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Executive Hire News › Archives › July 2009 › Executive Report : Executive News

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TP Hire has taken delivery of 190 new Bobcat machines worth more than £3m from Doosan International UK. The products comprise
30 E08 1028kg micro excavators, 120 1.3-tonne 319 minis, and 40 S100 skid steer loaders weighing 1800kg.
“The micros and minis replace existing machines in our fleet,” Richard Dey, Group Hire Director of Travis Perkins, told EHN. “However, we expect the skid steers to take us into a new niche market. We will base them at major hire locations and can then feed them to other satellite depots and builders merchant sites throughout the Group. We want to promote the versatility of these machines and the number of attachments that can be used with them.
“Doosan has given us an excellent package that includes service backup and training via Bobcat branches in the West Midlands and the north west.” The manufacturer says that its new centrally based facility in West Bromwich has enhanced its operation for national and key account customers across the country.

Powered access safety advice from PAIG

The Powered Access Interest Group (PAIG), a joint committee of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), is calling on operators to take extra care when planning and using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in confined overhead areas.
PAIG is producing a best practice guide drawing on their use in such situations. The initiative follows incidents in several countries where it was reported that operators became trapped between the machine and an object while working at height, in several cases being pushed onto the platform controls which led to their sustained involuntary operation. Additional graphical material is being produced for use by instructors in the IPAF operator course, and members of the Association’s Manufacturers’ Technical Committee are looking at potential design developments.

Rocket races ahead with quick hitch system

Rocket Rentals of Dursley in Gloucestershire is equipping its entire fleet of mini and midi excavators with a new fully automatic, hydraulic quick coupling system developed by Martin of Austria. Launched in the UK at SED in May, the system is designed to not only provide the required rapid change of attachment for high levels of productivity without the operator having to leave the cab, but also for maximum reliability and safety on site. It incorporates features such as a visual locking catch, pilot-operated check valve and a C-jaw with a positive retaining function.
Rocket Rental's MD Simon Tomblin said, “We are confident that the new units will be very well accepted by our customers. We have certainly not experienced any problems whatsoever with the company's previous versions we have been using over the past couple of years.” Rocket Rentals was founded in 2003 and reports typical fleet utilisation levels of more than 80%.

Speedy on track with ArcGen Hilta

Speedy has supplied Network Rail with £400,000 worth of ArcGen Hilta Weldmaker 165SP2 machines to work in conjunction with automated rail repair equipment from the specialist manufacturer ESAB. The 165SP2 achieved Network Rail product approval status following two years of rigorous on-track tests, and the combination of machines has demonstrated significant cost savings in the repair of damaged rails.
“We are delighted that Network Rail has recognised the considerable benefits and cost savings it can achieve by pairing our 165SP2 with the automated ESAB welding equipment,” said ArcGen Hilta Chief Executive, Mark Hodgkins, who is pictured (left) with Network Rail’s Rail Plant Support Engineer Ronnie Kayle (centre) and Speedy’s Northern Regional Manager Ray Lee. “The 165SP2 only weighs 77kg and can also provide auxiliary power. It is also very fuel efficient due to its auto-idle device, giving at least ten hours of operation without the need for refuelling.”


PASMA, the body that maintains, develops and sets the standards for mobile access towers in the UK and Ireland, has appointed Roger Verallo as its new Chairman with effect from 14 July. He takes over from Paul Gallacher who retires after serving the prescribed two-year term.
Roger is a long time supporter of PASMA, having served as a member of Council, Chairman of the Training Committee and most recently as Vice Chairman of the Association. After 14 years at Zig Zag Scaffolding he founded Euro Towers Ltd with Tony Williams - himself a former PASMA Chairman - in 1991. Euro Towers has two factories in Northampton and is an approved PASMA training centre.
Roger said, “I agreed to become Chairman not simply to continue the excellent work of my predecessors, but to help promote awareness and understanding of PASMA as a truly professional organisation committed to raising standards and safety. In particular
I want to champion the work of the various committees, the need for continuing professional development and, from a practical perspective, the introduction of recognised and accepted standards for low-level access equipment.”
PASMA MD Peter Bennett commented, “Roger knows and understands towers and speaks the language. No one is better equipped or more knowledgeable to take over at this important point in the Association’s development.”
• As part of its on-going growth strategy, Euro Towers has purchased two Mercedes Sprinter vehicles to add to its delivery fleet. According to Roger, “we already offer the best range of aluminium access equipment, not to mention our service back-up and training, and now we have the most efficient delivery fleet.”

HSS launches on-line initiative

HSS is introducing an on-line hire management system for major account clients. LiveHire is a secure and personalised extranet allowing larger customers to hire and off-hire in real time, to control entire registers of assets by site or by account, and to change details at the touch of a button. Users can also view and manage financial statements and KPI (key performance indicator) reports.
The company says this will enable users to control all aspects of their entire hire portfolio, optimising hire periods, streamlining transaction costs and increasing efficiency. The system also reflects any bespoke customer pricing and discount agreements.
• HSS last month opened a new ‘supercentre’ in Camberley. The 15,000ft2 branch will offer the hirer’s complete range of tools and equipment, as well as specialist products including safety and protection items, and powered access and lifting machinery.

Brandon extends its training offering

Brandon Hire has launched an extended range of external training programmes designed to combat what it terms ‘tick box training’. National Training Manager, Jim Maccall, said: “There is a tendency for people to attend a training course to simply ‘tick the box’. However, we recognise that there is a marked difference between ‘attending’ and ‘successfully completing’ a course.”
Courses use real-life situations and equipment to facilitate learning in a more engaging manner outside a typical classroom environment. Topics cover a wide range of construction related and Health & Safety issues, with courses being held at more than 70 locations across the UK. On-site training is also available. An encrypted web-based database for records management has been launched, which can be accessed by the individual and their employer to store and verify their training history.

JCB wins Bo-Rent order

The Dutch-based hirer, Bo-Rent, has placed an order with JCB’s Light Equipment Division worth almost £500,000. The deal is for 290 machines including rammers, forward vibratory plates and reversible vibratory plates.
JCB Sales Operations Director, Chris Spring, said this represents the single largest order to date for the Division, which recently began manufacturing at the £7m JCB Attachments factory in Uttoxeter in a bid to grow its share of the light compaction equipment market. The range, produced under the JCB Vibromax brand, includes vibratory plate compactors, reversible plate compactors and rapid blow tampers.
Bo-Rent started life as a hardware store in Amsterdam in 1974 and has grown into a major hirer of equipment to the construction industry with 65 depots in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. It employs more than 350 people.

Camon prepares to celebrate

Tracmaster, which manufactures the Camon range of grounds care equipment, celebrates its 25th anniversary in August and to commemorate the event it has launched a simple to enter competition at its web site, www.tracmaster.co.uk. The prize is a Camon C8 rotavator worth more than £2,000.
The Burgess Hill-based company employs 18 people, more than half of whom have chalked up 12 years’ service, with several having worked there for 20 years or more. Founder and MD Stephen Pitt says that the anniversary has acted as a catalyst for expansion. Initiatives include the appointment of 50 new dealers in the UK and Ireland, a re-designed web site with on-line shopping due to go live in the autumn, and three new products including a hydraulic rotavator, multi-purpose tiller and a portable twin-chute chipper/shredder.


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