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Richard Smalley, the man widely credited with developing the first mini excavator, is back in business.His new company, Smalley International, based at Morton near Bourne in Lincolnshire, says it will produce a wholly new product range to be sold worldwide. It claims to have sold its first piece of kit to a customer in Eire.Smalley International director Ann Smalley said: 'They will be totally new designs of excavators and dredgers.' And she said a Thai customer has already ordered a dredger.Mr Smalley's former firm, Smalley Excavators, went into receivership in March and was bought by Kent-based equipment dealer Sandhurst Plant, which before the collapse sold a Smalley-built mini crawler crane under the SMC name.Sandhurst claims SMC cranes are selling well. The firm plans to move production and will use the former Smalley factory in Bourne to make dredgers and excavators to order.Sandhurst managing director Tim Dean said: 'We paid for the company on the Friday, moved in on the Monday and had revived orders by the Tuesday.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS