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Hire Show “gets bigger and better”
The Hire Show, the only UK standalone show dedicated to the hire industry, is, according to the organisers, all set to be full of the latest products at the January show. This London event, to be held on 25 and 26 January 2006 at ExCel, will provide an exclusive opportunity for industry buyers, specifiers and influencers to see and touch the latest hire equipment. Supported by Executive Hire News, The Construction Plant-hire Association and Hire Association Europe, the organisers state that the 2006 event will be double the size of the inaugural 2004 show.
“When we founded the show,” says Show Director Brian Hartigan, “it was our intention to create a showpiece for the hire industry - and only our industry - where suppliers and their customers, both existing and potential, could do business in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. After a successful 2005 event, we are continuing to build on this concept to provide the industry with its own dedicated exhibition.”
Amongst the new names showing for the first time at the Hire Show are Baromix, Bobcat Europe, Earlex, Fairport Construction, Five Sides Industrial, Hytex Airboss, Kosran, Loadmaster Engineering, Muck Truck, SKM Asset Management and Thwaites, to name a few.
The 2006 show will have a large selection of the latest compact plant from companies such as Cautrac, Cormidi, Kanga Loaders and Takeuchi. Several access equipment companies, both powered and non-powered, will be showing equipment, including Access Platform Sales, Euro Towers, Niftylift, Turner Access and the newly independent Youngman Group.
Computer software systems for hire companies will again be well represented by names such as Higher Concept Software. This exhibitor appears to be performing particularly well in the hire market and, amongst its latest sales, are several that resulted from this year’s Show. MPH Hire Group, Traction Equipment (Stafford) Ltd, Penrhyn Hire, Watton Hire Centre and GroundX all visited Higher Concept’s stand and are now operating its Syrinx system. Higher Concept’s Katy Williams states, “this year’s event was phenomenal for us and we didn’t stop throughout the two days.”
Measuring equipment from Zenith Survey will also be on show. Power tools from such companies as Milwaukee will be dispalyed and Wacker will be showing its latest ranges. Air tools from Ingersoll Rand will be on view and power tool accessories and consumables will be represented by Marcrist with its diamond blades, core drills and abrasives. Visitors will be able to see the latest fixings from Tornado. Other exhibitors returning for 2006 on larger stands than in 2005 include Alto Towers, Ditch Witch, GenSet and Hire Technicians.
The Hire Show is held at ExCel, the London exhibition complex close to Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands. With over 3,000 car parking spaces and 2,000 on-site hotel rooms (prices start from £55 per night), ExCel is described as the most modern exhibition centre in the UK. London City Airport is five minutes away with direct UK flights from Belfast, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester. Flights are also available from Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Paris.
HSE targets ladder safety
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a national initiative to promote the safe use of ladders. During Ladders Week, taking place from 14-18 November, HSE inspectors will work with ladder users and their employers to examine usage and suggest sensible safety improvements. Each local HSE office is organising its own events, many in partnership with hire companies, trade associations and local employers.
Ian Greenwood, HSE Falls from Height Team Leader, states, “With a little more planning and assessment of the risks, many accidents could be avoided.” To coincide with the initiative, HSE is producing free guides to raise awareness of risks associated with ladder use and giving advice on how to use them safely. Further information is available at www.hse.gov.uk/falls/.
Similar events are planned for May 2006 and in 2007. The initiatives follow the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations, which came into effect earlier this year and introduce a safety hierarchy for planning work and assessing risks involved.
Hirers snap up Timberwolf chippers
Wood chipper manufacturer, Timberwolf, has enjoyed a recent spate of orders from hire companies. Travis Perkins has taken delivery of 24 TW13/75 machines, and Jewson has received 26 of the same model, which can process material of up to 75mm diameter. Both hirers chose the product because of its ability to withstand rough usage at the hands of homeowners and landscape professionals.
A TW13/75 has also been bought by the Hire or Buy Group, based in St Neots, which was featured in the Autumn 2005 issue of our sister publication, GroundsCare Hire News. In addition, the company has bought a TW150 DHB road-tow model, which accepts 150mm diameter timber and processes up to 4 tonnes/hour.
Timberwolf’s Alex Ball contends that, given the expansion of forestry and green waste recycling, the market for this machinery is strong and that there are not enough chippers available for hire to meet demand.
SED 2006 moves to Corby location
SED will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year at a new home. The National Event for Construction will take place from 16-18 May at Rockingham Performance Park in Corby, Northamptonshire.
The 120-acre all-weather site will feature hard standing throughout. However, the organiser says that both digging and non-digging demonstration areas will be included to maintain SED’s reputation as a working event. Other features include three all-weather car parks, dual entry/exit tarmac road access, and on-site business and conference facilities. Hotel accommodation within 45 minutes of the showground can be booked via www.sed.co.uk.
SED’s former site at Fen Farm, Milton Keynes, is scheduled for redevelopment.
Quick success for Easy Hire
Since its foundation in July 2005, Easy Hire of Hexham, Northumberland, reports that it has regularly exceeded its monthly targets by more than 400%.
The business is a partnership between Mike Simpson, who has previously worked with Nixon Hire and Lords Hire Centres, and Arran Potts, who has ten years’ plant hire experience.
“Service is the key to our success so far, and the customer is king,” contends Mike Simpson. “Being located in a largely rural community, we have a broad client base including builders, farmers and light industry. The region is quite prosperous and a lot of large gardening projects are being undertaken with hired compact equipment. We are a team of four and our premises are next to a busy builders merchant.”
Besides tools and equipment, key items in the Easy Hire fleet include JCB Micro and 1.5 tonne mini excavators, and Thwaites 1-tonne high-tip dumpers.
Seddons makes the move into Ireland
Seddons (Plant and Engineers) Ltd has joined forces with a Kilkenny-based plant hire and sales dealership to break into the Irish marketplace. Following the deal with MW Hire Services and Sales, the company will market its own range of Seddon Johnson equipment, including poker drive units, brushcutters, pressure washers and floor scarifiers.
Seddons will support MW Hire Services and Sales with parts and warranties, as well as marketing and promotional campaigns. Seddons’ Peter McMutrie states, “We have been looking for some time to move into the Republic of Ireland. There are opportunities within the construction industry, for both general sales and supply to hire companies. We believe there is a good market in the agricultural and grounds care sectors, too.
John Brennan, Sales Manager of MW Hire Services and Sales, based in Johnstown on the N8 Dublin to Cork road, adds “This deal will help us strengthen our sales in tool and plant hire shops across the country.”