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Piling: Birthday presence

Piling equipment and plant supplier Watson & Hillhouse is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new contract to supply machines for Italian manufacturer Enteco.

This year Watson & Hillhouse celebrates 40 years in the piling equipment supply business. Established in 1972, the company initially began as a specialist hirer of piling equipment predominantly for the steel piling market. Now it hires and sells across all piling sectors, in the UK and around the globe.

Watson & Hillhouse says its reputation is based on the supply of excellent equipment backed by a first class service. Its service ethic is built on a long standing policy of taking on school leavers and putting them through a five year engineering apprenticeship scheme where they will study to degree level.

The company operates from two locations: the head office in Ipswich supplies and supports sites in the south, while the depot in Warrington, Cheshire serves customers in the North of England, Wales, Scotland Ireland.

Watson & Hillhouse’s core business is still plant and equipment hire.

Air and diesel hammers

Back in 1972 the company’s fleet was made up of air and diesel hammers and a few of the early electric vibrating

These days everything is hydraulic, with a fleet that includes excavator-mounted vibrators for trench sheets and light piles, crane-suspended hydraulic vibrators used for sheet pile installation/extraction,
H-beams, tubes, temporary casings for rotary bored piles as well as cage vibrators for installing CFA cages, hydraulic drop hammers for all types of steel piling to the revolutionary state of the art Kowan Still Worker noise and vibration-free sheet pile pressing machines.

Piling equipment sales now form a big part of the company’s business.

Watson & Hillhouse is UK and Ireland agent for Ozkanlar EMV’s, PVE hydraulic vibrators, Woma “bespoke” high pressure pumps, and exclusive global agents for the Kowan range of pressing machines. More recently it has become the UK and Ireland agent for Italian company Enteco, which manufactures piling and foundation equipment and foundation cranes.

Enteco was established in 1986 and now counts subsidiaries of Bachy and Keller among its clients. French ground engineering contractor Menard owns more than 20 Enteco rigs.

It has recently supplied a machine to help install controlled modulus columns on part of the Crossrail project in London.

With the introduction of the Enteco brand into the UK market, Watson & Hillhouse believes it is offering something different and is already getting positive feedback from piling contractors.

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