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Finning team mucks in to show support for charitable organisation

Finning team mucks in to show support for charitable organisation

Employees from Finning recently spent the day volunteering at specialist rehabilitation centre, Willowdene as part of its commitment to support community initiatives.  The volunteers, who chose to support the Social Enterprise in recognition of the work it does to help both men and women in getting their lives back on

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Finning UK & Ireland is on track to double the number of regional dealers in its network by the end of 2024 with the recent addition of Oakley Machinery in Somerset

Finning to DOUBLE regional dealer network by end of 2024

Finning UK & Ireland is on track to double the number of regional dealers in its network by the end of 2024 with the recent addition of Oakley Machinery in Somerset Finning, the world’s largest dealer of Cat® equipment, parts and service, established a network of regional Cat distributors in

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Caterpillar® Operator Challenge crowns best UK & Ireland operators

The victors in the UK and Ireland leg of the Caterpillar® Global Operator Challenge have been confirmed following a set of highly competitive tests at the Caterpillar Visitor Centre in Leicestershire.  Operators demonstrated agility, speed and precision in a variety of challenges using the latest Cat equipment. Amongst a tough

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Firm adds to their exclusive Cat® range

~ BNH one of first to add two new Cat 302.7 machines to their fleet ~ Plant hire and waste management firm Buckland Newton Hire (BNH) has increased its fleet of Cat machinery from exclusive Caterpillar® supplier Finning UK and Ireland, by adding two 302.7 mini excavators. The Dorset-based company

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A FLEET FIT FOR THE FUTURE

National plant hire company invests in 80 Cat® machines As part of its commitment to sustainable construction, L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage has invested in 80 Cat machines so far in 2021, with another 20 expected to arrive later this year. This means that Lynch currently has over 200 Cat machines

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Finning announces brand-new FINROCK21 virtual event

On October 21 2021, Finning UK & Ireland, exclusive distributor of Cat® products, will be hosting a  free-of-charge virtual event for plant operators, construction professionals and heavy equipment enthusiasts. FINROCK21 will be a live, interactive virtual exhibition open to both existing customers and people that are new to Finning and

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Short and long term genset rental: what’s the difference?

Buying a generator set outright is only feasible if a business has the funds to afford the initial investment and is working on a long-term project that requires stable off-grid power. Because in most businesses this is not the case, rental is a compelling option. But not all rental options

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Finning apprenticeship scheme wins national recognition

Caterpillar® dealer earns a place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Finning UK and Ireland has been awarded a national accolade for its outstanding apprenticeship programmes, scooping a place in the government-led Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The UK’s exclusive distributor of Cat® machines and products was ranked 38 in the

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

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Finning team mucks in to show support for charitable organisation

Finning team mucks in to show support for charitable organisation

Employees from Finning recently spent the day volunteering at specialist rehabilitation centre, Willowdene as part of its commitment to support community initiatives.  The volunteers, who chose to support the Social Enterprise in recognition of the work it does to help both men and women in getting their lives back on track, helped out with day-to-day tasks on the working farm and training centre, as well as learning more about the initiatives run by the trust. Set up in 1988, Willowdene, in Bridgnorth, puts in place innovative training and rehabilitation schemes to help people who have faced difficulties in their lives – and to work to identify and address issues that can be a contributing factor in offending. Together with their support, they can pave the way towards a brighter future. In addition, Willowdene has been commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to help women gain the specialist support they need to overcome challenges in their life that can play a factor in offending, such as abuse, exploitation, housing issues and mental health issues.  The Prison Reform Trust states that more than half of the women in prison in the UK report having suffered domestic abuse, and 53 per cent suffered abuse in their childhood, while half of women leaving prison have no settled accommodation. Willowdene aims to work with women to address past trauma and put in place steps to help them make a fresh start.  Finning, the world’s largest dealer of Cat® equipment, parts and services, provides time for its employees to support charities. The company’s marketing team, based at the headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire, chose Willowdene as their charity of choice, particularly in recognition of its work to help women. Marketing Manager Tracey Earp said: “As we approached the end of last year, we all decided that we would like to join forces to show our support for a local charity and get involved if we could.  “It’s so insightful to see from the inside the amazing work that Willowdene does to pick people up when they need it most and to help them see that they can make a positive change in their lives.   “Their work to support women is something that really resonated with us, and we wanted to raise awareness of that within the company as well as take time out to support Willowdene.” Matthew Home, CEO at Willowdene said: “We were extremely grateful for the support that Finning staff provided during their day with us. They helped further our social enterprise activities which generates income to directly support women on our programmes to tackle the trauma of their past.  “Their generous donations to our clothing bank were also gratefully received. It was a pleasure to work alongside Finning staff who put 100% into their time with us to make a tangible and direct difference to those most in need.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Finning transforms service operations to boost first-time fix rate to 75 per cent

Finning transforms service operations to boost first-time fix rate to 75 per cent

Adopting a new approach to service operations has seen Finning UK & Ireland score a 75 per cent first time fix rate for customer equipment faults – achieved by leveraging condition monitoring technology and historic data from over 5500 remote diagnostic sessions. The remote services and diagnostic team at Finning, the world’s largest Cat® equipment dealer, has introduced the new approach to its service operations using data from machine telematics, which is then cross referenced with historic service data to diagnose the problem remotely. This approach has radically improved the first-time fix rate for its customers – minimising machine down time and ensuring their engineers’ time is used most effectively.   Over the last three years the team has facilitated a shift from offering a reactive service and support function to one that is fully proactive. Drawing on data from real-time remote diagnostic sessions – with the team conducting up to 300 each month – the engineers use this information to accurately predict asset faults and issues remotely. This enables them to take the necessary action – such as ordering the right part or parts – so that the engineer visiting the site can resolve the issue during just one site visit, ensuring the customer’s assets are returned to operations as soon as possible.  Strategic Operations Manager for Finning UK & Ireland, Nikolaos Kakoudakis, said: “Having the ability to remotely diagnose an equipment fault is crucial for both us and the customer operating that equipment. For us, being able to identify the precise nature of the fault means that when the engineer goes out to site, they have the correct parts and can resolve the issue quickly for the customer. This ensures any downtime is kept to an absolute minimum, which can be costly and cause project delays. It also reduces operational inefficiencies on site. “There’s a real sense of pride among the team, who genuinely want to give our customers the very best level of servicing support and expert guidance. Everyone in the team should feel very proud of the hard work and exemplary work ethic.” The new approach has been so successful that Caterpillar®, during a recent visit to the company’s Leeds branch, awarded the team a certificate recognising their ‘excellence in condition monitoring and remote services’.  Speaking about the award, Lavanya Ajesh, Managing Director at Caterpillar Commercial, Northern Europe, said: “We are focused on leveraging and optimising remote services and condition monitoring to accelerate customer satisfaction and services growth. The dedication of the Finning team towards using these tools to improve first-time fix and to drive service growth is highly commendable. Their work is helping pave the road in this journey. Congratulations and well deserved on the recognition as a best practice dealer in this field globally.” Commenting on the achievement, Chris Hepworth, General Manager for Service Operations at Finning, said: “Over the last three years, the technology and remote services team has delivered transformational results demonstrating improvement month-on-month. The team provides services to exceed our customers’ needs, from breakdowns to proactive interventions preventing failure. These results have been achieved through teamwork and collaboration with the wider service operations team. Well done to everyone involved.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Finning UK & Ireland is on track to double the number of regional dealers in its network by the end of 2024 with the recent addition of Oakley Machinery in Somerset

Finning to DOUBLE regional dealer network by end of 2024

Finning UK & Ireland is on track to double the number of regional dealers in its network by the end of 2024 with the recent addition of Oakley Machinery in Somerset Finning, the world’s largest dealer of Cat® equipment, parts and service, established a network of regional Cat distributors in 2022 setting local company’s up as Authorised Sales and Service Centres (ASSCs). As the network continues to expand at pace, Finning has brought in construction industry expert Nadine Craddock, as Regional Dealer Manager.  Nadine, who’s worked for Finning for 13 years in various roles including Parts Supply Chain Supervisor and Supply Chain & Inventory Manager said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to develop relationships with our existing regional dealers and look forward to helping with the company’s ambitious plans to continue to grow the network. “Having a dealer who’s local to them is something our customers really value. We’ve also found customers like to deal with someone with industry knowledge and an understanding of the operational capabilities of the Cat machines so they can provide the most appropriate guidance on which machine is the best fit.  “As we look beyond 2023 the aim is to continue to grow the network to include other regional areas to cover the whole of the UK by the end of 2024. This will mean we can provide customers with a fast, reliable and localised service that is tailored to their needs.” “Our most recent addition, Oakley Machinery, is positioned well to cover the South West of England – one of the area’s which we don’t currently cover. This sets us on target for our wider aim to cover the whole of the UK.” With an increase in demand for smaller Cat machines across the construction, landscaping, and agricultural sectors, each of the established dealers are strategically located to serve customers across the country. England is covered by four dealers – Norris Plant Hire from Nottinghamshire, Bennie Plant in Northamptonshire and East Anglia, Howard Plant in the North West and Cooks Midlands covers the Midlands territory. Scotland is covered by four dealers – Mark Garrick for northern Scotland, R C Dalgliesh takes responsibility for the south, DM Forklifts covers the east, while LCF Engineering serves customers in the central belt.  Wales is covered by three dealers – DJS Hydraulics Agri covers north Wales whilst South Wales Forklift Trucks and Frank Sutton Ltd cover the South. Nadine continues: “Looking forward, as we start to plan for our dealer conference in the new year, I hope to be able to cover the whole of the UK to ensure accessibility for all customers. We hope to see our current dealers succeed and grow as we continue to support them by providing the best tools and training.” For dealers who sign up to become ASSC’s, Finning offers extensive support and training throughout the year including an annual dealer conference and training event. To find out more, or to express an interest in becoming an ASSC dealer click here: https://www.finning.com/en_GB/company/Become-an-ASSC.html Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Caterpillar® Operator Challenge crowns best UK & Ireland operators

The victors in the UK and Ireland leg of the Caterpillar® Global Operator Challenge have been confirmed following a set of highly competitive tests at the Caterpillar Visitor Centre in Leicestershire.  Operators demonstrated agility, speed and precision in a variety of challenges using the latest Cat equipment. Amongst a tough field, Finning announced the UK regional winner as Bryan Williamson with an overall time of 6 minutes and 6 seconds and the Irish regional winner as returning 2019 champion Tommy Murphy, with an overall time of 5 minutes and 54 seconds. Both will now go through to the European semi-finals which are being held in Malaga in October. Here they will compete in a series of even tougher challenges against some of the best machine operators in Europe for a place at the prestigious final to be crowned Global Champion in Las Vegas. To find the winners, a host of talented operators from the UK and Ireland competed in three challenges using different machines and illustrating different skills and capabilities. This year’s challenges included working with a Cat Next Generation 313 excavator and a 930 Wheel Loader. Bryan Williamson, UK regional winner said: “I am so pleased to have represented my country well in this challenge, it’s a great achievement. “After competing at the previous Operator Challenge in 2019, my day-to-day work as an operator at Eastern Civils and Construction and a bit of luck prepared me for this year’s challenge.  Although there was some tough competition and challenging tasks, I know it will be fiercer competition at the next stage in Malaga.” Tommy Murphy, Irish regional winner said: “It’s great to see that the stakes are getting higher each year, but a returning win feels incredible.  “After the tough finale in Las Vegas in the last Operator Challenge, I hope this time I will be crowned the champion!” With a two year hiatus since the last event, a new and unique mystery challenge was introduced.  Using the new Cat Command technology, operators were tasked with using a remote console to control a dozer located over 5000 miles away in Arizona. This helped to test the 21st century skills of the operators, whilst demonstrating the huge potential benefits for safety and productivity that Cat Command offers. Tracey Earp, Marketing Manager at Finning said: “We are so pleased with the turnout at this year’s challenge after a two year break during Covid. We have been really impressed with the quality of entrants and how they all took to the range of challenges we had set. So both Bryan and Tommy did absolutely brilliantly to finish in first place.” “Events like this make me so proud of the people we have in our industry and hopeful for the future, with a few female contenders being role models for all women in construction. We are so excited to see who will be awarded European Champion in October and if Bryan or Tommy will progress to compete on the world stage.” Visit Finning’s website for more information: https://www.finning.com/en_GB.html

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M&J Evans invests in leading Cat® compaction technology with Finning  

M&J Evans, a groundworks and civil engineering contractor headquartered  in the West Midlands, has invested over £4.5m in 52 Cat machines from Finning, exclusive UK & Ireland dealer, and is the first groundworks company to take delivery of the recently launched Cat CS12 GC vibratory soil compactor.  The deal included the purchase of 49 Cat 313 GC excavators, a staple for any groundworks company, offering up to 5% more fuel efficiency than competitor machines of equivalent class, and 20% less maintenance costs. M&J Evans has also bought three Cat CS12 GC vibratory soil compactors as part of the deal – two of which have now been delivered and being put through their paces on the company’s construction sites.  M&J Evans plant and transport manager Philip McEvilly, a qualified machine operator, saw the compaction technology in action at a Finning roadshow and immediately recognised how the technology would significantly impact on-site productivity and increase fuel efficiency.  “The technology enables the operator to input in the required level and parameters needed into the on-board computer, and then instead of the operator having to go over the area again and again until it’s compacted to the correct level, the machine does it perfectly, the first time,” he said.  M&J Evans is one of the largest groundworks businesses in the UK and runs a varied fleet of over 1500 items including excavators, dumpers and rollers used on over  200 housing sites across the Midlands, Yorkshire, Northwest, South  and Southwest following the opening of a Swindon headquarters.  Phil added: “We decided to purchase the Cat machines from Finning because they offer a fully comprehensive warranty scheme and have excellent coverage across the UK which is important so we can ensure all our fleet of machines are serviced and maintained to keep them operational. We’re also using the company’s CUBIQ™ dealer services platform which enables us to have access to real-time data on machine use and performance which is critical to our business.   “Rising diesel costs and fewer people mean idling time and wear and tear on our machines must be kept to a minimum so we’re getting the maximum utilisation from them. We also like to demonstrate to our customers that we’re being proactive in managing their costs.  “Although availability of some new machines is a challenge, we’re delighted that Finning has been able to supply the Cat 313 GC excavators and the rollers within the timeframe we need.”  Georgia Key, Territory Account Manager at Finning UK & Ireland, said: “We’re excited to see the first Cat CS12 GC with Machine Drive Power (MDP) going into groundworks in the UK. This is a state-of-the-art machine with soil compaction measurement technology which helps operators accurately determine the load bearing strength of the soil they are compacting.   “The machine ensures customers have complete confidence that their work meets specification, allowing them to move on to the next area increasing productivity and saving time, fuel, and wear and tear on the machine.   “As part of the deal, M&J has taken out a full three-year, 3000-hour warranty with Finning which provides customers with assurance and peace of mind that the machines run as productively and efficiency as possible during their lifetime.   “The warranty package ensures all component machine parts are dispatched to site (wherever in the UK the machine is) in line with its scheduled maintenance and servicing plan. The customer also benefits from a full remote condition monitoring and industry-leading fluid analysis service, which enables the Finning service experts to identify any potential problems with the machines before they occur and act on it – reducing the risk of critical failure and minimising downtime.   “Through the CUBIQ™ dealer services portal M&J also have instant access to invaluable machine performance information including running time, fuel usage bringing the customer closer to critical information about their assets which means they have the data to make the best possible decisions.” 

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Firm adds to their exclusive Cat® range

~ BNH one of first to add two new Cat 302.7 machines to their fleet ~ Plant hire and waste management firm Buckland Newton Hire (BNH) has increased its fleet of Cat machinery from exclusive Caterpillar® supplier Finning UK and Ireland, by adding two 302.7 mini excavators. The Dorset-based company managed to stay ahead of the curve by being one of the first companies to order this new machine. BNH is not only one of the first companies to have the 302.7s, but it is also unique in Dorset by having a fleet of only Cat equipment, totalling 70 machines. The company cites the long-lasting reliability of Cat machines as one of the reasons it continues to purchase them, as well as the high resale value of the vehicles. The resale value is particularly important to BNH as it purchases the newest Cat models almost immediately after release, to keep its fleet cutting edge. BNH was quick to snap up the new 302.7s due to them being the most popular size of mini excavator chosen by builders. The hydraulic system that the 302.7s come with means that these machines still pack a powerful punch, so operators don’t have to sacrifice power for size. “We see these as an essential purchase for any plant hire business,” said Brad Perrett, Manager at BNH. “Over the 30 years that we’ve working with them, Finning has continued to provide quality products and have never let us down — we’re now up to 75 Cat machines in the fleet. “We sent the 302.7s out as soon as they arrived and have not seen a single one back here yet; they are in such high demand that they have been out every day. We have already received positive feedback on these machines from customers on our Facebook page, which is very promising.” “It’s always a pleasure to work with Brad and the team at BNH as they are always first in line for the latest machines and technology from Caterpillar,” said Jack Pilgrim, Territory Account Manager at Finning. “The new 302.7s will be replacing the older D and E series that were previously used, making BNH one of Dorset’s few plant hire companies with such an extensive and up-to-date fleet”. The 302.7 mini excavators are designed to have an ergonomic control layout with adjustable wrist rest and travel pedals in order to minimize operator fatigue. The engine is positioned to reduce the heat and noise that travels into the operator’s station, increasing operator comfort and worker productivity. For more information on Cat next generation excavators or the newest machine in the range, the Cat 302.7, visit www.finning.com.

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A FLEET FIT FOR THE FUTURE

National plant hire company invests in 80 Cat® machines As part of its commitment to sustainable construction, L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage has invested in 80 Cat machines so far in 2021, with another 20 expected to arrive later this year. This means that Lynch currently has over 200 Cat machines in its fleet.     As long-term adopters of Stage V compliant equipment, Lynch were proud to be able to add the world’s first high drive electric drive dozer to its fleet, purchasing five D6 XEs already this year. Alongside the new dozers, Lynch invested in several machines from Caterpillar®’s next generation range. Lynch supports operators with Eco Driver Training, to ensure that operators are driving their machines in the most efficient way. The extra technology onboard these machines was a welcome addition that not only helps the operator and reduces fuel consumption.  “At Lynch we understand the importance of continually upgrading our modern and reliable fleet,” explained Chris Gill, Director at Lynch. “We were impressed by the amount of technology loaded onto the next generation machines, particularly the features that support machine control, telematics and weigh loading.  “We know it’s important to have equipment that is reliable and equipped with the best technology available, as we are involved in so many large infrastructure projects, such as HS2 and various Highways England schemes. We also want to attract the best talent in the industry to operate our plant and running state-of-the-art machines on fleet helps us achieve this.”  “The investment in these Cat machines reaffirms our strong working relationship with Lynch,” said Jake Wright, National Account Manager at Finning. “It is always a pleasure to work with Lynch and help it to expand its fleet with new machines, all loaded with new features. The team has certainly cemented the company’s place as an adopter of new technology and, with continued investments, it will rightly keep its place at the forefront of the industry.”  All the machines purchased by Lynch are supported by Cat Finance and covered by extended warranties, which means that Finning will service each piece of equipment after 500 hours of work.  In line with the company’s growth, Lynch is expecting to place another order with Finning in 2022, even larger than this year’s. For more information on Cat next generation excavators or its XE series, visit www.finning.com. 

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Finning announces brand-new FINROCK21 virtual event

On October 21 2021, Finning UK & Ireland, exclusive distributor of Cat® products, will be hosting a  free-of-charge virtual event for plant operators, construction professionals and heavy equipment enthusiasts. FINROCK21 will be a live, interactive virtual exhibition open to both existing customers and people that are new to Finning and Caterpillar®, giving them exclusive access to networking opportunities, technology demonstrations and more. Located on the fictional Finning Island, visitors of FINROCK21 will be greeted with a virtual lobby where they can choose from a series of zones, each offering something unique. These include an equipment showroom, where attendees can get hands-on experience with different machinery and get a feel for how technologies can benefit their sites and businesses. Visitors can also consult Finning experts for machine, business and financial advice, ensuring that they have everything they need to get their projects on track. FINROCK21 will include a series of technology demonstrations throughout the day, as well as panel discussions on topics ranging from engine rebuilds to machine productivity. The Tech and Innovation zone will also include sneak peeks of products that Finning and Caterpillar are still developing. “By launching FINROCK21, we are breaking the mould and offering a brand-new interactive experience for operators, engineers and other heavy equipment enthusiasts who have been unable to attend events over the last 18 months,” explained Peter Seaman, Customer Experience and Marketing Manager at Finning UK & Ireland. “The new expo promises to be a memorable one, where we can meet attendees virtually, introduce them to new equipment and technology and inspire them in a way that we haven’t been able to over the last few months. “We will also be offering behind the scenes tours of our operations and regional sites, giving visitors an exclusive insight into how we operate as a business. Alongside the virtual expo, we will be broadcasting FINROCK TV live from our very own studio, with a range of presentations and entertainment throughout the day — another new step for us.”   As well as attending talks and demonstrations, visitors can browse opportunities at the careers fair and network with other attendees. They can also benefit from a range of special “show only” deals and offers, including competitions with prizes such as a VIP trip to Malaga for two. Want to register your place at FINROCK21? Sign up for free here https://finrock.cventevents.com/event/39ada080-9e6d-42ab-b4df-fb45eca51965/summary

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Short and long term genset rental: what’s the difference?

Buying a generator set outright is only feasible if a business has the funds to afford the initial investment and is working on a long-term project that requires stable off-grid power. Because in most businesses this is not the case, rental is a compelling option. But not all rental options were made equal. Here Dean Harris, Sales Engineer at Energyst UK & Ireland, explains the difference between short and long-term genset rental. Renting a genset allows businesses to avoid paying out a large initial sum. One example is a recycling plant, which recently took out a five-year contract because it does not have access to a mains power supply for the foreseeable future. The customer did not want to spend three quarters of a million pounds on the three gensets that it required, so opted for rental to bridge the power gap. Rental also gives businesses the opportunity to have a genset on site in a matter of days, rather than waiting 16 to 20 weeks for a purchased system to be custom built and installed. Rental customers can also pass the maintenance costs and challenges that come with purchasing onto their supplier. If a business decides to rent, there are two main options — short-term and long-term rental. Short-term rental can be from a few days to just under a month and long-term rental typically is anywhere up to two years, but some businesses opt for even longer periods of up to ten years. Short-term rental Businesses can quickly get their project’s power requirements met by opting for a short-term rental. A rental genset can be quickly introduced to prevent downtime when an existing embedded generator is faulty and needs maintenance work or for projects that only last a few days or weeks. Consider this example. A company performs five major services each year to check its systems can run up to 2000 kVA, during which the gensets powering the operation must be taken offline. The business could not justify spending half a million pounds on a supplementary genset, only to use it for five or six weeks of the year. Instead, it chose to rent a genset during testing, saving footprint space, the large initial investment and ongoing maintenance costs. Long-term rental In addition to the financial benefits of renting a genset, customers can also pass on the operational costs to the rental supplier when renting long-term. The rental supplier can monitor the performance, load and operating hours to see when the genset needs maintenance work, rather than the business carrying this out themselves, providing peace of mind. The renter can also hand over fuel management to the supplier, as well as negotiate a cheaper price per litre when buying in bulk. Long-term rental can be suitable for standby applications for critical facilities, such as hospitals, airports or data centres. Critical facilities have stringent testing requirements to ensure the equipment kicks in when needed, so leaving this in the hands of experts can save time, money and hassle. In addition, long-term rental provides flexibility to businesses during times of changing demand. If a manufacturing business wants to extend its production line and increase the power supplied, it can easily swap out the current rental genset for a bigger one or rent an additional system, without investing large sums of money for the expansion. Ultimately, the value of the rental agreement depends on the project length and the specific requirements of each business. Renting for a longer period will reduce the daily rental rate, but short-term rentals provide more flexibility for businesses who may want a genset for a week. Fully understanding the power requirements of each project before renting a genset will help businesses make an informed decision. Visit the Energyst website to learn more about our genset rental options https://www.finning.com/Energyst.

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Finning apprenticeship scheme wins national recognition

Caterpillar® dealer earns a place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Finning UK and Ireland has been awarded a national accolade for its outstanding apprenticeship programmes, scooping a place in the government-led Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The UK’s exclusive distributor of Cat® machines and products was ranked 38 in the league table and is one of just a handful of companies from the engineering and construction industries that earned a place on the list. More than 400 organisations from across the country fought for a place in the league table, including large national employers such as HMRC, The British Army, Sainsbury’s, and M&S. The top 100 companies were announced in a live broadcast by the National Apprenticeship Service in October. The accolade was given in recognition of the variety of apprenticeships that Finning offers. The company has an established four-year apprenticeship programme which recruits budding engineers for its equipment solutions and energy & transportation divisions. Diversity is one of the core criteria considered for the ranking. The intake this year includes the highest number of female recruits so far, with four of the eleven new apprentices being women. Finning also partners with training providers across the country to deliver other apprenticeship programmes such as team leading, health and safety, HR, supply chain and business administration, providing existing staff with opportunities to progress within the organisation. “This is a huge achievement for Finning and well-deserved recognition of the work we’ve done to help develop existing staff as well as the next generation of engineers,” explained Marsha Myles, apprenticeship programme manager at Finning. ‘‘This is a first-class scheme for young people,” commented Chloe Harris, in her fourth year of the apprenticeship programme. “Finning offers lots of opportunities both during and after the apprenticeship to develop skills and knowledge. The support in both the workshop and in the academy is outstanding.” The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 can be viewed here. To find out more about the Finning engineering apprenticeship recruitment programme, which will open once again for applications in January 2021, visit https://www.finning.com/.

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