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Scottish quarrying company, William Thompson & Son

is the first UK firm to invest in the new Cat 972M XE

wheel loader. The recent purchase joins the Cat 336EL

hybrid excavator.

After witnessing the fuel saving benefit achieved by

the Cat 336 EL, William Thompson & Son acted quickly

in complementing the excavator with the additional

wheel loader, because of the significant fuel saving.

Commenting on the deal Andrew Thompson, Di-

rector at William Thompson & Son, said:

“We strive to be at the cutting edge of

new technologies enabling us to maximise

productivity, minimise cost, whilst reducing

our carbon footprint. The new Cat machines

are leading the way in our industry, therefore,

it was a simple business decision to integrate

them into our fleet and benefit from the value

they will add to our operation.”

The Cat 972M XE Wheel Loader is the class leader

in fuel efficiency, with advanced powertrain technolo-

gies enabling the 25% fuel saving for the Scottish firm.

The Cat XE range has been engineered to deliver

a high level of efficiency by utilising an integrated

Cat continuously variable transmission (CVT) system,

rather than the standard toque converter.

A hydraulic pump and motor (variator unit), al-

lows for a smooth and continuous gear ratio change

between engine speed and machine speed. This will

save William Thompson & Son an average of 4 litres of

fuel for every hour the wheel loader is in use.

William Thompson & Son



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Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 4

Cat 972M Xe Yields

25% Fuel Saving

Hamm Rollers for

GAP Plant Hire

GAP Group has extended its three-year supply

agreement with Hamm for the sole supply of ride-

on rollers. The manufacturer will now supply its

80 cm, 100 cm, 120 cm and 135 cm rollers until the

end of 2016.

The company currently has a fleet holding of

more than 1100 machines in those sizes and group

procurement manager Ken Stewart said:

“There are mutual benefits for both parties

in a long-term, sole supply agreement, with

Hamm and ourselves being able to plan for

the future with confidence.

‘One of the key benefits is supply con-

tinuity of new equipment during periods

of continuing high utilisation, with Hamm

working to our forecast purchase orders

during their “quieter periods” over the win-

ter months. This ensures new equipment is

made available to our customers from the

start of our new financial year in April and

onwards. Hamm is one of several of our key

suppliers with whomwe have long-term sup-

ply agreements.”

Hamm Roller

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