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HAT-TRICK FOR WHC
WHC Hire Services, which has its headquarters in Tewkesbury,
has fulfilled its aim of achieving a hat-trick of depots in the Gloucester/Worcester region. Its third location was officially opened recently by former CBI Director General, Lord Digby Jones.
Previously known as Cotswold Tool & Plant Hire, the depot
was purchased early last year following the owner’s retirement.
It has since been refurbished and additional equipment has been added to the fleet. A separate PAT testing room has been installed and the showroom area has
MD James Clutterbuck said the acquisition is the culmination of a three-year growth plan for WHC, whose Tewkesbury depot won the Executive Hire Show Passionate Hirer Award in 2013 in the Large Hire ‘Super Centre’ category for most impressive new outlet.
Lord Digby Jones, who worked as Minister for State for UK Trade and Investment from 2007-2008, originally opened the company’s second depot in Tewkesbury in 2012 and returned to cut the ribbon for the latest branch. “This business made a big impression on me five years ago and so I am thrilled to be back to celebrate the next stage
of this company’s development,” he said.
WHC, which opened its first depot in Worcester, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. The Chipping Norton facility’s team is headed by Operations Manager, Paul Collins, who has worked his way up through the ranks after starting his career at the Tewkesbury depot.
Record-breaking Fairfax performance
Fairfax Plant Hire has announced a record start to 2018,
with 230 machines booked out in the first week. Hire Director Matthew Love said, “We completed the move to our new
four-acre site in Selby in December, and our team pulled out all the stops to keep up with demand when sites started to open on Tuesday, 2 January. Between our Selby and Leeds depots,
we delivered over 100 excavators and nearly 70 dumpers,
with the balance made up of telescopic handlers and rollers,
by Monday, 8 January. This is a substantial increase on 2017 and reflects the growth in our customer base.”
Development Director Mark Love added, “It is an excellent start to the New Year and puts us well on the way to our target of growing the business substantially this year. We have already identified some of the additional plant we will be ordering.”
Project’s Nifty additions
Guernsey-based Project Hire & Sale has bought two new HR21 booms from Niftylift. Operations Director Matt Thoumine told EHN, “We have been choosing Niftylift as a powered access supplier since 2004. The big attraction is having a UK-based manufacturer that understands the demands of the UK market, with machines built to stand the rigours of our climate, especially in our ‘offshore’ location. We had no hesitation in choosing Niftylift for our new machines.
“This, along with the excellent technical support we receive, made it an easy decision.” Other recent additions to the Project fleet include Flex dry-wall sanders, Stihl petrol cut-off saws and Bomag plate compactors.
Hire Network Award shortlist finalised
The West Thurrock depot of Generation Hire & Sale, which specialises in scaffolding and access equipment, and 727 Toolhire of Great Dunmow, complete the line-up of three companies shortlisted for the Hire Network Award. They Concord Lifting Equipment’s Barking location, which was nominated at the end of last year.
The Winner of the Award, which recognises consistent excellent service at individual depot level, will be announced at the Executive Hire Show.
Independent Plant Hire acquires Jovic Plant
Independent Plant Hire Group (IPHG), formerly SRBE Investments, has acquired Jovic Plant Ltd, which has two depots in Chelmsford and Basildon, and principally serves house builders and infrastructure contractors.
The main SRBE operation consists of SRBE Plant & Tool Hire and SRBE Building Supplies, with sites in Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, and Brackley.
Upon completion, SRBE Investments was renamed Independent Plant Hire Group. SRBE Plant & Tool Hire and Jovic will continue to operate under their own brands.
Francis Marx, MD of Independent Plant Hire Group, states that,
as part of the transaction, a new financing facility has been put in place to enable further acquisitions.
Trelawny and Yokota Explore new opportunities
Trelawny and Yokota have won considerable business supplying Explore Plant Hire, following a meeting between the three companies at the Executive Hire Show last year. Explore’s Howard Hunt and Warren Wilkinson explained during the meeting that they planned to add floor grinders, planers, vacuum units and hand-held products to their fleet to save re-hiring them.
After a series of discussions and product demonstrations at Trelawny’s factory in Leamington Spa, and at UK distributor Yokota UK’s Sheffield headquarters, Explore placed orders for multiple TCG250 and TCG500 floor grinders, TFP200 and TFP60 planers and A45 vacuum units. The hirer’s fitters have also received extensive maintenance and repair training from Trelawny.
Explore Plant Hire supplies transport, plant and small
tool hire services to a range of industries, including civil engineering, construction, rail and aerospace, and became one of Trelawny’s and Yokota’s best-performing new accounts last year. No doubt the companies are looking forward to what arises from this year’s Show.
Guidance for lifting with excavators
The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has released a revised plant safety guidance document entitled ‘Lifting Operations with 180° and 360° Excavators’.
The Group was formed to produce good practice guidance on plant safety-based topics. Chaired by the CPA, it also has membership from the Health & Safety Executive, as well as representation from and contractors, hirers, manufacturers and training organisations.
The document sets out the precautions and procedures that should be taken into account when planning and carrying out lifting operations with 360° tracked and wheeled excavators, as well as 180° excavators and backhoe loaders.
Uni-Prop International is introducing
the Uni-Prop multi-functional temporary support, designed to retain the familiarity of a traditional adjustable prop but quickly adapts to enable delivery of up to 2 tonnes of controlled power via a detachable hydraulic assembly, supplied as a one-piece sealed unit.
Three Uni-Prop models are available, each tested to BS EN 1065 and covering a range of 1,140mm to 3,330mm between them.
Uni-Prop says the Mini, Midi and Maxi models effectively replicate existing adjustable prop sizes 0, 1 and 2. The hydraulic assembly is supplied separately in a high-density plastic case, and the company believes it could be hired as a standalone item.
One hirer enthusiastic about the products is Ricky Ellam, former MD of Speedy Services and now MD of 727 Toolhire. “Uni-Prop is a great advancement in temporary support and this upgrade to the Acrow is long overdue. I’ve had many customers in my new operation comment they will be looking to hire this from me when we get stock in the spring.”
Obart appoints Sales Director
Obart Pumps has appointed Daniel Fraser as Sales Director. He has more than 20 years of industry experience with consultants, contractors and pump distributors, and previously jointly set up and managed PPSP, a company that delivers packaged pump stations to the commercial market.
MD Matthew Hill said, “Daniel joins us at a very exciting stage of our development.
His role will focus
on developing our sales strategy to deliver our growth plans.”
Loxam acquires Swan Plant Hire
Loxam Group has acquired Dublin-based Swan Plant Hire from its founding private shareholders. The business has two depots in the Irish capital.
Gérard Déprez, President of Loxam said, “This acquisition will allow Loxam to strengthen its position in the Dublin area alongside its Loxam Access branch, and to diversify and complete its equipment range. We are happy to extend our footprint in this dynamic country, where Loxam has been operating an equipment rental business for 18 years, and we are pleased to welcome the Swan employees to Loxam.”