How is rental developing in markets around the world? IRN reports from countries including Japan, Morocco, the Middle East and eastern Europe, and looks at some specific rental sectors, such as heavy equipment.
Atlas Copco has sold approximately half of ABIRD, its Netherlands industrial rental company, to ABIRD's chief executive, Wichard Oorschot, and investment firm NPM Capital. The sale price was not disclosed.
The Rental Show has been happy to announce another sell-out Rental Show, with Las Vegas again proving a big puller for exhibitors, even if the much bigger Conexpo-Con/Agg show takes place just a month later in the same city.
Manitou will launch into the US its 16 t capacity, 10 m lift height MHT 10160 telescopic handler at Conexpo in Las Vegas this March. The French company said the machine, manufactured in Italy, is the largest rough-terrain telehandler on the market.
Caterpillar is releasing its 2.5 t lift capacity, super compact telehandler, the TH 255, which is a version of JLG's G5-18A (see lead story). The TH 255 debuted in the US at the World of Concrete Show last month and will launch in Europe at Italy's Samoter in March. The handler is made for Cat by JLG through its global telehandler manufacturing alliance.
The North American market has certainly attracted European manufacturers. For example, Case has launched the 3.3 t lift capacity, 12.8 m lift height TX742; the 3.6 t, 12.8 m heightTX842; and the 4.1 t, 13.7 m TX945 models. The company said it anticipates the 3.6 t model will be the most popular in that market.
Komatsu Utility Europe has created a dedicated production line for telehandlers at its Este facility in northern Italy and said it hoped the increased production capacity would allow it to manufacture over 1000 units next year.
Atlas Copco Portable Air is developing lighter, smaller compressors and generators, and offering additional services targeted at rental buyers. Murray Pollok reports from the division's headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.
New waste management and recycling regulations in Europe will force contractors to take a new approach to managing waste materials on sites, and provide rental companies with a new opportunity, as Marcus Clay, managing director of Digbits, explains.
JCB will fit immobilisers and vehicle identification devices as standard from November on construction equipment produced at its Rochester headquarters for the UK market. It said it is the first major manufacturer to adopt such anti-theft measures.
Aivar Brock is one of a new breed of young rental entrepreneurs who are helping to develop rental in eastern Europe. Along with business partner Kasper Jänes, he hopes to develop a Baltic access rental company and is looking for other rental niches as well. He spoke to Murray Pollok.