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December 10, 2018

Mecalac machines for H.E. Services

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:01 pm

Mecalac Construction Equipment UK has supplied 85 site dumpers to H.E. Services (Plant Hire). The deal comprises TA1eh, TA3sh, TA6 and TA9 models.

The machines have been specified with a number of additional options, including road lights, green beacon seatbelt systems, wheel nut safety indicators, and Trackunit telematics and immobilisation devices.

December 4, 2018

Ashtead’s Geoff Drabble to retire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:27 pm

Ashtead has announced that Geoff Drabble has decided to step down from his role as Chief Executive at the end of the current financial year, on 1 May 2019, and to retire from the Group on 30 November 2019.

He will be succeeded on 1 May by Brendan Horgan, currently Group Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of Sunbelt Rentals, the Group’s North American business which accounted for 87% of the Group’s revenue in the last financial year.

Geoff Drabble, pictured, commented, “It has been a privilege to work with the many talented people that make up the Ashtead team. I am grateful to have enjoyed their support in building a world class rental business that has enormous potential to prosper further.”

Geoff Drabble was appointed chief executive in January 2007, having served as chief executive designate from October 2006 and as a non-executive director since April 2005. Brendan Horgan was appointed chief executive of Sunbelt Rentals and a director of the Group in January 2011. He became Group chief operating officer in January 2018. He is a US citizen and will continue to be based in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he assumes the new role.

December 3, 2018

Crime wave update

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:59 pm

Following the news item we uploaded on 22 November about a spate of equipment thefts suffered by One Stop Hire and other hire businesses throughout north-west England, Merseyside Police has set up a taskforce of detectives to investigate the crimes.

Steve Hitchen, MD of One Stop Hire told EHN, “The Merseyside team are also liaising with the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire forces to gather more evidence as the same gangs are operating across all areas.

“I am confident they are already onto them. I had a four-hour meeting with the police team lead officer today and passed over loads of evidence from our, and many other hirers’, experiences.

“Any hirers with information, CCTV footage or anything else that might be helpful should contact Jenny Davies at Merseyside Police on 07710 619406, or email 3034@merseyside.pnn.police.uk,” he added.

November 23, 2018

GAP attains new Health and Safety standard

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:38 pm

GAP has successfully achieved certification to the first international standard for Occupational Health and Safety, ISO 45001 2018, replacing its existing OHSAS 18001 certification.

The company says this demonstrates its strengthened legal and regulatory compliance whilst achieving high safety standards in its hire services across its UK-wide depot network and supporting business functions.

The standard also requires GAP to prove active employee engagement with Health and safety and leadership commitment. Head of Safety, Risk & Compliance, Allister Maxwell said, “ISO 45001 aligns with other key international standards GAP has achieved such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality management and environmental management respectively.”

November 22, 2018

North-west hirers suffer break-ins

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:59 am

A wave of break-ins is affecting hirers throughout north-west England. Thieves are targeting the depots of independent, regional and national companies, and some incidents are believed to have been carried out by the same people.

One Stop Hire has had several of its depots affected in a series of break-ins that stretch over several weeks but which have gathered pace in the past fortnight. Locations targeted include Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton, Leyland and Bromborough.

MD Steve Hitchen told EHN, “We thought our security measures were good with roller shutters, CCTV and anti-ram bollards fitted at our depots. However, the criminals have found ways round this by using bigger stolen vehicles with improvised bridging accessories between the bollards, like fridge/freezers and wheelie bins.”

The determined thieves force open the roller shutters with repeated rammings, often in full view of passers-by, and then squeeze through the opening created (pictured).

One Stop Hire estimates that the equipment stolen per incident is worth £15,000 with £5,000 of damage to repair. The company is now fitting enhanced CCTV that is remotely monitored by security guards who immediately challenge trespassers. It has also installed anti-ram bollards in a staggered pattern and steel gates behind roller shutters.

Steve, who spoke about this crime wave to hirers at last week’s Executive Hire Road Show in Haydock, adds that the enhanced security measures seem to be working. Recent CCTV footage at two One Stop Hire depots shows gangs turning up and driving off when they see the new monitoring equipment.

“I urge all hirers to take precautions,” he told EHN. “If possible, move small equipment upstairs or into secure cages, and place barriers across doorways and roller shutters to prevent attacks.”

Sadly, a number of one-depot independents which have been affected by such break-ins fear that the losses incurred will drive them out of business.

We will report on this in more depth in the next issue of EHN.

November 20, 2018

New Point of Rental recruit

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:31 pm

Simon Gibbons, who has 30 years of hire industry experience, has joined Point of Rental Software as the company’s new Business Development and Implementation Manager.

He started his career in 1992 with Jewson as an Operations Manager and has subsequently held management posts with several other companies including Speedy, A-Plant and Travis Perkins.

“Having used Point of Rental’s software in a number of previous positions, and having dealt with the company as a customer, it’s always been clear to me that their commitment to their products and their customers was second to none,” he said.

November 19, 2018

Trime wins Green Award

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

Trime UK has received a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice from the Green Organisation in recognition of the eco-friendly characteristics of its X-Splash wash bay.

The company was competing against more than 800 other nominations and CEO Ray Caulfield and Paul Hay (MD) were presented with their Champions Award, which is the top accolade, at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.

Paul Hay, right, said, “Our aim was to produce a cleaning method that conserves water usage through a recycling process and a collection procedure that gathers in all harmful contaminants so they are not discharged into the sewage system.”

The judges commented, “Localised ground and watercourse pollution from construction operations is a frequent occurrence. Trime set out to reduce this by developing an enclosed wash-bay for construction plant and equipment that contains filters and reuses its water, consuming less and protecting the environment.”

November 15, 2018

Generator Power relocates Scottish depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:44 pm

Specialist hirer, Generator Power, has relocated its central Scotland depot from Shotts to a site on Righead Industrial Estate in Bellshill.

MD Stephen Cardwell said, “The new location is a big step forward for our business in Scotland. The strategic position of Bellshill, with its excellent road connections, will allow Generator Power to give a great service to its customers across central Scotland”.

The Bellshill location is managed by Andy Allan, who also oversees the hirer’s Inverness depot.

The company supplies a range of Atlas Copco generators from 10kVA to 1250kVA, together with ancillary items such as tanks from Western Global, to customers in construction, telecoms, utilities and manufacturing.

November 12, 2018

New CPA Chairman appointed

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:09 pm

At the CPA’s recent annual general meeting Steven Mulholland was elected as Chairman of the Association. The founder of Mulholland Plant Services, he was formerly CPA Vice-Chairman.

Also at the meeting, Paul Allman, Director of the Hawk Group, was elected as Vice-Chairman and Brian Jones was re-elected as President.

As Chairman , Mr Mulholland, pictured, will work alongside Brian Jones, Chief Executive Kevin Minton and the CPA Council to shape the continuing success of the Association.

Brian Jones said: “I am confident that we have a strong team in place to tackle the challenges that the sector faces, such as the effect of Brexit on the workforce, and the many changes we are seeing in the skills and training arena.”

November 9, 2018

JCB digs deep for Poppy Appeal

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:07 pm

JCB has paid tribute to the World War I generation by presenting a cheque for more than £30,000 to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The company donated a special poppy-liveried 16C-1 mini excavator which was then auctioned to kick-start the Centenary appeal. The winning £25,500 bid was made by JCB customer Arnold Plant Hire Ltd.

In addition, the manufacturer commissioned Stoke-on-Trent ceramics company, Valentine Clays, to craft 255 bone china poppies, one for each soldier in Uttoxeter, near to where JCB’s World HQ is situated, and the surrounding villages, who lost their lives in the War. The limited edition poppies sold out within days and raised a further £6,375.

JCB Director George Bamford, pictured left, son of Chairman Lord Bamford, presented the £31,875 total to Royal British Legion’s Annmarie Jones and Simon O’Leary. He also handed over the keys for the commemorative mini excavator to Arnold Plant Hire MD Philip Oldham.

November 8, 2018

Thwaites serves up charity barbecue

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:14 am

Dumper manufacturer Thwaites supported a local charity earlier this week by serving up hot food to homeless people in Leamington Spa, where its headquarters are located.

Members of staff cooked burgers on a special barbecue made in the shape of a replica 6-tonne Thwaites dumper, which has been seen – and used – at various industry events this year.

The food was served to homeless and disadvantaged people outside a soup kitchen operated by the Helping Hands charity.

Thwaites UK Sales Manager Andy Sabin said, “Before we put the BBQ away for the winter, we thought it would be a good thing if we could prepare and provide some hot food for those less fortunate in our community.”

The Thwaites team served up over 100 burgers and cups of tea on the night.

November 7, 2018

Morris shines light on sales success

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

Morris Site Machinery is celebrating sales growth so far in 2018, with overall sales across the business up 41% on last year.

The positive figures follow an intensive period of targeted investment into research and development. The company says this year’s lighting season has already seen an 83% rise in sales, with customers placing orders earlier than usual for SMC lighting tower models.

The business has also been boosted by sales of Denyo generators and ArcGen welders (pictured), recording a 277% increase in sales of the former to date and ArcGen welder sales up 241% on last year.

CEO Chris Morris said, “We’ve worked hard and continued to invest in the business over the past few years. It is therefore encouraging to see the increased sales recorded so far this year and a buoyant pipeline in front of us.”

November 6, 2018

Richmond Plant Hire grows with Bobcat

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:29 pm

Richmond Plant Hire has added more Bobcat compact excavators to its fleet following the recent relocation of its Newark depot to new premises on a busy trading estate. The new machines include E25, E50 and E85 models.

Director Dave Moore, said: “We are already seeing a big increase in passing trade at our new location at the Mayden Business Park in the centre of Newark. The new Bobcat excavators we have added, from dealer Butler Reynolds, will help us to meet this greater demand. On the first weekend we opened, a member of the public dropped in to hire a Bobcat 3-tonner, and this just wouldn’t have happened at our previous location.

Richmond Plant Hire’s excavator fleet currently comprises more than 50 machines from 0.8 tonnes to 8 tonnes. The company also operates a second depot in Mansfield.

October 30, 2018

HPA fleet expansion

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:21 pm

Hampshire Plant & Access (HPA) is investing £1million in 2018 to update and expand its plant and powered access hire fleet.

Its latest purchases include several machines from JCB, comprising six site dumpers ranging from 3 to 9 tonnes, and six excavators from the 8026 micro through to a 14-tonnne model.

The hirer, which is part of the AFI group of companies, reports it has bought more than £500,000-worth of JCB machines from dealer Greenshields so far this year.

October 25, 2018

MEWPs rescue safety guidance

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:04 am

A concise safety document entitled ‘Rescue of Persons from MEWPs’ has been published by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group.

The 10-page publication provides guidance to put plans in place to rescue powered access users if they should become stranded at height. It has been compiled by the Forum’s MEWPs Group, which is chaired by the CPA and administered and supported by IPAF.

Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA, said: “We anticipate that the guidance will be a useful reference tool for MEWP hire companies, customers, operators and manufacturers. When MEWPs are used there is always an inherent risk of people becoming stranded at height due to a machine malfunctioning, breaking down or other influences.

“Although measures can be put into place to reduce the risk such as regular maintenance of equipment and the use of competent, medically fit operators, it is still important that organisations have plans in place should a rescue from a MEWP ever become necessary.” The publication is available for free download at www.cpa.uk.net/sfpsgpublications

October 23, 2018

Baker Plant Hire adds lighting

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

Baker Plant Hire of Lincolnshire has introduced site lighting towers to its fleet for the first time.

The company, which is based in Sleaford, has added three Trime X-Eco LED machines supplied by MHM Plant. The hirer’s Plant Manager, Paul Layton (pictured), said, “When one of our clients needed three lighting towers for a long-term contract at a renewable energy plant, we immediately set about researching the market for suppliers.

“The X-Eco LED was the most appealing, principally because the unit had all the features that our client required fitted as standard.”
Designed for economy and low emissions, the machine has an Amoss safety system to automatically lower the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected.

As well as tools and site machinery, Baker Plant Hire offers accommodation units and powered access equipment.

October 19, 2018

A&Y rebrands as Molson Compact Equipment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:10 am

A&Y Equipment Ltd has announced that it has rebranded as Molson Compact Equipment Ltd, having been part of the Molson Group for nearly five years.

Part of this change is the addition of Kobelco mini excavators to the Molson Compact offering. Ranging from 1 to 10 tonne, the machines will complement the existing lines of Ammann, Dieci, Bergmann and Cormidi plant.

The current site in Bearley, near Stratford-upon-Avon, will become the Molson Group ‘centre of excellence’ for compact plant, with the heavy line Kobelco series remaining at the Molson Group HQ in Avonmouth.

Molson Compact Equipment MD, Robert Brown said, “Being the centre of excellence will involve us being responsible for the processing of sales, parts, servicing, storage and PDI for the Molson Group compact ranges, whilst offering ongoing Yanmar parts and service support.

“Now dealing with Kobelco excavators will give us more opportunities than previously. For example, we now have a cabbed, 1.5-tonne machine with expanding tracks readily available, as well as high-performing 8 and 9 tonne excavators.” The company says it has more than 100 machines in stock.

EHN plans to provide more information on these developments in our November/December issue, which will also include a Market Report on Compact Plant.

October 12, 2018

GAP acquires 4Group

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:40 pm

4Group of Jersey, which offers equipment hire, training and logistics support, has been acquired by Glasgow-based GAP Group.

Founded ten years ago, 4Group, which comprises 4hire, 4safety and 4fleet, also provides vehicle rental and plant sales. GAP says the names will remain unchanged.

Nigel Blandin, 4Group MD, said, “By becoming part of GAP Group, we will continually develop and innovate to ensure we can support the highly technical projects that are underway and planned for the near future. The construction industry is evolving at a fantastic rate, whether it is in equipment or the methods used. 4Group and GAP are committed to providing the solution and the training required.”

Douglas Anderson, Joint MD of GAP commented, “A vital element of my remit is to ensure that GAP is prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead. The acquisition of 4Group is another strategic step for us, filling a gap in nationwide coverage.

“Jersey is a different market operationally. We recognise the value of a local business’ experience with our capabilities being a good match. I am confident that this acquisition will add considerably to the group’s performance and we are looking forward to working with our new colleagues to deliver further value for our customers.”

October 10, 2018

Birchwood Price Tools changes hands

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:20 am

Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) has been sold by Travis Perkins to tools supplier and distributor, Toolstream.

BPT brands include Scruffs workwear and safety footwear, Defender lighting and power distribution, Van Vault secure storage solutions, and Rhino heating and cooling products. The company, which employs 85 people at its Nottingham offices, will continue to operate as a standalone business, with the same personnel.

The BPT brands join the Toolstream portfolio which includes Triton, GMC, Dickie Dyer, Task and Bench Dog.

Matt Hunt, BPT Managing Director, said, “Under our new ownership we will continue to improve our overall proposition and partnership approach. We will also look to develop new relationships with organisations that we’ve not previously supplied, in a number of sectors.’’

October 8, 2018

CP Hire places major Mecalac order

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:58 pm

CP Hire has placed an order for nearly 100 Mecalac dumpers through Northern Ireland-based dealer, Sleator Plant.

The deal includes 95 machines and is said to be worth more than £2m. John Rawnsley, CP Hire (GB) Ltd Managing Director, said, “The quality and depth of the Mecalac range is very attractive. The versatility of each site dumper allows us to offer the perfect option to meet our customer’s exact needs.”

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