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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.

October 17, 2019

Earlsmere PAT testers for Vp

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:42 am

Earlsmere, a specialist in the field of identification and tracking of goods and services, has completed the roll-out of more than 400 direct PAT testing systems to Vp Brandon Hire Station and its sister ESS Safeforce, Torrent Trackside and MEP operations.

Consisting of Earlsmere’s Toolminder software, a Megger 450 tester and a label printer, the system automatically locates the asset with all its database information after it has been checked by an RFID scanner or barcode reader. It then downloads the test requirements and the operator is then prompted to perform the necessary procedures.

The printer produces a label to attach to the tested item, together with a test certificate if required. The results are automatically updated on the database. The system can also log information such as asset location.

October 15, 2019

A-Plant goes electric with JCB

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:37 am

A-Plant has invested in a fleet of ten JCB 19C-1E electric mini excavators in a deal worth more than £350,000.

Designed to meet a growing need for low carbon construction equipment, the machine allows contactors to work inside buildings, in emissions and noise-sensitive inner city areas and in tunnels or underground, without having to install exhaust extraction equipment.

Dave Harris, A-Plant’s Business Development Director, said: “Over the past year, we have witnessed significant customer demand for sustainable construction equipment and have made this a key focus of the company’s investment strategy. This year we have invested over £4m in low or zero carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”

October 14, 2019

Speedy access operation expands

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:09 am

Speedy has been ranked among the largest hirers of powered access equipment in the UK, following a £52m investment programme since November 2017 to establish its nationwide offering.

The business was placed second in the recent Cranes and Access annual league table of the top 30 UK providers.

This follows Speedy’s acquisition of regional powered access firms Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz over the last two years, in addition to investing organically in its own fleet of scissor and boom lifts, which now totals more than 8,200.

Speedy reported a positive outlook in a recent trading update, an update for the period to 30 September 2019, ahead of publishing half year results scheduled to be announced on 13 November. Group revenue, pre disposals, increased by approximately 6% on the prior year, with hire and services revenue growing by around 1% and 13% respectively.

The company states that a number of contract wins and extensions including, CALA Homes and Peel Ports, have been secured in the period and that, consequently, the second half of the year is anticipated to be stronger than the first. The Group expects adjusted profit before tax for the full year to be in line with the Board’s expectations.

October 8, 2019

Asif Latief to become Boels UK MD

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:58 pm

Asif Latief is to join Boels UK on 1 January 2020 as Managing Director. He was previously Marketing Director with A-Plant, having held a number of senior management positions since joining them in 2002.

Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rental said: “I am delighted to welcome Asif to the Boels team. We have ambitious plans for our UK business as we reach a pivotal point in our strategy to become a national hirer of choice. His extensive experience coupled with his knowledge of the equipment rental market will be invaluable as we look to accelerate our growth.”

Asif Latief said: “Boels has an excellent reputation across Europe and I am delighted to be able to join them at such an exciting time. Being a family run business, it has a number of values which resonate with me, especially the focus on developing its people to be the best that they can be, delivering a high level of customer experience, and all this supported by a solid investment programme to help the business grow. The aim is to be a leading player in the UK rental market and I look forward to being a part of that journey.”

Asif Latief will take over the responsibilities of Chris Haycocks, who will leave Boels UK at the end of January 2020 together with Scott Mulley. The strategic board of Boels Rental paid tribute to them for their contribution in building Supply UK, which Boels bought in 2017, other UK acquisitions and finally the integration of the Boels UK operation.

EHN aims to catch up with Asif Latief in the new year to learn more about the company’s plans.

October 7, 2019

Police Scotland targets cybercrime

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:28 am

Police Scotland wants to alert hirers that during October its Cyber Harm Prevention Team is raising awareness of ransomware attacks as part of European Cyber Security Month.

Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It is increasingly used by cyber criminals to exploit money from individuals and businesses.

James Archbold of the Prevention Team says, “Criminals will use various means to deceive members of the public or businesses into downloading software to disable their computer system. The user is then instructed to pay a ransom to have their computer unlocked.

“My first advice is not to pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that you will get access to your data or device, and your device will still be infected. Additionally, if you receive a phone call offering help to clean up your computer, hang up immediately. This is a common tactic used by cyber criminals.

“In some instances, devices can be unlocked by utilising a free, Police and industry backed Europol initiative, No More Ransom, www.nomoreransom.org. Otherwise it is best to run a full scan using your antivirus software and follow any instructions it provides. Alternatively you will have to undertake a factory reset of your device.

“To reduce the likelihood of becoming victim to this sort of crime, make regular backups of important information on your computer. Keep your operating system and software (apps) up to date. Don’t put off applying update. They contain patches that keep your device secure, including protection from ransomware and viruses. Make sure your antivirus product is turned on and up to date. Windows has a built in malware protection tool (Microsoft Defender) which is suitable for this purpose. Avoid downloading unofficial apps.”

Further information is available at https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/keep-secure-online/cybercrime

October 4, 2019

Hirebase adds Altrad Belle dumper

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:13 am

Hirebase has added Altrad Belle’s DX1000HT high tip dumper to its fleet, following a recent visit by senior management to the manufacturer’s factory in Sheen.

The hirer’s MD Adrian Watts and Hire Fleet Manager Leigh Tholet were able to inspect several new Altrad Belle machines and were impressed by the DX1000Ht. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of hire companies and end users in terms of safety, strength, operator comfort and convenience, as well as offering high productivity

Pictured are Bob Williams (extreme right), UK & Eire Sales Manager for Altrad Belle, alongside Adrian Watts, with Leigh Tholet at the controls of the machine.

October 3, 2019

HSC centralises stock products

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:06 am

The Hire Supply Company (HSC) is relocating all stock products held at the HSC MSC (Machinery, Spares and Consumables) facility in Worcestershire to the group’s distribution centre in Nottingham.

MD Gary McWilliam says this will enhance efficiency and provide administrative benefits for customers. While the warehouse facility at Worcester will close, the Sales Office at this location will remain open. All contact details will remain the same.

HSC’s Nottingham head office (pictured) is at 7-10 Eldon Road Trading Estate, Attenborough NG9 6DZ.

September 26, 2019

City Hire adds MHM generators

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:55 am

City Hire has expanded the range of power generation machinery in its fleet following its recent investment in 45kVA sets from MHM Plant.

Caspar Douglass, Marketing Executive with the Southall-based hirer, said, “We currently offer power generators from 3kVA to 20kVA. However, we were receiving a number of enquiries for larger sets.”

MHM’s ‘Ready to Rent’ models incorporate an engine protection shutdown system to guard against low fuel, low oil pressure, high engine temperature and battery charging failure. The sets are also fitted with a three-way fuel valve for easy connection to an external fuel tank for longer operation.

September 24, 2019

Flannery digs deep for charity

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:37 am

Flannery Plant Hire is raising money for the BBC Children in Need charity from the use of two specially branded JCB machines.

A compact telescopic handler and a mini excavator have been finished in a special spotted livery to help the hirer’s fundraising programme this year. The machines’ first task has been supporting volunteers to convert a rundown church hall.

The building, originally built in the early 1800s, has been transformed into accommodation and a support centre for Nightsafe, a charity supporting homeless young people. A television show about the project will air during the Children in Need Appeal week this November.

The two machines are also being offered for hire, with the rental charge being donated to the charity. In addition, Flannery employees are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge later this month and the Thames Bridge Trek in October, and have several bake sales planned to help reach a target of £20,000.

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