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March 13, 2020

Rocket Splashes out with Trime

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:00 pm

Rocket Rentals placed an order with Trime (UK) at the recent Executive Hire Show for an X-Splash wash bay system. This will be installed at the hirer’s new tool hire depot on standalone premises a stone’s throw from the company’s HQ in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

The X-Splash is a self-contained system that collects water used in cleaning plant and machinery, and filters it ready for recycling. This means that an interceptor tank does not have to be fitted, says Trime.

Pictured at the Show is Rocket Rentals MD Simon Tomblin, right, with Trime’s Andrew Owen.

March 9, 2020

CPA urges red diesel rethink

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:43 am

Following media reports suggesting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce the abolition of the subsidy on red diesel will be abolished, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has written to him directly asking him to reconsider.

It is believed that the suggestion forms part of a bid to encourage a switch to greener alternative fuel usage.

The CPA states that scrapping the rebate would have significant financial implications for the construction sector, as users of diesel powered plant would pay an extra 47p on every litre of diesel used.

In his letter, CPA Chief Executive Kevin Minton (pictured) said, “As a key sector within the wider construction industry, we are concerned about reported proposals in the forthcoming budget, to place restrictions on the use of red diesel in construction machines.

“The CPA set out our concerns in the government’s call for evidence on the use of red diesel back in 2018. It is disappointing to see such measures being discussed again.

“Restrictions on the use of red diesel in the construction sector would, unfortunately, have a profound impact for our members and the wider construction industry by raising costs and squeezing already tight profit margins. This in turn will limit scope for investment in new skills and new cleaner, greener technology – something the government is encouraging our members to do.”

He continued, “We urge you to delay any consideration of this issue until a proper consultation can be carried out, and suitable amelioration measures identified.”

Red diesel currently accounts for approximately 15% of total diesel sales in the UK and costs the Treasury about £2.4bn a year in revenue.

March 5, 2020

JCB ends short time working

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:15 pm

JCB is ending short time working at its UK factories and reverting to a five-day working pattern.

As EHN previously reported, around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees have been working a 34-hour week for the past fortnight due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. From this week, all factories are reverting to a basic working week of 39 hours.

JCB’s CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This is not a moment for celebration, but it is a step in the right direction. There has been some improvement in the shipment of components from China but new threats are emerging from our supply chain in other parts of the world, notably Italy and South Korea.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely on a daily basis and take any necessary measures to protect the business.”

March 4, 2020

A-Plant rebrands as Sunbelt Rentals

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:27 pm

A-Plant will rebrand as Sunbelt Rentals from 1st May 2020. This change brings all A-Plant’s brands under one banner and aligns it with the other operating businesses of Ashtead Group plc, which trade under the Sunbelt Rentals brand in the United States and Canada.

Andy Wright (pictured), CEO of A-Plant, said: “Our rebranding to Sunbelt Rentals is the culmination of work to unify our UK brands under one powerful banner.”

A-Plant’s businesses include Hewden Industrial, Live Trakway, A-Plant Lux, Rapid Climate Control, Mather+Stuart Power Solutions, Leada Acrow, A-Plant Rail, Tool Hire Express, A-Plant Powered Access, PSS Hire, Inlec, Evercal, Hoist It, Opti-cal Survey Equipment, FLG Services, Astra Attachment Solutions, GB Access, A-Plant Accommodation and Plantfinder.

These businesses will all be branded as Sunbelt Rentals, and the company says each will have an identifiable sub-brand that recognises the services they provide.

March 3, 2020

Wernick Hire expands welfare fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:17 am

Wernick Hire reports that it has continued to grow its site welfare fleet, having invested £24m in almost 3,500 new units in 2019.

A quarter of these are eco-friendly mobile and static welfare units to meet growing demand from for the construction industry. Wernick Hire won a 2019 Considerate Constructors Ultra Site Environmental Best Practice prize award for its ability to supply products that can lower a site’s carbon footprint.

The latest fleet additions include Genquip Groundhog Fusion Pulse Eco welfare units which incorporate solar technology to reduce the need for a diesel generator.

Wernick Hire is a division of the Wernick Group, which earlier this year launched a generator hire division, Wernick Power Solutions Ltd. EHN will report on this more fully in our March issue.

February 28, 2020

GAP invests in Tanker Services fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:27 am

GAP has placed an order for eighteen 26-tonne liquid waste tankers, following the launch of the company’s Tanker Services division. This brings its total of specialist divisions to ten.

The operation offers a range of emptying and cleaning options for septic and wastewater tanks and cesspits. It has a range of tankers, ranging from 4×4 vehicles upwards, which can empty, clean and sanitise toilets, welfare vans and welfare units. GAP says that it will eventually increase its fleet of 26-tonne tankers to 80.

Commenting on the recent vehicle purchases, which cost around £120,000 each, GAP’s Head of Procurement, Ken Stewart, commented: “Following on from our initial order of six, all of which have been delivered as of January, Volvo will be providing the cab/chassis at the rate of one per month. The bodywork will be undertaken by GK&N Services Ltd of Huddersfield, who will supply and fit a 3,200-gallon vacuum tank (to hold clean and foul water) to the cab/chassis. This is a significant investment amounting to in excess of £2m for these 18 units.”

EHN will provide an update on GAP’s latest developments in our March issue.

February 27, 2020

EHS success for Yanmar

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:30 am

Yanmar Compact Equipment Europe (CEE) has heralded this year’s Executive Hire Show a resounding success. The event took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry earlier this month.

The main attraction on the stand was the ViO17 zero tail swing mini excavator, which has a variable undercarriage (950mm-1,280mm) and fold-out blade extensions. The manufacturer’s VIPPS three-pump, variable flow hydraulic system is incorporated to ensure maximum working speed, as well as smooth, simultaneous operation of all functions, even when travelling.

David Cockayne, UK and Ireland Sales Manager at Yanmar CEE, said: “Attracting rental professional from across the UK and Europe, the Executive Hire Show is a key event in the compact plant calendar. We were delighted with the response to showcasing our ViO17 mini excavator – the interest on stand was very positive.

“The UK construction market remains key for Yanmar and we are already planning additional investment and expansion over the coming years.”

February 26, 2020

MHM reports “thirst for innovation”

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:43 am

MHM Plant reports that there was “a genuine thirst for innovation coming from the visitors to our stand,” following the company’s recent participation in the Executive Hire Show.

Managing Director Mat Llewellyn said, “We were very busy throughout the two days, with representatives visiting our stand from both the independent and national hire sectors.”

The company supplies power generation equipment, solar-hybrid generators, fluid storage, lighting towers and engine driven welders, available to purchase as new, quality used or for re-hire

At the Show, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, MHM’s solar/hybrid team guided visitors through its expanding low and emission-free power generation and site lighting range. The company also showcased its own new 160kVA super-silenced generator and showed a range of Honda generators, for which it now has dealership status

MHM’s MG 6000SSY Eco generator was selected for the Show’s Innovation Trail Live initiative, and immediately after his presentation about the product, Mat Llewellyn received an enquiry for a dire demonstration from a by leading independent hirer.

“The MHM marketing and sales teams are going to be very busy over the coming months following up the many enquiries we received during the show. The organisers should be congratulated for successfully attracting so many quality visitors from here and overseas,” added Mat.

February 25, 2020

Morris pumps help flood relief effort

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:26 am

Morris Site Machinery reports that its Hilta centrifugal and diaphragm pumps are helping hirers to meet demand for equipment to cope with the flooding that had affected significant areas of the country.

One hirer that has the company’s machines in its fleet is Chorley-based One Stop Hire, whose David Chadwick said: “We’ve bought a number of Hilta Proflow D5 pumps and have been impressed with how effective they are.”

The manufacturer also reports demand for its Hilta pressure washers to help with the clean-up operations.

February 20, 2020

Tufftruk secures Boels order

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:04 pm

Tufftruk announced an order from Boels Rental for its all-electric Truxta EV mini dumper at the recent Executive Hire Show.

The Netherlands-based hirer has added the machine to its fleet as part of an initiative to offer emission-free construction equipment.

The machine has an 8-hour duty cycle and comes with a smart battery charger that can be plugged into 230V and 110V supplies.

The latest Truxta 450 model is available with new Power Tip and Power Tip Plus, whereby an electric ram increases the skip tipping height to 252mm, for shuttering work or, with the Plus option, to 589mm for trailers and conveyors.

Pictured at the Show are Matti Moenen, left, Purchasing Manager for Boels Rental, and Ron Blackhurst, Managing Director of Tufftruk

EHN will report on Boels Rental’s latest plans for its UK operation in our March issue.

February 17, 2020

New Först chipper raises interest

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:50 am

Först reports keen interest from hirers in its ST6P wood chipper when the company displayed the machine at the recent Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The ST6P weighs in below the 750kg towing threshold, and is the first model from the company to have a petrol engine. Först says the unit offers performance that rivals a diesel equivalent and that enables users to comply with the new Stage 5 emissions regulations.

Först says that the Show enabled it to catch up with existing customers and that there was a good, positive atmosphere with genuine interest amongst visitors in what Först wood chippers can bring to their hire businesses.

February 14, 2020

JCB assesses Chinese supply chain impact

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:53 am

JCB is set to reduce production levels at its UK factories due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

The move will mean a shorter working week for around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees from Monday, 17 February. This follows an immediate suspension of all overtime.

The measures have been discussed with the GMB union and will see the introduction of a 34-hour week for UK production employees until further notice. JCB employees will be paid for a 39-hour week and will ‘bank’ the hours, working them back later in the year.

JCB Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner said: “The disruption to the component supply chain in the UK comes at a time when demand for JCB products is very strong, so while this course of action is very unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary to protect the business and our skill base.

“Production in the UK has so far been unaffected by the situation in China. However, more than 25% of JCB’s suppliers in China remain closed and those that have reopened are working at reduced capacity and are struggling to make shipments.

Mr Turner added, “These measures will ensure that, while we will produce machines in lower than anticipated numbers, we will do so with the same number of employees, whose skills we will need to fulfil customers’ orders when the situation returns to normal. We are keeping the situation under review and we anticipate a surge in production levels once this period of supply disruption has passed.”

February 11, 2020

GGR Group appoints Sat Dhaiwal

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:04 pm

Lifting solutions provider, GGR Group, has appointed Sat Dhaiwal as its new Independent Board Advisor, to help accelerate the company’s growth.

Sat was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of A-Plant, and a Director of its parent company Ashtead Group plc, from 2002 to 2018.

Graeme Riley, CEO of GGR Group said, “Sat offers the experience to help take GGR to the next level. His knowledge is sure to prove invaluable and the board looks forward to working with him.”

Sat Dhaiwal, commented, “GGR is a clear market leader in its field and has the potential to accelerate its growth over the coming years”

GGR supplies vacuum handling equipment, compact pick-and-carry cranes, UNIC mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery. In 2016, it won the Queens Award for International Trade.

February 4, 2020

Charity success for Site Equip

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:46 am

Site welfare and portable sanitation equipment hirer, Site Equip, has raised more than £5,000 for its chosen charity during 2019.

The Alton-based company reached a total of £5,662.01 for the local St Michael’s Hospice by holding a range of activities throughout the year. These included bake-offs, a race night, a sponsored football match, a 10km running race and jewellery-making.

Site Equip also supplied equipment free of charge to the charity for use at various events.

February 3, 2020

Point of Rental pedals for charity

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:04 pm

On its stand at the Executive Hire Show this week, Point of Rental will be inviting visitors to help raise money for the mental health charity, MIND.

As part of the software company’s Live EPIC promotion – designed to reflect values of being empowering, principled, innovative and caring – it will be both accepting entries to win a customised bicycle, and donating £2 per visitor to the charity.

Point of Rental’s Live EPIC programme officially kicks off at a pre-Executive Hire Show Users’ Hangout on 4 February, where the company will connect with current customers to answer questions about its software, and to see a sneak preview of the new Syrinx 365 system.

The competition winner, as well as the other participants, will be are invited to join the Point of Rental team when they ride in the Bike Oxford charity cycling event on 31 May as part of the fund-raising initiative.

The company will be exhibiting on Stand D24 at the Executive Hire Show, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February.

Nixon adds MHM lights

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

Nixon Hire has increased its lighting tower fleet with the addition of 25 X-Hybrid Solar sets and 200 X-Eco LED machines from MHM Plant to meet growing demand.

The X-Eco LED has a safety system which automatically lowers the mast if the machines is moved whilst the mast is still erected. MHM states that the lamps will work for up to 50,000 hours before needing replacement.

The X-Hybrid Solar light (pictured) is powered through a hybrid system comprising a solar panel connected to rechargeable batteries, backed-up by a small diesel engine. The combined system substantially lowers fuel usage with a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions.

MHM will be promoting its latest products on its stand (H40) at the Executive Hire Show, taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February.

January 31, 2020

HAE seeks new CEO

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:12 pm

Graham Arundell, the Chief Executive Officer of the HAE and the Event Hire Association (EHA), is to stand down at the end of April after 13 years at the helm.

During his time with the Association, he coordinated the creation of the EHA as a separate entity, a complete re-branding of HAE and the reversal of the HAE’s financial fortunes, enabling it to purchase in 2019 the premises it had previously rented.

In addition, the Associations have introduced new member services, re-designed the SafeHire accreditation scheme, and developed the HAE’s Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers (HITS) initiative.

Graham Arundell said, “I was advised at the outset that the role would be challenging, and that was part of the attraction. It’s certainly lived up to that but I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities meeting lots of people along the way that will remain life-long friends.”

Brian Sherlock, HAE Chair, commented, “Graham has not only made a valued and sustained contribution to the HAE, he has also had a significant influence within the hire sector. His drive and relentless enthusiasm coupled with strong leadership and networking skills has driven real change within the Association.”

Graham will carry on as a consultant with HAE EHA for up to 12 months during the transition period under the new CEO, and the search for his successor is now under way.

January 30, 2020

CPA seeks bright Stars

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:38 am

The CPA’s Stars of the Future awards scheme is being expanded for 2020 with both national and regional awards in categories for Plant Mechanics, Plant Technicians, Lifting Technicians, Plant Operators and Hire Controllers.

Nominations are invited from plant hirers, manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and others operating in the construction plant industry. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre near Coventry on 10 June.

Kevin Minton, CPA Chief Executive said: “Stars of the Future recognises the UK’s most promising apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector. We’d like to urge employers and companies in the construction plant sector to nominate apprentices and trainees who they believe should be recognised as stars in the making.”

Last year, Plant Mechanic winners (pictured) won Snap-on tool kits and other prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to Germany to visit a Liebherr crane manufacturing plant for the CPA Lifting Technician Star of the Future winner. Nomination forms are available at www.cpa.uk.net/starsdownloads/

January 29, 2020

HAE to promote careers in hire

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:30 am

At the Executive Hire Show next week, the HAE and the Event Hire Association will promote a new partnership it has formed with the MyKindaFuture organisation, which works with employers to attract young people into industry and to meet the challenge of replacing an aging workforce.

Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board suggest that 19% of construction workers aged 55-plus is set to retire in the next five to ten years.

At the Show, taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 5 and 6 February, students from MyKindaFuture will join the Associations in the Jaguar Lounge, between 11am and 2pm on the first day, to present their ideas to the industry and hear first-hand from future employers.

The organisations have also created lesson plans to encourage and inspire year 10, 11 and 12 students to consider a career in hire. The programme includes tool and plant hire industry quiz and a behind-the-scenes video of how the events industry sets about constructing a huge festival like Glastonbury.

To register to attend the Show, visit www.executivehireshow.com

January 28, 2020

Celebrating past John Jennings Award Winners

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:49 pm

EHN Editor Alan Guthrie recently presented Gareth Hayward (below right), Director of Alide Hire Services, and Dennis Gwynne, formerly Technical Director with Andrews Sykes, with replicas of EHN’s John Jennings Crosshire Award.

In 2017 and 2018 respectively, Gareth and Dennis won the Award, honouring individuals embodying the same passion and industry commitment that John Jennings demonstrated as EHN’s former Crosshire columnist.

In the past, the previous recipient literally handed over the trophy to the new Winner at the Executive Hire Show, and we thought they should also receive a replica to keep for posterity.

Our 2019 Winner was Iain Anderson, Joint MD of GAP, who has already been presented with his individual trophy.

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