Perched upon Newhaven dockside, a new Atlas 350MH lands with H Ripley & Co.

With scrap metal prices continuing to rise, metal recycling companies nationwide are seeing the ever-increasing necessity to invest in more machinery. For leading scrap metal processors and exporters, H Ripley & Co this is no exception.

One of the most popular machines within the scrap metal handling industry is the German engineered Atlas 350MH. Offering more than 100 years of manufacturing expertise, the Atlas range of material handlers are famed for their reliability.

Atlas 350MH material handler loading scrap metal on dock side

Supplied by the UK’s Contract Hire specialists, Contract Plant Rental, an ever-popular Atlas 350MH has recently landed with H Ripley & Co. Operating from five UK sites at Hailsham, Hastings and Newhaven in East Sussex as well as two at Ashford in Kent, the highly respected fourth-generation family run business proudly offer a highly professional and customer focussed approach. Committed to meeting the metal recycling requirements of both UK and international customers in terms of both quality and price, the company harness the very latest in processing and material handling technology.

With a constant flow of incoming material sourced from both industrial and private clients, the company processes the material to industry accepted standards resulting in high grade products required across the globe. Alongside metals recycling, the company runs Ripley Auto Spares to salvage and dismantle vehicles for garages, local authorities, insurance companies and members of the public. This not only brings in a variety of metals but also returns quality spare parts to the market.

Atlas 350MH material handler loading scrap metal onto vessel

To meet an increasing demand for their services, H Ripley & Co have recently added a new Atlas 350MH to their fleet, supplied by Contract Plant Rental on long term contract hire. Contract Plant Rentals Stu Lambert explains, “I have been working as a supply partner to Jason and Simon for some time now, they find a benefit to using CPR as we are not tied to a single manufacturer and have the ability to source any OEM. I initially supplied them a Kramer having discussed their requirements, we arranged a demo with the right spec machine and thus our joint operation began.” Stu added, “A few months on, Ripleys were looking to replace an aging Sennebogen machine. We looked at a few manufacturers and presented them with the best all round package for servicing, reliability, availability and machine spec. I presented them with the Atlas 350MH complete with 18m boom and it was received with delight by the operators and both Jason and Simon.”


Contract Plant Hire provide cost effective machinery solutions to customers nationwide. Serving industries from construction to demolition, metal recycling and waste management to civils, plant hire, rail and ports. Providing any make and any model to any sector, the contract hire specialists provide hassle free solutions which are proving ever popular across the UK. The Atlas 350MH has been specified to suit H Ripley & Co’s particular requirements, not only specified accordingly but supplied with total peace of mind too.

Equipped with a 6-cylinder diesel engine, the Atlas 350MH offers 245 HP whilst meeting Tier 5 emissions regulations with ease. Boasting an 18m reach fitted with the popular Atlas E751 600L grab, the 36 ton material handler is ideal for sorting and loading trucks and boats alike.

The German built material handlers splits it’s time between the dockside where it loads boats on a regular basis and the yard where bulk tippers are serviced and general yard duties. Sitting on a set of super elastic tyres, the large undercarriage is equipped with four outriggers to provide a wide and stable platform whilst the larger 8.2 ton counterweight provides increased stability when loading ships at full stretch. Additional belly plates have been added to protect from errant pieces of metal.

Atlas 350MH material handler loading scrap metal at Newhaven docks 

Awesome Earthmovers met up with the machine in its first week of operation down at Newhaven Docks. Met by Contract Plant Rentals Stu Lambert and the team at H Ripley & Co, the machine was set straight to work loading a pile of material onto a large ocean going vessel.

Stu Lambert of Contract Plant Rental comments, “The decision to work with CPR for both machines was a logical one. CPR were able to provide a brand new machine with all servicing and maintenance included for a fixed monthly cost over a fixed period of time. This inevitably enables H Ripley and Co to easily budget for new contracts.”



Why Contract Hire ?

Bringing a wide range of well-known and widely accepted brands to the table, Contract Plant Hire offer cost-effective and hassle-free machinery solutions to various sectors throughout the UK.

Contract Plant Rental offer clients a full package of bespoke machinery married with a nationwide service network at a price to suit individual companies’ specific requirements. The benefits are not only financial, with the hassle of owning and running machinery taken care of too, going some way to suggesting why Contract Hire is proving ever popular.

  • Flexible terms
  • Fixed low monthly costs for easy budgeting
  • Servicing and warranty included and taken care of
  • No large upfront costs (no deposits and no VAT)