Flannery agrees multi-million pound order of Cat machines

Chris Matthew, strategic manager, Flannery Plant Hire

FINNING’S single biggest order of 2019 has seen Flannery Plant Hire agree to buy 230 new Cat machines in a deal worth over £30 million.

The move is part of Flannery’s fleet refurbishment programme. Signed at Plantworx 2019 by Patrick Flannery Senior, the purchase will reportedly bring the average age of the Flannery fleet down to just 1.8 years.

The investment sees Flannery take delivery of the UK’s first Cat D6XE next-generation dozer. The deal also includes units from the Next Gen Hex range of excavators, including Cat 308 minis, and 315 and 325 excavators with zero tail swing. The line up also features the new Cat 730 articulated dump trucks fitted with the Caterpillar Production Measurement (CPM, and a range of other machines.

Patrick Flannery Senior said, “We’ve been using Caterpillar technology since I established the business in 1972, partnering with Finning to ensure we maintain a young and modern fleet of machines. As a leading provider of equipment to many major contractors working on large infrastructure projects in the UK, it is vital that we can offer equipment that can meet the rigours of a high-performing site.

“As well as the fuel efficiency, reliability and lower cost of maintenance that is inherent to models in the Caterpillar portfolio, we are finding that our customers are looking for new and improved ways to monitor and report on productivity on site. The connected technology features that Finning has been able to offer as part of this deal, including the latest CPM system, will be a key part of our product offer moving forwards, helping our customers to retain a competitive edge on site.

“Of course, our primary focus is always safety and as we would expect, these new Cat machines deliver many innovative safety features. We also ensure that, where relevant, 360-vision cameras, load control systems and automatic quick couplers are factory fitted as part of our market-leading plant specification. In such a competitive market, it is important for us to demonstrate our continued investment; not just in the latest technology but also in driving the safest site environment possible.”