Machine deals give access hire firm a massive lift

Billy Thomas (Stewart Plant sales manager) and Seref Zengin (Active Access MD)

BELLSHILL-based Active Access has been ‘lifted’ by the purchase of 50 JCB Access electric scissors.

Stewart Plant Sales (a Scot JCB group company) supplied the hire firm with the machines. The order includes eight out of the nine models introduced by JCB Access in its initial electric scissor lift range which spans from 15’  to 45’. The lifts have operating weights of between 2,930-7,420lbs).

Active Access was acquired by Euro Mechanical Handling Ltd (EMH) – part of the ZL Group – earlier this year.

Seref Zengin, MD of EMH, said “several key factors” influenced his decision to buy the models. “As an existing Scot JCB customer, purchasing JCB Loadalls, we know the first class product support and back up it provides and our customers have faith in the quality of the equipment and recognition of the strong brand. The breadth of the range from 15’-45’ also suits our market well.

“We’ve already hired out the scissors across a range of factory construction and building maintenance projects. They are proving easy to operate and maintain while the impressive wind ratings are a major advantage too.

“Our customers are finding that the strength and stability is much greater when compared with competitive equipment and they are already requesting to re-hire the JCB scissor lifts over other manufacturers’ equipment.”

Active Access has also taken delivery of almost 60 machines from Access Platform Sales (APS) during this year. The fleet investment includes a variety of Genie machines consisting of S125, SX150, S80, Z80, Z62, Z45 and S65 units; as well as a range of Hinowa tracked booms spanning 17, 20 and 26 metres working height capability. There was also an Isoli 210 vehicle-mounted boom.

The firm is committed to investing around £1.7 million on approximately 150 new machines during 2018, which will take its fleet to more than 480 units. This will include the first UK order for a new Hinowa tracked boom that will be officially launched early next year.

Active Access has invested heavily in big booms from Genie this year, including the Z-62

Seref Zengin said, “We acquired Active Access because we knew it was a company with great potential, and we have truly transformed the business this year. Our main goals were to invest in our fleet, significantly grow turnover and also move up the value chain, with signed supply agreements with major construction contractors. We are delighted to have already achieved all our objectives and our focus has now moved to next year’s goals.”