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Executive Hire News › Archives › September 2014 › Executive Report : Executive news

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An employee of Coventry-based Clements Plant & Tool Hire has celebrated 40 years of service with the company. Paul Dixon joined in 1974 from school, and after completing an apprenticeship worked as an HGV mechanic, plant fitter, mobile service engineer and, most recently, as Works Manager. He is also a qualified HGV driver and PAL certified machine operator.
To celebrate the occasion, Clements’ owners, Chairman John Jennings and MD Jim Longstaff, presented Paul with a celebratory plaque, a mounted machine display, an engraved hip flask and a fountain pen. They also presented Paul and his wife Lorraine with tickets for an all-inclusive break to Jersey, plus £400 spending money, being £10 for every year served.
“Paul, or ‘Crab’ as he is affectionately nicknamed, has been a fantastic servant to the company,” said Jim Longstaft. “He always has a smile and is an amazing font of knowledge for our younger team members. He’s happy to coach them and has a sixth sense when fault-finding, which is invaluable”.
John Jennings added, “Paul is one of four employees who have worked their entire career with the company, and this is something that we are extremely proud of. He is a popular and valuable member of our senior management team.”

Werner to acquire Youngman

Youngman Group has agreed terms with Werner Access Products UK Holding Ltd, whereby Werner will acquire 100% of the shareholding
in Youngman. The acquisition is conditional upon clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority, and is expected to complete at the end of October. The incumbent management remains in place.
Paul Bentley, Youngman Group’s MD commented, “This deal, if approved by the CMA, will see Youngman become part of WernerCo, a leading global access products company and the world’s largest ladder manufacturer.”
WernerCo Chairman, William T. Allen, said, “The Youngman and Boss brands are recognised tower and trade access product brands in the UK and fit well with Werner’s existing UK ladder business.” WernerCo is a privately owned, international manufacturer and distributor of climbing products, fall protection equipment and van storage equipment.

Kubota wins more orders

Kubota reports several recent sales of mini excavators to hirers, including Champion Hire which placed an order with BTE Plant Sales for 30 new machines in the one to three tonne class, worth just over £500,000. These include ten each of the K008, KX016-4 and KX61-3, which will be distributed across a number of the company’s depots.
John Coulson, Depot Manager at Leeds/Bradford, said, “We have seen a significant rise in demand for plant and equipment since Christmas, and this continues to gather pace.”
Elsewhere, Essex-based dealer, Hosplant Sales has supplied 21 new machines to Emmitt Plant, which has depots in Ipswich, Corby and Diss. Models ordered include the 2.7-tonne U27-4 zero tail-swing mini and the 8-tonne KX080-4, and brings the total number of Kubota machines in the fleet to more than 80.
The manufacturer has also extended its contract with the telematics and tracking system supplier, Trakm8, which provides hardware and corresponding monthly subscriptions via a hosted web portal for a range of Kubota machines.

Landmark Groundhog delivered

A-Plant has taken delivery of the 5,000th GP360 mobile welfare unit to be manufactured by Genquip Groundhog. The new addition to the fleet immediately went on hire to Balfour Beatty for a contract in Leeds.
The landmark unit is a 3.6m single-axle GP360 Fusion model, designed to offer significant cost savings as the hot water and heating are supplied by an on-board 12V system which does not require the generator to run. It also helps to reduce CO2 emissions. A-Plant’s Accommodation Division has a large fleet of Groundhogs, purchased from Genquip over the past ten years.

Drogheda increases Takeuchi fleet

Drogheda Hire of County Louth reports that it has been steadily expanding its fleet to meet growing demand following the continued upturn in the Irish market.
MD David Donegan says that its most recent investment includes 16 Takeuchi mini excavators in the 1.5 and 3-tonne weight classes, as well as, for the first time, 6 tonne machines. “We have seen noticeable demand for larger excavators, following growth in ground works activity. Our four new 6 tonne TB260s provide a powerful excavating option and will help us win new business.
“We have also added six of the new 1.6-tonne TB216 models, which replaced the popular TB016, as well as six new 3-tonne TB228s. We now have a fleet for all types of hire customer, totalling 41 machines and ranging from 0.75 to 13 tonnes, most of which are Takeuchis. They remain the preferred choice for utilities, jobbing builders and other users for their all-round performance and reliability.”
Drogheda Hire was a finalist in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ category of the Passionate Hirer Awards 2014.

Plantool opens new Daventry depot

Customers and suppliers turned out in force for the official opening of Plantool Hire Centre’s new Daventry depot, which was carried out by the town’s Mayor, Councillor Ron Fox. The move to purpose-designed premises at Low March forms part of the company’s continued expansion programme.
The new 6,500ft2 depot, located on one of Daventry’s main arterial roads, offers easy access and extensive parking facilities. The additional space will also allow the company to stock a broader range of tools, equipment and a more varied sales stock.
MD Ben Jones, pictured right, says that more than £300,000 has already been invested in new fleet additions, from breakers and floor sanders, to mini excavators and access platforms. Plantool also has depots in Kettering, Lutterworth, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Nuneaton.

Selco’s colourful Fairport start

Fairport Construction Equipment has supplied an initial batch of compaction and concreting equipment to Selco Hire, part of the Selco Builders Warehouse builder’s merchant, which is opening hire operations at branches across the UK.
The order included 100 FPL320 and 50 FPC350 plate compactors, painted in Selco colours and with laser-cut corporate logos. The company also took delivery of ten petrol poker drive units and 20 electric drive units, complete with 30 flexible shaft pokers.

Aberdeenshire hirer opts for Volvo

Roy Cowie Land Based Services of Banchory, Aberdeenshire, has purchased two EC18C Volvo mini excavators for its hard landscaping and hire divisions. The 1.8 tonne machines have a 16.8hp engine and incorporate automatic two-speed travel and an extendable undercarriage. They have a load-sensing hydraulic system for faster cycle times, and have been fitted with cabs and Harford hydraulic quick hitches.
The company, which offers machines for hire locally, has held the Royal Warrant for the past eight years for landscaping services on the Royal Balmoral Estate.

Avant appoints new MD

Avant Tecno (UK) has appointed Raimo Ala-Korpi as its MD. Former boss Jukka Vaattovaara, pictured right, says he will still have input into the UK market, but will be able to spend more time on the Finnish manufacturer’s global activities.
Raimo Ala-Korpi said, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on the work carried out by Jukka over the last few years which has resulted in the UK becoming one of Avant's strongest markets. In particular, I am keen to extend both the dealer and Avant Hire networks for our growing range of products, covering access platforms, demolition machines and compact loaders.”

JCB wins £35m A-Plant order

JCB has secured an order for more than 1,000 machines from A-Plant, in a deal worth £35m. It is the manufacturer’s largest order so far this year from a UK customer, and comprises primarily mini and midi excavators, telehandlers, rough terrain forklifts, and backhoe loaders. It also includes low-emission JS130 tracked excavators, which sees the hirer expanding into the 13-tonne machine category, and which have been added for a contract with the Environment Agency.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said, “The UK market is currently the fastest growing in the world and JCB is on course for its best performance in the UK since 2007, which helps to offset downturns in markets such as Brazil, India and Latin America.”
A-Plant’s latest order follows a deal for 800 JCB machines in 2013, and a further 550 in 2012.

Already on track with Hinowa

Already Hire has ordered two Hinowa HS701 tracked dumpers for use by contractors working on transport infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail, and the London Underground, as well as builders working in confined spaces.
Already, which has depots in Dartford, Heathrow, Slough and Tower Bridge, is the first company to purchase the machine, which was recently launched by UK distributor, Access Platform Sales (APS). Already’s Trevor Goodwin, who is pictured, left, with APS’ Lee Louder, said, “When it comes to underground rail, these compact machines can access areas that are impossible to reach with bigger dumpers.
“Also, the narrow width means they fit comfortably between the rail tracks, making it easier and safer to move them around. The compact height also means that the HS701 fits in a van, helping us to minimise transport costs.” The HS701 has a Kubota diesel engine and a mast-type hi-tip capability, enabling it to load skips up to 1.35m high.

Rhino hungry for Bobcats

Rhino Plant Hire, which is based at Brentwood in Essex, has purchased the first two Bobcat S450 skid steer loaders in the UK as part of an expansion in its fleet, which now totals approximately 50 such machines, including several existing Bobcat S70 and S100 models.
Steven Shelford, who runs Rhino with fellow Director, Nick Bloxham, said, “We formed the business in 2002 and have been offering skid steer loaders for over ten years. When local dealer, Bobcat of London, showed us the S450, we were very impressed with its solid build and design, and ordered two straight away. We have a wide range of companies and individuals hiring machines, from demolition and ground works contractors, to landscapers and farmers. We also offer a choice of attachments that can be hired for different applications, such as grapple buckets and pallet forks.

Speedy powers WWI commemoration

Speedy provided a comprehensive package of equipment and support for the recent Memories of August 1914 street theatre event held in Liverpool to commemorate 100 years since the start of WWI. The hirer provided twenty-seven 100kVA generators and fuel tanks, which powered various elements of the five-day event, including a symbolic Wall of Light made from car headlights, which marked the culmination of the display.
An estimated one and a half million people visited the city during the event, and Speedy supplied more than 5,000 crowd control barriers. It also organised the provision of specialist delivery vehicles, temporary electricity installation at the rehearsal site, lighting and lifting equipment, and round-the-clock support.


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