TDL Equipment on a roll with Scottish Coal
Delivery of final two Terex TR100 rigid dumptrucks concludes 20-machine order for coal company
THE final two trucks of a large machine order placed by Scottish Coal have recently rolled off the production line at Terex’s manufacturing facility in Motherwell, Scotland, ready to join the remainder of the fleet at opencast coal sites in Ayrshire where they will replace a number of Cat 777Fs.
The two TR100 rigid dumptrucks – part of a 20-unit order placed at the end of last year through TDL Equipment, the official UK distributor of Terex heavy-line construction machines – bring Scottish Coal’s fleet of TR100s up to a total of 44 units.
All 20 trucks in the latest order are covered by a TDL full repair and maintenance contract and include a range of reliability, performance and safety improvements that have been jointly developed by Scottish Coal, TDL and the Terex manufacturing plant in Motherwell.
‘Over the last three years we have been delighted to work in partnership with a company like Scottish Coal which is prepared to invest heavily in their capital equipment,’ said Cameron Watson, managing director of TDL.
‘With this commitment in capital, our view has always been that we need to reward their faith in us by designing aftermarket support packages that provide maximum availability of equipment and value for their investment.
‘Working jointly with Scottish Coal and liaising with the manufacturing facility to meet individual customer requirements has provided us with a very strong value package which we believe surpasses our competition commercially, productively, and in terms of the support packages we offer.’
According to TDL, a typical example of this partnership in operation is the all-round vision system fitted to all the new trucks. The new safety camera system, which affords the operator a 360° bird’s-eye view of potential obstructions around the truck, was based on the customer’s requirement for better visibility. The system was jointly developed and trialled by TDL in conjunction with Scottish Coal.
Scottish Coal’s managing director, Andrew Foster, commented: ‘We have been particularly pleased not only with the performance of the Terex TR100 truck and the uptime it offers, but also with the high standard of product support that we consistently receive from TDL.
‘TDL and Terex have demonstrated a willingness to work closely with us on health and safety initiatives and truck design. This is imperative to a company such as ours that places the highest priority on safety.’