Kennards expands in New Zealand
23 October 2023
Australian equipment rental company Kennards Hire has acquired Taupō Hire in New Zealand.
Based in North Island, Taupō Hire supplies the local area with a range of equipment, including generators, general tools and earthmoving equipment. Two of the existing Taupō Hire workforce will remain with the company.
The acquisition brings the number of locations that Kennards has in New Zealand up to 29.
Kennards said the new branch, which opened in early October, will enable it to offer a larger range of high-quality rental equipment and expert solutions to the local tourism, forestry, renewable energy and dairy industries.
Prior to acquiring Taupō Hire, Kennards had a pop-up branch at the Tauhara Geothermal Power Plant Project, which will now be consolidated into the new branch by the end of the year.
Kennards Hire New Zealand general manager, Tom Kimber said, “Having been in the Taupō area for the last two years via our pop-up, we are delighted to be setting up a permanent branch in the region. The acquisition of Taupō Hire represents two family run businesses coming together to support the local community with our product offering and expert service.”
Dave Nicol, Taupo Hire owner added, “After many years of being an integral part of the Taupō community, we take comfort in knowing that the transition to Kennards Hire will see the legacy Taupō Hire has built continue long into the future.”
Kennards Hire Taupō branch manager Stuart Smithson added, “Our team in Taupō have years of equipment hire experience and local knowledge and are excited to provide our customers with specialist advice and product solutions for their projects – big or small.”