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MORRIS LESLIE BUYS CHERTSEY PLANT
Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd continues to expand its fleet and depot network with the acquisition of Surrey-based Chertsey Plant Hire. This follows the purchase of four former Hewden sites at the start of 2017 and increases its depot total to 13.
Chertsey Plant Hire principally hires telescopic handlers, excavators, dumpers, rollers and access equipment. Graham Ogilvie, MD of Morris Leslie Plant Hire, said, “We are delighted with the purchase as Chertsey is a long-established and well-respected industry name.
It adds another great location to our national footprint. Chertsey’s fleet is younger than industry norms but over the coming months there
are plans to further refresh its fleet in line with our overall profile,
which sees an average age of below two years.”
The deal expands the overall Morris Leslie fleet by a further 500 assets. Of these, 250 are telescopic handlers, bringing its total of these machines to more than 2,000, comprising JCB and Manitou models.
Chertsey Plant Hire’s MD, Gary Balle said, “I am relishing the opportunity to work with the new management and pleased to see that Morris Leslie already has an investment plan in place to replace and expand our fleet. Morris Leslie’s larger infrastructure will allow us to support our customers nationally.”
Vanguard engine solution
Briggs & Stratton has launched a new petrol engine with characteristics designed to eliminate the problem of hirers’ customers leaving the fuel switch open on machines and causing oil/fuel dilution during transportation.
The single cylinder Vanguard 6.5hp engine is a horizontal shaft 203cc model with an advanced version of the manufacturer’s TransportGuard system. This is a single ignition, throttle and fuel
shut-off switch whereby, by turning off the engine, the operator simultaneously closes the fuel supply.
The power unit has a newly designed carburettor with corrosion and stale fuel-resistant inner plating, and is configured to start in temperatures as low as -28°C. Paul Bramhall, Senior Manager Marketing with Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power said, “We interviewed hundreds of hire businesses, OEMs, end users
and dealers worldwide to better understand the problems they face, and starting was the number one issue.”
Southern Plant on track with Hinowa
Southern Plant & Tool Hire of Henley-on-Thames has invested in its second Hinowa TP1600 tracked forklift. With a lift capacity of up to 1,600kg, the stand-on machine is designed to work on rough terrain and has hydraulically-widening axles for extra stability.
Vincent Rose, Director of Southern Plant, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary said, “The TP1600 is quite a specialised piece of kit, but is pretty popular with our core customer base of builders and landscapers. We invested in a second machine due to increased demand.”
The machine weighs 1,330kg and is 1.24m wide, with a maximum lifting height of 1.78m. It is part of a growing fleet of Hinowa machines at Southern Plant, which includes 14.70 and Hinowa 17.75 tracked booms, and four HS701 compact dumpers, purchased from Access Platform Sales (APS), the UK distributor.
Ten Kubota minis for Gordon Bow Plant Hire
Gordon Bow Plant Hire of Broxburn has purchased ten 4.8-tonne Kubota U48-4 mini
excavators to add to its fleet of construction machinery which is supplied to customers throughout Scotland.
MD Graham Bow said, “The excavators will be used across a wide range of sectors, including both operated and self-drive markets, such as street works and house building. The U48-4 is a versatile machine and we believe it will be suitable for a wide range of projects and applications.”
Husqvarna‘s Champion performers
Sheffield-based Champion Hire recently invested in five Husqvarna
S 26 dust extractor units, having initially seen the product at the Executive Hire Show. The single-phase machine is designed for collecting concrete and plaster dust associated with grinding and other building tasks.
It has two Hepa H13 filters and incorporates a jet pulse pre-filter cleaning system together with an hour counter and a vacuum meter
for filter control. A Longopac bagging system is fitted for dust-free
Operations Manager Adam Langham said, “We were looking for a vac that had the capability of performing alongside our concrete floor grinders, and which would help raise awareness and encourage customers to protect themselves from dust when hiring other machines. The S 26’s hour counter will enable us to service and maintain the machine for optimum performance, and we especially like the Longopac system, which will help protect against exposure to dust.
“These vacs will be made available across each of our five depots and, if they prove successful, the fleet will increase in response to demand,” added Adam Langham, who is pictured, left, with Husqvarna’s Stuart Darby.
HAE announces Award Winners
Hirers were in celebratory mood when HAE announced the winners of its 2018 Hire Awards of Excellence at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in April. Smiths Equipment Hire won the category for Plant, Tool and Equipment Company of the Year with a turnover of less than £10m, while A-Plant came out on top in the Company of the Year category
for businesses with a turnover of more than £10m. Its specialist temporary access division, Live, was named as Event Hire Company of the Year.
Didcot Plant was announced as SafeHire Company of the year. Jessica Bowen of Vp/Hire Station was named as Hire Manager of the Year and overall Hire Achiever of the Year, while A-Plant Chief Executive Officer, Sat Dhaiwal who retires in July, received HAE Chairman Andy Martin’s special award for his commitment to the industry.
Other winners included Hirebase for Catalogue of the Year, Chiltern Hire Centres for Best Sustainability and CSR, and Allens Catering Equipment Hire for Website of the Year. CW Plant Hire’s Bonnie Stanton was named Apprentice of the Year, while the Workshop Manager of the Year award went to Matt Stonall of AFI.
Hilti was named Supplier of the Year, with other supplier Awards going to CanTrack Global for Best Use of New Media and Best Recruitment Innovation, Addex Group whose Allsaw AS170 was Construction Industry Product of the Year, and Events Industry Product of the Year was G-Smatt Europe’s G-Wall for temporary structures.
CBL extends Thwaites coverage
Thwaites has widened its coverage in the South West of England through the CBL Plant Sales dealership, which has had its territory for supplying the manufacturers’ range of 1 to 9-tonne site dumpers expanded to include Hampshire, Dorset and the
Isle of Wight. CBL has four locations in this region.
Pictured at the announcement are, from left, Richard Sturgess, CBL Sales Director, Paul Rodwell, Thwaites Distributor Manager South,
and Mike Anderson, CBL Area Sales Manager.
Greener Showman’s Show
The organisers of this year’s Showman’s Show, to be held at Newbury Showground on 17 and 18 October, have announced a number of environmentally friendly initiatives for this year’s event.
Personnel have signed up to the Energy Revolution initiative as a supplier member to tackle CO2 emissions. This will enable the company to offset its travel miles with direct investment in projects that support clean renewable energy.
The Show will encourage visitors and exhibitors to make use of the GoCarShare scheme that it introduced last year, where drivers link up with passengers making the same journey. It is also suggesting that those attending bring their own re-usable water bottles to reduce plastic waste.
CPA’s bright Stars
The CPA’s forthcoming Stars of the Future 2018 apprentice awards event is set
to be the biggest yet. Being held in association with headline sponsor, A-Plant,
on Thursday 14 June at the Heart of England Conference Centre near Solihull,
it will be held alongside a Schools Experience Day to help influence career choices amongst young people.
Stars of the Future, which recognises talented plant mechanic apprentices, is run in conjunction with UK colleges and is supported by CITB. Entrants are assessed throughout the academic year on their learning in college and in their work environment, as well as their enthusiasm and commitment. There are separate prize schemes for Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices.
• Kevin Minton has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive of the CPA, replacing Colin Wood who has now stepped down from the position. Kevin has worked for CPA since 2007 and was initially Senior Manager before being promoted to CPA Director in 2013. He has represented the Association on Coniac, the HSE’s leading policy committee for the construction sector, and led the establishment of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group.
Platform Hire chooses Airo
Powered access equipment specialist, Platform Hire of Droitwich, has become the first UK hire company to add the Airo XLP5E push-around work platform to its fleet. The company has bought ten machines from Aerial and Handling Services.
They have been fitted with the manufacturer’s ‘dual platform’ system, which has a retractable design to allow the user to instantly re-configure the handrails into a ‘micro cage’, small enough to provide access to confined work spaces, such as suspended ceilings. Pictured at the handover is Platform Hire’s Nicola Williams with Ian Harding of AHS.
OBITUARY: BOB WATTS
6th May 1954 - 29th March 2018
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bob Watts. Raised in Llanfoist, near Abergavenny, he left school in August 1970 and it was straight into work as an apprentice plant fitter
at Charlie Price, whilst at the same time attending night school to attain his City and Guilds.
Charlie Price were taken over by Carter Plant (which became Reliant Plant) and Bob worked his way up through the business to become a sales rep before going onto become a Depot Manager at Abergavenny. The Reliant Plant business was acquired by A-Plant in 1989 and Bob continued to excel in his Depot Manager role, and because of his hard work and dedication he was given the opportunity to run a much larger A-Plant depot in Bristol. He then went on to become a Trading Director for the business, then Managing Director of A-Plant West, one of the four regions A-Plant operated back in 1998.
Bob was one of the key foundations on which A-Plant was built. He was instrumental in the integration of a significant number of businesses that A-Plant was rapidly acquiring to consolidate the market. Some notable ones included Sheriff plc, UK Plant and Leada Acrow, to name just a few. He also oversaw the operation in Ireland for a period, before A-Plant exited the market in 2003.
Bob retired in May 2009 and was a great loss to the business. He was a people person and was highly respected by everyone who worked with him at A-Plant and throughout the industry. Outside of work, Bob was an avid Cardiff City supporter, a passion passed down the family starting from his grandad Jack, who actually went to the 1927 FA Cup final, and this love was passed through to his children. No doubt he would have been overjoyed at seeing his team promoted recently to the Premier League.
He was happiest in the pub, going to football and spending his weekends with his loved ones. In retirement, he continued his passion for travelling and embracing other cultures,
in particular Greek island hopping, exploring on foot for hours on end.
Bob Watts was a well-known and respected figure in the plant hire Industry for many years and will be sorely missed.