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Executive Hire News › Archives › January 2004 › Executive Report: Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news

Volvo minis please Wick hirer

Plant and tool hirer, Ross Plant Hire of Wick, in the Scottish Highlands, has augmented its fleet with three Volvo mini excavators. These include the 3.5-tonne EC35, the 2.5-tonne EC25 and the 1.5-tonne EC15BXTV, the last of which features 2-speed travel and an extending undercarriage. “We were very impressed with the build quality of the machines,” states the company’s Alan Ross, “as well as by the engineering layout, serviceability and attention to details such as fasteners, catches and all-round protection.”
Volvo says that the machines are designed to give easy access for maintenance on the engine and the hydraulic system, which is helped by the incorporation of swing-away counterweights. Ross Plant Hire was established in 1996 and its new Volvo machines join eight other minis in a fleet of mixed compact equipment.

Revised HAE management structure

HAE has revised its management structure as Kevin Minton, Managing Director, seeks to focus the organisation. Member Services is now headed up by Sue Burford. Sales of products through HAE Direct is now integrated into this department, which will be the principal point of contact for members. The Membership Standards department, led by David Pierre, seeks to raise membership and Industry standards through assessment, consultancy and training.
Madhu Patel has been appointed to run the newly created Business Development department, whose priority is to recruit new HAE members. In addition to these three departments, Safety Services, headed up by Derek Ford, provides guidance documents and telephone help through the Technical and Safety Helpline. To develop effective lines of communication with members, Liz Faizey has been appointed as Communications Co-ordinator.

Genie boom helps cathedral project

Winchester Cathedral recently hired a Genie TZ-34/20 trailer-mounted boom from Hampshire Plant Hire to help with the rewiring of the sound system around the fabric of the historic building. With a working height of 12.36m, the machine enabled the operator to reach the nave aisle vaulting. The articulating boom provided up and over access to harder to reach areas, such as around the outer carved columns of the choir where the wires were affixed. Maximum outreach is 6.10m and the machine has a lifting capacity of 200kg. Hydraulic outriggers and an automatic levelling system are standard on the unit.

Ipswich hirer takes new Ausa dumper

Ausa UK reports that it has sold a significant number of its new generation dumpers to CBL, which offers equipment both for hire and sale, and operates from nine depots covering Essex, Kent, south London, Surrey and Sussex as Ausa’s exclusive dealership covering the south east of England.
Two 85AMA Ausa dumpers have been sold to Dale Hire Centre, based in Ipswich, which is the first company to take receipt of this model in the UK. Dale has been operating for over 20 years and its customers include contractors serving public utilities, local authorities and the construction industry.

Brandon acquires Ilford Plant Hire

Brandon has kicked off the New Year by acquiring the business of Ilford Plant Hire & Sales Ltd for £450,000. Ilford Plant has two branches in Chelmsford and Rainham, Essex. Commenting on the deal, Charles Skinner, Brandon’s Chief Executive, states that “we are pleased to have acquired this well-established business, which further strengthens our position in the south east of England. It will be an excellent platform from which we can continue to build our business in Essex and East London.”

Who'll win the Hire Network Award?

One of the highlights of the Hire Show will be the announcement of the Hire Network Award winner. The company has monitored the performance of all its suppliers, including independent and national hirers, during the past three months. The hire branch teams considered to have given the best performance have been nominated to go forward to the final judging session during the Show, which takes place at the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands.
Trevor Tinker, Hire Network’s Sales Director, states that a committee of respected hire executives will decide which one will receive the Award. The shortlist comprises Gemini Hire & Sales Ltd of London SE1,the St Neots branch of Hire Station, and Premier Hire of Swansea.

Marcrist staff expose all for charity

Diamond products manufacturer, Marcrist International, has perhaps taken the phrase ‘working your socks off’ a little too literally, with the launch of its 2004 calendar. Inspired by the hugely successful ‘Calendar Girls’ film, it features 13 of Marcrists male personnel, including Mario Halbeisen, the Chairman of the Doncaster-based company, which this year is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. “I really do have to take my hat off to the guys involved in this calendar,” he states. “I don’t think they’ll mind me saying that they are all ‘real’ people, not models; they all played their part well and enjoyed the day, which was a great team-building exercise.”
The calendar is described as featuring some of the bravest members of the Marcrist sales team in a variety of ‘classic’ poses, with strategically placed products or equipment. To download a copy, visit the company’s web site at www.marcrist.com. You will also be helping charity, since, for each download, Marcrist will make a donation to Cancer Research.

Facelift solves a prickly problem

Facelift Access Hire says that its new Nifty X-Trax 170 crawler mounted platforms are proving popular with arboriculture professionals who need to care for trees that are surrounded by thick brambles. The machine can push its way through dense undergrowth and climb gradients of up to 20?.
Once the machine is in the required position, high ground penetration jacks are used to level the unit to provide stability on slopes of up to 10?. The platform can carry two people plus tools and has a maximum working height of 17m.

Lid stays on Wolfe tower project

Never backward in coming forward, Wolfe Designs Ltd boldly claims that its TowerMatic will be the most significant development in lightweight access systems for 20 years. It is scheduled for launch next month, but extracting more detailed information prior to the unveiling is proving somewhat difficult. However, what Wolfe is prepared to reveal is that its new self-erecting, mobile aluminium tower is the subject of four patent applications and that the company has already received its first order for 200 machines to kick off production.

GAP wins major M25 contract

GAP Group has won preferred supplier status with Balfour Beatty, the contractor for the M25 widening scheme between junctions 12 and 15. The £1 48m project, which includes construction of the Heathrow Terminal 5 spur, will run from January 2004 to the end of 2005. GAP will have an on-site depot near junction 13, supported by its Heathrow outlet, which opened in summer 2003.
GAP has opened its third London outlet, at Thurrock, covering eastern London, south Essex and north Kent. A site in Portsmouth is scheduled to open in March.

Rapid acquires Air Trembath Hire

Rapid Climate Control has announced the acquisition of Air Trembath Hire from the Trembath Group. All existing staff from the Surrey-based business have been invited to join Rapid, the majority of whom are said to have already transferred. The Epsom facility will continue to operate as part of Rapid’s existing branch network, under the name of Air Trembath Hire & Sales, serving west and south London and the southern Home Counties.
Rapid’s branches in Dagenham, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol will extend Air Trembath’s coverage on a national scale. The acquisition comes a year after Rapid’s purchase of Heatbusters from SGB Youngman.

     
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