Homework pays off for Lemac


SINCE the firm was formed over 25 years ago through one of the founding directors, Noel McCann, the “Bucket Man”, Lemac Engineering UK has provided the construction industry with a wide range of custom heavy duty excavating attachments.

They believe strongly in sourcing all of their materials and products from the UK, keeping the product fundamentally British and helping to support local jobs. Situated in Tillicoultry, Lemac caters and provides for machine weights from 1-50 tonnes.

Raimondo Sciortino, Operations Manager, said, “It’s true that we have made some important changes in the last few years. High volumes of cheaper quality imports from Asia have flooded the market place and the economic climate pressure has meant that we had to really do our homework with regards to remaining competitive, without compromising on quality, focusing overall on remaining true to our ethics and high attention to detail.”

Lemac recently supplied a leading construction firm with custom heavy duty rock loader buckets, to work a harsh quarry environment. “To be associated with this kind of business is a real prize,” added Mr Sciortino. “It took a tremendous amount of hard work and research. Since then we have been associated with a Nigerian branch of the same business which now sees our extra heavy duty rock buckets used in mines.

“Our products are constantly being used within civil engineering, construction, quarry, mining, demolition, forestry and landfill recycling. Lemac also offer overhaul, repair services and bespoke engineering design services.

“We are the original heavy duty bucket people and we believe many products now in the marketplace were were trademarked Lemac engineering originals. Currently we are piloting Creusabro 8000 in our digging bucket range, which is a high performance wear resistant steel exhibiting on average a wear resistance 40-45% higher than that of conventional 500HB water quenched steel.

“Creusabro 8000 has the capability to become tougher when worked, which will be to our detriment and the customer’s benefit, as the bucket will keep on digging, meaning the requirement for a replacement won’t be necessary after a few hours, weeks, months and possibly years of digging time. Lemac are also researching the possibility of manufacturing products with Duferco Clabecq Quard 400. Like Creusabro 8000, this material is ideally suited to mining, excavating and earthmoving.”

Trinium (UK) Limited, who specialise in the supply of products and services to the construction and mining markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, have been working with Lemac for over ten years.

A spokesman said, “(Our work) involves the supply of custom-built special buckets and attachments for a niche export market where getting it right first time is absolutely imperative.

“(We) appreciate Lemac’s close attention to detail and the high quality of their products. Their staff have consistently provided responsive and friendly support and we are delighted to recommend their services.”