Flannery Invests Over £35m in UK’s Newest Tech Driven Cat Fleet


National plant hire specialist, Flannery Plant Hire has completed a £35M equipment solutions deal with Finning UK and Ireland, that will see 380 new Cat® machines take the total of its technology supported Caterpillar fleet to over 800 units.

The deal represents the largest and most diverse single EMSolutions technology and equipment package sold by Finning in the UK, with the fleet made up of 265 Cat excavators, 90 Cat articulated trucks, rollers, backhoes, compactors plus D6N LGP Slope Assist and D6T LGP Accugrade ready dozers.

With the new fleet set to support key ongoing projects like the Aberdeen Bypass the combination of equipment reliability, performance monitoring and national service support, were the main reasons for the investment, as Flannery MD, Patrick Flannery explained: “We were one of the first plant hire businesses in the UK to embrace technology a number of years ago, recognising the commercial advantage that the Finning EMSolutions bundled services could give us. “

“Since then we have been able to provide a compelling proposition to all our customers across the UK, using technology to have confidence to tender and win increasingly large and complex projects, like the Aberdeen Bypass.

“We now monitor the health and productivity of over 800 Caterpillar units, with the help of the Finning Finsight engineering team, which through VisionLink™ GPS technology can run reports and pinpoint any machine in need of attention, at any time.

“This means that no matter where our equipment is working, Finning can contact us, explain the problem and dispatch an engineer, who can be onsite in a matter of hours. Equally from an operations perspective they can produce reports, highlighting everything from fuel burn to asset utilisation, mapping future servicing requirements. This allows us to make informed and strategic logistics based decisions as to when, where and for how long specific equipment should be dispatched, to ensure we maximise uptime, through informed service and maintenance.”

£26m of the new fleet has already been delivered and the rest is currently being delivered to Flannery branches and projects across the UK.

The new Flannery Plant Hire Fleet is made up of the following machines:
Excavators – Cat 374FL’s, Cat 349FL’s, Cat 336FL’s, Cat 320EL’s, Cat 312E’s, Cat 308E2’s, Cat 305E2’s, Cat 314EL’s
Backhoe – 428F2’s
Dozers – Cat D6N LGP’s Slope Assist and Cat D6T LGP’s
Articulated Trucks – Cat 740C’s, Cat 730C’s and Cat 725C’s
Rollers – CB24B’s
Soil Compactors – CS64B’s