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Champion embraces fleet management

2 Jul 13 Champion Hire is overhauling its stock of small plant and has taken delivery of 200 Hilti tools in the past six months.

Champion Hire managing director Keith White
Champion Hire managing director Keith White

The Sheffield-based business, which operates from five depots across Yorkshire and the north Midlands, is in the process of replacing a total of 450 Hilti products.

Managing director Keith White said: “A company audit at the start of 2012 revealed that we were holding tools over a decade old, which is neither good for us in terms of downtime and repair costs, or our customers for performance and reliability.

“We have dealt with Hilti since Champion Hire was founded in 1968, and they have introduced us to the fleet management concept whereby a monthly fee covers all servicing and repair requirements including reporting, transport, labour and spare parts at no additional cost.”

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Tools already supplied include GX90 WF gas-actuated nailers, TE80-ATC and TE30-A36 cordless combi-hammers, TE 3000-AVR heavy duty breakers, TE 1000-AVR, TE 700-AVR and TE 500-AVR breakers, plus diamond drills, reciprocating saws, further fastening tools and vacuums.

“The removal of our old plant is proving a massive success,” White added. “It ultimately means we are not only lowering the age of our fleet and supplying customers with the latest innovations, all of which are designed to help them work more efficiently and safely, but we can closely control our finances without the unknown expenses of repair and maintenance.”

Chairman Tim Hale said that the last four years had been tough for the company. “We have weathered a long and difficult recession, but there is a lot starting to happen now and our confidence in the future of the sectors we serve is strong.  We have always looked after our customers and these changes we are implementing will enhance our ability to do so,” Mr Hale said.

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