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Exclusive: Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to NCE

NCE was out in force at this week’s Plantworx show, canvassing the thronging masses on the state of the construction market. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, representing Caterpillar, offers his views on the world in this short interview.

UK Caterpillar distributor Finning supplied two bespoke Cat D6N track-type tractors for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ latest, aborted, expedition to cross Antarctica. 

The firm spent two years working on the design and manufacture of the machines, which are commonly found on construction and waste sites, to make them suitable to work at temperatures as low as -70oC.

Each unit had to tow more than 55t of material, including an accommodation caboose and a science caboose, which will house equipment to measure the depth of the ice in winter, providing data that will contribute to the climate change debate.

Speaking ahead of the challenge last September, Fiennes said: ““Having liaised with Caterpillar, who supplied the two factory D6N models, Finning engineers have been working with my team over the last two years on a comprehensive retrofitting task, designing the ultimate Antarctic expedition machines.”

The expedition began on 21 March 2013, and continues without Fiennes who withdrew after getting frostbite. It aims to raise £10M for Seeing Is Believing, a global initiative that helps to tackle avoidable blindness around the world.

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