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MHM FUELS MILES HIRE
Miles Hire has taken delivery of a fleet of fuel storage and distribution products from MHM Plant for its Swansea, Cardiff and Bridgend depots.
The company, which won a special Award for Outstanding Customer Service in the 2019 Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Awards, has bought an initial five Fuel Caddi units for the safe delivery of fuel by its maintenance teams when refuelling generators, heaters and plant.
The intermediate bulk container (IBC) has a 105-litre capacity and delivers fuel via a hand pump,
hose and nozzle. The product has fork lift pockets and lifting eyes,
and MHM says the Fuel Caddi
can be delivered, full of fuel,
without the need for a driver to
have ADR training.
Director Ryan Miles said, “We first spotted the Fuel Caddi at the Executive Hire Show in February. We were immediately impressed with its easy manoeuvrability and safe storage of fuel. We initially purchased them for our own use, but we can see potential opportunities to hire these out.”
AJC EasyCabin celebrates
AJC EasyCabin has produced a special book tracing its history as the business celebrates its 55th anniversary. The fascinating publication traces the origins of the operation from 1963 when Albert James Carey produced a small towable trailer that rapidly proved popular.
After establishing a factory in Houghton Regis, near Leighton Buzzard in 1964, production steadily developed into trailers for tents, camping equipment and gliders and, from 1987, catering and utility trailers. Growth accelerated in 1990 when Albert Carey’s grandson, Jav Samsa (currently MD) joined in 1990.
AJC introduced its EasyCabin welfare unit range in 2007, necessitating a move to larger premises in Luton which were expanded in 2015, and the brand has become firmly established in the hire market.
EHN included an article on the company’s history in our July/August 2014 issue to mark its 50th anniversary.
More Mecalacs for CP Hire
Coleraine-based CP Hire has placed an order for 95 Mecalac site dumpers which will be offered at its depots throughout the British Isles.
The deal, which comprises 85 models with ROPS protection and 10 cabbed machines, was secured by local dealer Sleator Plant, which has supplied the hirer with more than 250 Mecalac dumpers over the past two years.
John Rawnsley, MD of CP Hire (GB) Ltd, said, “Our latest site dumper order comprises a mix of 1, 3, 6 and 9-tonne ROPS models, alongside a number of Mecalac’s new MDX cabbed units.”
CP Hire’s depots in Northern Ireland are located at Ballymena, Banbridge, Belfast, Coleraine, Derry, Magherafelt and Mid-Ulster (Tamnamore), and it also operates branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Newbury and Swansea.
Hatz proves the Professional choice
Specialist equipment hirer, Professional Plant Services of Roydon, Essex, has developed a new restricted access piling rig powered by a Hatz 4H50TIC Silent Pack low-emission diesel engine.
Entitled the Warrior, the machine has been specifically designed for piling work in basements or for underpinning in confined areas. It is fully remote controlled.
MD Karl Dunstan said, “By ensuring that a large percentage of our fleet has the same engine, this enables us to carry less parts and the fitters are familiar with it.” Professional Plant Services specialises in foundation equipment and offers this alongside general plant and tool hire.
Garic provides compact welfare solution
Garic has provided site welfare facilities to a contractor undertaking a project in Birmingham city centre involving the demolition of a 10-storey building to make way for a new apartment block.
Because the site is restricted, a compact solution was needed, and Garic has supplied a number of its Combi Cabins which include a canteen area with seating for up to eight people, office space, toilets and drying rooms. The units are designed to be self-contained without requiring connection to water and power supplies.
The drying rooms have a solar-powered, blown air heating system supported by an oil burner for quicker and quieter operation.
Another Award for GAP’s Iain Anderson
Iain Anderson, Joint MD of GAP, received a replica of EHN’s John Jennings Crosshire Award from Editor Alan Guthrie recently in Glasgow.
Earlier this year, Iain was announced as this year’s winner of the Award, which honours an individual who embodies the same passion and commitment to our industry that John Jennings demonstrated as EHN’s former Crosshire columnist.
Each year, the previous recipient literally hands over the trophy to the new Winner at the Executive Hire Show, and we thought it was only right that they also received a replica to keep for posterity.
We will be presenting similar trophies to our other previous winners to commemorate their achievement.
GenAir boosts low-emission fleet
GenAir UK, a hirer of compressed air systems and desiccant dryers, has placed orders for an additional 40 diesel sets to help customers comply with the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) regulations. The company now has more than 70 of these machines in its hire fleet.
The GenAir compressors comprise ten 260cfm, twenty 400cfm and ten 600cfm sets, fitted into weatherproofed, noise attenuated canopies. They incorporate after-coolers and water separators to eliminate up to 70% of moisture for better air quality and improved performance.
MD David Timmins says, “This is an ongoing investment programme that will eventually reach upwards of £4m. This is driven entirely by demand. We are sending our machines to all corners of the UK and far beyond.”
The company has its head office in Wednesbury with two other depots in Motherwell and Slough.
Larger HQ for Point of Rental
Point of Rental Software has acquired a new home for its Texas headquarters, less than four miles from its current location. The company expects to move into the 35,000ft2 building later this summer.
The business currently has more than 100 employees at its Fort Worth office and reports that it has tripled its worldwide staff in the last three years, having added offices in the UK (following the purchase of Higher Concept Software) and Australia.
It says the new location will enable it to grow and to continue its development plans.
Boels opts for Vanguard power
Following positive feedback from its customers on 16hp Vanguard V-Twin powered Barreto 1620B tillers, Netherlands-based Boels Rental is now adding to its fleet the Barreto 30SGB stump grinder, powered by a 31hp V-Twin engine, which will be introduced across its European hire network.
Boels’ Director of Fleet Operations, Guy Cremer, said, “We have used Vanguard V-Twin engines in our fleet for some time now. They have proven to be extremely reliable and durable, delivering greater productivity standards and ultimately improving end-user satisfaction, which is a key point of differentiation for us.”
Energy order for Trime
Buckinghamshire-based Energy Generator Hire Ltd, which supplies power and lighting equipment, has bought a further 40 X-Eco LED lighting tower sets from Trime UK. This brings the number of these models in its fleet to nearly 100.
Martin Page, the hirer’s Business Development Manager, said, “Throughout the past twelve months these lights have been a huge success with our clients. A number of them are now asking for the X-Eco by name, citing their fuel saving attributes with safe bright lighting.”
Energy Generator Hire is a family-owned business serving a range of markets including construction sites, outside events and TV and film sets.
Volvo duo for Central Plant Hire
Central Plant Hire of Horsham has ordered two 1.8-tonne Volvo EC18E mini excavators, bringing its Volvo fleet to 25 machines comprising 1.5, 3 and 5-tonne models.
The two new machines have been supplied with Volvo’s coded key option for added security. Established in 1988, Central Plant Hire offers operated and self-drive hire of excavators ranging from 3/4 to 14 tonnes, as well as tracked and wheeled site dumpers, covering Surrey and East and West Sussex.