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MEGAWATT MILESTONE ACHIEVED
Rugby-based energy storage specialists, Hybrid Power Hire, has attained a significant landmark, in having 30MWh of energy storage on hire six months ahead of its targeted growth plan. The company calculates that it now has the largest rental fleet for energy storage in Europe, in terms of capacity and by the number of assets.
Hybrid Power Hire operates re-rent services of energy storage systems used across the construction, events and utilities sectors working with or, in some cases totally displacing, diesel generation. The hybrid technology used has significant impact, in reducing emissions, carbon footprint and noise, as well as saving costs by reducing fuel consumption.
Danny Jones, technical director, said: “The unexpected and significant increase in demand from the EV charging sector has accelerated growth. The looming introduction of Stage V emissions standards and the announcement that the UK’s red diesel derogation is to go in 2022, has set the conditions for even faster growth in our sector, right across the EU, than could have been anticipated just two years ago”.
In light of this recent achievement, the company has revised its growth plans to double the number of units added to the fleet each month and, together with sister company Off Grid Energy, is preparing to move to new 30,000 sq ft premises to accommodate its expansion plans. The expectation is to exceed 60MWh in the fleet by the end of 2021.
Family businesses in three-way deal
Three of the industry’s most recognised family businesses have collaborated on a post lockdown deal that aims to drive safety standards, reduce risk and improve efficiencies on site.
Suffolk-based Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd has been building Britain’s Infrastructure for more than 55 years. Meanwhile, Essex-based Ernest Doe began trading in 1898, and has been supplying the construction sector since the late 1950s. No arrivistes either, Thwaites began production at its Warwickshire base in 1937, a mere 83 years ago.
The deal for 15 cabbed 9-tonne forward-tip dumpers was delivered by Ernest Doe in August 2020, and will be heading out to major infrastructure projects across the Breheny operating area.
Breheny Plant Operations Manager Andrew Dobrucki said: “Thwaites dumpers have been an integral part of the Breheny plant fleet from the very early years on site. We are committed to achieving the highest possible standards, so much so, we invited Thwaites to provide demonstration models of their 9-tonne cabbed dumper to our infrastructure project at Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford”.
While Ernest Doe Area Sales Manager Nigel Booley added: “I was delighted to conclude this deal with Breheny. Firstly, because it is a significant indicator of the confidence within the industry, post COVID-19, and secondly, given the competitive landscape and interest in this opportunity.”
New electric dumpster for JCB
JCB has introduced an electric version of the HTD-5 Dumpster tracked carrier, adding to its growing range of fully electric E-Tech models.
The HTD-5e E-Dumpster is offered as a high-tip model capable of carrying up to 500kg. The addition of an electric drive makes the machine suitable for urban and indoor applications that require low noise and zero exhaust emissions.
Key features include a 48v lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, a 9kW electric motor delivering travel speeds up to 3km/h, a two-hour charging time, zero emissions at point of use and 1,450mm skip ground clearance in tipping position.
JCB has done much in the development of fully electric construction machinery. It has already introduced the 19C-1E electric mini excavator and the 30-19E Teletruk telescopic forklift. In addition, the company offers a wide range of electrically-powered access platforms, while its Power Products division has launched a line of electric powerpacks to provide recharging facilities for electric machinery in off-grid applications.
Source UK makes Genie investment
Powered access and tool hire specialist, Source UK, has invested in Genie material lifts supplied by Access Platform Sales.
The Milton Keyes-based company selected the Genie Superlift Advantage 15 in view of its versatility, as Source UK Director Steve Ottewill explains: “We are always guided by customer demand and our customers like Genie material lifts. They're good quality machines and easy to use. The Genie SLA 15 covers a lot of bases for our customers, which include ducting installers and construction contractors.”
The Genie SLA 15 weighs 151kg and has a maximum load capacity of 363kg. It is set up without tools, has a maximum lifting height of 4.98m, and minimal dimensions mean it is easily guided through narrow doorways.
Linda Betts, major accounts manager at APS, is in no doubt of its advantages: “The Genie SLA is a rugged, high-performance machine that delivers excellent return on investment for hire specialists. They're low maintenance, easy to deliver and pick up and can be put to work by hire customers with minimal instruction. Most importantly, they are very popular on many work sites.”
New minis from Wacker Neuson
Wacker Neuson has expanded its portfolio of tracked equipment with the addition of two mini-excavators that are suitable for a wide variety of applications.
Enter the ET42 and EZ50 tracked excavators; the former with a conventional tail and the latter boasting zero tail swing - hence the ‘Z’ in the title.
Highlight benefits of the new machines include spacious and comfortable cabs with optimal visibility on all sides, wide-opening covers, operating temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius, 3-point kinematics for more break out force, insertion depth and dumping height; four extra control circuits allowing the use of a wider variety of attachments, and a ‘Load Sensing Flow Sharing’ system, which adjusts to the load automatically while maintaining joystick controls for the operator.
Meanwhile, an Active Working Signal in the engine hood improves safety for persons in the working area of the excavator, a synthetic covering protects the lifting arm piston, and both units have Stage V compliant engines. Optional extras include a rear camera paired with a seven-inch display, LED headlights and an auto-stop function.
Onwards and upwards for Werner man
WernerCo’s Director of Product Engineering, Steve Lock, has been promoted to take on new responsibilities for EMEA projects and aligning its European offering.
With over 15 years’ experience leading multi-disciplined engineering teams to deliver product solutions for customers, Steve is now responsible for EMEA projects and the European business.
Steve now also leads product engineering and development across all UK brands as WernerCo bids farewell to Paul Bruton, who retired last month after 45 years in the ladder industry.
Speaking of the new move, WernerCo Managing Director Justin White said: “We are delighted to have Steve in the team, as he brings with him extensive knowledge that will be invaluable to the future development of our product ranges in the coming years. His responsibility for EMEA projects also comes at an exciting time as we look forward to a number of major new product developments later this year as we get back to business following the impact of Coronavirus.
“Steve steps into the large shoes left behind by Paul Bruton, who has been an integral part of the team at WernerCo over many years.”
New HSC website goes live
HSC has aggregated its online space and all the products from its 2020 catalogue into a brand new single website.
The new website is an altogether more cohesive experience, listing everything from electrical distribution, heating and cooling equipment, and site lighting; but now also including a vast range of spare parts, oils and lubricants, engines and consumables. Customers will have one website and one Login to deal with, of course, and a single team dedicated to customer service at the other end.
There’s rather more to look at on the new site too, with more in the way of images and product information - and even videos for some items too.
See for yourselves at www.hscgroupuk.co.uk
Bobcat completes Stage V range
With the launch of the S550 and S590 skid-steers, Bobcat has completed its M-series range of Stage V-compliant compact track loaders.
As with the S450, S510 and S530 skid-steers launched earlier this year, the S550 and S590 offer compact dimensions with Stage V engine technology, telematics connectivity, enhanced operator comforts and a two-year warranty as standard.
Other new features include selectable joystick controls; high-flow hydraulics enabling the use of sweepers, planers and wheel saws; a two-speed drive providing travel speeds of 11.4km/h in low range and 17.3km/h in high range; and versatile duty tyres for use on common mixed surfaces. Solid flex tyres are available as an option for more intensive applications.
The new S550 and S590 skid-steer loaders will be manufactured at the Bobcat plant in Dobris in the Czech Republic, and are available to order now for delivery in early 2021.
Phoenix becomes Ammann dealer
Ammann has selected Phoenix Plant Hire & Sales as the distributor of its equipment throughout Wales. This this is the first year that Ammann has awarded a territorial dealership in the UK.
With six depots, a seventh apparently in the planning and over 80 trained staff, Phoenix is now the largest independent hire company Wales, and will offer a comprehensive range of Ammann’s compaction and plant machinery products going forward.
Access Hire Nationwide expands fleet
Access Hire Nationwide is growing its mounted access fleet with the addition of 25 VTL135-F platforms to be mounted to 3.5 tonne Iveco Daily 35S trucks.
Manufactured by Versalift UK, the VTL135-F incorporates a profiled boom structure manufactured from ultra-high strength steel that gives exceptional rigidity. When mounted onto the Iveco Daily 35S, platforms have a working height of 13.5m, an outreach of 8.4m and 200kg of spare payload after driver, passenger and fuel. Other standard features include zero tail swing, load moment control, undermounted buckets and an LCD display providing additional information to operators.
A subsidiary of Kelling Group, Access Hire Nationwide specialises in the hire of vehicle-mounted access platforms and other specialist vehicles. Stephen Moore, CFO at Kelling Group said: “The platforms will be supplied to a number of our existing and new clients in the core infrastructure sectors of power, telecoms and street lighting. Our investment in the VTL135-Fs for this quarter is part of our ongoing annual investment plan to ensure we continue to provide the most modern, largest and youngest fleet in the market to our clients.”
Vanmac cuts a deal with Kesmac
Vanmac Ltd has become an authorised distributor for Brouwer Kesmac turf and groundscare equipment.
Founded by Gerry Brouwer and his son Eric in Ontario, Canada, Brouwer Kesmac is now established worldwide. Vanmac is known for the distribution of the Trilo range of blowers and vacs, and will offer sales and service support across the full range of Brouwer Kesmac products and
Of particular note is the five-gang Kesmac verti-cutter. Each of the five gang reels features 21 steel blades at 31mm spacings, to cut and remove thatch build ups. At over 3m wide, it is ideal for larger areas such as golf fairways and parks.
Vanmac Ltd, Area Sales Manager Jeremy Vincent, said, “We’ve been working hard to extend our portfolio here in the UK and are delighted to have added the Brouwer Kesmac collection to our offering. Over the next few weeks, we will begin supporting all of the existing Brouwer Kesmac customers and are excited to hit the road and begin introducing the quality range to new facilities around the country.”
Shindaiwa shines on
Shindaiwa’s Site Bright M1 units will be lighting up a Scottish whisky distillery as part of a new business win with Falkirk based Your Equipment Solutions (YES).
The order for 50 x 25W units will provide lighting for a roofing replacement project at premium spirits company, Beam Suntory in Linlithgow, and YES is looking to extend the order to fulfil similar projects in the pipeline it says.
“Shindaiwa’s Site Bright series shone when it came to build quality and performance and we expect there to be great demand for the units. The five-year warranty covering the whole light offers huge reassurance to both us, the hirer and our customers,” added YES MD, David Johnstone.
• Read more about the Site Bright lights in this month’s Market Report.