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July 23, 2017

Morris on summer tour

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:39 pm

Morris Site Machinery will undertake a Towers on Tour initiative during August to demonstrate its latest lighting towers to existing and potential customers.

The event will spotlight the manufacturer’s SMC TL90 Ultimate machine, which offers over 20 variants to allow customers to meet individual requirements. The machine is fitted with LED lights and is designed for increased fuel capacity and extended running time. To see where and when you can see the machine in action, ring 0345 515 0103.

July 11, 2017

Elavation gets a lift

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:11 am

Access equipment hirer, Elavation, has expanded its fleet of Hinowa tracked boom lifts with the addition of a Lightlift 15.70 Lithium model.

The Milton Keynes-based company has chosen the 15m machine because of its compact dimensions and low ground pressure, making it suitable for work in shopping centres, atriums, and historic buildings.

Julie Hennessy, Business Development Manager, said: “The Lithium models are increasingly popular with our customer base due to their emissions-free operation. One of the 15.70’s first jobs was in a church, which is a great example of its specialist capabilities.

“We see tracked booms as a growing niche, as more people become aware of their performance and their ability to solve complex access problems.”

The machine was supplied by APS, the UK distributor for Hinowa equipment.

July 10, 2017

New MCS website

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:43 pm

Hire software supplier, MCS, has launched a re-designed website as part of a new corporate branding. It also reflects the increased global dimension of the business, which was founded in 1983.

The site, at www.mcs.co.uk, gives details of the company’s software and the increased incorporation of new technologies to add more functionality for users. It also has a Resources section giving access to guides explaining benefits the products can provide.

MD Guy van der Knaap said: “We hope that MCS’ new image and branding will reflect the future direction of our business and help us to reach out to new clients, wherever they may be. The new website is the perfect platform to showcase our wide range of software solutions and share how widely they are being used.”

July 5, 2017

Mobile Mini expands in Bridgend

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:40 am

Mobile Mini, which specialises in hiring portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, has re-located its Bridgend branch.

Situated on a four-acre site, the new premises consist of offices, two workshops with spray-painting equipment, shot blasting facilities and improved storage space for units in the hire fleet.

The company has its UK headquarters in Stockton-on-Tees and ha 16 depots throughout the country. It recently invested £1m in additional Groundhog mobile welfare units manufactured by Genquip.

Mobile Mini MD, Chris Morgan, says that continuing growth has led to the company reviewing its facilities at a number of its branches, and expects further depot re-locations in the future as a result.

June 30, 2017

Coates increases Morris lighting fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:47 pm

Morris Site Machinery has supplied Australia’s largest equipment hire company, Coates Hire, with an order for 50 more of its extra-low voltage SMC TL90 LED ELV lighting towers to Coates Hire, taking its fleet of TL90s to more than 450.

The ELV model was designed specifically to comply with Australia’s Health & Safety regulations, which included lowering the voltage to only 48V.

Phil Winnington, International Business Director at Morris, “This latest order is testament to strong partnership working with our partner, Allight Sykes. The Australian market has developed in the 12 years since the SMC brand was introduced. Rental companies have recognised the value and reliability of our products and we have built on this reputation by continually improving and providing enhanced end user benefits.”

The manufacturer’s export achievements were recognised recently by The Sunday Times in its annual International Track 200 listing, where Morris was ranked 166.

June 28, 2017

Doosan’s Cesar milestone

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:36 pm

A new Doosan DX85R-3 mini excavator has been announced as the 250,000th machine to be marked with the Cesar plant security system in the UK.

It was displayed at the recent Plantworx exhibition, organised by the Construction Equipment Association, which also promotes the scheme. Cesar was developed by Datatag ID and launched in 2007 to help combat the theft of equipment, which was estimated to be costing the industry £1m a week at the time.

Attending the mini’s unveiling at Plantworx was Doosan’s Kim Dudley, pictured left, who was presented with a certificate to mark the occasion by Datatag’s Kevin Howells. Doosan states it was the first construction equipment manufacturer to join the scheme when it so ten years ago. Since then, every one of its machines sold in the UK has been Cesar-marked.

June 23, 2017

Hilti’s Helping Hand

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:02 am

Hilti has supplied a selection of its power tools to a national charity which works to provide care for children with complex health needs.

The WellChild organisation runs a scheme called Helping Hands, which arranges essential home and garden makeovers throughout the country, with the support of volunteer teams from local companies and businesses.

Tools provided by Hilti include a TE 30-A36 cordless combi-hammer, plus impact screwdrivers, hammer drill/drivers, a battery-powered circular saw and a laser measuring device.

Pictured, from left, are Hilti Regional Manager Justin Hargreaves, makeover recipients Jane and Joel, and WellChild Project Leader, Lee Trunks, as work gets under way on the latest Helping Hands project in St Austell.

June 21, 2017

Expansion at Rapid Platforms

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:10 pm

Rapid Platforms reports that it is investing over £1m in new machines and is expanding its workforce to meet increased demand.

The Hertfordshire-based powered access equipment hirer is adding 24 machines to its fleet as well as two new delivery vehicles and is recruiting four new employees including two service engineers, a truck-mount operator, and a hire desk apprentice. This brings its total staff count to 32 people.

Operations Director Jim Jones says the investment is due to an increase in business during the past year, and positive prospects for the next 12 months.

June 15, 2017

Selco’s half century

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:42 am

Selco has recently opened a new location in Guildford, bringing its total number of outlets to 50. The builders’ merchant, which offers a hire service at each of its branches, plans to open at least ten new depots this year, according to its Chief Executive, Chris Cunliffe.

In opening the Guildford facility, Selco has emphasised its commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates by awarding £1,000 to three local charities. These include the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Fund’s Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit Appeal, 1st Merrow Scouts Group and Macmillan Cancer Support. Selco has supported Macmillan nationally over the last four years, raising more than £400,000 in the process.

June 13, 2017

Strong results from Ashtead

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:54 am

Ashtead, the parent company of A-Plant and US-based Sunbelt Rentals,  has reported strong full year results to 30 April 2017, with Group rental revenue increasing 28% and underlying pre-tax profit increasing to £793m.

Group revenue for the year increased 25% to £3,187m (2016: £2,546m) with strong growth in both Sunbelt and A-Plant, delivering 14% and 15% rental-only revenue growth respectively.

A-Plant delivered rental-only revenue of £304m, up 15% on the prior year (2016: £264m), reflecting increased fleet on hire. A-Plant’s total revenue increased 15% to £418m (2016: £365m).

Chief Executive, Geoff Drabble, commented: “The reported results were impacted favourably by weaker sterling but, with 13% growth in Group rental revenue at constant exchange rates, we have good momentum. Our end markets remain strong and, most importantly, we continue to see structural change as our customers increasingly rely on the flexibility of rental.”

He added that Ashtead had made significant investments in the year, spending £1.1bn in capital expenditure and £437m on bolt-on acquisitions. “Our markets remain good and spring has seen a good seasonal uplift in fleet on rent, together with record levels of physical utilisation for this time of year. So, with both divisions performing well and a strong balance sheet to support our plans, the Board continues to look to the medium term with confidence.”

June 7, 2017

A-Plant elects Genquip

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:13 pm

A-Plant Accommodation has placed an order said to be worth more than £1.4m with Genquip for a total of 68 static Groundhog welfare units.

The hirer says that, owing to high demand, several of the units are being delivered straight to site from the Genquip production line in south Wales, with some having gone out on immediate hire to be used as Polling Stations for tomorrow’s general election.

The order replenishes and renews A-Plant Accommodation’s fleet of static welfare units and comprises 20ft and 25ft units, as well as 32ft models which are new to the hirer’s -Plant range and can accommodate up to 12 people.

The Groundhogs being used as Polling Stations have an open plan, multi-use design with a de-mountable partition so that, after the election, it can be put back into place for use as conventional models.

June 1, 2017

SRP wins with EasyCabin

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:20 am

A joint initiative between welfare cabin manufacturer, AJC Cabins, and the specialist hirer, SRP Hire Solutions, has proved successful for both companies.

The two businesses shared a stand at the recent Floodex exhibition, held in Peterborough, aimed at contractors serving the flood defence industry. AJC, which exhibited under its EasyCabin brand, showed its EcoSmart 12Xtra mobile unit, which can accommodate eight people and is designed for energy efficiency.

National Account Manager, Mark Samuel, said that AJC received several purchase enquiries at the event, and that Lincolnshire-based SRP, which has its head office in Coningsby and a second depot at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, took many enquiries for hires in its region.

SRP specialises in hiring portable toilets, site welfare cabins and lighting towers to the construction and event markets.

May 26, 2017

EPS adds Snorkel lift

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:04 pm

EPS Hire Centres has bought a new Snorkel A38E electric articulated boom lift for its fleet.

Director David Fielden, who is pictured, left, with Snorkel UK’s Joe Whitton, placed the order at the Vertikal Days lifting equipment event which was held this week at the Silverstone complex in Northamptonshire.

Yorkshire-based EPS, which has depots in Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd, believes that the battery-powered machine will prove popular with contractors working indoor locations such as in warehouses, and that it will facilitate tasks above and over racking, large machinery and other obstacles. The hirer also recently bought two new Snorkel electric scissor lifts.

• EHN’s July/August issue will include a review of Vertikal Days.

May 22, 2017

HSS appoints new CEO

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:07 am

HSS has announced that Steve Ashmore will join the Group as Chief Executive Officer on 1 June.

He previously held senior roles at Exel, the supply chain and third party logistics provider, before working in a number of senior leadership positions, including UK MD at Wolseley, the distributor of plumbing and heating products and supplier of building materials. More recently he was the UK MD of Brammer, a distributor of bearings, seals, mechanical power transmission components and other industrial products.

Steve Ashmore replaces John Gill, who will step down from the Board of the company on 23 May.

May 19, 2017

Jarvie Plant scores at Tynecastle

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:47 am

Jarvie Plant is supplying a range of equipment for work involved in the re-development of the main stand at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh, the home ground of Heart of Midlothian FC.

The Grangemouth-based hirer has already provided a range of kit including lighting towers, tandem rollers, excavators, dumpers and site storage boxes. As work commences on steel erection, with structural beams and roof trusses arriving on site, it will also supply access platforms, telehandlers and other items.

May 16, 2017

Speedy shows improvement

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:41 pm

Speedy’s results for the year ended 31 March 2017 show that the company continues to improve its performance.

Revenue increased to £369.4m (2016: £329.1m), with adjusted profit before tax up 224% to £16.2m (2016: £5.0m). Net debt reduced to £71.4m (2016: £102.6m). The company says that the size of its hire fleet was decreased by 11.4% to £194.8m, reflected in improved asset utilisation.

Russell Down, Chief Executive, said: “These results demonstrate the success of our turnaround plan with significant improvements across all financial and operational performance measures. Whilst we have made a solid start to the year, the market remains competitive. With the business now stabilised and a strong balance sheet, we are well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities and continue to deliver sustainable profitable growth.”

Last December, Speedy acquired Lloyds British Testing Ltd, which carries out testing, certification, and inspection of lifting equipment, as well as training, for £3.8m. The business has now been integrated into Speedy’s operations serving the lifting market.

May 12, 2017

Luscombe becomes Arrowhead dealer

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:53 pm

Arrowhead Rockdrill has appointed Luscombe Plant Hire of Ulverston as a dealer for its range of hydraulic excavator attachments throughout Cumbria.

The product range includes breakers, post drivers, compaction plates and compaction wheels, and the appointment comes as the hirer continues to expanding its sales portfolio.

Our June issue will include an article on other recent developments at Luscombe Plant Hire, which won the 2017 Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Award in the Outstanding Single Depot category.

May 8, 2017

Actavo’s half century

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:02 pm

The businesses known today as Actavo Hire & Sales and Actavo Industrial Solutions, formerly Deborah Construction Ltd, are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.

The operation started as a services company, erecting and dismantling scaffolding at power stations, petrochemical plants and other locations in the Humberside region, eventually developing a hire and sales business. Today it has depots across the UK and employs 3,500 people.

Marking the milestone are, from left, Roger Hastie, CEO of Actavo Structural Division, Sean Corkery, Actavo’s CEO and Chairman; and Russell Best, CEO of the Industrial Division.

May 4, 2017

Charitable GAP

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:59 am

GAP reports that it has donated £80,000 to 99 charities in the financial year 2016 /2017.

The hirer’s Charitable Foundation was set up in April 2015 and gives approximately 0.5% of the company’s profits to worthy causes. Donations are allocated via a dedicated Giving committee comprising staff members from various roles within GAP, meeting monthly at the company’s Head Office in Glasgow.

Any of GAP’s 1,600 employees can nominate a charity they feel is deserving or who may have helped themselves, family or friends in the past. In addition, under a GAP Match scheme, a team member who fundraises for a charity will see their efforts matched by the charitable committee to an amount of up to £500. Twenty-five such donations have already been made this year, with personnel involved in events such as marathons, mountain climbing challenges, sponsored walks and coffee mornings.

April 25, 2017

Vp acquires Zenith Survey

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:53 pm

Vp has acquired Zenith Survey Equipment for a cash consideration of £3.85m plus assumed debt of £2.3m.

Zenith was founded in 1986 and trades as Zenith Survey in England and Wales, and Survey Connection in Scotland. It specialises in hiring and selling survey and safety equipment from seven locations across the UK.

It primarily serves the construction and civil engineering markets, and will be integrated within ESS Safeforce, part of Hire Station, Vp’s tool hire business. Vp Chairman Jeremy Pilkington said, “The acquisition of a well-established business like Zenith represents an important expansion of Vp’s specialist tool hire activities.”

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