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BTG Plant Hire of Ongar in Essex is set for expansion, having been acquired following the previous owners’ retirement. It has been bought by new MD Charlie Perry, who also owns Rentacabin, a site welfare and accommodation hire business based in Haverhill. “I have known BTG for many years and it has earned an excellent

reputation since its foundation in 1972,” he told EHN. “I had been looking for a new opportunity and the business has great potential for growth. All 12 employees have been retained.” BTG serves contractors and tradesmen throughout Essex,

Mather & Stuart fleet


Generator hire

specialist, Mather & Stuart,

which was acquired earlier this year by A-Plant, has invested £2m in new machines from Atlas Copco and Harrington, comprising models with outputs from 40-500kVA. All sets above 100kVA are capable of being synchronised. The company has also bought more than 50 Cygnus 3 hybrid units from Firefly, to enable customers to reduce their carbon footprint by offering silent night-time operation. Director Lee Stuart said, “This represents a huge investment which significantly enhances our hire fleet. All generators are of refinery specification to meet the needs of the industrial sector. We are also investing in our network of locations, with significant expansion to offer nationwide coverage.” The company has also added 40 more Volt Safe systems, which are made to its own design. These comprise a super-silenced generator with a triple-bunded fuel tank, housed in an anti-vandal steel container, and designed for low noise levels.

Hertfordshire, Kent, Suffolk and North London. The fleet comprises excavators up to 8 tonnes, telescopic handlers, skid steer loaders, dumpers up to 6 tonnes and rollers, as well as compaction plates, breakers and other tools. “We have already bought 28 additional Kubota machines, with more to follow, which will bring our mini fleet to approximately 100 by the end of the year,” said Charlie Perry. “We also plan to add smaller telescopic handlers and larger excavators. We will be assessing customers’ requirements and will adapt our range accordingly.”

PQS in control with Topcon

PQS Survey, a national hirer of survey and safety equipment, has chosen Topcon GB and Ireland as its machine control technology partner. Systems incorporate GPS technology for faster, cost-effective earthworks using GPS data and 3D modelling for accurate positioning. MD Carl Pick said, “We have seen a significant increase in demand for equipment that offers more sophisticated ways of working. Many customers now want to go from design to completion using 3D models.” David

Bennett, Topcon’s Business Manager, added, “Machine control

technology is still in the early stages of adoption, but it is having an astounding impact on construction. Contractors are seeing huge cost and time savings due to the accuracy of GPS technology, not to mention practical benefits such as real-time positioning updates.”

Martin Plant’s Show success

Following our Executive Hire Show Scotland in Glasgow in September, Martin Plant Hire placed a substantial order with Yokota UK for a range of reduced-vibration air breakers and hammers, as well as a new fleet of Trelawny surface preparation machines, also supplied through Yokota. The hirer took full advantage of special offers available at the event and, as part of its continued fleet expansion, has since placed further orders for additional equipment from Yokota to meet on-going demand. Our picture shows Martin Plant's Willie Greig, left, taking delivery of the latest batch of machines from Yokota’s Ivan Hume, centre, and Trelawny's Glenn Chapman.


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