Sixth annual Hire Show on target to be the ‘biggest ever’ – with a record amount of exhibitors and a new Top Tier to accommodate the demand for space.


The 6th annual Executive Hire Show is taking place on the 8th and 9th February at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The show has become a ‘Mecca’ for hire industry professionals and each year its support grows as more blue chip companies’ sign on the dotted line to exhibit. This year more than 20-brand new companies have committed alongside EHS veterans, raising the exhibitor numbers to more than 120 – the biggest show ever! A new ‘Top Tier’ has been added to the show to meet the demand for more space.
The 2011 Executive Hire Show attracted a record number of 1,843 relevant hire industry visitors, an increase of very nearly 25% over the 2010 event. The 2012 show is hoping to smash that record with more dedicated hirers making the pilgrimage to the Ricoh arena. Many of the hire professionals that visit the event come to see the plethora of new products which are showcased and will be seen for the very first time in the UK and in some cases making world debuts.
First time exhibitor APT Construction Services will be Introducing its cost saving and, what the company claim, performance enhancing revolutionary working at heights system, along with its dust control range, which consists of a dust collector and a multi-blade cutting dust guard.
Also new to the show is MOBA, an international producer of sensor technology, measurement engineering, control and feedback control systems as well as weighing and identification systems for mobile applications. The company will be showcasing its solutions for earthmoving and road construction machinery, including its excavator systems as well as the 2D and 3D machine control systems for graders and dozers.
HTC Floor Systems Ltd is returning to The Executive Hire Show in 2012 and has chosen a stand on the New Top Tier.  The company will be exhibiting its newest machine range – Greyline™, which consists of four different floor grinders, two vacuum cleaners and specially designed diamond tools for removal of floor coverings and levelling of concrete floors.
Powered access and rental company AFI-Uplift is also on the Top Tier, alongside SmartLights, Lifestyle Appliances and Cemo Safe Storage, the company is new to the construction and hire sectors and will be showing its range of storage solutions and winter storage solutions.
Dri-Eaz exhibited for the first time last year and according to the company’s national sales manager, Paul Brown, the response was amazing. He said, “The response was much better than any other show we attended. We were selling equipment off the stand, hirers placed orders and they have bought more since.”
On the Dri-Eaz stand this year will be enhanced versions of our BD1000 building dryer and DrizAir 1200 dehumidifier, together with brand new marketing materials that hirers can take away and pin up on their walls to help with product selection. Brown concluded, “We are really excited about the Show and look forward to meeting hirers there.”
DURO, supply diamond cutting blades and tools to the hire, building and construction markets, this will be the company’s 5th appearance at the show
According to the company, along with its manufacturing plant partner, they have developed the safest diamond blade available in on the market today. Which is a very big statement to make – but Duro-Diamonds assured the EHS team that it’s true. DURO’s Scott Devonshire said, “It is perhaps one of the most important developments in diamond blade technology since they were invented and in these times of safety awareness and legislation – a timely one.”
DEWALT will launch several new ranges of tools. The expansion of the innovative XR Li-Ion range will be previewed. Other products include a new dust extraction system called “Air Lock”.  Stihl is also launching a brand new tools including a fuel injected Chainsaw.
Metabo is showing products that according to the company are ‘world innovators’, these include the NEW MAG 28 LTX 32 Cordless MAG-Drill. A full Corded and Cordless Stainless Steel Inox Processing Range including products such as the BF 18 LTX Cordless Band File, another first of its kind.
Makita UK is also launching some exciting new products at the show – but keeping their ‘powder dry’ for the moment. But the company did reveal that they will be featuring ‘Safety Talks’, a unique multi-lingual training package for the industry, to support other extensive and fully accredited training initiatives on Dust Management, Vibration Awareness and Correct and Safe Use training programmes.
Hire Association Europe is working with the HSE to present information briefings on The Dangers of Dust and Noise and Vibration in The Jaguar Suite on the 2nd day of the Show.
Dustcontrol is showing its most popular dust extractor the DC 2900 which is suitable for vacuum cleaning and source extraction from handheld power tools (with up to 5” suction casings) and small table saws. Collection in a steel container with the DC 2900a makes it ideal for use with sharp items such as metal chips.
For some heavy duty cleaning Dustcontrol is introducing the The DC 5900 series, which is a range of incredibly strong vacuum dusters. With direct driven three-phase turbo pumps, they are suitable for continuous operation and heavy material transport, source extraction and cleaning on for example construction sites.
Leica Geosystems will be presenting its newest range of measurement solutions including Automatic and Electronic Levels, Interior, Exterior, Single Grade and Dual Grade Lasers, Total Stations and GPS. Also on the stand you’ll see Agatec’s latest construction tools and Scanlaser’s machine control and site positioning solutions.
Ifor Williams Trailers will be introducing its GH94 Beavertail which, according to the company, is an extremely versatile plant trailer – its 24mm thick platform makes it particularly suitable for transporting a wide selection of plant including tracked excavators and many items of wheeled equipment such as rollers and a variety of access platforms.
The GH range is also available with an LED 12/24v option; the dual voltage lighting allows the trailers to be towed by cars/vans (12v) as well as by trucks (24v).  The LED lights provide a more robust lighting solution, offering improved vibration tolerance compared to conventional bulbs.
Ranger Equipment will be showcasing ‘new generation’ machines at the smaller end of Teupen’s Leo tracked spider lift range. The UK hire industry will have its first opportunity to inspect Teupen’s latest launch, the all-new 15.5m working height (w/h) Leo 15GT Plus, which will be on display at the show’s south entrance.
This new feature-packed lift introduces a premium specification 15m model to sit above the standard Leo 15GT which will be revamped and relaunched in the future.
Inside the hall, Ranger will be showing Teupen’s smallest machine, the Leo13GT with 12.8m w/h, maximum 6.10m lateral outreach and 200kg capacity. Ranger is planning to unveil a new power option for this machine.
Euro Towers will be exhibiting the Classic Ladder Fame Tower showing both the 3T method of erection, and our Advanced Guard Rail method – simplicity, versatility and quality.
Also on display will be the Microfold 1000, The Advanced Guardrail Podium, the Kikfold unit and we will be introducing the brand new Step Fold Podium.
Niftylift is coming back to the show for the second time and will be showing the HR17 Hybrid AWD. Also on display will be the Nifty SiOPS/ToughCage safety system. Other products featuring on the Nifty stand include the best-selling HR12 self-propelled unit, and 120T trailer-mounted work platforms.
Russon Access Platforms is showing the Powerstep 2000 (recently re-named as the Quick Step) which according to Russon is a maintenance-free product enabling safe work at height at levels up to 4m. Instead of requiring batteries, electrical supplies or hydraulic pumps, the unit is raised into position by hand.
Also on show is the Power Scissor 600, managing director, Alan Russon said, “These machines have no batteries, no hydraulics or motors. They also require virtually no maintenance. These scissor lifts really are the future of access with a zero carbon footprint. A brand new model of the power scissor will also be launched – the 400 model.”
Access Industries will be exhibiting the Multitel SMX225 tracked access platform, which was launched at Bauma last year. This model is one of a range of low profile, tracked units from the Multitel SMX range which covers working heights from 17metre to 22.5metre with a brand new 25metre machine arriving in 2012.
According to Access Industries, the Multitel SMX 225 takes spider/crawler platforms to a new level! The unit is between 400 Kg and 600 Kg lighter than other 22 and 23 metre spider platforms currently on the market.
With a 22.5 metre working height and a 10.25m working outreach – the model weighs only 2,500kg which allows it to be towed by a conventional 4×4 using a standard trailer.
Youngman will be using the show to launch several new products. Of particular note will be the company’s latest aluminium tower – a mobile and cranable version designed to be lifted as a complete, fully assembled unit with a choice of working heights from 4.2 to 10.2 m. With a maximum load carrying capability of 950 kg, these new towers are erected and dismantled using either ‘through the trap’ or Youngman’s Advance Guardrail System and feature floating spigots for ease of assembly, colour coded brace locks and patented double-action locking claws. The towers are available with a platform width of 0.85 m and lengths of either 1.8 or 2.5 m.
Also new is a full colour version of the solar powered, trailer-mounted variable message sign (VMS). In addition to generating industry standard amber traffic messages, this VMS unit features a full matrix LED display measuring 2730 by 1850 mm capable of showing colour messages and moving images.
Finally, this year’s show will be the very first chance for visitors to see the latest developments in Youngman’s Camlock Advance Guardrail System and also the latest Adjusta-Minit folding work platform.
Mace Industries will be exhibiting the company’s ingenious Bumpa and Shifta machines – designed to make shifting materials on site a whole lot easier.  The company will also be showing and demonstrating its Supa Screen, which is a portable screen for soils and aggregates.
ALTRAD Belle is to showcase a range of new products. These include the rugged BMD300 Mini dumper, for which a Snowplough attachment is available as an option – perfect for those harsh winter conditions.
A new 600-series machine will be launched by Avant Tecno amongst other new attachments.
Shannon Plant (South West) Ltd has been developing more applications for its SOLO mini-transporter range following the success of the Hi-Tip Dumper launched at last year’s show, which will also feature on the stand once again his year.
BTE Plant Sales will be at the show for the 3rd consecutive year.  The company will be showing a wide selection of plant and equipment including a brand new range of Atlas Copco compaction equipment, Air Tools, Hydraulic Tools and Power Packs.  The Terex HD1000 site dumper will be featuring on the stand too alongside tracked dumpers from GEHL.
BTE will also be introducing the brand new Kubota Dash-4 Series 1.5tonne mini excavator.
Taking centre stage on the Bomag stand will be the BW 80-5 one of the ‘Dash-5’ generation of light tandem rollers. This will be the first public showing of the range since the launch earlier this year.
NC Engineering is showing its range of four-wheel drive site dumpers. The eight strong product range includes the high tip HT1.0, HT1.0 SL, HT1.5, the swivel tip SW3, SW4, SW6, SW9 and forward tip ST10.
The very latest model to join the line-up, which will also be on the company’s stand, is the SW3.
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment will be showing the latest from the company’s Bobcat, Portable Power and Attachments businesses. A Bobcat micro-/mini-excavator will be on show as part of the compact equipment range.
Although not totally finalised, when going to press, Ammann managing director, Robert Brown said “We are likely to show a selection of plate compactors and rammers, an AV12-2 tandem roller, SV08, ViO17 and the new ViO33 mini excavators, a 1t, 1.7t and 3.3t. The new Cormidi C6.60DHE tracked dumper will also be on the stand along with the bigger C10.80HI.”
The 2012 show will see the UK debut for small platform models from JCB’s New Generation skid steer and compact track loader range.
Unveiled on the stand will be the brand new JCB SSL155 – with a rated capacity of 703Kg. It will join an extensive range of JCB equipment designed specifically for the rental market including the HTD5 tracked Dumpster, the 515-40 compact Loadall and JCB Micro 8008, 8014 and 8018 mini excavators.
The JCB Vibromax VMT160-80 tandem vibratory roller will also be shown along with purpose built site equipment for the hire sector such as the GX100Rx generator, upgraded LT9 Lighting tower and the JCB Cam Watch tower.
Takeuchi is showing the 1.5-tonne TB016 and micro 1-tonne TB108 excavators alongside the new Super Silenced Hydraulic Breakers TKB52-S and TKB72-S.
The TB016 mini excavator continues to be the standout model for Takeuchi especially with utilities industries. According to Takeuchi, operators appreciate the extendable tracks for stability when breaking out and the launch of the new Silent TKB72-S Hydraulic Breaker (116dB) will provide a versatile low noise alternative. The micro TB108 is a very easy to use and compact DIY machine for hire now available with a (119dB) TKB52-S breaker.
Volvo Construction Equipment made its debut in 2011and will be back again in 2012. Volvo’s marketing services manager Mark Gunns said, “Once again we will be showing our EC15C, 1.5tonne and EC18C, 1.8 tonne mini excavators. We will also be promoting our DD24 double tandem roller.”
On the Wacker Neuson stand will be a 28Z3 zero tailswing mini excavator complete with the company’s Vertical Digging System (VDS) which enables the cab to be tilted into the upright position for maximum operator comfort and enhanced efficiency when working on gradients of up to 27%.
In addition, there will be examples from Wacker Neuson’s extensive selection of light equipment including the latest mid-range compactor plates as well as a full complement of experienced staff waiting to discuss the full Wacker Neuson range of products and how they can assist with virtually any construction project.
Onboard Energy has developed a new product – the E-Cube – which will appeal to the wider hire market and ticks all environmental boxes and saves money too. The E-cube mini is a portable; maintenance free, self-contained energy pod that delivers clean silent power anywhere it is needed. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with a generator or mains power supply.
There will be many more new launches at the show and the EHS team will be reporting on these products and services leading up to the event on the show website at Registration is now open for your free entry badge to the show. Visit the home page fill in your details – and your badge will be winging its way to you. And don’t forget to put the 8th and 9th February in your diary.
Source:  News Room Executive Hire Show