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March 1, 2018

Armorgard eyes Europe

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:16 pm

Armorgard, which manufactures secure storage solutions for tools, equipment and hazardous substances, has announced plans for a European distribution network.

The Fareham-based company, which has more than 1,000 distributors throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland – 40% of which are hire companies – has opened a subsidiary in France, its first sales office abroad.

MD Terry Mitchell, said, “We believe it is the right time for Armorgard to offer the European market our range of products, and we envisage a significant distribution network growth programme over the coming years.”

He adds that the company is actively recruiting distributors in Europe and intends to be “a single, one-stop source of smart products for re-sellers and customers.”

At the recent Executive Hire Show, Armorgard launched the Forma-Stor, a flat-pack safe storage cabinet that can be erected on-site without special tools.

February 27, 2018

Speedy expands Isuzu fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:23 pm

Speedy Hire has added 19 more Isuzu rigids trucks to its commercial vehicle fleet. They comprise 16 Forward 7.5-tonne curtain-sided models with tail lifts, two with beavertail plant-carrying bodies, and one with a drop side body. The body types were supplied by PPS Commercials of Bury.

The company has had Isuzu trucks running in its fleet since 2009. Mark Woodworth, Head of Transport and Logistics, said, “It is normal Speedy policy to run these vehicles for a three-to-five year period. However, such has been the reliability and toughness of the Isuzus that we have kept some of the very first trucks in our fleet. I am pleased to say that they are still going strong after nine years of very hard work.”

February 20, 2018

Lynch supports Lighthouse Club

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:00 am

Brothers Merrill, Rob and Darren Lynch, from Lynch Plant Hire, are in training to complete in the London Marathon on 22 April to raise funds for the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity.

Last year, the trio conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in the Pennines, pictured, raising over £3,000 for the charity, and in 2016 they completed a 12-mile ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge, described as the world’s most difficult obstacle race, attracting £5,000 in sponsorship.

Merrill Lynch said, “Training for a marathon requires a lot of time, dedication and mind over matter. But as brothers, we motivate each other to keep going, especially knowing that we are raising money for such a great cause. We enjoy the challenges and each year they seem to get more and more ambitious.” To pledge support visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LynchBrothersMarathonRunners&isTeam=true

February 16, 2018

Double drum roll for GAP

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:05 pm

GAP has signed a four-year extension with HAMM for the sole supply of tandem rollers. The deal, announced at the Executive Hire Show, means the manufacturer will continue to supply its range of double drum ride-on rollers to the company until April 2022.

The hirer’s Head of Procurement, Ken Stewart commented, “HAMM has been our sole supplier of tandem rollers since early 2013. During this time we have significantly increased our fleet holding, including our 9-tonne articulated tandem roller range, to meet continuing high demand. Delivery performance has been exceptional, with the product readily available for call-off from HAMM`s production facility in Germany and from its UK operation.”

GAP says the announcement is in line with its strategy to invest approximately 50% of annual turnover on new products. Ken Stewart is pictured, left, with Julian Green, Product Sales Manager of HAMM (UK) at the Show.

February 15, 2018

Plantworx moves to Peterborough

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:34 am

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that its Plantworx construction equipment exhibition will be held at the new location of the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough from 11 to 13 June, 2019.

The last two editions of the biennial event for the construction equipment industry were held at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth. The East of England venue is a permanent exhibition centre which has held events such as Lamma, for agricultural equipment, and Truckfest.

The CEA says it has taken the decision to re-locate the Show following exhibitor feedback regarding road and rail links, site access and demand for improved on-site services. The Peterborough complex has permanent indoor and outdoor exhibition facilities and areas for machine demonstration.

Association Chief Executive, Rob Oliver said, “The last Plantworx show was blighted by the weather, so we were looking for somewhere that would provide a good opportunity for a better exhibitor and visitor experience, whatever the weather. Inside exhibitors can be accommodated in the purpose-built Arena and outside there are more permanent roadways and facilities for visitors. Good mobile phone and wi-fi facilities are also part of the package, plus it is just five minutes from the A1.”

February 12, 2018

John Hill and Sons’ Trime quartet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:00 pm

Hereford-based and family-owned independent, John Hill and Sons, has purchased four X-Eco LED lighting sets from Trime UK.

The hirer’s Lewis Hill said,” We now run almost 20 lighting sets. However, we anticipate that we will continue to update some of our older machines to Trime units later in the year.”

He added that the machines had been chosen for their fuel saving qualities, low carbon emissions and compact dimensions, which can enable up to thirteen X-Ecos to be loaded on a single truck, increasing the company’s delivery vehicle fleet utilisation.

The lights have already been delivered to John Hill customers in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Mid Wales.

February 6, 2018

BooBoo Plant Hire goes solar

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:24 am

BooBoo Plant Hire, which is based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, has added solar powered welfare cabins from AJC Trailers to its fleet.

The company has bought a number of EasyCabin 16ft and 20ft Ecosmart Solar welfare units. The latter incorporates hybrid technology to deliver sustainable energy to provide electricity, using a patent-pending control box. Another system is designed to offer hot water without the need start up the generator.

Terry Guilder, Director of BooBoo Plant Hire, said, “We have started to add the solar powered units to our fleet as we believe that with the increasing focus on emissions, particularly in London, these will be in big demand.” AJC Trailers will be exhibiting at Executive Hire Show in Coventry, which opens tomorrow.

February 2, 2018

Multi Hire adds flooring equipment

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:40 am

To expand its surface preparation equipment offering, Warrington-based flooring product specialist, Multi Hire Power Tools, has been appointed as an approved distributor of machines from US manufacturer National Flooring Equipment.

Multi Hire MD Andy Harrison said, “We stock a vast range of flooring equipment to ensure contractors in the industry can find exactly what they need. We have added several National Flooring Equipment machines to our hire fleet and more are planned.”

“Some of our staff are going to Denver for extensive machine training from the company. This will help us give sound advice to customers on which machine will best suit their application.”

National Flooring Equipment will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show in Coventry next week. The company also plans to host UK training sessions to allow contractors to try out its equipment.

January 31, 2018

Hirers gain SafeHire certification

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 5:24 pm

HAE reports that since the start of 2018, a number of its members have successfully gained its SafeHire certification.

These include Premier Hire in Swansea, Hire-Equip (North West) in Manchester, Flying Hire based in Lincolnshire, King & Stevens Plant & Tool Hire from Horsham, EMN Plant in Shetland, Sheffield-based Champion Hire (pictured) and Will Hire in Stourbridge.

Premier Hire MD Simon Boagey, said, “SafeHire has helped us raise our game and implement positive changes in the way we operate. I was also aware that some of our competitors had successfully applied. Now I can go to my client base and say we have this certification that recognises our business works to very high standards.”

HAE states that, as part of the certification process, businesses are inspected yearly in areas ranging from paperwork and day-to-day operations, to training and environmental compliance.

January 30, 2018

Ardent plans for growth

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

Ardent Hire Solutions has secured a £120m asset-based lending facility from HSBC and ABN AMRO banks to facilitate its expansion.

The business was formed in August 2015 by investor groups Duke Street and Searchlight Capital, following the acquisitions of Fork Rent Ltd and One Call Ltd. It currently employs just fewer than 300 people across 13 sites.

In 2017, Ardent Hire placed significant orders with JCB for telescopic handlers, and with Hitachi for excavators, and states it plans further purchases in 2018 “overshadowing last year’s investment”.

CFO Julian O’Neill, said, “Ardent Hire has enjoyed significant growth since its inception and we are very excited to work with HSBC and ABN AMRO as we look to expand the business even further. The new facility will give Ardent the financial capacity it needs to fuel our high levels of customer demand and market growth.”

January 29, 2018

Boels adds Trime lights to UK fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 12:25 pm

Boels Rental’s UK division has continued to strengthen its hire fleet with the purchase of 150 X-ECO LED lighting sets from Trime UK.

Netherlands-based Boels, which acquired Supply UK in April 2017, says the machines will be distributed throughout its network of UK depots for use on construction sites, highway projects and outside events. This order follows on from a recent investment in Trime sets for its Dutch locations, taking its total fleet to more than 700 sets.

Gary Darley, National Operations Manager for Boels UK said that the machines had been selected for their performance, fuel saving qualities and the service and support received Trime UK.

Boels Rental currently operates from 400 locations in 11 countries, which includes 23 depots throughout the UK.

January 23, 2018

JCB starts dumper production

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:18 pm

Manufacture of JCB’s new range of site dumpers has officially started, with the first machines rolling off the company’s production line at its World HQ in Rocester.

Two years ago, the company added site dumpers to its portfolio by sourcing badge-engineered machines, with capacities from one to ten tonnes, from Terex in Coventry. After Terex’s compact construction business was bought by the French company, Mecalac, JCB decided to design and produce its own range. The move will create 70 new jobs in the next 12 months.

The range includes nine models with capacities from one to nine tonnes. JCB Site Dumper MD Richard Butler said, “Reaction to the launch has been exceptional and customers can look forward to seeing the seven and three tonne models on the JCB stand at the Executive Hire Show in February.”

The line-up includes the seven tonne payload 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model, designed to address concerns over accidents involving site dumpers on construction sites. This machine is one of ten, from various exhibitors, selected for the Innovation Trail – Live initiative being introduced at this year’s Show, highlighting cutting-edge new products in special ‘live’ presentations.

CMA invites Brandon acquisition comments

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

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is inviting comments on Vp’s acquisition of Brandon Hire last November.

In December, the CMA issued an initial enforcement order in relation to the completed acquisition, and is now inviting comments on the transaction, to help determine whether the deal has resulted in, or could result in, a lessening of competition. The deadline for comments is 5 February 2018.

Vp has previously stated that, prior to completing the acquisition, it conducted a detailed due diligence exercise, including assessing potential competition considerations.

A decision is expected from the CMA by 16 March 2018.

January 22, 2018

Expansion for Fairfax

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:26 pm

Fairfax Plant Hire, which has its head office in Selby and has a second depot in Leeds, has strengthened its sales team with two new appointments.

Dave Snape has joined as Sales Executive to grow the business in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North Midlands, while Sam Broughton has been appointed as Operated Plant Manager.

Fairfax Director Mark Love commented, “We are strong in our traditional area in North Yorkshire and Humberside/East Riding and following the success of our Leeds depot, which we opened this time last year, we now have a good foothold in West Yorkshire and are pushing into Lancashire.”

January 17, 2018

Shindaiwa’s perfect ten for CHS

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:45 pm

Shindaiwa recently delivered ten welder generators to CHS Plant and Tool Hire. The order was placed after the Bristol-based business evaluated machines from several suppliers and comprised ECO 300 and 420 models, as well as a PowerCenter 15 generator.

CHS Director, Claire Bruce, said the products were selected for their low noise levels, three-phase output and long running times. The ECO 420 also offers dual operator outputs, enabling two people to weld simultaneously from a single machine.

The 15kVA, three-phase PowerCenter generator, will be typically used to power on-site equipment such as compressors, MIG welders and plasma cutters.

January 15, 2018

Speedy assesses Carillion impact

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 6:11 pm

Speedy has issued a statement following the announcement earlier today that construction services company, Carillion plc, has gone into liquidation.

The hirer is a supplier of hire equipment and services to Carillion and states it is committed to supporting the delivery of projects as planned. It says that revenue in the 12 months to December 2017 with all Carillion entities was approximately £12.0m, of which around.55% represented core hire revenue. Outstanding debt at 31 December 2017 was £2.0m. A proportion of the group’s revenue and debt relates to joint venture arrangements involving third parties which are expected to continue unaffected.

Speedy intends that any profit impact of Carillion’s compulsory liquidation will be recorded as an exceptional non-underlying charge in the income statement for the year ending 31 March 2018.

It adds that the impact of Carillion’s situation is not expected to be material to the group, which had net debt at 31 December 2017 of £88.9m, and that it remains on track to deliver a result in line with expectations for the full year.

Some City commentators are suggesting that the long-term impact on Speedy’s financials will be limited, pointing out the likelihood of joint venture partners, or other third parties, taking on some of Carillion’s workload, as well as flexibility within Speedy’s own operations.

January 12, 2018

Luscombe doubles GreenMech fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:50 am

Luscombe Plant Hire, which is based in Ulverston, has added a second GreenMech wood chipper to its fleet to meet growing demand.

The business bought its first Arborist 130 machine after seeing it at the Executive Hire Show, and the subsequent volume of business from tree surgeons, land owners and grounds managers has meant that a second is needed.

“Since we’ve switched over to GreenMech chippers, we’ve not had one bad report on them,” said Simon Luscombe (pictured left), who founded the business in 2001 with his son Dan, right, and wife Beverley. “Our customers seem much more satisfied. They go out on hire for anywhere between one day to one month and everyone who hires them say they’re really good machines to use. There has been no downtime due to breakdowns which, when you’ve got a packed hire schedule, is crucial.”

The Arborist 130 is a compact road-tow chipper and its 23hp Honda petrol engine is protected by a steel canopy, helping to reduce the noise level.

Luscombe Plant Hire won the Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Award last year in the Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company category.

January 8, 2018

Astrak buys SPS parts business

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:10 pm

Astrak UK, which offers crawler undercarriage components for excavators and dozers, has acquired the undercarriage parts division of Southern Plant Spares (SPS) along with the company name.

SPS’s bucket and attachment division has been renamed as Rhinox Group and will be taken forward by its original directors.

“The acquisition of Southern Plant Spares is a perfect fit to our current business,” said Richard Paterson, Astrak UK’s MD “It will allow us to offer a greater depth to our already comprehensive parts and service offering.”

Jim Record, former MD SPS, commented, “This exciting development will enable Rhinox Group to focus on expanding its core range of buckets and attachments to greatly benefit customers through increased stock levels, enhanced service levels, and a larger product portfolio.”

January 4, 2018

Husqvarna to buy Atlas Copco light compaction and concrete business

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:22 pm

Husqvarna Group’s Construction Division has signed an agreement to acquire the Light Compaction & Concrete Equipment business from Atlas Copco, to strengthen its position in the concrete surfaces and floors market.

Kai Wärn, President and CEO of Husqvarna Group, said, “Atlas Copco’s Light Compaction & Concrete Equipment business fits well into Husqvarna Construction’s strategy for expanding deeper into the market segment of concrete surfaces and floors.” He added that the move complements other recent acquisitions and supports Husqvarna’s ambition of growing the Construction Division’s presence in the Group.”

The company says that the availability of these additional products will support customers throughout the entire concrete floor creation process. Further details will be announced closer to the finalisation, which is expected in the first quarter of 2018. The acquisition is subject to approval from competition authorities.

January 2, 2018

Astley goes green

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:18 am

Astley Hire aims to create a greener planet by helping to plant more than 3,342 acres of new woodland.

The company, based in Leigh, is among the signatories to a scheme set up to help businesses offset the carbon emissions from their vehicles. Each time one of its drivers fill up with fuel, a percentage of what they pay goes towards planting trees in 57 new woodlands around the UK.

The EcoPoint scheme was established by fuel card provider Allstar, of which Astley Hire is a member, and is run in partnership with Forest Carbon, a developer of voluntary carbon woodland schemes certified under the Woodland Carbon Code.

The initiative is a step towards eventually becoming a carbo zero business, according to Astley Hire MD Stephen Dorricott, who is pictured, front row, fifth from left, with his brother Michael, Operational Director, and the rest of the team.

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