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HSC BUYS MIDLAND POWER
In a deal that was announced minutes before this issue went to press, the Hire Supply Company has purchased the business and assets of Midland Power Distribution UK Ltd from administration.
The initial details are that a new company, HSC Midland Power, has been formed following the acquisition of the Worcester-based business, which supplies machinery, engines, replacement spares parts and lubricants. The purchase means that 14 jobs have been saved at the Midland Power site.
HSC MD Gary McWilliam, told EHN that “there are great synergies between the businesses. The acquisition will strengthen HSC’s presence in the grounds care industry, as well as giving the opportunity to target new markets. Our intention is to now build on the core range offered by Midland Power, with next-day deliveries throughout the UK.”
This is obviously a major industry development and we will report on it in greater detail in our next issue.
Orange opts for GreenMech
GreenMech has appointed Newcastle-based Orange Plant as a regional dealer. It currently has seven depots around the country engaged in the sale and hire of arboricultural equipment.
“Since 2001 we have been exclusive to Timberwolf products,” said Joanna Chapman, Orange Plant’s MD, “but whilst we will continue to carry its machines in our fleet, and provide service support to those we have sold into the market, we decided to switch to the GreenMech brand.”
She added that the manufacturer’s latest products could open up new markets for Orange, whose hire fleet currently includes more than 150 wood chippers, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the UK.
Fairfax strikes it lucky
Fairfax Plant Hire of Selby struck it lucky at the Show. Pictured with Euro Tower’s Gary Boyce are Business Development Director Mark Love (left) and Hire Manager Dave Prime, who took advantage of Euro Towers’ Show Offer of a free Stepfold podium for every order over £1,000 placed on its stand.
As well as being a Runner-Up in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ category in the Passionate Hirer Awards, Mark Love’s name was also the first drawn out of the hat in our prize draw for hire visitors who completed and returned our Show questionnaire. A cheque for £500 is already on its way to the company.
Alide fleet expansion
Alide Hire Services recently took delivery of a variety of equipment from Youngman Group, as it continues to expand its hire fleet. The order comprised five Boss Solo 700 towers, two Ecolite lighting towers with automatic dusk-till-dawn running capability, and seven Boss X3X compact scissor lifts.
“We now have 11 Ecolites in our fleet, and customers like their eco-friendly characteristics and long running capabilities,” MD Gareth Hayward told EHN. “The new X3X platforms we have just bought bring our total of these machines to 24, with steady demand coming from contractors needing to meet Health & Safety requirements regarding work at height. The recently launched Solo tower should prove popular as it can be erected quickly by one person, and we see good potential demand for it from small tradesmen and contractors undertaking work on guttering and general building projects.”
New Dynapac additions
Atlas Copco Road Construction Equipment recently held a launch event in Sweden to announce additions to its Dynapac machinery portfolio. While many of the latest products, such as planers and pavers, are likely to be owned by contractors rather than hired, the event provided an opportunity to give an update on its range of single and tandem rollers.
Models now span 1600kg to 3900kg. The CC1100, CC1200 and CC1300 are available in two configurations, namely with dual steel vibratory drums or as a ‘combi’ version with one vibratory drum and four rubber tyres. The smallest CC800, CC900 and CC1000 machines are engineered primarily for small asphalt tasks, while the CC1100, CC1200 and CC1300 are designed for asphalt compaction on streets and pavements. On combi versions, the wheels are operated in pairs via separate drive motors, to reduce the risk of shearing newly laid asphalt when making sharp turns.
Some larger Dynapac rollers, such as the new 9 tonne CC2300, are available with ECO-mode, which is designed to minimise engine speed while maintaining the required compaction level, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The manufacturer explained that much of the research and development for new machines derives from Dynapac’s Technology and Application Centre in Sweden, which has over 70 years’ experience of compaction, paving and concrete application.
Morris announces Weld-Off champions
Sixteen welding students from across the country competed at Morris Site Machinery’s headquarters near Wolverhampton recently, in the company’s Great British Weld-Off initiative.
Four students from Coleg Cambria in Wrexham emerged as the winners, competing against three other teams in a series of welding challenges to demonstrate creativity, skill, safety awareness and industry knowledge.
The winning team, whose achievements included making a scale model First World War tank, receive a one year training programme
with Morris, an ArcGen Weldmaker 165PS2, and equipment from Speedy, who supported the event.
Generation Access wins Hire Network Award
The Silvertown depot of Generation Access has won the 2014 Hire Network Award. The Award was presented to Branch Manager, Steve Amor, by Hire Network MD Barry Dean, during the first day of the Executive Hire Show.
The trophy is awarded in recognition of staff excellence at an individual depot, and the company, which was a runner-up in the event last year, was chosen from three shortlisted finalists. This year’s runners-up were Instant Hire of Southampton, and the Birmingham Aston depot of Supply UK Hire Shops.
BELLE BONUS FOR PASSIONATE HIRERS
Altrad Belle MD Ray Neilson clocked up the miles immediately after the Executive Hire Show, visiting the hire companies that were successful in the Awards presented during the evening Party.
The manufacturer donated a Mini 150 Belle mixer and an Ultimate Belle Warrior wheelbarrow to Phils Tool Hire of Welshpool, the winner of the Passionate Hirer Award in the Small to Medium Hire Centre category; Traction Equipment (Stafford) which won in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ class; and to Hewden for its Avonmouth depot, which received a special award in the latter category.
Ray travelled to visit each hirer within days of the Show closing, to personally hand over the Belle equipment.