Dumbarton firm buys first Cat 972M XE

972M XE library shot in quarry application 2

SCOTTISH quarrying expert, William Thompson & Son are the first UK firm to invest in the new Cat 972M XE Wheel Loader.

The recent purchase will join the Cat® 336EL Hybrid Excavator, another debut UK buy, when it arrives on the Dumbarton-based site in October.

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, strengthening its position as a UK fuel efficiency leader.

Commenting on the deal Andrew Thompson, Director 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.

“Making sure our operators know we’re providing the best equipment possible is important to us. Operator comfort and machine functionality is a big factor in deciding to invest in the Cat machines. We’ve already seen a decrease in minor denting and uplift in productivity since using the Cat 336 Excavator on site this year.”

Alistair Murdoch, Key Account Manager for Finning, added, “The 25% fuel saving will not only immediately improve William Thompson’s bottom line, but also their environmental sustainability.

“With Finsight also included in the deal and our Finning support team based in Glasgow, it allows us to give Andrew and his team the on-going service and analytical support they require, making sure their operation is running at its full potential both in terms of productivity and efficiency.”