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Morris Site Machinery expand operation and confirm i54 deal

MORRIS Site Machinery has agreed to acquire a flagship site adjacent to Jaguar Land Rover at the i54 Technology-based Business Park just minutes from the M6 in Wolverhampton.

The landmark site will provide over 60,000 square foot of manufacturing and office space for Morris Site Machinery to relocate from its current site just three miles away at Four Ashes, into purpose-built premises at i54.

The site machinery business is renowned for its mobile lighting towers, generators, welders, pumps and pressure washers which it sells worldwide.

Chris Morris, CEO of Morris Site Machinery, said: “This marks an exciting milestone in our expansion plans for the business, securing such a prime location in terms of profile and geography.

"With our sales and service hubs and customers across the UK, this sought-after site is an ideal central location offering ease of access to the country’s motorway network."

Recent years have seen significant growth in its success overseas, recognised by The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

For the second year running, Morris Site Machinery has been hailed within the league table which has featured star alumni such as Aston Martin.

Chris added: “The past few years have seen us bring numerous new product innovations to the market and this strategic move allows us to future-proof and continue to expand our site machinery operation.

“It feels particularly apposite investing in i54 as our family-run business, based nearby in Shrewsbury, is this year marking its 150th year of successful trading and investment here in the Midlands."

Planning has been submitted for the development and the deal was negotiated with Bulleys on behalf of Staffordshire County Council and City of Wolverhampton Council.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Morris Site Machinery has seen significant expansion in recent years with growing global sales and we are pleased the company has chosen i54 South Staffordshire as its new base.

“This business is the perfect fit for i54 South Staffordshire – a Midlands engineering and manufacturing firm that is clearly going from strength to strength.

"We are sure the prime positioning of the site and accessibility onto the motorway network will support future growth.

“This is another success story for i54 and again demonstrates our hard work as a council partnership has paid off.”

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “We are delighted Morris Site Machinery has chosen i54 as its new home to expand their thriving business.

“Our joint investment in i54 has already secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and brought thousands of jobs to the area and this latest announcement means further investment in our city and, most importantly, more jobs.

“It again illustrates that demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors in a number of sectors, which is why recently securing planning permission for the western extension of i54 will enable us to facilitate these requests and benefit local residents and businesses.”

Morris Site Machinery recognised as trusted supplier

LEADING equipment manufacturer Morris Site Machinery has been awarded ‘Trusted Supplier’ status in recognition of its quality and commitment to best practice.

The Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers accreditation from The Hire Association of Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) is a hallmark of quality in training, safety, environmental issues, research and development, production processes and data security.

The supply chain scheme links in supportively with the SafeHire Certification for the tool, plant and equipment sector and is designed to promote excellence in the hire industry.

Phil Winnington, International Business Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “Our business is built on delivering excellence in products and service. We’re proud to achieve this recognition as an excellent hire industry supplier after passing the online assessment and due diligence process.

“The scheme highlights suppliers committed to best practice and high standards and gives businesses purchasing goods and services the reassurance that they have found trustworthy suppliers.”

Phil, a member of the HAE Supply Chain Board, added: “It is important for the industry to promote the highest level of quality, competence and safety. I would encourage other manufacturers and suppliers to aim for this accreditation to raise standards.”

Morris Site Machinery supplies a range of top-class construction site machinery and site equipment including SMC mobile lighting towers, ArcGen welders, Denyo generators and Hilta pressure washers and pumps. Its products serve sectors from equipment hire to construction and mining, rail, events, film and TV.

Employing more than 60 people, it is part of fifth-generation, family business group Morris & Company, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Morris Site Machinery means business on international stage at bauma

MORRIS Site Machinery will show it means business on the international stage when it debuts two new portable lighting products and showcases world-class equipment at Bauma 2019.

The leading British equipment manufacturer, which distributes to 25 countries worldwide, will demonstrate its quality offer and global ambitions at the trade fair in Munich from 8-14 April.

Marking the 25th anniversary of its SMC brand, it will launch the SMC TL90 Evolve - the next generation SMC TL90 lighting tower - and the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley.

International Business Director Phil Winnington said: “Bauma allows us to reach key players in construction and Rental to demonstrate our technical innovation, quality and choice of products. We’re keen to highlight the new additions to our world-class range and to underline our expertise and first-rate customer service to a worldwide audience.

“We’re confident in growing our business internationally with our strong offer and brands like SMC and ArcGen which are continually evolving to meet market needs.”

The SMC TL90 Evolve lighting tower offers all the functionality of the current market leading SMC TL90 but with a new ergonomic design, more compact appearance and three lamp head options. It can be fitted with the standard four LED head, the ground-breaking Halo lamp head or a six LED head making it the brightest SMC lighting tower ever.

The compact SMC TL60 Solar Trolley is battery powered with solar or plug-in charging capabilities. It can fit on a standard 500kg tail lift, while the total weight of 275kg allows excellent manoeuvrability.  The energy efficient and easily deployable unit produces zero noise and zero emissions.

Also on show will be the SMC SL80 Pallet, a super silent, static eight-metre mast lighting tower. It is highly transportable and compact, enabling 22 units to be loaded onto a 40ft trailer. Fitted with the Halo, it delivers a bright, anti-glare even spread of light from four 300W high power LED modules.

The fuel efficient, super silent ArcGen Weldmaker 330CC/CV will have a presence on the stand. It is a mobile 300amp constant current diesel driven welder generator with constant voltage selection, available skid mounted, on wheel barrow trolley or road tow trailer. It is fully compliant with the latest CE and EU standards. An ArcGen 500amp Cobra Inverter and Hilta D5 Diaphragm Pump will complete the line-up.

Morris Site Machinery is in Hall B5/438D in the CEA UK Pavilion at Bauma 2019.

THUMBNAIL CAPTION: (l-r) Phil Winnington, International Business Director and Chris Morris, CEO of Morris Site Machinery

Executive Hire Show 2019 considered a triumph for the 13th consecutive year

Visitor numbers were also up on last year’s event with 1872 relevant hire industry visitors in attendance.

The show was bustling from the onset with hirers looking to expand their fleets and check out new innovations and launches from the diverse range of exhibitors at the show.

There were a record amount of new product launches with a strong focus on safety and environmental solutions.

The event organisers also undertook a complete redesign of the show and the 2019 event revealed a completely new layout and look. It worked - both exhibitors and visitors approved of the revamp and new look.

Morris Site Machinery International Business Director, Phil Winnington said: “The new layout worked well, and the show looked fresh.

“The new format also took away the predictability of other years. The volume of visitors was consistent with previous years and decision makers were in attendance. Morris Site Machinery is happy to support the show again in 2020.”

The Executive Hire Show would not be complete without the ‘Passionate Hire Awards’, which take place at a celebration event on the first evening of the show. The winners of this year’s awards were;

Rocket Rentals, based in Gloucestershire, won ‘The Outstanding Single Depot Hirer’, which was sponsored by Mace Industries and presented by Luke Mace.

The ‘Outstanding Multi Depot Hire’ Award, sponsored by Plantworx Construction Exhibition 2019, presented by Plantworx Sales Manager Angela Spink, was awarded to KDM Hire, based in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ Award at the Executive Hire Show 2019 was presented to a company that goes that extra mile for their customers – Swansea based, Miles Hire.

The final award of the evening was the ‘John Jennings Crosshire’ Award, which was presented to Gap Group Managing Director, Iain Anderson.

Executive Hire Show Director, Craig Donovan said: “The Executive Hire Show team would like to thank all exhibitors for supporting the 2019 Show and embracing the new layout and design – we are delighted with the feedback we have received.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2019 Show attracted 1872 relevant hire industry visitors. This is marginally up on last year and consistent with other years.”

Craig pointed out that this figure does not include training providers, asset financiers and recruitment companies, who were allowed entry as non-exhibiting suppliers during the afternoon on the final day. Media and Public Relation personnel were also excluded from the visitor numbers.

Craig added, “86% of all relevant hire industry visitors were from independent operations, re-confirming the pivotal role of local and regional hirers in the on-going success of the Show. This also demonstrates the Show’s continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire executives.”

The Executive Hire Show has confirmed that the 14th annual event will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February 2020 – at the home of hire at the Ricoh Arena Coventry once again. Booking for the 2020 Show will start during March 2019.

Time to shine for Morris Site Machinery’s new lighting products

LEADING site equipment manufacturer Morris Site Machinery is set to shine when it debuts two new lighting products alongside its world-class machinery range, on Stand F30 - at the Executive Hire Show 2019.

The SMC TL90 Evolve – the next generation SMC TL90 lighting tower – and the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley, are the latest innovations from the company’s engineering team in response to the hire industry’s needs.

The SMC TL90 Evolve offers all the functionality of the current market leading SMC TL90 but with a new ergonomic design, more compact appearance and three lamp head options.

Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, said: “We are constantly looking at how we can improve our products to ensure we’re delivering the brightest and best machineS which deliver value for customers.

"We’re excited to be debuting these two additions to our range of lighting towers.”

The SMC TL90 Evolve can be fitted with the standard four LED head, the groundbreaking Halo lamp head or a six LED head making it the brightest mobile lighting tower in the UK.

The six head Evolve+ has a crisp light output of 217,500 lumens - twice as powerful as its competitors - and is super silent at just 60dB(A) from 7m. The standard four head TL90 Evolve has a run time of 185 hours.

Renewable energy will be spotlighted with the launch of the compact SMC TL60 Solar Trolley. Totally solar powered, the energy efficient and easily deployable unit produces zero noise and zero emissions.

Its dusk-till-dawn sensor provides light when needed, saving battery power and removing the necessity for manual switching on and off. The unit is available with different LED oodlight arrangements including dimmable lights, auto-timer and PIR control.

Innovative system to aid environment generates award success

A PIONEERING storage system to help site generators work more efficiently to save on costs and reduce emissions has won a UK-wide innovation award, delighting distributor Morris Site Machinery.

The company commended the success of Tangent Energy as winner of the pollution category and overall winner in the Highways UK Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge.

Its microgrid renewable energy storage system triumphed at an event attended by the largest firms in the construction and highways industry.

John Mustarde (pictured above left), Managing Director of Tangent Energy, said: "Our solution is proven to have a huge impact in reducing pollution. We’re delighted to have received this award, as it shows the industry sees tackling emissions as being fundamentally important."

Morris Site Machinery is the UK distributor for Tangent’s intelligent hybrid battery pack which can be fitted to any generator with an auto start function to respond to changing power requirements to save on fuel, CO2 emissions, noise and running costs.

Technology sensing demands

Technology could shut down a generator at night when power requirements are low and use the power it has stored instead.

If the system runs low or the energy demand rises, it will automatically re-engage the generator to deliver the energy needed.

Switching to the storage systems means lower fuel consumption, saving on costs and emissions to help improve air quality. With the generator switched to battery operation, the silent power will mean less noise pollution too. 

UK Sales Director, Richard Denholm (right) said: "The accolade for Tangent Energy is well deserved and recognises the value of its innovative work. We are proud to be a partner.

"Demands and legislation to be more environmentally aware are increasing. We want to help operators at construction sites to reduce their carbon footprints and to use generators more efficiently."

Morris Site Machinery manufactures and supplies world leading site machinery brands and products to serve a range of sectors.

Night of Lights proves a towering success at RAF Museum Cosford

A SPECTACULAR light show set to music at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford celebrated Morris Site Machinery’s position as a leading manufacturer of lighting towers in dramatic style.

As Storm Ali threatened to put a stop to the event by blowing a local electricity pylon down, another of the reliable brands supplied by Morris Site Machinery was on hand to help.

The Denyo Eventa20 ensured that not even inclement weather could stop the event and was ready to silently power the dramatic lighting and music display.

The Night of Lights event showcased an impressive range of British-built lighting towers, which were used to illuminate stunning aircraft in the National Cold War Exhibition hangar at the Shropshire venue.

Morris Site Machinery MD/CEO Chris Morris welcomed 60 people to the evening where Group Captain Tone Baker, RAF Cosford Station Commander, spoke on the 100th anniversary of the RAF. He started his career as an apprentice engineer at RAF Cosford.

Guests were treated to a special presentation explaining how five generations of enterprise have created a stellar line-up of lighting towers.

The lights were introduced and switched on in turn, accompanied by music chosen to reflect their qualities and set the mood.

Richard Denholm, Paul Kelham, Gp Capt Tone Baker, Chris Morris and Phil Winnington (pictured left to right)

PICTURED: Richard Denholm, Paul Kelham, Gp Capt Tone Baker, Chris Morris and Phil Winnington (pictured left to right).

The featured performers included the SMC TL90, which lights up construction sites, events, rail tracks and roads in 25 countries worldwide, and the TL55 Solar, the UK’s first British-built solar lighting tower.

The TL90 Ultimate with Halo, a powerful anti-glare next generation lamp, was another star turn, followed by the compact and super silent SL80 Pallet and the TL60 family of lights.

Chris Morris said: “It was a memorable evening where we demonstrated the greatest line-up of mobile lighting towers in the world in a spectacular setting.

We were proud to show our innovation against a backdrop of amazing exhibits, including British stalwarts such as the Vulcan, Valiant and Victor bombers.

“Our customers and fellow guests said how much they enjoyed the event. Food and drink were laid on, so it was a great way to socialise and strengthen our relationship with them.”

Morris Site Machinery has a manufacturing plant at Gosberton, Lincolnshire and an assembly plant at Four Ashes, Wolverhampton.

Part of a fifth-generation family business group, it manufactures and supplies world leading site machinery brands and products to serve the hire industry across a range of sectors.

Safe, effective and modern welding with Morris Site Machinery

IT WAS BY kind invitation of Richard Denholm, Sales Director at Morris Site Machinery, that ToolBusiness + Hire came to Four Ashes near Wolverhampton to find out a lot more about the market, machines and expertise that are required in the world of welding –particularly hire welding.

Richard is what is called an ‘acknowledged expert’ in welding, having many years’ experience in the art - as well as working in executive positions in the industry, WRITES PETER BRETT.

It All Started Many Years Ago…

The art of fusing or welding metals was first known about in the Bronze Age as far as we can tell, and even today modern blacksmiths use a very high temperature to hammer fuse steel. 

The makers of Samurai swords and damascus steel used the skill of fusing metals to make high quality blades. But it was only in the 1890s that thermite welding became common. 

The oxy-acetylene process was discovered by Edmund Davey in 1836, but only became a viable welding method with the invention of a suitable torch in 1900.  

Since then several further methods of welding, including electric arc welding, have been developed. During World War II, for example, it was a quick and effective way of fabricating steel products without having to rivet steel plates together, as in the old days of shipbuilding. 

And it was a skill women seemed to be particularly good at, which helped save our bacon during those stressful times.

Further developments in electric arc welding took us into the realms of gas shielded welding and ultimately to the stick, MIG and TIG welders we most often use these days. 

As usual, it took some years before Health and Safety caught up with welding practices on the ground. Apparently, it was not uncommon for welders to be electrocuted by badly insulated welding machines. 

It was also not uncommon for welders to drink a pint of milk a day, in the belief that it would neutralise the toxins they were ingesting while welding. A faint hope, I think. 

Today, simple welding is accomplished using stick welding or MMA (Manual Metal Arc) welding. This is safe and simple welding within the skill level of DIYers, and is now increasingly catered for by machines costing as little as £100.

More advanced skills are needed for both MIG and TIG welding – both of these use a gas shielding of the welding arc, to create the strong and sealed welds needed for anything from food containers to battleships and submarines.

Modern welding machines have been made smaller and lighter due to the invention of inverter technology. 

Instead of using very heavy transformers to convert to the high currents needed to melt metals, inverters can be lighter and use advanced electronics to help manage welds by monitoring the electrical input and skills of the welder – thus making better welders and welds.

Modern welders are also blessed with a wide and effective range of safety gear including smart helmets, gauntlets and breathing masks needed for some processes.

MSM has linked with Jefferson to market its range of tools and safety gear for welding. Keenly priced, it is of serviceable quality, and appeals to casual hiring welders as well as professionals.

The Morris Site Machinery View

With all of the above knowledge and experience, Richard told me that MSM has had a 35-year long connection with ArcGen welders. 

These are made in Japan and although they are not the cheapest, many are still being used regularly after twenty years. Indeed, we saw some of these machines in the workshop being refurbished into ‘as new’ condition. 

The ArcGen machines have proved to be tough enough to withstand the rigours of the hire market where they are not only exposed to the British climate, but also the tender ministrations of their hirers. 

They are combined with the compatible power units that are used on site, shipbuilding and petro-chemical industries. 

The ArcGen Cobra 5000i Multi Process Inverter, which was recently included in MSM’s range of welders, is a multi-process inverter that will tackle TIG and MIG welding. 

As well as being available in multiples, the welder is suitable for heavy construction as well as hire. And when you have a Cobra, you also need the Adder – a portable wire feeder unit built into a strong plastic case designed to withstand damp conditions.  

To partner the ArcGen welders are the ArcGen Weldmaker Generators. Mounted on trailers and fully featured including auto engine shutdown and quiet operation, they are perfectly matched to ArcGen welders for peak efficiency. 

Service, Hire and Sales in a comprehensive package 

While at Four Ashes, Richard took us on a lightning tour of the premises, so we could get more of a flavour of the services and equipment that enable MSM to provide a comprehensive service to its hirers and equipment purchasers.  

There are sections devoted to repairs and servicing of everything from welders to pumps, and generators and pressure washers. Since much of the hire market is seasonally driven, there are peaks and troughs of machines and equipment that are in high or low demand.  

There are also production lines making up machines to meet orders placed. A small caravan of trailer generators was being assembled in one of the workshop areas, and would be ready for shipping in only a few days.  

Outside in the yard were hundreds of lighting towers – now not much in demand for hire in the lighter and longer days of spring and summer. But come October and the clocks going back, most will be hired out, lighting worksites again.  

Morris Site Machinery prides itself on listening to customers and being relentlessly customer focused. 

I think it is very interesting that the company has not chosen the ‘cheap and cheerful’ solution to hiring and selling machines of all kinds, but instead have chosen to focus on quality, value and efficiency rather than on ‘bottom line’ pricing. 

In the longer run MSM believes that this formula is more sustainable, and better value for money because higher quality machines perform better, last longer and are therefore ‘greener’ than so called cheaper solutions. 

The old adage that you get what you pay for, clearly applies here too.


Towers on Tour provide an illuminating experience

Morris Site Machinery has lined up a summer tour with quality performers to bring a lighting roadshow directly to customers’ doors.

‘Towers on Tour’ will hit the road in August to showcase the company’s latest lighting towers and technology and give a practical demonstration of how they can help to improve a fleet.

The Morris team behind the venture has more than 150 years’ industry experience and knowledge and is excited about travelling the country to meet existing and potential customers.

It is an effective and accessible approach to showing customers the equipment in action. All they have to do is make a phone call to arrange for the tour to stop off at their premises.

By hosting such a personalised visit, customers can get the technical lowdown, ask questions, seek advice and learn more about what Morris Site Machinery can offer.

As Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, explained: “It’s always great to build face to face relationships. This is an opportunity to show what our lighting towers can deliver and discuss how they can benefit business.”

The tour will spotlight the TL90 Ultimate in action.  It offers over 20 variants on specification allowing customers to bespoke build and spec-up their lighting towers according to site needs and budget.

It has up to the minute engine technology with options of a Perkins and Kubota engines each providing a 50% increase in fuel capacity and run time, delivering an additional 90 hours of operation ensuring greater cost savings.

The TL90 Ultimate is fitted with a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options available to give operators advanced monitoring, more traceability and security in their fleets. The four 300W LED lights provide fuel efficient and crisp, clear instant light with up to 50,000 hours use.

The super silent TL90 LED will show its star qualities in technology and innovation. It has proven reliability and performance from a Kubota 1500rpm water cooled engine. Its five 240W LED lamps offer up to 50,000 hours lamp life.

To book a lighting tower experience please contact the sales team on 0345 515 0103.

Morris Site Machinery at EHS 2017

Morris Site Machinery throws light on innovation for hire industry

Morris Site Machinery will spotlight the latest innovations in power, lighting and welding at the 2017 Executive Hire Show to help hirers grow their business and harness the full potential of their machines.

The leading light-and-power supplier is bringing more solutions and technology-focused products and will unveil its next generation lighting tower range, including the TL90 Ultimate at the event. This new addition has up-to-the minute engine technology from Perkins and Kubota offering longer run times and is fitted with a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options to give operators advanced monitoring, more traceability and security. The four 300W LED lights provide fuel efficient and crisp, clear, instant light. 

The show will also launch the company’s limited edition range of Cobra inverter welders. The ArcGen Cobra 500i has real bite; a multi-process inverter welder that is a lightweight but powerful welding power source. The Cobra processes include MMA, TIG, Arc Gouging and MIG with the addition of compatible add-on units. 500amps of DC welding power makes it ideal for heavy fabrication, ship yard, oil and gas, quarry and manufacturing industries.

In the dedicated Innovation Zone the chance to trial the Makinex Hose 2 Go from the Morris Select Range is expected to be a popular draw. A special water challenge will offer a fun experience for visitors and the chance to win prizes. The Makinex Hose 2 Go is ideal as a dust suppression tool and portable water supply. It provides a constant and accurate flow of water to suppress dust when cutting, core drilling and grinding concrete. The innovative equipment enables water to flow without a pump, battery or electronics. Lightweight and portable, its 13.8 litre capacity provides up to 30 minutes of constant flowing water, with no need to manually pump to get the required water pressure.  

Morris Site Machinery’s latest range of Inmesol Rental generators will be on show for the first time. Robust, compact and technically innovative, these 24-hour run generators build on the breadth of offer now available from the company and will offer greater choice to the UK hire industry. They feature a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options available to allow users to remotely control the machines and review their fuel management. The protective paint coating provides high resistance to ultraviolet radiation and prevents rust and corrosion. A user-friendly ‘plug and go’ socket panel includes all the common size sockets for 400/230v and all Inmesol generators come with Stage IIIA compliant engines which can be synchronised with an intelligent control module allowing full load-sharing for up to 32 gensets.

Richard Denholm, Sales Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This show is a great opportunity for us to engage with customers and spotlight innovative and efficient products to help them grow their business. We have extended our range of innovative products and price points, while maintaining the great quality and service we are renowned for, to meet the industry needs.

“Our Customer Service Showcase Team will be on hand to promote our new range and to talk about service packages. Our client relationships are important to us and we look forward to meeting our valued, existing customers and gaining new ones.”

The stand will also feature its market-leading Denyo Eventa 20Kva and, for the first time, the new SMC 3kva Generator and SMC 200 amp petrol welder.

Morris Site Machinery will be on Stand B50 at The Executive Hire Show on 8 and 9 February at Ricoh Arena, Coventry.



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