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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.”

March 13, 2020

Rocket Splashes out with Trime

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:00 pm

Rocket Rentals placed an order with Trime (UK) at the recent Executive Hire Show for an X-Splash wash bay system. This will be installed at the hirer’s new tool hire depot on standalone premises a stone’s throw from the company’s HQ in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

The X-Splash is a self-contained system that collects water used in cleaning plant and machinery, and filters it ready for recycling. This means that an interceptor tank does not have to be fitted, says Trime.

Pictured at the Show is Rocket Rentals MD Simon Tomblin, right, with Trime’s Andrew Owen.

March 9, 2020

CPA urges red diesel rethink

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:43 am

Following media reports suggesting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce the abolition of the subsidy on red diesel will be abolished, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has written to him directly asking him to reconsider.

It is believed that the suggestion forms part of a bid to encourage a switch to greener alternative fuel usage.

The CPA states that scrapping the rebate would have significant financial implications for the construction sector, as users of diesel powered plant would pay an extra 47p on every litre of diesel used.

In his letter, CPA Chief Executive Kevin Minton (pictured) said, “As a key sector within the wider construction industry, we are concerned about reported proposals in the forthcoming budget, to place restrictions on the use of red diesel in construction machines.

“The CPA set out our concerns in the government’s call for evidence on the use of red diesel back in 2018. It is disappointing to see such measures being discussed again.

“Restrictions on the use of red diesel in the construction sector would, unfortunately, have a profound impact for our members and the wider construction industry by raising costs and squeezing already tight profit margins. This in turn will limit scope for investment in new skills and new cleaner, greener technology – something the government is encouraging our members to do.”

He continued, “We urge you to delay any consideration of this issue until a proper consultation can be carried out, and suitable amelioration measures identified.”

Red diesel currently accounts for approximately 15% of total diesel sales in the UK and costs the Treasury about £2.4bn a year in revenue.

March 5, 2020

JCB ends short time working

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

JCB is ending short time working at its UK factories and reverting to a five-day working pattern.

As EHN previously reported, around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees have been working a 34-hour week for the past fortnight due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. From this week, all factories are reverting to a basic working week of 39 hours.

JCB’s CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This is not a moment for celebration, but it is a step in the right direction. There has been some improvement in the shipment of components from China but new threats are emerging from our supply chain in other parts of the world, notably Italy and South Korea.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely on a daily basis and take any necessary measures to protect the business.”

March 4, 2020

A-Plant rebrands as Sunbelt Rentals

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:27 pm

A-Plant will rebrand as Sunbelt Rentals from 1st May 2020. This change brings all A-Plant’s brands under one banner and aligns it with the other operating businesses of Ashtead Group plc, which trade under the Sunbelt Rentals brand in the United States and Canada.

Andy Wright (pictured), CEO of A-Plant, said: “Our rebranding to Sunbelt Rentals is the culmination of work to unify our UK brands under one powerful banner.”

A-Plant’s businesses include Hewden Industrial, Live Trakway, A-Plant Lux, Rapid Climate Control, Mather+Stuart Power Solutions, Leada Acrow, A-Plant Rail, Tool Hire Express, A-Plant Powered Access, PSS Hire, Inlec, Evercal, Hoist It, Opti-cal Survey Equipment, FLG Services, Astra Attachment Solutions, GB Access, A-Plant Accommodation and Plantfinder.

These businesses will all be branded as Sunbelt Rentals, and the company says each will have an identifiable sub-brand that recognises the services they provide.

March 3, 2020

Wernick Hire expands welfare fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:17 am

Wernick Hire reports that it has continued to grow its site welfare fleet, having invested £24m in almost 3,500 new units in 2019.

A quarter of these are eco-friendly mobile and static welfare units to meet growing demand from for the construction industry. Wernick Hire won a 2019 Considerate Constructors Ultra Site Environmental Best Practice prize award for its ability to supply products that can lower a site’s carbon footprint.

The latest fleet additions include Genquip Groundhog Fusion Pulse Eco welfare units which incorporate solar technology to reduce the need for a diesel generator.

Wernick Hire is a division of the Wernick Group, which earlier this year launched a generator hire division, Wernick Power Solutions Ltd. EHN will report on this more fully in our March issue.

February 28, 2020

GAP invests in Tanker Services fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:27 am

GAP has placed an order for eighteen 26-tonne liquid waste tankers, following the launch of the company’s Tanker Services division. This brings its total of specialist divisions to ten.

The operation offers a range of emptying and cleaning options for septic and wastewater tanks and cesspits. It has a range of tankers, ranging from 4×4 vehicles upwards, which can empty, clean and sanitise toilets, welfare vans and welfare units. GAP says that it will eventually increase its fleet of 26-tonne tankers to 80.

Commenting on the recent vehicle purchases, which cost around £120,000 each, GAP’s Head of Procurement, Ken Stewart, commented: “Following on from our initial order of six, all of which have been delivered as of January, Volvo will be providing the cab/chassis at the rate of one per month. The bodywork will be undertaken by GK&N Services Ltd of Huddersfield, who will supply and fit a 3,200-gallon vacuum tank (to hold clean and foul water) to the cab/chassis. This is a significant investment amounting to in excess of £2m for these 18 units.”

EHN will provide an update on GAP’s latest developments in our March issue.

February 27, 2020

EHS success for Yanmar

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:30 am

Yanmar Compact Equipment Europe (CEE) has heralded this year’s Executive Hire Show a resounding success. The event took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry earlier this month.

The main attraction on the stand was the ViO17 zero tail swing mini excavator, which has a variable undercarriage (950mm-1,280mm) and fold-out blade extensions. The manufacturer’s VIPPS three-pump, variable flow hydraulic system is incorporated to ensure maximum working speed, as well as smooth, simultaneous operation of all functions, even when travelling.

David Cockayne, UK and Ireland Sales Manager at Yanmar CEE, said: “Attracting rental professional from across the UK and Europe, the Executive Hire Show is a key event in the compact plant calendar. We were delighted with the response to showcasing our ViO17 mini excavator – the interest on stand was very positive.

“The UK construction market remains key for Yanmar and we are already planning additional investment and expansion over the coming years.”

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