Riwal officially opens new ‘most advanced’ depot
Customers and industry leaders were invited to an open day at the new facility on Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, which is designed to be the most advanced powered access rental hub in the UK.
The Worshipful Mayor of Dacorum Borough Council, Cllr Terry Douris, who is a sector board member of the Hire Association of Europe, was guest of honour at an opening ceremony, which was attended by Riwal board members, including owner Doron Livnat.
Riwal UK London North has 21,000 sq ft (1,951m2) of internal space and 19,000 sq ft (1,765m2) of external space. It becomes the 75th depot to be operated by Netherlands-based Riwal in the UK and in 16 countries across the world.
Investment in the new depot is in line with Riwal’s ambitious expansion plans. It has committed to spending 100m Euros (£89.5m) on its worldwide aerial working platform fleet in 2019 – 75% on fleet expansion.
It also reflects Riwal’s strong commitment to sustainable powered access rental services. The new depot has an array of energy and resource saving features, including a roof-top solar array for pre-heating hot water, rainwater harvesting to reuse grey water, and superior insulation to minimise energy loss.
Mick Ledden, Country Manager for Riwal UK, said: “This is a major step in our plans to expand Riwal services in the UK, offering an unrivalled range of high-quality powered access machines for hire.
“Riwal London North is in a perfect strategic location to serve the capital, the northern section of the M25, including Heathrow and Stanstead airports, and up into the Midlands along the M1 and A1 corridors.
“The depot has excellent sustainability features and will allow us to serve our growing customer base in the South-East promptly and efficiently in line with the most challenging cost and environmental controls.
“I am delighted that Cllr Douris could be with us to celebrate such an important milestone in Riwal UK’s development, and I intend Riwal UK to become an active participant in the local economy.”
Riwal London North have been designed to embody the Riwal Way, a continuous improvement process based on Kaizen principals, which aims to ensure customers always receive the best service.
Steve Skeates, Riwal UK Operations Manager, said: “It is exciting to commission powered access rental facilities that are innovatively designed from the bottom up to meet the Riwal Way’s exacting standards.
“Riwal London North represents the start of a journey that allows us match the best-trained and most committed powered access rental team with the best space and best equipment to deliver exceptional service.”
During the open day, Riwal UK presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Breast Cancer Now research charity. Riwal UK raised over £6,000, 20% above the £5,000 target figure, during a 12-month fundraising campaign which included hiring our two bright pink powered access machines plus staff events. Riwal has agreed to top up the total raised to £10,000.
Riwal UK also showcased the industry-leading powered access rental services and expertise being delivered from its London North depot.
This included powered access training delivered by Riwal UK sister company ALS Safety Ltd, named 2019 IPAF training centre of the year in the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAS).
Its team is based at Riwal London North where it can offer customers access to the latest virtual reality (VR) simulator training for working at height, which is also available at Riwal training centres across Europe.
There was a demonstration of the JLG 1850SJ – the world’s tallest ultra boom, with a maximum working height of 58.56m – reflecting Riwal’s position as a world leader in supplying tall booms.
Riwal is also an international leader in sustainable powered access applications. It was the first to convert a JLG 1350SJP diesel super boom (max working height 43m) to 100% electric power.
As well as developing its depot network, Riwal UK is strengthening its rental and sales team. In the last two months it has announced the appointment of Lee Rigby to be its UK Commercial Manager, and Marc Johnson to be its UK Technical Manager.