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Executive Report : Executive news
The Altrad Group has added two more companies to its portfolio following two announcements at the end of March. Firstly, Altrad has bought, for an undisclosed sum, Generation Hire & Sale Ltd, which provides non-mechanical access equipment, scaffolding, system scaffolding, fencing, specialist light access products and training. The business has 220 employees and has an approximate annual turnover of £37m. It will continue to operate from 14 locations throughout the UK.
The second acquisition is Altrad group company NSG UK’s purchase of MTD Scaffolding, whose headquarters is in Oldbury. The three-depot business complements NSG’s main services, such as providing scaffolding, access solutions and industrial cleaning, and is seen as offering particular opportunities in providing access services to social housing. MTD’s service is based on supplying Altrad’s Plettac Contur system scaffolding.
Altrad’s previous UK acquisitions have included Baromix, Belle Group and Beaver 84. Ray Neilson, MD of Altrad Belle UK, who has been assisting on the latest purchases, said, “These acquisitions form part of the bigger plan to provide the UK market with products and services from Altrad, who specialise in the manufacturing and sales of scaffolding, cement mixers and wheelbarrows, together with providing additional services in the access market.”
Beaver rolls out the barrows
Beaver Tool Hire, which has depots in Chichester, Fareham, Petersfield, Portsmouth and Waterlooville, has added three new Cormidi power barrows to its fleet in readiness for the busy spring and summer season.
No fewer than eight Beaver personnel, comprising each depot manager and three directors, visited the Executive Hire Show and this type machine was high on their shopping list. They saw the Cormidi C6.50 high tip, two speed units on distributor Ammann Equipment’s stand at the exhibition and placed their order at the event.
Beaver wanted a unit that had a petrol engine for easy starting, and which would pass through standard doorways. Weighing 385kg, the C6.50 is also light enough to go on the tail lifts of the hirer’s delivery vehicles. Operations Manager, Tony Criddle, is pictured, right, with General Manager John Baggott, centre, taking delivery of the machines at the Chichester headquarters from Ammann’s Gary Wingrove.
HSC’s Doskos cut their teeth
The Hire Supply Company (HSC) reports huge demand for its new Dosko stump grinders, which were unveiled at the Executive Hire Show. Each model has teeth that can be quickly rotated to give a new cutting face. There are three such surfaces, extending the time before sharpening or replacement is necessary by up to three times.
The range includes the Dosko 337, a 13hp machine with a 14in cutting wheel; the 9hp 270 that has folding handlebars to facilitate transportation; and the compact 6hp 200-6 model. The first purchaser of a 200-6 unit was Frank Key Hire of Nottingham. Assistant Manager Dave Atkins said, “It has filled a gap in our hire fleet. Being able to fold down and fit in to a car boot, it really complements our larger stump grinders”.
Dan Musson, HSC Sales Director, added, “Sales have been going so well since the Show, we have had to order an additional container load to cope with demand.”
Bobcat boost for Kettering hirer
Martyn Wright, who operates a ground works contracting and equipment hire business based in Kettering, has added a 2.6 tonne Bobcat E26 zero tail swing mini excavator to his fleet, joining E10 and 335 models he already operates. Machines are hired out to customers within a 20 mile radius of the company’s base at Islip for general construction, landscaping, waste handling and recycling tasks.
Bobcat attachments are also offered for use with the machines, including a clamp that is used for harvesting trees to process into timber, an auger for post hole boring work on farmland.
This year sees Bobcat celebrating 25 years of mini excavator manufacture, and at Intermat in April it will unveil a limited edition E16 model with special commemorative styling.
SDMO powers Ocktcom
Ocktcom, a specialist hirer and supplier of industrial sized diesel generators based near Stratford upon Avon, has purchased an SDMO R66 60kVA Rental Compact generator from SDMO Energy. It has been fitted onto a road tow trailer to make it ready for quick deployment as a temporary power source at sites throughout the country.
The machine, which meets Stage 3 of the European Engine Emissions Directives, is designed for low sound levels and incorporates a fully bunded, long-run fuel tank. James Beck, Ocktcom’s MD, said, “The R66 is easy to maintain, robust and shock resistant for towing to and from sites, which are often on rough terrain. Being compact and having low noise emissions, it will easily meet all our requirements.”
Demon’s clean winner for Brandon
Achieving runner-up position with its new Hurricane Combi in the Innovation Zone was not the only success for Demon Pressure Washers at this year’s Executive Hire Show. Sales Director, David Walke, told EHN that “Brandon Hire has since added the machine to its catalogue, and we are working with other hire companies across the UK who see the benefit of purchasing a product that is both a flat surface cleaner and a pressure washer, giving potential applications in a whole host of industries.”
The Combi’s twin spinning arms rotate at 2,000rpm, and has a 50mm heavy-duty skirt to eliminate overspray onto anything nearby, particularly important when cleaning in urban areas. It has an integral pressure washer and has non-marking rubber wheels for use on most flat surfaces.
Hilti completes its hire team
Hilti (Gt. Britain) has completed the recruitment of its new team of dedicated Tool Hire Area Managers. As we reported in our January/February issue, the manufacturer wants to ensure that hirers throughout the country receive the support they need.
As well as discussing Hilti’s power tools and accessories, the 14-strong team will discuss topics such as total cost of product ownership, Health & Safety issues, and new opportunities offered by equipment such as laser measuring systems. Ten of the new hire team are pictured with Trade Market Manager, Jan-Bo Petersen (centre). Presumably, the others were already out on the road visiting hirers.
EXECUTIVE HIRE TEAM STRENGTHENS
As we start to build towards next year’s Executive Hire Show, which will celebrate 40 years of Hire Shows, we have made a number of appointments to further strengthen the Executive Hire team.
In addition to Ali Rogers, a founder member of the Show team in 2006, becoming Group Operations Manager, we have made two new appointments. Craig Donovan joins us in a newly created position as Group Commercial Manager, and Emma Sandy takes another new role as Events & Publishing Assistant.
Publisher Robert Aplin comments, “We’re thrilled that Ali is now back with us full time. Everyone knows that she is outstanding in managing all aspects of the Show and we will now also utilise her skills to envigorate EHN.
Craig Donovan is already an experienced sales professional and, in his new role, will continue to develop our close relationships with advertisers and exhibitors alike, to further enhance our already successful brands.
Emma Sandy originally joined us on an internship in the lead-up to this year’s Show. Recognising her obvious potential, we quickly snapped her up on a full time contract.
These new appointments have certainly added some youth into the Show and News teams and, together with our vastly experienced core team, we are now finalising our proposals for the 2013 Show.”
• The 2013 Executive Hire Show dates are Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 February, again at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.