RED Materials Ltd (Red), specialists in the treatment, re-use and disposal of construction soils throughout the UK, has invested in the Cat® Next Generation D6 Dozer, the first to be sold in the UK – in a deal with Finning UK & Ireland.
The machine is the latest addition to the company’s expanding Caterpillar fleet and was chosen for its efficiency and improved technology.
The dozer has replaced a D6T (2015) and joins the existing Caterpillar fleet at Red Materials which includes 730 Articulated Dump Trucks, 950 Wheel Loaders and Cat 320 Excavators along with the tried and trusted D6 Dozer fleet. Red continues to expand their spread of facilities, working alongside major UK landfill operators throughout the UK in the Midlands, Surrey, Yorkshire and Wales.
Red operates facilities across England and Wales, providing disposal routes for multiple construction waste streams including hazardous, non hazardous and inert soils. Their ongoing operations involve the sourcing and importation of suitable soils for large scale landfill and ex-quarry restoration contracts.
More recently Red has extended their range of capabilities, undertaking landfill engineering and capping contracts. Red has worked extensively with Finning for several years and this new deal continues to develop the strong relationship between the two companies.
The Cat Next Generation D6 dozer combines efficiency, operator comfort and ground-breaking technology. Efficiency is optimised via the fully automatic, 4-speed transmission, which continuously adjusts for maximum efficiency and power, resulting in up to 20% better fuel efficiency.
With the operator in mind, the cab has been redesigned for increased visibility, comfort and productivity. For all machine features, the cab is fitted with a 10-inch anti-glare touchscreen with an easy to use interface. Also, the D6 heating/cooling system circulates air within the cab more effectively to keep the operator comfortable in all weather conditions.
David Reader, Operations Director at Red Materials, said: “We are delighted to be the first in the UK to receive the Next Gen D6. Our previous dozer (Cat D6T 2015) has clocked over 7,000 hours and has had no issues during this time, which is a testament to the build quality of the Caterpillar products. We decided to upgrade because of fuel-efficiency capabilities and the technological advancements the Next Gen range offers.
“I’m intrigued to see the D6 fuel-savings from my VisionLink monthly report. It’s been a useful indicator of machine idle time and working hours to utilise my fleet. As a Cat enthusiast, I cannot wait to reap the benefits of the D6 and continue to expand on our current Cat fleet.”
Jake Wright, account manager at Finning UK & Ireland, added: “I’ve worked closely with Red Materials for many years and the Next Gen D6 will be a great addition to its ever-growing fleet. Red will see improved versatility, efficiency and technology built into the dozer to burn less fuel, operate more efficiently and achieve a low total cost of ownership.”