Knowledge is power, and power is money. In support of its customers, Carl Kammerling International has improved its innovative web-based product training tool, Productwise, to help counter staff increase their knowledge of Carl Kammerling’s products and sell the ranges more effectively.

This free and easy to use on-line resource, available at, offers a round-the-clock, one-stop shop of information for staff to access at a time convenient to them, fitting in and around peak trading times. Users can dip in and out for specific queries or dedicate time to learning in detail about the C.K tools, C.K Magma, Kasp and Avit ranges under the Carl Kammerling umbrella.

Productwise features a range of modules from handsaws and padlocks to screwdrivers and tool storage, all of which provide in-depth details of the ranges, including the history and development, product features and benefits and details of the various products within each range.

At the end of each module users can choose to undertake a short assessment to help consolidate what they have learnt.

Recent improvements to the site see the addition of new modules focusing on Carl Kammerling’s latest innovative product releases, including the technologically advanced C.K MightyRods PRO, the C.K dextroVDE Slimline Screwdrivers and the C.K Magma Test Equipment Case.

Productwise now also features handy ‘how-to’ videos to visually guide users through the key features, benefits and application of a series of popular products.

Created to support customers with simple and effective training, Productwise will help to increase product knowledge and improve confidence amongst staff to ultimately encourage additional sales.

Charles Whitfield, New Product Development Manager, Carl Kammerling International, commented: “The Productwise website is a fast, free and convenient way of delivering full product training to our customers. This on-line resource is a valuable and cost effective means of reaching everyone at times to suit them.

“By providing details of our products, their application, features and benefits as an on-line reference tool, we hope to increase product knowledge amongst counter staff and encourage additional sales for our customers.

“Productwise is as an innovation in service that differentiates us from our competitors and truly reflects Carl Kammerling International’s growing position in the market place and the company’s forward thinking attitude to innovation. By evolving the way in which we provide details of our ranges, along with the on-going development of our offering, we are highlighting our continuous commitment to the support of our customers.”

For more information call Carl Kammerling International on 01758 704704 or visit

Wiha takes home German Brand Award 2018 & Focus Open Silver Award 2017

The Wiha magazine bit holder LiftUp 26one® has now garnered four design awards. In October 2017, both the German Brand Award 2018 and the Focus Open Silver 2017 went to the Black Forest hand tool manufacturer for this product innovation. Combining 26 different screw fastening types in a single tool, it conveniently provides the user with thirteen easy-to-remove double bits in its handle and bit holder. Its design offers a variety of advantages for users in trade and industry: this multitool not only helps users to save space and lighten loads when transporting tools, but also saves considerable time otherwise spent changing or searching for tools. Bits can be selected, removed and returned at the press of a button, bringing a true benefit in terms of increased efficiency and ergonomics. This Wiha innovation had already won the if DESIGN Award 2017 and red dot Award 2017 early this year.

The German Design Award is one of the world's most respected design competitions and imposes exacting standards when it comes to selecting award winners. Only those products and communication design services which clearly stand out from rivals due to their design quality are invited to enter the competition during the comprehensive nomination process. All jury members are renowned experts in their fields. The award ceremony will take place in February 2018.

Presented by the jury at the Design Center Baden Württemberg, the Focus Open Silver 2017 award provides an equally valid confirmation of product quality. The expert jury evaluates all the international entries based on criteria such as design quality, appeal, functionality, innovation content, ergonomics, interface design, usability and sustainability. "We regard this award and the declared aim of this competition – highlighting tendencies in design and uncovering totally new solutions – as a very clear recognition of our design and development work," says a pleased Ronny Lindskog, Marketing and Sales Director at Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH.


Health and well-being are among the key themes for A-Plant’s Safety Week 2017

Britain’s biggest plant, tool and equipment hire company is holding its annual Safety Week from November 20th-24th with a series of briefings, digital presentations and activities for A-Plant’s 3,600 colleagues located across the UK.

The five-day awareness campaign also features advice and expertise on how to prevent injuries in plant, tool and equipment repair and maintenance processes as well as the importance of driving safely.

From eating the right foods and exercising to getting a good night’s sleep and ensuring time for rest and relaxation, a mini guide entitled, ‘Your A-Plant Journey to Health and Well-Being’ has been produced to raise awareness about the importance of good mental and physical health.

There’s also advice and best practice guidance for colleagues working in repair and maintenance processes – which accounts for half of the workforce.

Hard-hitting information about the impact of driving when distracted by mobile phones, sat navs and music is also featured during the week alongside great driving safety tips everyone can all use in their personal life.

The themes complement A-Plant’s on-going Work Safe Home Safe campaign, which encourages teams to take personal responsibility for the way they work.

Douglas McLuckie, A-Plant's Director of Risk Management, said: “A-Plant’s commitment to health and safety extends to all parts of the business.

“This year’s Safety Week focuses on key themes that are extremely relevant to today’s workplace, in particular how good mental and physical health is fundamental for a happy life and a thriving work-life balance.

“Other important themes this year are about preventing injury among the teams carrying out the maintenance of our 200,000 items of plant, tools and equipment as well as asking everyone, including those responsible for our fleet of 2,300 commercial vehicles, to take responsibility for driving safely.

“A-Plant already has an excellent track record for its health and safety performance from a wide range of industry bodies and we are committed to continually setting new standards not only for our employees and our partners, but also to the industries in which we operate.”

More than 10 years ago A-Plant was among the first company of its kind to be SafeHire accredited and today it continues to meet the rigorous inspection standards set by Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA).

The company was named Plant, Tool & Equipment Hire Company of The Year at the Hire Awards of Excellence 2017 organised by the HAE.

A-Plant has successfully retained its Whole Fleet Accreditation status under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS Gold) which drives best practice across the fleet industry.

This year, A-Plant has also received its sixth consecutive Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award at the Health and Safety Awards 2017.

First time Volvo for Mike Taylor Plant Hire

The new six-tonne machine has been supplied by SMT GB’s utility dealer for the north of Scotland,CSM Sales Ltd, replacing a competitive machine of the same size and was chosen following third-party recommendations and a successful demonstration.

"The majority of our work as groundwork contractors is focused on local housing, large estate work and maintaining hill roads,” comments proprietor Mike Taylor. “We wanted to replace an existing machine and were quite drawn to the Volvo ECR58D. Following some sound third-party recommendations, and having evaluated the machine on demonstration, these factors, coupled with a competitive package on the table persuaded us to break with tradition and opt for our first Volvo."

The Volvo ECR58D is powered by a Volvo 2.6-litre low-emission engine producing 48 hp coupled with a load-sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 6.3 metres and a lift capacity of 660kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to Mike Taylor’s appreciation of the machine. For instance, the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions with operator fatigue reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers. The rubber-mounted cabs reduce whole-body vibration and external noise minimizing the rigors of the job site whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature.

The machine’s specification and features have further been enhanced by the addition of a Steelwrist X06 tilt rotator, making the machine a highly versatile piece of equipment. “Besides the smooth control of the machine itself, the addition of the Steelwrist tilt rotator makes the machine extremely versatile and means a lot of the excavation and grading functions can be done from one position,” says Mike. “This combination is the way forward for groundworking contractors such as ourselves.”

With its base in Blairgowrie, Mike Taylor Plant Hire provides both plant hire and groundworking services in and around the Perth and Kinross area.

CSM Sales Ltd, headed up by Managing Director, Calum Shaw, and based at Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness, is SMT GB’s utility dealer for the whole of the north of Scotland.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.



EXCAVATOR giant JCB helped TV personality Guy Martin to engineer a tribute to the role tanks played in helping change the course of the First World War.  Now the story of the tank’s role and its modern-day recreation will be told in a Channel Four documentary ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 One Tank’ on Sunday, November 19 at 8pm.

The truck mechanic and TV presenter came up with the idea of producing a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank to mark the centenary of a battle in which they were first deployed.

And he turned to JCB’s engineers and welders to help turn his dream into reality in time for the special anniversary.

They rose to the challenge in double-quick time with the profile parts cut, rolled and bent into shape at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter before being welded together at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester.

The huge team effort ensured the tank was operational and on display in Cambrai, Northern France on Armistice Day on Saturday, November 11th.

It was at this location - exactly 100 years ago - where the original Mark IV tank helped the Allies on the Western Front to make an unprecedented breakthrough at the Battle of Cambrai.

Guy Martin was given just five months to build an authentic reproduction of the 30-tonne tank from scratch and was quick to call on JCB’s engineering expertise. At more than 26 feet long and 10 feet wide, the 105 horsepower machine had a top speed of just four mph

Guy said: “When I first looked at this challenge, I thought ‘This is a big ask. We’re not going to see this happen.’ It is a massive undertaking and JCB was the main reason this was able to happen. They built the main part of the tank, and then the lads at the Norfolk Tank Museum put all the engine together. But JCB’s technology and knowhow was so important.

“As a challenge to build it, I’d say this is the biggest thing we’ve undertaken. There’s loads of stuff we’ve done – building push bikes to go at 100mph, converting transit vans to do 150mph, but this, I think, is the biggest one. It’s not that we’re restoring them, or modifying them – we’re building an exact replica of a Mark IV Fosters Tank, from scratch.

Working from 3D plans drawn up by a hobbyist modeller, employees at JCB’s World HQ used computer design technology and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to recreate the chassis of the historic machine in just eight weeks.

The JCB team who delivered the project were Chief Engineer Martyn Molsom, 46, of Stone; Design engineer Tom Beamish, aged 26, of Derby; Welder Chris Shenton, 53, of Leek and welder Chris Brennan, 46, of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

As a part of driver Guy’s crew, all four were invited to witness the tank they helped to build take part in a moving re-enactment of the moment 100 years ago that tanks first saw action in Cambrai.  They also took part in poignant commemorations in Cambrai.

Martyn Molsom said: “The reproduction of a Mark IV tank from a century ago is a great British manufacturing story and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to get involved in the project. Replicating that innovation in a few weeks was a massive task, but modern techniques and equipment made it a lot easier for us than it would have been back then.

“It was a fascinating project to be involved in, both from an engineering point of view and from the historical aspect, and I was delighted we could make it happen. I don’t think any other company in the UK would have been able to pull it off in such a short time-frame, so I’m proud that it worked out so well.”

The project to produce a replica chassis for the tank was led by Martyn, who revealed data from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model had given the team a head start.

Martyn added: “A model maker from Germany had created a near-perfect CAD design of a Mark IV that was blown up in the Battle of Cambrai and had been buried there for over 70 years. That gave us a fantastic historical representation, but we had to adapt the design so it could be converted from a model into a real-life machine. The timescale involved made it a massive challenge, but we pulled in resources from different parts of the company and made it work.”

The manufacture of tanks during the early 20th century would have involved cutting, drilling and punching steel by hand using giant presses – requiring hours of manual labour and fair bit of sweat.

But things have changed dramatically in 100 years and, thanks to computer-controlled machinery, the team was able to use a 4,000 watt laser cutter capable of slicing through 15mm of solid steel to complete a similar process in minutes.

Sections of the hull, including the centre cabin and two rhomboid side panels, were built separately and welded together in just 20 days – a process that would have taken considerably longer in 1917.

Yet the team was keen to ensure the Mark IV looked entirely authentic and 3,000 fake rivets - used to join the original tank together - were attached to the replica using a robot welder.

Design engineer Tom Beamish said: “The manufacture of tanks was cutting-edge stuff at the time but looking back on it now, it barely seems possible with the equipment workers then would have had.

“We used modern techniques to rebuild the machine, but the biggest problem was to make it look as though it had just come off the factory line during the war. All of the welding work was done on the back side of the steel plates, so it wouldn’t be visible externally, but the specifications are exactly how they would have been back then. We even replicated the roller spacing for the tracks of the tank, so it would sound exactly the same as the original.”

Guy Martin visited JCB’s World HQ during the early stages of production and was given a virtual reality vision of how the finished tank would look thanks to the company’s state-of-the-art VR system.

He met company chairman Lord Bamford before lending a hand in the welding shop where Chris Shenton said fabrication work took less than four weeks.

Chris said: “It was down to us to put everything together and there was a lot of welding work to be done very quickly. It was a tough task and I don’t think any other company could have done what we did. I’ve worked at JCB for 24 years and this is the biggest project I’ve been involved in, certainly with the timeframe involved.”

Welding shop colleague Chris Brennan, described the project as a ‘real team effort’.

He said: “The project was a huge challenge, but we had a small team working on it throughout and the process came together very quickly in the end. Only four of us were involved from start to finish, but there were other people who gave us support and it was good to be a part of it.”

The completed chassis was transported to Norfolk tank museum, near Norwich, where the remainder of the project took place.

Two ‘sponsons’ – projections extending from the side of the machine – along with a roof section and other parts, also manufactured at JCB, were lifted into place before a restored six-cylinder Rolls Royce engine, tractor gearbox, tractor axles and excavator tracks were fitted.

Guy’s original plan was to drive the tank in a Remembrance Day parade through the centre of his home-town Lincoln, where many of the Mark IVs were originally built.

But when permission was refused, he came up with the idea of taking the machine to France to re-live the moment its distant ancestors rumbled into battle.

The two-hour Channel Four programme, which follows the entire rebuilding process, also looks at the impact made by tanks during World War One. Guy learns what life is like in a modern tank and, thanks to recordings made before they died, hears from men and women who crewed the ground-breaking British invention.

The replica tank itself will return to the UK and will remain at the Norfolk Museum.

There it will form the centrepiece of an impressive World War One display and act as a lasting tribute to the brave crews who lost their lives in the conflict.

Master Abrasives - New Staff Appointments

New applications engineering team!

The team will be managed by Ian Meredith, Applications Engineering Manager, who has vast experience in a range of applications as a qualified apprentice-trained engineer and many years’ experience in the bearing, diamond dressing tool and abrasive industries. 

Martin Stevens will be joining the team as Applications Engineer for both abrasives and grinding machines. Martin is also an apprentice-trained qualified engineer with over 30 years’ experience in industry and recent technical training on grinding machines, making him a key part of the team’s customer-facing support. 

Kelly Warrington, Sales Co-ordinator, will provide vital assistance from the office as part of this team. Kelly has been with us for 2 years and has been working closely with Ian in providing customer quotes and information on our precision product range.

New addition to the sales team!

We're pleased to welcome Dave Beeby as a new member of the Master sales team!

Dave will be taking over the Midlands area from Martin Stevens in his role as Technical Sales Representative. He has a background and valuable experience in the abrasive industry so will be a great asset to our national sales team!

Admin & customer service department!

We're pleased to announce that Jade Cotton has joined our customer service team, moving from her previous role here in administration. Jade is now being trained on products and processes for her new position as Sales Co-ordinator and looks forward to dealing with our customers and their enquiries.

We're also happy to advise that Connor Massie has been appointed to take up Jade's previous role as Office Administrator. Connor has been working in our production and stores departments so has a good knowledge of our system and will be a great addition to our administration team.

Congratulations to you both, we wish you the best in your new roles!

Export & marketing department!

In the next few weeks, Noora will be working alongside our Marketing Manager, Abigail Charlton. Abigail has decided to move on from the company and will pass her marketing responsibilities to Noora and MD Paul Batson when she leaves on 14th November. Although leaving the company, Abigail will be working as our marketing consultant and will continue to support our marketing activities.

Congratulations to Noora on her new role and we wish you both the best for the future


Considerate Constructors Scheme crowns Most Considerate Companies and Suppliers at 2017 National Awards

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - has honoured the Most Considerate Companies and Suppliers at this year’s National Awards.

Four companies were presented with the coveted top award of ‘Most Considerate Company 2017’, they are: CR Civil Engineering Ltd (annual turnover: £10m and over); Elev8 Interiors Ltd (annual turnover: £3.5m to <£10m); Clearly Renovations Ltd (annual turnover: £250k to <£3.5m) and Sheene Contract Solutions (annual turnover: Under £250k). 

 TCi (GB) Ltd triumphed as the ‘Most Considerate Supplier 2017’, making them the second registered supplier to win this prestigious title since Supplier Registration was introduced in 2014. 

The award ceremonies took place on 2 and 3 November at the Four Seasons Hotel in London.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Awards are one of the most respected accolades in UK construction. By registering with the Scheme, companies and suppliers demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the image of the industry.  

The awards recognise the highest performing companies and suppliers which have demonstrated excellence in relation to the community, the environment and their workforce.

In total 22 Gold, 37 Silver and 55 Bronze Awards were presented to registered companies, while 3 Gold and 5Silver Awards were presented to registered suppliers. Of the Gold Award winners, 10 shortlisted companies received the ‘Most Considerate Company Runner-up’ title and two suppliers received ‘Most Considerate Supplier Runner-up’. 

 CR Civil Engineering Ltd is based in Leicestershire and works throughout the UK carrying out a range of construction services including highways, rail and flood defence projects. This highly considerate team was clearly focused on minimising community disturbance and carried out many goodwill and charitable acts in the neighbourhood.

 Elev8 Interiors Ltd is a family-owned business in West Ealing, specialising in building refurbishments, high end residential, commercial work and construction management consultancy services. Elev8’s relentless commitment to pushing the bar in considerate construction has resulted in a number of Scheme National Company Awards, since they first registered with the Scheme seven years ago.

Established for more than 12 years, Clearly Renovations has specialised in high-end residential refurbishments, renovations and alterations in London and the southern counties. Clearly Renovations was highly commended for its innovative approach to branding, using its ‘Clearly’ slogan for a range of meaningful campaigns and initiatives.

Based in Canterbury, Kent, Sheene Contract Solutions works typically with large retail outlets and uses specialist teams including fitters, welders, carpenters and electricians to install specialist catering equipment. This company was praised for its unique operative feedback questionnaire which ensured complete client satisfaction. 

 TCi (GB) Ltd, whose head office is based in Bideford, Devon, was highly praised by the Scheme for its innovative collaboration with a local furniture manufacturer to produce cardboard workstations as part of an integrated waste management initiative.

 Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: “Each year, the Scheme is amazed by the increasingly innovative and ingenious ways that companies and suppliers devise to elevate their levels of consideration to the community, workforce and environment.  

“On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to offer huge congratulations to all of this year’s award winners who have worked extremely hard to raise standards of consideration, both within their own organisations and for the good of the entire industry. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with the industry to raise standards in considerate construction to an even higher level.”


Leading workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two prestigious industry awards for the second year running.

Scruffs, which is owned by Birchwood Price Tools, took gold in both categories that it was nominated for at the annual On The Tools Awards, retaining the titles of Workwear Brand of the Year and Boot Brand of the Year.

On The Tools is the UK’s biggest construction-based online community with 1.9 million followers, 70 per cent of which are tradespeople.

Talking about the double win, Birchwood Price Tools Managing Director Matt Hunt said: “I’m very proud of the Scruffs Team and everybody across BPT; we’re having a fantastic year.

“It’s a great achievement to be voted for by tradespeople as the best brand in both categories for the second year running, and is a testament to the durability and quality of the Scruffs brand!”

The two categories were voted for by On The Tools’ core following of tradespeople, culminating in an awards ceremony that took place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, in Birmingham, and was attended by some of the biggest names in the construction industry.

Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to “HiKOKI”

-The re-branding reflects the Company’s commitment to further expansion as a global brand-

Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, announced today that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI[1] (pronounced “hai-koh-key”) name, effective October 1, 2018. The name changes are in line with the company’s ambitious international growth strategy, aimed at ensuring sustainable growth while expanding business in the nearly 100 countries in Hitachi Koki’s global network.

Hitachi Koki’s world-class advanced technologies have produced reliable and innovative products throughout its celebrated 70-year history, which serve as the basis for its new partnership with KKR, one of the world’s pre-eminent private equity groups. Through the new partnership, Koki Holdings is streamlining operations and accelerating investment in organic development and acquisitions to enhance its global businesses as a worldwide leading manufacturer.

Simultaneous to the rebranding efforts, the company is establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in the suburbs of Dusseldorf, Germany to reflect the strategic importance of the European market. The subsidiary will commence operations in November 2017, and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe, with the aim to be closer to our customers to facilitate faster decision making in managing their needs.

“We have delivered award-winning innovation in manufacturing with solid business performance for over 70 years, and now is the time for us to focus on expansion as a truly global company while remaining rooted to our Japanese tradition,” said Osami Maehara, President, Hitachi Koki. “We have fully committed to accelerate growth alongside a dynamic new partner in KKR as we pursue our goal to become a global leader in power tools and life-science instruments. We have set an aggressive sales target of US$2.7 billion in fiscal year 2020. We are confident we can take our business to the next level with the support of all our employees and partners worldwide, and the revamping of the brand name is the first step to making this possible. We look forward to continuing to build a brand that exceeds the expectations of discerning customers around the world.”



UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers to be honoured at National Awards

Considerate Constructors Scheme’s soon to reveal winners at prestigious ceremony

 The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

The Scheme will be hosting the much-anticipated 2017 National Awards on 2 and 3November at the renowned Four Seasons Hotel in London.

All registered companies and suppliers had their considerate performance assessed against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017, as part of the awards selection process.

This year’s ceremonies mark the second year suppliers have been eligible to win National Awards, after Supplier Registration was introduced by the Scheme in 2014. 

Steve Radley, Policy Director of CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and Clare Watson, Chair of the NFB (National Federation of Builders) will be announcing whether each winning company has received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award for their achievements. Runners-up for the coveted ‘Most Considerate Company’ and ‘Most Considerate Supplier’ Awards will also be announced.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: “The Scheme is very excited to be hosting its Company and Supplier Awards 2017 in recognition of the persistent and increasingly innovative efforts being made by registered companies to improve their image as well as the image and reputation of our industry.

“From all of the registered companies and suppliers eligible, 115 companies and nine suppliers will be crowned as award-winners for their outstanding commitment to the Scheme and respectful consideration towards the public, their workforce and the environment.

“With many more companies and suppliers registering with the Scheme and raising the bar of considerate construction, competition is extremely fierce. As always, the Scheme is delighted to recognise those who have pushed their performance to the highest levels.

“We hope their achievements will serve as an inspiration and motivation for other companies across our industry, as well as encouraging increased collaboration and truly considerate working practices throughout the sector.”


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