Vacuum excavator specialist spends £15m on new fleet

Grant Prior 11 months ago Vac UK
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Leading vacuum excavator business Vac UK is investing £15m in its fleet.

The division of infrastructure specialist Kilkern is buying the latest suction excavators from a factory in Germany.

The machines will be used in a push to promote vacuum excavation techniques to reduce cable strikes across the industry.

By the end of the investment programme in 2021 Vac UK will be the second largest vacuum excavator company in the UK with the highest spec and newest fleet.

Vac UK have suction excavators hired to 50 companies with 85% repeat business alongside a steady stream of new customers.

The client base is made up of the UK’s largest civil engineering and construction companies plus many smaller up and coming organisations.

The majority of Vac UK’s machines are hired with operators but they also have a lease hire option.

A spokesman said: “Clients in the highways, aviation, rail, civil engineering, utilities, housebuilding and construction industry are increasingly turning to Vac UK as we are product specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering vacuum excavator solutions on the most complex of projects.

“In the last fortnight Vac UK has had an increasing amount of enquiries from contractors who are planning restarting works post the coronavirus lockdown and recognise the benefits of vacuum excavator technology for completing infrastructure works whilst complying with social distancing guidelines.

“The less people working on the site and the further away they are from each other the better from a coronavirus perspective and suction excavator is certainly one tool that can help with that.

“Vac UK can supply up to 200m of hosing to enable the vacuum excavator to dig out hard to access and confined locations without putting too many people too close together.

“Vac UK’s suction excavators are most commonly used for excavating around live utilities but they are also used in niche applications including, tunnelling, building renovation, disasters, archeology and tree root renovation.”

Suction excavators can be used in both rural and urban environments but are most commonly seen excavating around services in major cities where utility strikes are a major danger.

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