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May 29, 2018

Achievement Award for CPA’s Colin Wood

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:55 am

Colin Wood, former Chief Executive of the CPA, has been recognised for his distinguished career in the industry at the 2018 European Rental Awards.

Having stepped down from the position of CPA Chief Executive earlier this year, he was awarded the European Rental Association (ERA) Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony hosted in Vienna, Austria, during the ERA’s Annual Convention., organised by the ERA and International Rental News.

Prior to joining the CPA, Colin’s entire career was spent in the crane hire industry where he had held senior management and board positions several of the biggest crane hire companies. CPA Chief Executive since 2001, he was an active Council member for ten years.

Colin, who was presented with the Award by Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rental and President of the ERA, said that one of his particular achievements had been in working to create operational safety guidance for the benefit of the construction equipment industry as a whole.

May 25, 2018

Generator Power opens Inverness depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:36 am

Specialist hirer, Generator Power, has opened a new depot in Inverness to cover the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

MD Stephen Cardwell said, “This new branch location is ideally situated to service our telecoms and utility customers in the Highland and Islands. This is a very active area for Generator Power, so our new Inverness team will be busy.”

The company offers a fleet of Atlas Copco generators from 10kVA to 1,250kVA, plus associated equipment such as cables and bunded tanks from Western. A full service back up is provided with 24/7 support and specialist vehicles for machine deployment.

May 24, 2018

HSS gains momentum

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:14 pm

In a trading update on its performance for the 13-week period ended 31 March 2018, HSS reports adjusted EBITDA growth of 64.3% at £13.8m, compared with the same period in 2017 (£8.4m).

The company also reports underlying core hire revenue growth of greater than 4% and a £6.9m reduction in net debt since the year end.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Ashmore states that the implementation of a new supply chain model from the beginning of April is delivering annualised savings of approximately £11m. “We have started 2018 positively and our recovery is now well established and gaining momentum. The business is trading well delivering adjusted EBITDA that is materially higher than the prior year and driving margin progress through cost savings and growth in core rental revenue,” he said.

May 22, 2018

Redpath adds MHM sets

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:22 am

Redpath Tool Hire has increased its fleet of generators from MHM Plant with the addition of 20kVA GE 20 SSY-MV machines.

The company, which is based in Duns, near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, has over the past two years purchased a number of 2.5kVA and 6.0kVA petrol and diesel MHM sets, and has now added the new machines to meet demand.

Founder and owner Alan Redpath says that an eight-month hire for one of the GE 20 SSY-MV sets has already been secured from a local house builder.

Redpath Tool Hire also offers larger generators under MHM’s re-hire service and has plans to add lighting towers to serve the local event market.

May 18, 2018

A-Plant goes Hi-Viz

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:52 pm

A-Plant has invested in a fleet of JCB 7.0-tonne forward tipping 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz dumpers JCB Hi-Viz cabbed dumpers, designed to enhance visibility, operator protection, stability and comfort.

Key features of the machines include a reduced skip height to improve visibility, a longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity for greater stability, and a ROPS/FOPS Level ll cab, which incorporates a secondary impact protection system, to allow the operator to remain in the cab while the dumper is being loaded.

Dave Harris, the hirer’s Business Development Director, said the investment is indicative of growing demand in the plant hire market for safer and more efficient machines.

May 16, 2018

Speedy reports strong performance

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:20 am

In its results announced today for the year ended 31 March 2018, Speedy reports an improving performance, with; well positioned for growth with revenue excluding disposals increased by 6.4% to £371.6m (2017: £349.1m), and adjusted profit before tax up 59.9% to £25.9m (2017: £16.2m).

The company says that it acquisitions of Prolift Access and Platform Sales & Hire have strengthened its national powered access offering, and that overall asset utilisation in the UK and Ireland improved by 7.6% to 55.4% (2017: 51.5%).

Russell Down, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with these results which reflect a strong operational performance, robust capital management, the benefits of the strategy which was launched in September 2015, the impact of our recovery initiatives and some earlier than expected acquisition synergies.

“The market remains competitive; however the current year has got off to an encouraging start with revenue ahead of the comparative period on a like for like basis. Whilst we are early into the new financial year, and some of the benefits from the acquisitions have been realised, we are confident of delivering further progress in the year ahead in line with our current expectations.”

He added, “We have improved our financial and operational performance significantly over the last three years following the implementation of our strategy set out in September 2015. Since that time we have restructured the Group to make it leaner and more customer focused resulting in a significant improvement in efficiency and profitability. Our key financial measure is return on capital employed (ROCE) which, having increased 49.4% this year to 11.5%, is now ahead of our cost of capital. We aim to increase ROCE further through targeted capital expenditure and disposals, value enhancing acquisitions, growing services revenues and tight management of overhead costs.”

As part of its focus on SME customers, Speedy has introduced its ‘capital commitment’ service promise, guaranteeing same day delivery on its top 50 products if ordered before 3pm. This was launched for the London area in January and was rolled out nationally as ‘Trust us to deliver’ on 1 May.

May 15, 2018

Smart add Multitel platforms

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:35 am

Smart Platform Rental has added the Multitel MJ 201 platform to its fleet, supplied by Access Industries.

The new model was added on the same day that Smart opened its new Bristol depot. Its other locations are in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield.

The MJ 201 platforms are mounted on the Nissan Cabstar Euro 6 chassis cabs and offer over 12m of working outreach, with more than 20m of working height.

May 11, 2018

Bridgwater GAP depot bridges the gap

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:42 am

GAP reports that it is already seeing a positive impact following the opening of its South Bridgwater depot last October.

Located off junction 24 of the M5 and strategically close to the ongoing power plant construction at Hinkley Point, the depot also provides coverage between the hirer’s existing Exeter and Bristol depots.

David Doe, GAP’s Regional Sales Manager for the South West commented: “We look forward to continuing to support one of Europe’s largest construction sites as well as forging strong relationships with local companies.”

May 10, 2018

Boels opens Liverpool flagship

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:53 am

Boels Rental has officially opened its new depot in Liverpool. Occupying 10,000 sq ft, it replaces a smaller site in the city that was amongst 19 operated by Supply UK Hire Shops, which Boels acquired a year ago.

It is one of several re-located flagship outlets to be unveiled in key locations in the coming months.

In April, Boels also bought Already Hire, which has four depots serving Greater London, bringing the Netherlands-based hirer’s UK operation to 29 locations. This includes six additional specialist Survey & Laser outlets previously operated by Supply UK.

Opening the Liverpool depot, Chris Haycocks (pictured), MD of Boels Rental in the UK, said that Boels aims to have 50 locations throughout the UK by 2020, and suggested that some of these additional branches could be established or acquired later this year. A new Survey & Laser location is scheduled to open in West Bromwich in the summer.

EHN will report on Boels’ new Liverpool depot, and the company’s plans for the UK market, in greater depth in our June issue.

May 9, 2018

Kubota meets demand for AH Plant Hire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:29 am

AH Plant Hire of Mold has added 20 Kubota micro, mini and midi excavators to its growing fleet in response to increasing customer demand across Wales, Wirral, Cheshire and Shropshire.

The new order consists of U10-3, U17-3, KX080-4 and KX057-4 models which are to be put to use on projects across a wide variety of applications.

AH Plant Hire Director Andrew Heaton said, “With a growing customer base and an increasing number of projects in the region, we needed energy-efficient machines that would perform for many years to come.”

May 8, 2018

Trime lights for Mulholland

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:34 am

West Lothian-based Mulholland Plant Services (MPS) has invested in a new fleet of Trime X-Eco LED lighting sets after a successful trial period with the equipment.

According to MD Steven Mulholland, environmental considerations were at the forefront of the company’s decision, saying, “We decided to purchase the X-Eco principally because of the unit’s sustainable qualities.”

The machine has been developed for fuel economy and is fitted with a safety system that is designed to automatically lower the mast if it is still erected when the lighting set is moved.

May 4, 2018

Mobile Mini opens largest branch yet

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

An £800,000 investment to create Mobile Mini’s largest depot yet has followed a merger of the hirer’s existing Gravesend branch with its former facility in South Ockendon.

Mobile Mini specialises in hiring secure storage containers and portable site accommodation, and the expanded five acre site in Gravesend has been equipped with extensive workshop facility upgrades.

The new depot accommodates a team of 47 run by Branch Manager, Lisa Jones, who said, “This consolidation into one larger, better equipped site will allow us to grow the business faster, work more efficiently and is great for employee morale.”

The company has also announced the appointment of Phil Hughes as Regional Director for the south. He is pictured with Lisa Jones at the new depot.

May 2, 2018

HAE Award winners celebrate

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:55 am

Smiths Equipment Hire was the Winner in the category for Plant, Tool and Equipment Company of the Year with a Turnover of less than £10m in the HAE Hire Awards of Excellence 2018, presented in London last weekend.

A-Plant came out on top in the Company of the Year category for businesses with a turnover of more than £10m, and its specialist temporary access division, Live, was named as Event Hire Company of the Year.

Other winners included Hilti as Supplier of the Year, while Didcot Plant was announced as SafeHire Company of the year. Jessica Bowen of Vp/Hire Station was named as Hire Manager of the Year as well as overall Hire Achiever of the Year, and A-Plant Chief Executive Officer, Sat Dhaiwal, who retires this July, received the HAE Chairman Andy Martin’s special award for his commitment to the industry.

Pictured celebrating Smiths’ achievement, and clutching their trophy, is Joint MD Thomas Smith with his wife Mandy, flanked by fellow Joint MD David Smith (to her left) and Marketing Director David Turner, and other colleagues. Shown extreme left is Karen Greenshields, Head of Business Development & Marketing at category sponsor, GAP. The Awards were compered by BBC personality Chris Hollins, extreme right.

May 1, 2018

Stars of the Future preparations underway

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:40 am

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) will soon be hosting its annual Stars of the Future awards scheme, which rewards new entrants into the construction plant industry.

This will be the CPA’s sixth such event and will be held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley, near Coventry, on Thursday 14 June.

The Association says that this year’s event will be the first time that the awards have been hosted as a stand-alone event due to rapid growth. Over 700 plant mechanic apprentices will be eligible for the CITB-supported awards, which recognise and honour their work both at college and in the field.

One event sponsor, Snap-on, will provide tool kits as prizes for winners of both national and regional categories. Companies interested in sponsoring or getting more involved with the event can contact lisa@lisacollinscommunications.co.uk or call 07968 840390.

Pictured, from left, are last year’s national winners, Adam Counihan (Level 2 winner from Stafford College/Liebherr Great Britain) and Campbell Howie (Level 3 winner from National Construction College Scotland and Muirhead Plant).

April 30, 2018

Special fencing offers Live protection

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:01 pm

Live Barriers reports that it helped to protect 53 world Leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London earlier this month.

Working in partnership with CLD Fencing Systems, Live Barriers, which is part of A-Plant’s Live temporary access division, deployed the StormFence system ahead of the high-security meeting, which welcomed over 2,000 delegates from all six continents.

Almost 1,000m of the fencing was installed around Green Park and The Mall. Temporary vehicle and pedestrian gates, including turnstiles, were also supplied and semi-permeable screens were attached to the system to offer privacy inside the area and key security points.

Mark Fisher, General Manager at Live Barriers said that StormFence, which uses a rigid steel mesh system, is self-supporting, prevents penetrative vandalism and withstands wind speeds of over 100mph. It has also been used at the Glastonbury Festival and by HS2 contractors.

April 27, 2018

Mather & Stuart to open tenth depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:34 am

Mather & Stuart Power Solutions, the temporary power equipment division of A-Plant, is set to open a new service centre in Norwich next month.

Director Gary Orton said the business now has a presence in most regions around the UK. “Before A-Plant acquired Mather & Stuart in 2016, we had just one branch in Wigan. Over the past two years, we have been steadily growing our national network and currently have nine service centres, from Scotland to Southampton and Aberdeen to Avonmouth.

“Launching a tenth centre in Norwich means that we are well on our way to owning a site in every region around the country,” he added.

The hirer’s fleet has more than tripled in size, from 650 generators in January 2016 to over 2,000 sets in March 2018. During this period, almost £2m has also been invested in fuel tanks and there has been a further £1m investment in distribution.

April 26, 2018

Significant GAP fleet investment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:54 am

GAP has invested £10m in new excavators, dumpers and tandem rollers, to meet its requirements for the first quarter of the company’s new trading year.

The equipment comprises 0.8-tonne to 8.0-tonne excavators, 1.0-tonne to 9.0-tonne dumpers, and 80cm to 138cm tandem rollers, from suppliers including Kubota, Wacker Neuson, Thwaites and Hamm.

Head of Procurement, Ken Stewart, said, “Demand remains strong and availability of new equipment is good, with purchase orders having been placed with our valued suppliers well in advance of our April start date. We expect similar levels of investment to continue as we plan for the remainder of the financial year.”

April 24, 2018

General Welding wins Award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:14 am

General Welding Supplies (NW) of Widnes was announced as the winner in the Best Welding Distributor category at the 2018 Welding World Awards, which took place recently in Birmingham.

“We are delighted to have won the Award,” said Valerie Allen MBE, Commercial Director at General Welding, who is pictured with Business Development Executive, Paul Cliff (left) and TV personality Eamonn Holmes, who hosted the ceremony.

“We pride ourselves in providing an excellent service to industry. To be confirmed as the best is a great achievement and a testament to our commitment and professionalism,” she added.

The Awards are open to any company associated with, and working within, the welding industry. General Welding also operates a hire division supplying items ranging from engine-driven welding machines through to pipe and plating prepping machines, as well as fume extraction equipment and positioners for different welding tasks and locations.

April 16, 2018

Dromad expands truck fleet

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

Dundalk-based Dromad Hire has invested in two more purpose-built trucks from local Scania dealer, Granco Ltd, to improve its nationwide distribution of plant and powered access equipment.

Granco provided Dromad with the Scania units and chassis, and worked closely with Sterling Plant Bodies in the UK to customise the vehicles.

According to Dromad Hire’s MD Seamus Byrne, who is pictured (left) with Pat Grant of Granco, said, “The new lorries are simply being added to help improve our delivery speed and service to our customers. They have been built to the exact spec that we require to transport such a diverse range of plant and equipment, both safely and economically.”

The truck bodies incorporate a Gridlock composite decking system that has a high-grip, self-cleaning surface, and the finish is fully galvanised throughout for corrosion resistance and lower maintenance costs.

April 11, 2018

Boels expands its Trime fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:06 pm

Boels Rental’s UK division has purchased 75 X-Chain LED lighting sets from Trime UK. Up to four units can be connected together and then attached to a single power source, such as the ordinary mains or a portable generator.

The order follows on from a recent investment the hirer made in Trime’s X-Eco LED mobile lighting tower. Boels Rental believes it now has one of the largest fleets of Trime lighting sets in Europe, consisting of approximately 800 units that are available to hire in 11 countries.

Boels Rental’s National Operations Manager for the UK, Gary Darley, said, “The X-Chain LED has been a big success in the hire fleet of our Dutch colleagues and when of our UK contractor customers asked if we could provide substantial, silent lighting for one of their projects, we quickly decided that it would be the ideal unit. We currently have 36 sets on long-term hire, with more soon to follow.”

Boels Rental, whose acquisition of Supply UK Hire Shops last year marked its entry into the hire market in this country, also recently purchased Already Hire, which has five depots serving Greater London.

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