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January 16, 2020

MCS celebrates year of growth

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:49 pm

MCS Rental Software has announced a 100% growth in revenue compared to its previous year, with significant sales in its new regions including Germany and Eastern Europe.

MCS now has strategic operations in France, Germany, Benelux and Scandinavia, as well as reseller partners in South Africa and Australia. In line with its further reach into Europe, the company has grown its regional staff presence with multilingual helpdesk and customer care teams.

Sales Director Nick Thomson said, “Our 100% growth has been a direct reflection of the success of our customers since using the MCS software. It’s exciting to be seeing more hire companies adopting MCS-rm in new regions, and we’re looking forward to what 2020 brings.”

January 14, 2020

Young apprentices in HAE spotlight

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:00 am

A new category of Young Apprentice of the Year will be included in the HAE’s 2020 Hire Awards of Excellence, taking place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday, 4 April.

The other categories include: Website; Use of New Media; Catalogue; Sustainability and CSR Initiative; Hire Industry Product; Hire Industry Supplier; SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company (up to £10m turnover); SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company (over £10m turnover); SafeHire Event Hire Company; Apprentice; Workshop Manager; Hire Manager; and Hire Achiever.

The deadline for entries is this Friday, 17 January, and the finalists in the different categories will be announced in February. For more information go to http://awards.hae.org.uk/

January 9, 2020

MHM partners with MIPV

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:03 am

MHM has entered into a partnership with MIPV, a South Wales-based manufacturer of innovative thin-film solar panels, to help develop products using renewable energy sources and non-fossil fuels.

The company points out that the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory discovered that construction sites are responsible for approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, 8% of large particle emissions (PM10) and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles (PM2.5).

While a small amount of this (about 1%) is dust from site activities like demolition, most comes from the extensive use of diesel powered machinery.

MIPV, a division of the BIPV Group, was established in April 2015 following five years of collaborative research between Tata Steel LCRI (Low Carbon Research Institute) and Swansea University, with support from the Welsh government.

This new partnership aims to develop bespoke solutions to meet the sustainable energy needs of mobile welfare, site lighting and temporary security applications, using the flexible thin-film solar PV technology to generate the required power.

In 2020, MHM will become the global distributor for MIPV’s renewable solar thin-film CIGS technology in all of these market sectors. The two companies promoted the concept last October at the Showman’s Show in Newbury, pictured.

MHM’s Managing Director, Mat Llewellyn said, “Our aim is to limit and possibly eliminate the use of diesel entirely by concentrating on renewables, hybrid and battery powered systems. We believe that MIPV has made exactly the right product for the markets we supply.”

MHM celebrates its 10th anniversary later this year, and EHN will report on the company’s latest developments in our January/February issue.

January 8, 2020

Clow Group appoints new Director

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:40 pm

The Clow Group recently appointed Dougie McCombie as Group Sales Director. He was previously Sales Director at Lyte Ladders & Towers and formerly UK Sales Manager at Turner Access Ltd.

The company manufacturers a comprehensive range of ladders and access equipment, and received the John Logie Baird Award for Innovation in 1991 for its all-glassfibre Euroglas ladder range.

January 3, 2020

Murphy Plant increases EasyCabin fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:59 am

Murphy Plant, part of the specialist engineering and construction company, J. Murphy & Sons, has expanded its temporary site welfare fleet with twenty 20ft static units and five 12ft mobiles from AJC EasyCabin.

This latest order means that Murphy Plant now has over 100 hundred EasyCabin cabins in its fleet. The new additions, which have been finished in the company’s Murphy’s green livery, will be deployed around the country as replacements for re-hired equipment from it supply chain.

Murphy Plant’s MD, Mike Carpenter said, “The reliability of our current units has been excellent and our team consistently comment on the high quality of the finish. AJC’s Sales Manager, Mark Samuel, has given excellent support to ensure that users have a working knowledge of the units.”

December 24, 2019

New MHM appointment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:46 am

MHM Plant has expanded its sales force with the appointment of Brad Ireland as its new UK and Ireland Sales Manager.

He has considerable experience in the marketing of fuel, fluid and water storage distribution systems, and will be promoting a new range of such products that MHM recently added to its portfolio.

In addition, Brad will be managing many of MHM’s key and major account holders.

December 13, 2019

GenAir wins Green Apple Award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:42 pm

GenAir, a hirer of low-emission air compressors, recently had the environmental qualities of its All Weather All Electric air compressor formally recognised by The Green Organisation.

Senior representatives from the company attended a ceremony, hosted at the Houses of Parliament, to their Green Apple Award.

The machine has a working pressure of 10psi to 190psi with a maximum free air delivery of up to 400cfm. It has a low noise level of 67dB (A) and is designed particularly for use in areas governed by emission regulations.

GenAir says that the use of electric compressors eliminates the risk of environmental damage from diesel spillage and that maintenance is reduced.

The Green Apple Awards are coordinated by The Green Organisation, an international body that recognises environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

December 9, 2019

Barrus Industrial Engines Division appointment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:48 pm

E P Barrus Ltd has appointed Andy Collins as Area Sales Manager for its Industrial Engines Division.

With a career spanning 25 years in this market, Andy’s responsibilities will include the management and development of existing and new customers covering the Division’s portfolio of diesel, petrol and gas engine brands, including Yanmar, John Deere, Kawasaki and Toyota.

His previous experience includes working in sales management positions for Lombardini, which was acquired by Kohler Company’s Power Group in 2008, and for the past two years he was Sales Director at HGI Generators, handling commercial sales and specific direct key accounts.

December 6, 2019

Stuart Power opens St Helens depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:38 pm

Stuart Power has opened a new depot in St Helens to serve customers in the north west of England. It complements the company’s three other locations serving the North East, West Midlands and East Anglia.

Director Russell Tregent said, “This new depot is in line with our continued expansion and development plans. It proves our commitment to establishing long lasting relationships in the area and extending our services to new prospects along with our current client base.”

Stuart Power has increased its investment in FG Wilson equipment for its hire fleet, including generators ranging from 20kVA to 2,000kVA. It has also added more specialised delivery vehicles across all its locations.

In addition, the company has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Festival Supplier Awards 2020 in the Best Power category, for its work at various outdoor events. The winner will announced on 30 January 2020.

December 3, 2019

Ian Brown becomes Thwaites Deputy Chairman

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:33 am

Ian Brown has been appointed Deputy Chairman at Thwaites. He has worked for the dumper manufacturer for more than 30 years, including 20 as Sales Director and three years as Managing Director.

To provide continuity, Financial Director Simon Hill, who has been with the Company for eight years, now becomes Managing Director. Tim Frost, who has spent over 30 years in various key positions, is promoted to the management team as Commercial Manager.

Current UK Sales Manager, Andy Sabin, who has more than 20 years’ service, has been appointed as General Sales Manager for UK and Export markets.

Ian Brown said, “These changes will further develop the business as we maintain our investment in the factory and product development with the focus on enhancing our customer base in UK and Export markets.”

Pictured from left are Tim Frost, Simon Hill, Ian Brown and Andy Sabin.

December 2, 2019

Hilti charity auction

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:43 am

Potential bidders have until the end of this week to take part in an online charity auction organised by Hilti (Gt. Britain) for a specially commissioned artwork based on the manufacturer’s imagery.

The Manchester-based company asked local artist Russell Meehan to create the distinctive piece, which is now being auctioned to raise funds for WellChild, a national children’s charity.

For more details, visit http://hilti.to/0s7u67. The auction closes on 6 December and all proceeds will go directly to WellChild.

November 25, 2019

GAP strikes gold with Kubota

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:30 pm

Kubota UK has presented GAP with a special mini excavator finished in a golden livery to mark the hirer’s 50th anniversary this year.

Over the next 12 months, 50% of all hire revenue from the machine will be donated to The Lighthouse Club charity. Kubota UK has also pledged to match the money GAP raises in this way.

Kubota UK, which is celebrating 40 years of business, has a long partnership with GAP, which has bought more than 500 construction machines from the company since their trading relationship.

Ken Stewart, GAP’s Head of Procurement, said: “We run a large fleet of Kubota excavators ranging in size from 800kg to 8 tonnes. When looking at the types of products we want to buy, price is and always will be an important factor. But we also look closely at factors such as the cost of ownership, reliability, after sales support and general market acceptance. In our opinion, the Kubota product continues to tick all the boxes and is well received by both our customers and our UK depot network.

“We have a strong affinity with Kubota in general, with their engines being used in so many of our other products, such as compressors, tandem ride on rollers, dumpers, lighting towers and generators.”

November 15, 2019

GreenMech delights Chipper Hire (SW)

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:19 am

Chipper Hire (SW) is the first UK hire company to add a GreenMech EVO 165D wood chipper to its fleet.

Back in 2015, the company’s owner, Col Bachmann, spotted a niche in his area and added chippers to his plant hire fleet, before spinning off Honiton-based Chipper Hire (SW) as a separate entity the following year.

“We’ve used GreenMech right from the start,” he explains, “and now have machines from 4in right through to 8in to satisfy the varied requirements of our client base.”

Col had input into the EVO range throughout its developmental phase. “The new, larger infeed configuration allows it to handle high volumes of timber, including conifer, with ease while the more aggressive torque and heavier flywheel offers processing power and throw that outperforms competitor machines in its category.

“Also, with the tight turnaround we have between hires, the convenience of having all the major grease points in one place saves us so much time – it’s a godsend.”

November 11, 2019

Boels makes offer for Cramo

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:01 pm

Boels Rental has entered into an agreement with Finnish hirer Cramo under which Boels will make an offer to buy Cramo from its shareholders.

Netherlands-based Boels, which entered the UK market by buying Supply UK Hire Services in 2017, has more than 4,200 employees and over 450 depots in 11 countries. Cramo has approximately 300 depots across 11 markets.

The combination of the businesses would create a leading player in the European equipment rental market with combined annual revenues of approximately 1,250 million euros. It would also have one of the largest depot networks in Europe, merging Cramo’s Scandinavian and Central European business with Boels’ existing network in other European countries.

Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels said: “Our vision is to build a European leader in the equipment rental market. We have a strong conviction in the strategic combination of Boels and Cramo. The combined company will be a leading player in Europe with a business in 17 countries, and a top-3 position in 12 of those. Our companies know each other well and have a good fit both strategically and culturally.”

November 4, 2019

Associations offer Brexit advice

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:21 pm

A consortium comprising the HAE, the Event Hire Association and the Access Industry Forum (AIF), has produced a free, brief guide to help companies prepare for trading successfully with Europe and the rest of the world post-Brexit.

The group was awarded funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help improve the hire and work at height sectors’ readiness.

The Brexit Readiness Guide is available to businesses of all types across these markets, and not restricted to association members. It can be downloaded at https://accessindustryforum.org.uk/brexit/

November 1, 2019

UK Platforms merges with Nationwide Platforms

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:15 am

Following its acquisition of UK Platforms from HSS in January 2019, Nationwide Platforms has announced the integration of the two brands, with the new enlarged business now operating solely under the Nationwide Platforms name from today.

The combined operation will have a fleet of 15,500 machines, offering improved availability and more responsive local service. It now has 38 depots and 356 engineers spanning the UK.

All former UK Platform staff have been integrated into the Nationwide Platforms business.

October 29, 2019

John F Hunt Power takes the Stage

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:03 pm

John F Hunt Power believes that it has become the first national power equipment hirer to take delivery of a new Stage V-compliant generator into its fleet.

The 40kVA Bruno Fusteq model will be joined in the hirer’s feet next year by a further 40 Stage V generators in various node sizes, which will be purchased alongside over 200 new Stage IIIa machines from its preferred manufacturers, Bruno and Denyo.

This will take the John F Hunt Power generator fleet to well over 2,000 units by early 2020. Pictured with the 40kVA Bruno generator on distributor BGG UK’s stand at the recent Showman’s Show are, from left, David Hunt and Kevin Davies from John F Hunt, with Sandro De Gianni from Bruno and BGG’s Chris Archer.

October 25, 2019

Event success for Power Logistics

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:36 am

Power Logistics, which provides temporary power for events, reports that its decision to deliver power monitoring at every project it undertook throughout 2019 has proved successful.

Implementing its systems at numerous festivals and outdoor events, it says this has resulted in fuel bills consistently being reduced by 20% or more, along with significant carbon emission savings.

QR codes are also placed on every generator, fuel tank and fuel bowser to monitor data such as location, running hours and fuel usage. This is uploaded via a server and gives clients real-time information.

A system was used at this year’s AEG’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival, held in London’s Hyde Park. Power Logistics has provided project management for the event since 2014, but this year the site was fuelled solely with HVO biofuel (hydro-treated vegetable oil).

Analysing the data from the 2018 event, Power Logistics installed a smaller set in each of its generator compounds that were used during the build-up and breakdown period. This reduced fuel usage by 8,000 litres and further power monitoring delivered a 25% decrease in the amount of fuel used throughout the festival

October 21, 2019

Eveready adds Trime lights

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:28 pm

Eveready Hire has expanded its fleet of Trime X-Eco LED lighting towers with 12 new sets, bringing its total to 40 machines.

Director Colum Mannix said, “We first purchased the X-Eco LED units in early 2017 and looking at our service records I can see that, firstly after 1,600 hours working, we have had no breakdowns. Secondly, we only had to carry out regular scheduled services.”

Customers have remarked that the efficiency of the machines has resulted in fewer fuel fills during hire periods, and they also appreciated the unit’s small footprint.

October 18, 2019

GAP posts record profits

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:40 pm

GAP has announced record annual profits and turnover in the year the Group celebrates a half-century in business.

The company achieved a pre-tax profit of £18.7m in the year to 31 March 2019, an increase from £16.7m in the preceding 12 months, as annual turnover rose by 8.8% to £203m. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation soared to an all-time high, rising from £73.1m to £80.4m. For the first time in the company’s history, net assets have climbed above £100m.

Joint MDs Douglas (pictured right) and Iain Anderson said that GAP has diversified significantly beyond its traditional plant and tool hire offering with the launch of specialist divisions comprising Lifting & TIC (test, inspect and certify), Non-Mechanical, Trenching & Shoring, Survey & Safety, Welfare and Events Services. The new divisions, which often require bespoke solutions, now account for around one-third of turnover and an even-greater proportion of pre-tax profits.

The family business also announced a new operational structure with an eye on succession-planning and to continue its expansion. Four new Managing Director positions sit below the GAP Holdings Board which remains unchanged. Douglas Anderson’s son, Mark, has been appointed MD of the business in Scotland and the North of England, and will be responsible for the profitability of the Plant, Tools, Non-Mechanical Plant, Trenching & Shoring and Welfare divisions.

GAP is actively recruiting for two MD roles tasked with overseeing the Midlands & South West and the South East of England regions respectively.

The company says the restructuring recognises the need to provide greater clarity and focus on its Lifting and Survey & Safety divisions, which are inherently more technical from an operational and sales perspective. Karen Greenshields, who is the daughter of Douglas and Iain Anderson’s sister Maureen Smith, has been appointed as MD of these operations. Mark and Karen will report to Kevin McEwan, who will take on a Group Operations Director role.

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