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2013 Vol 3 No 3
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Contractors World - Latest Tyre Gives Significant CO2 SavingsLatest Tyre Gives Significant CO2 Savings

With a fleet of 300 cement and aggregates vehicles covering over 15 million miles per annum, tyres are a key part of the economic equation for CEMEX UK. The company started work in 2011 to develop a new strategy and the latest development is the introduction of low rolling resistance tyres.

Following field trials in the cement fleet, it has been decided to introduce Continental low rolling resistance tyres on a rolling programme across the whole fleet. It was found that the tyres reduced annual vehicle CO2 emissions by over 3 tonnes per vehicle, while giving a longer life and fuel savings.

Strategic and smarter use of tyres has yielded significant savings. With the construction market under ever increasing pressure these savings go a small way to balance the rising cost of other materials used in the production of vital building materials.

The new proactive and structured approach looked at ways of targeting and reducing waste, testing and finding the optimum tyre solutions for different vehicles, with better tyre husbandry, extended tyre life and improving fuel efficiency.

The fleet tyre policy uses a tailored range of Continental heavy goods tyres, which are carefully managed and reworked to give maximum life span, optimum performance and fuel economy.

Environmental benefits have resulted through extending the life of the tyre effectively giving it four lives. Every retreaded tyre can save up to 68 litres of oil, 44 g of rubber and equivalent of 182 kg CO2 compared to a new tyre.

Craig Williamson, Director of Supply Chain and Logistics “Our approach to tyres means we are seeing economic and environmental benefits which go some way to off-setting the rising cost of operating a professional fleet”.

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Contractors World - AFI Boom Lifts Provide Access For Bridge ContractorsAFI Boom Lifts Provide Access For Bridge Contractors

Contractors working on a major bridge construction project in the Midlands hired seven AFI boom lifts to enable them to access the extensive site.

Cleveland Bridge UK ordered the AFI machines for a contract to supply five bridges as part of the expansion of the Nottingham Express Transit tramline system.

To overcome the problem of accessing part of the site over a flood relief channel, the contractor has hired a JLG 800AJ boom, which has a horizontal outreach of 15.74 m and a platform height of 24.38 m.

Ronnie Long, Cleveland Bridge UK Project Manager, said: “We have also hired five Haulotte HA16PX boom lifts from AFI because they have very good manoeuvrability and provide sufficient reach for us to work on the bridge structures.”

Some of Cleveland Bridge’s work takes place at night and close to domestic properties so noise reduction is essential. For this element of the work, the company has hired a quieter Genie bi-energy boom from AFI.

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