Terex-Atlas loader boosts steel scrap handling capacity

The first new 58t Terex-Atlas 5205 loader in the UK has gone to work for Cronimet (GB) Ltd, part of the German-owned special steel processing group, at its Hessle dockside facility in Hull. The new machine, the largest in the Terex-Atlas range, is used for sorting and loading bulk stainless-steel scrap on to ships for export. The Cronimet Group has processing plants throughout the world, and now, with four different sites in the UK, at Cannock, St Helens and Rotherham, as well as the Hessle dock-side facility at Hull, Cronimet (GB) Ltd has doubled its total UK output over the past three years.

Prompt and efficient turn-round of ships is always important, especially in the tidal conditions of the Humber River. The new Atlas 5205, equipped with a 1.8 tonne-capacity, fully-closing clamshell grab, can load completely independently a typical 2,000 tonne cargo in less than 48 hours. With its 20 metre reach, it can easily cover all parts of the stockpile with minimum repositioning, and the "Variomatic" elevating cab, which gives forward as well as upward elevation, allows the operator a clear view of all parts of the loading area, including into the ship's hold. "This is an important efficiency and safety factor, especially on a machine of this size," says the operator.

"The market for steel-based materials is continually fluctuating", says John Eagers, Cronimet's Business Development Manager. "But with our extensive international resources, and specialising as we do in the stainless steel sector, we can maintain a constant high volume output, and our pricing is very competitive too. But it is important that we react quickly to market demands, so a reliable, big-capacity machine like the Atlas is essential to the efficient management of the yard and the whole export operation."

Terex UK provides the full range of Terex-Atlas loading machines for the materials handling and recycling industries, both wheeled and track-mounted, from 16 to 58 tonnes. Nationwide product support is provided by the Terex field service team of over 50 mobile service engineers, backed up by a central service organisation and parts facilities at Watford Village (Northampton) and Blantyre in Scotland.


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