Scarab has announced its co-operation with Epoke from Denmark and is taking on the UK sales and support of the range of Epoke winter maintenance equipment from January 2013.

'Scarab recognises Epoke as a market leader in its field that deserves greater brand recognition in the UK,” said Dave Cassingham, Managing Director of Scarab. “Our two companies have a lot in common in that we both are true manufacturers of our products; building the equipment from the raw steel upwards. Add to that, both our desires to introduce appropriate technology with the aim of improving performance and reducing running and maintenance cost means we have a common understanding of our goals in the UK and indeed worldwide.'

Winter maintenance is not going to be just a bolt-on product to the Scarab range, instead Scarab will be employing the necessary people to specialise in this sector. The partnership will ultimately bring additional jobs in mounting the equipment onto chassis and to develop specialist options in the Scarab factory. Key will be the appointment of John Saint who will manage the winter maintenance department. 'John is already well known and respected in the winter maintenance sector and will be a great asset to our new venture.' added Dave.

Combining the sales and support of winter equipment with sweepers has long been recognised. Sweepers are always less utilised when temperatures approach freezing, the importance is switched from sweeping to spreading to keep our roads and highways open. John Saint pointed out that the Scarab UK factory and especially the after-sales network is more than capable of providing the support needed by these critical machines. 'The Epoke winter maintenance range has a great deal of previously un-tapped potential in the UK and I feel confident that the combination of Epoke and Scarab will allow me to have a positive impact into the market.'

The Epoke range of winter maintenance equipment includes both dry and pre-wet gritting solutions and equipment suitable for all type of applications from footpaths to motorways.