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September 24, 2020

HSE doubles down on dust

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:43 pm

The Heath and Safety Executive is targeting construction firms to check that their standards are up to scratch, with a month-long inspection initiative commencing Monday 5 October.

This is the fourth initiative of its kind. As in previous years, inspections will focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease; looking at the measures businesses have in place to protect workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, respirable silica and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry.

While the primary focus of these inspections will be on health, if an inspector identifies any other areas of concern they will take the necessary enforcement action to deal with them.
This will include making sure that businesses are doing all they can to protect their workers from the risk of coronavirus and make workplaces COVID-secure.

Inspectors will also be looking for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls. If necessary, they will use enforcement to make sure people are protected.

The construction initiative is supported by HSE’s ‘Dustbuster’ campaign, aimed to influence employer behaviour by encouraging builders to download free guidance and advice, increasing knowledge and capability to protect workers’ health.

Over 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost.

HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Sarah Jardine, said: “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are actually killed in construction accidents.

“There are a few simple things that everyone can do to make sure they are protecting their health and their future. Be aware of the risks associated with activities you do every day, recognise the dangers of hazardous dust and consider how it can affect your health.

“We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust by working in different ways to keep dust down and wear the right mask and clothing.”

To find out more about the new campaign and inspections, see the official Twitter channel at @H_S_E or Facebook at @hsegovuk.

HSE Dust initiative

September 2, 2020

Sunfest shines on

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:49 am

With events being postponed or cancelled, or increasingly taking to the internet, Sunbelt Rentals has created an online space that is both interesting and fun to inhabit.

Launched in August and featuring industry-leading speakers, the appropriately named ‘Sunfest’ festival showcases the latest products and technologies from 45 hire industry suppliers.

Sunfest is entirely free to enter, and viewers are able to join the festival from the comfort of their workplaces or homes at any time of the day. Better yet, there are no queues for grotty burgers, no face-mask or social distancing requirements and no eight-hour traffic jams as visitors scramble to leave afterwards.

The festival itself is presented as a colourful, 3D-modelled theme park, which is divided into 11 themed ‘zones’. Aside from interactive product showcases from the likes of Hilti, Skyjack, Genquip and others equally prominent – many with video presentations – the main stage is the place for short talks from industry-leading experts and Sunbelt Rentals UK partners on the latest topics in sustainability and innovation.

Sunfest is live now and runs until the evening of September 20th. See it for yourselves by clicking on these words.

August 21, 2020

New HSC website launches

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:59 pm

HSC has merged all its products from across the group into a brand new website, which features all the products from the 2020 catalogue and the HSC and HSC MSC sites.

The new website lists everything from electrical distribution, heating & cooling and site lighting, but now also includes a vast range of spare parts, oils & lubricants, engines and consumables.

Trade customers of HSC will now have one website and one Login, with one team dedicated to customer service.

There’s plenty to look at on the new site, with lots of images and rather more in the way of product information – there are even videos for some items too. See for yourselves at www.hscgroupuk.co.uk

Hire Supply Company, HSC

August 18, 2020

Ammann chooses Phoenix

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:14 am

Ammann is a leading supplier of mixing plants, machines and services to the construction industry with core expertise in road building and transportation infrastructure.

The products available range from compaction products, tandem rollers right the way through to soil rollers, paving machinery and asphalt plant. With 150 years of expertise and commitment to customers, employees, and innovative solutions, Ammann has a global reach with an expansive product range.

Previously represented on an exclusive distributorship basis, this is the first year Ammann has awarded a territorial dealership in the UK. As of 1st August, Phoenix became a dealer for Wales, stocking the full range of Ammann light equipment and heavy compaction products.

At Phoenix we pride ourselves in having excellent relationships with customers and suppliers alike and this new partnership is proof of that.

The range of products available from Phoenix will consist of the comprehensive compaction and plant machinery products. For more information and product range details see www.phoenix-hire-sales.co.uk

June 30, 2020

Bob Williams moves on

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:48 pm

After 37 years in and around the hire sector, Bob Williams, UK & Eire Sales Manager at Altrad Belle, has left the company. Today, June 30th 2020, is his final day in the post.

Starting his career at Chesterfield-based Errut Products in July 1984, where he sold the company’s surface preparation and compaction equipment, Bob enjoyed a good early grounding in the hire business – perhaps even more so, given that Ray Caulfield (Trime) was his MD for many years.

His time at Errut Products saw Bob representing the company across the Middle & Far East, before he took on the role of UK National Sales Manager. People of a certain vintage might also recall Errut Products’ concreting & compaction training courses at its Chesterfield headquarters, although rumours suggest that the legendary Chesterfield nightlife had much to do with their popularity. Bob readily testifies to this, since he ran the majority of courses!
Errut Products was acquired by Belle Engineering in 1990, which led to Bob becoming the group’s UK & Eire Sales Manager. Holding this position throughout, his responsibilities increased following Belle’s acquisition by the Altrad Group in 2009.

Bob’s enduring enthusiasm for exploring new sales channels has long been complemented by Altrad Belle’s R&D capabilities. Many major hirers, and the wider hire industry have seen numerous products that Bob and his sales team have successfully launched and promoted.

Always a staunch supporter of all aspects of the hire industry, Bob has been at the forefront of his group’s involvement at every hire industry and customer exhibition, as well as being instrumental with the group’s support of the industry’s representative body, the HAE.

With semi-retirement now on the horizon, it looks like the nation’s rainbow trout should be getting worried as more fly fishing is definitely on the agenda. Bob also plans to spend quality time with his family and friends, however.

Speaking of his momentous decision, Bob said: “After 37 years, I am extremely grateful for all parts of my journey in a what is a tremendous industry; but I feel that the greatest gift that I have been given is to work for a company and in an industry that has provided me with so much enjoyment and so many great memories.”

A prominent and popular figure in the hire industry, Bob has always been a friend to the magazine – and to the Executive Hire Show, in particular. After nearly four decades of service, some well-earned downtime is most certainly due. In the meantime, our very best wishes are with him in all his future endeavours.

June 25, 2020

inspHire launches new rental software

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:01 am

inspHire, the noted providers of rental management software, has announced the launch of a new cloud-based application – ‘OnRent’.

OnRent is a low-cost, flexible application designed with the user in mind. Driving efficiencies into the rental market, it is particularly suited to start-ups, smaller companies seeking a flexible product to support their growth, or hire companies with a predominantly light hire/asset management requirement.

OnRent boasts a modern, uncluttered interface and is compatible with multiple web-enabled devices, including tablets and smartphones. It is simple to set up, it utilises a straightforward pay-as-you-go payment model, and it is fully integrated with Sage Business Cloud.

Other features include, but are by no means limited to: built-in CRM, easy invoicing and support for invoice runs; simple stock control and rental order processing; servicing, repairs and lost items management; multi-currency and multi-company support; built-in document writer; intercom product support and a complete set of helpful guides.

Speaking of the new launch, Sales Director Martin Bestwick said:

“The launch of OnRent is a very proud moment for everyone at inspHire and the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) group. What you will see when you log in to the product is a program that’s been designed from the ground up, leveraging modern web technologies that deliver a rich, simple end-user experience – fully optimised for working on any device, anytime, anywhere.

“OnRent has been developed over a number of years from a completely clean slate. This decision, whilst extending our development timeline, ensures we are able to give our customers the competitive edge that is essential in today’s economy.”

OnRent launches today, June 25, with further information regarding the full suite of features and pricing options available at the new OnRent website – click here find out more.

inspHire is rightly confident that OnRent will hit the mark with hirers, to the extent that it is offering an obligation-free 30-day trial of the product. And you really can’t say any fairer than that.

June 23, 2020

Speedy finances announced

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:29 pm

Speedy’s financial results for the year ending March 30 2020 make for impressive reading, the company showing positive growth year on year and, we suppose, putting the company in a good place to withstand the conditions that came to bear as the reporting period drew to a close.

Next year’s figures will undoubtedly make interesting reading for that very reason. In the meantime, and looking at the underlying results as an indicator of performance, revenues grew 3.4% YOY, from £389.2m to £402.5m. Adjusted profit before tax demonstrated double digit growth, rising 11.1%, from £31.4m in 2019 to £34.9m, while net debt is reduced 11% YOY, from £89.1m to £79.3m.

In terms of other highlights, Speedy is lessening its reliance on the construction sector and bringing more focus to higher margin SME customers, with revenues therein rising 32.1% YOY. And Rhian Bartlett strengthens the Speedy board, bringing tremendous experience of such high value businesses as Sainsbury’s, Screwfix, eBay and Homebase.

Commenting on the results Russell Down, Chief Executive, said:

“I am pleased to report continued positive momentum across the Group. We have a well invested fleet, diversified customer base and robust balance sheet.

Our priority remains the welfare of our colleagues, customers and the communities we serve. We continue to monitor Government guidance and take action to ensure the safety of our colleagues as we continue to operate to satisfy customer demand.

Whilst COVID-19 will have some financial impact on the business, I am reassured by our performance in the last three months. We are well placed to emerge in a position of strength to pursue our strategic objectives as more normal trading levels return.”

May 5, 2020

Doosan joins EDA

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:15 pm

Doosan Infracore Europe has announced that it has joined the European Demolition Association (EDA) as a corporate member.

The EDA, founded in 1978, is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers throughout Europe. It also maintains contacts with similar bodies in other parts of the world, including Asia and the USA.

Commenting on the move, Gilles Bendaoud, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Doosan Infracore Europe, said: “Demolition has always been an important market for Doosan. Our new membership at the EDA is a significant move as we continue our expansion in the demolition market both in Europe and globally.

“It also nicely complements the launch of our DX235DM demolition excavator (pictured) at the end of 2019, the first model in our new range of High Reach Demolition Excavators for international markets. The first machines we have delivered have been very well accepted by customers and we will add two further models in the range – the DX380DM and DX530DM – later this year.”

The EDA sets and promotes standards in demolition techniques across Europe. Among the other roles is the body’s involvement in, and impact on health and safety legislation in the industry. The EDA also aims to improve the legislation concerning the removal, depositing and recycling of demolition debris and to exchange information on techniques, working methods and training.

April 28, 2020

IPAF powers forward

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:34 pm

A strong performance from IPAF – the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) – which has just published record financials in its 2019 Annual Report.

Topline results include an 8.1 percent increase in revenues to £7.06 million, which is a first for the organisation. However, an overall deficit of £39.5K was also reported due to investment in senior management restructuring.

Diving into the details, 175,986 people successfully completed IPAF training during the year – a 6.2 percent growth YOY, with 45 percent growth in membership in the Nordic region, 28 percent in China and 20 percent in Switzerland. IPAF’s total membership grew by 6.5 percent YOY to 1,422 across 72 countries, while the total number of IPAF approved training centres increased 3.6 percent to 550 across 48 worldwide territories.

IPAF-accredited training programmes contributed £4.97 million to overall turnover, while income from outside the UK accounted for 44 percent of revenue for the first time.

IPAF’s annual report can be viewed for free at www.ipaf.org/annual-report.

April 21, 2020

A-Plant recognised for RoSPA award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:35 pm

It’s a case of another year of health and safety excellence, another prize for A-Plant, which has just picked up its ninth consecutive RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Medal Award. The acronym never quite works for us, but the recognition is certainly due.

Every year A-Plant hosts an internal Safety Week, during which its teams have the opportunity to learn and understand new training and safety measures being implemented across the business. Last year the company’s ‘Take 5 for Safety’ and ‘Don’t Walk By’ campaigns were just two of the campaigns that were recognised externally.

Speaking about the award, Director of Risk Management Douglas McLuckie said: “A ninth consecutive Gold Medal award demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring our health and safety is of the highest standards.

“This year we’re taking further steps to invest in our health and safety and overall customer experience, as we transition to Sunbelt Rentals. We will focus on further training for our people, implementing new technologies that will help support our internal safety processes and a significant ongoing investment in equipment to ensure that we’re only using the highest standard of kit.”

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Some 2,000 entrants strive to achieve the Gold Medal Award each year, which makes A-Plant’s achievement all the more remarkable.

April 2, 2020

Coveya makes COVID-19 screens

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:57 pm

Needs must when the devil drives, as they say. As the global pandemic continues, Coveya Ltd. has stepped outside its usual métier to manufacture portable screens to protect workers and customers against the coronavirus.

The Bristol-based company is much better known for its range of conveyors, of course, with its equipment finding use in such diverse fields as construction and demolition, waste management and agriculture. It has now applied its expertise in the production of the appropriately-named ‘COV-Screen’ system.

Designed in-house, the durable 2M acrylic screens are available as freestanding or countertop units that can be installed quickly. They can be joined securely to the edge of counters to create longer barriers. The screens also have a two-part stainless-steel base and the panel widths are adjustable.

The new COV-Screens are in production at the moment, with Coveya Ltd. MD Gareth Herbert commenting: “We have been designing and manufacturing a range of conveyor systems for over 30 years. But as we all face the impact of COVID-19, our expert team of designers identified a way of not only protecting the future of our committed and valued workforce but also offer a cost-effective product that will play its part in mitigating the spread of virus.

We pride ourselves on great design, manufacturing, installation and customer service and now more than ever, we are investing in new products that meet what’s needed right now. We will work around the clock to manufacture and supply this product to whoever needs it. COV-Screen offers a cost-effective, efficient and flexible solution that is easy to install and we hope that it will play its part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, supporting a wide range of local and national business that are integral to keeping Britain moving”.

Coveya’s move is to be applauded. With JCB also stepping into the breach recently, we wonder how many other manufacturers might put their knowledge and facilities to such estimable use…?

March 30, 2020

JCB poised to make ventilator housings

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

JCB has announced that it will soon re-start production at a factory that was closed as a result of the Coronavirus, and join the national effort to manufacture ventilators.

Readers will have noted that JCB was forced to shutter operations just last week. However, it seems the company received a direct appeal from Boris Johnson earlier this month to help plug the national ventilator shortage and thus help to save lives of Coronavirus patients.

Following this approach, the company immediately instructed a research and engineering team to examine potential ways it could assist. JCB is now ready to restart production at a factory which has been closed for nearly two weeks. But instead of making cabs for diggers, the plant will produce the steel housings (pictured) for a brand new ventilator designed by Dyson. Some 10,000 housings are earmarked for manufacture once Dyson receives approval for its design.

Prototypes of the housings have already been delivered to Dyson, after rolling off the production line at JCB’s factory in Uttoxeter. The factory fell silent on March 18th along with eight other JCB UK manufacturing plants after a fall in demand caused by the Coronavirus crisis. Production of the new housings could start in a matter of days.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “When we were approached by the Prime Minister we were determined, as a British company, to help in any way we could. This project has gone from design to production in just a matter of days and I am delighted that we have been to deploy the skills of our talented engineering, design and fabrication teams so quickly at a time of national crisis. This is also a global crisis, of course, and we will naturally help with the production of more housings if these ventilators are eventually required by other countries.”

JCB’s response to the national call to action would see the return to work for around 50 employees. JCB suspended production at its nine UK production plants until at least the end of April as a result of the Coronavirus crisis and furloughed the vast majority of its 6,500 workforce. The company is paying them 80% of their basic pay for the next month, regardless of what they earn.

Employees returning to work to help manufacture the ventilator housings will be paid 100% of their normal pay.

March 26, 2020

JCB bosses forgo pay

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:07 pm

As the Covid-19 crisis deepens and hire shops mothball operations or are offering restricted services, JCB has decided on further mitigations in order to stay afloat.

How different things were earlier this month, when we reported that JCB’s UK factories had ended short time working on the back of improving conditions in China. Even then CEO Graeme Macdonald had sounded a note of caution, highlighting emerging threats in other parts of the supply chain.

Those have come to pass rather quicker than some might have hoped, and we daresay they don’t need to be reiterated here. In response, JCB has today announced that its senior directors will go without pay until further notice. In addition, its 6500 workers are now required to stop working until the end of April. They will receive 80% of their pay, however, and JCB will look to the government’s job retention scheme for support in the meantime.

More news as it develops.

March 24, 2020

A message from the Executive Hire Team

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:57 am

To our many readers, advertisers and exhibitors of Executive Hire News / Show,

I’m sure that a large number of you will have had to adapt your usual working routines in light of Covid-19 and the new government advice.

For us, we will be continuing business as normal where possible. In spite of the trying times ahead, we retain every faith in our magazine, our Road Shows, and the 2021 Executive Hire Show. With that being said, the Executive Hire Team will be working from home for the foreseeable future.

For now, we will unfortunately be postponing all scheduled meetings with our customers. In the spirit of social distancing, if any of you would be interested in rearranging your meeting so that it is held via Zoom, Skype etc. please let us know and that can be arranged.

Executive Hire News is to be printed as normal, and will continue being sent out to our database of 5261 Hire Sector Professionals. The team is still here to help you communicate with your customers in these difficult times, so please get in touch with the sales team to discuss which marketing plan is best for you.

We will continue to plan our regional Road Shows and the 2021 Executive Hire Show as normal, with the hope that compliance with government advice will mean that we can run these events as normal on the scheduled dates. Please get in touch if you have any questions about: the Road Shows, rebooking your current stand, or if you would like to book for the 2021 Executive Hire Show as a new customer.

Please refer to our website for all of the team’s contact details. Call us about any of the above, call us for a chat, call us if there is anything we can do to support your business through the uncertain times ahead.

Remember to stay positive! Keep safe, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and you know where we are if you need us.

With best regards,

The Executive Hire Team

March 20, 2020

Wacker Neuson slows production

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:17 pm

Wacker Neuson, manufacturer of site dumpers and other plant equipment, is reducing output in the face of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Citing increasing impacts on the Group’s supply chains and mindful of recent guidance compared to the financial results of the previous year, production programs are to be reduced from the end of this week. Furthermore, holidays planned for this summer will be brought forward at certain plants. Wacker Neuson will also will implement various models of short-time working. The extent of the production cutbacks will then be tailored to the prevailing conditions of the markets and supply chains.

The group maintains that sale of machines and services for the construction and agricultural industries will be sustained, as far as permitted by local conditions – this being due to having a sizeable inventory of machines and spare parts at its disposal. There will be partial delays in delivery due to the significant restrictions in logistic chains, the company warns.

In the meantime, the Group’s Chinese facility at Pinghu has resumed its activities and the procedures regarding procurement, production and sales are increasingly normalising.

Wacker Neuson slows production

ECHO adds battery chainsaw

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:21 pm

ECHO unveils the DCS-2500T, the first battery-powered top handle chainsaw from the company.

As claimed, the new electric saw is designed to meet the needs of arborists and tree care professionals who use top handle chainsaws daily for pruning and arboriculture. Featuring a minimal weight of 1.6kg, the machine nevertheless boasts professional power with exceptional acceleration thanks to the on board 50V Lithium-ion battery. Cutting power is equivalent to ECHO’s best-selling CS-2511TES petrol chainsaw; albeit with the additional benefits of lower vibration and without the noise and emissions of the fuel-driven equivalent.

The DCS-2500T has a number of other features to complement its power and near noiseless operation. The quick draw harness ring enables hooking and unhooking the chainsaw in one movement. There’s a drop prevention lanyard hook for off ground safety and an anti-slip handle grip and patented thumb rest add to operator comfort. Meanwhile, a side-access chain-tensioner allows quick chain adjustments, and the brushless motor ensures long-lasting maintenance-free operation. The casing has an IPX4 rating for water resistance.

Oil adjustment is situated on the top of the saw, so it’s easily adjusted, and filling is via a flip lever cap opening. Lastly, an internal air filter prevents dust from entering the main board and motor.

The DCS-2500T will be available from mid-2020. See local ECHO dealers, or head to www.echo-tools.co.uk for further information.

ECHO electric chainsaw

QMJ postpones Hillhead expo

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:15 am

With a global pandemic in progress, social distancing high on the agenda for most people and major players in the sector shuttering operations for the foreseeable future, it comes as no surprise to learn that the QMJ Group has decided to postpone the 2020 Hillhead exhibition.

Hillhead, the biennial showcase for the quarrying and construction industries, was originally scheduled to take place from June 23-25. It has now been postponed until June 22-24, 2021. The proposed new dates would seem to clash with next year’s Plantworx, but it appears that the organisers of both events have come to an arrangement whereby the latter will now take place in 2022.

Back in the present day, and in explaining what must have been a painful decision, Hillhead Event Director Richard Bradbury said: “The health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees is our number one priority and with the peak of the epidemic predicted to coincide with the show in June, this would be severely compromised.

“Therefore, following an extensive consultation process, the decision has been taken to delay the event by a year to allow market conditions to stabilise and to best support the construction and quarrying industry during this challenging period.”

For his part, Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association, commented: “Whilst we are, of course, reluctant to change our plans for Plantworx 2021, these are unprecedented times.

“In the interests of both our sets of exhibitors and the industry as a whole, we will shortly announce our new dates for the next Plantworx in June 2022 at our Peterborough home.”

Our diaries are reset and a harmony of sorts is restored, then. Hopefully, the ongoing epidemic quickly abates and we can look forward to next year’s event at the Hillhead Quarry, Buxton. Keep an eye on www.hillhead.com for further information.
Hillhead 2020 postponed

March 19, 2020

Briggs & Stratton announces new engine

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:31 pm
Briggs & Stratton has announced a new Vanguard ‘160’ 5.0 Gross HP engine, which joins its line-up of single-cylinder petrol engines.
The Vanguard 160 engine boasts a myriad of applications, including tillers, cultivators, pressure washers, water pumps, generators, blowers, compaction plates, railway maintenance equipment and more. Like its 200 and 400 siblings, the 160 was built to meet customer needs – improved starting, reduced maintenance, lower total cost of ownership and better service/support.
It delivers all the usual Vanguard benefits for rental companies and resolves the equipment return challenge of unnecessary oil dilution/wastage that reduces uptime and productivity. A 200-hour oil maintenance interval and 600-hour air filter replacement interval also help to reduce operating costs. The engine is Stage V, EPA Phase 3 certified, and comes with a three-year limited warranty.
The needs of operators and contractors are not overlooked. An optional 45-degree (high inclination) package keeps equipment working on slopes and hillsides, without power loss, fluid contamination, engine failure, smoking or choking. A mechanical compression release and choke optimises starting in temperatures down to -29 degrees Celsius.
The engine accommodates leading competitor’s controls and dimensions, making it an easy drop-in replacement for OEMs. Switching current engine models with the 160 engine typically requires no redesign of the equipment.
The new Vanguard 160 engine will be officially launched at the International Rental Exhibition in Maastricht, 9-11 June 2020.Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 160 engine

The Vanguard 160 engine boast a myriad of applications, including tillers, cultivators, pressure washers, water pumps, generators, blowers, compaction plates, railway maintenance equipment and more. Like its 200 and 400 siblings, the 160 was built to meet customer needs – improved starting, reduced maintenance, lower total cost of ownership and better service/support.

The new Vanguard 160 engine will be officially launched at the International Rental Exhibition in Maastricht, 9-11 June 2020.

March 18, 2020

Thwaites bolsters sales team

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:47 pm

Thwaites is strengthening and increasing its sales team, with the announcement of Will Redman to the role of Distribution Manager North Region.

Will has spent the previous five years managing the sales distribution channel for Arrowhead, the leading British hydraulic excavator attachment manufacturer. He joins Thwaites with experience of the market and supporting distributors to profitably grow and develop their businesses.

The Thwaites distributors to benefit from this appointment directly will be BTE Plant Sales, John Nixon Ltd, Lloyd Ltd of Carlisle and Molson Young Plant, which is the Thwaites distributor for Scotland.

Commenting on the appointment, General Sales Manager Andy Sabin said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Will. His industry knowledge, sales experience and interpersonal skills made him the standout candidate.”

As Will concludes his induction and prepares to meet (at the appropriate time) the distributors, he said, “I am very pleased to be joining Thwaites. Their brand reputation and heritage makes them a household name. As the market leader I am looking forward to developing the relationship the Thwaites distribution network has with the business”.

JCB halts production

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:26 pm

JCB has stopped production at all of its UK manufacturing plants as disruption resulting from the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic causes an unprecedented reduction in global demand.

The company is halting production for the rest of this week and the whole of next week at its nine manufacturing plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.  Shop floor employees affected by the move will be paid in full during this period.  No decision has yet been taken on what happens from the week commencing Monday, March 30th and beyond. Office staff will continue to work a 39-hour week, with many working from home, in support of the Government’s social distancing policy.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate. JCB is a global exporter and worldwide demand for our products has dropped sharply as customers cancel orders and defer deliveries. This is not just a UK issue, it is worldwide and with countries like France, Spain and Italy going into lock-down, those key markets for construction equipment disappear overnight.

“In light of this fast-changing situation, we need to re-plan our production and, as a result, manufacturing at all UK factories will cease for the rest of this week and all of next week. This will allow us to take stock of the situation, re-plan our order book, prioritise products that are definitely required by customers, and ensure parts and components are reassigned to support the production of these products.”

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