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AR Demolition invest for the future

Richard Dolman

Company purchases a trio of new Kiesel high-reach excavators to cope with increased workload 

WARWICKSHIRE-based AR Demolition have completed the £2.5 million purchase of new plant and machinery as part of their investment plans to secure the company’s future in the sector.  

The firm has bought four demolition-spec excavators, including three new versatile Kiesel machines from Germany, in a £1.5 million deal. The purchase follows a £1 million acquisition of machinery at the end of 2016 and heralds the replacement of redundant plant purchased since AR Demolition were formed a decade ago.

Following continued sales growth in 10 consecutive years, 2018 is shaping up to be the company’s best year with an unprecedented level of orders already on its books. Richard Dolman, managing director of AR Demolition, said the company was looking forward to sustainable growth over the coming years.

He commented: ‘The sheer versatility of the new plant allows us to utilize fewer machines performing the same function, with the ability to change attachments and switch from standard to high-reach arms in a fraction of the time unlike traditional machines. This provides us with significant operational efficiencies, which are of great benefit to our clients.

‘The technology also brings other added benefits, including carbon reduction, which is something ever more important both to us and to our customers. We see this innovative technology as the future of AR Demolition and the industry as a whole.’

Mr Dolman, who co-owns the company with his cousin Andrew Thompson, added he considered sustainable growth and client satisfaction to be more important than turnover and profit.

To tackle the challenge of recruiting quality personnel, AR Demolition plan to expand their apprenticeship scheme before the end of 2019 and are keen to grow staff levels beyond the 105 employees they currently have. The company has enrolled new apprentices into its own in-house scheme for the past five years, having previously appointed an in-house trainer to teach new recruits on how to use a demolition rig simulator.

‘Investment in new plant and machinery is only part of the story,’ said Mr Dolman. ‘AR Demolition continue to invest heavily in our people so that we can continue to proudly serve our customers in the best possible way.

‘Innovation is also key and we are now creating bespoke solutions for each job in our own fabrication centre. The true mark of our success as a business will be AR Demolition continuing to develop its reputation as an ethical company, which puts the needs of its customers first. That reputation is growing and it’s why the 2018 order book is looking like we’re going to have our best year ever.’

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