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Eagle settles on Takeuchi
Devon-based Eagle Plant Hire’s recent order for additional Takeuchi mini excavators brings its total Takeuchi fleet to more than 100. The latest purchase adds to the TB108 ‘micro’ machines and 3-tonne TB125 models in the hirer’s fleet, which extends up to the 7.5-tonne TB175.
Eagle has 14 depots located throughout the south west. Director Nigel Cox states that the reasons for buying minis from Takeuchi include their reliability and service backup. “A machine stood awaiting parts for a week is totally unacceptable by today’s standards. We are committed to having good support from our suppliers and Takeuchi have set the standard with an outstanding parts delivery service.”
Eagle’s fleet also includes the TB23R mini with minimum short tail swing. “At just 2.4 tonnes it is a powerful excavator that can be simply driven on a trailer and legally towed, without the need for large delivery vehicles. For our smaller branches where loading lorries is not possible, the machine is ideal.”
Showman’s undercover operation
Tents, portable sanitation equipment, transportation machinery and entertainments will be among the exhibits at this year’s Showman’s Show taking place on 19-20 October at the Newbury Showground, Berkshire.
Recognising a trend towards greater sophistication in tents and marquees, organisers Stephen and Jeremy Lance have teamed up with Amazing Parties Ltd to introduce a bespoke area at the Show, displaying the latest systems and related technology. For details visit www.showmans-directory.co.uk.
Speedy success for Youngman
Speedy Hire has ordered more than 1,000 Adjusta Minit folding work platforms from SGB Youngman. As we reported last month, Speedy recently launched its Safety from the Ground Up initiative to promote safe working at height throughout all sectors of industry.
The Adjusta Minit offers four working heights from 410-1250mm and is designed for fast set-up. There are no separate parts, with the fixed handrail being integral to the platform. The product is 725mm wide and weighs 35kg.
“We have been working closely with SGB Youngman for the last year in the development of this unit,” states Philip Prince, Group Head of Marketing for Speedy Hire. “It is an ideal access product for our customers, being easy to transport, assemble and use, and it incorporates the necessary safety features in light of the Work at Height Regulations.”
Hewden announces new management structure
Hewden has announced several appointments and a new management structure. Brian Sherlock has been promoted to Managing Director, Hewden. Previously, as Operations Director, he oversaw the integration of the Plant and Tool Hire businesses into one entity, designed to offer greater consistency of service to customers. In his new role he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Hewden business.
Martin Hender has been appointed to the newly created role of General Manager, Contract Services and Lifting, responsible for Access, Cranes, Accommodation, Services, Hoists and Power. Mike Penn continues in his position as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Brian Sherlock comments, “This announcement is in line with the ‘One Hewden’ strategy outlined at the end of last year. With a more focused and streamlined approach to the different business units, we are becoming ever closer to our customers’ needs.”
Kubota digs into Scotland
Sales of Kubota mini excavators in Scotland are reported to be booming, with main dealer Young Plant Sales seeing a sharp increase in new and repeat orders from hire companies.
Warnock Plant Hire of East Kilbride, which operates an all-Kubota mini fleet, has bought the first KX41-3S machine delivered north of the border. The company has six other models, ranging from 0.8-2.7 tonnes. Jarvie Plant Ltd has added the first 1.5-tonne KX36-GLA to its fleet of Kubota reduced tail swing and zero tail swing models. The company operates from depots in Grangemouth, Glasgow, Cowdenbeath, Irvine and Edinburgh. A 2.5-tonne KX61-3 has replaced a KX61-2 at Thomson Plant Hire in Killearn, Glasgow, while West Skelston Services of Dumfries has bought three new machines, comprising a 2.8-tonne KX71-3 and two 3.5-tonne KX91-3s. They join a 50-strong Kubota fleet encompassing the size range offered.
LGH appoints new Chairman
LGH Group, which specialises in the hire, sale and service of lifting gear and winches, has announced the retirement of its founder and Executive Chairman, Bill Parkinson and the appointment of his son, Ian Parkinson, as successor.
LGH was established in 1970 and has since grown into an international business operating in the UK, US, Holland and Germany. Ian Parkinson is a long-time employee of LGH, who most recently occupied the position of Operations Director. He says that LGH intends to maximise use of its IT infrastructure in the market, to develop IT solutions to enhance value offered to customers.
In our May issue, LGH headed EHN’s list of companies occupying positions 11-20 in the hire industry league table, with an annual turnover of £23.8m.
A-Plant wins Balfour Beatty contract
A-Plant has secured a five-year sole supplier contract with Balfour Beatty Utilities Ltd, a provider of utility services to the water, wastewater, gas, civil engineering and other industries. The hirer estimates that the contract for non-operated rental equipment is worth over £4m annually.
The agreement involves the hire of a wide range of equipment including mini excavators, dumpers, skid steer loaders, pumps, compaction equipment, generators, traffic management products, accommodation units, tower lights and trenchless technology equipment. The equipment is being supplied from depots throughout England, Scotland and Wales.