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ALIDE ADDS TRELAWNY
Trelawny has supplied a comprehensive range of its air tools and surface preparation equipment to Bristol-based Alide Hire Services.
Having made contact with the manufacturer at this year’s Executive Hire Show, the company decided to refresh its fleet of air scabblers, floor planers and concrete grinders and has now taken delivery of
ten TFP200 floor planers, comprising 110V and 5.5hp petrol models, two TCG250 single head diamond floor grinders in 110V, as well as a selection of reduced vibration air needle guns, single and triple head scabblers and pole scabblers.
The equipment will be distributed across the hirer’s three depots in Bristol, Bath
and Keynsham. Pictured, from left, are Trelawny’s Glenn Chapman, Alide MD Gareth Hayward, and Adrian Wilkes from distributor Yokota UK.
• Trelawny received another order at our recent Executive Hire Road Show in Bristol. Truly passionate hirer, David Fielden of EPS Hire, travelled all the way from Mytholmroyd, near Halifax,
to attend the event, and he couldn’t resist the manufacturer’s special offer on the day for a TFP200 floor planer.
David bought the machine, loaded it into his van and then drove back to Yorkshire the same evening, ready for business the next day.
Higher Concept acquired
by Point of Rental
Higher Concept Software, the developer
of the Syrinx hire management system,
has been acquired by Point of Rental Software, based in Texas.
Point of Rental says it serves over
2,700 customer locations in more than
33 countries, to which it will now add Syrinx’s 2,000 customers in more than 10 nations. Adopting the Point of Rental name, Higher Concept’s Reading offices will operate with existing staff under MD Mark Goodrum.
Both companies have offices in Australia, which will continue to serve and support
The merger will also bring Point of Rental’s cloud-based software and enterprise resource planning software to the European market, alongside Syrinx.
A-Plant invests in more Groundhogs
A-Plant’s Accommodation Division has spent approximately £2m with Genquip to renew the company’s fleet of static and mobile welfare units. The order comprises a total of
84 Groundhog models, some of which were placed on immediate hire to contractors working on schemes
to upgrade the M3
and M5 motorways.
A-Plant’s Director of Accommodation said, “Over the last two years, we have invested almost £5m with Genquip
as part of a major enhancement programme for our accommodation fleet. There is tremendous demand for the new units.”
GAP adds CanTrack telematics
GAP is to fit telematics systems from CanTrack on a wide range of plant and machinery in its hire fleet. Joint MD
Iain Anderson said, “Unfortunately, equipment theft is a fact of life that
GAP is trying to eliminate. We work with
like-minded people across the industry, from HAE, CPA, the Construction Equipment Association and Combined Industries Theft Solutions to minimise the risks of theft and fraud with a common goal to eradicate both problems.
“We are very impressed with CanTrack’s technology. Their recovery rate is claimed to be over 90%, and I am confident that, if we do have machinery or equipment stolen, it will be tracked, traced and recovered.”
Brandon has appointed Phil Leahy
to the new role of Commercial Director. He was most recently Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Brandon MD Tim Smith said,
Phil clearly brings a wealth of experience to the company, which will add real value and help us to continue to grow the business and expand our operations and specialist services.” During the last 12 months, Brandon has opened several new branches across the country, including Aberystwyth, Bolton, Brighton, Bradford, Canterbury, Lincoln and Newquay.
Purpose-built truck for Dromad
Dundalk-based Dromad Hire has taken delivery of a purpose-built Scania truck. MD Seamus Byrne said, “The new lorry is being added to help improve our delivery speed and service
to customers. It has been built to the exact spec that we require to transport a diverse range of plant and equipment, both safely and economically.”
The vehicle was sourced through local dealer, Granco, who worked closely with Sterling Plant Bodies to customise it to meet Dromad’s requirements.
It incorporates a high-grip composite decking surface and a galvanised finish on the entire body to resist corrosion.
CPA’s bright Stars
At the Vertikal Days event in Haydock,
CPA presented its annual Stars of the Future Awards, which recognise the achievements of young plant mechanics taking Level 2 and
Level 3 apprenticeships at colleges throughout
Regional Level 2 winners included Angus Strowbridge of Lifterz, Sion Cooper from U Hire Equipment & Sales, Katie Long from UK Forks, who went on to win the National Level 2 Award, and A-Plant’s Samuel Cooper-Hart. Regional Level 3 winners included Elliott Waite from Lifterz, Tyler Nicholson of Your Equipment Solutions, Jean-Paul Alcayde from Clee Hill Plant, and Bradley White of Ardent Hire Solutions. Kranlyft UK was the headline sponsor of this year’s Awards, which attracted more than 750 entries.
WernerCo has invested approximately £1.4m at its facility in Maldon, Essex. This includes the installation of a second fibre optic laser cutter, used for making treads for the manufacturer’s fibreglass stepladders, stiles for box section extension ladders, and Boss access tower components.
More than 25,000ft2 of additional space has also been created for component storage. Last November, the company opened a new national distribution centre in Burton-upon-Trent, which now accommodates finished ladders previously held at Maldon and at a site in Belper, Derbyshire. As a result, 36,000ft2 of production space at Maldon has been reconfigured to absorb volume from the Belper facility, scheduled
to close later this year.
New Volvo minis prove
Basically Tool Hire Ltd of Dalkeith has added three new Volvo EC18D mini excavators to its fleet. “Following a demonstration, we were pleasantly surprised with the machine, especially in terms of its ease of serviceability, simplicity of design and
the routing of the hydraulic hoses,” said General Manager, Shaun Cassidy.
“We placed an order for two machines and the minute they arrived, they went out on hire. They have proved so popular with our customers that we ordered a third.”
Ricoh Arena adds link to Hire Show Hall
As was promised during this year’s Executive Hire Show, the Ricoh Arena is now building an internal link between the Show’s 6,000m2 Main Hall, and the new Hire Show Hall on
the lower level. This link will allow the
ever-expanding Show an additional 1,500m2 of exhibition space.
According to Group Commercial Manager
Craig Donovan, “We’re thrilled that work has finally started and is expected to be completed by the end of August. The Executive Hire Show urgently needs access to this additional exhibition hall, as we have already sold 90% of stand space in the Main Hall and Atrium for next February’s Show. Furthermore, having taken advantage of our 2 Year Re-Booking initiative, over 75% of next year’s exhibitors have already confirmed their space for 2018.
“We will officially launch the Hire Show Hall very soon with full pricing, 3D floor plans and, possibly, a virtual video tour, showing how interconnected this new space is to the established Main Hall and Atrium. With a strong wait list of new suppliers eager to be
part of the Show for 2017, we are very confident that we will quickly
sell all the available space.”
Ricoh Arena MD Andy Gibb, states, “While this may seem a small modification to the venue, we believe access to more space will make a big difference to organisers, like the Executive Hire Show, whose events are growing all the time. Last year, over 650 exhibitions and events were held at the Coventry venue, a 23%