See our innovation at work at Hillhead 2022

See our innovation at work at Hillhead 2022

Tyrone International is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at Hillhead 2022, the UK’s leading quarrying exhibition.

Every two years, Hillhead welcomes 20,000 visitors from across the world who come to enjoy the show’s unique atmosphere, meet leading suppliers and see the latest equipment and other products. This year, we would like you to be one of them.

On show

By coming to visit us at Hillhead 2022 you can meet our team as well as experience our equipment. Whether your interest is in aggregates, recycling, industrial sand, or water management you will be able to speak to us: washing and classifying, scrubbing and screening, feeding and stockpiling, we have the right wash plant solutions for a vast range of applications across industry. At Hillhead, you will be able to see our T-1600 modular wash plant on display.

By meeting our team you will also discover how our client focus means we not only design to meet your complex needs, but how we will continue to work with you to ensure smooth operation even in the toughest of conditions, and with difficult and variable materials.

Our team will be ready to discuss your specific needs and the intricacies of the jobs you need to perform. As much as we hope you will learn about our range, we want to learn about you, your business, your current needs and your future plans, so that we can become the partner you need.

In the meantime, be sure to come back and visit our website in the coming weeks as we unveil further details of what will be on show.

Where and When

Tyrone International invites you to come and meet us at Stand C32 at Hillhead 2022 on 21-23 June, to be held at Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, UK.

To book a meeting with us at Hillhead, contact us by telephone on 028 9457 1385 or e-mail us at We look forward to hearing from you. See you there!



Hailing from Magherafelt in Northern Ireland and educated at the University of Ulster, Tyrone International co-founder and director Fintan McKeever spent over 18 years working with two of the UK’s largest equipment manufacturing companies helping customers meet their recycling, washing, and water treatment needs. It was this wealth of industry experience that persuaded McKeever that there was significant room for technical innovation in the sector, and so Tyrone International was founded.

Dissatisfied with the existing solutions on the market at the time, which had grown outdated, Tyrone International set out to modernise the industry with its range of game-changing solutions, including full wash plant installations, modular, mobile, and fully electric-powered applications.

Tyrone International co-founder and director Fintan McKeever

Based in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone and Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Tyrone International invested in innovation because both the opportunity and need were real. Founding Tyrone International was a significant move, but Fintan says that his overwhelming feeling was one of excitement at bringing new ideas to the market.

“We had lots of new ideas to bring to the industry and we could see lots of improvements that could be made to the equipment that was available,”

Fintan said.

Today, Tyrone International is on its way to becoming a leading supplier of wash plants to the aggregates sector, and the company’s goal is to continuously improve its offerings and, in the process, raise expectations in the industry. For instance, Tyrone International’s reputation for high throughput and advanced functionality.

“A plant might be sold to do 100 TPH, but actually do 120 TPH, for example, but we also like to exceed expectations in terms of the features and benefits of the plant,”

Fintan said.

A changing landscape

Interest is growing in the aggregate washing market: while in the past businesses would have done a lot of dry screening, today there is greater demand for a wider range of processing, due in large part to a changing regulatory landscape for the construction sector.

Notably, the UK government’s landfill tax has the stated aim of encouraging businesses to recycle and reuse material rather than dispose of it. However, demands for recycling are mounting in other ways, says McKeever.

In practice, this means that large quantities of material that would once have gone to waste are now fed back into construction in the form of quality aggregates.

“Even beyond that, there’s a shortage of landfill space to tip material. Customers are being financially incentivised to recycle for one thing. In the UK alone there are millions and millions of tons of materials that would have once gone to landfill now being recycled back into quality aggregates,”

said Fintan.

Future proof

Having not only invested heavily in research and development, but also studied the market, the machinery, engineering, after-sales, and service, and having listened to customers, Fintan says that Tyrone International can show a better way of handling aggregates.

Indeed, the future of aggregate and water treatment is not just greater capacity, says Fintan, but also the processing of more complex loads: as regulatory demands and economic incentives evolve, the need to produce quality aggregates will only increase.

“There are a lot of people whom I’ve seen already start to make the transition over the years, but people are looking to process even more difficult material than they did previously. The demand for the washing will only increase,”

said Fintan.

Producing quality aggregates from mixed loads of materials means having plant machinery that can reliably perform difficult and increasingly complex tasks.

“Dealing with clay content in the material and the contaminants like plastics, metals, we have to separate that all out of the material,”

said Fintan.

Providing customers with the ability to do this is what makes Tyrone International stand out, says Fintan, and is already driving achieving international growth and industry recognition through earning the trust of customers and strategic partners. The result is that Tyrone International is on track to be a global leader in providing modern sustainable wash plants to businesses, large and small.

Claustrophobic construction sites: where and when to use a modular wash plant

Claustrophobic construction sites: where and when to use a modular wash plant

The UK has some of the toughest planning regulations in the world, including with the green belt being near sacrosanct. Naturally, this results in a significant emphasis on urban and brownfield development. In addition, social changes including a return to city living have tightened-up sites.

Materials producers can face similar problems, too. Short-term sites may not be able to justify the extensive infrastructure required for a full-scale plant, while sites with smaller land areas or tight access present obvious problems.

Modular wash plant fits your needs

All of this adds up to a question for anyone with a need for a wash plant. The answer is to go modular. The aggregates washing industry has gone through many changes in the last 40 years, from large complete installations to modular solutions allowing businesses to scale and grow.

The right tool for the job

All construction work requires clean and high-quality aggregates, along with demands for the use of effective water recycling processes, but a modular wash plant brings a further advantage: cost-efficiency.

The flexible infrastructure helps ensure that agility is put at the centre of any site without compromising on quality or standards. By rewriting the rules for aggregates, washing and water treatment plants, everyone in the construction process, from the client to the contractor, can enjoy unheard of efficiencies.

Having appropriate plant vastly reduces downtime, and therefore total cost of ownership, by keeping it in regular use, while using a modular plant means that the right tool can be brought to the right job, allowing wet classification, water and sludge treatment, screening and scrubbing and attrition, regardless of site size, topography or other characteristics. 

Designed for duty: durable Screens Engineered by Tyrone International

Designed for duty: durable Screens Engineered by Tyrone International

Precision-engineered components designed to withstand the realities of work on site are the hallmark of Tyrone International’s wash plant. Designing and manufacturing in response to clients’ needs and based on their real life experience, Tyrone International has continually innovated and iterated its wash plant for durability.

Durable screens

Part of this is because of Tyrone International’s choice of materials when designing components. Recognising that any wash plant has a hard life, Tyrone International chose durable and flexible materials for key plant components, ensuring maximum up-time and, therefore, a major reduction in costly stoppages and maintenance.

Ian Pickavance, director and co-founder of Kealshore Ltd., a leading recycler in the Northwest, singled out a particular component for praise, saying the focus on durability was a real leap forward on the plant previously used by the company: the screens on the wash plant the company recently purchased from Tyrone International were proving a real asset, said Pickavance.

“The decks are all plastic [whereas] the old ones were steel. We were spending a lot of money on steel screens; this is one of the reasons why we looked at a new plant when we did the costings on the old plant. The new plant is now so much more efficient,”

said Pickavance.

Engineered for success

Design and competent-level decisions such as manufacturing screen decks from polymer make real and noticeable improvements in the expected lifetime of machinery.

Matthew Johnson, Kealshore’s recycling yard manager explained that the new wash plant is both more reliable and easier to maintain.

“Maintenance-wise, it’s so much easier on this plant,”

said Johnson.

This kind of focus on the reality of the job is deep in Tyrone International’s DNA because its engineering drives success for everyone: Tyrone International has intimate knowledge of not only its own plant, but also the needs of customers and the demands made of heavy duty equipment.

“They’ve always been really good with us. Even though we didn’t have a wash plant with them [before] they’ve always helped us,”

said Pickavance.

With wash plant designed from the ground up for reliability, you can keep running and running.

Landfill is a ticking time bomb

Landfill is a ticking time bomb

A harsh fact to consider: landfill capacity is diminishing, with only 6.8 years left of non-hazardous landfill capacity. What to do with your construction and demolition waste to reduce cost, improve your carbon footprint and control your supply chain?

Defra statistics indicate the scale of the waste produced by construction and demolition in the UK: some 62% of UK waste produced in 2016 was from the sector.

On the other hand, it is not as though the sector simply buries its problems. Government figures published in 2021 indicate that 2018 saw a recovery rate of 93% for non-hazardous material;  67.8 million tonnes of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste were produced, of which 62.6 million tonnes was recovered. The Construction Leadership Council wants this to rise, publishing a 2020 proposal for zero avoidable waste.

At the heart of the issue is a lack of space: capacity is diminishing, with only 6.8 years left of non-hazardous landfill capacity. Recycling is the obvious answer, and something that is necessary in order to meet today’s stringent demands for sustainability.

Getting sorted

There is more, though. Construction waste needs to be processed and sorted, and waste types must be correctly coded to ensure it goes to the right place – not to mention a legal duty of care. In fact, it is only a slight exaggeration to call the lack of landfill a ticking time bomb, and, in reality, construction waste has not been simply sent to landfill for some years.

Properly processing waste material has immediate cost benefits, too. For a start, there is an obvious reduction in payment of landfill tax for waste materials. 

Improved project control will also reduce risk with no unwanted surprises due to unexpected landfill closure and fluctuations of landfill rate, but it will also contribute to a more mindful use of resources that itself reduces costs.

In addition, the environmental benefits go beyond not clogging-up landfill. Apart from less waste simply going to landfill the lower use of natural resources means lower CO2 emissions, whether from the production, transportation or use of materials or their recycling or disposing of the waste materials. Finally, less waste being transported means a lower risk of pollution incidents.

Tyrone International understands the regulatory landscape and we create our plant with the future in mind, in particular the circular economy. Rather than dealing with the headache of landfill, which will only become more difficult in the future, we can help you reduce your environmental footprint and instead make a positive impact through sustainability.