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GAP ADDS NEW DIVISION
GAP Group is continuing to expand by establishing Trenching & Shoring as a new specialist division.
This activity was previously a sub-division within the company’s now 10-year-old Non-Mechanical division. However, in April 2018, GAP purchased MV Trench Support, a Scottish-based trenching and shoring company, which has extended its product fleet and brought additional knowledge and experience in this sector.
Trenching & Shoring becomes GAP’s ninth specialist division, joining Plant, Tools, Non-Mech, Lifting & TIC, Survey & Safety, Welfare, Events and Vehicle Hire.
On top of this, GAP is the sole distributor of EZE Shoring equipment in the UK, which is designed to be simple, safe and easy to use. The products are made up of only five different components without pins, clips, slings, pumps or hydraulics.
DPF information from BISAF
BISAF Ltd, which offers diesel particulate filter (DPF) solutions to the construction and hire industries, has launching a new technical website. It aims to explain the options available to both maintain compliance within Clean Air Zone regulations and to promote good practice in dealing with the health issues relating to diesel particulates.
The company is the UK agent for Johnson Matthey's DPFs and offers an installation and maintenance service for them. BISAF also offers its own compact DPF for smaller machines. Check out the site at https://BISAF.co.uk
Arnold Plant goes electric with JCB
Stockport-based Arnold Plant Hire has added a JCB 19C-1E electric mini excavator to its fleet. The machine has already been used on local council cemetery projects because of its quiet operation and zero emissions at point of use.
Arnold Plant MD, Philip Oldham, said, “We are committed to investing in and supporting new technology within our industry. The government has its own targets for zero emissions, so we want to play our part by offering products that help to achieve these goals.”
Thirty years ago, Arnold Plant became the first hirer to take a fleet delivery of JCB’s 801, which it was recently able to repurchase.
Trime completes acquisition
Italian lighting tower manufacturer, Trime, has announced the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of DOA Srl.
DOA is based in Milan and serves the power generation machinery and hydraulic tools markets. Trim states that the acquisition is part of its strategic plan for development whilst pursuing similar opportunities to acquire like-minded companies with complementary product portfolios.
Andrea Fontanella, President of Trime, who leads the company together with CEO Paolo Tacconi said, "We are delighted to welcome DOA to the Trime Group. This acquisition represents a fundamental step in our strategy to grow international markets.”
Double celebrations for AJC EasyCabin
AJC Trailers recently celebrated a double win at this year’s Green Apple Awards. The manufacturer’s EcoSmart Zero emission-free welfare unit won a Gold prize and its H20 Solar Pod was presented with a Silver award.
Sales Director Lisa Gillett, accompanied by workshop foreman, Jonathon Denny, attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
The EcoSmart Zero is powered by a combination of a hydrogen gas fuel cell and a solar power system. This means the unit operates almost silent and emits only pure water vapour. The power to run the heating, sockets, kettle and microwave comes from a battery bank.
The H2O Solar Pod, which was developed in conjunction with Nixon Hire, can deliver up to 30kVA via solar panels and a back-up generator.
The Awards are presented by the Green Organisation an international, non-profit environment group that recognises environmental best practice around the world.
LCVT vehicle pleases Construct-Equip
Construct-Equip has purchased a new LCVT low floor 3.5-tonne vehicle to operate out of its Birmingham depot.
The hirer, which also has a branch in Telford, has operated similar vehicles for a number of years, alongside larger trucks. When looking for a replacement, Birmingham Depot Manager, Glynn Johns, was impressed by the fact that the LCVT chassis conversion had been designed from the onset for commercial applications.
The Fiat Ducato-based unit was specified with a 3.8m bed, allowing fence panels to be carried. A winch has been fitted so that generators and heavier items on wheels can be positioned in the back of the vehicle. In addition, a combination tow ball with tachograph was included so that larger plant and lighting towers could be towed. The LCVT vehicle can tow 2,300kg.
Hire Network Award shortlist announced
The remaining two companies shortlisted for the Hire Network Award have been announced. The West Thurrock depot of access equipment specialist, Generation Hire & Sales, and the Derby branch of Hireforce, were nominated towards the end of last year. Completing the line-up is the Barking location of Toga Hire Centres.
The Award recognises excellent team performance at a specific depot. “The staff at Generation Hire & Sales always give consistent high service, supplying aluminium towers, podium steps and similar equipment,” Hire Network General Manager, Kevin Sherwood, told EHN. “Similarly, the team at the Hireforce Derby depot always perform well, offering helpful, reliable service.”
The winner will be announced at the Executive Hire Show in February.
BPH goes green
Hydraulic implement specialist, BPH Attachments, has purchased two new electric vans as part of a long-term plan to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
The Renault Kangoo vans are the first of many that the family-run business intends to purchase. The two vehicles should save just under 3,000 litres of diesel fuel per year.
Charging points have been installed at the BPH head office in Billingshurst, and these will also be available to use free by construction industry professionals.
New Mobile Mini MD
Mobile Mini, which specialises in hiring portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, has appointed Andrew Thompson as its new Managing Director.
Andrew originally joined as Regional Director for the North, before adding overall operations and supply chain management to his remit. The company currently has 15 depots and employs 420 people.
He started his career as a warehouse assistant and a series of promotions saw him work his way up through store and regional management while studying business and finance at New College Durham and the University of Sunderland.
Alan Guthrie celebrates 20 years as editor
EHN Editor Alan Guthrie enjoyed a quiet night out in Glasgow at the end of November with special dinner guests Douglas and Iain Anderson of GAP Group.
The celebratory dinner was hosted by former EHN Publisher Rob Aplin, who comments, “Alan has served our industry with integrity and honesty throughout the first 20 years of this new Millennium.
“Month in, month out, he has travelled the length and breadth of the UK to accurately and fairly report on all the latest industry developments from passionate hirers and innovative suppliers.
In particular, Alan has led this magazine’s campaigns in response to the key Health & Safety challenges that our industry has faced over the last two decades.
“He played a pivotal role in our Hand Arm Vibration Conferences in 2005 and 2006, and has since been at the forefront of EHN’s Dust and Green initiatives. He has become a trusted friend of our industry. In short, he is an industry treasure.
“He also played a vital role in the development of the Executive Hire Show, in which he was a founding shareholder.”
Bobcat remote control impresses BooBoo
The UK’s first Bobcat remote control compact loader has increased safety and reduced costs on a demolition contract in London. Purchased by BooBoo Plant Hire of Kings Langley, the adapted S450 skid steer loader is working on the top-down demolition of a former wing of the Whittington Hospital in North London.
The machine was quickly fitted with a remote control kit. It allows the operator to leave the cab and control the S450 remotely whilst maintaining visibility and safety. The system is compatible with any Bobcat skid steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loader equipped with the manufacturer’s selectable joystick controls.
Harry Allen, Owner of BooBoo Plant Hire, commented: “As well as increased safety, the remote control saves costs by removing the need for a banksman as a lookout for the machine.”
Tsurumi Pumps buys Obart
For over 40 years, Obart Pumps have been serving the UK hire industry. On 13 December, the shareholders of Obart Pumps reached an agreement to sell the company to Tsurumi (Europe) GmbH, which became effective on 1 January.
Tsurumi is one of the world’s leading submersible pump manufacturers. Formed in 1924, it was the first company in Japan to manufacture submersible pumps and has four factories, producing over 600,000 pumps per year.
Tsurumi wishes to build upon the success Obart Pumps has created in the single-phase contractor market, by growing UK sales of 3-phase and wastewater pumps. It has been a Tsurumi distributor since 1975.
Obart’s Matthew Hill said, “I will continue to work for Obart and will retain my role as MD. Tsurumi are looking for me to not only expand the Tsurumi brand in the UK, but also to maintain and grow all of our product groups. I am confident this transition will only see a positive impact for our customers in the future.”