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Executive Hire News › Archives › June 2013 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Surrey Hire & Sales has opened its third depot in Feltham, serving the Heathrow area. “The location has actually been a hire company premises in the past,” Director Marc Prince told EHN. “For many years it was an Eveready Equipment Hire depot, before being bought out by Jewsons and, later, becoming a Speedy Hire branch. Speedy vacated the site three years ago. The road junction at which the depot is situated is still referred to by locals as Eveready Corner, although we hope it will soon be known as Surrey Corner. Co-Director Steve Dormer and I were both brought up in the area and we believe this new location will have great potential for account and cash customers.
“Our other depots, at Epsom and Addlestone, which was also a former Speedy outlet, have been very busy. We have expanded our hire fleet over the last 12 months, adding mobile Genquip Groundhog welfare units which have proved very popular. In readiness for the new depot we have also purchased 1 tonne B08 and 3 tonne ViO 25 mini excavators from Ammann Equipment, 1.5 tonne Volvo minis, and 1 tonne Thwaites dumpers, as well as new equipment from suppliers such as Hilti, Camon and Belle.
“We have employed a new Manager, Justin Hamilton, for the new Feltham operation, and an additional Nissan Cabstar beavertail vehicle will be delivered shortly.”

Morris Site Machinery celebrates two milestones

Leading on-site power equipment supplier, Morris Site Machinery, formerly Arc-Gen Hilta, has celebrated two milestones since our last issue - its 40th anniversary since the business was founded, and an impressive 25 years trading relationship with Denyo, its main Japanese supplier of engine-driven generators and welders.
In celebrating these occasions, Chief Executive Chris Morris, who is from the fifth generation of the Morris family, which acquired the original Arc-Gen business in 2006, said, “We are very proud of our trading heritage and our continued commitment to innovation. We are equally proud of our relationships with suppliers, especially as Denyo President Shigeru Koga travelled 5,000 miles from Tokyo to join us to officially open our expanded and refurbished premises in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton. Our continued investment in this site follows the company’s most successful trading year on record.”
As part of its day of celebrations, three of Morris Site Machinery’s long serving employees - Debbie McCormack, John Brogan and
Mick Collins - were also commended for achieving over 95 years’ service between them with the company.

Thwaites’ rush of orders

Thwaites has reported a quick succession of significant orders. At last month’s Plantworx exhibition, Hewden confirmed an order for additional 9 tonne machines following the launch of its Core Fleet initiative, guaranteeing next day delivery on its 30 most frequently hired items, which include 9 tonne dumpers. If the order alone was not enough to set pulses racing, Marilyn Monroe helped celebrate the deal, with Sales Director Ian Brown and Hewden’s Marketing Director, Jeff Schofield.
Thwaites has received another order from A-Plant, which has bought 80 of the manufacturer’s dumpers, worth over £1.5m and comprising 1 tonne Hi-Tips, 3 and 6 tonne Powerswivels, and 9 tonne standard front tip models.
Also expanding its fleet is the Charles Wilson Group, which has added more than 50 machines comprising 3 tonne front tip and Powerswivel dumpers, and 9 tonne front tip models. Most will be based at the company’s new Basildon depot. Ian Brown commented, “Despite the economic climate, these deals show that UK companies are still making sizeable investments in plant and equipment, both for fleet replacement and expansion.”

Champion tools up for growth

Sheffield-based Champion Hire has taken delivery of its 200th Hilti tool in six months as part of an equipment overhaul through the manufacturer’s Fleet Management programme. It is in the process of replacing a total of 450 Hilti products, as MD Keith White explains: “A company audit at the start of 2012 revealed that we were holding tools over a decade old. Under Hilti’s Fleet Management, a monthly fee per tool covers all servicing and repair requirements including reporting, transport, labour and spare parts.”
Tools already supplied include GX 90-WF gas-actuated fix framing nailers, TE 30-A36 cordless combi hammers, TE 3000-AVR, TE 1000-AVR, TE 700-AVR and TE 500-AVR breakers, TE 80-ATC AVR and TE 30-C combi hammers, plus various diamond drills, reciprocating saws, fastening tools and vacuums.
In a further sign of increasing market activity, Champion has also taken delivery of 12 new Iveco 3.5 tonne drop side pickups. The hirer plans a further investment into 7.5 tonne Iveco beaver-tail trucks as part of its strategy for growth.

Nixon digs deep for charity

Nixon Hire has chosen Cancer Research UK as its nominated charity for 2013 and has set a fundraising target of £50,000. As part of its drive, the Newcastle-based company has added a special machine to its fleet, in the form of a Volvo EC55 mini excavator, donated by the manufacturer, in a bright white livery and sporting the charity’s branding.
The machine appeared on Volvo’s Plantworx stand, where Nixon staff were on hand to collect donations, and it is now available for customers to hire, with all proceeds going towards the fundraising target.
Joint MD Chris Nixon, whose wife Sarah tragically died of the disease in January, said: "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Volvo, who have worked closely with our project team and have played a pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition. The Nixon Hire Charity Committee is also in the process of finalising a number of challenges for our staff to take part in, all of which will help the fundraising efforts.” To make your own donation, visit www.justgiving.com/company/nixonhire

CPA honours rising Stars

The most promising young plant mechanics have been honoured in the CPA’s Stars of the Future Awards, presented during the first day of Plantworx.
The competition is an annual scheme devised by the CPA to recognise talented youngsters on plant mechanic apprentice schemes in 11 colleges across the UK. In total, the Awards attracted 489 entrants. Separate prizes were given for Level 2 and Level 3 students at each college, each winning a professional tool kit worth £500.
A panel of judges also decided on two National Winners, namely Nathan Wadiun (Level 2) from Moortown Construction/Askham Bryan College,
and James Scott (Level 3) from A-Plant/Reaseheath College. They each win tools to the value of £1,000. The Awards were presented by world land speed record holder, Richard Noble.
CPA Director Kevin Minton, who played a key role in developing the Stars of the Future scheme, said, “The event has given the apprentices a boost to their self-esteem and, in many cases, a real boost to their vision and ambition.”

A-Plant acquires Eve Trakway

A-Plant has acquired the entire share capital of temporary access specialist, Eve Trakway. Eve, which has its head office in Chesterfield and operates across the UK, will continue to trade under the same brand and will operate as a separate division of A-Plant. It has previously grown its operation through the acquisitions of traffic control and management system supplier, ATM Traffic Solutions, and mobile tower lighting provider, Brightlights.
Eve offers products such as temporary roadways, walkways, pitch coverings and pedestrian and vehicle bridges, together with crowd control barrier systems, traffic management, security and lighting.
Sat Dhaiwal, Chief Executive Officer for A-Plant said, “We already hire into the UK events market. We supplied a great deal of equipment during the London Olympics and Paralympics, but for certain items we had to supply on a re-hire basis. Having Eve under the A-Plant umbrella gives us the opportunity as a group to supply more of a complete package, as well as opening up Eve’s customer base to a wider range of equipment.”

Dromad fleet additions

Dromad Hire of Dundalk has added two new Atlas Copco XAS47 and XAS137 compressors. MD Seamus Byrne, pictured left with Denis Keily, Atlas Copco’s Ireland Sales Manager, says that the company will be buying more in the future, adding, “We have been running Atlas Copco machines for several years and find them modern and reliable. It is paramount that we continue to invest in supplying our customers with the latest equipment which is safe, new and capable.”
Dromad, which also has an exercise equipment operation called Fitness4Hire.com, has additionally taken delivery of new Skyjack compact scissor lifts. The initial batch comprises battery powered 3219 and 3226 models, and is the first of three orders that will be shipped over the next two months.

Volvos roll back to John F Hunt

Following an initial review of the latest Volvo double drum tandem roller at the Executive Hire Show, an association between John F Hunt Hire Centres and Volvo Construction Equipment has been renewed with the purchase of two DD14 and four DD25w rollers. All six machines are incremental to the company’s hire fleet and will be distributed between its three depots around Greater London and Essex.
The DD25w double drum compactor weighs in at 2.6 tonnes and has a drum width of 1.2m, while the smaller DD14 has a 900mm drum width and an operating weight of 1.5 tonnes. The drums feature dual frequencies operating at either 55Hz or 67Hz for optimal impact.

Hanix to establish southern base

Hanix Europe Ltd has announced plans to re-locate its European sales and service operation from its current Manchester base to a new facility close to the M40 at High Wycombe. The move is expected to be completed during the summer.
MD Michiro Ito said, “This transition, together with operational improvements, is aimed at stepping-up the quality of our customer service through a more efficient, streamlined, and cohesive operation. Our sales strategy is to focus on a carefully selected range of machines that best suits the needs of the market, rather than offering a wide variety of model types. For instance, we are particularly strong in the 1.7 tonne and 2.7 tonne mini excavator class, which accounts for 44% of the UK market.”
For this country, Hanix intends to concentrate on its D-Series machines, including the 980kg HO9D micro, the1.7 tonne H17D, the 2.7 tonne H27DR and the 5.5 tonne Hanix H55DR, as well as the H36CR zero tail swing model at 3.5 tonnes. Hanix, the European arm of Japanese manufacturer NKK, also reports that it is developing an 8 tonne machine, the H80D.

Lyte’s lucky winner

Salop Hire Services of Shrewsbury is the lucky winner of a LIFT system tower base from Lyte Ladders & Towers, resulting from a competition that the manufacturer held on its stand at the Executive Hire Show. Lyte says it was only recently able to arrange the handover of the prize, which was presented by Dougie McCombie, Sales Director Welded Products, to Salop Hire’s owners Martin Howells (right) and Mark Armstrong. The company specialises in hiring scaffolding and construction equipment.

GAP supports Malawi charity project

GAP is supporting one of its customers, Glasgow City Council & City Building, in a forthcoming visit to Malawi to refurbish a medical centre in the country’s capital, Lilongwe. The hirer is providing a range of power tools and equipment which will be shipped ahead of eight project workers.
The team will help build new kitchen and toilet facilities, short stay accommodation and add a new dental suite, pharmacy and laboratory. In addition, all the rooms will be decorated and given new floor finishes. GAP’s Joint MDs, Douglas and Iain Anderson, visited City Building’s premises, along with Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, as the team were gearing up for their trip. Douglas commented, “Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries so it gives us great pleasure to know that we are helping in some small way to provide this new facility for people who need it.”

HAE Awards of Excellence

Several companies have sent EHN news of their success in the HAE’s 2013 Hire Awards of Excellence, even though we have not received official notification.
They include Dromad Hire, winner in the Hire Company of the Year (up to five outlets) category; A-Plant, which came out on top as Hire Company of the Year (over five outlets); GAP, which was presented with the trophy for Excellence in Health & Safety; Niftylift, winner of the Supplier of the Year and Product of the Year (for the HR15 4x4 access platform) categories; and Nationwide Platforms, successful in the Website of the Year section.


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