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BOA Plant expands with Show order


Bedfordshire-


based BOA Plant Hire, a specialist supplier of cranes which is now expanding into offering other equipment, including smaller machinery, confirmed a deal at the Show for a variety of new products said to be worth £1.2m. The order includes Thwaites dumpers from 1 tonne to 9 tonne, Atlas Copco breakers and rollers, and 36 Kubota mini excavators from 1.5 tonne to 8 tonne, comprising twenty-five KX015-4 machines, five KX61-3s, five U48-4 models and a KX080-4. Our photo shows, from left, BOA Plant MD Antony Barrett, Finance Director Chris Stoneman, and Tom Haywood of local dealer, Shellplant.


Hireforce wins Hire Network Award


The Birmingham depot of Hireforce has won the 2016 Hire Network Award, which was presented on the first day of the Show. “The Award recognises the all-round commitment to service


from staff at an individual depot,” said Hire Network MD Barry Dean, pictured left, presenting the trophy to Hireforce’s Derek Gratton. “Hireforce can always be relied upon, from processing the order to delivering the kit, and it supplies a wide range of equipment throughout the West Midlands.” The runners- up were the Slough depot of Already Hire, and Toolhirexpress of Bedford.


CPA discusses theft prevention


An Open Meeting staged by CPA during the first morning of the Show provided an update on initiatives to stop the theft of plant and tools. Statistics provided by Sam Alcock from HSB Engineering Insurance


revealed how the introduction of unique keys, immobilisers, remote tracking systems and registration of plant under the Cesar scheme had dramatically reduced construction machine theft since 2009. However, he reported that fraudulent theft is on the increase, and warned hire companies to be extra vigilant, highlighting the necessity of taking trade references and making credit checks before hiring to new customers. For personal collections at hire shops, he said it was essential to see two forms of ID, one with the customer’s picture and another with their address, as well as having CCTV monitoring the hire counter. Also, as we reported in our January issue, Datatag, which manages Cesar, is developing a new identity system, set to be called Micro Cesar. Giving an update on progress, MD Kevin Howells said it will use specially embedded RFID tags and a new registration label with a QR code. He demonstrated how the code on a disc cutter could be read by a smartphone equipped with a new app. If the item has been reported stolen, the app will highlight its status as well as showing the unit’s ID number, maker, type and model number. The screen displays data such as the registered owner and the registration date, and the QR code can enable users to access the operating manual and safety instructions.


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