John Mould uses the latest screening and crushing technology to produce the highest quality recycled products
- 06 September 2011
- Company & Industry News
Modern haulage, demolition and recycling demands highly skilled operatives and state of the art technology to be successful, and it is no accident that John Mould of Reading was amongst the first specialist demolition contractors to realise that makeshift methods had no place in the modern world of the construction industry. His extensive fleet have always been equipped with the finest machines available in order to deal with contracts of all sizes and degrees of complexity. Some of the latest equipment used to equip John Mould’s fleet has been supplied by the mobile crushing and screening division of Sandvik Mining and Construction.
John Mould began business in 1969 with one tipper lorry working as an independent haulier servicing the construction industry. Within a few years the fleet had increased to approximately twenty tippers, with additional expansion to encompass excavators and diggers. These developments were required as the business progressed from being purely haulage and landfill, to the supply of hard-core and crushed concrete. By the early 1980´s John had a crushing and grading plant in operation, and by 1990 permission had been granted for a 30 acre transfer station. At this Transfer Station demolition materials were sorted, crushed, graded and then supplied back to the construction industry. This development saw John being amongst the very first contractors to embrace the environmental and commercial benefits to be enjoyed through such operations.
Following on from this John Mould realised that in order to supply his customers with the very best recycled materials then he needed to be involved at source. Thus, John’s entry into the demolition business pioneered control of the source material of the crushed and then the quality of the graded recycled material resold to the construction industry as aggregate. John's foresight provided a foundation for today´s successful business based on both efficient and timely demolition, coupled with a high quality recycling operation which possesses the additional benefit of reducing landfill and waste. As John states himself — “The recycling, re-using and reselling of demolition materials always was a sound business model, but I have always been aware that there are environmental benefits to be enjoyed. As a businessman I am proud of the fact that my business not only makes money, but also does its bit in making our resources go that little bit further."
John Mould is not only involved in the processing and recycling of demolition materials as decontamination legislation for the control of pollution ensures that remediation work must be undertaken on contaminated land. This highly technical specialised work was embraced by John Mould at a relatively early stage of operations, and working in conjunction with environmental chemists John Moulds are able to provide a complete service of exaction and removal to approved disposal sites. All materials are tested and monitored for contamination, on site, and over the years they have developed an excellent working relationship with the Environment Agency in order to provide reports and agree final clearance.
It is in the recycling of construction waste, demolition and excavation materials that John Moulds excellence really stands out. The recycling makes excellent commercial sense for all parties as it provides the construction industry with a range of quality controlled materials at keen prices, whilst avoiding the tipping penalties that these materials would otherwise attract. Due to these commercial factors, and additional positive environmental benefits, John Moulds have positively embraced the industry’s aim to see a quarter of construction aggregates supplied from recycled materials. As John expands - “Recycled construction materials are delivered by our highly efficient fleet of tippers, controlled by our transport office to service customers. The materials are of the highest quality and can be found used on projects throughout the UK: in fact our watch watchword is Total Control through Cutting Edge Technology; and that essentially defines our business.”
In order to implement his operating philosophy of “Total Control through cutting edge technology” John Mould has always insisted upon using the very best equipment. This has been particularly true in the use of mobile screening and crushing technology, where John has proved to be a loyal customer of Extec, and since their acquisition by, of Sandvik Mining and Construction equipment. As John explains — “I always found Extec plant to be of the very highest construction, designed and built for our real requirements. Now Extec are no more and have become Sandvik, I am pleased to see that the machinery quality has improved, but they haven’t lost that little spark that always set them apart.” John’s Sandvik fleet of mobile crushers and screens now comprises of jaw crushers, impact crushers, scalpers and three way split screens.
A key tool used John’s successful operation has been the Sandvik QJ340 tracked jaw crusher. The QJ340 tracked jaw crusher utilizes Sandvik’s unrivalled design and manufacturing expertise to build upon the success of the world’s best-selling track-mounted mobile jaw crusher, the QJ340s predecessor, the C-12+. The power and versatility of the machine has proved its worth on numerous projects. Possessing a compact and mobile construction, the QJ340 is powered by a C-9 engine that meets all known emissions standards. Boasting a large feed opening with unique high crushing speed the QJ340 delivers high outputs together with excellent product size reduction for maximum productivity. Furthermore durability and reliability are ensured by a reverse crushing action capability to relieve blockages, and by an automatic lubrication system.
The Sandvik QJ340 has proved its worth for John Moulds as their mobile primary crushing solution with diverse materials such as crushing bricks, concrete blocks, rebar concrete and asphalt are all easily catered for. On the job versatility is assured by a comprehensive range of optional extras that allow the QJ340 to be modified to match precisely the demands of any specific application.
The Sandvik range of mobile crushing and screening equipment enables customers to process materials for the construction industry from the very beginning of its usable life to the very end — and beyond. Quarried stone may be crushed and sized to produce the highest quality of aggregates; when its life cycle is finished the Sandvik range of screens and crushers developed specifically for the demolition and recycling industry will allow for the same materials to be re-used, and recycled, starting the process again so that the circle of use is complete.
John Mould has led the way in using the latest equipment and processes to maximise his business. The business has been expanded from its humble beginnings to not only encompass some of the most advanced mobile screening and crushing equipment, but to also embrace ideas and ideals that ensure we all benefit.