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Executive Report : Executive news
PLANTOOL DRIVES AHEAD WITH GORDONS FORD
Plantool, which operates six depots across the south Midlands, has purchased four long-wheelbase Ford Transit vehicles from Gordons Ford following the company’s visit to the Bolton-based dealer’s stand at this year’s Executive Hire Show back in February. The key feature of the vehicle is a custom-built body built by PPS Commercials Ltd. A purpose designed securing device with integral winding gear is incorporated for over-cab loads such as scaffold boards, ladders and stagings, and multi-point ratchet securing points are fitted to the bulkhead. The trucks are also each fitted with a 500mm column tail lift, supplied by DEL Equipment (UK) Ltd, and have built-in safety gates for safer loading and unloading.
According to Plantool’s Operations Manager Ben Jones, “we liked the idea of the ladder tie-down racks when we saw them at the Show. Because this equipment is secured by a steel wire system, there is no need for other wires and straps. This will ensure a safer means of transport. No-one else offers this feature. The body also has multiple ratchet straps to enable us to strap gas bottles onto the vehicle. We have now made a major investment in the transport fleet and these vehicles will operate from our Warwick, Nuneaton, Kettering and Lutterworth depots, replacing existing vehicles. We also plan to buy another vehicle next year as we continue to update our fleet.”
Belle builds Baromix
In an unsurprising move following its acquisition of Belle Group in the spring, French-based Alltrad has announced that it has transferred production of the Baromix mixer range from Alcester to Belle’s manufacturing facility in Sheen, with the obvious intention to retain both mixer ranges in its product portfolio.
According to Belle MD Ray Neilson, “this move enables us to add greater value to the Baromix product range because, with our existing facilities, we can now laser-cut parts in Sheen, rather than transferring these components from mainland Europe. Other quality improvements have also been introduced. On the Baromix Commodore range, for example, we are now offering electric-powered units and these are readily available. All Baromix spare parts are also now available on the Belle web site. In addition, we are carrying out market research on Altrad’s ranges of scaffolding, aluminium towers and wheelbarrows, with a UK and Ireland launch scheduled for later in the year.”
In the pink with Eazzi-Lift
An eye-catching feature on the adjacent Eazzi-Lift and R2 Access stands at the recent Vertikal Days exhibition in Haydock was an Eazzi-Lift push-around scissor lift finished in bright pink. The companies donated it as the principal lot in a charity auction held during the Show, raising money for the Lighthouse Club and Women for Women charities.
Dave Williams of Platform Hire made the winning bid of £2,800. However, just after the auctioneer’s hammer fell, Tony Crawford of Mr Plant received authorisation to bid £3,000. Eazzi-Lift and R2 Access, which distributes the manufacturer’s machines in the UK, quickly agreed to sell a second unit.
At the Show, R2 Access generated substantial interest in its new HB-1030CE Hy-Brid lift, a battery operated compact scissor lift that weighs only 600kg, making it suitable for use on both carpeted areas and limited capacity mezzanine floors. Pyrascaf of Ireland promoted a patented mobile access tower system that is erected from the ground without the user having to climb up during assembly, and which has integral fall protection. Amongst several software suppliers at the event, MCS highlighted its MCS-rm Windows-based system, and Higher Concept ran a series of seminars on its Syrinx program.
SEDDONS MACHINES FOUND IN POLAND
Following a long search after three Volvo mini excavators were stolen from the Stoke depot of dealer Seddons (Plant & Engineers), two of them have been returned in perfect condition from Poland. British Police had been working with Polish counterparts through Interpol, when a breakthrough led to machines being traced to the town of Kartuzy, in the north west of the country.
The two Volvo EC25s and an EC15 were stolen last September during Stoke City’s home match against Chelsea. Kevin Taylor, Seddons’ Plant Sales Manager, commented, “The two machines are worth approximately £37,000.
They are incredibly well travelled now, having been manufactured in Belley, France, by Volvo Compact Equipment and sold in the UK before their unauthorised trip to Poland. The police have done an excellent job in finding them.” Seddons reports that it has now substantially tightened up security at the depot - and not just during Stoke City home matches.
Terratruck meets mini demand
Leicester-based Terratruck has recently taken delivery of three additional Bobcat 319 1.5-tonne mini excavators for its hire fleet. Sales Director Steve Heanaghan says the company made the £30,000 investment “in response to demand for the machines generated by our own sales team and via targeted advertising to reach companies that are still working and using equipment. “Whilst the industry is as quiet as possibly any of us has ever known, there are still opportunities out there. We just have to find them. The new minis will be spread across our three depots in Leicester, Loughborough and Hucknall.”
CBL adds TowerLight VT1 units
Following its re-branded image unveiled at SED, Italian lighting tower manufacturer, Tower Light, has supplied four of its popular VT1 9m vertical mast lighting towers to CBL Hire’s Portbury, Bristol depot. John Elliott, CBL’s Regional Manager for the south west of England, comments, “These machines have been bought specially for a new customer, a roadwork contractor working in the area. The client specified the VT1 because the lighting unit had to have a hydraulic mast, and, having evaluated the product, we were impressed by the quality of the machine and the back-up service provided by TowerLight.”
Diamond Hire adds compact crusher
Concrete drilling and demolition equipment specialist, Diamond Hire & Sales of Farnborough, has just taken delivery of a new Hi-C40 mini crusher from Taylor Construction Plant. The tracked machine weighs just 920kg and with a width of only 700mm can fit through standard doorways. It has a 1150mm loading height and a 400mm x 400mm inlet, and its 60-tonne crushing force produces material ranging in size from 20-70mm.
The machine has already been used by several building contractors keen to recycle concrete waste and to use the crushed arisings elsewhere on sites. “For many of our clients it's a win-win machine,” said Tom Holmes, Diamond Hire's Sales Manager. “Its compact size allows crushing to be viable and profitable on small sites, with the price of hiring the machine easily outweighed by the savings it can achieve.”
New PASMA Chairman appointed
PASMA members from all over the UK and Ireland attended the tower association's 2009 AGM held in Birmingham last month. At the meeting, Roger Verallo of Euro Towers was appointed Chairman of the Association for the next two years. He takes over from Paul Gallacher.
Briggs & Stratton enhances field back-up
Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power is now providing the hire industry with nationwide service and support for its engines through Escam Services of Bolton. The arrangement means that hirers have a single contact point for rapid back-up in the field.
Barry Goodchild, Sales Manager for Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power UK, says that Escam’s trained personnel have direct hire industry experience, many having worked for organisations such as A-Plant, Brandon, HSS and Speedy. Staff members recently received hands-on product training at the engine manufacturer’s European Engine Application Centre in Viernheim, Germany.
Tool-Time Trusts good service
Trust Diamond Products’ commitment to service recently helped Tool-Time of Bishop Auckland win an important hire order. Its customer urgently wanted a bench saw fitted with a 400mm blade, rather than the standard 450mm diameter. Tool-Time contacted Trust Director Steve Ritchie asking his advice regarding an optimum solution. He recommended an appropriate laser-welded premium asphalt blade and arranged for delivery to the company within one hour.
Jeff Hind, Director of Tool-Time, says, “We receive a superb service from Trust. To date, we have purchased a wide range of blades, dry cores and wet cores from the company, most of which have arrived on the day the order was placed. They have met all of our sales and hire fleet requirements, and our customers have placed repeat orders.”