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Euro Towers hits new heights
Popular hire industry supplier, Euro Towers, has secured more than £1m in orders from customers in France and Singapore for its aluminium towers and low level access products. This follows a concerted attempt to develop export markets, and an increase in business generally has enabled the manufacturer to re-employ staff who were laid off during the recession.
Sue Verallo, joint owner with husband Roger, who is also Chairman of PASMA, said: “We had to make 36 staff redundant in 2008, and our profits were down. However, an advisor from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) came to see us and, with their support, we were able to translate our websites and brochures into several languages, which has really helped us when participating in exhibitions overseas.
“UKTI also put us in touch with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which has given us invaluable support in terms of grants for new machinery. This enabled us to have training on one of the latest 3D computer aided design systems.”
Having already achieved these export orders, Euro Towers is now looking to develop sales in Italy. “We still have to work extremely hard,” said Sue Verallo. “Costs of raw materials have gone up, but we cannot pass this onto customers, so we have had to really look at the company, cut back on any overheads to see where we can save money, and maximise our efficiency.”
Laois Hire wins major contract
Laois Hire has secured a sole supplier agreement with KN Network Services, Ireland, an infrastructure services specialist, whereby the hirer will provide it with its tool, plant and equipment needs.
KN Network Services undertakes rail, telecommunications, highways, energy and civil engineering projects throughout Ireland, and requires an extensive range of machinery. Laois Hire MD Michael Killeen, said ‘We believe firmly in helping our customers to save time and money and this new collaborative partnership will do just that,
by promoting price transparency and operational efficiency. Dealing with one hire company can have significant benefits for our customers such as driving competitive and consistent rates, and reducing the environmental impact of multiple deliveries to sites.”
Avant lightens the load
Following three years of using an Avant 200 Series mini loader in its storage facility, Hampshire-based toilet hirer, Loos for Do’s, has now taken delivery of a more powerful and articulated
Owned and run by husband and wife team Edward and Nicky Warner, the company has achieved 25% year-on-year growth since being established in 2002. They originally chose an Avant because it avoided the need to obtain fork lift driver licences for the workforce, but it soon proved to be a cost-effective method of loading toilets in the yard.
“With its articulated chassis and telescopic arm, we are now able to load our delivery vehicles from just one side, which speeds up the whole process,” said Edward Warner. “The extra weight and power of our new 520 model also enables us to handle larger, disabled toilets, as well as to tow our 3 tonne trailer units.”
Rocket Rentals meets zero carbon challenge
Rocket Rentals of Dursley, Gloucestershire, has supplied specially adapted Thwaites dumpers to contractors working on a ‘zero carbon’ construction project near Bristol, described as the first of its kind in the UK. The Hanham Hall scheme includes restoring a Grade II listed former hospital, creating a commercial centre, and building 195 new homes.
On-site plant has to comply with the highest level of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Rocket Rentals Director, Simon Tomblin, said: “Thwaites dumpers are already very fuel efficient, using a low emission-compliant engine as standard, but we also had to flush out the standard system and use bio-degradable hydraulic oil, as well as modifying the downward exhaust pipes to side pipes, to reduce the amount of dust blown about the site.”
This year, Rocket Rentals has added more than 40 new Thwaites dumpers to its fleet, including 6, 9 and 10 tonne standard and swivel machines, as well as 3 tonne standard, swivel and narrow dumpers. “The 3 tonne narrow dumpers should be very popular, being hired out with our 3 tonne mini excavators of the same width, allowing both machines to access narrow paths and walkways, especially when working at the rear of domestic housing.”
Speedy’s green choice
Speedy Hire is set to boost its green credentials, having taken delivery of 19 Ford Transit ECOnetic vans. The vehicles, supplied through Bolton Ford dealer, Gordons, will be used by Speedy engineers to provide rapid transport to and from maintenance calls around the UK. They join an existing fleet of approximately 2,000 Ford vehicles.
The ECOnetic was selected for its improved fuel economy, vehicle tax benefits and low CO2 emissions. Speedy’s Transport and Logistics Director, Ian Leonard, said: “We have set an ambitious target for the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint, and we believe that the ECOnetic’s environmental credentials will help us achieve that. These first 19 vans will be closely monitored in service and,
if they live up to expectations, then I am sure they will be the first of many to join the Speedy fleet.”
Selwood opens specialist centre
Selwood has opened a specialist pump centre in Liverpool, with a dedicated team delivering technical support and training throughout the company’s northern branch network in the supply and installation of electric submersible pumping equipment. It also services major water company contracts with United Utilities and Yorkshire Water.
Technicians are trained to examine and re-certify explosion proof submersible pumping equipment, and Selwood reports that the service has quickly proved so successful in the northern region that it has now been expanded to become its main distribution centre for this equipment, serving the whole of the country, until a similar facility is opened in the south.
KDM Hire adds Niftylifts
KDM Hire, which has depots in Cookstown and Belfast, has bought several new Niftylift powered access machines, including both replacements and fleet additions.
The order comprised HR12N self-propelled booms, 150T and 170 trailer-mounted platforms and HR17N boom lifts. The company has also added the recently introduced SD120T 4x4 self-drive boom, which can traverse soft or rough ground, offers a 12.6m lift height and can be towed to site on a 3500kg trailer. The machine can be battery or diesel operated for indoor and outdoor use.
In 2009, KDM Hire was the winner of the Passionate Independent Hirer Award, presented at the Executive Hire Show.
Show team supports ‘pink drills’ - and plans event expansion
Having nominated Breast Cancer Care as its chosen charity until the end of 2012, Makita is launching a new limited edition drill, available from October, to coincide with national Breast Cancer Awareness month. The popular power tool manufacturer has pledged to donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care for every drill sold. The selected product is a pink version of the DF330D Li-ion, 10.8V drill driver - complete with a 1.3Ah Li-ion battery, fast charger, drill bit set and bag.
“We are confident that sales of the limited edition drill will help us to reach our goal for the charity,” says Kevin Brannigan, Makita UK’s Marketing Manager. “Our target is to raise a minimum of £50,000 for the charity through sales of the ‘Pink drill’ and events organised by our staff. With almost 50,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year, nearly all of us know someone whose life has been touched in this way.”
According to Executive Hire Show Director Robert Aplin, “On hearing about the campaign, we considered it to be a worthy cause and we offered to help promote it to the hire industry. When the press release arrived with the smiling face of old Ground Force
has-been Tommy Walsh holding the drill, it was obvious that the Show team was much better looking, so we organised our own photo shoot and took his place!
“The Show team are all smiling because sales of stands in the Main Hall are progressing very well and we are confident that we will achieve our target to put up ‘Sold Out’ signs by the end of this month. Having evaluated seven possible alternative venues to the Show’s current home, we concluded that the Ricoh Arena has become so popular, with exhibitors and hirers alike, as the ‘Home of Hire’ that we should continue to host our Show at this venue. As a result, we have re-booked the Ricoh for next year’s Show dates of Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February.
“At our Show Kick Off Meeting for existing and potentially new exhibitors on 13 September, we will announce the expansion of the Show into an additional exhibition area of the Ricoh. We already have a detailed floor plan for this new space, so new exhibitors will be able to come along and choose the best stands available.
“This is an exciting development for the Executive Hire Show as we continue to expand the hire industry’s benchmark event.”
Show leads to Cormidi order
PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres of Blackfen, Kent, recently took delivery of the
first three Yanmar Cormidi C6.60 diesel high-tip tracked dumpers to be delivered in the UK.
Director Mike Clegg first saw a prototype at the Executive Hire Show two years ago, with Workshop Manager Kevin Wood. They needed to update their power barrow fleet, and wanted to move to fully hydraulic models, rather than machines using cable and clutch systems. They also wanted diesel powered units that were quiet and able to pass through doorways.
Kevin worked with distributor Ammann Equipment in trialling the prototype machine in field trials and, since buying the new models, PSM reports they have proved particularly popular with railway contractors. Pictured from left are Mike, Kevin and Ammann’s Gary Wingrove.
A-Plant’s bright solution
A-Plant has bought 100 environmentally friendly VT-1 Eco mobile lighting towers from TowerLight UK. A variant of the popular VT-1 SuperLight, the machine has a light detection sensor and auto stop/start mechanism that automatically switches on the unit when the ambient light has descended to a pre-determined level. Similarly, the sensor closes down the lighting set when there is sufficient brightness.
This alleviates the need to employ a team of operatives, travelling around a site manually to start and stop each set, at night and in the morning. TowerLight estimates this can also reduce pollution levels by up to 30%.
Showman’s shapes up
This year’s Showman’s Show takes place on
19 and 20 October at the Newbury Showground in Berkshire. The exhibition reflects the multi-faceted nature of the event industry, which encompasses festivals, concerts, county shows, and sporting events, and it acts as a shop window for products and services such as event management, sound and lighting technology, staging systems, furniture hire, mobile toilets, and temporary roadways.
Exhibitors will include A-Plant, Ace Plant, Arcgen Hilta, Arcotherm, Climate Hire, & Sales, Cool Services, Event Hire Association, GenSet, Higher Concept Software, JCB Sales, MCS, MHM Plant, Speedy Hire, Thermobile and Wernick Event Hire.