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CPA’s Colin Wood to retire

At the CPA’s recent Annual General Meeting, it was announced that Chief Executive Colin Wood

will step down from the position at the end of the first quarter of 2018, and the process of recruiting his successor is under way. Brian Jones, who was elected as President of the Association for

the next five years, said, “We intend to build on the excellent work that has been done by Colin and his team, and to continue to support our Members and the plant hire sector to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

• See our report on CPA’s recent Plant Conference starting on page 15. Concord nominated for Hire Network Award

The Barking depot of Concord Lifting Equipment has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Hire Network Award, which recognises excellent performance at an individual location. “We have dealt with the team at Barking for many years and they can always be relied upon to provide good kit and service, which is what hire is about,” Hire Network MD Barry Dean told EHN. Two other finalists will be selected before the end of the year, with the winner being announced at the Executive Hire Show.

Trelawny delivers more to Martin Plant Hire

Martin Plant Hire recently took delivery of several Trelawny machines to add alongside existing units in its fleet, after placing the order at our Executive Hire Show Scotland in Glasgow. Models supplied included a TCG250 single head floor grinder

(pictured), along with an MHS11 floor scabbler, TFP200 floor planers and TFS230 tile strippers, and were supplied through Trelawny’s distributor, Yokota UK.

Total delivery solution

Total Hire & Sales has added an eight-wheel Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3440 truck to its delivery fleet, complete with a platform body and folding ‘cheese wedge’ ramps for transporting wheeled and tracked machinery, built by Shawtrack Services. The vehicle, which will be based at the company’s site

accommodation branch in Little Eaton, incorporates a crane behind the cab for lifting and placing temporary office buildings weighing up to eight tonnes, as well as access equipment. Although Total Hire needed the carrying capacity of a 32-tonne truck,

the fact that it will rarely venture off-road, and not onto particularly rough ground, meant a conventional double-drive configuration was not required. Specifying a single drive axle gave a saving of approximately 600kg in weight and improved fuel economy. The vehicle has replaced an ageing eight-wheeler from another

manufacturer and is working alongside the hirer’s exiting 26-tonne Arocs with a beavertail plant body. “We commissioned that vehicle in 2015 and it has performed flawlessly,” said Total Hire’s Operations Director, Andy Hickingbottom. “Given this positive experience, we decided to also base the bigger truck on a Mercedes-Benz chassis.”

Hilti’s charity work honoured

Hilti has been named as the winner of the Volunteer Company of the Year at the national 2017 WellChild Awards. Company representatives collected the Award at a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, attended by the charity’s Royal Patron, Prince Harry. Over the past two years, Hilti has provided funding and donated

over £5,000 worth of tools to a Helping Hands initiative, with staff volunteering to assist with 13 projects undertaking home and garden improvements for families of seriously ill children across the UK. WellChild Project Manager, Lorna Pedersen said, “We always look

forward to a project with Hilti. They support our Helping Hands programme with great professionalism but, at the same time, their volunteers are really approachable which is vital when interacting so closely with the families whose homes we are working on. This company truly deserves to be recognised with a WellChild Award.”


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