Access industry veteran Ray Tye has opened a new access rental company, A1 Access (NE), based in Sunderland, north east England.
The company’s starting fleet comprises a brand new 57 metre Palfinger P570 and 30 metre Palfinger P300 KS truck mounted platforms, with a 26 metre Ascendant Access truck mounted platform due to be delivered by the end of the month. The fleet also includes a 20 metre Hinowa Lightlift 20.10 MK2 spider lift.
Tye formed the company in May in partnership with Steven Mchaffie and Iain Hawthorne of Scotia Access Services of Aberdeen. The company has a team of five and will cover the greater Tyneside region.
Tye began his access career in 1985 with Instant Zip Up - later Instant Access initially as a driver, before moving into sales. In 1996 he joined Nationwide Access – now Nationwide Platforms/Loxam – moving to The Platform Company in 2001, and then E S Access Platforms a year later. When ES Platforms closed down in 2010 he joined Facelift as its Newcastle depot manager, leaving in 2013 for Outreach Access.