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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.”

October 5, 2018

Bobcat opens European parts centre

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:38 am

Bobcat has opened a new distribution and parts centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in Halle, Germany, for the delivery of spares and other components to dealers and customers throughout the EMEA region.

Located close to Leipzig Airport, the 43,000m2 Bobcat Aftermarket Service Centre covers an area equivalent to 14 football pitches and stocks over 150,000 different parts. The operation is also close to courier DHL’s main European delivery centre and motorway access.

October 4, 2018

JCB helps with Indonesian quake relief

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:26 am

JCB has today announced the donation of nearly £200,000-worth of equipment to the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi following the earthquake and tsunami which has killed more than 1,400 people.

Two Loadall telescopic handlers and grab attachments are on their way to the region, which is battling against the humanitarian disaster. The 531-70 and 540-170 models can lift loads weighing several tonnes and, with the grabs, will be used for removing heavy debris. The machines, fitted with a variety of other attachments including buckets and forks, will also help with the reconstruction work once it is under way.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “The scale of this natural disaster has shocked people all over the world and JCB always tries to help wherever these catastrophes occur. I hope our donation can speed up clear-up operations and help with subsequent redevelopment.”

October 1, 2018

inspHire acquired by Kerridge CS

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

Software developer inspHire and its sister business Current-RMS have been acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a supplier of software to wholesalers, merchants and other distributive businesses.

inspHire serves European, US and Australian-based companies in plant and tool hire, construction, access and lifting, medical, oil and gas industries, and Current-RMS supplies cloud-based hire management solutions to the AV, production and event markets.

UK-based KCS says its services are used by 15,000 companies worldwide and include ERP systems comprising supply chain management, financial accounting, CRM, warehouse and transport management, eCommerce, ePOS and business intelligence. inspHire will continue to operate as an independent business unit within KCS, under existing management teams, with the same people and products.

inspHire MD Graham Dobbs says that KCS’ global presence will accelerate inspHire’s growth in overseas markets, and that the two companies complement each other on many different levels. “Our customers can look forward to accessing more features and functions from our combined offerings in the near future. We are all very excited at the opportunities this acquisition brings.”

September 28, 2018

MHM expands lighting fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:24 pm

As darker conditions and longer nights draw nearer, MHM Plant has increased its lighting tower fleet by adding machines from Trime UK, which will be offered through its nationwide re-hire service.

MHM has added more of the manufacturer’s X-Eco LED sets, bringing its fleet to over 150. The company says that demand for traditional metal halide lights is declining in favour of LED machines.

Trime’s CEO, Ray Caulfield, reports that demand for this machine is increasing from hirers as they recognise its energy saving attributes.

MHM provides its re-hire service via three depots in the West, North and South of the country, and states that it has recently invested more than £5m in its fleet. Pictured with one of the new Trime machines are, from left, MHM’s Hire Desk Manager Bethan Jones, Operations Director Robert Pullen and Sales & Marketing Executive Megan Rand.

September 27, 2018

Green triumph for AJC EasyCabin

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:04 am

AJC Easy Cabin’s efforts to develop eco-friendly welfare and temporary accommodation units have been recognised in this year’s Green World Awards.

At a ceremony hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation in Ankara, the manufacturer’s Operations Director Simon Fletcher accepted a Silver Award on behalf of the company from a representative of the Awards.

The Green World Awards are the top tier of the Green Apple Awards which promote environmental best practice. Entries are received from governments, regional authorities and organisations in the private and public sectors worldwide.

Simon Fletcher commented, “I am so proud of what we have won today. The AJC EasyCabin team have worked very hard to achieve this honour. I pay tribute to my colleagues who have worked with me on this project. We will be redoubling our efforts to develop increasingly fuel-efficient products to complement our range of accommodation units.”

The judges recognised the company’s use of new energy-saving and carbon reducing systems in its Eco temporary accommodation units.

September 26, 2018

Mecalac wins export award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:53 pm

Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (CEUK) has won the Export Award at this year’s Coventry Telegraph Business Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement from businesses across the region.

The judges were impressed with Mecalac’s sustained export volumes. Its compact construction equipment factory in Coventry builds products that are used in more than 38 countries worldwide.

“Winning the Award is testament to the whole team’s hard work, experience and commitment,” said Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, who is pictured, centre, with Operational Marketing Manager Allison Sedgwick, and Tom Screen representing the sponsor, Birmingham Airport.

September 25, 2018

Ardent wins Gold

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:42 am

Ardent Hire Solutions Ltd has achieved Gold in the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Awards, which recognise achievement in Health & Safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Garry Orr, Ardent’s SHEQ Director, said: “We are thrilled to have received such a prestigious award in recognition of all we do to improve safety in our workplace. We have implemented many changes throughout our 13 depots to improve processes and elevate risk within our business.”

September 21, 2018

New Scot JCB depot opens in Edinburgh

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:39 pm

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has today officially opened a brand new Scot JCB depot in Edinburgh that is more than six times the size of its predecessor.

Located in Sighthill, approximately five miles west of the city centre, the facility will enhance Scot JCB’s service to customers across the east of Scotland and many new roles created by the move will include engineers, parts advisors and apprentices.

Key benefits include a significant increase in workshop and warehousing space, a training room with AV facilities and an overhead crane to facilitate work on larger plant and machinery.

Lord Bamford said: “Scot JCB is one of the largest JCB dealers in the world and has continued to expand and be successful by investing for growth. This new depot will take sales and service to a whole new level and ensure the service provided to customers goes above and beyond expectations.”

September 20, 2018

Executive Hire Show Scotland generates success

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:12 pm

MHM Plant, which supplies generators, lighting equipment and welding machinery, reports ‘excellent’ results from exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show Scotland in Glasgow last week.

MD Mat Llewellyn said, “The Show had all the ingredients to make up a great day. We saw many of our existing clients as well quite a few potential customers. The organisers should be congratulated in securing a great mix of national, regional and independent hire firms to the event.”

The company, which recently opened a new outlet in Coatbridge, supplies generators from 3kVA to 100kVA, lighting sets including LED models, and engine powered welding equipment. It also offers a national re-hire service.

“The intimate setting meant that we were able to properly interact with all the delegates. With our Coatbridge depot now up and running, the timing of the Show was perfect to introduce the team that will be running this brand new operation,” added Mat, who is pictured, left, with colleagues Rob Pullen, centre, and Steve Jones.

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