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Executive Hire News › Archives › February/March 2004 › Executive Report: Executive news

Executive Report: Executive news

EHN: The Focus of the Hire Industry

At the Hire Show, EHN had a stand at the centre of the exhibition hall at London’s ExCel centre. As well as acting as The Voice of the Hire Industry, at the Show we were a focal point for the industry, with executives from leading independents and national organisations calling in to see us. Typical were key personnel from the industry’s top two hirers, as featured in last month’s Top Ten hirers article, namely, Paul Nolan and Lister Fielding, respectively Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of HSS, and John Brown, Chief Executive of Speedy.

Seddons expands mixer range

Honda engine and power equipment distributors, Seddons (Plant & Engineers) Ltd, has introduced the Honda petrol-engined Winget 100T HSP concrete mixer into its range. The machine has an output capacity of 100 litres per batch. Seddons, which recently launched a new high-tip powered dumper in association with Winget and Honda, claims the mixer is competitively priced. Marketing Director Phil Winnington contends that ‘the petrol powered model will be of significant benefit to plant and tool hirers, where hire rates remain competitive, alongside our existing Lister-Petter hand start and Yanmar-powered electric start diesel Winget models.

GAPs generosity helps charity

GAP Group recently took delivery of its 1,000th excavator with the purchase of a new Kubota KX008-3 micro machine. This is one of 800 Kubota units purchased by the Glasgow-based hirer within the last three years. To celebrate the occasion, Douglas and lain Anderson, Joint Managing Directors of GAP, donated the digger to the Lighthouse Club. The unit was auctioned at the Club’s luncheon at London’s Cafe Royal and the successful bidder, with £8,750, was the McGee Group, based in Wembley.

Takeuchi's Hire Show success

On the opening day of the Hire Show, Takeuchi won an order for 50 mini excavators from Alpha Rentals of Bedfordshire. Alpha’s MD Howdy Binning states “We are very impressed by the machines and this order marks our first purchase of Takeuchi excavators.” The initial delivery will be of 12 7tonne TB175 models and eight 5tonne TB5 units, with a mixture of other machines being supplied over the coming months. “This order confirms how correct our decision to come to the Hire Show was,” contends Takeuchi Mfg UK’s MD Geoff Vincent. Takeuchi's mini excavator range starts with the 825kg TB108 and goes up the 8tonne TB80FR with zero tail swing. In another development, the company’s dealer for south and west Wales, Min-ex, has moved to larger premises in Cwmbran, on the Avondale Industrial Estate.

Diplomatic solution from Systems Axis

Axis Diplomat Hire software from Systems Axis integrates with the company’s flagship product, Axis Diplomat 2000 and is designed to maximise IT resources, not only across different business departments, but also across different operations such as hire, sales and maintenance. One user is Gem Tool Hire and Sales, which offers over 8,000 stock items for hire or sale from three depots in the central Midlands, and which has a further 20,000 product lines available for purchase. In 2001, Gem found its IT system was inadequate. The back office was computerised and ran Diplomat 2000 for accounts and a limited version of the Diplomat Hire management package, but the front desk used a manual system. Gem’s Richard Collier states that “We wanted a pricing structure that operated at a product group level, rather than the more usual product level. The hire management package already allows for different pricing structures, individual customer’s pricing and the like, but by using product groups, a change in the price of one item can be propagated across the whole group in one action.’

Multi makes two disposals

After some weeks of speculation, it has been announced that Multi Group has sold its two remaining software businesses to Touchstone plc for £725,000 cash. In the year ended 31 December 2002, the two companies made an aggregate loss before tax of £2.39m and, at that date, had aggregate net liabilities of £2.39m. Multi has also sold Multi Event Hire to Place Settings London Ltd. for £255,000 cash. The disposals will strengthen the Group’s balance sheet and leave it focused on tool hire although comments made recently by Multi’s Executive Chairman Oliver Cooke may indicate that the company is looking to acquire businesses outside its traditional sphere of operations.

Beaver wins Belle prize

The first winner of Belle Group’s monthly prize draw, which took place at the Hire Show, was John Baggot, General Manager of Beaver Tool Hire’s Chichester branch. The monthly draw for 40 bottles of beer forms part of Belle’s 40 Years of Mixers’ promotion, commemorating the launch of its Minimix machine.

MD buys PAC from IPAF

Powered Access Certification Ltd (PAC), the specialist EC Notified Body for powered access and related equipment, has been bought from IPAF by Paul Adorian. Previously MD of both companies, he states that retirement from the IPAF post on 31 December has left him free to focus on a new phase of the development of PAC, where he retains the same position. Mr Adorian says that close links will be maintained with IPAF, for which PAC will continue to provide technical consultancy and representation on EC and other technical committees. Its technical officers will assess those attending the Competent Assessed Persons (CAP) scheme, but now on behalf of IPAF. The scheme, established by PAC for those involved in the examination and inspection of powered access equipment, which is required under LOLER, will be run by IPAF It plans to add to its expanding range of courses covering the safe and productive operation and maintenance of all types of powered access equipment.

SPS on track for Yanmar car

Southern Plant Spares (SPS) reports success with a new heavy-duty rubber track for Yanmar C20R, C25R and C30R tracked carriers. The Luton-based company says that its OEM supplier, Taeryuk, has specially developed a track that is of the exact size, and which features a deep tread pattern. SPS is the sole supplier of the product. It says that Taeryuk tracks are supplied to manufacturers such as Atlas, Hyundai and Schaeff. SPS reports only one problem, namely keeping enough stock to meet rapidly increasing demand.

Imer winner gets set for Italy

The winner of a prize draw held on the Imer Direct (GB) stand at the Hire Show is Paul Punnett, founder of The Hire Shed, based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He wins a holiday in Tuscany, which will include a visit to the Imer Group facility in Rapolano Terme, situated between Florence and Sienna. The Hire Shed was established five years ago and offers equipment ranging from tools such as drills and breakers, up to construction equipment like mixers and 1.5tonne mini diggers.

Safeforce champions airbag safety

Safeforce, the safety equipment arm of Hire Station, has introduced a ‘soft fall arrest’ system designed for safety when working at height. The system comprises interlinked modular air mattresses. These modules are connected by push fittings and are inflated by an electric or petrol driven fan. As the individual airbags fill with low-pressure air, they expand and form a continuous protective surface. The system provides a cushioned soft fall arrest from heights of up to 7m, says Safeforce. The company says that experts in construction management are increasingly advocating the use of such systems as a ‘fit for purpose’ complement to traditional equipment such as harnesses and fall arrest kits. Safeforce says that, in tests, when an 85kg mass was dropped from 16m, no apparent damage was sustained by the airbags.

 

     
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