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Executive Report : Executive news
ADDING TO THE TOTAL
Derby-based Total Hire & Sales has increased its coverage in the city by adding a tool hire activity at the premises used by its training centre. This will complement the company’s eight existing hire locations, including its Central Derby depot, which opened last year and was a finalist in the Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Awards 2013.
“The new hire facility in Alfreton Road occupies the ground floor of the building, with our IPAF approved training centre remaining on the upper storey,” Director & General Manager, Carl Tidey, told EHN. “It will specialise in offering small tools and equipment for tradesmen and DIY cash customers, a market that we believe is being overlooked by some national hirers that are focused more on national account business.
“We have invested in a lot of new equipment for the depot, which is located to the north of Derby, and it will enable customers to get what they need without having to make a special trip across the city centre. Purchases have ranged from Hilti breakers and Belle mixers, to Hiretech floor sanders and Youngman Boss aluminium tower. We have also increased our stock of Heras fencing panels, and we have recruited two new members of staff.
“July was the best ever month for the business. We have continued to grow even during the downturn, and we also plan to expand into other product areas in the months ahead.”
TowerLight acquired by Generac
Wisconsin-based Generac Holdings, which makes generators and other engine powered products, has bought the Italian lighting tower manufacturer, TowerLight Srl and its wholly owned subsidiaries, from private equity fund and majority shareholder, Ambienta I.
The current TowerLight management team will be retained, including MD Andrea Fontanella, and Paul Hay, Director of the TowerLight UK subsidiary based in Milton Keynes.
“We are very excited about the new opportunities ahead and there will be no material changes to the business,” Paul Hay told EHN. “Generac, which also owns the lighting tower and generator manufacturer, Magnum, is a worldwide business that aims to be a leading supplier in each of the markets in which it has a presence. The acquisition gives us a platform for new product development and research, and hirers will see the fruits of this in due course.”
• EHN will report on the TowerLight business in greater depth in a future issue.
Fleet expansion at Smiths
Smiths Equipment Hire, which has its headquarters in Blackpool, reports that it is currently investing more than £250,000 in renewing and extending its fleet, including small plant and tools, as well as new powered access machinery.
The latest additions include new Skyjack scissor lifts worth more than £100,000, bringing Smiths’ current access fleet to more than 300 machines. Joint MD Thomas Smith told EHN, “With all the new laws and Health & Safety regulations with regards to working at height, we have experienced an increase in demand for well maintained and easy to use machines that meet the highest standards.”
In addition to having two outlets in Blackpool, the Smiths network includes depots at Blackburn, Bolton, Cleveleys, Kirkham, Manchester, Preston, St Annes and Warrington.
Latest Clements access additions
Clements Plant and Tool Hire has increased its powered access fleet with the delivery of its first Multitel MJ 201 truck mounted machine from distributor, Access Industries.
The unit, which has a maximum working height of just over 20m, benefits from having a front mounted telescopic boom that also incorporates a telescopic fly jib, which is designed to increase its operational versatility and to improve outreach at both high and low level.
Coventry-based Clements has also recently added more Niftylift booms to its portfolio, including the manufacturer’s HR 15 4x4 diesel machine, which offers a maximum working height of 15.6m and 9.8m outreach.
Mace partners with Geda
Mace Industries has been appointed as the UK distributor for Geda, the German hoist manufacturer. “We made contact with the company at Bauma earlier in the year, looking for products to add to our portfolio, and its range complements our line-up of lifting equipment and conveyors,” said Marketing Manager, Luke Mace.
“We have known of each other since Mace Industries was established back in 1986, and in those days we regarded ourselves as competitors. Following the agreement, we can now offer even more products to hirers, which will help them to simplify their supply chain.”
Products that Mace will now be distributing range from small rope hoists up passenger hoists, including Geda’s Fixlift 250; Lift 200 Standard and Lift 250 Comfort ladder lifts, and the 200 Z, 300 Z and 500 Z gear rack hoists.
New PASMA Chairman appointed
Chris Blantern, MD of Sheffield-based scaffold erection specialist, Hi-Point Access, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA). He takes over from Roger Verallo, MD of Euro Towers, who has stepped down after a period of four years in office.
Roger, however, will continue to serve the Association, having been appointed as the new Chairman of its Manufacturers’ Technical Committee, which monitors industry legislation and topics relating to product development.
Himoinsa powers into the UK
Spanish generator and lighting equipment manufacturer, Himoinsa, has appointed Clive Dix, pictured, as MD of newly formed Himoinsa Power Solutions, to establish a strong presence serving the UK hire market. “This is an exciting challenge, and my first task will be to build upon the work that UK Sales Manager, Steve Sutton, has accomplished in recent months, promoting the Himoinsa brand in the hire and standby power markets,” said Clive, who was formerly a Director of SDMO Energy. “Previously, the company promoted its sets through different dealers. We will be appointing and training more distributors and building a strong team, ready to do business before the year end.
“The new company will be based in Cheshire and plans are in place to stock over 100 generators and lighting tower units, ready for quick delivery throughout the UK. These will include a full range of Stage 3 compliant sets. We want to ensure we offer hirers a complete service with product availability, a comprehensive distributor network, training facilities and full support.”
Himoinsa Power Solutions has been quick to book space at the Executive Hire Show, and plans to display a wide range of generating sets and lighting towers, specifically designed for the UK market, on its stand in February. Himoinsa’s headquarters are in San Javier, covering an area of 65,000m2, with a manufacturing facility covering 40,000m2. It also has factories in France, India, China and the US.
• Our Power Generation Market Report starts on page 15.
Hinowa pleases hirers
Two independent hirers have become the first UK customers of the latest tracked boom lift from Hinowa, though distributor IAPS. Telford-based Hire! Freeman and GT Access, which has depots in Bromsgrove, Gloucester, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Stoke, have both bought the 20.10 Performance IIIS machine, which can lift 230kg throughout its working envelope which gives 18m maximum platform height and up to 9.7m of horizontal outreach. A dual pantograph boom also facilitates operation flush against walls.
John Freeman, MD of Hire! Freeman, said the machine would be particularly useful for work on historic buildings, especially at sites with narrow access and uneven ground conditions. GT Access MD, Geoff Till, stated that the 20.10 represented a good fit between the 17m and 23m models in his company’s existing Hinowa access fleet.
Westgate adds Bobcat minis
Westgate Plant (Hire and Sales), based in Margate, has taken delivery of two new Bobcat mini excavators, namely a 1.1 tonne E10 micro and an E16 model weighing in at 1.6 tonnes. The company has also bought an auger attachment for use with the latter machine.
Company owner, Peter Welsh commented, “We have been offering mini excavators for well over 20 years. After weathering the recession, which has seen the demise of several hire companies in our area, we are now noticing an increase in demand and are expanding our equipment fleet as the market begins to pick up.”
Demons in demand
Demon International reports brisk sales of its pressure washers to hirers. More than 90 machines have been despatched to Hire Station, including Hurricane petrol and diesel models, as well as cold water Storm units, while HSS has added a further 35 Tornado Mini Bowsers to its fleet.
Sales Director, David Walke, told EHN, “We had a fantastic start to the first quarter of the new financial year. We have invested significantly in new products and continue to work closely with both national and independent hirers to understand their needs.” He added that Demon is also developing its international sales base, with more than 25 machines having been supplied recently to a customer in the Middle East.