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Illumin8 displayed some of the Trime machines in its fleet.

Show of strength

EHN reports on the recent Showman’s Show, where a number of new products targeted at the event hire market were unveiled.

The event industry continues to be a resilient market. The number of local shows, concerts, arts festivals and charitable initiatives keeps growing year-on-year, and those attending them expect higher standards of quality in terms of heating and air conditioning of structures such as hospitality pavilions. Health & Safety considerations also place emphasis on having adequate lighting in car parks and other public areas, as well as around the event itself.

GAP was amongst the exhibitors confirming this growth at the Showman’s Show, held at Newbury in October. The hirer’s display comprised equipment from several of its divisions which are frequently involved in serving this market. “We are increasing our depot network, with recent openings in Plymouth and Newmarket, and we are expanding several of our existing locations to cope with demand,” said Daimon Dunhue, Operations Manager of the Event Services Division. Products on show included Trime lighting towers, Manitou telescopic handlers and lightweight track mats.

R10 GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receivers with GPS capability, and SX10 combined HD scanners and total stations for measuring and mapping large structures.”

In addition, GAP’s Welfare Services Division was highlighting the 1,000th mobile unit that it has added to its fleet, all EasyCabin models from AJC Trailers, which also had a stand at the Show. New items on display included the Ecosmart 16 Solar welfare cabin, which incorporates a patent applied-

AJC unveiled the Ecosmart 16 Solar welfare cabin

for control system to switch efficiently between solar power and the on-board generator, and it has two batteries. The unit on AJC’s stand was running purely on solar power, despite the conditions being somewhat overcast. The company says that water can be kept hot for

up to four hours without the generator running. Also new to the EasyCabin line-up is the EcoSmart Sleeper, a budget version of the high-specification accommodation unit launched last year.

Also represented was GAP’s Survey & Safety Division, which now has 12 dedicated depots and a new central workshop was recently opened in Leicester. “We are adding to the fleet all the time,” said Division Manager Jim Burke, “with recent additions including a variety of Trimble equipment such as S7 robotic total stations,

“Phenomenal summer”

Another hirer exhibiting was Ilumin8 which, as the article on the company in our June 2017 issue explained, specialises in mobile lighting equipment, with machines from Trime UK. “It’s been an absolutely phenomenal summer for us,” said MD Neil Fenwick. “We set ourselves challenging targets last January and we have simply smashed them. As well as the fuel-efficiency of the units, customers say they appreciate our service, which includes prompt delivery and collection of the equipment, and the machine are hireable year-round for the events and construction markets. We have 160 lighting towers in the fleet and we have hardly seen them as they have been in such demand, and we expect to purchase another 50 next year.”

GAP’s Event Services Division continues to grow. 23

Lighting tower manufacturer, Morris Site Machinery, unveiled its new Halo anti-glare lamp head which can be fitted to the company’s SMC TL90 range of machines to deliver 1200W of diffused light over 360° from its four 300W quadrants. The product is made from a tough plastic similar to the material used for road cones, and it has been developed particularly for use at sites such as roadsides, railway tracks, airports and quarries where glare can be an issue.

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