Déjà vu for MHM
2 July 2020
MHM Plant was founded in 2010 following the financial crisis that had begun two years before. I can’t help feeling there is a sense of déjà vu now that we are all impacted by the coronavirus.
Initially, MHM’s value proposition was to offer its stocks of used generators, petrol and diesel welders and lighting towers on a nationwide re-hire basis, enabling hirers to boost their fleets when capex was severely restricted.
Today, of course, the company offers new machines as well as used, and its re-hire service is again becoming an attractive option because it allows companies to supply the latest technology with minimal financial outlay.
“There is now even greater demand for sustainable and innovative products following Covid-19,” Managing Director Mat Llewellyn (pictured above) told me. “Lockdown led to a huge reduction in commuting and travelling, and the resultant decrease in carbon emissions has shown people that environmentally friendly products are the way forward.
“Earlier enquiries about solar and hybrid machines are now becoming firm orders. These machines are becoming part of the ‘new normal’ and our re-hire operation allows hirers to offer them cost-effectively,” he said.
Hirers are also buying products to add to their fleets now that more sites are re-opening. Amongst these is MHM’s X-Street mini solar light, which is reported to be “flying out the door”. Also proving popular are the SSY-ECO 6kVA and 10kVA diesel generators with automatic start/stop systems, similar to those found on cars.
MHM believes there will be a slow but steady recovery as more construction activity gets underway. “The decision on 11 February to go ahead with HS2 was a great statement of intent from the government to invest in the nation's infrastructure, and hopefully that will give others confidence to proceed with projects,” Mat added.
MHM is demonstrating its own confidence by appointing more regional Business Development Managers to meet new demand. One has already been recruited, and Mat tells me that the company is seeking four more.