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Executive Report : Executive news
SUPPLY UK BUYS TRANSIT FLEET
Supply UK Hire Shops has ordered 40 Transit vehicles from Bolton-based Gordons Ford, specially adapted for hire industry use. Commercial Director Jim Field, pictured in the foreground with Gordons’ Business Centre Manager Paul Turner, was able to see the first vehicle of the initial batch at the Executive Hire Show, displayed prominently outside the south entrance of the Ricoh Arena venue.
“The Transits will be delivered between now and the end of May, replacing Mercedes Sprinter vehicles in our fleet. They have fuel-efficient direct injection engines giving better fuel economy, and our drivers prefer the layout of the Transit’s cab. The PPS Commercials tail lift fitted to the vehicle is also excellent, and it has been customised for us with parking sensors and revising beacons that are de-mountable. We are also planning to replace 20 other Sprinters in our vehicle fleet with Transits in the near future.
“At the Show we also concluded a deal with Dri-Eaz for a significant quantity of its new BD1000 building dryer. Overall there was a great sense of energy about the exhibition, with hirers doing deals, placing orders and showing optimism about the year ahead.”
Speedy launches site service
Speedy has launched Site Solution, a consultancy-led service designed to help clients map out and supply essential communications, accommodation and security requirements before a construction project begins. Once planned, facilities such as a landline telephone and broadband access can be provided within 14 days. The service can also supply CCTV monitoring and site access control systems.
Other news from the hirer is that Speedy Power has bought 32 hire-specification generators from SDMO Energy, with outputs ranging from 80-500kVA. Each unit has a 3-way fuel valve for an external tank with a heavy duty air filtration system for use in harsh environments, such as demolition sites and quarries.
Hire Network success for Rapid Hire Services
Rapid Hire Services of Hayes, Middlesex, has won the Hire Network Award. “The Award, presented during the Executive Hire Show, highlights good independents and is based on our own experience when placing business with our members, taking account of their efficiency, reliability and overall service levels,” said Hire Network Director, Trevor Tinke.
The runners up in the Award were Instant Hire of Southampton and Toga Hire Centres’ Bow depot.
Hirers place significant JCB orders
JCB has secured a deal worth almost £14m to supply a fleet of 350 machines to Kent-based H.E. Services Group, including 8018, 8030 and 8065 mini excavators, 520-40, 535-95, 535-125 and 540-170 Loadall telescopic handlers, 3CX backhoe loaders, tracked excavators and skid steer loaders.
JCB Chief Executive Alan Blake commented, “This year has certainly got off to a flying start; our order books are in their healthiest position for four years and at this stage the outlook for the rest of 2011 is extremely promising.”
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Bison reaches century with Kubota
Bison Plant Hire of Cirencester has just taken delivery of nine new Kubota mini excavators, having bought them from BTE Plant Sales while visiting the Executive Hire Show. “The order comprised two U17-3 1.7 tonne models, three 3.1 tonne U30-3s and four 5.8 tonne KX57-4s, taking the total number of excavators in our fleet to 100,” said Manager Guy Tomblin.
Bella starts with Niftylift
Bella Access, a new hire business based in Stone, Staffordshire, has bought a mixed fleet comprising Niftylift Height Rider 12 Narrow (HR12N) and Height Rider 15 Narrow (HR15N) booms, as well as Skyjack machines.
The Niftylift machines were chosen for their compact dimensions, reach and versatile power options. At only 1.5m wide, both the HR12N and HR15N are suitable for working in confined spaces such as storage warehouse aisles, and Bi-Energy power combining diesel and electric sources allow them to be used for work inside or out quietly, and with zero emissions if necessary.
Bella Access is a joint venture between Chairman, Gary Smith, who used to own Kimberly Access, and MD Jason Dalmas. “I ran Niftylifts with Kimberly Access and always found them to be reliable and very popular with our customers, so when we decided to set up Bella Access we knew we had to have them in our fleet,” said Gary Smith.
A SPECIAL MENTION
In this Executive Hire Show Review issue, a special mention must go to the Manchester office of Dronco Abrasives UK Ltd for its ‘Show Stopper’ promotional leaflet.
Having not exhibited at the last two Shows, it obviously recognised the value of the Show by choosing the week the Show was held to make an offer to its customers, with the line ‘No Hire Show for us means big savings for you’.
We would thank both Dronco for its support of the Show and the hirers that forwarded its leaflet to us informing us of the supplier’s contribution.
GenQuip meets challenging requirements
Welfare unit manufacturer, GenQuip, has increased production of LPG powered cabins due to rising demand from contractors operating in remote areas, such as forestry and agricultural workers.
“One of our clients, who undertook contracts in remote woodland environments, was finding it difficult to transport diesel fuel in
these areas,” said Business Development Manager, Peter Beach.
“They raised fears that leakage or spillage of diesel fuel could harm the environment in these locations. We also discovered that some water treatment plants were considering a complete ban on diesel engine generators.”
The version of GenQuip’s welfare cabin powered by a generator with an engine fuelled entirely from LPG, is designed to provide several benefits, including lower running costs, easier refuelling and quieter operation with reduced emissions. The manufacturer has also developed an all-terrain welfare unit, incorporating a raised chassis, off-road tyres and built-in steps for safer access.
Sumner success for M+S Hire Power
Paul and Jaime Munkenbeck from M+S Hire Power of Twickenham struck it lucky at the Executive Hire Show, winning a Sumner 2412 lift in a prize draw held at the end of the exhibition.
Rupert Organ, European Sales Manager with Sumner Manufacturing UK, reported an excellent Show in terms of quality visitors and enquiries.
• Other winners at the Show included Phil Cross of DEH Equipment Hire Centre of Stoke, who won the Innovation Zone prize draw. He has already put his £500 cheque towards a Teletower from Zarges (UK), which was the winning Zone product.
And a cheque for £250 is on its way to Simon Jones of Daventry-based Plantool, whose Show questionnaire was drawn from those sent by hirers.