Articles by Patrick Hill

Result Group expands asset management capability
Published on: 10 June, 2009
Software developer Result Group has announced the release of its Asset Controller module for its rentalresult product. The UK-based company said the addition brings key fleet information together at one place.
Australian rental industry to attract youth
Published on: 10 June, 2009
The HRIA (Hire and Rental Industry Association) in Australia has created a Careers in Hire program. The initiative, launched at the 2009 HRIA Convention, directly targets school-age youth and is intended to counter a possible shortage of skills and workers.
RSC names new operations head
Published on: 10 June, 2009
Phillip Hobson is now the senior vice president, operations - a new role within RSC Equipment Rental in the US. He was just previously senior vice president, corporate operations. Mr Hobson is responsible for managing the field performance for the Western division of the organization.
CTE China venture to launch big truck-mount
Published on: 10 June, 2009
Access specialist CTE and its Chinese affiliate, Handler, plan to launch "soon" a 29 m working height access platform on a 10 t chassis in the Chinese market. The new machine will have a CTE telescoping and articulating boom, with jib, mounted on a locally-produced carrier.
Tallest HiReach from Elliott
Published on: 09 June, 2009
Elliott Equipment Company has introduced a 19 m working height material handling aerial work platform, the V60. The model, the tallest HiReach ever from the Omaha, Nebraska company, has a 225 kg basket capacity and mounts on a 8640 kg GVW chassis.
United Rentals to raise $471 million
Published on: 03 June, 2009
United Rentals is raising net funds of $471.2 million by selling $500 million in senior notes. This is an increase on the $300 million issue previously announced, which was oversubscribed.
Revenues up at Speedy, profits down
Published on: 27 May, 2009
Speedy Hire's revenues for its fiscal year ending 31 March 2009 were £476.1 million (€547.5 million), up 2.3% from £465.5 million (€535.5 million) in 2008. However, EBITDA for the UK company fell 4.6%, from £131.6 million (€151.3 million) to £125.6 million (€144.4 million), reflecting a decline in operating margin, from 13.7% to 10.4%.
Pon consolidates, names CEO, and moves HQ
Published on: 26 May, 2009
Pon Holdings B.V. in The Netherlands has combined its global aerial lift, materials handling, and forklift equipment companies into one group: Pon Material Handling. The new company, which rents, sells, and services equipment, is consolidating its headquarters staff to Houston, Texas.
CTE sends ‘access' to Africa
Published on: 26 May, 2009
Italian access equipment manufacturer CTE has donated two electric cars to a charity working in Ethiopia. The Kidane Mehret mission, located in the Tigray region of Adwa, has been active for years in child adoption and other humanitarian work.
HSS triple winner at UK hire awards
Published on: 22 May, 2009
HSS Hire won the tool, equipment and plant hire company of the year award in the Hire Association Europe (HAE)/Event Hire Association (EHA) annual UK and Ireland awards. It also won awards for the best website and for its contribution to environmental issues.
$13.5m loss at Ahern as revenues fall
Published on: 20 May, 2009
Las Vegas-based Ahern Rentals made a US$13.5 million net loss in the first quarter of 2009. Revenues of $63.2 million were down 19% on the previous year, with same-branch revenues falling 23%.
Hewden helps make the music
Published on: 18 May, 2009
Rental company Hewden in the UK provided more than 20 pieces of equipment to help events contractor SJM Concerts host the BBC's Big Weekend music festival in Swindon, the UK's biggest free concert.
Terex celebrates fifty years of backhoes
Published on: 15 May, 2009
Terex Corp's Construction division used a customer open day in the UK in May to celebrate the 50-year history of the backhoe loaders that it currently manufactures in Coventry.
Finning rentals down 20% as Hewden falls 28.9%
Published on: 15 May, 2009
First quarter 2009 rental revenues for Finning International Inc were C$140.2 million (€88.33 million), down 20% on the same period in 2008.
Hewden helps make the music
Published on: 14 May, 2009
Rental company Hewden in the UK provided more than 20 pieces of equipment to help events contractor, SJM Concerts, put on the Big Weekend music festival. BBC Radio sponsored the event, which was held 9-10 May at Lydiard Park in Swindon and is the UK's biggest free concert.
GreemMech and Compact Power cooperate on products
Published on: 13 May, 2009
UK chipper and shreader specialist GreenMech and US Compact Power Inc, manufacturer of the Boxer range of compact loaders, have agreed an alliance that will see GreenMech become dealer in the UK, France and Germany for the Boxer range of products and Compact Power import Greenmech chippers into the US.
Skyking targets UK utilities with new lifts
Published on: 13 May, 2009
Truck mounted specialist Skyking - part of King Highway Products - launched at SED two utility lifts, a 13 m working height articulated boom on a Land Rover, and a 13.5 m van mount with a GSR boom (first seen at last year's APEX).
Harsco sales down 25%
Published on: 11 May, 2009
Revenues of Harsco Infrastructure in the first quarter of 2009 fell US$95.1 million, or 25% from $378.8 million in the same period last year, to $283.7 million. The lower performance was due primarily to reduced end-market demand, particularly in the United Kingdom, and to negative foreign currency translation effects.
H&E rental revenues fall 22.1%
Published on: 08 May, 2009
Rental revenues at H&E Equipment Services fell 22.1% to US$55.5 million in the first quarter of 2009. That was a decline of $15.7 million from $71.2 million in the same period in 2008 for the US equipment sales and rental company.
UK construction firm demands NASC scaffolding certification
Published on: 07 May, 2009
Contracting company Osborne in the UK now requires all contractors providing scaffolding services for its projects to be members of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC).
Load more