The UK scrappage scheme has been very successful for a number of reasons. Here are the facts: The environmental case:· New cars registered through the scheme have an average CO2 value of 132.1g/km. This was 10.9% below the average of all new cars registered between May and September, of 148.2g/km. · The average car scrapped under the scheme is 12.6 years old with estimated CO2 emissions of 181.9g/km – 27.6% higher than its replacement.· 72.7% of cars bought under the scrappage scheme were classified in the Mini or Supermini segments.· 85% of a vehicle’s lifetime CO2 emissions come through use meaning the scheme is likely to save some 3.6m tonnes of CO2.· Pre-1999 vehicles will have a Euro 2 engine as standard compared to Euro 4 in new vehicles. These engines deliver more than a 50% improvement for harmful emissions.1 · Compared to ten year old vehicles, new cars now have higher EuroNCAP ratings, more safety technology as standard and improved security features.· SMMT now forecasts the new car market to end 2009 at 1.928m units, over 250,000 units above our pre-scrappage forecast, but still well below the 2.47m unit pre-recession five year average. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Support for the UK motor industry:· Approximately one fifth of the cars registered were either built in the UK or have an engine produced here.· SMMT estimates that approximately 70% of the cars bought under the scrappage scheme represent additional sales which would not otherwise have happened in 2009.· Ford, whose engine plants in Bridgend and Dagenham employ 4,000 people, has introduced extra shifts triggered by the increase in demand from UK and European scrappage schemes. August output was up 36.5% at Dagenham and 18.3% at Bridgend, compared to 2008. Ford estimates that this has resulted in a positive knock-on effect for around 100,000 of their UK jobs in the sales, distribution and supply chain. · Nissan has said that production of the UK-built Micra and Note has increased by an additional 33,000 units due to scrappage schemes operating in the UK and across Europe.· In August and September, Toyota cancelled workshare to fulfil orders incentivised by the UK and European scrappage schemes. Toyota plans to return to the workshare arrangements in October. · Honda introduced a third model, the Jazz supermini, at their plant in Swindon. The Jazz had been sourced from Japan and has reportedly made up 70% of Honda’s scrappage deals. Some 20,000 units are expected to be built in the current financial year (to end of March 2010), almost a fifth of Honda’s total Swindon output.· LTI, the Coventry based taxi manufacturer has reported that 20% of its sales since the start of the scheme have been as a result of scrappage. · Over 181,092 new vehicles had been registered under the scrappage scheme by the end of September. There is an order bank of a further 80,000 vehicles.· Government and industry have set aside £800 million to support up to 400,000 vehicles going through the scheme.· The scrappage scheme is largely self-funding for government with the 15% VAT paid on a car bought for £7,650 covering the £1,000 government contribution.
Dando is continuously looking at ways of improving existing machines and bringing new, innovative products to market to meet the current demands and requirements of the drilling industry. There are a number of latest innovations that include the new two headed Dando Terrier rig. This has been designed to permit the use of a wide range of drilling techniques in the same borehole, using the tried and tested Terrier drive sampling system and powerful Terrier rotary system alternately in the same hole without having to switch.Designed to trip out either drive sampling/SPT rods or rotary drill rods in 4 m lengths, the new Terrier operates by hydraulically sliding the drive sampler or rotary drill into position over the borehole when required. With this new machine it would be possible to sample and perform a standard penetration test to a depth of 15 m+ and then take a core of hard rock to about 50 m.A new safety feature for the Multitec 9000 is a fully automated rod handler which can handle 100 m of rod from a hydraulic indexing rack fitted to the rig. The Dando hands free rod handler is built to lift 168 kg and can handle up to a 6 m length of 4-1/2” RC drill rod from a horizontal position and align the rod with the tilting top head of the drilling rig.The Multitec 4000 is a new addition to Dando’s line of multipurpose top-drive rotary rigs and is the smallest in the range so far. Designed to be ultra-compact, lightweight and easily transportable, the rig has a pullback of 4,000 kgf and is capable of a wide range of drilling techniques in the water, mineral and geotechnical sectors.Dando’s non-conventional gas drilling rig has been specially designed for CBM and shale gas drilling. Ideal for drilling with air, the truck mounted Dando CBM rig boasts the following advantages over conventional drilling rigs:Compact design with a low profile allowing the rig to operate on a smaller footprint than a conventional drilling rigCuts labour costs by reducing the personnel neededMinimum rig-up and displacement procedure timesCapable of a large range of drilling operations; the rig can easily handle 3” 2,000psi circulation piping and range III pipesHigh torque rotary head.