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HGI’s latest launches include the HRD 060, a 6kVA machine.

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HGI reports that it is arousing keen interest amongst hirers in its latest products and initiatives. Alan Guthrie visited its Derbyshire factory.

HGI (Harrington Generators International) has successfully raised its profile amongst the hire industry in recent years and aims to continue to do so, having made a number of new appointments and launching a number of additional products.

The manufacturer recently appointed Andy Collins as Sales Director, one of whose responsibilities will be to maintain focus on customers in the hire market, and HGI’s number of area sales managers has increased following the appointment of Luke Beauchamp to cover the south east of England. He joins Garry Taylor who

The new HSD models are available from 9kVA to 20kVA.

manages the Midlands and northern England, and Sam Hilling, responsible for south west England, Wales and Ireland.

“We want to be seen not just as a supplier, but also as a supply partner,” Andy Collins told EHN. “Alongside our products, we can offer advice and support, from commissioning machines on a site, to providing training. And as we manufacture the equipment at our factory in Wirksworth, we can easily and quickly modify generators to meet individual requirements. In addition, our experience in providing emergency power systems and backup service to the defence and telecoms industries - often in very remote locations - means we can support customers very quickly.”

HGI’s latest launches include the HRD 060 diesel generator, a 6kVA model designed to offer reliability and performance at a competitive price-point. The machine has a Yanmar L100 engine, Mecc Alte alternator Deep Sea controller, and is fitted with a 26-litre fuel tank. “It is designed for low noise levels and easy servicing, and is targeted at a very popular power band. Again, we can adapt it for customers’ particular requirements, such as 110V CTE versions,” said Andy Collins.

New also are the HSD and HOD generator ranges, comprising canopied and open sets respectively, and with outputs of 9kVA, 12kVA, 16kVA or 20kVA. The machines have Kubota engines and Mecc Alte alternators, and are fitted with 50-litre fuel tanks. They have been


developed as a heavy-duty ‘standard’ range to complement the existing line-up of HRD models that have a higher specification.

HGI launched all the above-mentioned generators at the Executive Hire Show in February and the company says that they received an enthusiastic response at the exhibition, taking orders on the stand and receiving more from hirers since. Some recent customers of the new 6kVA HRD060 machine include A-Plant, Keyline Plant, London Tool Hire, Myrak, Peden Power and Rocket Rentals.

“The Show was great for us,” said Andy Collins. “We made contact with existing customers, found new ones and met companies that had dealt with us in their past and were interested in the new ranges. It was the perfect platform and the big advantage is that hirers can actually see the products at first hand, see inside and ask questions directly.

“We also had considerable interest in our smaller petrol generators and in our Welf-Air range of models that are designed specifically for installation in welfare cabins and site accommodation. We supply these to many of the main cabin manufacturers and also to hirers who install them in their own designs of unit.”

It is worth noting that HGI has introduced some innovative customer support initiatives. These include the placement of QR codes on the body of the generators or printed on the machine stickers, with the links clearly identified icons that refer the user to aspects such as the user manual or parts information. Scanning these with a smartphone takes the operator to a relevant area of HGI’s website, or to instructional videos that the company has developed in-house.

Welf-Air generators are specifically designed for installation in site units.

The manufacturer offers a considerable number of variants and options for its machines, and one reason that it is able to do so is that it controls production at its factory in Wirksworth. It says this gives great flexibility, the ability to react quickly to customer demands, and helps to fly the flag for British engineering.

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