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New dates for the Executive Hire show
Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Hire show will now take place on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April 2021.
In explaining the move, Publishing and Events Director Chris Moore said:
"I have not taken this decision lightly and have consulted with event managers, hirers and many of our commercial partners. All have agreed with this prudent measure and have confirmed that they would rather the event is moved, and that stringent safety procedures are implemented, than the show is postponed to any later in the year, or indeed cancelled.
"The safety and wellbeing of all Executive Hire Show attendees and exhibitors has to be our number one priority and I hope people will understand why we have had to take this course of action in the face of unprecedented circumstances."
Feedback from exhibitors underlines the importance of this key annual event and demonstrates a broad agreement with the decision to reschedule. Among many other positive comments, Ray Neilson, managing director of Altrad Belle said:
"Altrad Belle is pleased to have the safety of the later date for the hire industry's must-attend exhibition. We are pleased it gives us the opportunity to spend a little more time to develop the new products which we love to launch at the Executive Hire Show.
While Mat Llewellyn, managing director of MHM Group added:
"I am delighted that the organisers are making a special effort to get the Executive Hire Show up and running in 2021. It goes without saying that they count on me and my team to give them all the backing they need. Yes, these have been testing times for the industry and we've all had to adapt, but there is work out there for hire firms.
So, now more than ever, we need the show to network with one another and to see the latest innovations from the many suppliers to the industry."
This announcement coincides with an update to the Executive Hire Show website, which contains EHS team contacts, information about the event, travel, accommodation and booking details.
Head to www.executivehireshow.co.uk for further information, we look forward to seeing you all at the Ricoh Arena on the 28th and 29th April 2021.
Hillhead goes digital
In addition to postponing this year's Hillhead expo and arranging a new date for 2021, The QMJ Group has just announced a digital event aimed at previewing the big show and stirring up some much needed enthusiasm.
Taking place from 9-10 March 2021, 'Hillhead Digital' combines a multi- stream conference with an online exhibition platform that will allow users to connect, engage and view hundreds of products.
Central to the event are 40 free seminars and panel sessions, providing invaluable insights into the key themes affecting the construction and quarrying industries over the next decade. Site visitors will also be able to browse 500 virtual booths showcasing the latest equipment and services. Additional functionalities enable users to arrange meetings, chat and Zoom live, download brochures, conference handouts and other useful information.
"Hillhead Digital will provide a safe and dynamic platform for the community to reconnect and share all of the positive developments that will help shape the construction recovery," says Richard Bradbury managing director of The QMJ Group.
"Our digital-format event will extend Hillhead's international reach and increase its coverage of the technology sector and younger demographic groups. It will celebrate the enormous contribution the sector makes to the UK and provide an exciting prelude to the physical event we look forward to delivering from 22-24 June 2021."
Digital events are all part of the 'new normal', of course, but this one sounds like it rivals its real-world counterpart in terms of size.
For further information, news updates and free registration see www.hillhead.com/digital
Pickerings to supply COVID test centres
Pickerings has won a multi-million pound Government contract to provide temporary facilities for use as COVID-19 test centres.
Over 200 building modules with related products and services will be delivered and installed on sites nationwide as part of a full turnkey package. The temporary testing facilities will be ready to use within weeks.
As well as building modules Pickerings will also be providing the full range of equipment from its 'Pickerings+' range, including groundworks, wi-fi, water supply, waste water emptying, fire alarms, generators and fuel management services.
"We are very pleased to be supporting the NHS and helping the nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be supplying building solutions from all our depots and supporting local communities across the country. This contract shows the flexibility our modular buildings provide in meeting a variety of uses as well as our ability to respond quickly to immediate requirements," says Pickerings MD, Neil Moss.
Pickerings wins this lucrative commission as part of the Government's Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Modular Buildings Framework. Suppliers were selected using a combination of qualitative and commercial measures, providing assurance to customers that the framework provides access to the lowest cost suppliers in the market.
Elavation buys big
Access hire specialist Elevation Platforms has placed an order with Access Platform Sales for Hinowa platforms that is worth over £1million. It is the biggest order that APS has received for the Italian-made tracked platforms in 2020.
Over the coming months the Milton Keynes-based company will be taking delivery of models from across the Hinowa spider platform range. The new order will include the TeleCrawler13 - the first spider platform with all-electric drive motors - two Hinowa Lightlift 26,14 Performance IIIS spider booms and a Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 Performance IIIS. Elavation Platforms has also appointed a new specialist equipment manager, Mandy McClement-John (pictured with APS Group MD Steve Couling) to ensure it makes best use of its growing Hinowa spider platform fleet.
IMER adds tracked spider boom
IMER Access, the Italian manufacturer of tracked booms and scissor lifts, has upgraded its range with a new addition to its IM-R 'spider' range.
The catchily titled 'IM R15 DA' is a 15m dual articulated boom machine with a 7m outreach and unrestricted 230kg SWL inside the working envelope. Compact and lightweight, the machine competes favourably with rival products, albeit with higher standard specifications and a lower price tag. The new machine offers wireless controls, non-marking tracks and 'IMER VIEW', which is a remote diagnostic and management system. UK specification also includes a five year warranty.
IMER Access products have previously sold through NEG Services, looking after southern England, and Specialist Access Engineering covering the north west and Wales. Bolstering its UK dealer network, IMER has just appointed newly formed Cherrypicker Shop Ltd to cover North East England and Scotland, with service points in County Durham and in the central belt of Scotland.
Grubs puts the boot in
A stout pair of boots is essential when wielding a chainsaw, but all the better if they're easy on the eye too. Enter Grubs with its 'Chainamic' footwear, which not only mark the company's tenth year of ISO 9001 accreditation, but take safety to the next level.
The new Chainamic boots have been rigorously tested at the SATRA testing facility and offer an array of features that are bound to find favour with keen arborists. Foremost of which is protection against chainsaws moving as fast as 28 metres per second. This is courtesy of special material in the orange vamp that clogs the chain and stops it moving.
The boots are also steel-free thanks to the ceramic composite used in the toecap, which means the boots do not conduct electricity. Meanwhile, a 5mm CR-Foam inner bootie keeps feet warm down to temperatures of minus 20, and the sole has been tested to the highest level of SRC slip resistance. Screw-in spikes can also be fitted for additional grip on timber or ice surfaces.
The Chainamic boots are available in charcoal/black, and in sizes 6 - 13.
Fairytale beginnings for Hull firm
Independent tool hire firm GoHire has taken over the Grimsby depot of Caspian Access and Plant Hire, marking the start of its plans to expand into the wider Humber region.
GoHire's acquisition will include all assets and employees. Over the next 24 months MD Sally Wray and Caspian boss Neil Garrison will continue working together through a period of transition.
In spite of ambitious expansions plans Sally is relatively new to the hire industry, having previously worked in adult education and local government.
Sally's journey into the sector began in 2015 after her daughter asked why the prince was the hero of her bedtime story, and couldn't the princess help herself? At this seemingly innocuous moment, Sally set about making significant changes that led her to the present day.
"I was completely new to business and looking back I was completely out of my depth," she adds. "I enrolled in business programmes with For Entrepreneurs Only and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Both support entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic opportunities by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.
"I ploughed the lessons I learned from the experts into GoHire and now I am delighted that my growth strategy is working as planned."
GoHire's acquisition of Caspian includes five employees, two vehicles, a comprehensive hire fleet and the goodwill generated over 35 years of business in the town. Sally plans to rebrand the Grimsby premises before the end of the year, by which time she might also have news of a third regional depot.
Bull locker stores and charges
A clever new locker from Bull Products boasts equipment security and electrically charges items at the same time.
Dubbed 'PowerHub', the new system comprises a bank of ten lockers that can store and charge hand- held equipment, batteries and other devices. PowerHub is fully mobile, securable and is powder- coated for anti-corrosion protection.
British made with a robust steel construction, PowerHub is fully earthed, protected by RCDs and is certified as electrically safe. Individual lockers measure 236 x 331 x 300mm, with padlockable doors and ventilation to ensure that tools and devices are stored at safe temperatures. Charging cables are neatly stored, even in use, and the sloping top of the unit prevents items being left on top of the locker, thus reducing the chance of on-site lost property.
Makita goes for maximum impact
Makita has unveiled the new 40VMax TW001 Impact Wrench as the latest in its expanding XGT 40V lithium-ion battery range.
With 2,050Nm torque and a tightening torque of 1,800Nm, the new TW001G delivers powerful fastening performance and is ideal for many industrial applications.
The battery itself engineered to withstand the rigours of use, with a vibration suppression system that protects it from excess vibration damage. In addition, the TW001G features six optimised fastening controls that tailors the speed and impact for each task.
The TW001G offers 4-stage impact power selection (soft, medium, hard, max), and a full speed option that shortens the distance of trigger travel so that maximum speed can be reached more quickly. At its maximum, the tool is able to reach 2,500 impacts per minute.
The new machine has a brushless motor and weighs just 4.2kg, including the battery, and the ergonomically designed handle and rubberised soft rip makes the tool comfortable and stable to use.
Go Trade Local off to a flying start
It's a pleasure to report that the new 'Go Trade Local' service has hit the ground running.
As a quick reminder, Go Trade Local is the brainchild of youthful entrepreneur Harry Longworth, and is a free web-based service that helps users connect with their most local tool & plant hire centres, builders' merchants and skip hire companies.
Although a fledgling venture, the site already boasts an attractive and easy to use interface, and it's apparently been gathering pace since we last reported.
"The response to Go Trade Local has been great," says Business Development Manager Stuart Clewlow. "Our platform promotes over 7,500 business of all sizes. We have received enquiries from Tradespeople and DIYers all across the UK and have been able to connect and engage with many businesses, including a wide range of independent companies to regional and national chains such as One Stop Hire and Brandon Hire Station to name just a few."
Well, those two will certainly do for starters. See www.gotradelocal.co.uk for more.
Boss boosts Fenton fleet
Flying in the face of ongoing lockdown concerns, Claude Fenton Plant Hire of Reading, Southampton and Swindon felt assured enough to place a £500K order with Boss Plant Sales.
The recent acquisitions, a selection here pictured, would grace any depot yard, comprising compact machinery from leading lights in the construction arena. Claude Fenton MD David McAteer is understandably bullish, commenting:
"Despite all the gloom and uncertainty, surrounding the current Covid-19 pandemic, we're confident going forward which is why we've decided to grow our fleet with 21 of the latest market leading, and environmentally sound, products from Kubota and Bomag. Both brands have universal site acceptance, they are reliable kit, economic to own and hold good residual value. In fact, all the new machines are out working already."
MHM strengthens sales force
As anyone who has dealt with MHM will tell you, the company runs a very tight team. Perhaps even tighter now, with industry stalwart Gregg Taylor joining as the new sales manager.
Gregg has over 28 years of experience in the hire and power generation markets, which is sure to prove useful in his new position. The MHM office might even receive a culinary uplift too, since Gregg is also a self-confessed foodie and a partly qualified chef. However, his daily duties will see him in charge of the entire MHM portfolio, which currently encompasses new and used generators, lighting towers and the recently introduced bulk fluid storage tanks.
Speaking of his new role, Gregg said: "Although I've only been with the company for a short period, I am already impressed with 'can-do' ethos that all the members of the team have embraced. The thirst for innovation and the pro-environmental credentials of the Group were evident the moment I stepped through the MHM head office."
While MHM MD Mat Llewellyn added: "I am delighted to have secured the appointment of Gregg. His knowledge and expertise will add a new dimension to our sales team. I am looking forward to working with him."
Paragon banks on new startup
Paragon Bank has enabled three Leicestershire- based sisters to follow in the footsteps of their father and set up new plant hire business together called FinniGroup Ltd.
Many family-run businesses have humble beginnings, of course, although FinniGroup is already off to a great start, with Paragon's investment funding the purchase of two substantial Bell 30E dump trucks. The new team has hire in blood too, having previously worked at their dad Paul's firm, Joinpoint Ltd, which specialises in larger scale construction machinery.
"After seeing the success of our father's business, we wanted to invest in some plant equipment ourselves and learn more about the family business," says Hollie Finnegan (pictured centre). "We knew that using Paragon was a great option for us and the best support we needed, at a rate we are comfortable with.
"Even though plant hire and construction has traditionally been male dominated, growing numbers of women are getting involved. Everyone we've met along the way, from customers to suppliers, have all been lovely and encouraging."
Bright future for GAP apprentice
A young engineer has carried off two awards in a competition aimed at finding the UK's best construction plant apprentices.
20 year-old Alisha Giles of Brighton was the national runner-up in the Level 2 'Plant Mechanic of the Year' category at the CPA's 'Stars of the Future' awards. Alisha had earlier won the regional title and went head to head against seven winners from other colleges in the national finals.
Alisha is an apprentice construction plant fitter with GAP Hire Solutions and attends Reaseheath College, where she receives additional off-the-job training. She has recently progressed onto her Level 3 apprenticeship, yet still manages to undertake a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Open University. Once qualified she hopes to become a workshop foreman and eventually a chief engineer.
"My family has been involved in construction plant for many generations and my dad encouraged me from a young age to get involved with engines, machinery and vehicles," says Alisha, pictured here with Reaseheath's Construction Plant Programme leader Jon Rowley. "Everything about an engine captivates me, from the noise to researching each component - and the joy of finding and solving issues. I apply everything I've learned at college back at my workplace. All my lecturers have worked in the industry and put themselves out to support me."
Movements at Mobile Mini
Mobile Mini has promoted Chris Fay to head up the sales and marketing teams nationwide.
Chris joined the company in 2019 as regional sales manager, although he has worked in sales management since leaving university in 2002.
Speaking of his recent elevation, Chris says: "I am so honoured to have been given this opportunity. I've been promoted twice since I joined the company, which just goes to show the level of investment in people and how the team are encouraged in their professional development. I'm really looking forward to driving Mobile Mini forward, developing and stretching my team to be the best they can be."
Aside from Chris moving upstairs, Mobile Mini has made a number of other key appointments over the past few months. In London, Rui Pereira and Claire Williams have been taken on as national account managers to target new customers across the South. While in Peterborough Julian O'Donovan has been taken on as national business development manager for the retail, hospitality and facilities management sectors.
Finally, Bernard McGovern, formerly of Mobile Mini's tool hire division, has been made UK managed services manager. He will be based at the North West branch, to work as part of 'Mobile Mini Plus', the firm's managed services offering.
New Ariens mower is the tops
The new APEX zero-turn mower boasts increased productivity and greater profitability for the commercial operator, says Ariens.
Highlights features include 'Hydro-Gear' transaxles, a 10-gauge welded cutting deck, 15 cutting positions in 0.6cm increments and swift operation, moving forward at a maximum of 8mph and 4mph in reverse. Not that users will be doing that very often, since the APEX can turn 180° in its footprint.
The new mower comes in two varieties - the APEX 48 with a 122cm cutter deck and the APEX 52 with a 132cm cutter deck. The constant belt tension system ensures the correct belt tension at all times, minimising wear and heat while providing enhanced belt life. Meanwhile, a foot-operated deck lift system ensures easy transit over paths and gravel areas.
In a nod to user safety and comfort, the APEX has a high back seat with padded armrests, and a Rollover Protection System can be added to the frame. Power comes from a Kawasaki V-Twin 726cc engine. Lastly, Ariens offers a 4-year or 500 hour commercial warranty.
New ECHO chainsaw
The new ECHO CS-7310SX chainsaw is the biggest in its current range and features a Japanese designed 73.5cc two-stroke engine with an output of 4.1kW.
Built with heavy-duty felling and forestry tasks in mind, the new machine is nevertheless a relative lightweight, tipping the scales at just 6.8kg. Other highlights include a magnesium starter housing which disperses the heat generated by the engine, and a 'G-Force' air pre-cleaner that reduces its exposure to dirt and debris.
Meanwhile, starting is easy with the decompression valve, and the heavy-duty aluminium handle has a secure rubber grip offering reduced vibration in the hand. Dual bumper spikes give users better control when sawing through stumps and thicker branches, while a rotating plastic chain catcher protects the user from potential inury and prevents chain damage.