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Show stunt leads to Hanix order
J H Butler & Son, a hirer based in Malpas, Cheshire, has ordered a Hanix H15B-2 Plus mini excavator after seeing the machine during a motor bike stunt at the West Mid show in Shrewsbury. The unit had to travel quickly to and from the centre of the display ring and move exactly into the correct place. The operator exited quickly before the jump took place. Butler staff were impressed by the machine’s two-speed tracking, manoeuvrability and cabin access.
MBI at D J Tool Hire
Described as one of the north east of England’s largest privately owned tool and plant hirers, with an estimated turnover of £1.8m in 2003, D J Tool Hire was acquired on 1 July by the management buy-in team of Andrew Makepeace and Tony Appleton. Originally formed by David and Joanne Tate in 1977, D J Tool Hire operates six branches in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Consett, South Shields and Stanley, where the company’s Head Office is also located.
Commenting on the buy-in, Tony Appleton states, “Andrew Makepeace and I have combined experience of over 15 years in tool and plant hire management. We are excited by the opportunity that D J Tool Hire provides and we are keen to build on the tremendous foundation created by the Tate family.
“We plan to maintain the existing facilities and to expand, both by acquisition and greenfield development, in the north east and further afield. Our immediate plans for the company, and its 35 strong workforce, are a major investment in new stock, together with the introduction of a staff training and development programme.”
EHN will catch up with the new owners’ progress in the coming months.
As a manufacturer of machines that are used extensively within the hire industry, we at Hilti must applaud Executive Hire News for the level of coverage it has given to one of the most contentious topics in our industry today - Hand Arm Vibration (HAV).
The importance of this issue has never been in doubt to us, but, by creating an environment for open discussion where the problems associated with HAV can be talked about in a frank and unsensational way, EHN has stated its intention to fully support manufacturers and hire companies who, in turn, have a responsibility to their customers. We believe that true and accurate real life data, along with advice and training, is the only effective way of creating a broad base of knowledge.
After the publication of last month’s article "Taking HAV seriously", we received an encouraging response from readers who felt that the straightforward statement of facts contained in the article had really clarified the issues. This effort to ‘tell it like it is’ about HAV, explaining how we are working to produce factual, relevant vibration figures for all our machines, and what the responsibilities of manufacturers and hire companies are, will, we hope, contribute to efforts to reduce the Hand Arm Vibration health risk.
Andrew Martin, Managing Director of J G Martin Plant Hire Ltd said, “The July Executive Hire Forum was special. It helped us to understand the real issues regarding HAV and made the situation clearer. We now know the type of questions we need to ask manufacturers and suppliers of vibrating tools, which will help us to support our customers in overcoming HAV health risks”.
Acknowledging the seriousness of the HAV problem is not enough. Discussion and co-operation in tackling the issue needs to be a priority for all members of the hire community, manufacturers and hirers alike, and EHN has provided a worthy platform for us to do just that.
Drilling Product Manager, Hilti (Gt.Britain) Ltd.
Speedy's racing success
Equipment manufactured by GenSet and hired from Speedy Space played an essential role in the smooth running of the Formula 1 racing extravaganza staged in London’s West End last month. R & R Logistics, a special events management company, needed the equipment to help with constructing and managing the temporary infrastructure for the attraction, which drew 500,000 spectators and was televised worldwide.
“We were hired in by Harvey Goldsmith Productions Ltd, which produced the event for The Regents Street Association in conjunction with The Crown Estate, who between them manage Regents Street and the surrounding area,” states R & R’s Technical Director, Robbie Wilson. “Speedy Hire and GenSet helped enormously in supplying equipment for the temporary pit lane and related facilities. We had to securely accommodate eight Formula 1 racing cars, eight 40ft articulated lorries with essential equipment, and provide facilities for 200 technicians within a designated compound.
“I knew of GenSet and Speedy after having visited the Showman’s Show last October. I contacted them about providing a temporary secure cabin that could be equipped with features to comply with Health & Safety regulations, including a first aid room, toilet, washing facilities, a drying room, and other welfare provisions. Like all other equipment on the site, it had to be fully mobile in case of emergencies.”
Speedy suggested a GenSet Groundhog, a mobile secure container that can be towed into place. Integral hydraulics enable the Groundhog to be lowered to the ground quickly, and a patented system allows the axle to be retracted within the cabin body. Speedy also supplied six Mini-Towers, co-developed with GenSet, which are compact lighting units with a 1.7m2 footprint, integral wheels and handles.
“The Groundhog was fantastic and the Mini-Towers were easily moved by one person. We would definitely use them again. Speedy and GenSet have developed excellent products for the event industry, with the build quality associated with construction equipment. This is helping raise standards.”
Takeuchi man ties the knot
Traditionally, one way of succeeding in business is to marry the boss’s daughter. That’s exactly what Colin Moss, Sales Manager of Takeuchi Mfg UK has done, having married Maria, the daughter of Lyn Davis, who is the dealer principal of Min-ex, the company’s south Wales dealer.
The wedding was held in Maria’s hometown of Cwmbran, with the reception being held at the local Greenmeadows Golf & Country Club. Takeuchi minis were used to create an arch at the entrance to the venue, to emphasise the strength of the personal and professional relationships.
Dynapac achieves independence
Global compaction and paving equipment manufacturer, Dynapac, has been acquired by Altor, a Nordic private equity investor. It was formerly part of the Metso Minerals group. Dynapac’s President, Ronald Kok, states that “we see a very positive outlook for our product offering, including several new introductions, and we are enthusiastic about being able to focus on developing our business.”
The UK operation, Dynapac Ltd, will continue to be based in Rugby and can be contacted on 01788 532107. Barry Hudson, Product Manager Light & Compact Equipment, reports sales so far this year as “excellent”. The product range includes rollers, payers, planers, and concreting and light compaction equipment.