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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

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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

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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 ...
Access Rental places $5m Skyjack order

Access Rental places $5m Skyjack order

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The Gulf arm of UK powered access specialist Access Rental has placed a US$5m (£4m) equipment order with Skyjack. Access Rental Gulf (ARG) has ordered a total of 55 machines, comprising 35 articulating boom lifts and 20 telescopic boom lifts. ARG, which was established in 2008, has a rental fleet of over 1,000 powered access machines operating across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. Managing director Chris Light said: “Skyjack is a key strategic partner to ARG. They have a solid and well-proven reputation for providing quality engineered, simple and reliable access equipment which is easy to service and maintain.  We have worked closely with Skyjack since we established in 2008. Skyjack has proven to be an excellent investment and we value the first-clas...
Nationwide Platforms opens in Didcot

Nationwide Platforms opens in Didcot

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Powered access rental company Nationwide Platforms has opened a new depot in Didcot, Oxfordshire. With the addition of Didcot, Nationwide Platforms now has 35 depots across the UK with this number set to increase as the company look to expand their service offering throughout the Midlands in 2020 and beyond. Owned by French rental group Loxam, Nationwide runs the UK’s largest fleet of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) with more than 13,000 machines. The Didcot depot, on Hawksworth Industrial Estate, has capacity to hold stock of over 400 MEWPs and will also host operator training programmes. Managing director Colin Hotchkiss said: “Great powered access hire service depends on being close to our customers and delivering the right equipment just when they need it. This ...
AFI takes over Facelift

AFI takes over Facelift

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Powered access hire company AFI-Uplift has taken over competitor Facelift after a £60m injection of new private equity capital. Facelift was founded by Gordon Leicester in Hickstead, Sussex in 1986 when he was just 21 years old and bought a Simon D50 truck-mounted platform to help with building maintenance work. From this, a hire business grew to a fleet of more than 700 machines and annual revenues of £12m. It is a top 20 player in the general UK powered access rental market and particularly prominent for its high-reach truck-mounted platforms. Now aged 54, Gordon Leicester is cashing in. AFI’s fleet of 7,500 platforms in the UK and Middle East make it much larger than Facelift but the acquisition substantially strengthens AFI’s offering in the self-drive truck and van mounted p...
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