The 16th annual Executive Hire Show took place on February 8th & 9th at the Coventry Building Society Arena. This year’s event comprised 150 exhibitors, with 32 companies making their show debuts. The Show also boasted a record number of visitors, with a bullish feel to the event on both days.
As in previous years, the EHS team has spent the past few days qualifying and verifying the attendance figure, removing non-exhibiting suppliers, members of the press and other visitor types.
The team is delighted to report that the unique visitor numbers, who were validated hirers, totalled 2045 over the two-day show – which has smashed last year’s record!
Commenting on the record attendance of the Show, Chris Moore Executive Hire Show publishing and events director said: “After scrutinising the visitor list with a fine-tooth comb, we are delighted to confirm that the 2023 show attracted 2045 visitors – a record-breaking number of relevant hire industry professionals, which is 119 higher than the 2022 event. All hire industry visitors were from national and independent operations, which is consistent with previous years. This reconfirms the pivotal role of the Show and its continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire professionals.”
Visitors from the hire sector attended the event to expand their fleets, with new products to discover, the latest innovations and launches from a diverse range of exhibitors at the show. There was a real buzz amongst both exhibitors and visitors, all of whom were eager to do business. The main hall and the atrium areas were packed on both days of the show. Numerous deals done during the two-day event and many hands were shaken! Professional alliances were forged and trade was most certainly brisk throughout!
Speedy and generator supplier Shindaiwa UK announced a spectacular deal, whereby Speedy invested £1 million in ECO 165 petrol-powered and ECO 200/300amp diesel-driven welder generators – the ECO 200/300 welder generators are HVO compatible. Shindaiwa also sold ten of its Stage V PowerCenter 15 diesel generators to Aberdeen-based Genny Hire, in a deal worth over £100.000.
SANY UK & Ireland sold the first of its fully electric drive mini excavators – the SY19E to Gary Plant, managing director of G Plant (Midlands) Ltd.
Altrad Belle also did a mega deal with Bradfords Building Supplies, who were the first hire company in the South West to invest in the brand new Minimix 150E+ battery-powered cement mixers. They sealed the deal for 24 units.
Elvington Plant Hire reported that the hire firm had a ‘fantastic trip’ to the Show and made many purchases to bolster its hire fleet, including Prop Pal which is a state-of-the-art new needle support system for the domestic construction trade.
The Show also attracted attention from a number of ‘influencers’ from the construction sector. Ollie Gunns is a successful vlogger with thousands of followers on YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and other social media platforms. This was Ollie’s first visit to the Show and he was impressed, reporting there were lots to see he also said that the ratio of reps and visitors was refreshing. Ollie also negotiated some deals for his own contractor business. You can check out Ollie’s review of the show on his YouTube channel –https://youtu.be/n5PhF5NkRF8
There was a record amount of new product launches at the Show, with a strong focus on environmental solutions.
New exhibitor Lifos launched its ‘Fort’ product range, which is specifically designed for the hire industry. Fort is a complete battery-based power system in a box, making it easily transportable and quickly deployed. The Fort range can also be fitted with solar panels.
Tufftruk introduced the new all-electric BENDie EB800 mini dumper, which provides maximum versatility and light touch operation. This adaptable, battery-powered machine also has an 800kg payload.
Wirtgen showcased one of Hamm’s first fully electric battery-driven tandem rollers – the HD12eVO with vibration and oscillation, which forms part of the HD CompactLine series and is the world’s first e-combination roller.
Ammann introduced its prototype eAPX 68/95 3D Vibratory Compactor, which attracted plenty of interest from hirers. The Ammann eAPX 68/95 is the first vibratory plate on the market that can move in an arc or circle – or turn on the spot.
Those products that explored new power options or introduced technologies that improved safety, security and productivity in the workplace were celebrated on the ‘Innovation Trail’, while construction industry specialist Peter Haddock conducted live interviews with 10 innovators, who made the grade on the eco and safety fronts.
Hilti Great Britain showcased the new 22v Nuron Power Tool range on the Innovation Trail, which continues to expand beyond 70 power tool products. The Nuron system also benefits from a range of battery sizes, online asset management options and fast charging.
The full details of the clever new system are explained at https://bit.ly/3jXPMTU
Wirtgen made the Innovation Trail with its electric Hamm E-Power roller range. The HD 12e VV model has a 23.4 kWH battery with a 120 size roller. The machine weighs 2.7 tonnes and is fully electric, with three points of articulation. Running times are from four to six hours, depending on the application.
See the new battery-powered machine right here https://bit.ly/3E5D78f
The new Duro Yokota ‘dust free’ core drilling complete solution for the hire industry was also on the Trail. It features two drill sizes and a vacuum which sucks dust directly from the cutting edge, thus removing harmful particles from the drilling site.
Users can breathe easier with the new equipment, as explained here https://bit.ly/3jWBgvC
Elite GSS Ltd lit up the Innovation Trail with its new High-Vis Ballast Block. This simple and effective innovation is already reducing carbon emissions, due to the recyclable materials used in its construction and its lightweight, water-filled design.
Simple ideas are often the best, as you see here https://bit.ly/3lB2Lvj
MHM Group showcased its Ultra Silent 10kVA generator on the Trail. This ‘UK first’ model reduces noise emissions to as low as 50dBa at seven metres. This pink-coloured machine also features a Stage V, HVO-ready Yanmar engine, and is fully bunded to prevent fuel leaks and spillages.
MHM Marketing Director Brad Ireland speaks to Peter Haddock here https://bit.ly/3xrROP3
Thwaites showcased its three-tonne electric dumper prototype, which is the first of its class in the industry and will be made in the UK. With up to eight hours of standard operating capability from the 23kWh battery, the machine is designed for the applications dumpers are typically used for, but with the added extra of being able to be used indoors. It will also be a popular choice for low emissions zones and areas where noise pollution can be an issue. Peter Haddock speaks with Thwaites General Manager Andy Sabin at https://bit.ly/3RZo9GD
Genquip Groundhog launched their new energy-efficient ‘i’ range of welfare units on the Innovation Trail – new i360 and i550 mobile cabins. Hot on the heels of the Show, Genquip also won yet another ‘Green’ Award.
Groundhog Sales & Marketing Manager Peter Beach introduces the iRange cabins here https://bit.ly/3YQjfxK
The new Faresin 17m electric telehandler, from UK dealer GGR Group, was awarded a place on this year’s Innovation Trail. Sadly, the new machine could not be delivered in time, but its smaller sibling – the Faresin 6.25 – was a compelling substitute. GGR Group has already received significant orders for the 6.25 from the likes of Flannery, Explore and Lynch. The hire companies have also placed backorders for the 17m electric machine.
GGR Marketing & Specialist Products Director, Dan Ezzatvar, discusses the new machine right here https://bit.ly/3xoNpg1
Pro Pal was also selected for the Innovation Trail. This innovative needle system helps builders to safely and effectively support domestic buildings during structural alterations. The product is so successful that it’s now available in a new, longer length, as well as from high profile independent and national level hire companies.
Meet the Prop Pal team at https://bit.ly/3jU6K5t
Metal and Modular showcased its innovative ‘Navigator’ scissor lift range. The Navigator is the UK’s only manually-powered scissor lift to attain a working height of six metres, and the company used the Innovation Trail to introduce a new 4.5-metre model. The novel equipment can be used 24/7, thanks to FREE ‘hand power’ and reduced maintenance requirements. No diesel or charging is required, and the Navigator is simple and safe to use. This is a game-changer for hire fleets and it’s ‘Made in the UK’.
Find out more about the Navigator at https://bit.ly/3I04t0F
Last, but certainly not least, were this year’s Passionate Hirer Awards, which were presented by Publishing & Event Director Chris Moore at the networking event on the first evening of the Executive Hire Show. Sponsored by the Hire Exchange, our congratulations go to Marley Hire & Sales for winning in the ‘Outstanding Single Depot’ category, while Drogheda Hire achieved the ‘Outstanding Multi Depot’ accolade. Chris said, “Well done to both companies on your very well-deserved win and for your continued support of the Executive Hire Show.”
Building on the success of the 2023 event, the dates have now been confirmed for the 2024 Executive Hire Show, which will return to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February 2024.