NEWS & REVIEWS
The 16th April saw the start of Scarab’s series of road shows around the country, with the first event taking place at Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey. Blessed by clear blue sky and warm sunshine, our hopes of a good turn-out were rewarded and during the day long event we entertained a 30 strong group of visitors with a mixture of presentations and vehicle displays.
Day 2, Tuesday 17th saw the circus set up camp at Worcester Warriors Rugby ground, and whilst the skies were certainly threatening, again dry weather ensured and nigh on 40 visitors were entertained with further presentations and active displays.
The third of our Live events took place just south of Leeds at Tingley and whilst our luck ran out, the rain certainly didn’t. Despite this, those souls brave enough to venture forth were warmly received and benefitted from the Scarab experience, with a greater bias on the indoor activities!
All the events were run in conjunction with the CIWM Business Club, of which Scarab is a founder member, and we were privileged to have the CIWM Junior Vice President, David Beadle give an opening address at Sandown Park, whilst the CIWM President Derek Greedy officiated at the Worcester event and John Skidmore, CIWM Vice President presided over the Leeds experience.
So, for those who were able to attend I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and hope you found it a worthwhile experience, whilst for those who could not make it; don’t worry, we’ll be back at it next year!
UK Sales Manager
Find us on Avenue A - Stand 4
Since its launch in 1998 ScotPlant has been promoted as 'the exhibition where deals are done' and the 2012 event is on track to showcase the latest equipment to the right buyers once again.
Scotland's Only Event for the Construction Equipment Industry.
ScotPlant will be held on
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th
April 2012 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Opening hours :
Friday, 9am til 5pm
and Saturday, 9am til 4pm.
Scarab Sweepers have recently supplied and commissioned into service, a first Scarab Minor for Gedling BC, having previously operated a full fleet of sweepers featuring front suction.
Mark Hurst, Gedling’s Operations Manager pictured below, with the new machine, along with Mark Fellows of Scarab Sweepers said “We chose the minor for its flexibility. The Minor gives us the ability to work in a variation of environments – it is equally at home in a local area as well as working in the outlying areas without the disruption to our HGV Sweeper.”
The specification of this new Sweeper includes the latest Scarab CAN bus 3 technology, along with Air conditioning and Rear Camera.
Bromsgrove BC have just taken delivery of a further 2 Scarab Azura Compact Sweepers to add to the pair they purchased back in 2010.
Bromsgrove BC have recently joined forces with Redditch BC leading to a shared Street Cleansing service across the two Boroughs. The demand of this Service means that the machines are required to be on station seven days of the week. To ensure minimum disruption, Scarab Sweepers have implemented an Impress Stock arrangement to enable a smooth supply to Bromsgrove’s Transport and Fleet department. This close working relationship has been developed over a period of time, as Scarab also supplied Truck Mounted Sweepers to both Authorities. Quarterly meetings with both Service Departments mean that a Partnership has developed quickly, benefitting the Authorities and Scarab, with frequent information exchanges and updates. Further investments in the Partnership include Factory Training Courses for the Maintenance Staff and the latest diagnostic equipment.
Pictured below are all four Sweepers, along with the Operators.
Neil Reid commented “Having chosen the Azuras in the first place, compared to other machines available in the market, the Azura offers ease of maintenance and suction performance on par with a much larger Sweeper. It really was a no brainer!”
INTERMAT 2012 - 16th April - 21st April 2012
3D FAYAT GROUP STAND - Hall 3, Stand C041-C042
Scarab Sweepers will be represented at INTERMAT 2012 by our French Agent 3D.
3D part of the FAYAT Group will be show casing other products from the Groups Division Road Materials product range. Scarab Sweepers Limited will have an english representative at the stand.
Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte - France
Halls 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B and 6.
Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte
95970 Roissy CDG Cedex – France
The Fayat Group is a privately-owned business that already has the Mathieu and Ravo sweeper companies under its wing, as well as having interests in a range of road building and maintenance equipment, including Bomag – a global market leader in compaction technology. With a combined turnover around three billion Euros, Fayat is at the leader board of European companies involved in sweeper manufacturing and now has a range of surface cleaning equipment across its brands.
Current Sales Director for Scarab, Dave Cassingham, explains what is to be expected under the new ownership: “From the customers perspective we will obviously be sporting a new company identity. That in itself is no surprise, but the core values and ethos of Scarab remain unchanged. We may be under the new ownership of a hugely successful organisation but we are still empowered to make important decisions about our business at ground level. This helps to ensure that decisions are not delayed and are being taken by those closest to the action.”
Fayat is no stranger to Scarab, says Dave: “The company was first introduced to Scarab in 2000 when they acquired a stake in our French distribution partner – 3D –, based in Arras. It has been interesting to watch 3D grow its business over the last years. Sound investments and an expanded portfolio of products have allowed 3D to achieve a market leading position in France, where the sweeper market is even more competitive than the UK.”
Scarab has been in the hands of Managing and Financial Director John Affleck for six years. His financial experience and engineering background has ensured that the company has remained strong despite having been through a fairly tough UK recession. With John’s official retirement approaching in December, he will maintain his crucial financial role but passing the position of MD to Dave Cassingham commencing in 2012.
“The advantages of larger group purchasing power and shared development costs between sister companies will undoubtedly benefit Scarab and its customers in the future,” explains Dave.
The ever increasing need of customers to ensure intelligent spending and reduce ownership and operating costs have led to Scarab increasing its market share in the UK by more than 15%, with a similarly significant increase in the global market. The company puts this down to offering bespoke solutions to satisfy the varied needs of clients globally.
“One such specialism being single engine technology, which has seen us deliver more of this type of truck-mounted sweepers than virtually all other manufacturers put together,” he adds.
With the topic of “appropriate technology” high on the company’s agenda, it is no surprise that since being the first sweeper company in the world to successfully introduce CANbus control eight years ago, Scarab has recently launched the third generation of this award-winning product to the marketplace.
The user interface has been simplified and the system integrates ECO modes to further reduce the already low fuel consumption, exhaust and noise emissions whilst still maintaining equipment performance and current PM10 compliance.
In consultation with key clients about their on-going and future needs the system has been recognised as being a tool to assist monitoring and benchmarking of the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are becoming increasingly imposed on service providers.
Functions such as live-time telemetry transmission and water consumption monitoring have been options added to the standard package.
Paul Mannering, UK Sales Manager, believes that taking on the Mathieu products has been a fantastic opportunity to offer a truly compact machine that compliments the well-established Scarab Minor.
“Over the past decade, we have developed and improved our product range and introduced new variants to better meet the needs of our customer base. The current Minor has evolved from its original design back in the 1980s and been recently updated with our latest CanBus system. Our truck mount range still has the Merlin and Magnum single engined units with the choice of Hydrostatic or Unidrive transmissions, which remain ever popular with local authority clients, whilst we’ve also enjoyed considerable success with our Twin-Drive Mistral and M6 models to sweeping contractors and councils alike,” says Paul
“Recent deliveries in South Gloucester, Rugby, Redditch, North Warwickshire and Luton have all demonstrated that customers have been seeking an alternative to their traditionally purchased products. Bromsgrove have now also placed a further order for Azuras, taking their Scarab supplied fleet to seven machines,” says Paul. He continues that Mathieu has put a great deal of effort into developing and perfecting the Azura platform which is capable of carrying a sweeper, scrubber-dryer and street-washer. Scarab has been heavily involved in that process and is now manufacturing significant elements of the machine such as the stainless steel hopper at its fabrication facility in Marden.
Development continues with introduction of the Azura-flex which is the first compact sweeper providing a quick-change multipoint attachment for a three-brush scrubbing head, an articulated third brush, a snowplough, a snowbrush and a salt spreader which can offer operational flexibility to counter the already strapped municipal budgets in the years to come.
“The quality and diversity of the product is one important thing, but the integrity and knowledge of the staff is also key to our success,” explains Paul. “Customers appreciate the vast experience across our front line sales and Support Team and that includes our Regional Sales Managers, demonstration drivers, instructors and service engineers who are the face of Scarab to most of our users. Their combination of experience, support and our broad product offering means we listen to our customer’s needs and can provide a tailored solution.”
Dave Cassingham believes a company should build on its strengths. “Our senior management team consists of key staff that have progressed through the company and now hold senior roles; many with over 20 years service. Their experience and enthusiasm has long since been driving the company forward and we will continue to nurture the home-grown talent within the business.
“With the support of the Fayat Group we are in a position to invest appropriately and develop sweeping technology for the benefit of our customers both independently and through joint development projects with Mathieu and Ravo, taking full advantage of further synergies across the Fayat group as a whole.”