Hird appointed as UK Oil&Steel distributor


Oil&Steel has appointed Hird as its new distributor for the UK market.

Oil&Steel, based in Modena, Italy, manufactures truck-mounted aerial platforms and tracked spider platforms. It is part of the Manitex International group of companies.

Fabrizio Girotti, General Manager of Oil&Steel, said: “I am proud to announce Hird as the new Oil & Steel dealer for the UK. This agreement represents Oil & Steel’s return to a strategic market and contributes to the internationalization of our brand.

“The attention to the customer, the dynamism and the passion of Phil and of the entire Hird team are perfectly combined with the values ​​of Oil & Steel.

“A fundamental requirement for choosing a partner was the ability to support the market with an impeccable after-sales service. I can say that Hird is fully equipped to support and assist customers for any need.”

Image top: Left to right, front: Phil Hird, Managing Director Hird; Fabrizio Girotti, General Manager Oil & Steel; Carl Cooper, Sales and After-Sales Manager Hird. Left to right, rear: Alan Peck, West of England Manager Hird; John Wilding, Director Hird.

Fantastic relationship

Hird has more than 35 years of experience in renting and selling machinery and equipment for materials lifting and moving and working at height.

The company’s expertise and experience in the mini crane rental sector has contributed to the success of many major infrastructure projects, including the construction of The Shard in London, the tallest building in Western Europe.

Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We’re delighted to team up with Oil&Steel and be its authorised distributor in the UK.

“It was an easy decision to make thanks to the fantastic relationship we already have with Manitex International in supporting its sales across the world.

Oil&Steel gives us a vast array of high-quality products that dovetail perfectly with our wider portfolio, allowing us to draw on our core expertise and values in lifting and powered access to strongly support the company in the UK.

“Many of our clients have given us extremely positive feedback about their experience with Oil&Steel products. This makes us feel confident that the time is right to reintroduce the brand into the UK market in a big way.

“As a result, we will be launching a new Oil&Steel UK sales website and we are planning road trips to introduce the Oil&Steel brand and its proven capabilities to all our customers. We can’t wait to get started.”

Phil Hird Managing Director Hird Fabrizio Girotti General Manager Oil Steel
Phil Hird, Managing Director Hird; Fabrizio Girotti, General Manager Oil&Steel

Sales confirmed

Hird has already confirmed first orders for a Snake 2010 H Plus and Scorpion 2013 Oil&Steel platforms.

The Oil&Steel Snake 2010 H Plus model is a platform with a double pantograph that allows operators to reach a maximum working height of 20 meters and a maximum outreach of 10.2m with a maximum capacity of 250kg.

The Snake 2010 H Plus is the only platform in its class to have an outreach of 10.2m which has made it one of the brand’s best sellers.

snake 2010h self drive truck mount Oil and Steel
Snake 2010H Plus – Self Driving Truck Mount
scorpion 2013 self drive truck mount Oil and Steel
Scorpoion 2013 – Self Driving Truck Mount

It is equipped with four stabilising feet, additional extendable crosspieces and H-shaped stabilisers at the front of the vehicle, maximising flexible stabilisation in confined space.

Also, the basket can be moved through a straight vertical plane when it is raised or lowered.

Operational safety

The Scorpion 2013 is a latest generation Oil&Steel telescopic aerial platform, a model particularly popular in the European rental market, with an operating height of 20m.

It has an outreach of up to 12.5m with a basket capacity of 80kg. At 8.5m outreach the platform achieves its maximum capacity of 250kg.

The platform is ideal for use in urban environments and is easy to operate thanks to fully hydraulic proportional controls. It can also be operated by someone with a full car driving licence.

The features that distinguish the entire range, in addition to stabilisation and small size, is operational safety. The 2013 Scorpion is particularly suitable for reaching working height quickly when stabilised directly from a roadway.

Hird is also the UK and Ireland distributor for Manitex Valla Cranes, which manufacturers pick and carry cranes, and for Winlet, which produces glazing robots and ErgoMover powered material trolleys.

Email: info@oilandsteel.co.uk