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Selwood buys more Ammann
Selwood, the national hirer of plant and pumping machinery, reports that it has invested nearly £2.5m with Ammann Equipment since the beginning of the year on new items for its hire fleet. Nearly 120 machines have been ordered, with most already having been delivered to the company’s branches throughout the country. These units range from 1.5 to 10 tonne mini excavators and 80 to 130cm tandem rollers.
Selwood’s Operations Director Jon Sendell commented, “This is a significant and sizeable investment in difficult times, but we have to ensure that we can meet our local customer demands. Plant hire is a capital intensive business and it is important that we continue to invest in and update our fleet in order to maintain our ability to provide our customers with a reliable service.”
In commenting on the sales, Ammann Equipment MD Robert Brown said, “we have had a long and close association with Selwood and it is rewarding that the company continues to believe in our products and is prepared to invest heavily with us at this time.”
Andrews Sykes launches scrappage scheme
In an innovative move adapted from the successful car scrappage scheme that helped manufacturers sell an estimated 400,000 vehicles in the depths of the recession, Andrews Sykes has launched a new Scrappage Scheme for its ranges of dryers and dehumidifiers, portable air conditioners and selected pump models.
According to Operations Support Director Nigel Gill, “with regard to drying and air conditioning, we will take back any manufacturer’s product of a similar output, whatever its age. We will collect these old units and re-cycle them, in line with the WEEE regulations. Many old dehumidifiers and portable air conditioners feature R22 refrigerant gas, which is now being phased out. Very soon the R22 regulations tighten further and a total ban on the re-charging of refrigerant will come into effect. There has never been a better time to get rid of these units and upgrade to the greener R-407C refrigerant.”
The scrappage scheme comprises Andrews Sykes four most popular portable air conditioners units - the ET9, Polar Breeze, KYD44 and the Polar Wind, offering outputs from 7,500BTU to 14,000 BTU. The scheme also offers two of its most popular dehumidifiers, the FD30 and HD500, which Andrews Sykes claims is the original building dryer, which has been around since the late 1970s, with sales in excess of 10,000 machines. On the pump scheme, Andrews Sykes is offering to trade-in hirers’ existing 4in and 6in Sykes pumps for the manufacturer’s latest ‘super-silenced’ Wispaset units.
KDM’s essential reading
Described as “The Essential Rental Catalogue”, KDM Hire has launched an all-new 200-page publication, promoting its comprehensive range of products and services. The full specifications of each piece of equipment in the company’s fleet are given and, for the first time, pricing guidelines have been incorporated to assist customers with budgeting.
January 2010 marked 20 years in business for Cookstown-based KDM. The company offers an extensive range of equipment for hire from two depots in Cookstown and Belfast, delivering products daily across Northern Ireland. It deals with a wide range of customers in the construction, industrial and event markets, amongst others. KDM was the winner of the Executive Hire Show Passionate Independent Hirer Award in 2009.
Hire helps in Malawi
A small Midland’s-based charity, which is funding much-needed development work through plant hire in one of the poorest townships of Malawi,
is now looking for a capable manager to develop the initiative.
“We believe that Malawi needs to generate its own solutions to ending poverty,” says Vince Owen, MD of the Krizevac Project. “We are giving people a hand up, not a hand out. So far we have shipped a range of trucks, backhoes, telehandlers and other machinery for our own building projects and this will be the basis of the new business.”
Torrent Rentals is the newest enterprise to generate income, all of which is ploughed back into the project and helps to fund initiatives such as orphan care. “We are hoping to recruit a UK expert to spend six months in Malawi to share their knowledge and expertise,” adds Vince Owen. For more information, contact George Furnival at the Project on 0845 003 6004.
Hirers stick with Atlantic Coast
Atlantic Coast Studios reports that it is still winning business from having exhibited its range of machinery stickers and safety labels at the Executive Hire Show in February. “We picked up a lot of orders both at the Show and in subsequent months from hirers who saw us there, the latest customer being Lowestoft Tool Hire,” said Director Graham Higdon. “It was a great event and it really raised our profile in the industry.
“We also provide a personalised product list showing all the stickers a customer has ordered from us, so that they can easily identify the size and shape they need when they re-order.”
The company’s latest development is stickers made from Eco Vinyl, an environmentally friendly material that has an outdoor life expectancy of two years.
Higher Concept on the move
Popular hire industry software supplier Higher Concept Software has re-located to larger premises in Caversham, Reading. Founded in 1988, its Syrinx software package is now in use with over 700 hirers throughout the world, comprising 600 in the UK and Ireland, 100 in Australia and a small, but growing, number of large users in the Middle East.
Higher Concept’s Sales and Marketing Director, Katy Williams, comments, “the move to larger premises reflects our continued strong performance. We are excited both by the move and the continuing expansion of our support and development teams.” As we start the countdown to next year’s Executive Hire Show, MD Mark Goodrum is already trialling PDAs with selected customers and plans a major launch at next February’s Show. “Customers are testing our PDAs under real-life conditions. We will evaluate their feedback and I’m confident that we’ll have them ready for general release at the Show.”
The Higher Concept software package continues to be successful with UK hirers. One such hirer that bought a Syrinx system at this year’s Show was Bullimores Sand & Gravel Ltd. MD Chris Bullimore told EHN, “plant hire is an essential element of our aggregates business and we wanted to update our computer system to reflect this. We visited the Show for the first time as a platform to see what was available. We had demonstrations of both the leading systems on show. Higher Concept appealed to us, as it was enthusiastic throughout the process. We’re delighted with the system.”
SPE takes to the road
Surface preparation machinery supplier, SPE, recently completed a successful promotional Roadshow event at the premises of various hirers throughout the UK. The displays were hosted by companies who either already offer this type of equipment, or are actively looking to expand into this market, and customers were invited along to watch demonstrations of the machines.
A competition to win a new SPE DFG200 110V single head floor grinder was held during the three weeks of the Roadshow, and the winner was subsequently announced as Paul Chapman of Hire Station, who is pictured (right) receiving the prize from SPE Sales Director, Paul Mansfield.
Other hirers who participated included WH surface Preparation, A-Plant, Charles Wilson Engineers and Alide Hire.
TowerLight wins Dutch order
TowerLight has confirmed an order for 30 units of its Hydopowercube machines from the Dutch generator and lighting hirer, Bredenoord.
The compact product has been developed primarily for the outdoor event and construction markets, and has a vertical telescopic mast reaching a maximum height of 8.5m. The mast is hydraulically raised by a single lever and can be rotated through 340° to ensure the light is targeted correctly. The 200-litre fuel tank gives running times of up to 32 hours.
Bredenoord has been established for over 70 years and supplies equipment through subsidiaries across mainland Europe. Technical Director, Harry Keouhorst, said, “The Hydropowercube has many features and benefits, but in particular, customers appreciate the massive reduction in transport costs when we arrive with 20 sets on just one delivery truck.”
SDMO adds Kohler options
SDMO Generators is adding new machines powered by the latest range of Kohler Command petrol engines, which it believes offers several benefits to the hire industry. They are designed to provide more power without increasing the overall footprint, simple maintenance and longer operation between refuelling. The manufacturer says that, in many instances, the engines can be retro-fitted without the need to drill additional holes or make adaptations to the framework, and they are backed by a limited 3-year warranty, which includes hire fleet products, subject to certain conditions.
The range of engines includes 7 and 9.5hp units fitted with Quad-Clean air filtration, which doubles as a warm air intake for optimal operation in the winter months. SDMO has already produced the Perform 3000, a 3kW portable generator fitted with the 7hp CH270 Kohler engine, and more products are in the pipeline.
Showman’s Show set to celebrate
This year’s Showman’s Show, taking place at the Newbury Showground on 20 and 21 October, will be the 25th, and everything from pens at the registration desk to the exhibition hall frontage will be branded with a special logo to signify the achievement.
The first Showman’s Show was held in Newark in 1984 and had just 50 exhibitors, whereas this year’s event is expected to attract more than 350. It was believed to be the first exhibition of its kind to give suppliers the opportunity to show products in an environment most suited to their use. Initially, the Show was held at a different venue each time. Missing out 1987 and 1989, it became an annual event from 1990 and established its Newbury location 17 years ago. Covering an area of 95,000m2, the exhibition will display items such as temporary structures, roadways and bridges, mobile toilets, lifting gear and plant hire, audio-visual and radio communications and entertainments. For more information visit www.showmansshow.co.uk
Best Practice Guidance for MEWPs
The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has published new guidance intended to help reduce the risk of trapping and crushing injuries to people working with mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The document has been published by CPA on behalf of the Group and is available for free download from the Association’s website at www.cpa.uk.net/p/Plant-Safety-Group.
The increased use of MEWPs in construction, maintenance and other applications where trapping risks are present has led to accidents in which people have been trapped between the platform (often referred to as a cage or basket) and objects in the work area.
Part 1 is aimed at planners, managers, and trainers. It provides information on hazards, risk assessment, controls and responsibilities. Part 2 is aimed at those using and supervising MEWPs and can be used in briefings or toolbox talks.