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Executive Report : Executive news
Proplant scores Ammann century
Cardiff-based hirer Proplant has just added the 100th unit to its fleet of mini excavators, all of which are now Ammann Yanmar machines. Proplant Director Paul Rowsell (seated) clinched the deal at last month’s SED exhibition with Ammann Equipment Ltd Managing Director Robert Brown. “We have had some other makes in the past, but we now have an all-Ammann fleet representing all the major sizes from 0.85-7.8 tonnes,” states Paul Rowsell, who founded the business three years ago with fellow Director Glyn Charles to specialise in compact plant and equipment.
“Demand for minis remains very high in our region, owing to the on-going housing boom in areas like Cardiff Bay and the infrastructure associated with it. In addition, many smaller towns are building ring roads and traffic relief schemes.” Other Ammann equipment in the fleet includes forward and reverse compaction plates and Rammax rollers. Mini dumpers and telehandlers are also offered by Proplant, which has two other branches in Swansea and Bristol. It operates two dedicated divisions concentrating on plant hire and survey & safety equipment respectively.
Arc-Gen equipment stolen at SED
Arc-Gen informs us that it had items of equipment stolen from its stand at SED during the breakdown period. The units include three Weldmaker 200SSD super silent welder/generators, fitted on wheelbarrow type trolleys, with the following serial numbers: AG200225/5480553, AG200220/5480548 and AG200227/5480555. Their respective engine numbers are 3C1968, 3C1959 and 3C1963. Also stolen was a Kubota GL6500S 6.5kW super silent generator fitted on a wheelbarrow type trolley, serial number 774083. Anyone with information should contact Arc-Gen on 01902 790824.
Saltex to host Landscaping contest
Hire Center and power tools manufacturer Makita are among the organisations sponsoring a landscaping contest at this year’s Saltex, the annual event for the open space management industry, being held on 7-9 September at Windsor Racecourse.
The Show is staging the national finals of the UK Landscape Skills Competition. Three two-person teams will complete a 5m by 6m landscape project during the event, which is organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship. The winners will then represent the UK in the WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki next May. More than 90% of stand space is already booked for this year’s Saltex, which is aimed at everyone involved in open space management, from groundsmen and greenkeepers through to leisure managers and hirers.
Glasgow emergency teams draw on HSS
Hire industry personnel were among the first on the scene joining emergency crews working to trace survivors of a massive explosion, which ripped through a Glasgow plastics factory last month.
HSS Safe & Sure rang emergency workers to offer use of specialist cutting equipment and infrared cameras as soon as news of the incident broke. They responded by sending police outriders to accompany the HSS van bearing equipment and HSS Area Sales Manager for Scotland, Roddy Kerr, to the scene. He then stayed on-site for 36 hours, ensuring replacement blades and other essential items were delivered to crews working round the clock.
“I have never seen such devastation,” he said. “It was as if there had been an earthquake. The emergency crews were using HSS chainsaws within minutes of my arrival to cut through the rubble and debris and I was told that the equipment helped to save two people who had been trapped.”
The blast at Stockline Plastics in the Maryhill area of Glasgow reduced the four-storey factory to rubble, killing nine workers and injuring many more.
Devon hirer takes first Bobcat minis
Teignmouth-based H.S. Hire & Sales has purchased the first two of a new series of Bobcat mini excavators in the UK. The company serves most of Devon, from Exeter in the east through Teignmouth and down to Southams in the west. It has purchased minis for ten years and has opted for the Bobcat brand for the last eight.
The 322 has an expandable undercarriage that can be hydraulically retracted or expanded, allowing access to confined spaces and increased functionality in digging applications. When retracted, the machine measures 980mm wide and, once in place, the undercarriage can be expanded to 1360mm. “The 322 minis provide the perfect complement to the small tools and equipment we offer at H.S.,” states Managing Director Peter Cockram.
On target with Imer
During SED, Imer Direct held a golf driving tournament on a simulator adjacent to its stand. The contest to find who could land closest to the pin was won by David Dunbar of HPI in Wiltshire, who finished 4ft from the target. He wins a 32-piece set of Peter Alliss golf clubs. In joint second place, within 6ft of the pin, were Stewart Walsh of Hyva Hydraulics in Gloucestershire, and D Edwards of Edwards Plant, Bedfordshire, who both win a 15-piece set.
Hire Supply Company keeps moving forward
Following on from last month’s news item on the Hire Supply Company’s celebrations after winning the Hire Industry Supplier of the Year at HAEs Awards of Excellence, the business continues to move forward with a new range of 11 sack trucks. With lifting capacities from 80-360kg, the range includes a three-wheeled stair climber and a cabinet and vending machine mover, together with high-backed, compact and extended toe-plate models. Operations Director Kevin Lever states that this represents the third product launch from the company in as many months.
Pegasus MD to climb Everest
As you can read in our Sawing & Cutting Market Report, Pegasus Diamond Products has just launched its Everest blade for cutting both medium and hard materials. In addition, Pegasus Group MD, Alan Wells, is raisng money for Arthritis Research, and appropriately enough is to undertake a sponsored ascent of Mount Everest. He is currently following a rigid programme of running, rowing sit-ups and pull-ups in preparation. Alan Wells asks all Pegasus’ hire customers, suppliers and others in the industry to send donations, made payable to Arthritis Research, to the company at Unit 2, Cardigan Close, Tonteg, Pontypridd CF38 1LD. In addition, Pegasus will donate £5 for every Everest blade purchased before September. The overall goal is to raise £10,000 for the charity.