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Executive Hire News › Archives › July/August 2011 › Executive Report: Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news


The Nottingham-based builders’ merchant, Frank Key, has continued the expansion of its tool and plant hire activity with the purchase of ten Bobcat mini excavators. Comprising E10, E14 and 328 models, the machines have been added to the fleets at the operation’s depots near Nottingham and Derby.
Frank Key Hire’s General Manager, Richard Johnson, said: “Demand generally has been high, but this has been due to more than just a slight improvement in the local economy. I believe that, in the main, we have created this demand ourselves through the quality service we offer.
“We opened our second hire depot at Somercotes, near Derby, a little over a year ago and if the right opportunity reveals itself, it is our intention to continue this expansion in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas through acquisition.” Pictured at the recent handover are, from left, Richard Milner of local dealer Butler Reynolds, Robert Sansom, Owner and Chairman of Frank Key Group, Richard Johnson, and Nigel Long, Director of Butler Reynolds. The delivery takes the company’s fleet of minis to over 30, with operating weights of up to 3 tonne. The 1066kg E10 is said to be particularly popular with customers. The zero tail swing machine offers a maximum digging depth of 1.82m and a retractable undercarriage allows access through doorways.

New DeWalt demolition hammer

DeWalt has launched a new demolition hammer in the 16kg class. The D25960K has a quoted vibration level of 6.8m/s2 ands delivers 35 joules of impact energy. It has a 1600watt motor, weighs 18.4kg and comes with a wheeled carrying case for portability.
The tool has an in-line design that facilitates breaking tasks in the vertical plane. It also incorporates a 28mm hex fitting which is the same as that found on 28mm air tools, meaning that hirers do not need to stock two types of breaker steel.

Revised CPA model conditions

The CPA has updated its model conditions to reflect changes in legislation and industry practice that have arisen since they were last revised in 2001. The new conditions came into effect on 1 July. The Association says that members need to send their customers a copy of the new conditions for any pre-existing hire agreements continuing after this date, and that they will need to receive confirmation that their customers have agreed to vary the pre-existing agreement by incorporating the 2011 conditions. Otherwise, it says, the 2001 version will remain in force.

One Stop Hire takes Boss scissors

One Stop Hire, which is based in Wrightington, near Chorley, has expanded its lifting equipment fleet with the purchase of 12 new Youngman Boss X3X compact scissors. Operations Director, Kieran Power, said that the company now has a fleet of 40 machines in this category, from various manufacturers, all of which can be carried on its pickups and trailers.
“The offering we now have satisfies 95% of our clients’ preferences,” he added. “Powered and non-powered access represents our fastest growing product range, with return on capital well above the average of other lines.”
As well as Wrightington, One Stop Hire has depots at Bolton, Blackpool, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Widnes and Wigan.

Wash Rack cleans up for Hire Station

Hire Station is installing DF Ecology Wash Racks from TowerLight UK for cleaning hire fleet equipment at its depots. The self-contained washing system, which was launched at the Executive Hire Show, is designed to thoroughly clean plant and machinery whilst protecting the wider environment from contaminants.
The modular product is designed for quick installation and has a low-angle approach ramp to accommodate equipment easily. A series of separation tanks isolate fuels, oils, grease and other chemicals for disposal and TowerLight says that, as the system uses recycled water, a discharge licence is not required.
“We have been seeking a flexible system that will thoroughly clean our products for proper presentation to our clients for some time,” said Paul Smith, Hire Station Purchasing Manager. “The Wash Rack can be erected inside as well as outdoors, which means that depots that do not have a yard can still wash down equipment safely and thoroughly. Should we decide to move a branch, we can simply take the unit to the new location.”

HAE offers bad debt service

HAE is offering members a new service to tackle bad debt risks. It has teamed up with Creditlook, an on-line service specially developed for trade associations, to enable members to share and view information about customers trading outside their payment terms.
Data can be updated and shared quickly, according to HAE MD Graham Arundell. “By using real-time information, members can shield themselves from bad debt and can also track changes, such as in the ‘days overdue’ category,” he said.

HSS targets facilities management

HSS has launched a service targeted at the facilities management industry. Described as a managed equipment plan, Outsource is designed to provide users with a fleet of specialist equipment on a long term hire basis. When items are due for maintenance, at pre-agreed six or 12 monthly intervals, a replacement machine is provided to minimise downtime. HSS can also maintain and manage a customer’s owned equipment, and the initiative includes partnerships with Reintec, a cleaning equipment manufacturer, and Lime Supply, a provider of consumables.
The hirer says it introduced Outsource following a survey it sponsored, which found that some facilities managers can spend up to a day each week dealing with the management of machinery, and that more than one in five of their service related issues are caused by equipment problems.

Speedy fleet investment

Speedy has invested over £4.5m in work at height equipment, including £2m worth of Skyjack vertical mast lifts and scissor lifts, £1.5m on Youngman Boss tower and podium steps, and £1m on Hy-Brid aerial lifts. It has also spent £1.8m on surveying products from Leica Geosystems, including a further 200 total stations, bringing its fleet of these items to more than 450.
In addition, the hirer has introduced a sustainability strategy called One Plan, offering customers green products, consultancy services, fuel management and carbon reduction advice. Supply Chain Director, Andy Connor, says Speedy is encouraging its suppliers to adopt a similar approach, “by providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their own businesses and make best practice in these areas a condition of working with us.”
Speedy has also recently received a Big Tick award from Business In The Community (BITC) in recognition of its commitment to responsible business. The hirer received the Responsible Supply Chain Award at the BITC North West awards ceremony held recently in Manchester.

CEH chooses Yanmar minis

Contractors Equipment Hire (CEH) of Maidstone recently took delivery of three Yanmar SV15PR mini excavators from Ammann Equipment as part of a larger replacement programme covering units in the 1.5 tonne class.
CEH said it chose the machines because their attachment mountings are at 30mm centres, allowing the various implements in their fleet to be fitted easily, and their all-steel construction enables them to meet the demands placed on them by the hirer’s civil engineering customers.

GenQuip goes Hybrid

GenQuip is introducing two additions to its welfare facilities range. The GP360 Hybrid is powered by onboard 12V batteries, charged by a 6kVA
super-silent generator. The 12V system powers the heating, water and lighting, and when the batteries are running low a warning light illuminates, alerting the operator to start the generator for re-charging, which takes two hours. Heating is provided by a diesel heater. The second newcomer, the GP360 Hybrid Plus, has a diesel fuelled water heater that also provides interior heating, as well as producing hot water for washing, whereas the standard Hybrid only has a warm water hand wash facility.
• The units will be unveiled in September at IOG Saltex. Details of launches from other suppliers are included in our Landscaping, Garden & Grounds Care Market Report.

Altrad buys NSG

Following in quick succession after its purchase of the scaffold and fencing supplier Beaver84, which we reported in our last issue, the Altrad Group has acquired 100% of the shares of NSG UK Ltd, whose principal activities are scaffolding services, access solutions, thermal insulation, and industrial cleaning and painting. NSG is already a user of the Altrad-owned Plettac Contur multi-directional system scaffolding.
NSG, whose head office is in Deeside, has an annual turnover of £20m and employs approximately 320 staff. MD Mike Carr will continue to head up the business. The deal brings to 54 the number of companies owned by Altrad, which in 2009 purchased the Belle Group.


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