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March 19, 2018

CPA to hold training forum

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:01 pm

The CPA is hosting a Training on Plant in Construction (TOPIC) Forum on Wednesday, 25 April at Nuthurst Grange Hotel in Hockley Heath, Warwickshire, to formulate a strategy on the future direction of skills development for construction plant and equipment.

The event is open to CPA members, hire companies, contractors, training providers and other relevant organisations, and will discuss the recruitment, training, development and retention of a skilled workforce in the plant hire industry.

The Forum will be chaired by the current Chair of the TOPIC Group, Bob Harper, who is Head of Training at A-Plant. Speakers will discuss aspects of training such as skills mapping, inclusion, the economic climate, Government policy, migrant workers and attracting new employees. Places are limited and anyone interested in attending the event should contact Maria Reid of the CPA by emailing maria.reid@cpa.uk.net.

March 13, 2018

Hirebase increases Kubota fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:08 am

Hirebase recently purchased 50 additional Kubota mini excavators to add to its fleet, as a result of high demand for the K008-3 micro machine.

The hirer reports that the 0.8-tonne model is one of the most popular machines amongst its customers, being suitable for tasks ranging from domestic building projects to roadside applications where space is restricted.

Hirebase MD Adrian Watts said, “The model is a massive favourite of our customer base. It is compact, excavates far above its weight and, in my opinion, the performance is head and shoulders above the competition.”

The company has also invested in more 1.5-tonne mini excavators from Kubota.

March 7, 2018

Vp’s Brandon acquisition cleared by CMA

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:08 pm

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it has concluded its investigation and has cleared the completed acquisition by Vp of Brandon Hire Group Holdings.

Vp originally announced the deal on 8 November, as we reported in our November/December issue. We commented then that Vp believed this was an excellent acquisition, dovetailing with its Hire Station tool hire business. As Brandon operates from 143 locations and Hire Station has 58 outlets, this will significantly increase Vp’s presence in the market.

March 6, 2018

Sykes Pumps opens Doncaster depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:03 am

Sykes Pumps has opened a new 1.5-acre purpose-built depot in Doncaster, bringing the company’s UK network to over 25 locations.

The facility will cover provision across Yorkshire and into Lincolnshire and beyond, and is three miles outside the centre of Doncaster, with easy access to the M18 and M62 motorway network.

The depot is twice the size of Sykes Pumps’ previous sites in Leeds and Scunthorpe, and combines the capabilities of these two locations into a single site. It will handle all Andrew Sykes hire items from across the group, supplying air conditioning, chiller, heating, boiler, dehumidifier and ventilation equipment, alongside pumps.

Sykes Pumps’ UK Operations Director, David Himsworth, said, “We already have a strong presence in the north of England and the new depot in Doncaster will build on those capabilities, enabling us to serve more customers with an even larger fleet.”

March 5, 2018

A-Plant highlights apprenticeships

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:00 pm

A-Plant has devised a programme of events to mark National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 5 to 9 March.

The company A-Plant exhibited at What Career Live in Birmingham last weekend to talk to young people and their families about opportunities available. Later this week, the hirer’s training team will visit a school in Ipswich and invite pupils to a local service centre for a tour of the facilities and some work-based activities.

On social media, A-Plant’s apprentice ‘advocates’ will share their experiences in a series of ‘talking head’ interviews, offering insights into what they enjoy about their careers. The week finishes with some of the hirer’s apprentices being put to the test to build a bridge as part of a challenge set by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

A-Plant currently has 166 apprentices across five different training streams and invests more than £2m in this programme each year.

March 1, 2018

Armorgard eyes Europe

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:16 pm

Armorgard, which manufactures secure storage solutions for tools, equipment and hazardous substances, has announced plans for a European distribution network.

The Fareham-based company, which has more than 1,000 distributors throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland – 40% of which are hire companies – has opened a subsidiary in France, its first sales office abroad.

MD Terry Mitchell, said, “We believe it is the right time for Armorgard to offer the European market our range of products, and we envisage a significant distribution network growth programme over the coming years.”

He adds that the company is actively recruiting distributors in Europe and intends to be “a single, one-stop source of smart products for re-sellers and customers.”

At the recent Executive Hire Show, Armorgard launched the Forma-Stor, a flat-pack safe storage cabinet that can be erected on-site without special tools.

February 27, 2018

Speedy expands Isuzu fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:23 pm

Speedy Hire has added 19 more Isuzu rigids trucks to its commercial vehicle fleet. They comprise 16 Forward 7.5-tonne curtain-sided models with tail lifts, two with beavertail plant-carrying bodies, and one with a drop side body. The body types were supplied by PPS Commercials of Bury.

The company has had Isuzu trucks running in its fleet since 2009. Mark Woodworth, Head of Transport and Logistics, said, “It is normal Speedy policy to run these vehicles for a three-to-five year period. However, such has been the reliability and toughness of the Isuzus that we have kept some of the very first trucks in our fleet. I am pleased to say that they are still going strong after nine years of very hard work.”

February 20, 2018

Lynch supports Lighthouse Club

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:00 am

Brothers Merrill, Rob and Darren Lynch, from Lynch Plant Hire, are in training to complete in the London Marathon on 22 April to raise funds for the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity.

Last year, the trio conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in the Pennines, pictured, raising over £3,000 for the charity, and in 2016 they completed a 12-mile ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge, described as the world’s most difficult obstacle race, attracting £5,000 in sponsorship.

Merrill Lynch said, “Training for a marathon requires a lot of time, dedication and mind over matter. But as brothers, we motivate each other to keep going, especially knowing that we are raising money for such a great cause. We enjoy the challenges and each year they seem to get more and more ambitious.” To pledge support visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LynchBrothersMarathonRunners&isTeam=true

February 16, 2018

Double drum roll for GAP

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:05 pm

GAP has signed a four-year extension with HAMM for the sole supply of tandem rollers. The deal, announced at the Executive Hire Show, means the manufacturer will continue to supply its range of double drum ride-on rollers to the company until April 2022.

The hirer’s Head of Procurement, Ken Stewart commented, “HAMM has been our sole supplier of tandem rollers since early 2013. During this time we have significantly increased our fleet holding, including our 9-tonne articulated tandem roller range, to meet continuing high demand. Delivery performance has been exceptional, with the product readily available for call-off from HAMM`s production facility in Germany and from its UK operation.”

GAP says the announcement is in line with its strategy to invest approximately 50% of annual turnover on new products. Ken Stewart is pictured, left, with Julian Green, Product Sales Manager of HAMM (UK) at the Show.

February 15, 2018

Plantworx moves to Peterborough

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:34 am

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that its Plantworx construction equipment exhibition will be held at the new location of the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough from 11 to 13 June, 2019.

The last two editions of the biennial event for the construction equipment industry were held at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth. The East of England venue is a permanent exhibition centre which has held events such as Lamma, for agricultural equipment, and Truckfest.

The CEA says it has taken the decision to re-locate the Show following exhibitor feedback regarding road and rail links, site access and demand for improved on-site services. The Peterborough complex has permanent indoor and outdoor exhibition facilities and areas for machine demonstration.

Association Chief Executive, Rob Oliver said, “The last Plantworx show was blighted by the weather, so we were looking for somewhere that would provide a good opportunity for a better exhibitor and visitor experience, whatever the weather. Inside exhibitors can be accommodated in the purpose-built Arena and outside there are more permanent roadways and facilities for visitors. Good mobile phone and wi-fi facilities are also part of the package, plus it is just five minutes from the A1.”

February 12, 2018

John Hill and Sons’ Trime quartet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:00 pm

Hereford-based and family-owned independent, John Hill and Sons, has purchased four X-Eco LED lighting sets from Trime UK.

The hirer’s Lewis Hill said,” We now run almost 20 lighting sets. However, we anticipate that we will continue to update some of our older machines to Trime units later in the year.”

He added that the machines had been chosen for their fuel saving qualities, low carbon emissions and compact dimensions, which can enable up to thirteen X-Ecos to be loaded on a single truck, increasing the company’s delivery vehicle fleet utilisation.

The lights have already been delivered to John Hill customers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Mid Wales.

February 6, 2018

BooBoo Plant Hire goes solar

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:24 am

BooBoo Plant Hire, which is based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, has added solar powered welfare cabins from AJC Trailers to its fleet.

The company has bought a number of EasyCabin 16ft and 20ft Ecosmart Solar welfare units. The latter incorporates hybrid technology to deliver sustainable energy to provide electricity, using a patent-pending control box. Another system is designed to offer hot water without the need start up the generator.

Terry Guilder, Director of BooBoo Plant Hire, said, “We have started to add the solar powered units to our fleet as we believe that with the increasing focus on emissions, particularly in London, these will be in big demand.” AJC Trailers will be exhibiting at Executive Hire Show in Coventry, which opens tomorrow.

February 2, 2018

Multi Hire adds flooring equipment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:40 am

To expand its surface preparation equipment offering, Warrington-based flooring product specialist, Multi Hire Power Tools, has been appointed as an approved distributor of machines from US manufacturer National Flooring Equipment.

Multi Hire MD Andy Harrison said, “We stock a vast range of flooring equipment to ensure contractors in the industry can find exactly what they need. We have added several National Flooring Equipment machines to our hire fleet and more are planned.”

“Some of our staff are going to Denver for extensive machine training from the company. This will help us give sound advice to customers on which machine will best suit their application.”

National Flooring Equipment will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show in Coventry next week. The company also plans to host UK training sessions to allow contractors to try out its equipment.

January 31, 2018

Hirers gain SafeHire certification

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:24 pm

HAE reports that since the start of 2018, a number of its members have successfully gained its SafeHire certification.

These include Premier Hire in Swansea, Hire-Equip (North West) in Manchester, Flying Hire based in Lincolnshire, King & Stevens Plant & Tool Hire from Horsham, EMN Plant in Shetland, Sheffield-based Champion Hire (pictured) and Will Hire in Stourbridge.

Premier Hire MD Simon Boagey, said, “SafeHire has helped us raise our game and implement positive changes in the way we operate. I was also aware that some of our competitors had successfully applied. Now I can go to my client base and say we have this certification that recognises our business works to very high standards.”

HAE states that, as part of the certification process, businesses are inspected yearly in areas ranging from paperwork and day-to-day operations, to training and environmental compliance.

January 30, 2018

Ardent plans for growth

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:49 pm

Ardent Hire Solutions has secured a £120m asset-based lending facility from HSBC and ABN AMRO banks to facilitate its expansion.

The business was formed in August 2015 by investor groups Duke Street and Searchlight Capital, following the acquisitions of Fork Rent Ltd and One Call Ltd. It currently employs just fewer than 300 people across 13 sites.

In 2017, Ardent Hire placed significant orders with JCB for telescopic handlers, and with Hitachi for excavators, and states it plans further purchases in 2018 “overshadowing last year’s investment”.

CFO Julian O’Neill, said, “Ardent Hire has enjoyed significant growth since its inception and we are very excited to work with HSBC and ABN AMRO as we look to expand the business even further. The new facility will give Ardent the financial capacity it needs to fuel our high levels of customer demand and market growth.”

January 29, 2018

Boels adds Trime lights to UK fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:25 pm

Boels Rental’s UK division has continued to strengthen its hire fleet with the purchase of 150 X-ECO LED lighting sets from Trime UK.

Netherlands-based Boels, which acquired Supply UK in April 2017, says the machines will be distributed throughout its network of UK depots for use on construction sites, highway projects and outside events. This order follows on from a recent investment in Trime sets for its Dutch locations, taking its total fleet to more than 700 sets.

Gary Darley, National Operations Manager for Boels UK said that the machines had been selected for their performance, fuel saving qualities and the service and support received Trime UK.

Boels Rental currently operates from 400 locations in 11 countries, which includes 23 depots throughout the UK.

January 23, 2018

JCB starts dumper production

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:18 pm

Manufacture of JCB’s new range of site dumpers has officially started, with the first machines rolling off the company’s production line at its World HQ in Rocester.

Two years ago, the company added site dumpers to its portfolio by sourcing badge-engineered machines, with capacities from one to ten tonnes, from Terex in Coventry. After Terex’s compact construction business was bought by the French company, Mecalac, JCB decided to design and produce its own range. The move will create 70 new jobs in the next 12 months.

The range includes nine models with capacities from one to nine tonnes. JCB Site Dumper MD Richard Butler said, “Reaction to the launch has been exceptional and customers can look forward to seeing the seven and three tonne models on the JCB stand at the Executive Hire Show in February.”

The line-up includes the seven tonne payload 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model, designed to address concerns over accidents involving site dumpers on construction sites. This machine is one of ten, from various exhibitors, selected for the Innovation Trail – Live initiative being introduced at this year’s Show, highlighting cutting-edge new products in special ‘live’ presentations.

CMA invites Brandon acquisition comments

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:22 am

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is inviting comments on Vp’s acquisition of Brandon Hire last November.

In December, the CMA issued an initial enforcement order in relation to the completed acquisition, and is now inviting comments on the transaction, to help determine whether the deal has resulted in, or could result in, a lessening of competition. The deadline for comments is 5 February 2018.

Vp has previously stated that, prior to completing the acquisition, it conducted a detailed due diligence exercise, including assessing potential competition considerations.

A decision is expected from the CMA by 16 March 2018.

January 22, 2018

Expansion for Fairfax

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:26 pm

Fairfax Plant Hire, which has its head office in Selby and has a second depot in Leeds, has strengthened its sales team with two new appointments.

Dave Snape has joined as Sales Executive to grow the business in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North Midlands, while Sam Broughton has been appointed as Operated Plant Manager.

Fairfax Director Mark Love commented, “We are strong in our traditional area in North Yorkshire and Humberside/East Riding and following the success of our Leeds depot, which we opened this time last year, we now have a good foothold in West Yorkshire and are pushing into Lancashire.”

January 17, 2018

Shindaiwa’s perfect ten for CHS

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:45 pm

Shindaiwa recently delivered ten welder generators to CHS Plant and Tool Hire. The order was placed after the Bristol-based business evaluated machines from several suppliers and comprised ECO 300 and 420 models, as well as a PowerCenter 15 generator.

CHS Director, Claire Bruce, said the products were selected for their low noise levels, three-phase output and long running times. The ECO 420 also offers dual operator outputs, enabling two people to weld simultaneously from a single machine.

The 15kVA, three-phase PowerCenter generator, will be typically used to power on-site equipment such as compressors, MIG welders and plasma cutters.

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