Herbst on track for success with latest product development

Herbst Machinery Ltd in Omagh has recently launched its latest product for the construction and agriculture industries. Developed with support from Invest Northern Ireland, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the company’s track crusher machine made its first appearance at the Hillhead 2010 show in June.

The new crusher, which is unique in the UK and Irish markets, has been developed for smaller quarries, recyclers and contractors to handle hard abrasive stone, demolition waste, limestone and aggregates.

Its development follows the success of the company’s Compac 8140 screening machine, which also received research and development support from Invest NI.

Carol Keery, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation, Research and Technology, says: “Herbst Machinery’s success in recent years has been down to its focus on R&D, which has allowed it to continually expand its product range. The company has invested in strengthening its technical capability and has identified a target market that offers potential worldwide sales.”

Herbst Machinery Ltd, which employs 22, was set up in 1983 and has developed a range of products including a dump trailer, low loader trailer, gravel trailer, livestock trailer, 3-way split screen and vacuum tanker. These products are sold in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The new track crusher machine will have many unique features such as an easily removable tail discharge conveyor controlled by a remote radio console. It will also be easy to transport from site to site using the Herbst Standard Low Loader.

Noel Good, Herbst’s Managing Director, says: “We developed this latest product in response to customers and dealers who wanted a crusher to complement the Compac 8140 screener. Our strategy for growth is focused on listening to our customers, developing more new products and exploring sales potential in new markets. Invest NI has helped us with both financial support and technical expertise for R&D.  Most recently we have also put our Compac 8140 Screener on tracks.”