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July 30, 2018

Morris on the road again

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:09 am

Morris Site Machinery is to stage its Towers on Tour event again this summer to promote its SMC lighting equipment range, following the success of a similar initiative last year.

The manufacturer will highlight six new products, including the compact SL80 Pallet Tower that was launched earlier this year, the TL55 Battery and Solar machines designed to offer silent, emission-free operation and a 500-hour run-time from an 11-hour charge, and the TL60 Trolley which has four 320W LED lamps.

Morris will also promote the robust Halo anti-glare lamp, which has tough casing and offers diffused light output. It is now available as a 600W version (pictured) and in a 300W single-segment option suitable for studio lighting.

UK Sales Director Richard Denholm said, “Getting out to see customers means we are able to provide practical demonstrations first hand.” To request a visit from the Towers on Tour team to your hire depot, ring 0345 515 0103 or visit www.morrismachinery.co.uk

July 27, 2018

The Preparation Group achieves HAE double

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:23 pm

The Preparation Group, which specialises in surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, has achieved the HAE’s Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) accreditation, and is currently one of only two companies to be both HITS-accredited for supply to the hire industry and SafeHire certified for customers hiring equipment direct.

As we reported in the April/May issue of EHN, HITS was designed to show that supply chain partners are committed to maintaining best practice across a range of business disciplines.

The Preparation Group’s Hire Group Manager; Kate Walshaw (pictured) said, “In gaining HITS, we have demonstrated our commitment to a high standard of hire operations and that we deliver across key areas of training, safety, environmental policy, R&D, production processes and data security.

“Having both HITS and SafeHire certification means customers can be doubly assured that we are a reliable partner for hire of surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment and tools.”

July 26, 2018

Speedy re-launches Lloyds British

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:12 am

Speedy Hire has announced the re-launch of the 200-year-old Lloyds British brand following its acquisition in December 2016. The company has also extended its range of compliance and lifting propositions, led by its core services of inspection, testing and certification.

Lloyds British services now include installation and maintenance, crane services, fall protection systems, specialist testing, lifting and safety equipment sales, design, manufacturing and refurbishment and training. Speedy says it is aims to grow the business by recruiting additional engineers and investing in more than 100 new vehicles.

Lloyds British business unit director, Ryan White, said: “Speedy is investing in Lloyds British to reinforce our position as a leader in the market. We have recently launched our new website, improved our inspection and planning systems and implemented online reporting for customers to manage assets, certificates and their compliance requirements.”

The original Lloyds British business dates back to 1812.

July 24, 2018

Selwood switches to Takeuchi

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

Selwood is to replace its 400-strong fleet of excavators with Takeuchi models over the next four years as part of a comprehensive upgrade programme.

The company continues to grow its plant hire operation which has seven depots in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Sittingbourne and Southampton. Richard Bright, Chief Operations Officer, said that Takeuchi is a preferred brand for many Selwood customers, being reliable and easy to operate.

Tomonori Tamaru, MD at Takeuchi UK, commented, “Takeuchi is very pleased to become a supplier of one of the UK’s most established and high-profile plant hire businesses.”

Pictured celebrating the deal at the recent Hillhead exhibition in Buxton are, from left, Simon Rose, Director of Sales and Operations with Selwood, Tomonori Tamaru, Richard Bright, Scott Butler, Operations & Fleet Manager with Selwood and Chris Bushell, UK Sales Manager for Takeuchi.

July 13, 2018

Green Power Plant expands MHM fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:57 pm

West Midlands-based Green Power Plant has expanded its fleet of generators from MHM Plant, as has its sister tool hire firm, Hirelink UK.

Both businesses have headquarters in Sutton Coldfield. Hirelink UK has additional depots in Boldmere and Lichfield, and the two companies offer a nationwide service.

Green Power Plant, which offers a variety of compact plant and power access equipment, has added more generators to encompass a power band between 10kVA to 100kVA. It recently secured an order from a major housebuilder working in London for several new 100kVA MHM sets.

Hirelink UK, which principally serves the small plant and tool hire markets, has a fleet of MHM machines up to 8kVA, for markets such as events and outdoor festivals.

July 12, 2018

JCB secures major Boels order

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:19 am

JCB is celebrating its biggest single order from European plant and tool hirer, Boels Rental, as it invests in a new machine fleet worth almost £21m.

The Netherlands-based hirer has signed a deal for more than 340 JCB machines, including Loadall telescopic handlers, and midi and micro excavators, which will be distributed amongst Boels depots across Europe including Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Italy.

Boels has bought more than 1,600 JCB machines in recent years. The hirer’s Director of Fleet Operation, Guy Cremer, said, “Boels and JCB are both family businesses sharing many common values and I am glad that our long standing partnership continues.”

JCB’s Group MD Global Key Accounts, Yvette Henshall-Bell, added, “We have worked closely with Boels for many years and it’s testament to the quality of our range of Loadalls and excavators as well as the world-class service back-up that we’ve secured this valuable business.”

July 11, 2018

Fosseway upgrades with Engcon

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:49 am

Fosseway Hire has upgraded its stock of tilt rotators to Engcon models, which are designed to offer greater operational flexibility and increased productivity.

Trevor Palmer, Director at Fosseway Hire, which has depots in Shipston-on-Stour and Bourton-on-the-Water, said: “Tilt rotators used to be a hard sell until recently, but they are a huge benefit to diggers. It means you can dig in at least four directions, vastly decreasing the need for machine movement on site. We tell people, you can dig on your boundary without disturbing your neighbour for example.”

Robert Hunt, MD of Engcon UK, added, ‘The growth in demand for tilt rotators within the operated plant market is feeding through to the unaccompanied plant hire sector. In this market, running twin-hitch setups with our new range of simple control systems means the hire company is not tying up a digger with a permanent tilt rotator any more”. He said that fitting the system to a machine takes five minutes.

July 6, 2018

Ausa appoints Boss Plant Sales

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:37 am

Ausa has appointed Boss Plant Sales as its dealer for the South East of England, covering the manufacturer’s articulated site dumpers and compact telescopic handlers.

Boss Plant Sales’ MD Graham Stansfield said, “This is an important step for us as we expand our range of products. Ausa site dumpers and ‘ultracompact’ telehandlers sit well with our existing range of equipment and will appeal to both end users and the hire market.”

Site dumpers are available from 1 to 10 tonnes capacity. The compact telescopic handlers offer payloads capacities from 1,350kg to 2,300kg with lift heights of 4.2m to 5.0m.

July 4, 2018

Mobile Mini expands in Aylesbury

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:51 pm

The Thames Valley depot of portable site accommodation hirer, Mobile Mini, in Aylesbury has relocated into a larger, four-acre facility in the town.

The new location includes offices, two workshops and more space for the company’s growing fleet of storage containers, site accommodation units and delivery vehicles.

This expansion comes after Mobile Mini invested £1.4m earlier this year in eight additional lorry-mounted loader cranes, taking its total fleet to 60. The company has 15 depots, stretching from Glasgow to Southampton.

July 3, 2018

HAE highlights training

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

HAE has secured Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which enables grant aid to be paid for approved courses to eligible employers.

The Association’s Commercial Manager, Paul Gaze, said, “HAE firmly believes that investing in the on-going improvement of your workforce helps to improve efficiency and increase skill levels, so our focus is continually on helping the hire sector and associated industries to take their duty of care responsibilities very seriously.

“We make it easier for our members in particular, as well as associated organisations, to identify and invest in the safety training and awareness tools that will protect their workforce and ultimately help to bring a competitive edge to their business.”

Training courses available from HAE range from equipment usage through to Health & Safety and other business skills, and encompass apprenticeships, management and leadership programmes, and certifications including Nebosh, IOSH and Driver CPC qualifications.

June 29, 2018

TCP targets emissions

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:47 pm

TCP (Taylor Construction Plant) recently participated in an initiative organised by the contractor, Multiplex, to demonstrate environmentally friendly equipment to mark Clean Air Day.

The manufacturer’s Ecolite LED hydrogen lighting tower was demonstrated on a Multiplex site at Marble Arch Place a development in London’s West End. It was one of several displays at various locations to highlight low and zero carbon construction, focusing on techniques to reduce emissions.

The Ecolite machine is designed to not only eliminate carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption, but also to avoid noise pollution and the risk of fuel spills. The hydrogen lighting tower, developed in partnership with BOC, produces electricity from the reaction between hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen, with the only emission being water vapour.

June 28, 2018

CPA’s successful schools initiative

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:20 am

CPA hosted its first Schools Experience Day recently to give secondary school pupils an insight into the construction plant industry and the career opportunities available.

The ‘Can U Dig It? Yes U Can’ event, which was held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre near Coventry, attracted attendance from over 100 students, teachers and careers advisors from schools in the region. Students had the opportunity to see the latest construction machinery, try out virtual reality simulators and talk to suppliers about the job opportunities for young people.

Attractions included a 2.5-tonne JCB excavator from A-Plant, an AK46-6000 truck crane from Boecker UK, a JCB 3CX provided by Clee Hill Plant, and a MEWP virtual reality simulator provided by IPAF.

Operators were on hand to demonstrate the equipment and supporters of the event brought along current and former apprentices so students could talk to them about their experiences of starting a career in the industry.

Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA said: “Our research has highlighted the difficulties associated with recruiting young people to the construction plant sector and this event is one of the ways in which we are looking to address this. This event presented an exciting opportunity for us to increase knowledge and understanding amongst local schools and to help influence future employment and career choices.

“This was an initial taster event and our intention is to explore how we can replicate it, expand it even further and carry out future schools events in conjunction with CPA Members in other parts of the country. Our aim is to become more outward facing and visible to the young people who will become the plant operators, engineers and controllers of the future and occupy other roles in the industry.”

June 25, 2018

Surrey Hire chooses Kubota

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:44 pm

Surrey Hire & Sales has appointed Kubota as its sole supplier of excavators and has started the process of replacing its 45-strong fleet with an order for nine U17 machines, four U27s and a quartet of K008 models.

“We are always looking at ways to streamline our business operations and we felt having a single point of contact that could meet all our excavator needs would enhance efficiencies,” said Steve Dormer, MD of the company, which has depots in Epsom, Addlestone and Heathrow.

Steve Dormer is pictured (centre) taking delivery of the machines from Charlie King (left) of local dealer Lister Wilder, together with Surrey Hire’s Mike English. The company says it plans to open its fourth depot soon.

June 22, 2018

HPA helps grower’s preparations

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:57 am

Machinery supplied by the Winchester-based hirer, Hampshire Plant & Access (HPA), is helping a local watercress farm to carry out seasonal ground preparation works.

Before its crops are established, The Watercress Company’s growers need to clean out the beds from the last season at its Maxwell Farm site. The gravel at the bottom is then prepared by sweeping and raking the base smooth before being re-filled to provide an anchor for the plant roots.

Harvesting is mechanised and the cleaning out is usually done with a tractor at the company’s other farms, but at this location the ground is too soft to gain easy access. The solution was to hire the Doosan DX80R.

The Watercress Company Manager, Sean Ede, said: “We use a Bomag BW120 roller to crush up the stubbles and lift them off the base of the beds, and push the stubble to the end of the bed. We then use the Doosan excavator to remove them for composting before the gravel is cleaned and re-used the next year. We need to get the beds out as soon as possible, so we worked with HPA to specify a suitable excavator and then recycle the gravel on every site.”

June 21, 2018

Bobcat continues European tour

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:09 am

Bobcat has announced details of its Bobcat Customer Roadshow programme in the UK taking place at locations in England and Scotland in July, following visits to France, Spain and Portugal.

Product highlights will include the T450 compact track loader and MT55 mini track loader (pictured) with a number of attachments for grounds care and landscaping applications, as well as the manufacturer’s new E26 mini excavator.

Dates and venues are as follows, and those interested in attending should contact the Bobcat dealer shown as organising the event in their area: 5 July, Peach Croft Farm, Abingdon (contact TVE Plant Sales, 01235 523070); 10 July, Haydock Park Racecourse, (contact Norwest Plant, 01942 629550); 11 July, Lloyd Ltd, Bishop Auckland (contact 01388 660300); and 12 July, SRUC Oatridge Campus, Broxburn (contact John H McNae Ltd, 01292 541920).

June 20, 2018

HSS secures refinancing

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

HSS Hire Group has entered into a new term loan facility of £220m and a revolving credit facility of £25m in order to refinance its existing corporate debt.

The new term loan facility of £220m will be provided by HPS Investment Partners with £200m maturing in June 2023, and £20m, with flexibility to be settled before maturity, in December 2020. This facility is at interest rates of between 700 and 800 base points over Libor (London Inter-bank Offered Rate) dependent upon the net debt leverage ratio of the Group.

In connection with this facility, HSS has granted HPS Investment Partners 8,510,300 Warrants to subscribe for new ordinary shares in the company. The warrants are exercisable at a price of £0.01per share and can be exercised for five years subject to certain specific conditions, including the full repayment of the term loan facility.

A new revolving credit facility has also been agreed with HSBC Bank and National Westminster Bank, maturing in December 2022, at rates of between 250 and 300 base points over Libor, dependent upon the net leverage of the Group.

June 19, 2018

Ashtead’s strong performance

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:23 am

Ashtead Group has reported strong results for the year ended 30 April with revenue up by 20% and rental revenue increasing by 21%, with pre-tax profits of £927m compared with £793m in 2017.

Sunbelt US, A-Plant and Sunbelt Canada delivered 20%, 13% and 152% rental only revenue growth respectively. The significant growth in Sunbelt Canada reflects the acquisition of CRS (Contractors Rental Supply) in August 2017, which more than doubled the size of the business.

A-Plant generated rental only revenue of £344m, up 13% on the prior year (2017: £304m). This was driven by increased fleet on rent, partially offset by yield. The company states that the adverse yield reflects a combination of product mix and rate pressure in the competitive UK market. A-Plant’s total revenue increased 13% to £472m (2017: £418m).

Ashtead’s Chief Executive, Geoff Drabble, commented: “Our end markets remain strong and are supported by the continued structural changes in our market as customers rely increasingly on rental while we leverage the benefits of scale. We continue to execute well on our strategy through a combination of organic growth and bolt-on acquisitions, investing £1.2bn by way of capital expenditure and £392m on bolt-on acquisitions in the year.”

Mr Drabble added, “Looking forward, we anticipate a similar level of capital expenditure in 2018/19 consistent with our strategic plan. So, with all divisions performing well and a strong balance sheet to support our plans, the Board continues to look to the medium term with confidence.”

Snorkel looks south west

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:57 am

Snorkel UK, the sales and service provider for Snorkel in the UK and Ireland, has appointed Scott Holtby as Area Sales Manager for the South West of England.

He joins from Pirtek UK, where he held the role of Sales Development Manager, with responsibility for major national accounts across industries including plant and tool hire, access hire, construction and waste and environmental.

In his role as Area Sales Manager, Scott (pictured) will have responsibility for a region across the M3-M4 corridor from his base in Weston-super-Mare.

June 18, 2018

A-Plant saddles up for safety

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:33 am

A-Plant is helping to raise awareness of the need to make London’s streets safer for vulnerable road users during construction projects.

Four members of the hirer’s team recently attended a ‘constructors cycling experience’ event hosted by Transport for London, to better understand the potential barriers construction can create for pedestrians, cyclists and people of reduced mobility. The monthly rides are part of the authority’s Healthy Streets initiative.

Mark Pudney, MD of Speciality Heavy at A-Plant, attended with Business Development Director Dave Harris, National Account Manager Tom Welland and Sales Manager Alan Clarke. The group followed the CS3 and CS6 cycle routes from Palestra Southwark, over Blackfriars to Westminster Bridge, accompanied by Will Norman, the Commissioner for Cycling and Walking, and Michael Barratt MBE, Development Impact Assessment Manager at Transport for London.

Having witnessed the challenges that increasing HGV traffic, dust and noise can create for the travelling public, A-Plant says it is taking steps to reduce barriers to pedestrians and cyclists at its construction sites across the capital.

Pictured at the event are, from left, Tom Welland, Mark Pudney, Michael Barratt, Will Norman and Dave Harris.

June 15, 2018

Nixon’s green lights

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:33 am

Newcastle-based Nixon Hire has added a X-Eco LED lighting towers from Trime UK to its fleet.

The machines have already been delivered and distributed throughout the hirer’s depots which stretch from Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland down to Nottingham.

The lights, which are designed for low emissions and reduced fuel consumption, will be hired to customers across a range of markets including construction, highway projects and outside events.

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