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Executive Report : Executive news
Presses roll at Atlantic Coast
Hirers can benefit from a partnership formed between two well established printing companies. Atlantic Coast Studios and William Pollard joined have forces in a partnering agreement to offer a national, integrated service which, they claim, covers every aspect of specialist printed material essential to our industry.
Graham Higdon, MD of Tewkesbury-based Atlantic Coast, which offers screen and digital printing services and specialises in vinyl decals and stickers, says he saw the benefits of this partnership immediately. “We can offer the hire industry a ‘one stop shop’ for printing. Not only will this save time and effort for busy companies, they will also benefit from improved branding across the whole range of their printing materials, which is particularly important in today’s competitive market.”
Pollards, is a family owned business based in Exeter with a history spanning 200 years. It has 25 years’ specialist experience of providing printing materials to the hire industry, ranging from point of sale and promotional items, to hire contracts. Also, having recently invested heavily in new printing equipment, it now says it can offer large posters and exhibition stands, with delivery to any address within the UK and Ireland.
Pollards MD Dave Mace, who is pictured, right, with Graham Higdon, says, “I believe this new partnership will provide all our customers with a high quality service with unrivalled industry knowledge and quality of product. We very much look forward to working with Graham and his team at Atlantic Coast.”
Jewson’s JCB world-beaters
Jewson Tool Hire has purchased 40 new JCB VMT160-80 tandem vibratory rollers. They join 80 existing machines to create what it describes as the largest fleet of JCB Vibromax compaction equipment in the world, with more than 500 units in its fleet.
Director Richard Pedersen said, “We are extremely proud to have built up the largest fleet of JCB Vibromax rollers in the world and it is a clear reflection of both our rapid growth as a business and the popularity of the models themselves. The rollers are often hired alongside a JCB excavator and Thwaites dumper as a complete package for surfacing jobs. For a relatively new machine to our fleet, we are extremely happy and impressed with the performance and utilisation figures.”
Powered by a 23hp water-cooled engine, the VMT160-80 has a 45-litre diesel tank to enable work over longer periods with increased productivity. The latest purchase follows several substantial orders from Jewson for JCB mini and micro excavators in recent years.
Smiths’ Nifty transport solution
Smiths Equipment Hire was able to demonstrate the benefits of its recently acquired Leyland DAF CF75.310, a 26 tonne flat bed with a body built by PPS Commercials. The Blackpool-based hirer, which has ten depots throughout the north west of England, was able to fit two Niftylift HR21 4x4 self-propelled work platforms onto the truck, effectively halving its transport costs.
Director Thomas Smith said, “We all know how expensive the transportation of larger booms and scissors can be. In the past we had to hire in a low loader and had difficulty in recouping the costs. At well under 6.5 tonne and with their very compact dimensions, we can now transport two 21m Niftylifts at a time.” Smiths, which recently opened a new depot in Warrington, offers an extensive range of Niftylift equipment in its fleet, and recently added more of the manufacturer’s Narrow and Hybrid booms.
Avant provides Olympics solution
An Avant 750 compact loader proved to be the ideal machine for placing and retrieving over 100 Olympic Games mascots which, for eight weeks, were located across London, with 20 adjacent to iconic locations such as Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
The contract, awarded by the Mayor of London’s office, was won by Great Newra Transport & Recycling of Newport, Gwent, which specialises in the handling of unusual objects. According to Director Eddie Ford, “We have often used skid steer loaders in the past but, for the Olympic contract, it was important not to leave any tyre marks and, thanks to its articulated chassis, the Avant proved to be a terrific machine which we have already booked for five future projects.”
The loader was hired from Stuart Smith Plant Hire, also based in Newport, and was easily capable of handling the fibreglass mascots, despite them being firmly mounted onto concrete bases and weighing from 500 to 1200kg.
Chippindale increases Volvo fleet
Leeds-based, family-owned hirer Chippindale Plant has added 22 Volvo mini excavators as part of a fleet expansion programme that takes its total number of Volvo machines to over 200. The latest order includes eight EC15Cs, six EC27Cs, four ECR48s and four ECR88s, which will be distributed among Chippindale’s seven depots throughout Yorkshire and the north east of England.
“After the last five years of making painful decisions to consolidate our entire machinery fleet, lose staff and find ways to make the business much more streamlined and efficient, we have finally turned a corner,” says Joint MD Nigel Chippindale, who looks after hire and sales, while his cousin Peter Chippindale shares the role of MD, handling business finances and general operations. “We are seeing slow, but steady signs of recovery and the time is now right for a modest increase to our fleet, in addition to replacing of some of our older models.”
Chippindale’s recent acquisition of Ambrose Hire’s north east operation has given the company a strategic location in Newcastle, increasing its area. “The city of Newcastle is where we can see additional business developing,” adds Nigel Chippindale. “It’s within 40 miles of our Catterick depot, making logistics for this new branch an easy step to manage.”
Anniversary boost for Manitou
As part its 40th Anniversary celebrations, Manitou UK staged a special ‘thank you’ dinner for dealers at The Pump Room in historic Bath.
The event was attended by Marcel Braud, who developed the original Manitou masted rough terrain forklift in 1958, and his brother-in-law Gordon Himsworth, who set up what was originally Manitou (Site Lift) Ltd in 1972.
Amongst the many long serving dealers present was Wm WM Rose from Scotland. This family business was one of the first dealers to be signed up by Manitou on this side of the Channel 40 years ago.
As part of the event, the manufacturer promoted its latest in a new MI line of industrial counterbalanced forklift trucks. Now being introduced by many Manitou dealers in the UK and Ireland, the stylish trucks have been designed in France by Manitou and are being assembled exclusively for the company in China by the well established Beijing Hangcha Forklift Company.
With a choice of Yanmar diesel or Nissan LPG power units, the machines provide maximum load capacities of 1500-3500kg and are being offered as economically priced forklifts to provide extra sales and hire opportunities alongside Manitou’s established compact telehandlers and MSI semi-industrial masted forklifts.
Lord adds more Husqvarnas
Newcastle-based Lord Hire Centres reports that the Husqvarna K760 cut-off saw has proved a successful addition to its fleet. Technical Manager Stephen Redhead, who is shown, right, with Husqvarna’s John Ritchie, says, “We initially trialled three machines for several months. We gave the K760s to selected customers who we knew would not only work them hard, but also give us an honest report on how the product coped.
“The responses we received were encouraging, particularly with regard to the power of the machine, with the speed of cut being cited as the most impressive factor. On the back of the good results we decided to take an initial consignment of 34 machines for our hire fleet, and we have found them to be extremely reliable and robust. Our Depot Managers have confidence in the saws when hiring them out and they are well received by our customers.” Lord has 12 depots throughout the north east of England and north Yorkshire.
APS and IPS to merge
Telford-based Independent Parts and Service Ltd (IPS) and Access Platform Sales Ltd (APS), which has its headquarters in Huntingdon, are to merge their European operations to create what they believe to be the largest independent full service distributor of powered access machinery in the UK.
Since its creation 10 years ago IPS claims to have become the largest independent parts and service provider in the UK, with revenues in excess of £8m, and is the country’s official parts and service provider for manufacturers such as Genie and Snorkel. APS has a 25 year track record of sales and support for a range of manufacturers including Genie, Hinowa, Youngman and Niftylift. This, combined with its used equipment operation, generates similar revenues to IPS.
Tony Jennings, MD and principal shareholder of IPS, said, “The strengths and attributes of IPS match perfectly with those of APS to create an organisation of huge potential. We firmly believe that the access industry has matured to the stage where manufacturers can no longer afford, or need, to invest heavily in their own support structures in every country.”
APS’ Chairman and founder, Jim Daintith, commented, “We are fortunate to have collected together over the years strong teams in both APS and IPS, and their complementary talents can now provide manufacturers with service levels far in excess of what they could realistically achieve by creating their own local organisation.”
For the time being, trading will continue under both the APS and IPS brands from existing locations, but over the coming months the two organisations will become fully integrated.
Showman’s set to celebrate
The organisers of The Showman’s Show expect an upbeat atmosphere at this year’s event, following a remarkable season of outdoor activities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games.
The exhibition takes place at Newbury Showground on 17 and 18 October. Suppliers and hirers participating include AJC Trailers, A-Plant, ArcGen Hilta, Climate Hire, BGG UK, Boss Cabins, Brightlights, Event Hire Association, Higher Concept Software, Kroll UK, MCS, Morris Leslie (SE), Off-Grid Energy, Pro-Turf Equipment Hire, Speedy, Thermobile and Wernick Event Hire.
New for this year is a Green Innovations Zone organised by The Green Festival Alliance, designed to highlight suppliers of sustainable products and services. For more information visit www.showmansshow.com
It is our sad duty to report that our industry has lost another of its good people. Angela Jenkins died suddenly on 3 September at the tragically young age of 50, only a few months after her latest birthday. We would thank her colleague Rod Trueman, Branch Manager at Hire Station in Canterbury for sending us the attached photo of Angela celebrating her birthday.
Angela had served our industry in Kent since 1980, when she left school to work for Hire & Sales Canterbury, which was subsequently sold to the legendary Cannon Tool Hire, which in turn, was acquired by Hire Station.
Matthew Hill, Managing Director of Obart Pumps, told EHN of her passing and added his own eulogy. “I have just written to her sister, telling her that her sister was a Kent hire industry legend and that she has left her mark on it. ‘Angie’ was well-known to many suppliers and many hire players who have been around since the 1980s. With how the industry has changed since then and the cutbacks in staffing levels caused by the recent recession, there are not many people that have served the industry for 32 years. She was a lovely girl, always cheerful, highly efficient, hard working, loyal and always went that extra mile for her customers, colleagues and friends. I know the lads at Hire Station Canterbury will miss their ‘mother hen’. Such was her popularity that I reckon half the 150 people at her funeral were from our hire game.”