SMT leads the transition to construction sites of the future at Hillhead 2024

At Hillhead 2024, SMT will champion sustainability with the UK public debut of the 23 t Volvo EC230 Electric excavator, alongside solutions to optimise and decarbonise sites with existing machines, as well as machine rebuilds, used parts, and used equipment to promote a circular economy.

SMT, the authorised dealer for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) in Great Britain, will return to Hillhead 2024 with a renewed focus on net zero and guiding customers’ transition towards construction sites of the future, today. At both stand Y5 and in the renowned Hillhead demonstration zone, SMT will shine a light on the latest Volvo machinery and SMT solutions to help transform customers’ operations for lower emissions, greater efficiency, and less waste.

UK public debut for Volvo’s first mid-sized electric excavator

SMT will use Hillhead 2024 to officially introduce the new Volvo EC230 Electric excavator to the market in Great Britain. This 23 t machine is Volvo CE’s first fully electric model in the mid-sized excavator category, opening up the benefits of zero-exhaust emissions and quiet operation to a broader range of construction applications.

Hillhead visitors will be able to see the Volvo EC230 Electric in action and experience its advantages first hand in the exhibition’s demonstration zone. Working alongside the Volvo L120H Electric Conversion wheeled loader and a fully electric truck from Volvo Trucks, this trio showcases Volvo Group’s commitment to cleaner and more sustainable ways of working.

CO2 reduction solutions for diesel-powered machines

Meanwhile, SMT will offer visitors to its stand at Y5 an immersive solution experience to help them understand the full range of SMT solutions to assist in the transition to jobsites of the future.

“At SMT, we are committed to helping our customers work towards and achieve net zero – and we believe that journey starts today, by optimising your current site and fleet,” says John Lawrence, product manager for Site Solutions at SMT. “With our range of customisable solutions for your site and operators, SMT can assist in continuous improvement across your operations. By targeting key areas that affect cost and emission output, we can help you reduce your carbon footprint and help you achieve your sustainability targets.”

Among these solutions, SMT will showcase Site Simulation, which uses advanced drone technology to create a digital twin of a customer’s site. This replica can then be analysed to suggest a bespoke step-by-step plan for improvement. In addition, by combining Site Simulation with other solutions such as operator training, SMT can help optimise a customer’s site at every level, maximising both efficiency and productivity.

Fully rebuilt wheeled loader on display

In light of the evolving industry, SMT also recognises that options to increase machine service life and reduce costs are becoming increasingly significant. SMT’s machine rebuild, used parts, and used equipment services are integral to the circular economy the dealer offers to customers. This year, SMT will showcase a fully rebuilt wheeled loader at its Hillhead stand to exemplify the level of care and support the team provides to extend the life of construction equipment and offer sustainable fleet maintenance solutions.

Q&As with Unicontrol machine control experts

Machine control systems have been another invaluable development for earthmoving, quarrying and construction contractors in recent years, changing the game and bringing in new levels of productivity, efficiency, and precision, plus contributing to greater safety and sustainability. SMT has offered Volvo Co-Pilot with Dig Assist – Volvo CE’s proprietary machine control system – for a number of years. Recognising that this system may not be suitable for everyone, however, the dealer also offers Unicontrol, a retrofittable 3D machine control system that can seamlessly fit into contractors’ existing fleets and routines. At Hillhead 2024, SMT representatives will be on hand to showcase Unicontrol’s latest offerings and answer all customers’ machine control-related queries.

Nick Allen, SMT’s CEO in Great Britain concludes: “The road to net zero is a journey, not a destination and SMT is here to walk that path with you. With our comprehensive suite of solutions – from electric machinery, through site efficiency services and machine control systems, to machine rebuilds and used parts and equipment – we’re ready to empower you to achieve your sustainability goals. Join SMT in leading the way, together.”

Hillhead 2024 takes place 25-27th June at Hillhead Quarry near Buxton in Derbyshire. SMT will be exhibiting at stand Y5.

For further information, please contact:
SMT GB Marketing Department