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Construction Equipment Rental Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis

  • August 2015
  • 101 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516838


Table of Contents

AMA Research have published the 5th edition of the report 'Construction Equipment Rental Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis'. This report incorporates original input and primary research, and represents an up-to-date and perceptive review of the market and its development.

Key areas covered:

Construction Equipment Rental market - market size and trends 2009-19.

Review of hire companies - market share, turnover, branches etc.

Analysis by product group - market size, product mix, trends, key sectors and suppliers in each product area.

Product areas analysed - earth moving, lifting, skips and rubbish chutes, access equipment, hand and power tools, portable buildings and environmental, pumping, crushing and screening plant, road making, primary construction equipment, concreting and compacting, transport, sweepers, bowsers and washing stations, generators and compressors, gardening and landscaping equipment, lighting, welding and power, cleaning and floor preparation and ancillary hire products.

Future prospects - to 2019.

Key areas of insight include:

Key trends and market influencing factors 2012-2015.

Forecasts of performance of the UK Construction Equipment Rental Market, 2015-2019.

Product sector review – analysis of hire market by product group (as above).

Review of major rental companies – plant hire, tool hire, specialists – key players, shares etc.

Major equipment/machinery/suppliers by hire sector product group.

Review of hire product sectors by type of hire company – e.g. Plant Hire, Tool Hire, Specialist and ‘Other’.

Some of the companies included:

AB 2000, Aggreko, Ainscough Crane Hire, Andrews Sykes Group, Ashtead Group, Beck and Pollitzer Engineering, Biffa Waste, Bradford’s Building Supplies, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Brandon Hire, Briggs Equipment, Carrier Rental Systems, Elliott Group, Finning UK, Gap Group, Garic, HE Services (Plant Hire), Hewden Stuart, HSS Hire Service Group, Jewson, Lavendon Group, Liebherr-Rental, Mabey Hire, Selwood, Sita UK, Skip Hire UK, Smiths (Gloucester), Speedy Hire, Supply UK Hire Shops, The Turner Group, Travis Perkins, TXM Plant, VP, Weldex (International) Offshore, Wernick.

Key areas covered in the report include:

Market definition in terms of type of outlets, range of products and type of hire company.

Market trends 2009-2015. Factors influencing market development (levels of construction activity, infrastructure developments, waste management & environmental factors, legislation, events, growth of offsite manufacturing, impact of hire rates & periods).

Forecasts of market size up to 2019.

Future prospects for hire market - impact of construction and non-construction activity, fleet regeneration & expansion. Key sectors – domestic and non-domestic construction e.g. offices, infrastructure (including transport and utilities), waste management etc.


Market shares of major hire companies – major players, market consolidation, increasing shares through acquisitions and organic growth.

Review of major hire companies - turnover, branches, areas of specialisation etc.

Competitive structure - plant hire, tool hire, and specialist companies.

Review of key specialists – earth moving, low loaders, materials handlers, cranes, skips, powered access, non-mechanical access, tools, pumps, road making, formwork/falsework/propping/shoring, piles & pile driving, tunneling, tippers, sweepers, bowsers, generators, compressors, portable buildings, washing stations, etc.

Market size and analysis by product group: EARTH-MOVING - excavators, loading shovels, dump trucks and site dumpers

LIFTING - cranes, material handling, telehandlers, etc.


ACCESS EQUIPMENT HIRE – powered access, scaffolding, access towers, ladders, mast climbers and suspended access.

HAND AND POWER TOOLS – breaking & drilling, cutting & grinding, carpentry & woodworking, plumbing equipment.

PORTABLE BUILDINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL HIRE - including heating, cooling, drying equipment).

PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT – concrete pumps & concrete mixers, pumps, crushing & screening plant

ROAD MAKING – rollers, planers, pavers, hot boxes, trenchers, etc.


PRIMARY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT – formwork, falsework, propping, shoring, piles & pile driving equipment, tunnelling equipment.


LIGHTING, WELDING AND POWER – ‘small’ products.

CLEANING AND FLOOR PREPARATION – washers, floor finishing equipment, vacuum cleaners, etc.

CONCRETING AND COMPACTING – floor grinding machines, screeding equipment, etc.

ANCILLARY HIRE PRODUCTS – lifting & materials handling gear, site & general building equipment, surveying/instrumentation, ‘other’, etc.

Product mix within major product groups – analysis by major sectors, share by sector, key trends, new product developments etc.

Product trends by product group - growth sectors, areas of specialisation, etc.

Review of hire product sectors by type of hire company – plant hire, tool hire and specialist.

Major equipment/machinery suppliers by hire sector product group.

Construction and manufacturing trends, waste management, pre-fabricated buildings, growth of offsite manufacturing, etc.

Key construction sectors –housing, offices, infrastructure, etc.

Impact of key projects – Crossrail, renewable energy programmes etc.

Future developments, implications for hire companies. Economic influences, future growth prospects for hire market in 2015 and through to 2019.

The UK construction equipment rental industry is extremely competitive with players ranging from national equipment rental companies to local independents operating in the market. Companies range widely in terms of geographical coverage, financial resources, brand recognition and equipment offered, with some companies more reliant on construction whereas other companies have developed more diverse markets, such as manufacturing, recycling and events. The market saw an increase of around 9% compared to the previous year, but remains lower than at its peak in 2007.

There is a heavy dependence on hire demand from the construction sectors, but demand for each type of equipment varies, reflecting the performance of the end-use sectors requiring the equipment: e.g. planers, pavers and rollers depend on the level of highway activity; forklifts depend upon the level of distribution & warehouse activity; and small tools for ‘fitting out’ etc. The overall market was relatively flat and only experienced modest growth for the period 2010-2013, but the market value increased significantly in 2014 due to improvements in both housing and non-domestic building markets as well as manufacturing and other non-construction end-use sectors.

Hire rates fell at the start of the downturn, but market improvement has allowed rates to rise in recent years, although some sectors, such as cranes, have only really seen a noticeable improvement in 2014. Infrastructure has provided significant hire demand including rail projects such as Crossrail, road repairs & maintenance, and utilities work, and other key end-use sectors include housebuilding, offices, industrial and non-construction sectors such as manufacturing, waste management and events.

Earth moving equipment represents the largest equipment sector, accounting for over 20% of hire value. Other key sectors include lifting, skips & rubbish chutes, access equipment, portable buildings & environmental control and hand & power tools. This is a relatively fragmented market, reflecting the high number of specialist operators with different competitors in different hire product sectors. The market continues to consolidate, with the top 4 companies accounting for around 30% of the market.

Current prospects for the construction equipment rental market into the medium-term remain cautiously optimistic with the market forecast to grow to around £5bn by 2019. Future growth rates are heavily dependent upon the underlying performance in key application areas. The hire versus buy issue will continue to impact on the equipment rental sector. It is possible that some contractors will switch back to buying equipment, rather than hiring, in the future. Health & safety and environmental legislation are also likely to continue to impact positively on a range of hire sectors.

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