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Kubota fills the GAP
GAP Group has announced that Kubota will be its sole supplier of mini and midi excavators for another year.
The hirer has purchased nearly 500 Kubota machines since January 2018 and reports that the manufacturer will provide it with all its excavators in the 0.8-tonne to 8-tonne category. The company currently has approximately 4,500 Kubota models across its nationwide network.
Ken Stewart, GAP’s Head of Procurement, said, “We have developed a strong successful working relationship with Kubota over many years and when you combine the performance of the machines with the service we receive from its dealer network, the decision to continue to retain Kubota as our sole supplier of compact excavators was an easy one.
“Not only is the Kubota product well-designed and engineered,
it is also robust enough to withstand the rigours of the hire industry.
In addition, many of the products in our hire fleet are powered by Kubota engines, such as compressors, dumpers, rollers, generators and lighting towers, allowing the team at GAP Group to action
routine servicing and preventative maintenance quickly and efficiently across all our machines.”
Going the distance
Phil Winnington, Morris Site Machinery’s International Business Director, was joined by colleagues, family members and friends in what has become an annual charity running event. Over five consecutive days, he ran 25km in aid of The Halo Trust charity that clears landmines, unexploded bombs and other life-threatening debris of war.
Phil ran at five locations, including two of Morris Site Machinery’s sites, where his route was mapped out by a selection of the manufacturer’s lighting towers, including machines with the appropriately named Halo anti-glare lamp head. Through his efforts Phil, pictured fourth from left with CEO Chris Morris (third from left), has already raised a four-figure sum for the worthy cause.
Murphy Plant goes green
Murphy Plant, part of the infrastructure company J. Murphy & Sons, has expanded its hire fleet, with 45
X-Eco LED lighting towers from Trime UK, chosen for their fuel economy and
The machines have been finished in Murphy Plant’s green livery, ready to be sent to work sites throughout the country.
The operation offers equipment ranging from small tools to
crawler cranes for construction, rail, tunnelling and ground engineering projects.
Fairfax extends its Thwaites line-up
Fairfax Plant Hire reports that it has added a total of
55 new Thwaites dumpers to its hire fleet this year, representing local distributor BTE’s largest single dumper order so far this year.
Fairfax Development Director Mark Love said, “We are very happy with the Thwaites dumpers, which range from 3 tonnes to 9 tonnes. Included in the order were two of the new 9-tonne cabbed models, and we were BTE’s first customer for these machines, which have an integrated camera system giving 360° vision for enhanced safety.”
with Yanmar appointment
Engine and plant manufacturer, Yanmar, has appointed Phoenix Hire & Sales, based in Cymbran, as one of its first main dealers in the UK. Phoenix, which has four depots and celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will offer the entire Yanmar plant range as well as parts.
Sales Director Jason Derraven said, “We took the decision to add plant to our hire product portfolio back in 2012. Sales enquires soon followed and year-on-year we have seen a very encouraging growth within our plant sales division. Currently, we have just over 100 Yanmar machines on the hire fleet in active duty with a forecast investment of a further £1.2m to meet customer demand.”
Yanmar is establishing a new dealer network following the decision not to renew its distribution contract with A&Y Equipment Ltd.
The other dealers are Crumlin Plant Sales of Portadown, New Forest Farm Machinery in Ringwood, CoPlant in Dover, Farol in Oxfordshire and Tallis Amos Group, Worcestershire.
As part of its celebrations, Phoenix has added a new Yanmar
SV60 excavator to its hire fleet, in an exclusive pure black livery with
10-year anniversary branding.
Riwal in the pink with Betty Boom
Riwal UK is to offer clients pink powered access as part of a year-long campaign to support the research charity Breast Cancer Now. The hirer has re-painted two of its most popular access platforms in the eye-catching colour to raise awareness about the disease at work sites throughout the UK.
For the duration of the campaign, 5% of the hire revenue from the machines - which have been named Betty Boom and Suzie Scissor Lift - will be donated to the charity, while employees have pledged to take part in more fundraising events during the year.
Mick Ledden, Riwal UK Country Manager, said, “Our staff voted for the charity and are ready to put their all into supporting it. We already have advance orders for Suzie and Betty, so there are early signs that our clients will be enthusiastic with their support as well.”
with Manchester United
Kohler Co has been announced as the first shirt sleeve sponsor for both Manchester United men’s and women’s teams. Its logo will feature on the club’s shirts, and the partnership also includes joint participation on game day activities, improvements to club facilities, and global sustainability and social responsibility projects.
Founded in 1873 and with headquarters in Wisconsin, Kohler Co’s interests include engine manufacture and the generator specialist Kohler-SDMO. President and CEO, David Kohler, pictured (left) with Manchester United’s Group MD Richard Arnold, said, “We are excited to help build our global brand among people who align themselves and their lifestyles, with leading-edge innovation and a desire to make the world a better place. An essential component of the relationship is our support of the new professional women’s team, and we look forward to their debut and our ongoing support.”
Morris Leslie opts for Mecalac
Mecalac Construction Equipment UK has announced a supply agreement with Morris Leslie Plant Hire to supply it with more than
200 site dumpers over the course of the year.
Set to replace two-year-old models in the hirer’s fleet, models comprise a variety of forward and swivel tip units with payloads of between one and nine tonnes. These will be manufactured at Mecalac’s production site in Coventry and liveried on site with
Morris Leslie decals.
“We have one of the most modern fleets in the industry with an average fleet age of less than two years old, which allows us to ensure customers have high-quality kit they can depend on,” stated Graham Ogilvie, MD at Morris Leslie.
HAE Conference returns to Loughborough
HAE’s annual conference returns to Holywell Park Conference Centre at Loughborough University on Tuesday, 2 October for a one-day event with ‘Hire 2018: Forward Together’ as its theme.
Topics to be discussed include Global and Iconic Events, Extending the Life of Construction Equipment, Celebrating Women in Hire,
The Shape of Rental Software, and Benchmarking Equipment, amongst others. For more details visit www.hireconference.org.uk
• At the Association’s recent AGM, Brian Sherlock, MD - Vp plc, Brandon and Hire Station, was elected as HAE Chairman. He takes over from Andy Martin, MD of Martin Plant Hire.
Plantforce adds Apollos
Plant hirer, Plantforce, has added a number of Dieci Apollo 25.6R telehandlers from A&Y Equipment into its fleet. The compact machine provides a lift capacity of 2,500kg up to a height of 5.78m and a maximum outreach of 3.25m.
Various options have been added to the machines to meet customer needs, including green flashing beacons, radio systems and
reverse camera kits, fitted by
Seven Snorkels for Warren Access
Warren Access, which has two hire depots in Newcastle and Huntingdon and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has added seven Snorkel electric scissor lifts to its fleet.
The machines comprise three S3219E models, two S4732E machines, and one each of the S3226E and S4726E electric slab scissor lifts.
MD Graeme Warren said, “The Snorkel range is manufactured here in the UK, in fact, less than
20 miles from our Newcastle depot, and have a lot of features built-in which deliver real benefits.”
LCVT delivers for Hirelink (UK) Midlands
Hirelink (UK) Midlands recently took delivery of a low-floor tool hire vehicle from conversion specialist LCVT (Light Commercial Vehicle Technology). Based on a Fiat Ducato 2.3-litre 130ps Euro 6 chassis cab, it has a 3.8m body built on the company’s low-floor chassis conversion and incorporates a full-width tailgate, recessed front winch and lashing points either side of the front bulkhead.
LCVT states that the Ducato does not require AdBlue to meet Euro 6 regulations, giving a higher payload and reduced running costs.