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ALIDE GOES LARGE
Bristol-based Alide Hire Services looks set to invest a record figure for its tool and plant hire fleet during 2014, which could exceed
£1m, writes Zoe Melegari. This includes not only more of existing products, but also new, larger equipment being introduced for the first time to meet customer demand.
MD Gareth Hayward said, “The key to this capital expenditure is to create a balance between the core items, such as breakers and aluminium towers, which have great utilisation, and the peripheral products, which are of a more specialist nature and achieve a greater return. We anticipate customer needs and invest accordingly.
“These new additions to the fleet include nine EasyCabin Eco 12 welfare units, from AJC Trailers, for which we achieve £220 per week. Also new is a Niftylift 120T trailer mount, which has rapidly proved popular. Core equipment spending has included 20 more dehumidifiers from Dri-Eaz, Dustcontrol vacuums, Youngman Boss towers, Terex pedestrian rollers, Stihl saws and Altrad Belle mixers.”
Alide can’t keep up with the demand for its range of diggers and dumpers. “We have devised a plan to double the fleet within eight years. Starting in 2013, we had 60 items in our compact plant fleet.
By 2021, we aim to have 120. In March this year we spent over £200,000 on Takeuchi mini excavators. In addition, the pace of demand means that we have outgrown our Keynsham depot and plan to relocate it in order to fully maximise its growth potential.
“Some suppliers can’t match our progress, and frustratingly we’ve had to cancel some orders for floor sanding equipment, excavators and high-lift dumpers. However, the future looks great and we will continue to invest in a similar vein as the economy grows.”
Fork Rent invests in Manitou machines
Fork Rent has recently invested in 35 new Manitou MT625 telescopic forklifts, adding to their existing fleet, to satisfy the rise in demand for materials handling equipment.
MD Guy Nicholls commented, “The MT625 meets all our criteria. It is easy to transport from site to site and is very user friendly. The extra lift height for such a compact model and increased forward reach gives it more hire potential. With restricted access at an increasing number of construction sites, the machine’s width and height of 1.82m and 1.92m respectively enable it to operate in areas with low headroom and narrow doorways.”
Orange Carlton cuts stumps to size
Carlton stump grinders supplied by specialist hirer, Orange Plant, which also imports the machines into the UK, are enabling a tree surgeon to achieve better results and greater efficiency.
John Stenning of Sussex-based Canadian Roots Tree Surgery said, “I used to own a chipper, but after seven years it was coming to the end of its life. I considered buying a new one, but after talking to my local Orange Plant depot I decided to hire instead, as I can choose the model best suited to a particular job.”
• Our Grounds Care, Gardens & Landscaping Market Report begins here.
TowerLight Hybrid gets Speedy’s vote
Speedy recently supplied a fleet of TowerLight VT-Hybrid lighting towers to provide enhanced security at the state opening of Parliament in June. The environmentally sound lighting sets were used to illuminate exclusion zones around Westminster Palace before, during and after the ceremony.
Dromad fleet investment continues
Dromad Hire of Dundalk has taken delivery of more Yanmar mini excavators, including Vio17 and SV08 models. According to General Manager Ronan Cotter, “These 2 tonne machines come into their own when working in confined spaces or in narrow areas, as they have no rear overhang and retractable undercarriages. They also facilitate work close to walls.”
The Dundalk-based hirer has also bought more Atlas Copco compressors, including XAS186 and XAS47 models, as well as three more Peugeot vans which will enable it to extend its 24-hour field support service for long-term hires over a larger area.
Travis Perkins achieves SafeHire goal
Travis Perkins has gained accreditation for HAE’s SafeHire scheme, following assessments at its depots and those of its Keyline Hire and BSS Hire operations. HAE Operations Manager, Gill Bridger, recently presented Ian Jackson, Group Hire Performance Standards Manager for Travis Perkins, with the company’s certificate.
Group Hire Director Richard Dey, commented, “At Travis Perkins it is essential that we develop a culture where everyone takes responsibility, preventing harm by actively influencing others. Achieving SafeHire accreditation is part of an on-going journey of constant improvement to ensure that our customers receive the best service across our business.”
New Network Hire service launches
Network Waste, a Norfolk-based waste management business, is to introduce a nationwide one-call service called Network Hire on 1 August. Network Hire MD Chris Dear said, “Anything we are asked for, we will say yes to, from excavators, dumpers and mixers, to drills, compaction plates and fences. We will also supply cement and aggregates. To be competitive, we have decided to use specialist suppliers who can source the exact equipment required.”
Network Waste’s customers range from public limited companies to small businesses, and include the Mears Group building maintenance services organisation, the facilities management company Europa, and Brandon Hire.
Red-D-Arc acquires Hember
Specialist welding equipment hirer and supplier, Hember Ltd, has been acquired by the US-based power generator and welder hirer, Red-D-Arc Welderentals.
Hember’s former head office in Warrington has been re-located to a larger facility in St Helens. Three of its other depots have also moved
to bigger premises in their areas, with the operations at Barton in Humber, Bridgend and Portswood now being based respectively at Brigg, Port Talbot and Totton. The branch at West Thurrock remains unchanged.
Red-D-Arc has had a UK presence for five years, and also supplies equipment through a network of associated partners throughout the country.
Traction adds JCB telehandlers
Traction Equipment (Stafford) has added to its already diverse fleet following the recent purchase of two compact JCB 520-40 Loadall telehandlers.
“When one of our customers initially enquired about the availability of such machines, we began researching various options,” said Director Peter Jennings, who is pictured, right, taking delivery of the machines. “Informal discussions with other clients reinforced the opportunity to generate more business with compact telehandlers, and this research also revealed a preference for JCB machines. Following a demonstration by local dealer, Gunn JCB, we placed our order for two.
“A potential spanner in the works was the lead time for these machines, which are in high demand and difficult to come by. The manufacturer and Gunn JCB bent over backwards to help with our immediate need by loaning us two demonstration units, whilst the schedulers at JCB moved heaven and earth to build our machines early. I’m really impressed that we took delivery well before the original estimate of July.”
• Traction Equipment was the winner in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ category of the Passionate Hirer Awards 2014, and we profiled the company in our April/May issue.
Dale Hire chooses Dynapacs
Essex-based Dale Hire and Sales has added Atlas Copco’s Dynapac CC1200 articulated tandem rollers to its hire fleet. The company has five depots in Maldon, Witham, Braintree, Halstead, and Chelmsford, and the machines will be hired to users in civil engineering, house building and general construction.
The CC1200 has an operating weight of 2.6 tonnes and a drum width of 1200mm. Power comes from a Kubota diesel engine, and the machines are designed to offer easily accessed service points and straightforward controls.
Fosseway Hire expands Hilti fleet
Shipston-on-Stour based Fosseway Hire has invested over £25,000 in new equipment from Hilti. The order comprises 50 tools, including breakers, combi-hammers, rotary hammers, hand-held petrol saws, diamond drilling machines, angle grinders, circular saws and reciprocating saws.
“We have personally tested just about every tool on the market and rejected anything that lacks power, efficiency or longevity,” said Trevor Palmer, Marketing Director at Fosseway, which also has a depot in Bourton-on-the-Water. “The performance and durability of Hilti products has seen us phasing out other brands and converting the entire hire fleet to its tools,” continued Trevor.
Training course Champions
Champion Hire recently presented safety training certificates to a further eight employees, taking the number of First Aid trained staff to 42% of its total workforce.
“We don't just hire equipment out,” said Chairman Tim Hale. “We ensure that all our staff have the relevant accreditation so that our customers, who are mostly from the building industry, have confidence in the advice that we give. The First Aid training course is just one of many that we run.”
Champion has also appointed two new Technical Sales Executives, namely Ian Burton covering the Doncaster area, and Luke Clayton responsible for the Sheffield region.
Updated telehandler guidance from CPA
The CPA’s Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has published additional information on handling suspended loads in its guidance entitled Safe Use of Telehandlers in Construction. It is available as a four-page stand-alone document and will be incorporated into the main publication at its next revision.
Issues covered include planning, operator training, and the lifting and transportation of suspended loads. The section dealing with tyre replacement and tyre pressures has also been extended, to reflect their influence on telehandler stability, and more emphasis has been added on the use of seatbelts to protect the operator if the machine overturns. Both the new guidance and the original document can be downloaded free at http://cpa.uk.net/sfpsg/#Telehandlers
Altrad acquires Star Events
Altrad Beaver 84, part of the Altrad Group, has acquired a majority shareholding in the staging, seating and rigging specialist, Star Events Group. Based in Bedford, it provides infrastructure services to domestic and international events. Steve Tysoe has become MD of the Star Events Group/Altrad Beaver 84 operation, and Star co-founder, Roger Barrett, is Special Projects Director.
Hewden adds accommodation
Hewden has added accommodation units to its Core Fleet range of products. The line-up comprises the ten models customers hire most frequently, sourced from five national hubs, and the hirer says these can be delivered anywhere in the UK, within three days.
Hewden Director, Andrew Thompson, said, “We have invested heavily this year in both our accommodation fleet and hub infrastructure, including a further £2m in our transport fleet.”
• These Executive News articles were edited by Zoe Melegari.