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Executive Hire News › Archives › November/December 2015 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Andover-based KFS Special Vehicles Ltd, which produces the Plant & Go low-floor truck, is set to increase production following its merger with Advanced Minibus Ltd of Clay Cross, Derbyshire. Called appropriately Advanced KFS Special Vehicles Ltd, the combined operation will maintain their separate production facilities, but also develop synergies between the two businesses.
The new company is headed by MD Ian Knight, with Steve Elwell as Sales Director. Mark Adams becomes Production Manager in Andover, which employs 12 people, with Gary Robinson as Production Director at Clay Cross, which has 30 staff. “For hirers, benefits will include faster production and better after-sales service,” Ian Knight told EHN. “We have been receiving more and more orders from new and existing client, and we will now have greater capacity. We can also hold larger stocks of cabs and vehicles for conversions, overcoming supply issues from manufacturers.
“As well as supplying our Plant & Go truck, we have also re-developed the L3 standard-height chassis cab vehicle, and are working on a new low-floor box body range, as well as a new dropside concept.”
Recent hirer customers have included Alide Hire Services, Artisan Hire, One Stop Hire, Neon Hire, South West Hire & Sales, Hares Hire and Skyline Hire.

Dromad fleet investment

Dromad Hire of Dundalk has continued to invest in new equipment for its fleet. MD Seamus Byrne told EHN that the latest additions include a 270cfm compressor and jack hammers from Atlas Copco, a Generac MT1 mini lighting tower, a Mace Shifta material conveyor, a Z46 articulated boom and a 3.65m vertical mast lift from Skyjack, and a 12kVA Stephill generator.

More Generac machines for GAP

GAP has bought approximately 450 eco-friendly lighting towers from Generac. These include the VB-9 model, fitted with an automatic mast operating safety system and light sensors for automatic operation, and the VT-Hybrid.
Ken Stewart, Head of Procurement at GAP, commented, “We are looking forward to offering our customers the VT-Hybrid for the first time. We have conducted an extensive field evaluation programme with some of our national customers and the feedback on its performance has been excellent.”
The hirer has also added more than 100 new telescopic handlers to its fleet, including machines from JCB and Manitou.

Selco plans new hire depot openings

Builders’ merchant, Selco, plans to open two more hire depots before the end of the year. The new sites will be established in Southampton and Weybridge, following the recent opening of a facility in New Southgate and the creation of new branches in Redhill and Coventry earlier this year.
This will take the number of Selco branches in the UK to 40, 24 of which are within London and the south east of England. Chief Executive Chris Cunliffe said, “We set ourselves a target at the start in 2015 of trying to double the size of the business within five years and these new openings are further steps towards achieving that.” Tool and plant hire is available in branches in London, Nottingham and Coventry, as well as at the new depots, and will be extended throughout the network in 2016.

Champagne for Show originals

During the Exhibitor Kick Off meeting at the Ricoh Arena in October for the 10th Executive Hire Show, guests who had also attended the inaugural meeting on 12 July 2006 were presented, appropriately, with Grand Vintage Champagne from that year.
Pictured, from left, are Show Director Robert Aplin, Gary McWilliam of Hire Supply Co, Josh Llewellyn of Genset and MHM, inspHire’s Karen Miles, Show Visitor Campaign Manager Steve McKenzie, Probst’s Neil Jones, Bob Hughes of CLM, Gemma Sharpe representing Takeuchi, and EHN Editor Alan Guthrie.

Apprentice lands “perfect” job with Sykes

Sykes Pumps has recruited a new apprentice as a result of the company’s charity links with Charlton Athletic FC’s Community Trust. Having left school, Zeppelin Machen-Smith attended a youth employment forum organised by the Trust, where he met Sykes Pumps’ Regional Director, Jason Saville, who was seeking new apprentices. “Zeppelin stood out straight away. He was articulate, intelligent and motivated, and he had a good technical understanding from previous experience working on cars. He now works with a mentor at our Charlton depot, repairing and maintaining pumps, ready to go out on hire.”
“If the job centre had asked me to name a job I wanted to do, I would never have thought of ‘pump engineer’,” said Zeppelin, “but this is the perfect role for me because I’m tinkering with engines every day and can see a genuine career path.”

Champion expands surface prep fleet

Sheffield-based Champion Hire has expanded its fleet of Trelawny surface preparation equipment range by adding more TFS230 floor strippers, a product that the company had trialled for the manufacturer before its launch at the Executive Hire Show this year. Each of the hirer’s five depots now has two TFS230s.
The electrically powered machine has a quick-release foot pedal to change blade angles. Typical applications include removing
vinyl floor tiles and linoleum. Trelawny’s Glenn Chapman, left, and Dave Styler, centre, from the manufacturer’s UK distributor, Yokota UK, are pictured with Champion’s Sheffield depot manager, Chris Nicholls, handing over the latest additions.

Hilti launches diamond core system

Hilti has introduced the X-Change Module (X-CM) diamond core system, which is designed to allow users to quickly re-tip core bits. Instead of being supplied as a single unit, the cores have a ring on the barrel which can be removed with a screwdriver before a new one is pushed and twisted into place. This eliminates the need for the entire implement to be sent for re-tipping, and users can take one barrel with different rings for various base materials.
New also is the TE DRS-4-A, an integrated dust removal attachment for Hilti’s TE 4-A22 cordless rotary hammer, which is powered entirely by the tool’s 22V battery.

Karcher buys Clean Sweep

Karcher UK has acquired Manchester-based Clean Sweep Hire, which offers the manufacturer’s cleaning machines for nationwide contract hire. “Hire and leasing has become a significant factor in the professional cleaning market,” said Simon Keeping, Karcher UK’s MD, who is pictured, left, with Clean Sweep MD Steve Dennis. “For years, companies have leased their vehicles, IT equipment and forklift trucks. Against that backdrop, many organisations are now making the same decision regarding their floor care requirements.”
Clean Sweep selected Karcher as its sole supplier in 2011, and offers specialist machines ranging from tub vacuums to mini road sweepers. Its customer base includes facility management companies, event organisers and manufacturers.

HSC London celebrates

Hire Supply Company’s (HSC) London operation is celebrating its tenth anniversary. It was established soon after the capital had been chosen to stage the 2012 Olympic Games, to supply equipment to hirers within the M25 from premises in Cricklewood.
“It was a real baptism of fire when we opened on 1 November, as it was a bitterly cold month and heaters were in great demand,” recalled MD Gary McWilliam. “It set the pace for what has become the norm for Manager Sean Burgess and his team, with most orders being delivered within four to six hours of receipt by drivers Steve Trower and Asllan Caka. They really are the Olympians of the hire industry.”

TAG Safety buys HTA

TAG Safety, a sister business to TAG Tool Hire of Halifax, has bought the assets of the Hire Trade Alliance. “We have worked with HTA over the last few years, offering members training for NVQs,” said TAG MD Tony Pilkington.
“HTA will keep its own identity and we plan to expand membership services, including Health & Safety compliance, employment law, insurance, finance and terms and conditions.”

Pickerings lightens the load

Pickerings Plant has introduced special load bank testing equipment for use in workshops at its 11 depots throughout the UK, for maintaining generators it hires alongside site accommodation and other equipment. The testers, manufactured by Cressall of Leicester, are designed to check a generator’s primary components by simulating electrical loads.
By stepping up the kilowatts applied on start-up, a machine’s ability to run at full load can be evaluated. Regular testing can also reduce carbon build-up, give more efficient combustion and decrease emissions. “When we expanded our range of generators, it was important for us to ensure that customers were getting the very best in terms of service,” explained Mark Chamberlain, MD of Pickerings.
“We need to know the generators are capable of taking the desired loads, while operating efficiently and to regulatory standards. Cressall also trained our staff in using the equipment.”

Hireforce nominated for Hire Network Award

The Birmingham depot of Hireforce has been announced as the first shortlisted candidate for the 2016 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 that Hireforce had been nominated for its consistently high efficiency in supplying a wide range of equipment throughout the West Midlands. The Birmingham depot was opened in July, complementing the company’s location in Leicester, which was established three years ago.

FLG has lift-off

Lifting equipment hire specialist, FLG Services, which is a division of A-Plant, has added new machines from the manufacturer, Linde, to its fleet. These include the L12 pedestrian pallet stacker, which has a capacity of 1200kg, and the T20 electric pallet truck which can lift loads of up to 2000kg.
Director Jeff Hudson said, “These machines offer optimum efficiency, safety and flexibility to meet the needs of our diverse customer base, from construction sites to warehousing staff. We have also purchased diagnostic software, allowing us to offer our clients a rapid response to any faults on-site.”

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