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2013 saw a great deal of activity for Somerset based John Wainwright & Co Ltd. Its Moons Hill quarry received £3.5 million of investment in a secondary aggregate production plant, replacing some of equipment that has been in use since 1963. The new twenty metre high plant is estimated to be 60% more productive, and will utilise some of the most modern, and efficient crushing and screening equipment all manufactured by Sandvik Construction.


Birds eye view of the quarry


ohn Wainwright & Co Ltd has been supplying premium aggregates to the construction industry since 1891 from its two Somerset quarries, Moons Hill and Stoke. Now as then, the company is proud to be an independent business, renowned for its innovation, environmental and ecological awareness, as well as its strong local roots which are reflected by the part the company plays in fulfilling its community responsibilities.


“Our independence and shared values set us apart in our sector,” stated managing director Peter Barkwill, who explained the company’s business ethos; “Wainwright’s has maintained its market share through


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Boosting production J


The crushing and screening equipment from Sandvik Construction


the expansion of the company’s core capabilities, major inward investment and the professionalism of our extremely experienced staff. This pervades the company at all levels, and ultimately the quality of our major asset, the basalt upon which the company was founded.”


BASALT: FORMING BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS For over 100 years Wainwright’s has been extracting basalt from its Moons Hill Quarry. The aggregate found here is hard stone basalt (Andesite), with a minimum PSV of 57. This makes the material the only source of surface course quality aggregate within the Somerset and surrounding region. Once


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quarried the extracted aggregate passes through an extensive crushing and screening process, which enables the production of both single sized and blended aggregate. As well as being used extensively for


surface dressing throughout the South of England due to its high PSV, the processed material has many other applications, with major usages being in the production of asphalt or concrete, clause 803 (SHW) type 1 sub base, a specialist dust for horse arenas as well as a non-calcareous aggregate for watercourses.


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