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5 Executive News

Our coverage of the latest hire industry developments includes the AGR and 3T debate, Bavtrak for Brownsea, Banson praise for No More Props, Seddons is up for the Cup, Oak Plant opts for Ammann ViO and LTS switches to Youngman.

10 Hire honours

EHN reports on the successful hirers and suppliers in the Awards of Excellence 2010.

14 Trust your mates

Martin Plant Hire is in upbeat mood, following an upturn in business and a positive new marketing initiative.

16 Safety on display

EHN reviews new products with hire potential seen at the Safety & Health Expo.

21 NEW at Bauma

This year’s Bauma was bigger than ever. Nick Johnson travelled to Munich to provide an exhaustive review.

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3 Executive Hire Forum

We assess how the Top Three hirers are responding to the current challenges.

11 City News

Catherine Stratton provides a detailed assessment of Speedy’s latest results and considers the sale of Hewden.

52 Crosshire

Our correspondent discusses unfair costs faced by businesses, and urges hirers to press for action regarding the BID Levy.

PROFILE

BRANDON HIRE

35 Making the best of difficult times

Catherine Stratton talks with Brandon MD Tim Smith, who argues that, as part of Wolseley, the company has been better positioned to withstand the recession than its two larger competitors.

MARKET REPORT

POWER TOOLS & ACCESSORIES

39 Completing the cut

Hilti has just launched its first petrol cut-off saw for the UK market. Alan Guthrie reports.

40 Latest products

EHN assesses new launches from manufacturers and suppliers such as DeWalt, Bosch, Marcrist, Makita, Paslode, Toolpak and JCB, amongst others.

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JUNE

2010

45 Vertikal lift-off

We preview innovative machines to be displayed at the Vertikal Days lifting equipment event in Haydock this month.

49 Niftylift races ahead

Niftylift recently showed off its new Height Rider 17 Hybrid 4x4 access platform.

50 Hillhead highlights

EHN previews what is billed as the world’s biggest working exhibition of quarrying and recycling equipment.

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THE PASSIONATE VOICE OF THE HIRE INDUSTRY

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Alan Guthrie

Consultant Plant Editor

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