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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.

September 17, 2018

More support vans for Dromad

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:55 pm

Dundalk-based Dromad Hire has added two more sales support and emergency call-out vans to its fleet, bringing its total to six.

The company’s Darren Rowland said, “These additional vehicles will be dedicated to customer sales support along with site and job surveys, a service we provide free. This ensures our customer is always provided with correct specification machine for their application.”

Darren is pictured, left, with Mark Lynn of local dealer, Lynn Motors, which supplied the Peugeot vans.

September 14, 2018

Nixon Hire acquires Mechplant assets

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:44 am

In a multi-million pound deal announced today, the ownership of the equipment fleet of Durham-based Mechplant equipment will be transferred to Nixon Hire with immediate effect.

Mechplant, which forms part of Esh Construction Group, has parted with its plant equipment assets to streamline its business operations. The deal also sees Nixon Hire become the sole supplier of all large plant, and the primary preferred supplier of site accommodation, toilets and welfare products, for a period of at least four years to the wider Esh group.

The acquired assets are predominantly large plant items such as telescopic handlers, dumpers, compaction equipment and excavators. Continuing to base operations out of the existing Mechplant office in Bowburn, a number of employees will also be transferred as part of the deal.

MD Graham Nixon said, “Both companies are based in the North East of England and have worked successfully in partnership for many years now. When the opportunity to acquire the assets arose it was an obvious yes for us. Esh will be able to reinvest the cash into their core business.

“In addition they no longer have the hassle of running a hire fleet with concerns over issues such as purchasing new equipment, utilisation, compliance, maintenance, transport, breakdowns, residual values and equipment sales.

“This is an exciting period of growth for Nixon Hire and we estimate that this deal will secure approximately £12m of business in the region, a huge positive for the local economy.”

September 12, 2018

Pramac-Generac UK to open central location

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:34 pm

Pramac-Generac UK will be moving to a new location later this year, as it moves from its dual facilities in Milton Keynes and Crewe, to one central site at a business park in Stoke-on-Trent.

The company states that the new premises at Tunstall Arrow business park will enable its planned over the next ten years.

MD David Oates said, “We have undergone consistent growth in the UK and we feel this new site will elevate and strengthen our product brands which remains a key focus and is critical to our UK strategy. Tunstall Arrow will provide a modern facility to invite our customers, partners and suppliers, as well as deliver state-of-the-art training and aftermarket support to meet the needs of our expanding customer base in the UK and Ireland.”

Close to junction 6 of the M6, the 21,000 sq ft premises will include warehouse and secure yard storage facilities along with office space to support the company’s expanding service, parts, administration, sales and marketing teams.

“We will be fully operational over the next few months and our focus will be on our customers to ensure they continue to receive quality service and product availability,” added David Oates.

September 11, 2018

CPA helps develop new plant apprenticeship

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:25 am

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has granted approval for a new Construction Plant Operator Trailblazer Apprenticeship to be developed supported by the CPA.

A submission was devised by an employer-led Trailblazer working group, supported by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA). Following a number of revisions, approval was received from and work is now under way preparing the appropriate standards and assessment plan.

The employer-led working group was formed in 2016. Several employers are represented, including construction equipment owners and hirers. P. Flannery Plant Hire and the Hawk Group are acting as the co-chairs, and CPA colleagues are project-managing the apprenticeship process on behalf of the group.

The working group will be developing a Level 2 multi-role scheme similar to the current ‘framework’ apprenticeship where learning will take place with four machines over a 12-month period to act as the stepping stones into the sector. The proposed content includes learning on servicing and basic maintenance techniques, as well as marshalling of plant.

The working group intends to apply to develop a Level 3 Specialist Plant Operator scheme. It is seeking additional employers to help develop the apprenticeship, and interested companies can contact Peter Brown from the CPA on 0207 796 3366.

September 4, 2018

Boels buys Artisan Hire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:17 pm

Boels Rental has today announced the acquisition of Swindon-based Artisan Hire Centres and its sister company SAS (Survey & Safety Equipment Hire and Sales) as it continues to expand its UK operation.

Artisan and SAS operate from nine depots across the southwest of England. These latest additions follow the acquisition of Supply UK Hire Shops in 2017 and Already Hire earlier this year, bringing its UK branch network to 38.

“This is an important milestone in our ongoing expansion as an international rental company”, says Pierre Boels, CEO of Boels Rental. “Artisan and SAS are both well-established and very successful in the south-west of England. Their acquisition can only benefit the growth strategy that Boels has for Great Britain. Although our ultimate aim is to achieve national coverage, we will focus primarily on local and regional businesses for the time being.”

Chris Comer from Artisan Hire Centres said, “We are very happy to be part of the Boels family. We clicked straight away and discovered that we have the same plans for the future, too. Boels is a major player in the rental market, because of which we will have the opportunity to accelerate our growth under its wing.”

September 3, 2018

Phoenix rises up with MHM

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:21 pm

Phoenix Hire and Sales recently expanded its fleet of generators with the purchase of two 33kVA super-silenced sets from MHM Plant.

The Cwmbran-based company, which has just celebrated its tenth year in business, already offers MHM petrol and diesel generators from 4 to 70kVA, and opted for the new GE33 SSY machines following a specific customer request.

MD Gary Derraven said, “We took the decision some time ago to standardise on the full range of MHM generators. These two 33kVA sets are a new size for us, but following our policy to always respond to individual customer needs, we selected them as they matched the exact requirements.”

August 31, 2018

HSS turnaround progresses

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:36 am

In its interim results released yesterday for the six months to 30 June 2018, HSS Hire reported a loss before tax of £7.1m, compared with a £30.1m loss for the same period in 2017.

Revenue grew by 5.8% to £169.8m, as against £160.5m the previous year. Net debt reduced by £7.5m during the first half of the year, from £232.7m to £225.2m. Twelve branches were closed during this period.

Subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the proposed sale of the UK Platforms operation to Nationwide Platforms for £60.5m is expected to generate £47.5m net cash, at least 80% of which would be used to repay debt and the balance invested in the tool hire business, says the company.

Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ashmore, said: “We are eight months into our new strategy and the Group has made significant progress. In this time we transitioned seamlessly to a new distribution model, refinanced the Group giving us long-term stability and announced the sale of our UK Platforms business, allowing us to focus on the tool hire business and further reduce our debt.

“Alongside this strong operational progress, trading has been much improved, helped by our increased focus on our tool hire business and by customer demand for our extensive range of relevant seasonal products.”

August 29, 2018

HAE announces Conference topics

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:32 am

HAE has announced details of the topics and speaker for its Conference at Loughborough University on 2 October, which has the overall theme of Forward Together.

A major topic will be how to attract young people into the industry. Mark Woolaston of ITV’s Business Development Team will discuss how to engage and recruit 16 to 24-year-olds, a demographic group that the broadcaster has successfully targeted with programmes ranging from Love Island to the FIFA World Cup. He will suggest how training initiatives can be tailored to appeal to this age band, and to highlight career opportunities in hire.

Also invited to speak is Sat Dhaiwal, who in July retired from his post as Chief Executive of A-Plant, and was the Winner of the Chairman’s Award in the Association’s Hire Awards of Excellence 2018. He has been asked to become an ambassador for attracting young people into the hire industry.

David Rockhill of McKinsay & Company will discuss The Changing Face of the Construction Industry and Opportunities for Hire, while Amanda Knowles, Heidi Russell and Jessica Bowen from Vp plc/Hire Station will talk about leading roles for women in hire and career progression.

Other presentations will address Extending the Life of Construction Equipment, Global and Iconic Events, The Shape of Rental Software and Benchmarking Equipment. To register visit www.hireconference.org.uk

August 28, 2018

GAP boosts tool hire fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:03 pm

GAP believes that a new partnership arrangement with Hilti will raise the profile of its service in hiring tools, as well as plant, as it launches an awareness campaign called Trust Our Tools.

Hilti tools worth millions of pounds worth have been added to the hirer’s inventory, which it says totalled 82,000 fleet items at the beginning of August. The new additions primarily comprise cordless, dust suppression, diamond coring and cutting equipment.

GAP’s Operations Director for Plant & Tools, Mark Anderson, commented: “This initiative will take the total investment on tools to £10m by the end of the financial year.”

As part of its service, a selection of tools available for instant collection or same-day delivery, when ordered before 10am, from all 61 GAP Plant & Tool depots throughout the UK.

Karen Greenshields, GAP’s Head of Business Development & Marketing, added that, during the past fortnight, the company has promoted Trust Our Tools teaser images on social media in the lead-up to the launch.

The Glasgow-based business says its total capex spend over the last four years is in excess of £300m.

August 24, 2018

A-Plant expands access fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:19 pm

A-Plant Powered Access reports continued growth in its fleet, having invested over £40m in new equipment over the past three years.

Since A-Plant’s acquisition of Plantfinder UK, last year, the powered access fleet has increased to more than 4,500 units. Ian Jordan, the hirer’s MD of General Equipment, said, “Our access fleet now has an average age of under four years, we have 38 service centres across the country and our latest products are even safer, more productive, greener and more sustainable.”

A-Plant Powered Access says it is also introducing Trackunit’s access control system across its entire fleet. It is designed to ensure only authorised personnel with the right training and access codes can operate equipment.

August 21, 2018

Cesar as standard from Bomag

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:10 pm

Bomag has stepped-up the security marking on its asphalt tandem and single drum soil rollers and is now fitting new machines with the Cesar security marking scheme as standard, having previously offered it as an option.

Equipment theft has been reduced by over 60% since the launch of Cesar in 2007 but it remains a problem in the construction industry with over 2,300 pieces of construction equipment, worth over £60m, stolen in 2017.

Cesar, which was developed by Datatag, acts as a deterrent against theft and as an aid in recovery, with marked machines more than twice as likely to be recovered as unmarked equipment. Some insurers also offer discounted premiums on machines with Cesar.

August 17, 2018

LED lights for Lambson’s

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:49 pm

Lambson’s Hire of South Africa has purchased eight Trime X-Eco LED lighting towers from Mayday Equipment, the manufacturer’s official distributor.

Following a South African government initiative, The Green Economy Accord, Lambson’s opted for the machines principally because of their low fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

Founder and owner, Rohan Lambson, said, “The New Growth Path called for an economy that is more inclusive and environmentally sustainable. With this in mind we began shifting our focus to seek out more sustainable equipment.”

The lighting towers will be fitted onto locally manufactured four-wheeled trailers, a common requirement for the mining industry.

August 14, 2018

GGR to open new facility

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 4:45 pm

GGR Group, which supplies Unic mini spider cranes, vacuum handling equipment, compact pick-and-carry cranes and restricted access lifting machinery will celebrate the opening of new purpose-built premises in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, on Friday, 14 September.

Visitors will be able to take a tour inside the new facility and view a variety of product demonstrations, including the newly launched AC500 industrial assembly crane, the  tracked Eco Unic mini spider crane, and the new TC1 tracked carrier. GGR also has branches in Oldham and Glasgow.

Those planning to attend the open day are asked to register at www.ggropenday.co.uk

August 10, 2018

ALS Safety adds new simulator

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:24 am

ALS Safety Ltd, the training division of access equipment hirer Riwal UK, has taken delivery of a new virtual reality (VR) aerial platform training simulator, claimed to be one of just six of its kind in Europe.

The simulator combines scissor lift and aerial boom lift modules to provide comprehensive skills training in a fully-controlled environment.

The company is now offering the VR services to clients across the UK, alongside conventional IPAF, PASMA, CSCS and other courses. In operation, the user gets into a normal platform ‘cage’ wearing VR goggles and headphones.

Platform controls are identical to real ones and the simulator creates authentic sensations of movement, direction and height, including realistic bumps and a feeling of swaying in the wind. It offers 18 scissor lift training modules, and 16 boom lift modules with scenarios that include flat and rough terrain.

ALS Safety MD Darren Verschuren said, “There is evidence that VR enhances engagement in training, which must be a good thing. It is particularly appealing to younger people, the Millennials, who have grown up with computer gaming technology.”

August 6, 2018

Lynch expands Kubota fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:58 am

Lynch Plant Hire reports that it has expanded its fleet of Kubota excavators to meet demand. Having bought 40 machines this year, the company now has 150 if the manufacturer’s units in its line-up.

The hirer has seven depots throughout the UK and says that demand is coming from contractors working on major infrastructure projects, such as the Thames Tideway Scheme, the A14 widening project and the HS2 high-speed railway link.

August 3, 2018

GAP gains Gold

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

GAP has achieved Gold in the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Health and Safety Awards which recognise attainment in management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Allister Maxwell, the hirer’s Head of Safety, Risk & Compliance, said, “To receive the prestigious RoSPA Gold Award is something we are very proud of and is testament to everyone at GAP for their commitment to safety. We regularly review every area of our ‘safe systems of work’ to determine how we can further develop and enhance our processes and procedures.”

GAP will be presented with the Award during a ceremony in Glasgow in September.

August 2, 2018

Vp’s positive start

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:10 pm

During Vp’s Annual General Meeting held this morning, Chairman Jeremy Pilkington reported on a positive start to the new financial year.

“In the UK, our core markets have enjoyed supportive demand and the integration of Brandon Hire, acquired in November 2017, is progressing well and is trading in line with the Board’s expectations.

“Within the International division, our oil and gas support business, as anticipated, has seen some modest recovery. The test and measurement activities in Asia Pacific have also continued to trade well,” he continued.

“Vp has made a good start to the new financial year and notwithstanding the inevitable macro market uncertainties, we believe that the Group is set to deliver further progress.”

August 1, 2018

More green success for AJC EasyCabin

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

Following its success in the UK Green Apple Awards in 2017, AJC EasyCabin has now received international honours from the Green Organisation, an independent group promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Luton-based temporary accommodation and site welfare unit manufacturer has been granted a Green World Environment Award for its environmentally-friendly power systems, designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions through utilising battery technology and renewable energy.

The company competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and will be presented with a trophy and certificate at a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, in September.

“Naturally we were honoured to receive the first award, particularly as we were competing against some famous brands. This further accolade is another testament to our design, production and marketing teams’ ingenuity in helping to save the world’s natural resources,” said MD Jav Samsa (pictured second from right), with Sales Director, Lisa Gillett, Operations Director, Simon Fletcher (second left) and National Accounts Manager, Mark Samuel receiving the Green Apple Award last November.

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

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