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H.E. Services picks Takeuchi
In a deal worth over £14m, H.E. Services (Plant Hire) Ltd has committed to purchasing 600 Takeuchi machines over the next two years. The units will be delivered to the Strood-based hirer’s depots nationwide, and will also be used at its three Diggerland adventure parks from next year.
The order includes Takeuchi’s TB108, TB016, TB125, TB145 and TB175 mini excavators, weighing 0.8,1.6,3,5 and 7 tonnes. Marking the occasion, the company’s President Mr. Takeuchi and the General Manager of its Sales Department, Mr Makabe, met up with H.E. Services Chairman Hugh Edeleanu at Takeuchi’s southern depot in Thatcham to personally hand over the first machines, with UK Managing Director Geoff Vincent.
Geoff Vincent states “2003 was Takeuchi UK’s most successful year to date, generating record sales of more than 1,600 machines and establishing Takeuchi as one of the top three market leaders. Having our machines at Diggerland will further increase brand awareness.”
Speedys Spring Board for Success
With the planned retirements of the Managing Directors of Speedy Northern and Speedy Space due in July, a number of changes to senior management positions have been announced by Speedy Hire plc. The company believes that these changes strengthen the group and provide a powerful springboard for the continued growth and development of the individual businesses.
Simon Richards will be formally taking the reins of Speedy Northern immediately. Simon has been with Speedy for more than 20 years and his appointment provides continuity as the business moves forward. There will also be changes in Speedy Southern and Western. Barry Gallihawk will return to Speedy Southern as Managing Director. His leaving has created an opening as MD at Speedy Western and this role will be taken by Bill Kellie, previously MD of Speedy Hire Direct. David Graham, who recently joined Speedy from SGB Youngman as Group Sales and Marketing Director, will also have a dual role as MD of Speedy Hire Direct.
Speedy’s specialist businesses will also see a number of changes. Denis Martin will be succeeding Robin Hall at Speedy Space, having previously served at Speedy Hire Direct, Survey and Southern. Mark Whitworth has taken control of Speedy Lifting. Mark has, for the past three years, been MD of Speedy Survey.
HAE plans busy weekend
Hire Association Europe is planning a busy weekend for members at its annual Gala Dinner and Awards of Excellence, taking place this year on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April, at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, situated mid way between Birmingham and Coventry. The highlight of the weekend will be the presentation of the 2004 Hire Awards of Excellence to eleven companies and hirers who have been judged by an independent panel to be the outstanding examples of excellence in their field. The awards will be presented during the black tie Gala Dinner.
As HAE members will be gathered at the hotel, arrangements have also been made to hold the Association’s AGM on Sunday 25 April at 11:00 am. An innovation this year will be meetings of HAE’s divisional advisory groups at the Hotel on the morning of Saturday 24 April.
Cautrac appoints East Anglia dealer
Tobin Plant of Halesworth in Suffolk has been appointed a dealer for the full range of Morooka and Yamaguchi tracked dumpers by UK importer Cautrac of Colchester. Tobin Plant will market the machines, which have payloads ranging from 500kg, across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. This range will complement the range of Hanix excavators already offered by the company. Commenting on the appointment, Simon Tobin says, “We already have considerable experience of tracked dumpers and it gives us excellent potential to further increase business in our region.”
Moving up the PATH
PATH (Plant And Tool Hire) Recruitment Ltd has moved to new premises in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. This will be the company’s third office move in almost three years and these facilities will enable PATH to expand and diversify its business.
Directors Ian Horton and Noel Pluck are excited about the company’s future. According to Ian Horton, “we have over 30 years experience working directly for leading hire organisations, and having worked in the majority of the roles we regularly place permanent staff in, we can easily relate to people’s requirements.
“We reassure all clients and applicants very early on that all enquiries received are treated in a strictly confidential manner, and all identities are protected until a suitable match has been selected. Our web site has a CV template to assist anyone who doesn’t possess a CV and it also advertises a small selection of vacancies.”
DD Hire Services adds more Volvo compacts
Celebrating 30 years in business this year, Steve de Merist, Managing Director of Camberley-based DD Hire Services, has had more Volvo compact excavators delivered into the fleet. The company is a long term purchaser of the former Pel Job product and current Volvo range of excavators, with models in the fleet ranging from 1.3 tonne. In all, DD Hire has 50 compact excavators and, with the addition of two new Volvo 1250 kg EC13s and eleven units replaced in 2003, the combined Pel Job/Volvo fleet now totals 42 machines.
With its head office and plant yard based in Camberley, DD Hire also operates from a second location in Shepperton, Middlesex. The hirer carries out its own maintenance, but appreciates the customer support services provided by Volvo Construction Equipment’s local support centre based at Woking.
GAP’s good vibrations
The HSE reported in 1995 that almost five million people in the UK were exposed to Hand Transmitted Vibration at work in a one-week period. More recently, an estimated 1200 cases of HAV syndrome were reported, with a further 300,000 incidences of Vibration White Finger per year in Britain caused by operating vibrating plant and tools for long periods of time.
In response to this, GAP Group, the UK’s largest independent plant and tool hirer, has produced a Hand Arm Vibration Safety Guide, giving users up-to-date accurate information on vibration levels, maximum usage periods and noise outputs on everything from breakers and drills, to sawing and cutting and compaction equipment. The Guide also informs users of the personal protection equipment that should be used with each appliance, such as ear defenders or gloves. Douglas Anderson, Joint Managing Director and Director of Health & Safety, states, “GAP has always made Health & Safety a top priority. The production of our HAV Safety Guide was just one innovative example of how GAP approaches plant and tool hire and to show that we’re serious when it comes to Health and Safety”.
GAP stresses that its information is to be used as a guide only and to obtain definitive readings, manufacturers must test tools on site on a variety of materials.
Selwood invests in Thwaites compact dumpers
Following another successful year as Thwaites distributor for central southern England, Seiwood has placed further substantial orders for both its sales company and hire fleet. In addition to orders for over 50 Thwaites machines, Selwood has purchased 30 new 1 Tonne Hi-Tip dumpers.
“We have been delighted with Selwood’s decision to increase the size of its hire fleet, especially in the -Hi-Tip dumper category,” said Ian Brown of Thwaites. Jon Sendell, Selwood’s Hire & Sales Director, said “The new Hi-Tip dumper has answered all our needs in this growing sector and our hire customers have been delighted with the dumpers’ performance”.
MCS consummates relationship with Swedish partner
MCS’ Swedish partner, Multinet, has secured and installed four MCS-rm rental solutions in that country. The partnership began in April last year when the Stockholm-based rental software provider was looking for a Windows product to take its business forward.
MCS-rm was chosen over other competitive applications as the successor to Multinet’s Unix-based rental application. “With over 50 established customers and 10 years experience in the rental market,” comments Ulf Aipel, Managing Director for Multinet, “we believe MCS-rm will assist us in becoming ‘The rental solution provider in Scandinavia’.” The new customers range from single to multi depots and encompass a variety of hire services.