Middle East expansion for IPS
By Sarah McCay27 October 2014
IPS is growing in the Middle East, North Africa and India.
The UK-based powered access parts supplier is forming a joint venture with Kanoo Machinery, the plant and equipment division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group, which is the largest independent family-owned group of companies in the Gulf.
IPS Middle East will serve customers across the Gulf and the Maghreb region of Africa, as well as the Indian sub-continent. It is the largest expansion of the IPS network to date.
Kevin Shadbolt, operations director for IAPS Group, IPS’s parent company, said, “IPS Middle East will build on our existing relationships with major rental companies in this region. We have a sound understanding of the market and its growing requirements.
Bob Curtis, The Kanoo Group CEO for UAE and Oman, said, “The Gulf states, India and North Africa have all experienced high growth in the adoption and use of powered access over the past few years. IPS Middle East will bring increased price competitiveness and parts availability to this region, which can only be of benefit to rental companies and other aerial lift owners.”
IPS has more than a decade of experience in supplying replacement parts and is the official UK parts distributor for a number of manufacturers including Genie, Hinowa, Omme Lift, Isoli, Youngman BoSS, Grove Manlift, Manitou, Pop-Up and MEC.
Kanoo Machinery represents a number of brands in the UAE, including Bobcat, Hitachi, Sullair, Perkins and Grove. The company also has an extensive parts operation in the UAE, representing nine brands of construction and material handling equipment. It offers next-day delivery on 18,000 line items to more than 1,000 customers across the Gulf.
IPS Middle East will hold a significant inventory of parts at The Kanoo Group’s logistics and distribution centre in Jebel Ali, UAE. From there, it will ship parts direct to customers throughout the region as well as to local Kanoo Machinery parts retail facilities.