SHB | Multi-million pound investment sees SHB continue to grow
SHB Hire Ltd (SHB) continued to grow its business during the course of 2018, investing a massive £90m into its specialist vehicle hire and management offering. Responding to demand the company is now providing a bigger, more diverse fleet that’s both environmentally friendly yet takes advantage of new technologies to incorporate state-of-the-art equipment.
In particular, the investment has significantly increased the number and type of highways and traffic management vehicles SHB has. One example of this growth is low floor TMs. Market demand for them has soared as customers have become more aware of the benefits to be had – primarily a higher carrying capacity and ability to load and unload at a lower level.
Jim Bullock, LV Purchasing Manager at SHB, conducted research into suppliers able to deliver on durability, chassis type, parts supply and back-up service. He told us: “These vehicles are far more efficient than traditional drop sides with heavy tail lifts. They give operators easy rear access by ramp, so there’s a lot less risk of potential slips and falls as well as easier low side access.”
His findings have delivered circa 60 new low floor TMs including builds from AKFS and LCVT. Neither model incorporates a heavy tail lift, which means vehicles weigh less, allowing more room for equipment to be carried and transported.
SHB has also launched the new ‘Red X’ variable message sign (VMS) operating with a deployed crash cushion and signboard on Traffic Management (TM) trucks. Acklea, a division of SHB, developed the Red X in conjunction with Nissan, who Acklea has dual distribution rights with in the UK. Developed to meet changes in Highways England’s operating practices, the Red X system safeguards road operatives by providing a clearly visible instruction to drivers and is proving highly popular with Traffic Management contractors throughout the country. It has the ability to display a variety of authorised symbols – something many alternative models can’t offer – and can operate at speeds of 56mph.
SHB’s MEWP/ Platform fleet has also benefitted from the investment with additional Access Platform LCV’s now available. The platforms have been designed and fitted by Versalift UK and are all Euro 6 compliant. Fitted with walk-in buckets they enhance the safety of the SHB offering even further.
Speaking about the multi-million-pound boost and new offerings Nicky Simpson, SHB Commercial Director, explained: “We’re simply satisfying demand. Customers know they can rely on us to deliver bespoke orders as well as standard high-spec vehicles – that’s what this investment allows us to continue doing.” She added: “They also appreciate that we really are a one-stop shop, able to provide all the kit they need while keeping paperwork to a minimum.”