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Executive Report : Executive news
H.E. Services selects MCS Windows software
H.E. Services, said to be Europe’s largest excavator hire company, has replaced its existing Unix-based hire application with the latest MCS-rm Windows hire software solution from MCS. The decision to select a Windows product reflects the company’s continued progression and forms part of the wider strategic technology plans for the company.
The ability of MCS-rm’s plant hire module to mix operated and non-operated equipment and attachments on the same rental agreement, and to apply different rental rates according to how customers purchase fuel, is just part of the depth of functionality required by H.E. Services.
“Of all the systems we evaluated, we purchased MCS because of its versatility and user friendly interface and high standard of reports,” comments H.E. Services founder Hugh Edeleanu (pictured, left, with MCS MD Richard van der Knaap). “The software is also more customer friendly, which will assist H.E. Services’ commitment to ensure all customer requirements are met,” states Pam Durey, H.E.’s Sales & Marketing Director. “For example, if a customer has a JCB 3CX, breaker and auger on an operated hire and then they decide to take the equipment self-drive the next day, we are able to fulfil the request using MCS-rm without having to re-view the hire contract.”
MCS MD, Richard van der Knaap argues, “we have developed our MCS-rm Windows hire application significantly in the past 12 months. It not only supports H.E. Services’ day-to-day operations, but has the scope and flexibility to support future technological advancements as they become available.”
HSS goes back to school!
HSS has extended its commitment to health and safety education of one the most vulnerable demographic groups with a series of presentations to primary school children in south London. More than 60 five and six year olds packed one of the series of demonstrations at Rotherhithe’s Alfred Salter Primary School – watching from behind especially erected mesh fencing as staff demonstrated a range of increasingly noisy tools.
As part of the demonstration, HSS took in a free safety kit for every child, including goggles and safety gloves.
Entec launches Timberwolf Hire
Entec Industries Ltd, manufacturers of Timberwolf wood chippers, is initiating a system of direct referral of customers to hire companies. The operation will be called Timberwolf Hire and will be fully active on a national basis by September 2005. Entec’s MD, Richard Marshall, states, “by advertising nationally and by a direct approach to our huge client database, we will harvest enquiries for the hire of Timberwolf chippers and pass them immediately to the customer’s local hire outlet for the hirer to follow-up. We will make no charge for the referral and would stress that Timberwolf Hire is not an alternative hire solution or outlet. It will operate as a direct referral facility, putting hire outlets quickly in touch with clients, thus enhancing the benefits available to the outlet of owning Timberwolf chippers.”
Volvo Compact Equipment appoints Trackers
Volvo Compact Equipment has appointed Trackers Plant Sales Ltd, of Sevenoaks, Kent as its dealer for Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London south of the River Thames. This appointment continues Volvo Construction Equipment’s strategy of increasing the market development for its compact range of equipment.
Trackers’ Managing Director, Robert Young comments, “we had been looking for some time to change our core compact plant product line and, after careful consideration, we felt that Volvo Construction Equipment mirrored our core values of offering a better standard of care, service and, above all, quality in the market.”
Beaver Plant buys first Ranger platform
Following the recent launch of the RJ20 tracked narrow access platform by Chesterfield-based Ranger Equipment, the first unit to be supplied into the UK has been delivered to Beaver Plant of Stamford Bridge, near York. Established in late 2003 by Alan Oldfield, Beaver Plant specialises in the hire and sales of equipment to the forestry industry, principally chippers and stump grinders. However, having purchased one of Ranger's R16 platforms at the beginning of the year to assess reaction from customers, the hirer has now added the latest RJ20 model that offers a maximum reach of 20m and up to 11.5 m of outreach.
Alan Oldfield comments, “I don't know of any other platform with the same capabilities as this new Ranger machine, which make it ideal for working within tree canopies. I also like the fact that the unit can be safely transported by trailer behind any suitable 4x4 vehicle.”
Power Electrics moves to Warmley
Power Electrics Ltd has completed its move from its existing premises in Staple Hill, Bristol to a new, purpose built facility in nearby Warmley. The company claims that the new premises are the largest rental generation facility in Europe.
Power Electrics has doubled in size in the last ten years and to have remained in its previous facility, which they had long outgrown, would have jeopardised future growth.
The new premises took 12 months to complete at a cost of £2m and it took almost four years to find a suitable location in north Bristol.
Technical Director John Pullin managed the project from start to finish, overseeing every aspect of the new construction. Power Electrics has remained a family business since Ambrose Pullin started the company 40 years ago. His sons, John and Andy, are very much involved in the day-to-day running of the company.
GAP invests £11.2m in new plant and tools
GAP has invested £11.2m in new plant and tools to support continuing geographical expansion. The company contends that orders of this enormity ensure that it continues to operate the youngest fleet in the industry. This equipment is destined for GAP’s existing national depot network stretching from Aberdeen to Portsmouth and includes deliveries for its new depot in Inverness which opened on 1 April. A further four depots are scheduled to open in the first half of the year in Plymouth, Exeter, Oxford and Kentish Town in north London, with more planned for later in the year.
Ken Stewart, Group Procurement Manager, explains that “by continuing to promote and extend our single source supply policies, we are able to offer our customers the best quality equipment, at competitive rates. We invest more in new tools and plant as a percentage of our turnover than any other national hire company.”
Path Recruitment acquires Orchard
Path Recruitment Ltd has announced that it has strengthened its market position with the purchase of Orchard Recruitment. Path states that the acquisition will cement its position as the number one recruitment provider for the plant and tool hire industry.
The move will see the Orchard team continuing to work closely with Path, to enable them to continue to give their clients and candidates an improved service. Path Managing Director Ian Horton (pictured centre) comments, “by combining the services and experience of the Orchard team with the customer service and combined experience of Path, we now have the resources to deliver what we believe is the best recruitment services for our customers. By expanding our candidate and customer base, we will accelerate our expansion plans and increase our geographic coverage to further enhance our service to customers.”
J F Hunt chooses Ausa dumpers
J F Hunt has added two Ausa 120 AHA dumpers to its hire fleet. Previous Ausa units in the fleet are said to have proved reliable, easy to maintain and well accepted by users. The dumpers complement other items in the company’s fleet including power tools, compaction equipment and skid steer loaders.
The Ausa dumper’s compact, four-wheel drive design is further said to take slippery, wet and uneven ground in its stride while carrying up to 1200kg. “The Ausa has proved to be a handy and versatile machine. It is perfect for site work of varying kinds where difficult terrain has to be crossed with full loads,” states Keith Scott of J F Hunt. “Its size and the fact that it handles very well means it can be easily utilised on a busy construction site, making it a popular choice for many of our customers.”