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July 31, 2019

Hillhead expands again

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:06 am

Following a record-breaking Hillhead plant exhibition in 2018, which was supported by 546 exhibitors and 19,753 visitors, the organisers have decided to extend the event once again for 2020.

Outdoor space is said to be on track to be sold out by late autumn, and an additional 2,200 square metres of stand space has been created in the quarry floor by extending the showground into the quarry face demonstration area at the site near Buxton.

Targeted at construction, recycling and quarrying professionals, Hillhead 2020 will take place from 23 to 25 June.

July 26, 2019

Platinum success for Armorgard

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

Armorgard has achieved the Investors in People (IIP) Standard at Platinum level following an in-depth assessment of the organisation earlier this year.

The IIP Platinum accreditation is currently held by only 1% of IIP accredited organisations. Armorgard MD Terry Mitchell, said: ““This is the highest level of Investors in People, and a remarkable recognition of Armorgard’s difference to lead, support and manage its people to achieve meaningful results. It is a journey that started 30 years ago, when Armorgard first put a team together to design, manufacture and market products.”

EHN’s June 2019 issue included an article highlighting the 30th anniversary of the company, which manufactures site storage, manual handling and work units for the UK hire market, including the TuffBox range of secure tool boxes (pictured).

July 25, 2019

Electric Bobcat mini enters production

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:44 am

Bobcat has announced that the first of the company’s new E10e zero tail swing 1- tonne electric mini excavators has come off the production line at its compact equipment manufacturing plant at Dobris in the Czech Republic.

The finished machine is heading to the authorised Bobcat dealer in The Netherlands, Inter-Techno, for use as a demo machine and will be available for hire from its partner company, 123Machineverhuur.

The E10e is built on the same platform and manufactured on the same line production line as the diesel-powered E08 and E10z machines. Jarry Fiser, Mini-Excavator Product Line Director, Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “The E10e is just the start of our journey in further expanding our portfolio in alternative power sources. The 2019 production capacity is already sold out and we are accepting orders for delivery in 2020.”

July 16, 2019

Lifting Gear Hire rebrands

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:45 am

As part of a global rebranding, Lifting Gear Hire has unveiled a corporate name change to LGH. It believes this will overcome local variations in meaning, especially between Europe and the United States, where the word hire is often used for recruitment rather than equipment.

The change will standardise the LGH brand across the group’s 36 locations in six countries. A new website has also been launched to highlight the company’s international reach across a wide range of industry sectors.

Established in 1970, LGH plans to open a new location every year for the foreseeable future, continuing expansion throughout its established presence in North America and Europe, dovetailing with growth into new territories further afield.

Ian Parkinson, LGH Group Chairman (pictured), said: “We have made significant changes within our operations in order to position ourselves better to serve both existing customers and drive forward into new emerging markets.”

July 15, 2019

Charles Wilson boosts Trime lighting fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:23 am

Charles Wilson Engineers has increased the number of Trime X-Eco LED lighting towers in its fleet following the purchase of an additional 250 machines.

The hirer’s engine-powered site lighting fleet is now entirely made up of these models, totalling 600 sets throughout its nationwide network of 18 depots.

Explaining the reasons behind the purchasing decision, Plant Director Graham Pollard said, “They incorporate the most modern technology, with excellent fuel efficiency. These features and all of their other environmental attributes make the X-Eco LED a very attractive proposition for our clients.”

Trime UK Ltd has also just celebrated its third anniversary. The business was incorporated in May 2016 and began trading the following month.

July 8, 2019

PASMA’s Peter Bennett receives OBE

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:30 pm

Peter Bennett, MD of PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association), was invested with an OBE by HM The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, on 2 July.

Peter, who has previously served as Chair of PASMA and as President of IPAF, the International Powered Access Federation, became MD in 2006. He initially ran the organisation from his garage at home, and the organisation now has a presence in 11 countries worldwide, over 350 members and almost 75,000 people take its training courses on the safe use of towers every year.

In 2007, he was appointed Executive Director of The Ladder Association, which was recently named Business of the Year for 2019 by the Office for Product Safety and Standards following a successful campaign encouraging people to ‘get a grip’ on ladder safety.

He is Chair of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), which brings together the principal trade associations involved in work at height to foster codes of good practice, and was instrumental in the creation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Work at Height in 2017. Peter is also a founding trustee of the No Falls Foundation, a charity dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the consequences of a fall.

July 5, 2019

Atlas Copco publishes Stage V guidance

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

Atlas Copco Power Technique has published a free e-guide explain the impact of the new EU Stage emissions standards legislation on non-road mobile machinery, such as compressors, generators, pumps and light-towers.

‘The route to Stage V compliance and beyond’ outlines the scope of the standards, which are being implemented in 2019-2020 and enforce stricter limits on emissions of particulate matter (PM), along with newly proposed particle number (PN) limits. Some engines in certain power categories will require the addition of equipment such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs).

The guide says the new standards will lead to a range of cleaner and better performing products that will be quieter, smaller, and more fuel efficient than ever before.

It also examines the trend towards non-polluting and connected air, power and flow solutions that are reliant on alternative power architectures such as hybrid, electric and battery power. For more details, visit www.atlascopco.com/en-uk/

July 1, 2019

CPA’s bright Stars

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:45 am

The CPA has honoured the UK’s most promising young plant mechanic trainees at its Stars of the Future Awards 2019, held recently at the Heart of England Conference Centre near Coventry.

The Awards, held in association with headline sponsor A-Plant, are open to apprentices and trainees in the construction plant industry across the country. For the first time, employers were also invited to make nominations, in addition to colleges delivering apprentice training.

There were a total of 21 awards for both NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 plant mechanic apprentices nominated by colleges. Level 2 hire industry winners included Shane Lynton-Edwards of A-Plant (Reaseheath College), while amongst Level 3 winners were Dan Pickles of Charles Wilson Engineers (Askham Bryan College), Sophie King of CRH Plant (Bridgend College) and Michael Barton of Chippindale Plant (Myerscough College).

June 28, 2019

Yanmar seeks ASV takeover

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:08 am

Yanmar has agreed to buy the American manufacturer ASV Holdings Inc, which supplies rubber-tracked compact track loaders and skid steer loaders, for $70.7 (£55.8m).

The companies state that the combined businesses have virtually no overlap in their distribution networks.

The transaction is subject to approval by ASV stockholders and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. Terex Corporation, which owns 34% of the outstanding shares of ASV, has announced its support of the deal.

Andrew Rooke, Chairman and CEO of ASV commented that “the merger will create a strong platform for growth and expansion, bringing together two leading brands with similar cultures and creating value. The ASV product is complementary to the Yanmar portfolio of compact equipment creating a comprehensive equipment solution for current and future customers.”

June 18, 2019

Quick hire for prize Boss scissor

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:41 am

A Youngman Boss X3X scissor lift offered by UK distributor, Access Platform Sales (APS) in a prize draw has been won – and has gone out on hire immediately.

APS ran the competition to win the push-around low-level access machine on its website and during the Vertikal Days lifting and access show. The winner was Hire Tools and Sales in Birmingham, who sent the machine straight out to a customer.

MD Roy Gardner said, “We were delighted to have won, not just because the Boss X3X is a great scissor, but because we had a hire customer who wanted one on the day we took delivery. It’s now being used to support maintenance work in a student accommodation block at Warwick University.”

Hire Tools and Sales has more than 40 Boss powered access machines already in its fleet. “We’ve been stocking Boss X-Series scissor lifts for seven years now. They are among our most popular machines,” said Roy Gardner, who is pictured, left, with his son Lee who also works in the business.

June 17, 2019

Dromad manager celebrates 20-years milestone

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 7:27 am

Dromad Hire’s General Manager, Ronan Cotter, has just celebrated 20 years of service with the Dundalk-based business.

Ronan joined the company as a 17-year-old apprentice mechanic days after leaving school, and now manages a team of 30 staff ranging from apprentices, engineers, hire controllers and administrative staff, to the in-house logistics team.

“It’s been a great company to work in for this last 20 years and I’ve been very lucky to work with so many fantastic people on this journey,” said Ronan. “I love my job. It’s not always easy but who said hard work was! Dromad Hire has grown rapidly in recent years and I certainly look forward to see what the future brings for us.”

The 20-year milestone was marked with a presentation from Dromad MD Seamus Byrne, along with fellow staff members.

June 13, 2019

IoD Awards double for GAP’s Iain Anderson

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:39 pm

Iain Anderson, Joint MD of GAP, has been honoured with two successes at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Awards in Glasgow.

He won the Awards for Glasgow & West of Scotland Regional Director of the Year, and Family Business Director of the Year, and is pictured (left) receiving his trophies from Craig Jamieson, Chair of the IoD Glasgow & West of Scotland branch.

The judging panel of industry leaders commented: “Iain illustrated well how his extensive experience is shaping his leadership of the GAP Group and he is a leader in his sector, not just of his business. The success of his leadership translates into business growth. Iain has a strong knowledge of his sector and vast experience as a director. This is a successful family business built up over many years, which shows clear evidence of investment in its employees.”

This year GAP celebrates its 50th anniversary, a landmark that underlines the success the business has enjoyed since it was founded in 1969 by Gordon Anderson. Gordon’s sons, Douglas and Iain, have led the business as Joint Managing Directors since 1988.

By winning the national Director of the Year category, Iain has qualified for the UK Director of the Year Awards, which will take place in London on 18 October.

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

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