The Rochester based KKB Group has chosen to expand its growing mobile plant fleet with the addition of 22 machines supplied by Volvo Construction Equipment. The mix of excavators, wheeled loaders and articulated haulers will be deployed across the company’s five main business areas and will operate nationwide.
This package of machines includes six A30G articulated haulers, four L150H wheeled loaders and twelve crawler excavators ranging from the 22 tonne EC220E up to the 50 tonne EC480E. They were selected following a competitive tender process but specifically as a direct result of the reliability and performance of the existing Volvo machines in the KKB fleet. “Basically we have trust in the Volvo brand in terms of performance and reliability,” comments KKB’s Plant Manager, Craig Hore. “The machines are well built in our opinion, and offer a superb return on operating costs and, not least, high residual values when it’s time to replace them which for us is usually every three years. As we operate across the whole of Great Britain, another deciding factor for choosing Volvo once again, is their support network with centres strategically placed around the country,” he continues.
There are five operating divisions within the KKB Group. The company’s traditional areas of expertise are recycling with long-standing contracts in place with major aggregate and asphalt producers, land remediation and plant hire. “We have continued to evolve the business and over the last few years have added the demolition and civil engineering sectors to our portfolio,” explains Director of Business Development, Sally Pearson. “These new additions will therefore be deployed across the whole spectrum of our business and will give us the scope to handle large bulk muck-shifting projects, remediation projects, demolition contracts and, of course, recycling.”
To this end, the latest machines from Volvo have been highly specified in order for them to meet any project requirement being undertaken by the Group. For example, all the excavators from the EC220E to the EC480E have been supplied with heavy-duty belly plates under the superstructure; additional X3 grab-rotation circuits for handling hydraulic implements such as selector grabs, pulverisers and munchers, and plates welded to the underside of the dipper-arms to operate grapples. Other safety features include boxing ring-style guarding to the top of the superstructures and all-round visibility aids. Similarly, the L150H wheeled loaders have been equipped with heavy duty L5 tyres, weigh loaders and sensor-vision reversing aids. This means that any machine can be deployed into an operating requirement within the Group at a moment’s notice, giving the highest degree of flexibility.
All 22 machines are covered by Volvo’s Blue service agreement which ensures they will be regularly maintained by Volvo trained engineers, irrespective of where the machines may be working in the country, using Volvo genuine parts. “This is a significant benefit to us as we can rely on Volvo to take care of servicing and support issues nationwide giving us that extra peace of mind,” says Craig Hore.
Based in Rochester, Kent, KKB Group specialises in providing niche services to the construction, recycling and regeneration sector. Since its establishment over twenty years ago, the Group has been providing practical solutions for the development of brownfield sites, from surveying to land remediation, waste recycling, aggregate production and plant hire that increase the value and environmental performance of the regeneration and recycling process.
Volvo Construction Equipment markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high-quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.
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