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New construction machine developed after £60,000 research support

A Co Armagh construction machinery manufacturer is refusing to be crushed by the recession.

Herbst Machinery in Omagh has launched its latest product, a track crusher machine, developed with nearly £60,000 of support from Invest NI, including funding from the European Regional |Development Fund.

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

The company’s Compac 8140 screening machine achieved |success following research and development support.

Noel Good, Herbst’s managing director, said the latest machine was designed to “complement” the screener.

He said: “Our strategy for growth is focused on listening to our customers, developing more new products and exploring sales potential in new markets. Most |recently we have also put our Compac 8140 Screener on tracks.”

Carol Keery, Invest NI’s director of innovation, research and technology, said: “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.

Its products are sold in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe, |Canada, New Zealand and |Australia.

Belfast Telegraph