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Executive Hire News › Archives › November 2004 › Executive Report: Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news

Arc-Gen fuses Hember deal

Arc-Gen has closed a deal worth more than £200,000 with specialist welding hire company Hember Plant for 20 Weldmaker 300avc units and 10 Weldmaker 200SSD super silent welder/generators. In January 2003, Arc-Gen was appointed as Hember’s prime supplier and it has since supplied over 120 welder/generators to the company, worth over £850,000.
Steven Hember, MD of Hember Plant, comments, “We have just secured a lucrative contract requiring a substantial quantity of this type of machine.” Andy Munford, Arc-Gen’s Sales Director, states, "Generally, our sales have rocketed over recent months, reflecting the confidence in the market.”
The diesel engine on the Weldmaker 300avc is controlled by a microcomputer for stepless control. It automatically limits engine speed according to the load, reducing to almost idling speed under low load conditions, and reducing fuel consumption.

Will you win the Hire Network Award 2005?

The winner of The Hire Network Award 2005, which recognises excellence in a hire depot environment, will be announced on the second day of The Hire Show at London’s ExCel on 27 January. The initiative is being run in conjunction with EHN.
“Our Award looks at the ‘micro’ level and rewards the high performing hire outlet, irrespective of size or ownership,” states Hire Network MD Barry Dean. “The way we work gives us a unique insight into who performs and who does not,” adds Sales Director Trevor Tinker. “Every day, we place orders with independent and national hirers across the country. Generally, the service from independents is better, but there are notable exceptions.”
The inaugural 2004 Award was won by Premier Hire of Swansea, which was profiled in our June issue. The Hire Network nominates its depot of the month during October, November and December, giving a shortlist of three. A panel made up of management from EHN and The Hire Network will make the final decision.

M & R Hire Centres acquires seventh depot

Blackpool-based independent M & R Hire Centres has acquired The Hire Centre in Kay Street, Bury, bringing its total number of outlets to seven. When we profiled M & R in our July issue, Managing Director Mark Raftery stated his intention to open an average of two new depots a year. “We learnt that the business was up for sale after replying to a classified advertisement in a recent EHN. Bury makes a perfect fit for us, filling a gap in the middle of our current network. As there is no other independent hirer in the town, we see great potential.” As well as Blackpool, M & R has outlets in St Anne’s, Leyland, Manchester, York and Beverley. Approximately £40,000 is being spent on additional equipment for the Bury fleet, including Interlink access towers.

HAE announces Members meetings

Following a successful first event in the Midlands in September, HAE is organising more meetings around the country. The next is being held from 4-8pm on 7 December at the Holiday Inn, Haydock. Topics will include Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and HSE enforcement policies. For details, contact HAE on 0121 380 4601.
HAE also announces that its web site (www.hae.org.uk) has been re-designed. Members now have access to fact sheets and technical documents, and members of the public can find local hire companies using a new search engine. MD Kevin Minton states, “We can use the site to update documents that change regularly. A good example is the database of HAV levels. When we receive new data from manufacturers, it can be available for Members to download the same day. The database now has over 1,100 items of equipment listed”.

"An unbelievable success"

This year’s Jay Shepherd Memorial Golf Day was “an unbelievable success” according to Mark Richards, co-organiser, along with Gary Cooper, of the annual event. “At the end of the night, when we worked out that we were extremely close to raising £10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, it felt really special. Raising any money for charity is a worthwhile event, but to achieve it with the help and support of a group of people so closely associated with the hire industry is tremendous. Other people got caught up in the moment and the end result is a fantastic cheque winging its way to Marie Curie.”
The individual winner of the golf tournament was S. Whittingham from Toolpak plc. Mark Richards, Gary Cooper and Gary McWilliam would like to thank everyone who was involved, especially to Gary Gillespie Event Management for hosting the event.

Snakes alive in Guangzhou

It’s proving hard to keep Mark Richards and Gary McWilliam, two of the Directors of The Hire Supply Company, out of the news at the moment. Our photographer found them selecting their evening meal and, generally, enjoying themselves after a hard day’s work walking around the massive Canton Fair in southern China. The exhibition is said to have a gross floor space of 540,000m2 and features over 27,000 international stands.
According to Gary McWilliam, “it is great to find that certain product that no one else offers, but then you have arrange the letter of credit, buy in container loads, pay up front, wait eight to twelve weeks, CE certificate the products and, then, hopefully, it arrives intact.”

Totally Tools progresses

With no Cologne Hardware Fair taking place in 2005, the Totally Tools and DIY & Garden Trade Show in January has so far signed up over fifty tool companies to appear at the event. Power tool signings to date include Black & Decker, Draper, Fein Industrial Power Tools, Rapesco and Ryobi, plus a fair number of hand tool exhibitors.
“All eyes are on London in January” says organiser Christopher Leonard-Morgan. “The timing couldn’t be better. The tool trade wants to see this event succeed, and is really getting behind it.” The event takes place at Earls Court 2 from Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 January, a week before the Hire Show opens for business at ExCel on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 January.

SPE gets a grip

With increasing health and safety concerns throughout the construction industry relating to long term heath risks and imminent legislation on hand arm vibration, SPE International Ltd has taken the decision to fit new hand grips to its range of surface preparation equipment. The new hand grips are manufactured from a flexible non-slip, closed cell foam rubber, which SPE says will greatly reduce hand fatigue when vibration is a factor. This new product is also available for fitting on most hand-operated equipment, providing additional comfort for the operator.

Swans winter wares

Swan Services says it is gearing up for winter by offering a wide range of machinery for hire to cover the needs of the season. This includes chippers, shredders or bulk reduction equipment to remove hedgecuttings, bedding plants, branches, grass, green household waste and wood from tree trunks, door frames and furniture. Swan can offer all sizes of chippers and shredders, tracked and trailed, including adjustable width tracked chippers for optimum safety on sloped areas. In response to seasonal demand, the fleet at Swan has recently been joined by the new Gandini Biomatic shredder.
Swan also sees winter as “potentially the ideal time to embark on pitch renovation programmes”, and is able to provide a range of specialist machinery, or develop a bespoke package of turfcare equipment to cover this busy season.

PTL provides comfort

Portable Toilets Ltd (PTL) supplied over 180 of its Synergy Hi-Tech portable toilets to service the public and press attending the summer opening of the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. A much-appreciated addition for the Opening Day supplied by PTL was the provision of several high performance Worldcare restrooms for disabled and wheelchair access.
The Synergy Hi-Tech is the standard restroom hired from PTL by event organisers nationwide to service large events and specialist functions. The unit includes many integral features such as 14 air vents, convection cooling, self-contained flush kit, hand-sanitising facilities and mirrors. It is said to be well-designed, ergonomically efficient and user-friendly.

Further Tool Hire Shops

As part of continual expansion plans, A-Plant Tool Hire Shops has opened two new branches in Croydon and Harlow. The Croydon branch occupies a High Street location, whilst the Harlow outlet has an industrial location. Both branches are offering the full range of equipment available from Tool Hire Shops, from access and support equipment, floorcare equipment and micro-machines to air tools, saws and mini tower lights.
The opening of the Croydon and Harlow branches takes A-Plant Tool Hire Shops’ network to 69 locations across England, Scotland and Wales. The company is also opening a further branch in Irvine at the end of October and an additional branch in Glasgow in November, as part of plans to ensure increased penetration into Scotland.

GenSet shows off power ranges

GenSet plc used its presence on the Speedy Power stand at last month’s Showman’s Show to highlight its position as a leading supplier of power generation equipment in the range from 2-500kVA. Key Account Manager, John Parker, states “we are particularly successful with the sale of 30-150kVA generators to the hire market with our ‘super silent’ Hireman range. These units feature integral bunded fuel tanks with the ability to operate unattended for up to 50 hours, as well as the widely used ‘MultiSocket’ set mounted distribution system. We also offer the ‘ultra-quiet’ USP range in the same power output range as the Hireman units. The low noise level of 58dBA is the key to the USP range, which also feature an automatic mains failure facility.”
With the PoWAccom range from 2-30kVA proving popular in powering a number of site welfare accommodation units, as well as anti-vandal and secure units, John Parker states, “these super silent, compact and lightweight units are self-contained and have been designed for ease of installation and maintenance. You can run the generator with the container fully locked and all doors can be closed during site operation and use. This range is available in petrol, diesel and gas powered options.”
Another recent GenSet initiative, in partnership with Speedy Power, is the PowerCell, an anti-vandal generator, site security unit. “The unit is suitable for use in high risk areas, prone to vandalism and theft, where the site may be isolated or unmanned for long periods. The outer reinforced steel shell incorporates a high security locking system, with an internal acoustic enclosure and bunded fuel tank. The unit can be quickly fitted with a range of GenSet generators from 20-150kVA. Other interesting options like lighting mast attachments are also available.
“Whilst we have 10% market share in the power range from 2-150kVA, GenSet is much more than just a supplier. We are always working with our hire customers to add value through our constant product innovation. Most units are available from stock and we are fully aware of the latest market drivers like environmental issues, security, Health and Safety, reduced life time costs and the fact that high quality is always a pre-requisite.”

 

     
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