Quick fix: Relentless growth gathers pace

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Andy Black (left) with ECY Haulmark’s Richard Yarwood.

AN automatic coupler system, which allows operators to change work tool attachments in a matter of seconds without leaving the cab, has been tipped to take the Scottish market by storm.

Relentless Plant has secured a deal to distribute OilQuick. Relentless owner Andy Black told Project Plant the system saves time, money and prevents oil spillages and laziness.

“The system stops operators from using the right tool for the wrong job,” Andy explained. “Because the work tool can be changed in ten seconds without the operator leaving the cab, there’s no excuse for them making do with the wrong tool.

“The product is very popular with ECY Haulmark in England but there’s not a single unit in Scotland yet, so there’s a big challenge there for us. Once one customer tries it, it’ll be hard to get them away from it.”

This is the latest development at Relentless. Andy said the business has gone from a £200,000 annual turnover to just under one million pounds in the space of a year.

“Things are hectic, which is great. We’ve just put a hose van on the road doing hose repairs, so we’re now a one-stop shop for customers.

“Breaker sales have doubled and we’ve just taken on our first dedicated sales person, giving customers an extra point of contact and improved after sales service. We’ve moved into new premises in Cumbernauld and doubled staff numbers. We’ve also taken on a second apprentice.

“It’s not just the construction industry that’s busy. Forestry’s really busy and some quarrying firms are struggling to keep up with demand.

“There are so many major projects going on in Scotland. We’ve been looking after a lot of the forestry companies doing site clearance work on the Aberdeen bypass. We’ve also done bits and bobs on the M8 upgrade. These projects are letting smaller companies work their way up. Everybody’s getting a turn.

“We’ve signed up to exhibit at ScotPlant next year, which I’m really excited about. It’ll be our first show and we’ve already started thinking about our stand.”