construction opted for a Caterpillar fleet combination.

Commenting on the deal, Advance Construction plant manager, Gareth Mollan said: "At Advance Construction we have both a contracting and hire business, with a dedicated sister company that hires plant and equipment to customers across the region, as well as providing plant for our contracts."

"We therefore looked at the purchase of the new fleet with three things in mind. The first was cost of ownership and the second was the capability of the equipment. Finally we wanted plant that would be reliable and support that was local to where the plant may be hired. The Finning engineering support and branch locations therefore played an important part within the selection process. There is no point in having a piece of equipment that is stuck on a site waiting for a part or service, this is crippling for a plant hire and contracting business."

"The units themselves are perfectly matched to our client and customer groups needs and from an operator point of view, they are simple to control and comfortable. This is particularly important as in Scotland operators can be working in very harsh conditions."

Advance Construction opted for a combination of wheeled and tracked excavators, due to changing customer demand for units that work both on the road and within green field operations.

The sale of the Caterpillar excavators was managed by Finning key account manager, Alistair Murdoch. Commenting on the deal, he said: "We were in a pricing battle with two other suppliers on this deal, so it was very rewarding to win the business. Without a doubt this success came down to the strong combination of Caterpillar equipment's quality and performance and Finning's ability to service and support the customers needs."

"We are looking forward to continuing to work with Advance Construction in the future and advising them on the options that Caterpillar and Finning can offer to improve business operations and costs."

The Cat 312DL machines are powered by engines with ACERT™ technology to optimise performance and meet emission standards. To reduce fuel costs, the engines run at lower speeds for better fuel efficiency and reduced wear while an economy mode is also available.

The Cat 308D SB RT machines are small enough to be very manoeuvrable and can get to places larger hydraulic excavators can't. This gives the machines the versatility to be used on almost any sized job or application where a hydraulic excavator is required, making them great all round machines.


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