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BTG GOES FOR GROWTH
BTG Plant Hire of Ongar in Essex is set for expansion, having been acquired following the previous owners’ retirement. It has been bought by new MD Charlie Perry, who also owns Rentacabin, a site welfare and accommodation hire business based in Haverhill.
“I have known BTG for many years and it has earned an excellent reputation since its foundation in 1972,” he told EHN. “I had been looking for a new opportunity and the business has great potential
for growth. All 12 employees have been retained.”
BTG serves contractors and tradesmen throughout Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Suffolk and North London. The fleet comprises excavators up to 8 tonnes, telescopic handlers, skid steer loaders, dumpers up to 6 tonnes and rollers, as well as compaction plates, breakers and other tools.
“We have already bought 28 additional Kubota machines, with more to follow, which will bring our mini fleet to approximately 100 by the end of the year,” said Charlie Perry. “We also plan to add smaller telescopic handlers and larger excavators. We will be assessing customers’ requirements and will adapt our range accordingly.”
Mather & Stuart fleet expansion
Generator hire specialist, Mather & Stuart, which was acquired earlier this year by A-Plant, has invested £2m in new machines from Atlas Copco and Harrington, comprising models with outputs from 40-500kVA. All sets above 100kVA are capable
of being synchronised. The company has also bought more than
50 Cygnus 3 hybrid units from Firefly, to enable customers to
reduce their carbon footprint by offering silent night-time operation.
Director Lee Stuart said, “This represents a huge investment which significantly enhances our hire fleet. All generators are of refinery specification to meet the needs of the industrial sector. We are also investing in our network of locations, with significant expansion to offer nationwide coverage.” The company has also added 40 more Volt Safe systems, which are made to its own design. These comprise a super-silenced generator with a triple-bunded fuel tank, housed in an anti-vandal steel container, and designed for low noise levels.
PQS in control with Topcon
PQS Survey, a national hirer of survey and safety equipment,
has chosen Topcon GB and Ireland as its machine control technology partner. Systems incorporate GPS technology for faster, cost-effective earthworks using GPS data and 3D modelling for accurate positioning.
MD Carl Pick said, “We have seen a significant increase in demand for equipment that offers more sophisticated ways of working. Many customers now want to go from design to completion using 3D models.”
David Bennett, Topcon’s Business Manager, added, “Machine control technology is still in the early stages of adoption, but it is having an astounding impact on construction. Contractors are seeing huge cost and time savings due to the accuracy of GPS technology, not to mention practical benefits such as real-time positioning updates.”
Martin Plant’s Show success
Following our Executive Hire Show Scotland in Glasgow in September, Martin Plant Hire placed a substantial order with Yokota UK for a range of reduced-vibration air breakers and hammers, as well as a new fleet of Trelawny surface preparation machines, also supplied through Yokota.
The hirer took full advantage of special offers available at the event and, as part of its continued fleet expansion, has since placed further orders for additional equipment from Yokota to meet on-going demand. Our picture shows Martin Plant's Willie Greig, left, taking delivery of the latest batch of machines from Yokota’s Ivan Hume, centre, and Trelawny's Glenn Chapman.
Astley Hire celebrates half-century
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Astley Hire of Leigh was visited recently by local MP Andy Burnham, who was given a guided tour of the company’s premises by Commercial Director Stephen Dorricott and his brother, Michael, Operations Director, whose parents founded the business.
As we described in an article in our July 2006 issue, when the company achieved its 40-year milestone,
it has adapted and grown ever since Cyril and Mildred Dorricott first started hiring water pumps to motorway construction contractors, out of the family’s grocery and hardware shop in Astley, in 1966. The fledgling business quickly grew and in 1968 Cyril committed full-time to Astley Hire, increasing the range of equipment offered, and eventually phasing out the grocery business.
Today, Astley Hire employs a team of 25 and serves customers throughout the north west of England.
It has six divisions, offering powered access platforms,
cooling and heating equipment, scaffolding, tools and industrial cleaning machinery.
Treste completes Shindaiwa line-up
Shindaiwa has supplied Treste Hire and Sales of Chesterfield with 25 ECO 300 welder generators for its fleet. MD Alex Widerman said the machines were chosen for their low emissions and economical running. They incorporate an eco-friendly mode and auto-idling as standard.
Treste has offered Shindaiwa products for more than five years and the addition of these latest models means that the company now provides the full range of ECO machines, including the 165, 200, 420 and 500 variants.
Toga Award nomination
The Bow depot of Toga Hire Centres has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Hire Network Award, which recognises excellent performance at an individual location. “The team at Bow always provides good kit backed up by excellent service and accurate paperwork, and they do a great job serving customers
in the very busy east London area,” Hire Network MD Barry Dean told EHN.
Two other finalists will be selected before the end of the year, with the winner being announced at the Executive Hire Show.
Look out for our outreach
National Visitor Campaign
The Executive Hire Show’s outreach National Visitor Campaign team has embarked on its mission to visit hirers throughout the country, mobilising and exciting them to attend the
11th annual event in February.
Once again we are utilising the experience of
Hire Supply Co’s Steve McKenzie, who will cover the Midlands, Ireland and parts of London north of the Thames. We have also extended our partnership with Belle, whose team will be covering the rest of the UK. So look out for them as they head your way.
Belle recently took an additional opportunity to visit hirers in Ireland. MD Ray Neilson, left, and UK & Eire Sales Manager Bob Williams, right, called in to see Joseph Daly of Daly Industrial in Cork.
Generator Power opens Reading depot
Generator Power, the specialist hirer based in Normanton, has opened a new, purpose-built 10,000ft2 depot in Reading.
MD Steve Cardwell says this will enable the company to expand its customer base in the south and south east of England.
The business operates a fleet of Atlas Copco generators, ranging from 20kVA to 1250kVA, alongside ancillary items such as flexible cables and bunded fuel tanks from Western Global. These are hired to a wide range of customers in construction, utilities, facilities management, events and telecommunications.
New Hilti cut-off saws
Hilti has launched the DSH 700-X and DSH 900-X petrol cut-off saws specifically to reduce worksite downtime and improve productivity. Both incorporate a mechanism for easy starting which removes the need for a choke lever, along with a cyclone air filtration system that uses centrifugal force to suck clean air into the combustion chamber, pushing dust and grit out, for longer running time and to protect the tool.
The DSH 700-X has a 68.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled two-stroke engine producing 3.5kW of power and can be fitted with either 12in or 14in diamond discs, while the DSH 900-X has an 87cc engine developing 4.3kW and accepting 14in or 16in blades.
The manufacturer has also introduced Equidist discs, designed so that
the diamonds are equally spaced in
Hird expands Doncaster depot
Hull-based lifting and access machinery hirer, Hird, has re-located its central region depot in Doncaster to larger premises to meet growing demand across the north Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire.
The move also reflects the company’s growing fleet. Recent additions include MC815 spider cranes, Winlet vacuum robots for glass handling tasks, Valla pick-and-carry cranes, and GML 800+ Electric and MFC750 floor cranes from Wienold. The new facility has
a training and testing centre offering courses from PASMA, IPAF, LEEA and CPCS, and it
can undertake LOLER inspections of powered access and lifting equipment.
Executive Hire team strengthened
We are delighted to announce that we have strengthened the Executive Hire team with the appointment of Lee Westney as Sales Executive for both EHN and the Executive Hire Show.
Lee, who previously worked in the financial services industry,
is relishing the opportunity to develop our customer relationships with both advertisers and exhibitors. Group Commercial Manager Craig Donovan said, “Lee has a great deal of natural enthusiasm and we are thrilled to have him on board. I am looking forward to introducing him to customers on our visits in the coming months, and at the Show in February.”