1960 - 1970

The Titan organisation began trading on 1 October 1965 when Max Whiley purchased the Titan Plant Services Division from Wilkins and Davies Construction Co Limited. The main business of the newly formed company was crane hire and the buying, selling and reconditioning of used plant and equipment. 

Company owner Max Whiley and five business associates: Bob Burnett (transport operator and contractor, Ashburton), George Lemmon (piling contractor, Lower Hutt), Bert Martyn (contractor, Timaru), Jack Tidd (transport engineer, Hamilton) and Ray Vincent (transport equipment and parts dealer, Auckland) were the first directors and shareholders of the new business. Bob Burnett was appointed chairman on 5 October 1965.  He held this position until he passed away in 1983.

The initial crane fleet consisted of five cranes: 16.9 tonne NCK205 truck-mounted lattice-boom crane, 7.5 tonne Michigan lattice-boom crane, 7.5 tonne Austin Western 210 hydraulic crane; two 5 tonne Allen T6K lattice-boom cranes; and 2.5 tonne Khoering lattice-boom crane.

Nine Wilkins & Davies staff joined the new company in 1965, including Colin Worsfold (Assistant Manager), Jim Tomlinson (workshop) and Frank Wicksteed (workshop). 

The first company secretary and financial adviser was Hugh Palmer, a partner in the public accountancy firm of Watkins Hull Wheeler & Johnston.   

Titan leased, and eventually purchased, a 30 tonne capacity Jones strut boom crane from Aveling Barford.  At the time this was one of the largest cranes in the country. 

Ray Vincent (director and shareholder) and Hugh Palmer (company secretary) died during 1967.  

David Kay, another Watkins Hull Wheeler & Johnston partner, became company secretary on 18 December.  He held this position until 1976 when he became a director of Titan.

John Carter was employed as the accountant.  He had worked at Watkins Hull Wheeler & Johnston where he had been responsible for the Titan accounting procedures.