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ARCGEN LIGHTS UP
As the Olympic Torch makes its way across the country, ArcGen Hilta has devised its own round Britain relay event to raise money for charity. Having started in Scotland on 6 June, and scheduled to finish in London on 18 July, the supplier’s sales team is taking a Union Jack liveried version of its SMC TL-90 lighting tower on a nationwide tour.
The machine will be ‘handed over’ to different members of the company’s sales force as it covers an estimated 1,521 miles, and a donation of £10 will be given to The Lighthouse Club charity for every demonstration made on the tour. Designed and manufactured in the UK, the TL-90 was developed to give very low fuel consumption.
Commercial Director Phil Winnington said, “The team are looking forward to meeting everyone along the way and showcasing the best of British design and innovation, as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.” To book a demonstration, call ArcGen Hilta on 0845 409 0280.
Helpful Hirings wins Innovation Zone Draw
John Kirkwood, Director of Thame-based Helpful Hirings, was the lucky winner of the Innovation Zone prize draw held at the Executive Hire Show. His name was drawn at random from the many business cards of hirers who voted for Global Construction Plant’s Pro-Screen crusher, the Zone Award winner.
John has won £500 to be spent on any of the 14 products that were Zone finalists, and he is pictured, right, receiving his cheque from EHN Editor Alan Guthrie. We will report on the company, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary next year, in more depth in a future issue, with an update on exactly which product it has put its prize towards.
AFI acquires Light Hire
AFI-Uplift has strengthened its presence in the south west of England by acquiring the powered access business of Light Hire, which will now operate under AFI’s A J Rentals brand. Founded by Brian Light in 1996, Light Hire has established a strong local customer base and a fleet of nearly 100 machines operating from its Exeter depot.
A J Rentals has a fleet of 500 machines and existing depots in Swansea and Caldicot, near Newport. Overall, AFI now has a UK network of 18 depots and a fleet of over 4,500 machines.
Manitou marks 40 years
Manitou UK recently celebrated 40 years of trading and to mark the anniversary it held a special staff dinner at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. The wholly owned subsidiary of the French group was inaugurated in 1972 as Manitou (Site Lift) Ltd, the first export company formed by Manitou. Initially located in Chandlers Ford, near Southampton, it re-located to Verwood, Dorset, in 1980. In 2005, the name Manitou UK was adopted.
The operation began by targeting the construction industry and agricultural markets with rough terrain forklifts and telescopic loaders, ranging from compact models to high-lift rotary machines. More recently, the acquisition of the Gehl and Mustang brands has presented the UK subsidiary with further opportunities in the skid steer loader, articulated loader and tracked dumper markets.
JCB holds Hirers Day
A ‘VIP Hirers Day’ held recently by JCB at its World Headquarters in Rocester attracted 270 executives from small plant and tool hire companies. Visitors were treated to the UK launch of the company’s 1.5 tonne class 8018 and 2.7 tonne 8026 CTS mini excavators, plus the VMT380 and VMT430 lightweight tandem vibrating rollers (for more information, see our Intermat review).
Details were given of a new FlexiLease operating lease from JCB Finance, as well as HireMax and on-line HireMaster packages from JCB Insurance. The event also provided a sneak preview of three forthcoming compaction products - a new 185kg SD580 lightweight single drum vibrating roller, complete with a new purpose built trailer, and two new vibrating plates, namely the 73kg forward travel SE10-35 and the 245kg DE35-42 reversible.
Pramac pleases Mather & Stuart
Wigan-based generator hirer, Mather & Stuart, reports successful results from six Pramac W200 generators that it bought at the Executive Hire Show.“We needed robust machines to act as backup units for powering emergency fire-fighting access lifts at six hotel sites in Bolton, Chorley, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Wigan,” Director Mark Stuart told EHN. “The W200s are powerful, compact units and we have configured them so that, if they should ever be called into action, they will cut in automatically and keep working continuously.
“Overall, business is good and we are working flat out,” added Mark, who is pictured, right, at the Show, with his brother and fellow Director, Lee, and Pramac’s Andy Durno. “During our visit we also bought generators from SDMO, and we ordered five Transit vehicles from Gordons Ford.”
Lombardini’s Kohler KDI2504TCR common rail Tier 4 Final compliant engine was named as Diesel Engine of the Year at the recent Intermat exhibition in Paris. The award was given in recognition of the manufacturer’s success in developing a new design to considerably reduce emissions.
The engine, which offers 55kW of power and 300Nm maximum torque, achieves this without the need for a diesel particulate filter.
Sumner adds new gantry
To meet demand from hirers, Sumner Manufacturing UK has introduced the GH2T aluminium gantry. It has a 2 tonne capacity and its A-frame legs can be locked into position with plunger pins, meaning there are no bolts to mislay. The mast height can be adjusted quickly in 15cm increments, and the product is available in 3, 4 and 5m sizes.
“The design also does away with potential pinch points,” Rupert Organ, Sumner’s Sales Manager, Europe & Middle East, told EHN. “We will keep ample stock for fast delivery.”
Hillhead on show
Hillhead 2012 takes place later this month from 19-21 June at the Hillhead Quarry near Buxton in the Derbyshire Dales. Billed as The International Quarrying & Recycling Show, or The Big Plant Show, depending on which of its brochures you read, this bi-annual exhibition is always well worth a visit for those hirers offering plant as part of their hire fleet offering.
We were planning to publish a preview of the event. However, with several leading Hillhead exhibitors featured in other exhibition reviews published in this issue, we will now review the key product launches in our July/August issue.
For reference, Hillhead exhibitors Ammann, Bobcat, Bomag, JCB and Volvo are highlighted in our Intermat review; CEMO Safe Storage and Takeuchi are included in our Scotplant review; and ArcGen Hilta gets into our Infrarail roundup.
• On-site dust suppression will be a major theme on Towerlight’s Hillhead stand, which will showcase its Dust Fighter units.
Leach Lewis picks Dingli platforms
Having previously sold Snorkel access platforms, Leach Lewis has become the exclusive dealer in the UK and Ireland for the Dingli platform range from China. Established in 1997, Dingli produces a variety of vertical mast lifts, scissor lifts, articulated and telescopic self-propelled booms, vehicle mounted platforms and mast climbers.
Initially, Leach Lewis is importing small electric scissor lifts and is already demonstrating the models JCPT0807DC and JCPT1212DC. These have safe working loads (SWL) and maximum working heights of 230kg/7.8m and 320kg/12m respectively. Amongst the smallest scissors to be introduced here will be the push-around JCPT3.0(III), which has a SWL of 240kg (100kg on its roll-out platform extension) and a maximum working height of 5m.
Director Nick Leach says the Dingli platforms are cost-effective products that utilise western motors and hydraulics.
Plant Safety Group reaches out
The Plant Safety Group, which is organised by CPA and is part of the Strategic Forum Health and Safety Group, is to hold its next quarterly meeting as an open ‘outreach’ event during the second day of the Vertikal Days lifting exhibition at Haydock Park on 28 June.
Kevin Minton, CPA Senior Manager, told EHN: “The aim is to be as inclusive as possible, and to invite participation from all stakeholders, not just ‘plant’ industry professionals, but also principal and specialist contractors, Health & Safety officers, trade unions, training managers and other relevant people. In addition, HSE and ConstructionSkills will be represented.
“The meeting will enable anyone to learn about the Group’s latest projects and publications, and to gain an insight into its work.” Part of the session will be given over to the latest guidance on medical fitness for operating plant. Places are limited, so to secure one, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org