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Banks Mining extends local supply chain investment
L-R: Kevin Hays and Gavin Styles

Durham-headquartered Banks Mining has extended its local supply chain investment with the appointment of engineering business Linden Fluid Power.

Cramlington-based Lindon Fluid Power has been tasked with helping to keep the machines at Banks’ Shotton surface mine running as efficiently as possible.

Linden works predominantly with clients across the North East, but also has live contracts in Aberdeen and the south of England, employing 11 people from its Cramlington base.

“Having Banks on the doorstep is brilliant for our business – it’s easy for us to get together in person to identify and agree on what’s required, which helps us control how, when and where work can be done and ensure it is carried out to the required standards,” said  Kevin Hays, managing director at Linden Fluid Power.

“We’re working very closely with the Shotton plant team to ensure everything is being done as efficiently as possible and are very supportive of Banks’ approach to ensuring UK industry can secure supplies of coal from the UK rather than bringing it halfway across the world at a higher cost of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Banks Mining is currently awaiting a decision by the housing minister on whether its planned Highthorn surface mine in Northumberland can go ahead.

Gavin Styles, managing director at Banks Mining, added: “We have been investing in Northumberland for the last four decades and are proud of our long track record of creating local employment and supply chain opportunities in the county.”