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Riley recycles former GKN robots for the benefit of Midlands skip manufacturer.


Riley Surface World recently completed the successful disposal of a large number of ABB robots and ancillary equipment from GKN Land Systems in Telford, UK. The robots were formerly used for mig, spot and projection welding of commercial vehicle chassis.

One of the beneficiaries of the robot sale was Dtec Manufacturing Ltd., a recent start-up company in Walsall. The directors all have backgrounds in materials handling and have now started their own manufacturing facility, specialising in the production of tipping skips, both light and heavy duty, and forklift attachments such as snow ploughs, scoops, cranes and other forms of lifting gear.

One of Dtec’s exclusive products is the Tele-Skip. This can be locked to a forklift remotely from the driver’s cab, with no need for manual handling or retaining chains. This product has many health & safety and efficiency benefits.

Dtec Manufacturing supplies the construction industry and other sectors such as recycling, warehousing, aerospace, general engineering and metal refining. Their products can be customised to a customer’s own requirements, including corporate colours and logos, colour coding for ease of identification in the recycling process, specially made buckets, lights and other attachments.

According to co-director Tony Leaver, the acquisition of the robots, at a small fraction of their market value, will enable Dtec Manufacturing to double its output from 10 to 20 skips per day. This will help the company to satisfy the demand from its existing customers and win new business. Tony also complimented Riley Surface World for their helpful and professional attitude displayed during the course of the GKN sale.


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