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Speedy spends £3m on Skyjack lifts

Speedy spends £3m on Skyjack lifts

Access, Dealer
Speedy has added 100 new boom and scissor lifts to its UK fleet as part of its powered access investment strategy. Speedy has spent £3m on new Skyjack equipment, including both articulated and telescopic mobile elevating work platforms. The 100 new additions include the diesel-powered all-terrain SJ46AJ and SJ66T, and the all-electric SJ30ARJE, which have working heights of 15.9, 22.1 and 10.8 metres respectively. Speedy has also taken delivery of more Skyjack SJ6826 and SJ6832 rough terrain scissor lifts, which provide a working height range from 9.75m to 11.6 metres. These lifts have four-wheel drive and up to 50% gradeability for use on all terrains. The Skyjack equipment is the latest investment by Speedy Powered Access, which has recently expanded its fleet with 130 ne...
Terex Genie names new UK sales director

Terex Genie names new UK sales director

Access, Movers and Shakers
Terex has appointed Will Westley has been appointed as sales director for its Genie aerial work platforms in the UK and Ireland. Will Westley joins Terex Genie from Caterpillar UK, where he worked for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he held the position of international industry manager for Caterpillar, responsible for delivering machine sales and parts to more than 90 countries. The Genie territory sales managers for the UK and Ireland – Keith John, Adam Mitchell and Craig Duffy – will report to Will Westley. From September, he will also take on the extra role of sales director for the Nordics region (Scandinavia and Baltic countries).
Rebrand for Nationwide Hire

Rebrand for Nationwide Hire

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Plant and tool hire broker Nationwide Hire has changed its name to WowNow Hire. The private equity owned firm needed a new name to distinguish it in from other ‘Nationwides’ out there, including Nationwide Platforms. This Nationwide, now called WowNow, is a £16m business founded by Howard Piper in Hampshire in 1995. It has no inventory, shops or depots but boasts access to five million products from 9,000 locations by acting as an intermediary. In October 2019 Wol Kolade’s private equity vehicle, Livingbridge, invested £15m in the business to take control. Chief executive Jonathan Holley said: “Changing our name makes perfect sense. We still cover the entire United Kingdom and the new name amplifies what we are all about, our WowNow DNA.” He said that the ‘Wow’ reflected...
Star Platforms opens in Bridgwater

Star Platforms opens in Bridgwater

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Powered access hire company Star Platforms has opened a depot in Somerset. Star Platforms’ new depot in Bridgwater, Somerset, becomes the sixth in its network, along with depots in Luton, Sevenoaks, Coalville, Reading and Thetford. Andy Pearson, once the managing director of AMP Access before setting up Prolift Access, is Star Platform’s new regional director for the southwest. He sold his Taunton-based Prolift Access business to Speedy in 2017 for £5.9m cash. Andy Pearson said of his new role: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Star Platforms, at this exciting time and look forward to being a part of the company’s expansion. I have worked closely with [joint managing directors] Richard Miller and Steve Simmons for a number of years within the industry and look forward to s...
New Billericay depot for Upward Powered Access

New Billericay depot for Upward Powered Access

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UK aerial lift rental company Upward Powered Access is opening a fourth location in Billericay, Essex this week to cover the region on the east of London and beyond. The new location will start as a satellite operation with machine storage and service ready for faster local deliveries. In the words of Tim Ward of Upward “Upwards goes ‘Towie’ (The only way is Essex), with our latest ‘peng’ depot in Billericay opening its doors this week to offer our range of powered access platforms to East London and beyond. Truly ‘ream’.” Don’t ask us for a translation! He also added a caption to the photo of him and Paul Johnson below: “Paul Johnson may look exasperated in this picture as it looks like Upward have their very own Joey Essex..”
PAL cards replaced by app

PAL cards replaced by app

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The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) says that moving away from plastic cards for trained operators to a smart phone application is a ‘game-changer’ for site safety. IPAF’s ePAL is set to be launched in April 2021 – a digital IPAF PAL Card, operator log book and operator safety guides. It will also allow operators to receive the latest IPAF safety information and best practice guidance, and will ultimately allow construction managers to verify an operative’s qualifications, as well as for the operator to log and share their equipment time. It will be available for Apple iOS and Android devices and will be updated with additional features as usage demands and developing technology allows. IPAF’s PAL card (standing for powered access licence) is not actually a l...
Employee trust takes over Horizon Platforms

Employee trust takes over Horizon Platforms

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Powered access hire company Horizon Platforms is now under the ownership of its employees. Ben Hirst and Rory Duggan, who set up Horizon Platforms in Normanton, West Yorkshire in 2008, have sold their business to an employee ownership trust (EOT) for an undisclosed sum. Selling to an EOT, owned by all 72 employees equally, means that they do not have to pay capital gains tax. Ben Hirst and Rory Duggan, both in the forties, will continue to manage the business as chief executive and strategic account director respectively. Ben Hirst said: “This is the proudest moment of my career. Transferring ownership into the hands of our employees offers this organisation the opportunity to live on, and truly become what I have always strived to achieve, a business built for our grandchildre...
Speedy spends £2m on hybrid Niftylifts

Speedy spends £2m on hybrid Niftylifts

Access, Dealer
Speedy Hire has bought another 50 Niftylift hybrid powered boom lifts for its aerial access fleet. The £2m investment follows the launch in November 2020 of Speedy Powered Access, which combines Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz – companies acquired by Speedy since 2017. Speedy Powered Access employs 180 people across 11 service centres in the UK, offering provide hire, sales, training, maintenance and refurbishment services. The hybrid system on the Niftylift boom lifts allows power to be automatically drawn from both the diesel engine and the electric battery pack. The units can run for a full day on a single charge in electric-only mode. Andy Briggs, managing director of Speedy Powered Access, said: “Ensuring customers and businesses can access the products ...
Haulotte ramps up used sales

Haulotte ramps up used sales

Access, General
Haulotte Group has stepped up its activity in the used equipment market, launching a dedicated website for used machines from its 21 subsidiaries. http://used-equipement.haulotte.com/haulotte/com The company believes used equipment is "a smart way to expand a fleet with great pricing for a quick return on investment". Ludovic Jankov, corporate used equipment manager at Haulotte Group, says used equipment has, to date, accounted for less than 5% of Haulotte's total sales. All machines are inspected by dedicated teams and serviced with Haulotte parts. The equipment will undergo numerous checks before it is deemed 'ready to work'. According to Jankov, "All our MEWPs and telehandlers are (in demand) in the used equipment market." Haulotte's scissor lifts experience the stron...
Snorkel starts production of lithium-ion powered scissor lifts

Snorkel starts production of lithium-ion powered scissor lifts

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  Pictured left to right with an SL30RTE are Ed Bisdee from battery supplier Hyperdrive Innovation with Snorkel’s engineering manager Jason Lovell, commercial director Stephen Irish, CEO Matthew Elvin and manufacturing chief John Gill Powered access platform manufacturer Snorkel has started up full production at its Wearside factory of two new lithium-powered Speed Level scissor lifts. The new models, the Snorkel SL26RTE and SL30RTE, were initially previewed at the Bauma 2019 trade show earlier this year and are now in production at the Snorkel’s Vigo Centre plant in Washington, Tyne & Wear. Both lifts are completely zero emission thanks to lithium-ion battery packs with built-in battery management system (BMS), and an integrated electric powertrain developed with ...
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