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February 17, 2020

New Först chipper raises interest

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:50 am

Först reports keen interest from hirers in its ST6P wood chipper when the company displayed the machine at the recent Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The ST6P weighs in below the 750kg towing threshold, and is the first model from the company to have a petrol engine. Först says the unit offers performance that rivals a diesel equivalent and that enables users to comply with the new Stage 5 emissions regulations.

Först says that the Show enabled it to catch up with existing customers and that there was a good, positive atmosphere with genuine interest amongst visitors in what Först wood chippers can bring to their hire businesses.

February 14, 2020

JCB assesses Chinese supply chain impact

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:53 am

JCB is set to reduce production levels at its UK factories due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

The move will mean a shorter working week for around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees from Monday, 17 February. This follows an immediate suspension of all overtime.

The measures have been discussed with the GMB union and will see the introduction of a 34-hour week for UK production employees until further notice. JCB employees will be paid for a 39-hour week and will ‘bank’ the hours, working them back later in the year.

JCB Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner said: “The disruption to the component supply chain in the UK comes at a time when demand for JCB products is very strong, so while this course of action is very unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary to protect the business and our skill base.

“Production in the UK has so far been unaffected by the situation in China. However, more than 25% of JCB’s suppliers in China remain closed and those that have reopened are working at reduced capacity and are struggling to make shipments.

Mr Turner added, “These measures will ensure that, while we will produce machines in lower than anticipated numbers, we will do so with the same number of employees, whose skills we will need to fulfil customers’ orders when the situation returns to normal. We are keeping the situation under review and we anticipate a surge in production levels once this period of supply disruption has passed.”

February 11, 2020

GGR Group appoints Sat Dhaiwal

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:04 pm

Lifting solutions provider, GGR Group, has appointed Sat Dhaiwal as its new Independent Board Advisor, to help accelerate the company’s growth.

Sat was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of A-Plant, and a Director of its parent company Ashtead Group plc, from 2002 to 2018.

Graeme Riley, CEO of GGR Group said, “Sat offers the experience to help take GGR to the next level. His knowledge is sure to prove invaluable and the board looks forward to working with him.”

Sat Dhaiwal, commented, “GGR is a clear market leader in its field and has the potential to accelerate its growth over the coming years”

GGR supplies vacuum handling equipment, compact pick-and-carry cranes, UNIC mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery. In 2016, it won the Queens Award for International Trade.

February 4, 2020

Charity success for Site Equip

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:46 am

Site welfare and portable sanitation equipment hirer, Site Equip, has raised more than £5,000 for its chosen charity during 2019.

The Alton-based company reached a total of £5,662.01 for the local St Michael’s Hospice by holding a range of activities throughout the year. These included bake-offs, a race night, a sponsored football match, a 10km running race and jewellery-making.

Site Equip also supplied equipment free of charge to the charity for use at various events.

February 3, 2020

Point of Rental pedals for charity

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:04 pm

On its stand at the Executive Hire Show this week, Point of Rental will be inviting visitors to help raise money for the mental health charity, MIND.

As part of the software company’s Live EPIC promotion – designed to reflect values of being empowering, principled, innovative and caring – it will be both accepting entries to win a customised bicycle, and donating £2 per visitor to the charity.

Point of Rental’s Live EPIC programme officially kicks off at a pre-Executive Hire Show Users’ Hangout on 4 February, where the company will connect with current customers to answer questions about its software, and to see a sneak preview of the new Syrinx 365 system.

The competition winner, as well as the other participants, will be are invited to join the Point of Rental team when they ride in the Bike Oxford charity cycling event on 31 May as part of the fund-raising initiative.

The company will be exhibiting on Stand D24 at the Executive Hire Show, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February.

Nixon adds MHM lights

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:07 am

Nixon Hire has increased its lighting tower fleet with the addition of 25 X-Hybrid Solar sets and 200 X-Eco LED machines from MHM Plant to meet growing demand.

The X-Eco LED has a safety system which automatically lowers the mast if the machines is moved whilst the mast is still erected. MHM states that the lamps will work for up to 50,000 hours before needing replacement.

The X-Hybrid Solar light (pictured) is powered through a hybrid system comprising a solar panel connected to rechargeable batteries, backed-up by a small diesel engine. The combined system substantially lowers fuel usage with a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions.

MHM will be promoting its latest products on its stand (H40) at the Executive Hire Show, taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February.

January 31, 2020

HAE seeks new CEO

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:12 pm

Graham Arundell, the Chief Executive Officer of the HAE and the Event Hire Association (EHA), is to stand down at the end of April after 13 years at the helm.

During his time with the Association, he coordinated the creation of the EHA as a separate entity, a complete re-branding of HAE and the reversal of the HAE’s financial fortunes, enabling it to purchase in 2019 the premises it had previously rented.

In addition, the Associations have introduced new member services, re-designed the SafeHire accreditation scheme, and developed the HAE’s Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers (HITS) initiative.

Graham Arundell said, “I was advised at the outset that the role would be challenging, and that was part of the attraction. It’s certainly lived up to that but I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities meeting lots of people along the way that will remain life-long friends.”

Brian Sherlock, HAE Chair, commented, “Graham has not only made a valued and sustained contribution to the HAE, he has also had a significant influence within the hire sector. His drive and relentless enthusiasm coupled with strong leadership and networking skills has driven real change within the Association.”

Graham will carry on as a consultant with HAE EHA for up to 12 months during the transition period under the new CEO, and the search for his successor is now under way.

January 30, 2020

CPA seeks bright Stars

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:38 am

The CPA’s Stars of the Future awards scheme is being expanded for 2020 with both national and regional awards in categories for Plant Mechanics, Plant Technicians, Lifting Technicians, Plant Operators and Hire Controllers.

Nominations are invited from plant hirers, manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and others operating in the construction plant industry. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre near Coventry on 10 June.

Kevin Minton, CPA Chief Executive said: “Stars of the Future recognises the UK’s most promising apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector. We’d like to urge employers and companies in the construction plant sector to nominate apprentices and trainees who they believe should be recognised as stars in the making.”

Last year, Plant Mechanic winners (pictured) won Snap-on tool kits and other prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to Germany to visit a Liebherr crane manufacturing plant for the CPA Lifting Technician Star of the Future winner. Nomination forms are available at www.cpa.uk.net/starsdownloads/

January 29, 2020

HAE to promote careers in hire

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

At the Executive Hire Show next week, the HAE and the Event Hire Association will promote a new partnership it has formed with the MyKindaFuture organisation, which works with employers to attract young people into industry and to meet the challenge of replacing an aging workforce.

Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board suggest that 19% of construction workers aged 55-plus is set to retire in the next five to ten years.

At the Show, taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February, students from MyKindaFuture will join the Associations in the Jaguar Lounge, between 11am and 2pm on the first day, to present their ideas to the industry and hear first-hand from future employers.

The organisations have also created lesson plans to encourage and inspire year 10, 11 and 12 students to consider a career in hire. The programme includes tool and plant hire industry quiz and a behind-the-scenes video of how the events industry sets about constructing a huge festival like Glastonbury.

To register to attend the Show, visit www.executivehireshow.com

January 28, 2020

Celebrating past John Jennings Award Winners

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:49 pm

EHN Editor Alan Guthrie recently presented Gareth Hayward (below right), Director of Alide Hire Services, and Dennis Gwynne, formerly Technical Director with Andrews Sykes, with replicas of EHN’s John Jennings Crosshire Award.

In 2017 and 2018 respectively, Gareth and Dennis won the Award, honouring individuals embodying the same passion and industry commitment that John Jennings demonstrated as EHN’s former Crosshire columnist.

In the past, the previous recipient literally handed over the trophy to the new Winner at the Executive Hire Show, and we thought they should also receive a replica to keep for posterity.

Our 2019 Winner was Iain Anderson, Joint MD of GAP, who has already been presented with his individual trophy.

JCB to adopt emissions verification markings

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:52 am

Cesar Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) will be standard on every JCB Stage V diesel and electric machine for the UK market from 1 March.

A second label, which can be scanned to verify the machine’s emissions compliance, will be positioned alongside the existing CESAR theft-deterrent triangle.

With Clean Air Zones and emissions restrictions becoming increasingly common in cities and on major construction projects across, ECV allows site personnel to simply scan a QR code with a smart phone, or call a 24-hour helpline, rather than having to access engine data plates to check build details.

Electric machinery, like JCB’s 19C-1E mini excavator, will have a white triangular ECV label, while Stage V diesel equipment will use a green ECV sticker.

January 22, 2020

Phoenix increases Yanmar fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:16 am

Phoenix Hire and Sales, Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe’s dealer for Wales, has invested more than £1.5m in expanding its plant hire fleet with additional machines from the manufacturer.

The recent order includes the Yanmar SV08, SV16, VIO17, SV18, VIO27, SV26, VIO38, VIO50 and VIO80 mini excavators, alongside the B95W wheeled excavator and C30R3TV tracked carrier.

Phoenix has depots in Cardiff, Cwmbran, Bridgend, Pontypridd and Swansea. Jason Derraven, Group Sales Director, commented: “At Phoenix, we work with hundreds of businesses – from national contractors and housebuilders, to independent landscapers and owner-operators. Our equipment is put to work in a host of demanding environments, making durability, reliability and rental-tough design essential for job site success.”

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.

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