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Executive Hire News › Archives › April/May 2017 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Boels buys Supply UK

Netherlands-based Boels Rental has acquired Supply UK Group for an undisclosed sum. Supply UK currently has 19 tool and equipment hire depots throughout the UK, as well as a specialist Survey & Laser division with six locations. It has 165 employees, all of whom have been retained. The business will be re-branded as Boels at a future date.
Supply UK MD, Chris Haycocks, told EHN, "We have always been a forward-looking business and Boels' investment will enable us to accelerate our expansion and will lead the next phase of the company's growth. It will allow us to offer an increasing selection of new equipment and to rejuvenate our geographical expansion, strategically infilling areas in our network. Boels is an ideal business to partner with, as it is a dyed-in-the-wool tool hire operation led by people who understand this industry"
Pierre Boels, MD of Boels Rental, said,"The UK is the largest market for equipment and tool rental in Europe, so it was a natural step for us, having found the right team in Supply UK that shares our customer service ethos. The rental concepts we will bring, together with continued investment in new equipment and facilities, will work well for customers in the UK." 
Boels Rental operates from more than 350 locations in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Slovakia, and offers larger plant in some of these markets.

Banner acquires Premier

Sheffield-based Banner Plant Ltd has acquired Premier Plant and Tool Hire Ltd, which has two depots in Leicester. It offers a broad range of tools and plant and will provide a new operational location in the Midlands for Banner Plant, which has branches in Dronfield (Sheffield), Chesterfield, Derby, Leeds, Rotherham and Ossett.
Banner Plant's fleet includes additional product lines, such as powered access, site accommodation and large compressors, which will now be available to Premier's customers.
Giles Boot, MD of Banner Plant, is pictured, left, with Premier's former owner, Rob Hughes, who will remain at the helm in his new role as General Manager, Leicester.

Ardent orders more Ammann rollers

Ardent Hire Solutions has placed an order with A&Y Equipment for more than 100 new Ammann rollers in a deal said to be worth approximately £4m. These will be distributed across its network of 14 depots.
The purchase encompasses a variety of machines, including trench rollers, light tandem models and single drum self-propelled rollers. The trench rollers are the latest Rammax 1575 models which are remote-controlled and have an articulating and oscillating central joint for stability. Also included are three versions of ARX tandem rollers, ranging from the smallest 80cm drum width ARX12 and the 120cm ARX26, up to the ARX45 which is a 138cm-wide model.

GAP chooses Kubota

GAP has chosen Kubota as its sole supplier of excavators ranging from 0.8 to 8 tonnes. The hirer purchased 900 machines from the manufacturer last year, and says it will gradually replace other brands in its fleet with Kubota models.
MD Iain Anderson said, "After purchasing such a huge quantity of excavators last year, we felt this exclusive agreement would be immensely beneficial to both parties as we move forward. One feature of the machines that stands out is the power and strength of the engines. They are virtually bullet-proof and many of the other pieces of equipment we offer, such as dumpers, also run on Kubota diesel engines."

Beaver 84 opens in Basildon

Beaver 84, which hires and supplies non-mechanical construction equipment, has re-located one of its busiest depots, in West Thurrock, to Basildon on a 2.5 acre site that is more than twice the size. It becomes the company's largest facility, together with another recently opened site in Bordon, Hampshire.
"This is an exciting time for us as the additional space across Basildon and Bordon will serve us well in our efforts to expand over the coming years," said Steve Tysoe, MD of Beaver 84, which is part of the Altrad group. "We will increase our stock so we are able to reach more customers in the southern region."
To cope with demand for edge protection products for concrete, steel and structural timber framed buildings, Basildon will become the southern region's Edge Protection Solutions hub, with a dedicated team complemented by a similar operation at the company's Widnes depot serving the north of the country.

Biggest order yet from Fairfax

Fairfax Plant Hire has bought eighty 8-tonne Hitachi excavators in what the company describes as its biggest single machinery order to date. The hirer, which has its Head Office in Selby and recently opened a depot in Leeds, has bought the ZX85USB-5 models to meet growing demand throughout its region.
Development Director Mark Love said, "This will take us to the next level as we continue to grow the company and the Fairfax brand. We thoroughly researched the market before settling on the Hitachi excavators which ticked every box in terms of performance, operator comfort and ease of maintenance."
Fairfax also recently purchased a further 20 JCB telescopic handlers for its fleet, which now comprises more than 800 machines. The order included various model sizes, from the compact 516-40 upwards.

Boss Cabins goes for growth

Boss Cabins is celebrating after having been recently included in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 listing of Britain's fastest growing private companies. The business was recognised for its significant increase in annual sales of 57.68% over the last three years.
Matthew Wordsworth, MD of the company, which specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of road towable welfare units, said, "The support of our customers was a vital part of our winning of the award as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK."
New initiatives include offering customers the opportunity to upgrade the purchase of their next mobile welfare unit to one of stainless steel construction with a 25-year anti-corrosion guarantee, along with free upgrades to the company's patented Redbox Infinity generator, which is designed to provide 2,000-hour service intervals.
Boss Cabins will also soon enhance its service offering with the launch of a dedicated accident and repair facility, which will also provide courtesy cabins, as well as a new parts centre with comprehensive stock holdings for rapid supply.

Hirebase charity initiative

Sustainable development charity, Raleigh International, has announced a partnership with Hirebase and its builders' merchant parent, Buildbase.
The two companies will provide funding for the charity's youth-led development work in Tanzania, as well as supporting a project to improve access to safe, sustainable water and sanitation for schoolchildren. There will also be opportunities for four of the businesses' employees aged between 17-24 to volunteer on the initiative. The project will start this summer and the four participants will travel to Tanzania in October.
Adrian Watts, MD of Hirebase said, "The opportunity to make a difference by collaborating with Raleigh International was something we just could not overlook. It marks a key step forward in making our corporate responsibility activities tangible, as well as supporting the development of young people, including our very own apprentices and entry-level staff."

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