CONTRACTOR Miller has placed an order for the first Scheele concrete pump to be sold in the UK.
It follows a demonstration of one of the machines on the Skye Bridge project. The 33 m boom machine placed around 300
cu m of concrete on the site of the joint-venture contract between Miller and Dywidag.
The machine on order has a similar specification. It can pump up to 100 cu m of concrete an hour and is due for delivery over the next few months.
Scheele pumps are now assembled by Italian firm Data at Imola, Italy for UK dealer Border Security of Carlisle.
The Scheele range, available with boom lengths from 30 m to 125 m, used to be built in Germany and many of the components are still made there.
Border Security managing director Frank Moran, said: This is the first time weve gone into manufacturing and the truth is, theres a shortage of machines with booms over 30 m long. The 33 m boom is a handy size and thats why we went into production with it.
Weighing around 16 tonnes, the 33 m boom can be fitted to any make of truck with enough load capacity, although the machines already built have been supplied with Mercedes carriers. This Data M 20/33 pump features a four-section boom and the outriggers use a star configuration for stability.
Border Security has previously traded only in secondhand concrete pumps.
But the Scheele pump made such an impact on Mr Moran that this strategy was reviewed.
Mr Moran believes there is a gap on the world market for a reliable, low-cost concrete pump: We think theres a need in the UK for this size of pump and
anticipate that well sell some in 1995.
The British concrete pump market has been badly affected by recession and hire rates remain low. But Mr Moran believes the market has recovered sufficiently for some of the hire companies to be interested in buying new machines.
However, he thinks the biggest demand is likely to come from further afield. Data is building a 44 m machine, which Border Security intends to sell in the Far East; one of the 33 m pumps is already on demonstration in Singapore.
Scheele intends developing a compact machine which can pump concrete to a height of
And it is designing a machine that can deliver concrete to heights of up to 220 m. This machine features two stage pumping, which holds down line pressures. According to Mr Moran, lowering the pressure cuts maintenance requirements and increases reliability.