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GENSET LAUNCHES MHM PLANT
After a relatively quiet period, judged on his outstanding contribution to the hire industry over 30 years, Josh Llewellyn, joint founder and Chairman of GenSet UK Ltd, the Port Talbot-based importer and distributor of GenSet generators and welder generators, is establishing a new venture trading as MHM Plant Ltd. According to Josh, “in addition to re-branding GenSet UK Ltd, which continues to offer its ranges of new equipment, MHM Plant will specialise in supplying used generators, petrol and diesel welders and TowerLight lighting towers.
“MHM will also buy used GenSet equipment and add this kit to its own portfolio. MHM will in addition offer to buy other equivalent generators and welder models from any manufacturer, as well as TowerLight lighting towers. On any machine we sell, we will give a guaranteed buy-back price, based on the age of that equipment.
We also offer a refurbishment and repair service, and are currently working on a large number of machines, both lighting towers and generators, for two national hirers.
“Furthermore, we will buy any hirers’ used equipment and, having booked our stand at next February’s Executive Hire Show, we hope that hirers will visit our stand with their lists of equipment for us to buy, thus allowing them to re-invest in other new products that are being displayed at the exhibition.
“Our web site has £750,000 worth of ‘live’ stock available at any one time. Typically, this would include 100 TowerLight VT1s and 50 other makes of lighting tower. Our stock is all price-pointed, ranging from lighting towers from under £2,000 to nearly new VT1s at just under £5,000. Over 90% of our stock is in Port Talbot to view now and we also have generators from 200-2000Kva based in Scotland. Our stock list is e-mailed weekly to our customer database, which is continuously expanding.
“Our aim for MHM Plant is to be known as the company that hirers go to get used generators, welders and lighting towers of all shapes, sizes and ages. No other such business exists in the UK, or overseas to the best of our knowledge.” As a secondary activity, MHM Plant will also distribute two new ranges of equipment, comprising TowerLight’s Gladiator range of compact dumpers, as well as Mase generators.
News of the latest GenSet UK Ltd developments is included in our Temporary Power Market Report.
Volvo duo for S & H Plant Hire
Grimsby based S & H Plant Hire has taken delivery of the first two Volvo EC18Cs to be sold in Great Britain. This model is one of four machines ranging between 1.5 and 2 tonne that were launched earlier in the year at Bauma, and is a direct replacement for the EC15B XTV model. Powered by a 16.8hp engine, it has two-speed travel and an extendable undercarriage as standard. The two machines supplied to S & H Plant Hire have been fitted with canopies, although cab versions are also available.
Co-director Andy Hyde commented that “access to all service points is excellent and the design of the hydraulic system, including the top-mounted boom cylinder, is a definite plus to minimise on-site damage.”
TP Hire cycles for charity
Staff from TP Hire cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End last month in an initiative called the TP Life Cycle, to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign and Children’s Hospices UK. “There were six of us from TP Hire in the team,” said Group Hire Director, Richard Dey,
“plus two people from Birchwood Price Tools, along with three backup staff who manned our support bus.
“We all met up at Inverness Airport on Monday 7th, and set off from John O’Groats at 4am the next day. We were grouped in pairs, each one cycling a stage of the route while the others rested or slept in the bus. We reached Land’s End at 4pm on Friday 11th. “All eight of us were in training since March for the event, which was tough and very demanding, but there was a great team spirit amongst us. We should raise more than £35,000 in total.”
Nixon Hire puts security on Track
Newcastle-based Nixon Hire has teamed up with asset tracking specialist, Succorfish, to design an own-branded tracking system, Nixon Track. It uses a satellite network to provide real-time status reports on the location of equipment. Customers can view this information via any computer or internet-enabled mobile phone, and can also see historical route data, machinery speed and usage of equipment on-line.
The tracking devices mounted on the machines are shockproof and waterproof and they incorporate a tamper feature, which activates a battery powered back-up system to send an alert via email or text message. A geo-fencing setting also enables clients to determine boundaries that the equipment is not permitted to travel beyond.
Susan Taylor, Hire Systems Manager at Nixon Hire said, “Customers are increasingly faced with the challenge of monitoring hired equipment to comply with their insurance policies. Rather than employing costly site surveillance, they can now benefit from using our sophisticated tracking system.”
4Hire chooses Wacker Neuson minis
4Hire of Grouville, on the island of Jersey, has taken delivery of ten Wacker Neuson tracked and wheeled excavators ranging in size from 1.5 to 6 tonne. These include both standard and zero tailswing machines, as well as a 2 tonne unit equipped with VDS, the manufacturer’s tilting cab option which enables vertical digging on sloping ground.
Established in 2008, 4Hire has grown rapidly to become the only locally owned major plant hire company on Jersey. It was set up because its sister contracting company was finding it increasingly difficult to find a reliable source of hire machines on the island.
“We have had experience with Wacker Neuson equipment since 2001”, said Director Nigel Blandin, “and if these latest machines live up to our expectations, I plan to eventually switch the entire excavator fleet over to Wacker Neuson products, in line with our policy of working with a limited number of suppliers. We could buy cheaper machines, but I would not have confidence in their ability to cope with the tough digging conditions often found here on Jersey.”
PSE Expo dates
Next year’s PSE Expo, organised by Portable Sanitation Europe, will take place on 23 and 24 February at the Norbreck Castle Conference and Exhibition Centre in Blackpool. It will be first time that the event has been held entirely indoors and under one roof. Various seminars will be held during the Expo, which will be open to both PSE members and non-members.
Midland Power launches new website
This month sees the launch of Midland Power Machinery Distributors’ new website, which incorporates several changes resulting from customer feedback. An enhanced search facility enables customers to find items by either entering a keyword, as well as by manufacturer name or Midland Power part number. Regular on-line promotions will also be announced on the site.
A download centre enables visitors to obtain machinery parts lists, warranty forms and technical bulletins, and there are now no carriage charges for on-line transactions. There is also no minimum order level, with orders below a nett value of £30 incurring a £3.95 administration fee. Visit the site at www.midlandpower.co.uk
HSS unveils apprenticeship scheme
HSS has introduced a technical apprenticeship scheme to offer young people a practical post-school option, as well as training new fitters and technical engineers. Offered at the hirer’s Supercentre locations around the country, students will complete a fully funded three-year Advanced Apprenticeship that includes mentored on-the-job training, as well as residential study sessions, culminating in NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Plant Maintenance.
Head of HR at HSS, Annie Hale, said, “For the past 12 months, we have offered an apprenticeship scheme as part of our Hire Alliance consortium in East London (at the Olympics site). We are now going to run something similar throughout the wider HSS business. Apprentices will benefit from working alongside our experienced team of fitters and they will attend formal study sessions in order to gain a professional qualification. “If successful, we will guarantee them a permanent position with HSS at the end of their apprenticeships,” she commented.
Active opts for JCB
Active Plant Hire, based in Upminster, Essex, has increased its fleet with the addition of four new JCB mini excavators. The order comprised two zero tailswing 3 tonne 8025s, an 8 tonne 8085 zero tailswing model, and a 14 tonne JZ140 reduced tail swing machine.
“More customers have been asking us for machines that are environmentally friendly,” said Active’s Sales Director Mark Scutt. “The main advantage of these excavators is their fuel efficiency, which reduces customers’ operating costs as well as lowering emissions.
“We have recently won a significant new contract because the client was impressed by the low emission levels of the engines. We are also planning to add 5 tonne JCB minis to our fleet in the near future.”