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Executive Report : Show of strength
EHN reports on the recent Showman’s Show, where a number of new products targeted at the event hire market were unveiled.
The event industry continues to be a resilient market. The number of local shows, concerts, arts festivals and charitable initiatives keeps growing year-on-year, and those attending them expect higher standards of quality in terms of heating and air conditioning
of structures such as hospitality pavilions. Health & Safety considerations also place emphasis on having adequate lighting in car parks and other public areas, as well as around the event itself.
GAP was amongst the exhibitors confirming
this growth at the Showman’s Show, held at Newbury in October. The hirer’s display comprised equipment from several of its divisions which are frequently involved in serving this market. “We are increasing our depot network, with recent openings in Plymouth and Newmarket,
and we are expanding several of our existing locations to cope with demand,” said Daimon Dunhue, Operations Manager of the Event Services Division. Products on show included Trime lighting towers, Manitou telescopic handlers and lightweight track mats.
Also represented was GAP’s Survey & Safety Division, which now has 12 dedicated depots and a new central workshop was recently opened in Leicester. “We are adding to the fleet all the time,” said Division Manager Jim Burke, “with recent additions including a
variety of Trimble equipment such as S7 robotic total stations,
R10 GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receivers with GPS capability, and SX10 combined HD scanners and total stations for measuring and mapping large structures.”
In addition, GAP’s Welfare Services Division was highlighting the 1,000th mobile unit that it has added to its fleet, all EasyCabin models from AJC Trailers,
which also had a stand at the Show. New items on display included the Ecosmart 16 Solar welfare cabin, which incorporates a patent applied-for control system to switch efficiently between solar power and the
on-board generator, and it has two batteries. The unit on AJC’s stand
was running purely on solar power,
despite the conditions being somewhat overcast. The company says that water can be kept hot for
up to four hours without the generator running. Also new to the EasyCabin line-up is the EcoSmart Sleeper, a budget version of the high-specification accommodation unit launched last year.
Another hirer exhibiting was Ilumin8 which, as the article on the company in our June 2017 issue explained, specialises in mobile lighting equipment, with machines from Trime UK. “It’s been an absolutely phenomenal summer for us,” said MD Neil Fenwick. “We set ourselves challenging targets last January and we have simply smashed them. As well as the fuel-efficiency of the units, customers say they appreciate our service, which includes prompt delivery and collection of the equipment, and the machine are hireable year-round for the events and construction markets. We have 160 lighting towers in the fleet and we have hardly seen them as they have been in such demand, and we expect to purchase another 50 next year.”
Lighting tower manufacturer, Morris Site Machinery, unveiled its new Halo anti-glare lamp head which can be fitted to the company’s SMC TL90 range of machines to deliver 1200W of diffused light over 360° from its four 300W quadrants. The product is made from a tough plastic similar to the material used for road cones, and it has been developed particularly for use at sites such as roadsides, railway tracks, airports and quarries where glare can be an issue.
The unit has IP65 certification against water ingress and Morris says that the efficient spread of light from the Halo head, at an optimum 5m mast height, means that fewer machines can be required to illuminate a project. The company
is assembling the product
at the SMC factory in Gosberton.
BGG UK displayed two new lighting tower additions on its stand.
The Bruno LiOn Light is a hybrid machine with Lithium-ion batteries as well as a diesel generator. It can be charged in four hours and
the manufacturer says that the machine can run for up to 11 hours before recharging is required. LED lamps are incorporated and
the mast extends to 9m. Fuel consumption is quoted as being
0.2 litres per hour.
The second newcomer is the Bruno Sitelight, which is available in road-tow and static versions. The machine has compact dimensions enabling up to 20 to be accommodated on a standard delivery truck, according to BGG.
Arcotherm displayed the two new models that complete its line-up of RTH road-tow heaters. Having previewed at the Plantworx exhibition the initial RTH100 model, which has a capacity of 100kW, the company has now developed the RTH50 and RTH140 offering maximum outputs
of 50kW and 140kW.
The machines are designed to provide a self-contained heating solution for applications such as recovery work after flooding and other emergencies, so that operations can begin as soon as possible. As well as an on-board generator, the units incorporate a bunded fuel tank, two 360° LED lights to assist with manoeuvring the machine into position and for site illumination, and a towing hitch, as well as a Deep Sea controller
that logs running time and issues status alerts.
Alongside models from its heating equipment range, Thermobile showed its versatile Coolmobile, which can be used for heating,
air conditioning and ventilation of tents, marquees and other structures. The machine incorporates a heat pump and is designed for straightforward installation with just two hoses for input and output, and with no separate chiller being required. Models available include the CR17 and CR34 which have maximum cooling capacities of 17kW and 34kW respectively.
Given the amount of power-hungry equipment typically being needed at events, several generator suppliers were represented at the Show. An eye-catching attraction on the Flying Hire stand was a 40kVA machine specially finished in a ‘steampunk’ livery. This is described by reference sources as a subgenre of science fiction incorporating an aesthetic of 19th century industrial machinery.
It certainly looked impressive and provided the power for the company’s hospitality unit, which was decorated in
a similar style. The adaptation was undertaken by Flying Hire’s technician
Paul Baker, and the generator was adorned with six exhaust pipes and characters made from pistons and other engine components. The company specialises in the events market and offers chiefly Inmesol and Himoinsa machines.
Kenton Hughes, a Himoinsa dealership based in Herefordshire, displayed examples of the machines that it can configure for extremely quite operation to meet the needs of users in the
TV and film production industries and for other noise-sensitive environments throughout the country.
The business now has more than 30 of these sets in the fleet with very high utilisation rates, according to founder Kenton Hughes,
and rather like the lorries in some road hauliers’ fleets, each machine has a name painted on the side. The 45kVA HYW 45 model on display was called Reggie. “We actually purchased another at the same time, and it is named Ronnie. When we added another two, we christened them Chas and Dave. It’s a bit of fun, and customers who order from us again literally ask for the machines by name!” •