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Executive Hire News › Archives › July/August 2017 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Beaver Tool Hire (Chichester) Ltd has opened a new depot on an industrial estate in Winchester, bringing the total in its network to six.
“Having four branches already in Hampshire, and a lot of existing customers working in that direction, Winchester was the obvious choice,” Operations Director, Tony Criddle, told EHN. “It is a fantastic central location with excellent transport links, and has been in the planning stages for several years, but it was only recently that the right premises presented themselves. Situated on one of the main routes in and out of Winchester, the depot offers a great visual presence plus ample parking, storage and a shop.”
Depot Manager, Andy Neal, has previously managed one of Beaver’s other locations and is supported by Assistant Manager, Stuart Hawthorne, and Fitter, Ron Duncan.
“We have also made a considerable investment in new equipment for the Winchester fleet, including Belle mixers, plates and generators, Hilti breakers, Boss tower and Husqvarna disc cutters,” added Tony.


P.E.T. adds Snorkels

P.E.T. Hire, based in Crewe, has bought eleven new Snorkel electric scissor lifts for its fleet. The order comprised six S3219Es models, four S3226Es and one S4732E machine, offering maximum working heights of 7.79m, 9.9m and 11.8m respectively.
MD Carl Banks, who is pictured, centre, with his wife Barbara and Snorkel’s Joseph Whitton, said, “We placed the order with Snorkel based on the quality of the product, and their competitive pricing. Additionally, the numerous design adaptations on their new range of electric scissor lifts helped to swing the balance in their favour.”


Lord achieves new quality standard 

Newcastle-based Lord Hire Centres reports that it has successfully transitioned from the ISO9001:2008 quality standard to the revised 2015 version at the first time of asking, prior to the expiration of its previous quality management system accreditation that was due in 2018. 
“We put a lot of effort into this, having revised our quality manual and procedures, incorporating a more risk based approach to quality management,” General Manager Carl Bartlett told EHN.
“We have already exceeded our training target submitted to CITB for the year ending 30th November 2017. We are pleased to have achieved 63 days staff training in less than six and a half months.”


More Kubotas for Emmitt Plant

Emmitt Plant has expanded its Kubota fleet with the addition of five KX71-3 mini excavators, four KX080-4a models, four U17-3a machines, a U48-4 unit and a KX016-4 excavator, bringing the total in its fleet to more than 140.
The hirer, which has depots in Ipswich, Corby and Diss, reports growing demand from the construction industry throughout the east of England, fuelled by major projects, including flood defence work, a £1.5bn upgrade to the A14 in Cambridgeshire, the expansion of the Port of Felixstowe, and a new £450m renewable energy park near Peterborough.
MD Ron Chidgey said, “It’s great to see the huge investment that is going into infrastructure projects within the region. This not only provides more jobs for local construction companies, but also increases the need for equipment.”


Generator Power expands Western fleet

Specialist hirer, Generator Power, has ordered more than 100 fuel tanks from Western Global to add to its growing range. The deal includes new-shape towable ABBI 950-litre units, Transcube bunded tanks and larger model 100TT ISO container tanks.
Generator Power’s MD, Stephen Cardwell said that the company specialises in Western Global fuel tanks, which complement the generators it sources principally from Atlas Copco. He is pictured, left, with Western’s Duncan Farr, alongside some of the new models which have been factory-painted in the hirer’s green livery, prior to distribution to its depots throughout the UK.


Altrad Belle receives Paul Bidwell Memorial Award

The inaugural Paul Bidwell Memorial Award was presented to Altrad Belle during the recent Plantworx exhibition 2017, for the design, safe construction and delivery of its stand, together with an informative working demonstration area.
Paul Bidwell died in May last year aged only 58. Having first worked for Poclain, he joined Manitou UK in 1988 and, latterly, as Marketing Manager, organised the company’s exhibition stands. He was also member of the Plantworx working group which established the initial event in 2013.
Paul’s wife Rosie and son James travelled to Bruntingthorpe to present the Award personally to members of the Altrad Belle team.


JCB landmark for 2 Cousins

2 Cousins Powered Access has been announced as JCB’s first scissor lift customer following the manufacturer’s recent entry into this market.
The Oxford-based specialist hirer has initially bought an S1930e model, one from a range of nine machines. MD Jason Prisley (left) and colleague Claudio Checchia are pictured with the unit at the official launch of the products earlier this year, on which we reported in our March issue.


Brandon chooses Bona

Brandon Hire entered into a partnership with wood floor equipment specialists, Bona, which will supply a range of sanding machines throughout the hirer’s depot network. These include the Flexisand PD, Scorpion and Combi Edge orbital, drum and edge sanders, and the manufacturer will also train staff on their operation.
Brandon’s National Technical Manager, Dave Arscott, said, “I’m always looking for innovation and how we can add kit to our hire fleet that will help our customers work faster and get a better end result. Also, the fact that a growing number of homeowners are now hiring tools and equipment to do the job themselves, rather than calling in a professional, means we are keen to support the DIY market, which these floor sanders will be perfect for.”


A-Plant places HGI order

A-Plant has placed an order worth £2m with HGI (Harrington Generators International) for new machines for its power generation business, Mather+Stuart Power Solutions. The 1,500rpm HRD generators cover 9kVA to 100kVA and have been adapted to enable them to be synchronised.
The machines incorporate HGI’s engineered acoustic repression (EAR) technology for quiet operation.
• As we went to press, Ashtead Group announced that A-Plant Chief Executive, Sat Dhaiwal, will retire from the company in July 2018. He will be succeeded by Richard Thomas, who joined A-Plant as Financial Director in 2011 and has been MD of its Specialist Products Division since July 2015.

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