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MATHER+STUART POWERS AHEAD

Mather+Stuart Power Solutions, the temporary power equipment division of A-Plant, has announced that it will be investing almost £8m in new equipment before the end of 2018. This aims to capitalise on new growth opportunities following a series of recent service centre openings across the UK.
Phase one of the company’s investment has seen a significant order placed with Harrington Generators International (HGI) this summer.
The £2m purchase comprises over 180 items, including some of the manufacturer’s latest models. Synchronisation panels have been installed on some of the generators, enabling users to link them together to achieve fuel savings. 
Gary Orton, Director of Mather+Stuart, said, “Following our acquisition by A-Plant in 2016, we have experienced a period of rapid growth, opening nine new service centres and tripling the size of our fleet from 650 generators in January 2016 to over 2,000 in August 2018.”
Bryan Harris added, “We are proud to be able to provide Mather+Stuart Solutions with the quality and durability required to meet their demands. Here at HGI, we pride ourselves on delivering a product far exceeding expectations, on time and on budget.”

 

Frank Key Tool Hire drives forward

Frank Key Tool Hire has recently purchased a new 7.5-tonne truck for its depot in Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, and reports that four new 3.5-tonne tail lift vehicles are expected to be delivered before the end of the year.
The business, which has depots throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire, recently undertook a customer research project and one of the main findings was the importance of equipment availability and delivery.
Frank Key has also added two new Forst wood chippers to its hire fleet, and it plans to open a hire presence at its Sheffield builders’ merchant facility early in the New Year.

 

Hireforce nominated for Hire Network Award

The Birmingham depot of Hireforce has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Hire Network Award, which recognises excellent performance at an individual location. This branch is hoping to achieve a double, having won the Award in 2016.
“We have dealt with Hireforce since it opened its first depot in Leicester. It is a really good independent, always helpful and delivers well-maintained equipment efficiently,” 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.

 

GAP rolls out BigChange system

GAP has equipped 400 of its drivers with tablets as it rolls out a management solution from BigChange. Called JobWatch, the cloud-based system incorporates a range of mobile apps with live tracking and job scheduling. It also links in real time to the hirer’s back office systems, such as the central hire desk, financial system and customer relationship management (CRM).
“The BigChange solution is transforming the way we work by eliminating lots of cumbersome paper forms. The live data feeds to our central systems will result in significant benefits to the business by providing complete management visibility of our operations across the entire depot network,” said Mark Emery, GAP’s Systems Development Manager.
The mobile apps include electronic signature capture with proof of delivery (POD) and proof of collection (POC) records automatically uploaded onto GAP’s Smart Office system. Ultimately GAP’s customers will have the ability to access their hire records themselves.

 

Eagle lands in Edinburgh

Eagle Plant Hire Ltd of Glasgow has established a new satellite operation in Edinburgh, with the support of an SME Cashflow finance package from Clydesdale Bank. Four new personnel have been added, bringing the total number of Eagle employees to 24, with more recruitment planned.
MD Colin Inglis, pictured second from right with some of his team, said, “Eagle have an extremely strong and loyal customer base which values the complete service we provide that integrates with each customer’s own operating platform. This has resulted in greater volumes of business being transferred to ourselves and, to provide the coverage and level of service expected, an East coast base was required.”
He added that the company has recently expanded its management team, with the appointment of John Cummings and Iain MacDonald. “John has 40 years’ experience at senior management and ownership level in the tool and plant hire industry, and Iain has over 30 years’ sales and management experience in the industry in Scotland.”
With growth in the existing operation and the new business generation combined, Eagle is forecasting a 60% growth in turnover in the first full 12 months after the new Edinburgh site becomes fully operational.
• EHN will report on the new Edinburgh depot in a future issue.

 

Boels expands Hereford presence

Boels Rental has re-located its Hereford depot to a larger facility owing to continuous growth. The new site is on the Mortimer Trade Park in the town.
Depot Manager Gary Willis said: “This new depot, which is located close to many builders’ merchants and DIY stores, has a training facility in which we can offer our customers various courses in safety, such as IPAF and PASMA. Furthermore, the product range will be expanded with larger access equipment, as well as mini excavators, compressors and more, so we can serve our customers even better.”

 

Nixon expands its tanker fleet

Nixon Hire has expanded its Iveco tanker fleet by adding three 26-tonne Stralis X-Way 6x4 rigid models. They complement three Trakker rigid tankers already in service and will supply clean water to customers across a range of markets.
The vehicles also have the manufacturer’s patented HI-SCR emissions technology, which utilises passive regeneration of the diesel particulate filter (DPF). As there is no need to make periodic stops for forced regeneration, states Iveco, operator productivity increases because no driver involvement is needed, or downtime from active regeneration. This also helps to deliver savings in fuel consumption and uses fewer components than some similar systems, reducing the need for replacement parts.

 

Site Equip celebrates 30 years  

Specialist hirer, Site Equip Ltd, recently celebrated 30 years of hiring portable toilets, luxury toilet trailers, mobile showers, fencing and trackway to the event and construction industries.
Originally established by Sonia and Geoff Gilbert, the business now has two depots at Lasham in Hampshire and Paddock Wood in Kent, over 60 full-time members of staff and a fleet of over 3,000 toilets. The next generation of the family, represented by Amy and Adam Gilbert, are now at the helm, and are winning business with clients such as London Fire Brigade, Carfest, Pub in the Park, and Standon Calling.
One particular previous challenge came in 2012 when G4S pulled out of supplying security services for the London Olympic Games and the armed forces were brought in. Site Equip delivered over 100 portable toilets to service a temporary base for the troops, with less than 12 hours’ notice.

 

JPS Splashes out with Trime

JPS Tool and Access Hire of Waltham Abbey has taken delivery of an X-Splash wash bay from Trime UK to ensure plant and machinery are cleaned in an eco-friendly way The cleaning area is connected to the rear solids collection tank section of the product, which recycles the water through a system of filters so that heavy solids are safely contained and easily removed. The dirty water is then pumped into the filtration tank where a series of filters removes smaller solid particulates, hydrocarbons and oils for disposal.

     
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