TEREX® Washing Systems marks special anniversary of key UK distributor - DUO Plc.
One of TEREX® Washing Systems key distributors in the UK is celebrating a special anniversary, with 35 years in the aggregate processing industry.
Alex Moss - MD, of Coventry based DUO (Europe) Plc has a history that dates to 1981 when Powerscreen Washing Systems, an independent dealer in England and Wales for Powerscreen® aggregate washing equipment, was founded.
After establishing itself as a successful Powerscreen dealer, Powerscreen Washing Systems rebranded in 2005 as DUO (Europe) Plc and now comprises of three main business areas; equipment sales, contract processing, and manufacturing. Supporting equipment sales, DUO also offer pre-used equipment and a comprehensive parts & service package.
The manufacturing element of DUO was added through the acquisition of the LJH Group in 2004. Established in 1964, Somerset based LJH Group was originally a family-owned specialist engineering company which today offers a complete package; from initial design, manufacture, installation and full project support to the Bulk Handling Industries.
A comprehensive portfolio:
From its origins as a Powerscreen dealer, DUO has become a distributor for several market leading European and USA equipment manufacturers. This blend of experience and brand portfolio, together with the philosophy of DUO - ‘the customer comes first’ makes them an important player within the industries they serve.
Today, DUO (Europe) Plc is a market leading company that provides the Aggregate, Recycling and Material Handling Industries with a comprehensive package of complete processing solutions, including specific industrial applications for the Quarrying, Recycling, Bulk Handling Industries and Transport Infrastructure.
In a recent discussion at Hillhead Alex looked back on his many years in the business and how the DUO brand has expanded beyond the shores of the UK into Trinidad and Tobago and most recently Africa.
Alex, commented, “When the world stopped turning back in 2009 we looked at other opportunities in countries such as Kenya and Ghana, which with our knowledge of equipment and applications soon landed us considerable business. This year marks our tenth year in Africa a region in which we have successfully sold significant numbers of equipment from our product portfolio.”
The DUO business is built around three TEREX® brands – TEREX® Washing Systems, TEREX® Minerals Processing Systems and Powerscreen. The modular range has proved very successful in the UK market with numerous installations for blue chip companies such as CEMEX, Hanson, CRH and Lafarge.
Alex, continued, “The recycling market in the UK is also hugely important to us – we have numerous installations working very hard for N.R.S, Rob Collard, Walsh and numerous others. Our in-house contracting division - DMP (DUO Minerals Processing) provides equipment on a cost per ton/basis, which is appealing to companies in terms of cash flow, manpower and on-site industry expertise.”
Recently this division achieved a landmark in processing on the Aberdeen by-pass. Operating in six locations along the 58 kilometres of the by-pass, a fleet of TEREX® Powerscreen Crushing & Screening equipment has processed 4 million tonnes of granite since the operation commenced in June 2015.
Away from the aggregates business Alex has another passion - Motorsport, where DUO sponsor several drivers.
DUO consistently figure prominently in the British Touring Car Championship and jointly sponsor a BMW WSR car with leading Hampshire recycling company - R. Collard and Motorbase Performance. This sponsored combination recently had sporting success with driver Mat Jackson finishing a commendable 3rd in a fiercely competitive British Touring Car Championship in 2016.