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Record-breaking deal for Finning

SCOTTISH Coal’s recent order for 10 Cat 785D off-highway trucks, together with a seven-year/36,000h equipment-support package, represents a total deal value of £23 million and takes the mining company’s investment with Finning on new equipment alone to over £45 million since the beginning of 2008.

With the first of the new 785D’s set to be delivered to Broken Cross OCCS, in Ayrshire, Scottish Coal will become the first company in the UK to operate the new D-Series version of the highly successful Cat off-highway truck, which will increase their current hauling capacity to 136 tonnes per load.

Commenting on the deal with Finning, Scottish Coal’s managing director, Andrew Foster, said: ‘With the introduction of the new Cat 785D’s, we are now well on the way to completing what is probably the most comprehensive fleet-renewal programme the mining industry in the UK has ever seen.

‘I’m very excited about the prospect of welcoming these machines to our mining operation at Broken Cross – they truly are a feet of engineering. However, what is more significant to me is the seven-year support deal that Finning have put together to ensure we get the maximum output from our investment.’

Powered by the six-speed Cat 33512C HD engine, which produces 1,450hp, the 250-tonne 785D trucks will be serviced and maintained by a dedicated team of Finning engineers who will operate from a new purpose-built workshop and parts facility at the Broken Cross site.

Gary Agnew, Finning general sales manager, commented: ‘It’s over 15 years since we last welcomed this size of truck into the UK and it underlines the improved outlook and the important role that coal production is playing in supporting the country’s energy requirements. It is really pleasing that the Cat 785D’s and Finning are now clearly seen as cornerstones in Scottish Coal’s plant and production strategy.

He added that while it was fantastic to sell the machines, the seven-year/36,000h service agreement was the really exciting part of the deal. ‘This will secure local jobs and allow us to continue to improve our support for this customer in what is an important sector for our business,’ he said.


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