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Executive Hire News › Archives › October 2015 › Executive Report : Executive news

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JCB to cut 400 jobs

It is a sobering thought that, in an issue where EHN takes the pulse of our UK and Ireland hire industry and finds that, generally, hirers are reporting record turnover and profits, the picture in world markets is much less positive. Global manufacturer JCB announced in late September that it is to cut 400 jobs after a "dramatic" slowdown in these markets.
Chief Executive Graeme Macdonald reported, “In the first six months of the year, the market in Russia has dropped by 70%, Brazil by 36% and China by 47%. Parts of Europe are also struggling, with France down by 26%. Even the strong growth in the UK and North America has softened due to a fall in market confidence over the summer.” In total, JCB employs 6,500 staff in the UK.

Clements helps develop new platform

Clements Equipment Hire of Coventry has helped develop a new truck-mounted access platform for enhanced safety when used for work on motorways and highways.
Sales Director Len Wright worked with manufacturer, CTE, to develop the new specification ZED 21JHV. It is designed to allow personnel to enter at the rear of the cage, away from oncoming traffic, with a specially adapted step at the rear instead of to one side. It also has dual outrigger controls, mounted on both sides of the vehicle, and an emergency lowering system is provided on a wander lead. The machine can be set up in a single lane closure, reducing traffic management costs while still maintaining a safe working environment. Clements has already hired it to a client undertaking motorway improvements in the Midlands.

CPA looks to the future

CPA has announced more details of the speakers lined up for its 2015 Plant Conference on 4 November at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, near St Neots, which has as its theme The Future of Plant Hire.
Presentations will include a talk by CPA’s Tim Watson about a new safety guidance which the Strategic Forum Plant Safety group is currently working on, called Preventing Adverse Consequences caused by Unintentional Movement of Construction Plant. Other topics will include technical developments in plant and machinery, and BIM (building information modelling). For further details and to register, visit www.cpa.uk.net/conference

Site Equip opens Kent depot

Hampshire-based Site Equip, which hires portable toilets, has established a second depot in Paddock Wood, near Tonbridge, to meet growing demand from customers in Kent, East Sussex, Essex and east London. The new facility was officially opened by the Mayor of Alton, Graham Hills.
MD Geoff Gilbert said, “The new depot is in a central Kent location, with good road links to key trading areas, making the site an ideal operations centre. Replacement of the existing buildings is planned, emulating the facilities at our HQ near Basingstoke.”

Smiths wins Morris draw

Smiths Equipment Hire has added a 1500psi Hilta pressure washer from Morris Site Machinery to its fleet, after winning it in a prize draw organised by the manufacturer.
Morris wanted to find out whether customers preferred to describe such machines as ‘pressure washers’ or ‘power washers’, and votes were canvassed via the company’s website, social media and face-to-face meetings.
Participants were entered into the prize draw, and the machine was won by Smiths, whose Lytham St Annes Depot Manager, Mark Oldrid, and Operating Director Dave Sudell received the machine from Morris’ Rick Fisher. In the poll, ‘pressure washer’ was the clear preference by a majority of two-to-one, and the term will be adopted by Morris in the future.

Celebrating Champion service

Champion Hire recently celebrated employee John Coulson’s achievement in having completed 25 years’ service with the Sheffield-based business. John started work at Champion’s Leeds depot on a government Youth Training Scheme as a trainee fitter. He later became a hire desk clerk, and after several years in this role, was appointed Depot Manager at Leeds in August 2003.
Chairman Tim Hale, who is pictured presenting John with a bottle of champagne and a cheque, together with Financial Director Jim Raybould and MD Keith White, told EHN, “John is one of many loyal and dependable staff who have been with us for years. We could not provide the kind of customer service that we do without guys like him”.

Customised SDMO generators for Hewden

As part of a recent order from Hewden, SDMO has adapted some of its Rental Compact generators to meet the specific requirements of users working at oil refineries.
Hewden purchased 90 machines, encompassing a power band from 30kVA to 275kVA. Some of these have been upgraded to petrochemical industry specifications, including the addition of spark arresters and air shut-off valves, to protect the generator in situations where high levels of gas may be present. SDMO has designed the valve so that it opens only when the set starts, and automatically shuts when the generator stops.

     
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