Brewster Bros choose Sandvik to support their circular business

Published 19/4, 2022 at 12:42

Family company Brewster Bros have recently taken delivery of a Sandvik QJ341 mobile jaw crusher for its recycling operation in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. The company prides itself on its state of the art recycling plant and sustainable operation, from where Brewster Bros recycle, reuse and resell high quality products.

Brewster Bros is a family run business which has evolved over the years, originating from an arable and livestock farm founded by Alex Brewster (senior), father of current chairman Alex Brewster, in 1954, transitioning to property management and development, then quarry restoration and since 2017, as a sustainable resource management business. The company is now a one stop shop for recycled aggregates and waste management.

In addition to its static wash plant used to recycle the construction, demolition and excavation waste, Brewster Bros needed a reliable piece of equipment which would withstand the daily rigours and huge volumes of material needed to be processed. This came in the form of an Extec mobile jaw crusher, (forerunner to the Sandvik QJ340 and current model Sandvik QJ341). Needing to upgrade plant to process the -75mm down feed material to produce 6F5 crusher run, the QJ341 mobile jaw crusher was the obvious choice.

An evolution from its predecessor, the QJ341 comes with the same customer focused features but now with a number of upgrades for increased productivity, higher uptime, improved safety and ease of operation. These include a load control system for the feeder drive and jaw level sensor to monitor feed and ensure continuous and uninterrupted crushing. Its user friendly PLC control system combined with ‘My Fleet’ telematics offers a more advanced and simple to operate machine. The wealth of data included with My Fleet, which comes with 7 year’s complimentary data subscription, enables remote monitoring and minimal operator intervention, all through the visibility of data available on the online portal.  One aspect which surprised Brewster Bros was that in comparison to the previous model are the lower noise emissions the crusher produces, which help to improve working conditions on site.


HVO pioneers

Committed to reducing its carbon footprint and drive towards a more sustainable future, Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens have been pioneers in the use of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), with the first units so capable to leave the factory in 2021. Using this low carbon renewable fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel according to EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC). This marries perfectly to Brewster Bros’ circular approach and company vision. Scott Brewster, managing director comments, “We pride ourselves on making a positive environmental impact. We have already switched over our fleet of trucks to HVO and knowing that we can do the same with our mobile crusher is a huge benefit.”


Supporting net zero carbon emissions

Choosing recycled over virgin aggregates helps to support the local economy without damaging the local environment. Brewster Bros recycled aggregates comply with the WRAP quality protocol, are certified for highway works and meet British industry standards. The sand and gravel produced is high quality and comes with a low carbon footprint.  Brewster Bros’ contribution to the environment was acknowledged in the industry in October 2021 with the VIBES Outstanding Achievement Award, which was presented in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and The Scottish Government, amongst others. This prestigious award recognises Scottish businesses hailed for their environmental innovation and sustainability.

Sandvik congratulates Brewster Bros on its achievements and contribution to climate change and is proud to be selected as a supplier to the recycling operation. Sandvik looks forward to working with the company and continuing the business partnership for many years to come.

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