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Made in heaven? Murray Pollok talks to Frank Scarborough
The acquisition of Snorkel by the UK's Tanfield Group – also owner of UpRight Powered Access – will have a major impact on the Kansas manufacturer. Frank Scarborough tells Murray Pollok that the change is for the good.
Savannah's sweet smell of success: JCB in the US
As JCB continues to develop its large facility in Pooler, GA, its President Graeme Macdonald tells ALH about its interest in the South American market as well as comments on the handler market.
Before harness, responsible operation
We are spending too much time endlessly debating the issue of harnesses and scissor lifts, says Skyjack's director of product safety, Brad Boehler. Instead, we should be concentrating on the main avoidable hazards, such as scissor tip overs and operators being pinned to obstacles.
A new medium: online training
There's no need to be wary of online training, says Myron Lee, co-founder of online training specialist Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, much more flexible than “classroom” courses, and perfect if you want to track the training of your employees.
Credit crunch?
What the banking credit crisis means for Access manufacturers and rental companies.
Rewarding success
In 2008 for the first time Europe's equipment rental industry will have its own awards. Dedicated to recognising and promoting excellence and professionalism among rental companies and suppliers to the rental industry in Europe, the European Rental Awards will be presented at the ERA's annual convention dinner in Amsterdam on 4 June 2008.
The Award Criteria
The rewards will be judged on the following criteria:
Looking good for 2008
It's now a year since RSC Equipment Rental was divested by Atlas Copco Group, and just five months since the company's chief executive officer, Erik Olsson, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the company's public flotation. In other words, the company has undergone some big changes.
Full of life
It is easy to misinterpret, or ‘over-interpret', the results of our IRN Confidence Survey. There is lots of data on these pages - reflecting the opinions of almost 300 rental companies and suppliers around the world - and it would be easy to focus on some of the caution and perhaps nervousness that is evidently creeping in from some areas, particularly North America.
Showtime
The ARA's Rental Show returns to Las Vegas in February 2008. IRN Editor Murray Pollok previews the show and highlights some of the first –time exhibitors.
Auction action
Ritchie Bros says an auction is the best way for both buyers and sellers – to move used equipment, under any market condition, reports Patrick Hill. Plus, Hewden's use of auctions and news on expansion plans at online auctioneer IronPlanet in the US.
Re-engagement
Hire Association Europe's new managing director Graham Arundell wants to expands the organisation's services and re-engage with its membership. He explains to Murray Pollok.
Pump economies
Netherlands pumps manufacturer and distributor BBA has cooperated with Hatz to create a range of low-maintenance, low-cost deatering and contractors pumps.
Italian innovation
Italian manufacturers of crawler mounted aerial platforms continue to supply the flexibility and transportability often important to renters of access equipment.
Aiming the light
Lighting tower manufacturer Towerlight is bringing to Europe the articulated boom AST8000 lighting tower it developed for open-pit mining applications in Australia.
Case launches Euro handlers in N America
Case has launched three of its Italian-made telehandlers in North America. The three are 7000 lb (3,2 t), 8000 lb (3,6 t) and 9000 lb (4,0 t) models (TX742, TX842 and TX945) with 42 ft (12,8 m) and 45 ft (13,7 m) reaches.
Extra service
UK rental company A-Plant is offering its customers an extranet facility giving them instant access to details of the equipment they are renting, and more. Here we describe how it worked for one A-Plant customer, Holroyd Construction.
Equipment codings
Would a standard classification system for equipment be beneficial for European rental companies? It is something that the European Rental Association (ERA) is considering, and there are several existing classification systems to choose from.
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