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SHOW HOSTS REGIONAL HIRERS’ MEETINGS
In the lead-up to the 2014 Executive Hire Show, to be held on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February, the Show team has hosted its inaugural Regional Hirers’ Meeting and a second event will be held later this month.
“Recognising that many hirers work in splendid isolation, we also decided to host an inaugural Regional Hirers’ Meeting in Bristol in mid-October for West & Wales hirers,” said Show Director Robert Aplin. “We invited hirers to take a break from their daily routine and attend our evening meeting that started at 4.30pm. The event was a great success, with 43 hirers, representing 24 companies, attending.”
While the event was an opportunity to update guests about the latest Show developments and encourage them to visit, it was, principally, an opportunity to meet informally with like-minded hirers. Gareth Hayward, MD of Alide Hire, described the West & Wales event as a “great evening where we could catch up in an out-of-work environment and interact with other regional hirers and discuss the issues of the moment.” The meeting was sponsored by MHM Plant, whose Chairman Josh Llewellyn, commented, “our customers thought the event was superb as they were able to share ideas with colleagues they don’t meet with very often.”
Based on this success, we are now inviting North West Hirers to a meeting on Thursday 28 November from 4.30pm in the Premier Suite at Haydock Park Racecourse. Hire Supply Co. and MHM are sponsoring the event and both are likely to make special offers on their respective equipment available on the evening. By the time you read this, we would have undertaken extensive mailings to hirers within a 30 mile radius of Haydock, but if you would like to attend, simply e-mail email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you on the 28th.
Euro Towers in the pink
Euro Towers supported the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear it Pink event in colourful style on 25 October, with staff joining in the charity’s initiative, which encouraged people to wear something pink at their workplace and make a donation. A raffle of home-made cakes, as well as items donated by Morrisons, was also held, along with several internal competitions.
A total of £460 was raised on the day, and other initiatives are being organised to add to the total. One of the events planned is the auction of a special limited edition Minifold low level platform that the manufacturer has produced, appropriately powder coated in pink. The auction will be held on the Euro Towers stand during the Executive Hire Show in February.
Euro Towers was also busy arranging events as part of PASMA’s National Tower Safety Week, which ran from 11-15 November. It held a series of open days at its Northampton headquarters, enabling people to learn about the manufacturing, assembly, and safety aspects of aluminium towers and low level access equipment.
Award nomination for Supply UK
The Birmingham Aston depot of Supply UK Hire Shops has been announced as the first shortlisted candidate for the 2014 Hire Network Award, which recognises excellent service at individual depot level. Two other finalists will be chosen before the end of the year, with the winner being announced at the Executive Hire Show.
Hire Network MD Barry Dean told EHN, “We have been very impressed by the quality of service that the Aston branch has provided. On one particular job recently, when a large quantity of fencing panels and other equipment needed to be collected from a site urgently, the staff acted immediately to get the job done, and their commitment was exceptional.”
TowerLight protects Olympic Park
Three TowerLight TL systems have been supplied on long-term hire by security specialist, Onwatch, to help guard the Olympic Park in east London from trespass, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour.
A mobile TL Master Security Tower is being used on the site, together with three portable slave units, which are remotely connected to the Onwatch central monitoring service. The main unit is self-powered and is designed to run for up to 700 hours on a single tank of fuel. A CCTV camera is fitted to the vertical hydraulic mast, together with heat and movement detectors, multi-directional wi-fi equipment and alarms. The module can also be used for making audio announcements to warn intruders and has the ability, if necessary, to contact the police.
Champion keeps on trucking
Champion Hire has started taking delivery of 15 Iveco Eurocargo vehicles as the Sheffield-based company upgrades is delivery fleet. They have 20ft double beaver-tails with drop-angled chassis and hydraulic loading ramps, and have been specified with automatic gearboxes, air brakes, reversing cameras and proximity warning sensors. Other items that have been fitted include ladder racks, extra-wide mirrors, remote controlled winches, flashing beacons, body spotlights and tachograph calibration.
“There's even a hands-free bluetooth facility for our mobiles and a radio/CD player. It's sheer luxury,” enthused Darren Varley, from Champion’s Leeds depot, who was the first of the company’s drivers to pick up one of the new vehicles.
Champion reports that it has invested approximately £750,000 in its delivery fleet this year, and is midway through a £2m re-investment schedule for plant and tools as the construction industry continues to recover.
Healey Hire buys Niftylift Hybrid
Healey Tool Hire has added a Niftylift HR21 Hybrid platform to the fleet of its Colchester depot. “We have run a number of access machines including Niftylifts, JLG units and Skyjacks,” said Branch Manager Rafe Healey. “However, we were always limited to a certain size due to transportation. We recently took the decision to up-rate our trucks so that we could carry larger booms and this Niftylift was the ideal choice for us, due to its low overall weight and impressive working envelope.
“Also important is our company’s environmental commitment, and the Hybrid’s Tier 4 power source with very low emissions, and the ability to be used on battery power, go a long way to helping us achieve this.” The 6.5 tonne machine is part of a larger order that included Niftylift HR12s and trailer-mounts.
Brandon’s handy app
Brandon Hire has launched a new app called Tool Belt, designed to enable tradesmen to inspect products in an on-line catalogue, as well as see prices, get advice and order equipment without having to leave a site.
“Although customers could access our website via their phones, the app makes it so much easier,” said MD Tim Smith. “Once it is downloaded, they can browse the catalogue, use a geo-locate function to find their nearest branch, or make contact via phone or email.”
Brandon says that the in-built catalogue is particularly innovative, since it does not rely on any connectivity to run. Users can also access a set of handy functions that include a digital spirit level and a unit converter. A project management tool and photo upload option will be added shortly.
Manchester depot for WH Surface Preparation
Specialist hirer, WH Surface Preparation UK, is establishing a depot in Manchester to complement its Gwent headquarters. “This reflects growing demand,” Director Nick Forbes told EHN. “We will be able to support customers better in the north west of England, the Midlands and into Yorkshire.”
Scheduled to open officially before the end of the year, the new Trafford Park premises will cover approximately 3,500ft2 and will include a dedicated showroom and a trade counter.
Powerful Atlas Copco Cobra
Atlas Copco says that a comparative test supervised by the independent TÜV Nord institution showed that its Cobra Pro petrol powered breaker outperformed even the manufacturer’s claims in terms of HAV and impact energy, and enabled greater productivity than two competitor petrol and electric models.
Three tests were undertaken, including a tri-axial vibration measurement on a Dynaload energy absorber, a real-life tri-axial HAV test on concrete performed by three operators, and a real-life impact energy measurement. Results showed an HAV reading of 3.8m/s2 on the Dynaload and 5.8m/s2 in real-life testing, delivering 61 Joules of impact energy and 1470W output at the chisel. The Cobra is also designed to give low levels of emissions and noise.
Dromad partners with IPS
Dromad Hire, based in Dundalk, is partnering with UK-based Independent Parts Specialists (IPS) to form IPS Ireland. IPS has installed its parts management system in Dundalk and says the facility has thousands of lines of replacement parts in stock.
Dromad MD Seamus Byrne commented, “IPS Ireland can offer the market a wider choice of parts, with next-day delivery and competitive pricing. Our technical team will be on hand 24/7 to ensure customers get the exact part they are looking for, along with service and advice.” IPS is the official UK parts supplier for Genie, Hinowa, Omme, UpRight, Youngman Boss, Grove Manlift, Manitou, Pop-Up, Schaltbau Machine Electrics and Snorkel.
CPA searches for Stars
CPA has launched its 2014 Search for the Stars initiative, which recognises the achievements of young people training to become plant mechanics. Entry is open to apprentices on courses at Level 2 and Level 3 at colleges throughout the country.
The Awards will be presented on the first day of the Vertikal Days lifting event at Haydock Park, being held on 14 and 15 May. 20 regional winners will be announced, together with two overall national winners. Prizes include vouchers for high-quality tools that they will be able to use throughout their careers.
Husqvarna saw impresses CEH
Construction Equipment Hire (CEH) of Maidstone reports that it has been highly impressed by Husqvarna’s K760 disc cutter with Oil Guard protection, having added 20 to its fleet. The hirer had previously offered the standard K760 model but, despite always sending the machine out with plenty of oil, as well as ready mixed fuel, it still found some customers were putting neat petrol into the machines, causing the engines to seize. Simon Read of CEH said, “Once we were shown the K760 Oil Guard we knew it was a no-brainer. It protects our investment, and the ROI is a lot greater than standard two-stroke cutters as it’s never in the workshop for major repairs.”
The Oil Guard system identifies the presence of two-stroke oil in the fuel, and if none is detected, then the machine automatically shuts down to idle, alerting the operator.