Andrews Sykes Warns Of The Hire Industry’s Potential Product Shortage This Winter

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Andrews Sykes is warning that the UK hire industry in general, is still operating way behind demand, during the critical winter period.

The requirement for portable heating equipment or temporary boilers to hire, has been unprecedented in the previous two winters...

Andrews Sykes is warning that the UK hire industry in general, is still operating way behind demand, during the critical winter period. The requirement for portable heating equipment or temporary boilers to hire has been unprecedented in the previous two winters, causing many hire companies to simply run out of equipment, leaving potential customers without heating or hot water.

December 2010 was the coldest December on record according to the Met Office, putting unusual strain on in-built heating and boiler equipment. When systems failed, UK organisations turned to the hire industry to provide back-up, but in many cases they were let down. Such was the shortage of equipment last winter, Andrews Sykes was approached by competitors to cross hire equipment.

Organisations that had put a contingency plan in place with a hire company, were guaranteed a supply of equipment. However many hire companies simply ran out of stock and could not provide equipment to the countless other organisations who contacted them more speculatively.

Despite still being British Summer Time, Andrews Sykes is already receiving calls from organisations who were left in the cold by other hire companies last year, and are now keen to ensure the same doesn’t happen this year.

Steve Reeve, Sales Director at Andrews Sykes said: “Whilst freezing temperatures are the last thing on peoples' minds in summer, it really pays to think ahead and put a contingency plan in place with a specialist hire company. An industry expert will assess the site, the accessibility, the model/units most suitable, power supply and requirement for ancillary equipment. This means that if cold weather plays havoc with heating or hot water supplies at a later date, the hire company will have emergency back-up equipment in place within hours.

Reeve continued: “In many cases hiring heaters or boilers is simply to maintain comfortable conditions for staff. If temperatures drop too low, employees will be less productive and in severe cases, if they are sent home, there will be a negative financial affect. However in some workplaces, such as the manufacturing industry or NHS trusts, heating and hot water is a necessity and the longer term consequences of not having an effective contingency plan are extreme.”

Andrews Sykes is gearing up for increased demand this winter by holding the largest temporary fleet of Industrial Heating Equipment in the UK and ensuring that it also holds an adequate stock of accessories - as this was one of the industry’s biggest stumbling blocks during the 2010/2011 season.

For more information about Andrews Sykes visit http://www.andrews-sykes.com

Notes to editors
Andrews Sykes is the UK’s largest specialist hire company with operations in Europe and the Middle East. With over 30 depots and hire centres in the UK alone and 500 dedicated employees worldwide, the company has over 40 years experience in the hire, sale, installation and maintenance of all types of comfort cooling, air conditioning, heating, temperature control and ventilation systems. It serves virtually all industry sectors from small businesses to multi-site operations and international corporations across building and construction companies, industry, retail, banking and finance, leisure and hospitality, facilities management, manufacturing, utilities, oil and chemicals, government, healthcare, the armed forces and emergency services.

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