FRIMSTONE IN UK TOP 5 FOR RECYCLING AGGREGATES
Dec 8, 2012
AGGNET, the aggregates and recycling information network reported on the 6th December 2012 that a recent survey carried out by BDS Marketing Research Limited has identified Frimstone as one of the top 5 Companies in the UK for recycling aggregates out 400 businesses surveyed.
Read the report below:
ALTHOUGH markets for recycled aggregates have fallen during the recession, the sector still accounts for nearly 20% of the total aggregates market in the UK, according to the latest industry survey by marketing consultancy BDS Marketing Research Ltd.
The consultancy has identified around 530 static sites in the country with an aggregates recycling plant. Together, these plants produced around 37 million tonnes of recycled aggregates in 2011.
Volumes had been in decline with the recession affecting both the amount of wastes generated and also the level of end-use markets. However, the fall in recycled aggregates markets is thought to have been less than that suffered by primary aggregates companies in recent years.
Around a quarter of static recycling sites are located in the South East, which also contains many of the higher-volume plants. Nationally, BDS have identified 16 plants that produce more than 200,000 tonnes a year – a level similar to that achieved by a typical sand and gravel pit.
BDS have also identified the top five recycled aggregates companies as Tarmac, Lafarge, Day & Sons, Aggregate Industries and Frimstone. Although these are well established companies in this sector, they represent less than 15% of the market.
Taking the top 10 recycled aggregates companies in total, BDS estimate that these represent just over 20% of the market. The consultancy has identified around 400 companies in the sector as a whole.
FRIMSTONE ANNOUNCE DELIVERY OF 4 NEW VOLVO TRUCKS
Nov 11, 2012
In line with company policy of investment and improving cost management efficiency, we have recently taken delivery of four new Volvo FMX 8x4, 12 speed Trucks. Two of these will be based at our Crimplesham site to cover our business in the northern area of operation and two at our Waterbeach site covering business in our southern area.
Frimstone Limited now has 42 trucks in the vehicle fleet and miles per gallon is extremely important in controlling our costs. The new trucks are expected to increase the MPG by 20%. Each truck is fitted with the Volvo Dyna Fleet telematics linked into the engine management system which gives instant driver information on fuel consumption and how often the Truck is left idling. This is expected to deliver a further 4% saving.
For the more technically minded, the engine is a DC13 C380 13 litre diesel engine working at 380hp at 14-1900 revolutions per minute. The Trucks have a 12 speed i-shift gear box and each is set up for Construction use and fitted with Thompson Loadmaster Lite steel bodies.
The drivers who received the new trucks in this round of purchases were Glen Busby - Wisbech, Johnny Williams - Crimplesham, Trevor Short - Alconbury and Paul Smith - Waterbeach.
Disposal of the old trucks is obviously very important and Transport Manager Dave Smart has been working very closely with Gordon and the team at AEC in outing the least cost effective trucks. These trucks are not necessarily the oldest ones on the fleet. The proactive work that AEC does with monthly servicing and inspections ensures that by analysing and identifying under-performing trucks, the cost of repairs and state of bodywork that we achieve maximum performance and efficiency.
GARY GOTOBED'S QCF QUALIFICATION
Mar 26, 2012
Gary Gotobed of Watlington Quarry is the first Frimstone Quarry Manager to successfully complete his QCF Level 4 qualification in Process Operations.
Gary and the other Frimstone quarry managers started the training programme in July 2011 supported by Jonathan Pitt a QCF Assessor working on behalf of the industry training provider SERAC.
The Quarries Regulations 1999 requires all quarry operators to deploy competent managers and staff. The QCF assessment process is designed for Quarry Managers to achieve a suitable level of competence to manage a quarry safely.
Gary and his peer group have been able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge and through the support and assessment provided by Jonathan are now able to prove their competency.