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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

July 27, 2018

The Preparation Group achieves HAE double

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:23 pm

The Preparation Group, which specialises in surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, has achieved the HAE’s Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) accreditation, and is currently one of only two companies to be both HITS-accredited for supply to the hire industry and SafeHire certified for customers hiring equipment direct.

As we reported in the April/May issue of EHN, HITS was designed to show that supply chain partners are committed to maintaining best practice across a range of business disciplines.

The Preparation Group’s Hire Group Manager; Kate Walshaw (pictured) said, “In gaining HITS, we have demonstrated our commitment to a high standard of hire operations and that we deliver across key areas of training, safety, environmental policy, R&D, production processes and data security.

“Having both HITS and SafeHire certification means customers can be doubly assured that we are a reliable partner for hire of surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment and tools.”

July 26, 2018

Speedy re-launches Lloyds British

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 9:12 am

Speedy Hire has announced the re-launch of the 200-year-old Lloyds British brand following its acquisition in December 2016. The company has also extended its range of compliance and lifting propositions, led by its core services of inspection, testing and certification.

Lloyds British services now include installation and maintenance, crane services, fall protection systems, specialist testing, lifting and safety equipment sales, design, manufacturing and refurbishment and training. Speedy says it is aims to grow the business by recruiting additional engineers and investing in more than 100 new vehicles.

Lloyds British business unit director, Ryan White, said: “Speedy is investing in Lloyds British to reinforce our position as a leader in the market. We have recently launched our new website, improved our inspection and planning systems and implemented online reporting for customers to manage assets, certificates and their compliance requirements.”

The original Lloyds British business dates back to 1812.

July 24, 2018

Selwood switches to Takeuchi

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

Selwood is to replace its 400-strong fleet of excavators with Takeuchi models over the next four years as part of a comprehensive upgrade programme.

The company continues to grow its plant hire operation which has seven depots in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Sittingbourne and Southampton. Richard Bright, Chief Operations Officer, said that Takeuchi is a preferred brand for many Selwood customers, being reliable and easy to operate.

Tomonori Tamaru, MD at Takeuchi UK, commented, “Takeuchi is very pleased to become a supplier of one of the UK’s most established and high-profile plant hire businesses.”

Pictured celebrating the deal at the recent Hillhead exhibition in Buxton are, from left, Simon Rose, Director of Sales and Operations with Selwood, Tomonori Tamaru, Richard Bright, Scott Butler, Operations & Fleet Manager with Selwood and Chris Bushell, UK Sales Manager for Takeuchi.

July 13, 2018

Green Power Plant expands MHM fleet

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 3:57 pm

West Midlands-based Green Power Plant has expanded its fleet of generators from MHM Plant, as has its sister tool hire firm, Hirelink UK.

Both businesses have headquarters in Sutton Coldfield. Hirelink UK has additional depots in Boldmere and Lichfield, and the two companies offer a nationwide service.

Green Power Plant, which offers a variety of compact plant and power access equipment, has added more generators to encompass a power band between 10kVA to 100kVA. It recently secured an order from a major housebuilder working in London for several new 100kVA MHM sets.

Hirelink UK, which principally serves the small plant and tool hire markets, has a fleet of MHM machines up to 8kVA, for markets such as events and outdoor festivals.

July 12, 2018

JCB secures major Boels order

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:19 am

JCB is celebrating its biggest single order from European plant and tool hirer, Boels Rental, as it invests in a new machine fleet worth almost £21m.

The Netherlands-based hirer has signed a deal for more than 340 JCB machines, including Loadall telescopic handlers, and midi and micro excavators, which will be distributed amongst Boels depots across Europe including Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Italy.

Boels has bought more than 1,600 JCB machines in recent years. The hirer’s Director of Fleet Operation, Guy Cremer, said, “Boels and JCB are both family businesses sharing many common values and I am glad that our long standing partnership continues.”

JCB’s Group MD Global Key Accounts, Yvette Henshall-Bell, added, “We have worked closely with Boels for many years and it’s testament to the quality of our range of Loadalls and excavators as well as the world-class service back-up that we’ve secured this valuable business.”

July 11, 2018

Fosseway upgrades with Engcon

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:49 am

Fosseway Hire has upgraded its stock of tilt rotators to Engcon models, which are designed to offer greater operational flexibility and increased productivity.

Trevor Palmer, Director at Fosseway Hire, which has depots in Shipston-on-Stour and Bourton-on-the-Water, said: “Tilt rotators used to be a hard sell until recently, but they are a huge benefit to diggers. It means you can dig in at least four directions, vastly decreasing the need for machine movement on site. We tell people, you can dig on your boundary without disturbing your neighbour for example.”

Robert Hunt, MD of Engcon UK, added, ‘The growth in demand for tilt rotators within the operated plant market is feeding through to the unaccompanied plant hire sector. In this market, running twin-hitch setups with our new range of simple control systems means the hire company is not tying up a digger with a permanent tilt rotator any more”. He said that fitting the system to a machine takes five minutes.

July 6, 2018

Ausa appoints Boss Plant Sales

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 10:37 am

Ausa has appointed Boss Plant Sales as its dealer for the South East of England, covering the manufacturer’s articulated site dumpers and compact telescopic handlers.

Boss Plant Sales’ MD Graham Stansfield said, “This is an important step for us as we expand our range of products. Ausa site dumpers and ‘ultracompact’ telehandlers sit well with our existing range of equipment and will appeal to both end users and the hire market.”

Site dumpers are available from 1 to 10 tonnes capacity. The compact telescopic handlers offer payloads capacities from 1,350kg to 2,300kg with lift heights of 4.2m to 5.0m.

July 4, 2018

Mobile Mini expands in Aylesbury

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 1:51 pm

The Thames Valley depot of portable site accommodation hirer, Mobile Mini, in Aylesbury has relocated into a larger, four-acre facility in the town.

The new location includes offices, two workshops and more space for the company’s growing fleet of storage containers, site accommodation units and delivery vehicles.

This expansion comes after Mobile Mini invested £1.4m earlier this year in eight additional lorry-mounted loader cranes, taking its total fleet to 60. The company has 15 depots, stretching from Glasgow to Southampton.

July 3, 2018

HAE highlights training

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 2:40 pm

HAE has secured Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which enables grant aid to be paid for approved courses to eligible employers.

The Association’s Commercial Manager, Paul Gaze, said, “HAE firmly believes that investing in the on-going improvement of your workforce helps to improve efficiency and increase skill levels, so our focus is continually on helping the hire sector and associated industries to take their duty of care responsibilities very seriously.

“We make it easier for our members in particular, as well as associated organisations, to identify and invest in the safety training and awareness tools that will protect their workforce and ultimately help to bring a competitive edge to their business.”

Training courses available from HAE range from equipment usage through to Health & Safety and other business skills, and encompass apprenticeships, management and leadership programmes, and certifications including Nebosh, IOSH and Driver CPC qualifications.

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