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June 10, 2019

JCB secures record Morris Leslie order

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

JCB has secured a deal with Morris Leslie Plant Hire for its biggest ever telescopic handler order, said to be worth £36m.

The deal for 555 Loadall machines, ranging from the compact six-metre 525-60 up to the 20-metre 540-200, has been placed through dealer, Scot JCB.

Morris Leslie Plant Hire MD Graham Ogilvie said: “As the construction market continues to develop, Morris Leslie is experiencing excellent company growth. These JCB Loadalls ensure our customers get the best of all worlds: high-performing machines with excellent telematics reporting and a great nationwide dealer support network.”

The Morris Leslie Group’s plant hire fleet now comprises more than 5,000 machines in total, with an average age of under two years old. Founder and Executive Chairman Morris Leslie said: “We are delighted to have placed an order of this magnitude with JCB as our relationship continues to grow in line with the expansion of our business.”

Pictured from left to right at JCB World Headquarters are Morris Leslie, JCB Group MD Global Key Accounts Yvette Henshall-Bell, Graham Ogilvie and Scot JCB Sales Director David Park.

June 3, 2019

Ahern to open Dublin facility

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:17 pm

Ahern International is to open a facility in Dublin to provide of sales, service and spare parts for Snorkel mobile elevating work platforms and Ruthmann Bluelift tracked spider lifts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Scheduled to officially open on 27 June, Ahern Ireand will be under the direction of Andrew Fishburn, Snorkel UK’s MD, and managed by David Roddy, who takes on an expanded role from his current position as Business Development Manager for Snorkel UK.

Alec Boyle, who currently provides field-based technical support for Snorkel UK in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, will relocate to Dublin to take up the full-time position of Lead Engineer for Ahern Ireland.

Don’t forget our Executive Hire Show Ireland in Dublin this week on 5 June. For details visit www.executivehireshow.co.uk/roadshows. All hirers are very welcome – and it’s completely free to attend.

May 24, 2019

Pickerings opens Northampton depot

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:36 pm

Pickerings, a specialist hirer and supplier of modular buildings and portable cabins, has opened a new 4-acre depot in Moulton Park, Northampton.

The site represents a multi-million pound investment at the site of a former plastic goods factory which stood empty for more than ten years before being demolished.

The new depot will hold a large stock of the company’s range of portable accommodation to provide a quicker response to customer’s requirements and enable the company to take on more major projects.

MD Neil Moss said “Our new depot in Northampton is one of several we are opening across the country. We have seen a big rise in demand for our modular buildings and portable accommodation which, we believe, is due to the high quality of our products and customer service.”

Pickerings has eleven depots nationwide and operates in many sectors including education, industry and commerce, health and construction.

May 23, 2019

Positive start from HSS

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:10 pm

HSS has today announced an update on group performance for the 13-week period ended 30 March 2019, indicating a positive start to the year with growth in revenue and profit, and reduction in leverage.

The company reports adjusted EBITDA growth of 18.6%, with margins improved by 1.6 percentage points to 15.9%, and revenue growth of 6.5%, with like-for-like hire and services revenue increasing 1.5% and 8.0% respectively

HSS also states there has been a reduction in net debt leverage to 2.9x (compared to 4.2x in Q1 of 2018) through improved trading and the disposal of its UK Platforms powered access hire business.

Steve Ashmore, Chief Executive Officer, said, “As we set out in April, the next phase of our strategy is focused on strengthening our customer proposition. We are pleased with the reaction to the recent launch of the customer app in our Rental business and the transformation of our OneCall Rehire business is proceeding to plan.

“While the broader economic outlook remains uncertain, our leaner operating model, excellent market positions and clear strategy leave us well placed to continue to grow share in any market.”

May 22, 2019

Trime splashes out for charity

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:36 am

Trime UK, whose product range includes wash bay systems, has announced that it will be supporting the conservation charity, Water Aid.

MD Paul Hay said, “We have been looking to support a charity that has compatible aims with our own. As the X-Splash wash bay system is designed to limit the amount of water it uses through its recycling system, we came to a natural conclusion to approach Water Aid.”

Trime will make regular donations based on the number of X-Splash products installed in the UK. It says there are already more than 100 currently in operation throughout the country, with more in the pipeline including repeat orders from a national hirer that will install them at all its depots.

May 20, 2019

Discover drones at Plantworx

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:04 pm

The Plantworx construction machinery exhibition being held on 11 to 13 June at the East of England Arena Peterborough) will include the DroneCon2019 conference, at which several construction professionals will explain how they are using the technology in their businesses.

Organised by Comit (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT), the event will include presentations from Mark Lawton of Skanska, Andy Givens from Topcon, and Paul Lindup from Network Rail, who will discuss how drones are transforming the way they work.

Dr Bilal Kaddouh, a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, will focus on the design of aerial robotics systems for the autonomous inspection and maintenance of city infrastructure.

Plantworx will also incorporate a Fly Zone area where demonstrations of drones will take place.

May 12, 2019

HSE consultation on RCS exposure limits

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

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is undertaking a consultation on proposals to implement amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC).

This introduces or revises occupational workplace exposure limit (WEL) values for a number of carcinogens, including respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust, which can be produced by some construction tasks.

The consultation, which was launched in April, sets out the HSE’s proposals for establishing WELs for the substances contained in the amendment to the Directive, subject to the ongoing negotiations on UK’s relationship with the EU. The consultation proposes to do this by revising the HSE publication EH40/2005, Workplace Exposure Limits.

The Directive also classifies RCS as a carcinogen where it is generated as a result of a work process.

The HSE is inviting comments on the proposals. Further information on this, including the consultation document and online response form, can be found on the HSE website, www.hse.gov.uk. Consultation will close on 7 June 2019.

May 10, 2019

Vp acquires Sandhurst

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:43 am

Vp has announced the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Sandhurst Ltd for a cash consideration of £3.3m.

Sandhurst was founded in 2004 and is engaged in the hire of specialist excavator attachments to the construction and civil engineering markets from five locations in the UK.

Vp says Sandhurst will now work alongside and complement its Piling business within Vp’s UK division.

Chairman Jeremy Pilkington said: “The acquisition of Sandhurst adds another new product specialisation to Vp’s UK portfolio and I am delighted to welcome the experienced Sandhurst team to the Vp Group

May 9, 2019

Miles Hire fuels up with MHM

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:25 pm

Miles Hire has taken delivery of a fleet of fuel storage and distribution products from MHM Plant for its Swansea, Cardiff and Bridgend depots.

The company, which won a special Award for Outstanding Customer Service in the 2019 Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Awards, has bought an initial five Fuel Caddi units for the safe delivery of fuel by its maintenance teams when refuelling generators, heaters and plant.

The intermediate bulk container (IBC) has a 105-litre capacity and delivers fuel via a hand pump, hose and nozzle. The product has fork lift pockets and lifting eyes, and MHM says the Fuel Caddi can be delivered, full of fuel, without the need for a driver to have ADR training.

Director Ryan Miles said, “We first spotted the Fuel Caddi at the Executive Hire Show in February. We were immediately impressed with its easy manoeuvrability and safe storage of fuel. We initially purchased them for our own use, but we can see potential opportunities to hire these out.”

May 3, 2019

GGR launches new training course

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:47 pm

Lifting solutions specialist, GGR Group, has launched a new LEEA-accredited pedestrian operated material manipulator course for its AC500 assembly crane.

Including theoretical testing and practical training, candidates completing the one-day course will be issued with an LEEA certificate and operator skills card which is valid for a period of 3 years.

The battery-powered machine is designed to pick and carry loads of up to 500kg and its boom can reach out to 5.1m. It can lift to a height of 10.5m and has 355° slew rotation.

April 26, 2019

Obart Pumps appoints Sales Director

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:06 pm

Pete McMutrie has joined Obart Pumps as its Sales Director. He was previously National and Key Account Sales Manager with Seddons (Plant & Engineers), where he worked for 20 years, responsible for selling construction and grounds care products for a variety of global brands.

Obart MD Matthew Hill said, “We have admired Pete for some time and been aware of his growing reputation and popularity within the industries we are active in. With his experience and success of supplying equipment to the UK’s hire industry, builders merchants and civil engineering contractors, Pete has the knowledge and expertise to help grow our business”.

Pete McMutrie added, “Joining Obart is a natural progression for me. Having sold Tsurumi pumps for many years, I was well aware of their quality and durability. I’m really excited about representing the company, developing the Tsurumi brand further within the industry and helping Obart continue with their ambitious expansion plans for the future”

April 25, 2019

GAP’s 50th Anniversary book

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:52 pm

GAP has published a commemorative book to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary this month, chronicling its development from its inception to its plans for the future.

The various contributions in the fascinating book have come from the Anderson family as well as GAP’s employees, customers, suppliers and friends of the family and the company.

GAP was established in 1969 by Gordon Anderson with one depot in Linwood, near Glasgow, and is now the largest independent hirer in the UK. The book is principally dedicated to Gordon Anderson’s legacy. He was a pioneer of the earthmoving plant hire industry in Scotland, and, since taking over as Joint Managing Directors, his sons Douglas and Iain have successfully developed the company into a nationwide operation.

Iain Anderson commented: “I derive tremendous satisfaction in what we have achieved to date. Douglas and I recognise and value the heritage of the GAP brand and appreciate that we are the custodians of it. With every new opportunity to explore there are also additional challenges to meet, but nothing excites me more than a challenge!”

Douglas Anderson added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, customers, suppliers and friends. This 50-year milestone is a testament to their long-standing commitment and support. With the continued backing of so many dedicated and loyal people, I look forward to playing my part in taking our business to the next level.”

The commemorative book is available to view at https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62374499/gap-50th-anniversary-book

* EHN’s view: this really is an excellent publication, filled with fascinating photos and marvellous anecdotes giving a real insight into GAP’s history and values. Make sure you read it!

April 24, 2019

JCB Finance celebrates lending landmark

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

JCB Finance is celebrating the milestone news that total lending has reached an all-time high. For the first time in its history the amount currently being lent to fund the purchase of machines has broken through the £1 billion barrier.

And the firm’s 100 employees are celebrating because bosses have treated them to a weekend away for two to mark the milestone, which comes ten months before the company’s 50th anniversary.

JCB Finance was set up in February 1970 under the name JCB Credit. Today the operation provides hire purchase and leasing options for UK business customers and has facilitated the purchase of more than 250,000 JCB machines over the past 49 years. Including money loaned to acquire other plant and vehicles, JCB Finance has now lent more than £13 billion to UK businesses.

JCB Finance MD Paul Jennings described the milestone as “a very good indicator that confidence levels in our sector remain resilient.”

April 23, 2019

MHM trio trains for charity run

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:01 pm

Three personnel from MHM Plant are training in earnest to compete in the Cardiff Half Marathon 2019, which takes place in October.

The team, pictured, comprises Sales & Marketing Executive Megan Rand (right), Hire Desk & Office Manager Bethan Jones, and Liam Pullen from the firm’s workshop.

Donations and money from sponsorships will be presented to Cardiff’s Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital to provide critical services and to purchase medical equipment.

The trio, which have set a target of raising £600, have set up a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mhmcardiffhalf.

April 18, 2019

Pump Power Rental adds Atlas Copco generators

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:14 am

Skelmersdale-based Pump Power Rental has expanded its power generation equipment offering with the recent purchase of Atlas Copco’s QES models ranging from 20kVA to 100kVA.

QES models have a corrosion-proof canopy designed to repel heavy rainfall and to perform in extreme heat. They incorporate a Deepsea control panel, galvanised skid base, and a three-way fuel valve, and have compact dimensions to simplify truck loading and storage.

April 17, 2019

HAE 2019 Award Winners announced

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:00 am

HAE’s Hire Awards of Excellence 2019 were presented in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 13 April hosted by BBC Strictly Come Dancing star, Anton Du Beke. The successful companies and individuals were:

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (up to £10m turnover) – Winner: PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres; Highly Commended: Inlec UK

SafeHire Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of the Year (over £10m turnover) -
Winner: Smiths Equipment Hire (pictured); Highly Commended: A-Plant

SafeHire Event Equipment Hire Company of the Year – Winner: GAP

Catalogue of the Year – Winner: Vp Brandon Hire Station; Highly Commended: GAP

Website of the Year – Winner: A-Plant; Highly Commended: Balloo Hire Centres

Best Use of New Media – Winner: Niftylift

Best Sustainability and CSR Initiative – Winner: Speedy; Highly Commended: Hypertherm Europe

Hire Industry Product of the Year – Winner: Makita UK’s DHR400ZKU cordless SDS-MAX rotary demolition hammer; Highly Commended: Trime’s X-Battery lighting tower

Hire Industry Supplier of the Year – Winner: Niftylift; Highly Commended: MCS Rental Software

Apprentice of the Year – Winner: Leonie Morris of MHM Plant

Workshop Manager of the Year – Winner: Shaun Stevenson of Vp Arcotherm

Hire Manager of the Year – Winner: Louise Costello of AFI Group

Hire Achiever of the Year (chosen from the last three categories) – Winner: Louise Costello of AFI Group

April 16, 2019

Premier Concrete Pumping rebuilds with Hatz

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:05 am

To meet the new EU Stage V emissions regulations, specialist plant hire company, Premier Concrete Pumping, has refurbished its Col4/10 grout mixer pump and will now implement a similar programme for its entire fleet.

Central to these renovations is the installation of the new range of Hatz Stage V compliant engines. The regulations bring forward a demand to reduce particulate matter (PM) alongside extended control of both PM and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.

The project took almost two weeks to complete, comprising a full strip-down, blasting, re-painting and servicing. The Hatz engine was the final component making the grout mixer pump ready for immediate hire.

Premier Concrete Pumping supplies pumps, agitators, grout mixers and associated equipment nationwide, from three depots.

April 12, 2019

GAP’s Iain Anderson nominated for IoD award

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:21 am

GAP’s Joint MD Iain Anderson has been shortlisted for The Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Award in the Family Business category.

Iain is currently celebrating his 35th year with GAP. With turnover expected to top £200m in 2019, this reflects an increase in work with new clients but also repeat business with satisfied, loyal customers. Iain has played a pivotal role in developing relationships with customers that have stood the test of time.

The Winner, to be selected from a shortlist of four finalists, will be announced at the IoD Scotland Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Glasgow on 23 May.

Ian has already enjoyed Awards success this year, having been presented with the John Jennings Crosshire Award by EHN at the Executive Hire Show in February for his outstanding commitment to our industry.

April 11, 2019

Plantforce to open Compact division

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:29 am

Plantforce Rentals Ltd says it will invest £2.8m in establishing Plantforce Compact, which will offer smaller machinery and tools, scheduled to officially open in June.

A new depot for the operation is being established in Bristol on a 0.6-acre site, together with a fleet which will include micro to 5-tonne cabbed excavators, compact telescopic handlers, trench compactors, hi-tip dumpers and small tools, from suppliers such as Geith, Kobelco, Thwaites, Indespension, Daemo attachments, Ammann and Dieci.

Plantforce says the operation will focus on serving utilities, small and medium ground works contractors and landscapers. An initial five jobs will be created at the new facility, which will also see the provision of two apprenticeship places.

April 9, 2019

Vp included in CMA ‘cartel’ investigation

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:10 pm

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced provisional findings that Vp plc’s excavation support systems business, Groundforce, is one of three construction industry suppliers that have broken competition law.

The Authority has provisionally found that Vp, M.G.F. (Trench Construction Systems) Ltd and Mabey Hire Ltd formed a cartel to reduce competition and keep prices up. This involved sharing confidential information on pricing and commercial strategy and coordinating their commercial activities.

In a Statement of Objections issued earlier today, the CMA alleges that Vp and MGF operated the cartel for periods totalling nearly two years and Mabey took part for a single period of five months.

Vp states that none of its other businesses are included in the investigation and that it will continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.

The Authority states that its findings are, at this stage, provisional and do not necessarily lead to a decision that the companies have breached competition law. The firms now have the opportunity to consider the detail of the CMA’s provisional findings and respond to it.

Vp shares closed down by 14.71% today at 870p.

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