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Month: June 2019

Bobcat expands telehandler range

Bobcat expands telehandler range

New Trucks
Bobcat is expanding its telehandler range with the addition of two new machines. Now offering a choice of 13 rigid frame models for applications in construction, rental, recycling, waste and general industry, the TL43.80HF and TL30.70 ensure the maximum lifting capacities cover 2.6 and 4.3 metric tons with lifting heights from 6 to 18m. The high performance TL43.80HF combines a maximum lift height of 8m and the maximum lift capacity of the range. Due to the box welded frame, a low load centre, the long wheelbase and the new large rear counterweight, the new machine has very high stability and enabled Bobcat engineers to reduce the overall dimensions to a width of only 2.3m and less than 5m long. With a turning radius of 3.71m, the telehandler is powered by a Bobcat 130hp en...
Niftylift targets Finland

Niftylift targets Finland

Access
UK-based manufacturer of cherry pickers Niftylift has appointed a distributor for Finland. JS-Multi, which is owned by Jani Myllymäki and Sami Tainio has workshops in Helsinki and Joensuu, with new locations planned. As well as service and repair booms, JS-Multi Service can also work on generators, compressors and other motorised equipment. Jani Myllymäki and Sami Tainio said: “Our strengths in the industry are flexibility, know-how and co-operation with customer’s needs, to ensure machine availability. In the end, the rental companies only need to focus on renting their machines, not repairing and servicing their machines. Mark van Oosten, export sales manager for Niftylift added: “We’re very pleased to be working with Jani and Sami and are looking forward to developing our p...
Kalmar to deliver excellent eco-efficiency for Antwerp Euroterminal NV

Kalmar to deliver excellent eco-efficiency for Antwerp Euroterminal NV

Manufacturer
Kalmar has been awarded a contract to supply Antwerp Euroterminal NV (AET) with six Kalmar forklifts of varying specifications, including one fully electric model. The order, which also includes a Kalmar Complete Care service contract covering all the machines, was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q2 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed during Q4 2019. AET, is the largest multipurpose terminal in Europe and home to vessels of the Grimaldi Group. The terminal specialises in different types of cargo including break bulk, containers, project cargo, and vehicles. The terminal is already home to a fleet of approximately 20 Kalmar forklifts with lifting capacities ranging from 12 to 37 tons. The order from AET comprises two medium forklifts with lifting capacities of 12 tons, ...
A-Plant’s profits fall 11%

A-Plant’s profits fall 11%

Business, Finance
Hire company A-Plant has suffered a dip in profits in the past year on marginal growth in revenues. For the year ended 30th April 2019, A-Plant made an operating profit of £62.3m, down 11% on the previous year’s £70.2m. Revenue was up 0.7% to £475.1m (2018: £471.7m). Its operating margin therefore declined from 14.9% to 13.1%. This was attributed to “the higher depreciation charge of a larger average fleet”. A-Plant generated rental-only revenue of £357m, up 4% on the prior year (2018: £344m).  This was driven by increased fleet on rent with a 1% improvement in yield, mainly due to product mix. A-Plant’s parent company, Ashtead – although British – does most of its business in North America, through the much larger and more profitable Sunbelt equipment rental operations. ...
Impact Handling takes Konecranes to new heights

Impact Handling takes Konecranes to new heights

Dealer
Impact Handling, the sole UK and Ireland distributor for Konecranes Lift Trucks, has enjoyed another year of rapid growth with particularly strong demand for its Konecranes range of heavy lift trucks and container handling equipment. A period of significant investment has seen Impact expand its big truck operation to offer factory-backed support for the complete Konecranes product range across the entire UK. The support, delivered via its dedicated service team together with its specialist dealer network, is intended to provide customers with an elevated service experience and an enhanced rapid response capability. Terry Kendrew, Managing Director at Impact Handling explains: “We have invested in every single corner of our big truck offering. Expanding both our technical suppo...
Selwood uses QR codes for fleet management

Selwood uses QR codes for fleet management

Innovation
Plant hire firm Selwood has rolled out a new fleet management system based on QR codes. Selwood has added a unique QR code to each item of plant that when scanned by a smart phone or tablet opens up a host of supporting documents that could be of use to customers. Users of Selwood Smart QR can see health and safety, records, service information, daily maintenance checks, inspection documents and other reference information simply by scanning codes on the equipment. Selwood believes that the system could be especially helpful for contractors on large sites who need to keep track of multiple machines. It also believes that it is the only plant hire provider in the UK to use machine QR codes in this way. Related Information Future plans include the addition of maintenance t...
Hire controller apprenticeship launched

Hire controller apprenticeship launched

General
The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has launched a new trailblazer apprenticeship scheme for hire controllers. Since the new hire controller trailblazer apprenticeship secured approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) in December 2018, the CPA has been working with the Construction Industry Training Board on the details of documentation and assessment. Hire controllers play a key role within plant hire companies and thus the construction industry, co-ordinating the supply of essential equipment. The aim of the hire controller (plant, tools & equipment) trailblazer apprenticeship scheme, which has been several years in development, is to attract new recruits by effectively turning a job into a profession with recognised qualifications. The apprentic...
Cannon jumps in for micro Genies

Cannon jumps in for micro Genies

Access
Essex-based Cannon Access has taken delivery of six new electric Genie GS-1330m scissor lifts. Cannon Access is the first UK customer for this emissions-free machine, launched at the 2019 Bauma trade show in Munich in April. Marketed as a ‘micro-sized’ machine, the Genie GS-1330m is 1.4 metres long and 78cm wide, with a raised platform height of 3.9 metres (12 ft 8 in). Director Tom Cannon said: “We decided to pre-order a batch of Genie GS-1330m scissor lifts the second we saw the model announcement. For years, the industry standard has been to use six-metre (19 ft) scissor lifts, even if the customer is only working at half that height. And whilst this is not an issue, it is great to see a leading manufacturer producing a smaller conventional machine that will fill in the gap...
Manitou Opens Madrid Complex

Manitou Opens Madrid Complex

Euronews, Manufacturer
Manitou Group has opened the new facilities of Manitou Spain in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid. The company is hailing the move as a confirmation of its confidence in its potential growth into the Iberian market. The new location, very close to Madrid, has an area of 10,000 sqm and boasts a 4,600 sqm facility housing the official dealership for Madrid and Toledo. The new premises allow Manitou Group to exhibit its wide range of machinery and serve a greater number of customers in a more efficient way, according to a company statement. This move will also benefit nearly 30 employees who make up the Manitou Spain team. The site includes modern workshops where technicians are able to operate in complete safety with improved efficiency. The complex also features independent offic...
Camso introduces the Solideal RES Xtreme NMAS

Camso introduces the Solideal RES Xtreme NMAS

Innovation, Tyres
Camso introduces the Solideal RES Xtreme NMAS, a new non-marking resilient forklift tire, which resolves the important safety issues linked to static electricity generated in non-marking tires. The announcement comes about a year after the launch of the industry’s first non-marking anti-static (NMAS) forklift tire, the Solideal PON 775 NMAS by Camso. The addition of the Solideal RES Xtreme NMAS to Camso’s portfolio makes it the first tire manufacturer to offer a complete range of solid non-marking anti-static (NMAS) forklift tires, now supplying both press-on and resilient solutions. “The Solideal PON 775 NMAS received an unprecedented welcome in the market. Customers were finally getting an extreme performance non-marking tire that also prevents static electricity build-up,” say...
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