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Executive Hire News › Archives › July/August 2018 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Mayday Plant Hire of Thornton Heath has bought four additional JCB mini excavators for its fleet, including two of the manufacturer’s 1.9C-1 new generation 1.8-tonne models, to meet strong customer demand. Completing the order are two 3.2-tonne 8030 machines.
“We have had 8030s in the feet for some time and have been very impressed by them, and recent demand meant we have had to buy more,” Director Derek Blow told EHN. “We liked the look of the premium specification 19C-1, which we have had fitted with canopies, key code ignition protection and Harford quick-hitches. The machines also have uprated hydraulics and twin speed tracking. Overall, it looks very well thought out.”
The 19C-1 also incorporates the swing control and auxiliaries into the right-hand joystick to eliminate foot pedals and free up cab floor space. A sloping undercarriage is designed to give minimal soil retention and to enable fast cleaning.
“These latest purchases mean we now have more than 30 excavators in our fleet. Business this year has proved to be a really pleasant surprise: we have experienced the busiest January we have had in many years, and until the severe cold weather came in early spring we were absolutely flat out. However, trading quickly picked up again and we are serving an increasing number of small and medium-sized contractors.”


HPA nets success with Manitou boom

Fish farmers in Romsey hired a Manitou 220J stick boom from Hampshire Plant & Access (HPA) to carry out important ecological work. 
The Test Valley Trout company needed to install anti-predator netting over a two-acre area on one of its farms to protect 1,500,000 fish. CEO Christopher Saunders-Davies said, “The challenges for us were about reach, as we had to get out to the middle of the water on each pond to tie and secure the nets. The machine enabled us to gain the access we needed just above the water.”


Murray Hire Centres puts Först first

Bristol-based Murray Hire Centres has expanded its fleet of Först wood chippers. The company currently has two TR6 models, one ST6 and a TR8 machine, with another TR8 currently on order. The TR6 is a compact and manoeuvrable unit which comes with the manufacturer’s ForstGrip feed-roller system, designed to allow forked branches and limbs to be processed.
Mandy Taylor, MD of Murray Hire Centres, said, “We have reaped nothing but benefits from having Först machines on our fleet. They have been utilised in a variety of scenarios, from arboriculture work through to site clearances.”


CPA’s brightest Stars

The most promising young plant mechanic apprentices in the country were recognised at this year’s Stars of the Future awards, held by the CPA in association with A-Plant at the Heart of England Conference Centre near Coventry.
There were 19 regional winners at both NVQ Level 2 and Level 3, from whom two national winners were selected. Entrants were assessed on their academic performance and in their work environment.
National Level 2 winner was Dan Pickles from Charles Wilson Engineers, who studies at Askham Bryan College. “I really didn’t expect to win such a prestigious industry award. I have been given the responsibility of working as a Mobile Service Engineer by my employer, which is a great position for an apprentice to be in as I work all over the country covering 18 depots nationwide,” said Dan, pictured (right) with National Level 3 winner Ciaran Warnes, who works for TXM Plant and attends the National Construction College.
Other successful regional hire apprentices included, at Level 2, Michael Barton from Chippindale Plant and Imran Ahmed of A-Plant, while Level 3 achievers included Hire Station’s Callum Bradley and Tyler Lloyd from A-Plant.


Jobs boost as Balloo Hire grows

Balloo Hire is creating 20 new jobs as part of a £10m investment across its five sites throughout Northern Ireland. The company, which has sites in Belfast, Bangor, Ballyclare, Lisburn and Glenavy, also plans to expand the range of machinery in its fleet.
General Manager Mark Grundy said, “We have experienced significant growth in the construction industry, which is still in recovery from the recession. This has resulted in the company winning new contracts across a broad range of markets. Northern Ireland has a burgeoning events and entertainment sector which has also increased demand.” He added that Balloo Hire is looking at expanding into other markets throughout Ireland and the UK.


Tiger drives forward

Established as an offshoot hire business from a construction company in late 2016, Tiger Plant in Swindon reports it is steadily expanding. It has added 22 new machines to the fleet this year and has appointed Kenny Richards as Operations Manager to target larger contractors.
“We initially worked out of a temporary yard tucked away on farmland and our first Kubota and Case excavators were bought to help with our own property development work,” said Directors Andy Rohrer, pictured right, and Stuart Morgan. “People started asking about hiring the machines and we realised there was demand for new, high-spec equipment. We are working towards ISO 9001 certification and will be taking on a new apprentice.”


Plantworx moves to Peterborough

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that its biennial Plantworx plant and equipment exhibition will be held on 11 to 13 June 2019 at a new venue, the East of England Showground in Peterborough.
The event will also incorporate a new exhibition, Railworx, for the rail industry. The organiser says this reflects the growing importance of railway infrastructure projects to the UK construction industry, such as HS2, Crossrail 2 and ongoing Network Rail investment.
Speaking at a press conference to officially launch the exhibitions, CEA Chief Executive Rob Oliver said the new venue benefited from permanent walkways, and efficient Wi-Fi and mobile phone networks. This would offer improvements over conditions at the 2017 event at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground near Market Harborough which experienced extreme weather conditions. Show Director Simon Frere-Cook said the new site offered 53% more space and a purpose-built indoor arena.
JCB Director and CEA Honorary President David Bell said, “There is always supporting infrastructure that requires more general construction machines. This is especially true with HS2, where its success is totally dependent on bringing together the supporting residential, commercial and high-tech building networks around the station complexes.”


Elvington Plant Hire expands its reach

York-based Elvington Plant Hire is expanding its powered access offering with the addition of its first rough terrain boom lift, a Genie Z-45/25JRT. The company introduced such machinery to its fleet in 2015, after buying some Genie GS-1932 electric scissor lifts and a Hinowa 17.75 Lightlift tracked boom from dealer APS (Access Platform Sales).
MD Tim Garland said, “We supply a lot of plant out of York towards Selby and Leeds. We noticed that as our wagons were heading west down the A64, we would see trailers full of access platforms heading in the opposite direction towards York.”


Finning at the Ready

Caterpillar dealer, Finning, has expanded its Ready2Go initiative designed to enable hirers to obtain up to six machines from 0.9 to 8 tonnes quickly, by opening dedicated stores with showrooms at strategic locations.
The outlets are in Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and Winsford, with the flagship site in Cannock (pictured) also incorporating a hands-on demonstration facility. Machines available include the 300.9, 301.4C, 301.7D CR, 302.7D CR, 305E CR and 308E CR excavators, amongst other equipment, and they can be taken away from stock.
Finning says the initiative aims to make CAT machines available, accessible and affordable. Each comes with add-ons such as telemetry and tracking, plus a two-year servicing package. Flexible finance is also offered.


Yanmar to appoint new construction equipment dealer network

Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe (CEE) has mutually agreed not to renew its long-term UK and Ireland distribution contract with A&Y Equipment Ltd. The manufacturer, whose products include excavators, loaders and carriers, says it will appoint a new national dealer network and that a rejuvenated focus on the UK and Ireland market complements its acquisition two years ago of Terex Compact Germany GmbH.
Andreas Hactergal, Sales and Marketing director at Yanmar CEE, said, “The UK and Ireland construction market is a key area of strategic focus for us. Over the coming weeks, we’re looking forward to announcing an all-new network of UK and Ireland dealers and significantly expanding our national coverage.”


Racing to another success 

For those who might be interested in former EHN Publisher Robert Aplin’s current activities, we can report on a particularly noteworthy achievement arising out of his enthusiastic involvement in horse racing.
Not only did his horse Bestwork win the feature Worcester Grand Annual Handicap Chase at Worcester Racecourse on 4 July, at odds of 22/1, but the Princess Royal was also in attendance to mark the course’s 300th anniversary.
Her Royal Highness presented trophies to Robert, shown second from right, with, from left, course Executive Director Jenny Cheshire, Mairi Martin and David Martin of race sponsor Arctic Spas, jockey Jonathan Burke and trainer Charlie Longsdon.



Executive Post

Dear Sir

Having read the Forum page in the July/August 2018 issue regarding the forthcoming Stage V emission regulations, I found it to be an excellent article laying out the facts.
However, this article was geared towards diesel engines and there are other options available. LPG powered engines offer a real alternative. Their emissions have greatly reduced CO and NOx levels and the fuel is readily supplied through the hire industry.
Demon International have always been innovative in looking forward and have, over the last two years, brought a range of Honda LPG-powered pressure washers to market. We are now looking to see how the regulations in January 2019 affect the hire industry.

David Walke
Demon International Ltd

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