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Exceeding expectations

More than ever, the Executive Hire Show lived up to its reputation as being the place where passionate hirers meet innovative suppliers. We review just some of the many new products unveiled.

Volvo promotes security offer

As well as displaying its latest generation 1.5 tonne EC15C and 1.8 tonne EC18C mini excavators, Volvo showed how to prevent these machines from being stolen. On its stand, the Volvo team, led by Road and Utility Director David Munns, were highlighting a limited period offer to supply the EC15C, EC17C, EC18C and EC20C minis (reviewed in our November/December issue) with Thatcham-approved security fitted free. Until 30 June, Volvo will supply these machines with the Cesar P1 identification system and an Enigma Skyline P2 category immobiliser. This combination provides a 3-star rating against a maximum Thatcham 5 star grading leading, Volvo claims, to a potential saving on insurance premiums.

HSC previews new Elite heater

The Show gave The Hire Supply Company the perfect opportunity to display the prototype of a re- designed version of its Elite quartz halogen infra red heater. It retains the patented shock-absorbent frame that protects the elements, and is designed so that it can be either tilted or fixed in an upright position. The 2.8kW unit has a strong plastic

moulded body with a metal chassis to combine light weight with durability, and it will be available in 110 and 240V versions. MD Gary McWilliam told EHN that the heater is styled to blend with domestic and industrial environments, and that is represents an ideal opportunity for hirers who want to be prepared for the next sudden cold snap. During the Show, the company ran a competition on a motor racing simulator, with each competitor having a maximum of two drives around a virtual Silverstone track to produce the fastest time over three laps. The eventual winner was Lee Burlton of Surrey-based Coinford Plant, who won an Apple iPad. Second was Jordan Moger from Instant Hire, Southampton, whose prize was £250 of Red Letter Day vouchers, with third place going to James Compton from Yeovil Hire Centres, who won tickets to see Take That in concert.

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With the Skyline P2 e-touch immobiliser, up to 40 programmable user keys are available. David Munns says these keys are inexpensive to replace and it is possible to have a separate key for each machine, or one key for all fleet machines. Tracking is also available as an extra cost option.

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Lumaphore illumination from ArcGen Hilta

Having last year bought lighting tower manufacturer SMC, the ArcGen Hilta stand was always going to be even brighter than in previous years. However, unexpectedly adding to the illumination on display were some eye-catching cylindrical Lumaphore lights.

Described as a new concept in temporary lighting, the 110V Lumaphore 440 is a lightweight (8kg) light source incorporating eight 55W fluorescent tubes. It is claimed that this wind-resistant product uses 1/5th of the energy of halogen bulbs whilst providing immediate illumination and continuity of lighting for up to 20,000 hours.

A single Lumaphore 440 can be tripod or trolley mounted, whilst four units can be carried on the 9m mast of an SMC TL-90 mobile lighting tower. ArcGen Hilta has become the exclusive UK distributor of the product, which is manufactured in France by ELC.

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