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THIRD DEPOT FOR THE HIREMAN
The Hireman, the London-based hirer that has depots in the Old Kent Road (pictured) and White City, plans to open a third branch in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, to the north east of the capital. The company, which was profiled in our July/August issue, conducted an on-line poll over several months, asking customers to select their preferred location from four suggestions near the M25, with the Waltham Forest area emerging as the clear winner with 42% of the votes.
“We value our customers’ opinions and we wanted to ensure we offer them what they need, where they need it,” MD Neil Graham told EHN. “We want to move quickly on this now, and we have already identified a suitable site in Leyton, which we would expect to have ready to open by April. From this location we would be able to cover more of north and north east London, and up the M11 into Essex and beyond.”
Over Christmas, The Hireman also re-located its Bermondsey head office to new premises in Abbey Street, very close to its former Tanner Street location, giving more flexible space.
“We are really positive about 2012. Our customers report that they are busy, with good order books, and they are ready to do business with us. I am also looking forward to attending the Executive Hire Show, which will enable me to see many of our key suppliers, such as ArcGen Hilta, Bosch, Brendon Powerwashers, Euro Towers, Hilti and Makita, together with many others from all over the country, and the exhibition will help set our agenda for the coming year.”
Jovic increases Yanmar mini fleet
Jovic Plant, which has depots in Chelmsford and Basildon, recently added two more Yanmar mini excavators from Ammann Equipment to its fleet.
The 5 tonne zero tail swing ViO50 Universal and 8 tonne ViO80 Universal machines join the hirer’s existing line-up that comprises minis ranging from the SV08-1 micro machine upwards.
“The ViO80 Universal in particular is a very well built machine and has a decently sized cab for a zero tail swing mini,” said Director Peter Goudie, “and this latest purchase brings our fleet of Yanmar machines to 26.” The ViO80 Universal has a Yanmar engine with auto-idle and an ‘eco-mode’ for increased fuel economy when undertaking less arduous digging tasks. The ViO50 Universal incorporates a longer, straighter boom to give an increased load-over height, and has sprung ram guards on all cylinders, plus a refuelling pump, as well as a larger cab.
Hire Network Award shortlist finalised
The Kendal depot of Hartley Hire and the Slough branch of Already Hire have been announced as the remaining finalists for The Hire Network Award. They join the Cleveleys depot of Smiths Equipment Hire, which, as we reported in our last issue, has also been nominated. The Award recognises outstanding service at an individual hire location.
“We have been working with Already Hire for several years, and the Slough depot maintains consistently high standards of excellence,” Barry Dean, MD of The Hire Network, told EHN. “Similarly, we have been placing an increasing amount of business in the north west of England recently, and both Hartley Hire’s Kendal branch and Smiths’ Cleveleys outlet always give good service and are thoroughly reliable.” The winner of the Award will be announced at the Executive Hire Show.
SLD adds SDMO generators
Specialist hirer, SLD Pumps & Power, has added generators from SDMO’s Rental Compact line-up to its fleet. The company has bought sets ranging from 30 to 100kVA, each of which has a controller that monitors oil pressure, coolant temperature, failure to start, over-speed charging alternator faults and low fuel level. The machines are designed for low levels of noise and emissions.
Grant McIntosh of SLD said, “SDMO has been an approved generator supplier of ours since 2007. We invested several million pounds in our rental fleet with the company during 2008/09, purchasing sets up to 500kVA. We have given feedback to them on the machines, and some of our suggestions have been incorporated in the latest models.” SDMO will be exhibiting Rental Compact units at next month’s Executive Hire Show.
Green lights for Blythewood
Blythewood Plant Hire has purchased a fleet of VB9 lighting towers from TowerLight UK. The machines will be distributed across all four of the hirer’s depots in Welwyn, Stevenage, Peterborough and Warrington. Operations Director, David Hazell, said, “We chose the VB9 principally because of its green credentials and its light coverage. Our clients are calling for products that help them save fuel and reduce their overall costs, whilst helping to benefit the wider environment, in terms of cleaner emissions and quieter operation.”
The VB9 incorporates a 170-litre capacity fuel tank with a claimed running time between refuelling of 340 hours. TowerLight, which will promote the VB9 on its stand at the Executive Hire Show, says a site manager will typically need to arrange refuelling only once a month, resulting in operators having to drive to site less frequently.
AFI raises security
AFI-Uplift has introduced Key Zone, a keypad designed as a cost-effective method of preventing unauthorised use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The stand-alone unit locks and unlocks the machine’s upper control functions and is available as a pre-fitted option on all machines in the hirer’s fleet.
While traditional keypads have four digits, the new device can accept eight digit password codes, allowing for 100 million combinations. Operators do not have to share codes because the unit can be set up to take individual data for up to 200 users. The initiative is the latest addition to AFI’s Work Zone range of safety accessories. The company, which will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show, recently launched Sanctuary Zone, a device that prevents the MEWP operator being crushed against overhead obstructions, and the Smart Zone card reader system, which controls access to machines whilst also monitoring operator competence and providing live information via GPRS.
Platform Hire chooses Snorkel
Platform Hire Ltd, based in Droitwich, has purchased more than 20 Snorkel scissor lifts for its fleet from distributor, Snorkel UK. The order includes 7.6m working height Snorkel S1930E compact electric scissor lifts, S2632E scissors with 10m working height, and S3246E lifts with a maximum working height of 11.8m. Platform Hire has also bought S3370BE 12.1m bi-energy compact rough terrain scissor lifts, offering dual power sources of a diesel engine and electric motor.
The company says it particularly appreciates the commonality of the components in the ‘S’ series electric scissors, as it facilitates maintenance and simplifies its spare parts inventory.
Atlantic Coast’s QR solution
Atlantic Coast Studios, which provides durable vinyl labels and decals for equipment in hirers’ fleets, believes that incorporating QR (quick response) codes on the stickers can help improve workplace Health & Safety. The symbols look like two dimensional barcodes and can be read by cameras on smartphones to display text, or to open a web page in the phone’s browser, giving operating instructions or linking to a user manual.
MD Graham Higdon said: “There’s less need to print bulky safety manuals which can be mislaid, since the QR code can direct the user to documents online. This is also ideal for companies wanting to gain ‘green’ credentials.”
INDUSTRY LEGENDS HONOURED AT EHN 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
To celebrate EHN’s recent 40th Anniversary issue, we invited a glittering array of hirers and suppliers, and other industry leading lights, to a Race Day at Warwick Races on 16 November. Having taken over the main restaurant at the course, we lavishly wined and dined our 100 guests. With the support of our race day sponsors - Speedy, Brandon, Ricoh Arena and our magazine printers, Stephens & George - we sponsored most of the races on the card and, as our photo shows, even sponsored the last fence to remind all guests of the up-coming Executive Hire Show.
In making his customary, short and concise presentation, Publisher Robert Aplin commented, “my personal highlight from the time when we jointly bought Hire News in January 1993 and re-branded the magazine Executive Hire News, was to have witnessed, at first hand, how two industry legends fought a titanic battle over a 10 year period for market leadership of our tool hire industry. The one to retain its long held and much coveted position by opening 20 or more new greenfield branches each year, and the other to wrestle it from him by setting out on a massive acquisition spree, which resulted in him buying up hundreds of independent outlets year after year.”
In recognition of their roles as Hire Industry Legends, Robert Aplin presented former HSS MD Lister Fielding and Speedy founder John Brown with stunningly expensive bronze cast race horse figurines mounted on piano finish mahogany bases.
• Having pledged 10% of advertisement revenue in our 40th anniversary issue, to Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital, a number of our guests at our Warwick Party also dug deep into their pockets to help our fundraising and we are delighted to have donated a total of £7,300 to our chosen charity.