COAST announces arrival of new ‘IP’ and ‘EP’ batteries

THE extensive COAST LED Torch and Head-Torch program is set for another strategic expansion with its planned entry into the lucrative batteries market.

Tim Sparrow, Managing Director of BBB (Exclusive Distributor of COAST within the UK, Ireland and BENELUX) further explained this decision: "This is actually an area that BBB and COAST USA have been discussing and planning for several years based upon our purchasing power from the huge numbers of DURACELL batteries we already buy to supply with COAST products globally plus our existing knowledge and links in this product area.”

“We are pleased to confirm that COAST batteries will not only give our dealers and their customers a new battery option which has been extensively tested across the whole of the COAST product range but, equally importantly, COAST batteries also clearly offer an exceptionally competitive alternative to existing leading brands.”

“We have been quietly soft-launching the batteries over the past two months and have already seen huge demand from many of our existing dealers in each of the countries we support including many larger national accounts, each of whom is responding to the incredible value and competitive edge that COAST batteries represent across the whole range against all existing brands.”

The range comprises of AAA, AA, C-Cell, D-Cell and 9.6 volt batteries within the COAST ‘INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE’ series and AAA and AA batteries in their COAST ‘EXTREME PERFORMANCE’ series.

AAA and AA batteries in both ranges are available on 4pc hang-sell cards and in 10pc boxed packs as shown.

C & D Cell batteries are available on 2pc hang-sell cards whilst 9.6 volt batteries are supplied in singles on card.

All COAST battery options are now immediately available from BBB’s Leicestershire Warehouse and this exciting launch is made even better by a 5% added discount offer extended to all dealers for their initial COAST batteries order within an initial launch period up to October 31st 2019.

For further details or to enquire about becoming a COAST stockist please contact  BBB Investments Ltd, on 01858 410551 or email [email protected]

www.bbb-leisureproducts.co.uk

Locks 4 Vans in bid to tackle tool theft

WHETHER you are a sole-trader or you manage a nationwide fleet of vehicles, whether you use your vehicle to work out of and leave your tools in the van overnight or you are a courier company using a fleet of vehicles for deliveries, the contents of your vehicle(s) will need protection against theft as ever-sophisticated criminals employ the latest attack methods to gain entry and steal valuable contents from tradesmen and couriers.

Worryingly, a van is broken into every 23 minutes in the UK – catapulting the rate of tool theft up by over 30% compared to last year. Police figures further estimate that this figure has rocketed by nearly two thirds in two years.

Tradespeople across the country are losing out on thousands of pounds and their livelihoods, as sophisticated thieves target vans for the expensive tools inside.

You only have to analyse insurance claims data to spot a number of worrying trends – from an overall increase in the number of thefts in the last few years, to a rise in the average value of the tools being stolen. In another blow to tradespeople, it seems thieves have wised up to the value of various tools and are actively targeting those that are worth more money. £2,881 is the average value of tools left in UK tradespeople’s’ vans. It points to a worrying trend that shows tool theft thieves aren’t just opportunistic, but organised, too.

And it’s not just the opportunist thief ruining the livelihoods of hard-working tradespeople. This crime is harming sole-traders and major fleet operators right across the country, with major cities in the north, midlands, and south appearing in the 10 most-targeted areas.

Last year, we began to see a rise in the ‘peel and steal’ tool theft technique – applying pressure to the side or read load-area van door with both knees, before ‘peeling’ the door down from the top and gaining access to the contents inside the vehicle.

Organised criminal gangs are now using electronic key fobs to illegally gain access to vehicles without leaving any sign of a forced entry. It makes the criminals harder to catch, insurance claims longer and more difficult to prove.

Often referred to as the ‘relay’ method, it involves two criminals working in close proximity to the vehicle and the vehicles key, one will intercept the signal from the vehicles key fob, while the other uses a replica fob to replicate the signal and open the van door using the replica fob.

It points to a worrying trend that shows tool thieves aren’t just opportunistic, but organised, too.

Locks 4 Vans is committed to securing vehicles and protecting their contents, so let us update you on the latest attack methods and advise you on the most secure and cost-effective solutions for your vehicles.

Armorgard’s quick-build solution for trackside storage

AS rail construction and maintenance come under pressure to reduces disruption to the network, the benefits of flat-pack secure storage solutions for trackside projects grow stronger.

Armorgard, a global provider of storage and materials handling solutions for tools, equipment and hazardous substances, has added quick build storage containers to its portfolios of RISQS approved rail products for the international hire market. 

Forma-Stor, a lightweight, ultra-strong flat-pack alternative to standard containers, is being welcomed by the rail construction and maintenance sector because it eliminates the need for HIAB crane lifts and Road Rail Vehicles (RRVs).

Paul Weeks, a Signal and Telegraph (S & T) Manager for Network Rail and one of the first to use the Armorgard Forma-Stor, said: “The flat-packed design means that overheads do not need to be isolated when transporting the Forma-Stor, which prevents delay minutes, requirements for possessions, stoppages in work and associated costs.

“The Forma-Stor Can be strategically placed in focal positions to reduce delay minutes and walking distance when a variety of items are required on site, ensuring you have total control of the transportation process to optimise logistics and best fit in with the eternal schedule.”

Designed as a walk-in vault that can be quickly transported to trackside and easily set up anywhere on-site, Forma-Stor consists of panels that simply slot into place. The whole set-up only takes around 10 minutes and can be carried out by two people, compared with the team of people needed to organise a standard container lift.

Forma-Stor comes in four different sizes, from 1-4 metres, and can be used for on-site storage of equipment, such as hand and power tools, materials, including cable and metals, and other small to medium component storage. There is also a COSHH version of the Forma-Stor for chemicals and other hazardous substances.


www.armorgard.co.uk

Snickers FLEXIWork Stretch Shorts for cool comfort this summer

THESE stylish work shorts for the flexible working environment are designed to deliver superior comfort and freedom of movement.

While fabric, functionality and fit are hallmarks of Snickers Workwear, it’s the innovation and fabric technology in the design of the new FlexiWork Stretch Shorts for men and women that really set these new garments apart.

These shorts are great for working in the warmer months. Delivering superior flexibility and comfort, these lightweight work shorts come in a hi-tech body-mapping design and are made from a self-ventilating stretch fabric with Cordura reinforcements for all-round mobility and durability when you need it most.

As well as being street-smart with men’s and women’s designs, they’re packed with comfort and functionality and are specially designed for the fast-paced professional who’s always on the go and always delivering top class work on site.

For professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments and who want the ultimate in cool comfort this summer, they’re a must-have.

www.snickersworkwear.co.uk

Mecalac announces UK roll-out of excavator portfolio

MECALAC Construction Equipment UK Ltd has announced the national roll-out of its globally-acclaimed excavator portfolio.

Seven representatives from the company’s UK dealer network will be responsible for retailing its innovative models, which are manufactured at Mecalac’s European headquarters in Annecy, France.

  • Balgownie
  • Kellands Plant Sales
  • LDH Plant
  • Versatile Equipment
  • P.V. Dobsons
  • Specialist Plant South West
  • Murley Construction

Perfectly blending class-leading performance with flexibility, speed and process innovation, the pioneering range has been developed to meet the exacting requirements of today’s urban construction sites. Each product is compact, fuel-efficient and multi-functioning.

Mecalac MCR – Unique in the marketplace, the MCR can switch from compact tracked excavator (with a top speed of 10 km/h) to loader (with 360° rotation capability) within seconds. Available in three model variations – 6MCR (0.49m2 bucket capacity), 8MCR (0.53m2 bucket capacity) and 10MCR (0.75m2 bucket capacity) – each unit is powered by a 55kW engine.

Mecalac MWR – Perfectly blending stability and compactness, the MWR adopts an innovative wheeled chassis. Four models are available – 7MWR, 9MWR, 11MWR and 15MWR. Incorporating a closed hydrostatic transmission system, each model is fast and nimble, with both two and four-wheel steer (crab option) available. Alongside boasting direct entry into the cab, the MWR range can be refuelled from the floor.

Mecalac MTX – The MTX is a combined excavator, loader, forklift and tool carrier in a single machine. Equipped with a variable-adjustment boom (with offset), the unit offers an optimum working envelope. The articulated undercarriage allows for a low centre of gravity and class-leading stability, while a 140 tilting angle enhances manoeuvrability. The 12MTX is also equipped with Mecalac’s CONNECT quick coupler, which is integrated directly into the dipper stick.

Commenting on the roll-out, Gregg Horne, General Manager at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (MCE), said: “Introducing Groupe Mecalac’s excavator range to the UK market comes as part of a long-term corporate strategy to meet changing sector requirements and provide innovative solutions to support operators nationwide.

“Each model is proven, flexible and designed to perform perfectly in challenging urban environments. We’re confident that the range will be well-received by professionals across the country, who recognise the benefits of embracing innovation to minimise job time and improve performance.”

Master Lock receives the Sold Secure stamp of approval for wall/floor anchor

MASTER Lock has been awarded yet another accreditation to bolster its vast product range, this time to the 1489EURDAT wall/floor anchor.

Now covered by insurance companies, this ground anchor provides customers with a tried and tested robust protection against theft.

The 1489EURDAT wall/floor anchor is available now from a variety of retailers including Amazon.co.uk.

Sold Secure is a trusted review institution dedicated to reducing the risk of crime by the assessment of security products. Products that have been satisfactorily assessed bear the Sold Secure Quality Mark. The scheme has close ties with several police constabularies and insurers who provide regular information regarding the methods of theft plus the tools utilised by criminals in their areas.

The perfect solution to secure bikes to a fixed point, the 1489EURDAT is made from a resilient steel and comes with high security screws to withstand a strong degree of force. A bike can be secured to this robust anchor with a cable or chain lock to keep safe from theft. This product also comes with Master Lock’s ‘Limited Lifetime Warranty’.

Master Lock’s 90-plus years of security expertise means users can rely on a product that has been perfected and designed from the ground up by a team of dedicated security professionals at the brand’s headquarters in Wisconsin, USA. With yet another product receiving positive assessment from Sold Secure, Master Lock is a brand you can trust to protect your valuables. 

www.masterlock.eu 

Van Vault launches its first consumer campaign

AS part of its latest brand investment Van Vault, the originators of in-vehicle secure storage, has launched its first ever consumer campaign - signifying the brand’s biggest investment in marketing to date.

Van Vault’s 2019 campaign, ‘Always Van Vault’ has been created to drive awareness of the new and improved Van Vault vehicle range which launched in March.

The online campaign features creative video and digital activity aimed at highlighting how Van Vault has been a dependable part of the lives of tradespeople up and down the country for over 20 years. The quality of the Van Vault range has given peace of mind to thousands, and allowed them to get on with their jobs without the worry of tool theft. It features genuine Van Vault customers and is less about the technical specs of the product and more about how it fits into real lives and real work.

A market-leading support package has also been created to support Van Vault’s national network of resellers to help drive the campaign and deliver sales in store – and follows Van Vault’s research into the shopping habits of its trade customers.

Deborah Hunt, Marketing Manager at Van Vault, adds “From national coverage on social media to a targeted cross-trade video strategy, we’re promoting the strongest Van Vault range to date with an equally strong marketing campaign. 

“We’re reaching out to trades people directly to build brand awareness. As the number one brand in the sector it’s vital we continue to extend and invest in the Van Vault name in a creative way. This is the first time we’ve reached out to consumers directly thus helping support our resellers and driving trade customers in store. We have confidence that this campaign is going to raise a lot of awareness for the Van Vault brand.”

Van Vault’s recent marketing research covering a number of key trades, including builders, electricians and plumbers showed that when buying secure storage solutions for their van, the preferred choice is to purchase in-store. The report found that 38 per cent of trades customer rely on merchants / stores for recommendations and information and 1 in 4 seek expert advice from a member of staff.

Van Vault is the first vehicle storage product on the market to be accredited by Secured by Design - the UK’s Police approved standard and has achieved a Silver Sold Secure certification too. Secured by Design promotes products which prevent crime and it’s the only form of police approval for UK products.

As the UK’s number one brand for containers that store and secure tools in vehicles, Van Vault has already invested significantly in its marketing activity this year. The brand has invested in understanding how end-users buy. Research showed initial online research is done to look for product information, but visibility in-store is essential as customers want to actually see the product before purchasing in-store.

The independent market research also showed that Van Vault is still the first brand that comes to mind, as is mentioned nearly twice as much as any other competitors without being prompted. Out of the 14 brands mentioned, Van Vault proved to be the leader in spontaneous awareness.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, Van Vault is the UK’s premier brand of containers for storing and securing tools in vehicles. The brand offers a range of eight vehicle storage products, each designed for use in different types of vehicles, as well as a selection of on-site secure storage which are stocked by a range of distributors across the UK.

Mecalac unveils updated MBR-71 pedestrian roller

UNVEILED at this year's Executive Hire Show back in February, Mecalac’s iconic MBR-71 has been updated, further increasing its reputation as the construction industry’s favourite single drum pedestrian roller.

Available now, the all-new model has been redesigned to incorporate hydrostatic drive, bringing greater flexibility and ease of use for site workers. In addition, a series of key engineering updates to improve performance and safety have been introduced.

Specifically designed for the compaction of granular and asphalt materials, the MBR-71 is perfectly suited to applications including highway repair, footpaths, cycle lanes, playgrounds and landscaping environments. Its proven design provides superb balance, ensuring best-in-class manoeuvrability in tight spaces - making it the contractor’s ‘go to’ roller.

Removing the clutch and belt arrangement results in fewer maintenance requirements, while a 35% increase in water tank volume has significantly increased working range. Moving operating controls to the handle ensures safer and more ergonomically-friendly operation, complementing a new ‘spring applied’ hydraulic release handbrake, which activates when pressure is lost to maximise operator safety. 

Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, commented: “Our MBR-71 is a common sight on construction sites across the UK. Being so well established, it would be tempting not to change the winning formula. However, we are always listening to our customers and are committed to constantly improving the performance of our products.

“We’ve worked hard to bring a number of great enhancements to the latest model – which we think will be warmly welcomed by contactors and site workers alike. To coin a phrase, we’re confident we just made the best even better!”

www.mecalac.com/en

Armorgard introduces all-new InstaGate crowd control barrier

ARMORGARD today introduced the all-new InstaGate: a multi-purpose, eye-catching modular crowd control barrier, which comes equipped with a unique latching system that makes it incredibly easy and remarkably quick to deploy in virtually any situation.

The UK's leading site safety and security products manufacturer says it is responding to increasing market demands with InstaGate readily available in volume for distributors who want to sell the item on a next day delivery basis or for hire companies who want to buy in bulk to keep plenty in stock.

"We are very excited to release this new product that will enable Armorgard to provide customers with the next generation of crowd control barrier," said Armorgard Managing Director Terry Mitchell. "Our customers want a product that is quick to order and quick to deploy. InstaGate ticks both boxes."

Made from strong, lightweight aluminium, the Armorgard mobile barrier is designed for easy movement and secure placement. With its braked wheels and a unique latching system, InstaGate can extend to any length and be opened and fixed single-handedly. Once expanded and braked, InstaGate forms a highly visible red and white barrier. Multiple units can be easily locked together.

“Armorgard has always believed quality product innovations can truly enhance everyday life, and this commitment has helped us reinvent the standard crowd control barrier,” said Terry. “Similarly, we believe customers should expect more from new products in terms of user experience. The InstaGate crowd control barrier delivers on this notion."

InstaGate, which is available in 4ft and 6ft heights, can be used with standard scaffold claps for fixing to scaffold or to turn corners. Armorgard say the product is durable, weather proof, designed for low wind resistance and very user friendly.

"Making life easier for those who use our products is at the core of our design thinking, and we are proud to use the full strength of our R&D capability to set a new standard in crowd control barriers,” said Armorgard’s Head of Product Development Matt Partridge. “When we began this project, we started with a blank sheet and asked ourselves ‘what does the customer truly need in a barrier?’ Our new system answers this question through an ergonomic design that offers the utmost in functionality, durability and security.”

www.armorgard.co.uk

Ledlenser launch portable LED area worklights

LEDLENSER, the premier name in LED torches and headlamps, stunningly deploys its world-renowned lighting expertise to develop its first series of portable rechargeable LED area worklights for industrial use.

State-of-the-art technologies are combined with premium-grade materials and precision German engineering to deliver an Optimised Lumen Advantage across the two powerful floodlights and four incredibly bright inspection lamps.

Floodlights. Ideal for when larger work areas need consistent, bight and even illumination, the 2500lm iF4R and 4500lm iF8R floodlights both have five brightness levels to suit the user's needs. They can be affixed to metallic surfaces via the integrated magnets and the ability to be placed flat on a surface or angled using the ergonomic pivoting handle. An additional ingenious feature of the iF8R floodlight is that it is Bluetooth enabled. This provides the ability for light options to be controlled via a smartphone in conjunction with the Ledlenser Pro Connect App installed on it: ideal for when you can’t reach the light to change setting but do have your smart phone handy.

Inspection Lamps. If an inspection type lamp is the preferred method of illumination, then the four in this new series stand above the crowd. Comprising the 150lm iW4R, 300lm iW5R, 600lm iW5R-FLEX and 600lm iW7R, each can be held in the hand, affixed to a metallic surface with the incorporated magnet or hung using the integral hook/clip. As well as the broad beam from the inspection lamp each light also features an additional LED which delivers a powerful spot beam thanks to the Advanced Reflector Lens Optic that is a Ledlenser speciality.

All models in this series are rechargeable meaning that they are kinder on the pocket and on the planet. Embedded battery indicators help users keep track of how much battery charge is available in use and, whilst recharging, they indicate how much of the battery has yet to be charged.

Paresh Ruparelia from Ledlenser UK said: “We’ve waited a long time for a range of Ledlenser area work lights and we think it’s been well worth the wait. As well as being seriously bright and offering numerous lighting options, our expert use of materials makes this range extremely robust and lightweight. Add to this the seven-year with registration warranty that provides complete peace of mind and you can see why this range is already proving a massive winner.”

To stock or obtain more information about this new series, please contact UK & Ireland Master Ledlenser Distributor, Ledco Limited on 01344 876 222, or email [email protected]


www.ledlenser.com

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