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Executive Hire News › Archives › April/May 2015 › Executive Report : Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news


NORTHERN EXPANSION

Northern Tool Hire of Ashton-under-Lyne has taken delivery of equipment worth approximately £200,000 which was ordered while visiting the Executive Hire Show. “We went to the Show to buy products that we had already selected to meet growing demand,” MD Stephen Jones told EHN. “Having planned and budgeted for our requirements, the decision was made to do a one-stop-shop at the exhibition.
“We were also impressed to see some fantastic new products on show. We appreciated being able to get technical information first-hand from suppliers there, and the fact that we could see and feel the products gave us the confidence to spend the whole budget in one go.”
Purchases were made to both refresh and expand the hire fleet, including Kubota 0.8 to 1-tonne mini excavators, tracked dumpers and high-lift 1-tonne dumpers from JCB, Youngman Boss tower, Atlas Copco hydraulic breakers, Hilti diamond drilling equipment, and turf cutters and stump grinders from Hire Supply Co.
“Demand is increasing and we are growing month-on-month. We plan to develop our sales operation and expand our in-house repair service, with the recruitment of additional fitters. We are also looking at on-line sales and hire opportunities.”

A-Plant places large Genquip order

A-Plant Accommodation has placed one of its largest ever single orders for static and mobile welfare units. It has invested £3.2m in more than 150 models manufactured by Genquip Groundhog, including environmentally-friendly 12V mobile site units that are designed to use less fuel, create less noise and reduce generator running time and servicing.
A number of Eco static welfare units with high energy performance ratings have also been bought. The mobile Groundhogs have been fitted with Chapter 8 chevron signs at the rear, to make them highly visible to other vehicles, since the units will frequently be parked at roadsides during contracts. In addition, A-Plant says that a further £8m will be invested in equipment for its Accommodation fleet over the next 12 months.

Kubota wins more mini sales

Kubota reports several significant sales to hirers recently, including an order from Coventry-based Clements Plant & Tool Hire through local dealer BTE Plant Sales for models including the 2.7-tonne U27-4, the U48-4 in the 5-tonne class, and the 8-tonne KX080-4.
MD Jim Longstaff said, “We first introduced Kubota machines into our fleet in 2011. Based on the fact that our customers are now demanding the brand by name, we have decided to move our complete excavator fleet to the manufacturer’s models. Currently, Kubota represents 80%, but this will reach 100% over the next few years.”
AV Plant of Brecon has taken delivery of three U55-4 zero tail swing minis. Owner Andrew Davies said, “The machine’s auto-shift system enables automatic travel shift from high to low, depending on conditions and terrain.”
Birmingham-based Savage Plant Hire has added six U27-4 minis and five KX019-4 models to its fleet following a spike in demand. MD Paul Savage said, “Many customers approach us directly looking to hire Kubota machinery and feedback for the new models so far has been excellent.”

PSM secures HAE Award

PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres of Blackfen, Kent, triumphed in the Hire Company of the Year (turnover up to £10m) category in the HAE Hire Awards of Excellence 2015, held in London.
“We have been working towards this achievement since we first opened our doors nearly 30 years ago, with little more than a van, a mixer, a couple of drills and loads of enthusiasm,” Director Mike Clegg told EHN. “We have come a long way since then. We might still be relatively small, but our work ethic, customer service and quality equipment makes us a true competitor in the plant and tool hire business.
Winning is a fantastic reward to everyone at PSM for their sheer hard work. Hearing the HAE say that our entry was one of the best they had ever received has got to be the highlight of our year.”
Pictured, from left, are Mat Llewellyn of Award sponsor MHM Plant, PSM’s Andy Mitchem, Mike Clegg, Sharon Clegg, Paul Clegg, Manjinder Nijjar and Kevin Wood, and event compere Debra Stephenson.

Record GAP fleet investment

Having finalised its capital expenditure budget for 2015/16, GAP says that it will spend a record figure on new equipment for delivery between April 2015 and March 2016. With an increase of 25% on last year’s capex spend, the hirer will invest £100m on products for its eight divisions.
This includes almost £40m of plant such as dumpers, excavators and rollers, £6m on transport and £21m on equipment for a chain of tool hire depots opening in a new London Tools & Access division to serve customers within the M25 area.
The first five will open in Walthamstow, Wembley, Kentish Town, Heathrow and Docklands, with dedicated access depots at Heathrow and Docklands. Five more locations will open within the next year.
Orders already placed include a total of 460 Terex site dumpers of 1, 3, 6 and 9-tonne capacity, and approximately 400 compressors from Atlas Copco worth more than £3m annually and to be delivered over the next two years. GAP Welfare Services will benefit from a £15m injection into welfare units and other equipment, and £18m of investment will be spread throughout the Event Services, Lifting Hire & Sales, Non-Mechanical Plant and Survey & Safety activities.

Showman’s Show shapes up

The Showman’s Show will be celebrating its 30th anniversary when it opens for business on 21 October at the Newbury Showground. Organiser Jeremy Lance expects that more than 350 exhibitors will be present at the two-day event, which last year attracted more than 4,400 event industry professionals. “The Show is the ideal platform for companies providing everything from practical and functional industry staples, to sustainable solutions, technology and entertainment, and it has something to offer anyone involved in organising events.” For more information visit www.showmansshow.co.uk

Andrews celebrates 50 years

Andrews Sykes recently held a celebratory lunch to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Appropriately, 50 guests attended, including founder John Andrews, former Co-Director Eric Johnson and staff members, both past and present.
Entrepreneur John Andrews established Andrews Industrial Equipment in 1964, distributing heaters and cleaning equipment. Detecting demand for the hire of machines, Andrews Heat for Hire was established in 1967. Air conditioning equipment was subsequently introduced to give year-round business opportunities, and the company’s first overseas subsidiary was opened in Holland in 1971.
The Sykes Pumps business was acquired in 1989, creating Andrews Sykes Hire Ltd. Today, the group’s brands include Air Conditioning, Boilers, Chillers, Dehumidification, Heat for Hire and Ventilation, as well as Sykes Pumps.
Creating an eye-catching presence at the event was an Opel Manta car that was driven by Russell Brookes to win the British Rally Championship in 1985, with Co-Driver Mike Broad. As we referred to in the article in our November/December issue on Andrews Sykes Technical Director, Dennis Gwynne, who has achieved 40 years’ service, the company sponsored the driver in 1974. The partnership lasted 17 years, making it, it is believed, the longest running commercial sponsorship in motor sport.

Selco Hire opens in Redhill

Builders’ merchant, Selco, has opened a new depot in Redhill, Surrey. It is the company’s 36th location and will include its Selco Hire activity which is being rolled out throughout its network.
Hire is offered at all branches in London and the south east of England, as well as Nottingham, and the fleet ranges from Husqvarna cut-off saws and Belle mixers, to Thwaites dumpers and Takeuchi mini excavators.

Makita hits a century

Makita is celebrating 100 years in worldwide business in 2015, and to mark the occasion in the UK it has produced limited edition versions of some power tools, including drills and multi-product sets, finished in bright metallic blue.
The organisation was founded in 1915 in Nagoya City, Japan, to produce electric motors, making its first power tool in 1958. In 1969, Makita made its first rechargeable battery powered drill, and introduced Lithium-ion battery driven products in 2005. Its UK subsidiary was established in 1972, and a production facility in Telford was opened in 1992. The range now encompasses more than 500 different tools.

Seddons expands into London

Seddons has expanded its nationwide network by opening a new London branch in Waltham Cross. The facility will offer a wide range of construction and grounds care equipment, along with spares and consumables, as well as replacement Honda petrol and Yanmar diesel engines.
MD Stephen Seddon said, “We have excellent branch coverage in Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands, and this new location allows us to service our customers in London and the south east more efficiently. We offer in-store collection and next working day delivery.”

MTS adds Cumbernauld depot

The MTS Group has opened a new hire depot in Cumbernauld offering Bobcat machines and attachments. The company also has branches at Leigh in Lancashire, at Birtley near Newcastle, and at its headquarters in Wakefield, complementing its sales activity.
MD Peter Watson said, “Scotland has always been a busy market for us, especially in the winter months and in times of inclement weather. In the past, we have served this market from Birtley, but the opening of the Cumbernauld depot brings us to the doorstep of customers in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland.”

More Manitou milestones

Morris Leslie Plant Hire has confirmed an order for 140 Manitou MT telehandlers, meaning it will have bought 250 machines from the manufacturer in the past 12 months. The order includes models with lift heights from 6m to 14m, and with load capacities from 2500kg to 4000kg. Graham Ogilvie, Group Operations Director, for Morris Leslie said, “Manitou is an important partner in our continued investment programme, which will see £45m spent in 2015.”
Another hirer with Manitou machines in its fleet, H.E. Services, recently visited the manufacturer’s headquarters in Ancenis, near Nantes. Chairman Hugh Edeleanu presented Manitou Vice President Jean Rouault with a model telehandler in a bottle, to represent more than 500 machines that the company now has in its fleet.
In addition, this year will see the production of the 500,000th machine made by the Group, which comprises the Manitou, Gehl and Mustang brands, and includes telehandlers, all-terrain forklifts, skid steer, tracked and articulated loaders, access platforms and attachments. To commemorate the landmark, a limited edition of eighty MLT 735 rough-terrain telehandlers have been produced in a special livery.


     
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