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Executive Hire News › Archives › November/December 2014 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Champion Hire has recently taken on three apprentices to train as plant maintenance fitters at its depots in Sheffield, Leeds and Chesterfield. Pictured, from left, Connaire Aylward , Cameron Hurst and, Joshua Wileman, who are respectively based at the company’s depots in Leeds, Sheffield and Chesterfield.
“We have found three great lads to join our experienced team and we hope this new development for us proves to be a real success,” said Adam Langham, Champion’s Operations Manager. “They have been given an excellent opportunity at York's Askham Bryan College, where they will receive industry-specific plant and equipment education, and practical training. We must thank our Apprenticeship Officers at CITB and the tutors at Askham Bryan who have helped us with this new and worthwhile commitment.”
Chris Nicholls, Manager of Champion's Sheffield depot added, “These are the first apprentices that the company has had in many years, and they are picking things up really quickly.”

Supply UK adds defibrillators

Supply UK Hire Shops has introduced a range of defibrillators into the fleet of its Survey & Laser Division, which also offers site safety equipment. The company has added Powerheart G5 models made by Cardiac Science, which are designed to enable both professional rescuers and first-time users to provide treatment.
Dave Thomas, MD at Survey & Laser, said, “As Health & Safety requirements become more demanding, it was a natural move to incorporate the Powerheart G5 into our equipment portfolio. It will ensure that the best possible therapy is available to the victim, critically, within the first three minutes, before the emergency services arrive at the scene.”

Werner completes Youngman acquisition

Werner Access Products UK Holdings Ltd has completed its acquisition of Youngman Group Ltd, following receipt of clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Werner’s Chairman, William T. Allen, said, “The Youngman and Boss brands are well recognised tower
and trade access product brands in the UK. The merger of Youngman and Werner UK will allow us to leverage our operations, product development, sales and marketing networks to strengthen Werner’s position in the construction and trade channels.”
Youngman Group MD, Paul Bentley, said, “We are proud to add the Youngman Group brands to the WernerCo family. They will continue to operate in the marketplace, as will the Abru and Werner brands. Looking to the future, we see opportunities to introduce new products from the larger WernerCo portfolio.”

Hilti launches cordless initiative

Hilti has introduced a cordless tools initiative called Make It Fit, designed to enable hire companies to purchase any number of individual tool bodies, batteries, chargers and carrying boxes or bags as they require, for greater flexibility.
“Historically, cordless equipment purchasing has been confined to buying ‘the box’, comprising, say, the tool, two batteries and one charger,” said Walid Hussain, Hilti’s National Tool Hire Manager for Hilti. “When a second ‘box’ is required, whether as a replacement or a different tool on the same platform, all elements have to be purchased again. Eventually, you may own, and have paid for, equipment that you may never use. Make It Fit offers the flexibility to create a cordless fleet to a very exacting specification, and then supply precisely what the customer requires.”

Genie adds small boom lift

A new challenger in the 12m self-propelled articulating boom market has been launched by Genie. The Z-33/18 has a lift capacity of 200kg and its operational envelope provides a maximum working height of 12m and a horizontal outreach of up to 5.57m.
Measuring 1.5m wide, the zero tail swing machine weighs 3665kg and has an AC electric drive system powered by eight 6V 360Ah batteries on a swing-out tray.
Genie claims that the AC independent motor controllers use less power than a traditional DC system for the same drive option. Regenerative braking extends battery charging intervals, and the machine can be driven when fully raised.

Bright outlook for Tippers Tool Hire

Lichfield-based Tippers Tool Hire has purchased five SMC TL-90 LED mobile lighting towers from Morris Site Machinery to meet anticipated demand in the run-up to the festive period, as people organise events like Christmas markets and erect temporary attractions such as ice rinks.
“Our environmental strategy means that we not only look for high performing equipment, but also kit that minimises the impact of our business on the environment,” said Director, Joe Tipper.
The machine has five 240W LED lamps with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, and can run from mains power via a changeover switch, or three towers can be linked together to run from one engine, giving up to 400 hours’ running time, according to the manufacturer. To emphasise the upbeat atmosphere, Morris invited Sophie Mould, a former Miss Wales, to attend the handover at Tippers’ Birmingham depot.

Avant Hire grows

Avant Tecno (UK) reports that its Avant Hire initiative is expanding. Launched at the Executive Hire Show with the intention of establishing a nationwide network of hirers, it has grown from an initial four companies to a current figure of eleven.
To increase this further, the company has appointed John Spencer as National Sales Manager for the Division. He previously worked for seven years with Winner Plant, one of Avant’s existing dealers and hire partners.
John Spencer says the company has devised a package that will appeal to hire companies currently offering compact plant such as mini excavators, who already have the necessary transport for carrying the machines. This includes an initial, discounted two-machine order with no payment other than a deposit for 90 days, and finance solutions to aid future fleet growth.

Fairfax sets a record

Selby-based Fairfax Hire Centres reports that turnover hit an all-time record for the business in October. It continues to expand, having become a Calor Gas dealer and adding a range of specialist gas and welding accessories, and has issued a colour brochure to highlight the range of products it offers for hire and sale.
Hire Manager, Mark Allerton, said, “We have tried to cover every angle as we have a very diverse client base. One of the main reasons for producing the brochure was a feeling that some customers were unaware of the tremendous range of products we stock.”

Marchstream nominated for Hire Network Award

Marchstream Tool Hire of Denton has been announced as the first shortlisted candidate for the 2015 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 done business with Marchstream for many years, and the staff consistently pull out all the stops to get the job done. They recently had to supply equipment to the television studios in Manchester where The X Factor is produced. They had to deliver to a very tight schedule and unsociable hours were involved, but they were brilliant from start to finish.”

4 Hire chooses Manitou

Jersey-based 4 Hire has bought six Manitou access platforms for its fleet to meet increasing demand from customers throughout the Channel Islands. The order comprised machines to undertake indoor and outdoor work, and include the 100VJR and 150AETJC electric lifts, and 160ATJ and 200ATJ rough terrain access platforms.
Nigel Blandin of 4 Hire said, “We were looking for a selection of platforms which could satisfy our diverse requirements and the
Manitou platforms offered performance and reliability”.
4 Hire also offers a range of the manufacturer’s forklifts in its fleet.

Case Rodeo success

EHN reader Richard Christian from the Isle of Man-based plant hire company, Stephen Christian & Sons Ltd, recently drove to victory in one of the challenges at the 2014 Case Construction Rodeo. Operators from 15 countries competed against each other on four different Case machines at the company’s Customer Centre near Paris.
Richard Christian won the Speeding Spider Skid Challenge. This involved using a TV380 compact tracked loader to pick up and carry a ball on the machine’s pallet forks, before discharging it to try and knock over nine skittles.

Tool and Plant Sales UK website launched

Tool and Plant Sales UK Ltd is a new website established by experienced hirer Gary Cooper, who has served in the hire industry for 30 years. “I wanted to create a single web platform centred on construction products and services. The idea was to create a supply chain that allows both hirers and trades to procure off one platform, which services the whole of the UK through an e-commerce site. The website has been designed with an e-shop, which can also to be used for the direct selling of construction products and consumables.” The web address is www.toolsalesuk.com


It is rare to report on people that have achieved 50 years’ service within the hire industry, but, hot on the heels of Selwood’s John Knight (see EHN September issue), comes news that Fred Tarrant has also reached this historic milestone.
On 9 November 1964, Fred Tarrant joined hirer Axworthy & Company in Winnersh, near Reading, to begin a long and illustrious career. In 1986 he purchased a controlling interest with his then partner, John Jones, from owner Alec Axworthy. This led to the acquisition of Didcot Plant Ltd in 1992 and sole ownership of Axworthy in 1998 until its closure in 2010. His experience, ambition and attention to detail has enabled Fred to develop Didcot Plant into one of the leading independent hirers in the Thames Valley trading from its impressive Basil Hill Road depot which was purchased in 2001 (see EHN Profile in October 2012 issue).
According to Didcot Plant Director Martyn Birch, “those who have met Fred over the years have always been greeted with good grace and a smile, and can’t have failed to be impressed with his depth of knowledge and understanding of our industry. Fred is highly respected throughout our area and his success has been built on maintaining high standards and sound business principles.”

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