Speedy invests £10m in new vehicles and equipment

Speedy fuel vehicles

Speedy has announced a £10 million investment in new equipment and vehicles for its power generation business.

The investment, which includes more than 250 generators, 350-plus on-site fuel tanks and 15 fuel tankers, is part of an upgrade programme to provide customers with the latest, fuel efficient equipment.

The generators are powered by Perkins Engines, primarily manufactured by Pramac and FG Wilson, and incorporate a broad range of node sizes from 20 kVA up to 500 kVA.

Lisa Blake, specialist services director at Speedy Hire, said: “The investment enables our customers to benefit from the latest state-of-the-art power generation equipment and reduces the average age of our hire fleet.

“Importantly, it will also ensure that our customers benefit from products that comply with the latest Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) emissions standard.”

New Fuel Polishers

To guarantee the new generators are continuously supplied with clean fuel, all Speedy’s multi-service centres (MSCs) are now equipped with fuel polishers. 

Mark Tomlin, project manager at Speedy Hire, said: “Since the installation of our first fuel polisher in Erith, we have experienced a 75% reduction in fuel-related breakdowns. This enables us to reduce power downtime for customers and improve the efficiency of our engineering team, by focusing on proactive servicing rather than reacting to breakdowns.”

Once cleaned, the fuel can be delivered in the new fleet of IBC fuel tanks which, like the generators, are available to hire from Speedy power locations across the UK. These range from a 1,000-litre capacity to a 15,000-litre capacity tank.

“Investing in these new tanks reduces the risk of fuel contamination,” added Blake. “We will ensure that our customers are always running their tanks and generators on clean fuel, which significantly reduces the risk of fuel-related breakdowns.”

The investment is complemented by Speedy’s decision to renew its fuel tanker fleet and bring in 15 newly-designed and built tankers to deliver fuel to customer sites.

Speedy’s power and fuel management capability is backed up by a technical sales support team and a team of engineers, whose capabilities range from general service and synchronisation, to end-to-end project management for power-critical applications.

Together, these teams are able to support customers, making sure they are using the right generators and the right fuel to best serve their business needs, it said.

Added to this, Speedy engineers are able not only to install the new generators but also to synchronise them and therefore ensure that if the load changes, another will ‘kick-in’ automatically – a key benefit for power critical customers.

Founded in 1977, Speedy Hire is the UK's leading provider of tools, equipment and services to a wide range of customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, as well as to local trade and industry. 

The Group provides complementary support services through the provision of training, asset management and compliance services.

The Group operates from over 200 fixed sites across the UK and Ireland together with a number of on-site facilities at client locations throughout the UK, Ireland and from an international office based in Abu Dhabi. 

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