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O&K rationalises production lines

MANUFACTURING activity at O&Ks mining and quarry plant division is now at an extremely high level, says the firm. This new-found confidence coincides with O&Ks decision to rationalise production at just two factories.

Mining and quarry plant is being produced at the companys Dortmund factory. While in Berlin, where O&K had three factories, the firm has now concentrated production of construction equipment at one factory, which it built four years ago.

Demand for O&Ks quarry plant is rising fast throughout the world, according to the German manufacturer.

Customer confidence has returned and speculation that O&K was about to be bought by a rival seems to have fizzled out, said UK sales director David Magee. In fact he went so far as to say the company is not for sale and never was.

The firm exhibited one of its most successful products the 236 tonne RH120C face shovel at Hillhead.

Mr Magee said the machine has been a runaway success in the UK in particular. He estimates that there are about 75 of the machines at work in British mines and quarries.

The RH120C displayed at Hillhead was in the livery of the Banks Group. The machine is bound for the Pegswood opencast coal mine in Northumberland.

The companys latest product development, the RH400, is approaching completion in Dortmund.

The massive 800-tonne face shovel, believed to be the largest hydraulic excavator ever built, has been bought by mining firm Syncrude for use in its tar-sand opencast mine in Northern Alberta, Canada.